Investors remain positive about the prospects for buy-to-let despite the new stamp duty charge and forthcoming crackdown on mortgage tax relief.
The latest owner-managed business barometer from the Bank of Cyprus UK shows that 53% named property as the most attractive investment option.
This sentiment remains unchanged since 2015, despite tougher conditions in the buy-to-let market.
Cash, stocks and shares and commercial property lag far behind residential property in terms of popularity, the survey showed.
Lakis Kasapis of Bank of Cyprus UK said: “Despite the new measures making life harder for buy-to-let landlords, demand for residential property as an investment is still strong, and surprisingly people are even slightly more bullish about buy-to-let investments than six months ago.
“It remains to be seen if this appetite for investing in the residential market will now come to a hard stop following the stamp duty increase."
Kasapis added that tax relief the continued uncertainty surrounding a potential Brexit may also cast a shadow over the market but positive investor attitudes were heartening.