Reduced house prices and low interest rates are ideal conditions for property investment, claims Platinum Portfolio Builder.

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  • Those looking to add new homes to their property investment portfolios need to take advantage of the current housing market, it has been claimed.

    Reduced house prices and low interest rates have created "optimum investment conditions", according to Platinum Portfolio Builder.

    The firm reports that April's house prices continued a trend of "modest decline", while May showed only a modest rise in the cost of affordable homes.

    Nick Carlile, founding partner of Platinum Portfolio Builder, says strict lending criteria has forced "novice investors" out of the market.

    However, the investment expert says this has provided "an opening for those with greater capital to take advantage of the stagnated housing market, which is demonstrated by fluctuating prices, and some favourable mortgage deals."

    Carlile added that people need to research the area they choose to invest in to avoid finding themselves in negative equity "further down the line".

    Increased landlord mortgage lending may help investors to add more affordable homes to their portfolios in the coming months.

    Buy-to-let lending in the first quarter of 2011 amounted to £2.9bn across 27,600 loans, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has revealed.

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