Housing has been the fourth best investment over the past year, having seen capital gains of 9.3% annually, Stripe Property Group research has found.
This places bricks and mortar fourth in the list of best investments, beating rare whisky, rare coins, designer handbags, classic cars, jewellery, antique furniture and gold.
Fine wines (16%), designer watches (16%) and fine art (13%) have yielded a greater return when it comes to the increase in value during 2021.
James Forrester, managing director of Stripe Property Group, said: “The property market has boomed during the pandemic and continues to do so in 2022. As a result, you’ll struggle to have made a better investment in the last year or two.
“While there are a select few investment options that have yielded a larger return, the actual increase in value is likely to have been far lower than the level of capital appreciation seen across the average UK home.
“Property also remains accessible to the masses and those without specialist knowledge or connections within an area such as fine wine or art. Not only is it the most straightforward investment you can make, it’s also one of the safest, as the property market isn’t susceptible to the same erratic, boom and bust nature of other investment options.”
The London market hasn’t benefited to the same degree as the wider UK, as Stripe said values have only increased by 4.2% in the capital.
Despite this, the capital’s housing market has still proved a better investment than classic cars, jewellery, antique furniture and gold.