High Demand, High Return

A guide to property investment

Scotland is a great place to live and offers fantastic potential for property investment with the prospects of high returns and strong capital growth.

At DJ Alexander we believe that investing in property is a smart move, and we know how different a buy-to-let property investment can be to buying your own home. That’s why our consultancy process is designed to assist you on your property investment journey from start to finish with careful guidance and support from our property experts.

Each investor will have different aims and interests when building their portfolio, whether it be for capital appreciation or achieving maximum yield. With Glasgow and Edinburgh's incredibly diverse choice of properties, every investor is sure to find their ideal investment.

Our Consultancy Process

We offer an individual service to all our clients – whether you are looking to build a large portfolio or purchase a single property, and whether you’re based anywhere around the world or just around the corner.


Most people have already decided they want to invest in property when they approach us and simply want advice on taking the next steps on what can seem a daunting journey.

Whether you’re looking to buy one property or to build a portfolio, we’ll help you decide on location, tenant demographics, the term of your investment and your final exit strategy.

We’ll always be honest, advising you what to buy… and what to avoid. And because money and tax is every bit as important as bricks and mortar, we will keep you abreast of changing legislation and can put you in touch with specialist accountants.

The next step is to identify properties that suit your personal requirements. We don’t just endorse the properties we’re selling; we look at the whole market including any off-market opportunities we hear about.

We can send you details of our recommendations and also assess the ones you tell us about. If you are unable to visit any properties then we can arrange to view them on your behalf and offer our experienced feedback

After 30 years we know what makes a good rental property, and more importantly we know what doesn’t. We’ll advise on what makes a good capital investment for when the time comes to finally sell. It’s that combination of local knowledge and impartiality that really benefits our clients decision.

Within DJ Alexander Legal, there are specialists who can help you submit offers and guide you thought the buying proccess. From negotiating the sales price, arranging detailed surveys, right through to getting the keys. They can even recommend mortgage advisers and liaise with them on your behalf.

Naturally, as trusted advisers for clients around the world, DJ Alexander Legal have in-depth knowledge of the market and the unique properties available in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This enables us to avoid properties that may have a chequered past and it’s that local insight – combined with process diligence and attention to detail – that helps our clients to spot the difference between quirky charm and a potential money pit.

If you’re new to property investment, spotting a place with ‘potential’ can be both exciting and daunting. While undertaking minor repairs and cosmetic decoration may all be part of the adventure, fitting a new kitchen or bathroom could seem a step too far… And all may be impossible if you do not live locally.

At DJ Alexander we have an in-house project management team to help you prepare your property for letting and re-sale. We co-ordinate multiple trades and advise you on where to spend to get the best return for your investment. Our experts will also guide you through the latest letting regulations.

We can even furnish your property – down to the very last teaspoon.

Once your property is ready we will use our unrivalled contacts within Scotland’s largest employers and advertise on high-profile websites before thoroughly screening all applicants  to ensure we find you the highest calibre of tenant.

We are experts in making your life as a landlord as simple and rewarding as possible.  Our service includes everything from setting up the lease and collecting rent, to property maintenance and emergency repairs. When your tenants move out we’ll find a new one quickly and efficiently – one of the reasons our occupancy levels are close to 100%.

Why choose property investment in the UK

  • Supply & Demand
    The UK’s population is predicted to reach 70M by 2020 compared to 63.7M in 2016 with a serious shortage of housing driving up property values. Between 2001 & 2014 the number of UK households in rental accommodation grew from 2.3M to 5.4M. By 2025 this figure is predicted to rise to 7.2M – almost one in four of the UK total.
  • Stable income
    Over the last 30 years, the yield from property has been consistently higher than most fixed interest securities and the dividend yield available from equities. Meanwhile, the relatively long-term nature of rental contracts can provide a stable income.
  • Guard against inflation
    Property has typically provided returns over and above the rate of inflation. This is important as it can protect your capital from the erosive effects of rising prices.
  • Diversification
    Investing in property as part of a balanced portfolio allows you to spread some of the risk over the term of your investment. This is mainly because the returns from property have a low correlation with those from equities and bonds over the long term.

Our selection of informative videos have been produced to help you on your investment journey

  • 1. Buying an investment property

  • 2. Expanding your property portfolio

  • 3. Managing your rental properties

  • 4. Selling investment properties

  • 5. Investing in property for your children

  • 6. Buying property through a LTD company

  • 7. Changes in landlord legislation

City Statistics

Scotland’s economy is expected to continue to expand strongly over the medium to long term, joined with a forecast of a rapidly rising population. This is fuelled by a global reputation for quality of life and cultural opportunities, excellent transport links and a stable jobs market. In 2016 one in seven residents in Scotland are living in rental accommodation, which is three times more than in 2000. Around 14% of all Scottish properties in 2016 were leased through a private landlord.

Edinburgh stats

For Edinburgh alone its population is forecast to rise by 60,000 in the next decade and could grow to be larger than Glasgow within 25 years. It is the second largest financial centre in the UK (and the fourth in Europe), home to a large number of blue chip employers – as well as the Scottish Government. Annually the various festivals held in Edinburgh bring £250million into the local economy with more tickets sold each year than the FIFA World Cup. The capital is also world renowned as a seat of learning with a student population of over 70,000. Edinburgh’s biggest restriction for economic growth is a shortage of housing, which is likely to cause an inflation of property prices.


Glasgow stats

Glasgow is the fourth largest city in the UK with a population over 600,000. It contributes 32% of the Scottish economic output, 35% of its jobs and 36% of its exports, plus it is the renewables capital of Scotland with over 5,000 people working within the energy sector. With three colleges and five higher education institutions Glasgow has a student population of around 130,000. Property rental in Glasgow has risen by 20.6% in the past four years, and is forecast to continue to grow by a futher  20% by 2020. The City of Glasgow showed the biggest volume of property sales across Scotland in Q1 2016, proving that demand is outpacing supply – Good news for a growth in capital gain. 

To arrange a consultation to discuss property investment in Edinburgh or Glasgow or to review an existing portfolio email investments@djalexander.co.uk or complete the form below: