The residential market has shown the best long-term performance of all of the UK’s main asset classes
(13.8% p.a. over the 42 years to 2012). In comparison, the equity market (FTSE All Share Index) recorded a total return of 12.3% p.a. This is an additional total return of 3.4% p.a. On a total return basis it has also beaten commercial property in the 5, 10, 15, 20, 40 and 42 year time periods.