Edinburgh Property Investment

With over 14 years in business and over 1,400 properties under our management, our award-winning team are well placed to help investors buy investment property in Edinburgh.

We get a huge thrill from helping investors secure great properties, demystifying the investment buying process and sharing our experience and knowledge of the Edinburgh market.

We're flexible in how we work with investors:

  • Option 1 - Umega support for Investors
    For investors happy and able to source and inspect properties themselves we offer free support, on hand to provide advice and rental valuations whenever required. Our focus is on helping investors buy great properties so that they become part of the Umega family and we can build successful long-term relationships.

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    • Option 2 - For investors based outside of Edinburgh (either overseas or elsewhere in the UK) or those unable to carry out their own search and inspections we work closely with Property Bee Investments a third-party sourcing agent who takes care of the entire sourcing process on behalf of investors. This includes shortlisting, inspecting, appraising properties and making recommendations to offer before charging a fee equal to 1% of the purchase price once a property is secured.

Here are the steps to consider when buying an Edinburgh property investment:

Search

  • Decide investment strategy, preferred locations and styles
  • Build your investment team (accountant, solicitor, financial advisor, letting agent)
  • Thorough investment search including all the main portals
  • Shortlisting & property inspections
  • Offers and negotiations through solicitor

Pre-Purchase

  • Arrange any surveys required as part of offer
  • Arrange any refurbishment and furnishing quotes
  • Arrange landlord’s buildings and contents insurance

Prepare

  • Key collection, initial inspection and reporting of defects
  • Refurbishment and furnishing (if required)
  • Transfer to letting team for advertising or handover of current tenancy

We love helping investors secure fantastic investment properties in Edinburgh.

We will share our thoughts on the Edinburgh property market, investment hot spots and our recommended property style and size to focus on. We will also introduce investors to an accountant, solicitor, financial advisor, insurance broker and furnishing specialist so they have a great team to help them through their investment purchasing journey.

For investors happy to source properties themselves,  we’re here to give our opinion on any properties shortlisted including thoughts on likely rent valuation, recommended upgrades and anything else that jumps out to us regarding the investment potential of each property. For those who need more 'on the ground' support, our third party sourcing agent will take care of everything locally so that properties can be sourced and purchased remotely.

For those properties needing refurbishment, our in-house maintenance team will quote for and take care of any refurbishment required before passing onto our lettings team to prepare the property for advertising to secure a great tenant.

Edinburgh property investment - Edinburgh is consistently recognised as one of the best place to invest in residential property in the UK with fantastic capital and rental growth prospects over the next 5 years and beyond. Read more about Edinburgh as a property investment option in our blog.

Edinburgh Property Investment Case Studies

Here are some examples of some Edinburgh property investments our clients have secured to give you a taste of what's possible.

  1. Purchase date – November 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, first floor
  3. Purchase price – £165,000 (Home report Valuation £165,000)
  4. Rent – £800pcm
  5. Gross yield –  5.8%
  1. Purchase date – October 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, top floor
  3. Purchase price – £110,000 (Home report Valuation £98,000)
  4. Rent – £700pcm
  5. Gross yield –  7.6%
King Street, Musselburgh
King Street, Musselburgh
King Street, Musselburgh
  1. Purchase date – October 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, second floor
  3. Purchase price – £168,123 (Home report Valuation £150,000)
  4. Rent – £750pcm
  5. Gross yield –  5.3%
Bryson Road
Bryson Road
Bryson Road
  1. Purchase date – August 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, third floor
  3. Purchase price – £28,000 (Home report Valuation £130,000)
  4. Rent – £750pcm
  5. Gross yield –  7.0%
McLeod Street
McLeod Street
McLeod Street
  1. Purchase date – August 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, second floor
  3. Purchase price – £132,523 (Home report Valuation £115,000)
  4. Rent – £750pcm
  5. Gross yield –  6.8%
McLeod Street
McLeod Street
McLeod Street
  1. Purchase date – July 2019
  2. Type of property – 3 bedroom, second floor
  3. Purchase price – £308,000 (Home report Valuation £270,000)
  4. Rent – £1725pcm
  5. Gross yield –  6.7%
  1. Purchase date – August 2019
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom, first floor
  3. Purchase price – £150,000 (Home report Valuation £140,000)
  4. Rent – £825pcm
  5. Gross yield –  6.6%
 Westfield Road, Gorgie
 Westfield Road, Gorgie
 Westfield Road, Gorgie
  1. Purchase date – August 2018
  2. Type of property – 1 bedroom ground floor
  3. Purchase price – £123,400 (Home report Valuation £120,000)
  4. Rent – £750pcm
  5. Gross yield –  7.3%
Westfield Road, Gorgie
Westfield Road, Gorgie
  1.   Purchase date – August 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom ground floor
  3.    Purchase price – £138,500 (Value – £145,000, offer made)
  4.   Refurbishment – £15,000
  5.   Rent – £750pcm
  6.   Gross yield – 5.9%
Broughton Road, Canonmills
Broughton Road, Canonmills
  1. Purchase date – August 2018
  2.  Type of property 1 bedroom
  3.  Purchase price – £111,111 (Value £105,000 @ closing date)
  4.  Rent – £600
  5.  Gross yield – 6.5%
Lochend Road North, Musselburgh
Lochend Road North, Musselburgh
  1.   Purchase date – July 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £132,221 (value £120,000 @ closing date)
  4.   Rent – £775pcm
  5.   Gross yield – 7%
Murieston Road, Dalry
Murieston Road, Dalry
  1.   Purchase date – July 2018
  2.   Type of property – 1 bedroom flat
  3.   Purchase price – £130,000
  4.   Refurbishment – £10,000
  5.   Rent – £750pcm
  6.   Gross yield – 6.4%
Brougham Street, Tollcross
Brougham Street, Tollcross
  1.   Purchase date – July 2018
  2.   Type of property – 2 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £157,000
  4.   Rent – £750pcm (increase to £800pcm)
  5.   Gross Yield – 6.1%
Ferry Gait Crescent, Silverknowes
Ferry Gait Crescent, Silverknowes
  1.   Purchase date – June 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom ground floor
  3.    Purchase price – £135,000 (value £125,000, offer made)
  4.   Rent – £700
  5.   Gross yield – 6.2%
Smithfield Street, Gorgie
Smithfield Street, Gorgie
  1.   Purchase date – June 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom flat
  3.   Purchase price – £121,000 (off market)
  4.   Rent – 620pcm (increase to £675pcm)
  5.   Gross yield – 6.7%
Wardlaw Place, Gorgie
  1.   Purchase date – June 2018
  2.   Type of property -2 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £158,000
  4.   Rent – £755pcm (increase to £800pcm)
  5.   Gross yield – 6.1%
  1.   Purchase date – April 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £127,000
  4.   Rent – £700
  5.   Gross yield – 6.6%
Easter Road
  1.   Purchase date – February 2018
  2.   Type of property -2 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £155,000
  4.   Rent – £750pcm
  5.   Gross yield – 5.8%
Lyne Street, Abbeyhill
Lyne Street, Abbeyhill
  1.   Purchase date – February 2018
  2.   Type of property – 1 bedroom property
  3.   Purchase price – £160,000
  4.   Rent – £850pcm
  5.   Gross yield – 6.4%
 Torphichen Place, Haymarket
  • Purchase date – June 2013
  • Address – Marchmont Road
  • Purchase Price – £290,000 (£5,000 upgrading spend)
  • Rent – £2,100pcm
  • Gross yield – £8.5% (initial yield was 7.1% at £1,750pcm rent)

We sourced this 3 bedroom property in prime student territory during the summer of 2013 then spent £5,000 carrying out some minor upgrades and converting the property into a 4 bedroom HMO property. The property initially let for £1,750pcm and now rents for £2,100pcm which, based on the initial purchase price is a gross yield of 8.5%. The 2017 value of this property is c £380,000 so that’s capital growth of £85,000 in 4 years (that’s not to mention how much higher over the valuation a buyer would pay to get their hands on such a prime property).

Marchmont Road, Marchmont
Marchmont Road, Marchmont
Marchmont Road, Marchmont
  1.   Purchase date – February 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £109,000
  4.   Refurbishment – £30,000
  5.   Rent – £775pcm
  6.   Gross yield – 6.7%
Murdoch Terrace, Fountainbridge
Murdoch Terrace, Fountainbridge
  1.   Purchase date – February 2018
  2.   Type of property -1 bedroom flat
  3.    Purchase price – £131,000
  4.   Rent – £700pc
  5.   Gross yield – 6.4%
Dunedin Street, Broughton
Dunedin Street, Broughton
  1.   Purchase date – February 2018
  2.   Type of property -4 bedroom HMO property
  3.   Purchase price – £425,000
  4.    Rent – 2,200pcm
  5.   Gross yield – 6.2%
 Spottiswoode Street, Marchmont
 Spottiswoode Street, Marchmont
  1.   Purchase date – January 2018
  2.   Type of property -2 bedroom property with 2 parking spaces
  3.   Purchase price – £300,125
  4.    Rent – £1,200pcm
  5.   Gross yield – 4.8%
Annandale Street, Bellevue
  • Purchase date – November – December 2016
  • Address – Hawkhill Close (2), Fowler Terrace, Belmont Road
  • Purchase Price – £539,250 (combined) (£18,000 upgrading spend)
  • Rent – £2,900pcm
  • Gross yield – 6.5%

We were approached by a client with access to around £500,000 to spend and managed to source him 2 properties off-market and 2 great deals on the open market over a 3 month period. The two Hawkhill Close properties were purchased off-market, both well below valuation and one already tenanted. We carried out some minor refurbishment of each property and increased the rent of both to £800pcm. We also secured a fantastic 1 bedroom property in the popular Polwarth area (with property values benefitting from the regeneration of the Brewery sites along the Union Canal) and another 1 bedroom flat close to our client’s home in South-West Edinburgh. These 4 properties are the start of a fantastic portfolio!

Purchase of 4 properties for portfolio landlord
Purchase of 4 properties for portfolio landlord
Purchase of 4 properties for portfolio landlord
  • Purchase date – June 2017
  • Address – South Queensferry
  • Purchase Price – £352,000
  • Rent – £1,400pcm
  • Gross yield – 4.8%

We were tasked with finding a family home for an overseas client who wanted to buy a property for his own future personal use but to be let out for the next year before he returned to the UK. We spent 6 months searching off-market and on the open market for a suitable property and were delighted to secure this cracker of a property overlooking the Firth of Forth.

South Queensferry
South Queensferry
South Queensferry
  • Purchase date – April 2017
  • Address – Broughton Road
  • Purchase Price – £128,000 (Valuation £130,000)
  • Rent – £675pcm
  • Gross yield – 6.3%

After a couple of months searching for a property for our client we were introduced to this fantastic 1 bedroom, off-market, property. The property was tenanted (£625pcm with scope to immediately increase the rent to £675pcm) and fully furnished. We expect property values in this part of Edinburgh to benefit from the huge redevelopment of Edinburgh St james and so our client is excited to have a property in the heart of this future action!

Broughton Road, Canonmills
Broughton Road, Canonmills
Broughton Road, Canonmills
  • Purchase date – May 2017
  • Address – Moat Terrace
  • Purchase Price – £102,000 (Valuation £115,000) (£16,000 upgrading spend)
  • Rent – £675pcm
  • Gross yield – 6.9%

We sourced this fantastic 1 bedroom property in the handy Slateford area. The property was in need of various upgrading so the Umega maintenance team carried out a full rewire, decoration throughout, installed Gas Central Heating and installed a new kitchen. The valuation when purchased was £115,000 and with all the work that has been carried out we expect the new valuation to be around the £130,000 mark.

Moat Terrace, Slateford
Moat Terrace, Slateford
Moat Terrace, Slateford

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