Report I Need Help! in House prices and the economy Posted July 1, 2013 If he has a good sized deposit and is confident he can let it out, then i'd say it's about as safe an investment as any other these days. As other posters have said, even if he ends up subsidizing it with a couple of grand a year, it's still better than paying it into a pension which he may never see, or piling it up as savings which can be seized or inflated away. I know it's a cliche but there really is nothing safer than property IMO, unless you are highly leveraged. and even then, you might still get away with it.