Investors must identify the right locations before they buy property in order to enjoy success in the buy-to-let market next year, an expert has advised.

According to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (Arla), rental returns across the UK will remain "patchy"in 2009, with large variations within different areas.

This makes it even more important for landlords looking to snap up properties in the new year to conduct thorough research before making their move, it suggests.

"Try to identify areas where a property can be let out more easily - those areas with high employment and a greater proportion of people looking for short-term rents,"said Ian Potter, operations manager of Arla.

He cited regions with large student populations as a prime example of the most profitable areas, adding that there is "certainly money to be made"from renting properties as long as landlords take the right approach.

According to a report by, the housing market is likely to be dominated by professional buy-to-let looking to pick up a property bargain in 2009.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18949626-ADNFCR

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