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  • How to avoid the common mistakes of inexperienced buy-to-let investors Any of the seven deadly sins could cost a property investor their business. Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth are all traits that could encourage you to make poor decisions and bad errors when it comes to investing and letting. But there are seven sins that are more common among buy-to-let investors. Avoi...

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  • Is now the time to consider renewed investment in London? Recently released rental market statistics show that average rental prices in the UK have reached record levels, and increased across every region for the first time in almost two years. Other reports confirm that rental prices in London have become more affordable over the last 12 months and that property prices in prime central London...

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  • Don’t listen to bad advice when you borrow to invest in property It always amazes me that so many people think borrowing to invest in property is a dumb idea, and yet they wouldn’t blink at the thought of borrowing to buy a home. When you finance a residential investment property, you are using other people’s money to make money. That’s not dumb, it’s possibly the most intelligent thing a pers...

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  • Valuation strategies that profitable property investors use As I discussed in a previous article, one of the two laws of successful property investment is that you must buy at below market value. Do this and you lock in a profit, as well having a buffer against an unexpected and temporary fall in value. The question is, how do you know what is the real value of a residential property investmen...

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  • The two things you must do to profit as a property investor When it comes to making money in property, there are many different concepts and principles that will help guide you to success. Depending on the strategy you are using (and these strategies evolve through the property trend cycle), you might use those investment principles in different combinations. But there are two laws of property...

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  • Don’t stress! Take action to keep that cash flow and your sanity! When we meet with property investors, we discuss how stressed they might become should interest rates rise. There is no point investing in property if you can’t sleep at night. That’s why we always insist investors take 24 hours to consider a property investment opportunity before committing to it. We call this ‘the sleep test’.

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  • How do you know what investment news to believe today? It’s hard for property investors to know what to make of UK property news these days. There is so much spin put on data releases and so much news that contradicts. We’re told that demand is down and supply up. Then we’re told that supply is down and demand up. We’re told that the cut in stamp duties for first-time buyers has had no effec...

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  • The two toughest emotional barriers and how to hurdle them There are two emotional barriers that all beginner property investors worry about. They are both out of your control. But this doesn’t mean they should put you off investing in property. They are simply part of the natural order of things. If you learn to live with them, you can even benefit from them as you make house price prediction...

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  • Leeds could be the golden goose for property investors in the UK HS2 should transform the fortunes of the North of England. When services start, transport options for people and freight will explode. Suddenly, the capital and the South of England will be just an hour or so away. It’s likely that businesses will relocate to the north. People will be able to commute hundreds of miles each day, i...

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  • Avoid the mistake of concentrating on yield and buying a money pit When you invest in property, one of the attractions is the spectacular yield your investment earns. But putting all your focus on yield is a mistake. Whether investing for capital gain or income, seasoned property investors understand the importance of controlling cash flow. In this article, I’ll explain how you can avoid the c...

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  • Ignore the pessimists; property investment is a star performer – again If you’d taken notice of the press over the last 24 months, you’d think that buy-to-let as an investment was as dead as a dodo. What with the changes in property tax (especially the phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief at the higher rate, and additional stamp duty), the proposed ban on letting agent fees, and more re...

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  • Property investors are flocking to Birmingham, and here’s why It seems a long time ago when London was the hot attraction in the UK property market. There’s a new hotspot now, and that hotspot is Birmingham. The Urban Land Institute named Birmingham as the UK’s number one location for property investment in its Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Europe 2017 report. In this article, you’ll learn ...

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  • 7 reasons to sell your investment property One of the questions that most buyers of residential investment property ask is, “When should I sell my investment property?” The answer I always give is never! In this article, I’ll explain why you shouldn’t sell your investment property, and why you won’t want to. And I’ll also explain the seven reasons you might want to sell your investment propert...

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  • The secret to successful property investment always combines income and growth I recently spoke to a property investor who was having a pretty tough time. He owned a couple of buy-to-let properties, but they were both underperforming. He told me that when he invested, he did so because of the incredible rental yield each property promised. Now, however, he has discovered that the value of the ...

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  • What you need to know to open a UK bank account easily When you’re a first-time overseas investor in UK property, the financial side of the equation can be worrying. I’m not talking about the potential of investing in UK property – tens of thousands of overseas property investors are making huge profits from UK property. It’s the nuts and bolts of the financial equation: how to collect rent, w...

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  • More sales, higher prices, and higher rents could be on the way this year After a sluggish 2017, the outlook for property investment in 2018 is much rosier, though the pickup is likely to be gradual at first, speeding up as the year progresses. It is the conclusion from the latest survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In this article, you’ll read about the main points of...

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  • Fear – the emotional barrier to your wealthy future in property Fear. It’s the one emotion guaranteed to kick your property investment plans into touch. Fear will stop you making the choices you need to make. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In this article, I’ll look at why you need to overcome the fear of failure, and what could happen if you d...

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  • Avoid the biggest pitfall of beginner investors and forget about landlord responsibilities One of the biggest mistakes made by beginner investors, and one that stops many from becoming successful property investors, is that they believe they must be a great landlord to be profitable in the buy-to-let market. I say avoid becoming a landlord at all costs: and I tell you this as an experienced in...

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  • How savvy investors find success in UK property from thousands of miles away Among the most common fears of overseas investors in UK property is that they either won’t be able to rent their property or that they will rent to tenants from hell; the kind of tenants that cause untold damage to a property and refuse to pay the rent. Fortunately, these fears are largely unfounded. Problematic tenan...

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  • Landlords selling because of UK property tax changes may be missing the bigger picture The impact of changes in tax and regulations is having a negative impact on landlords, who are now paying more than their fair share of tax. However, buy-to-let landlords will still benefit from more than £16 billion of tax relief even after the full effects of the cut in mortgage tax relief come into force i...

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  • There are three rents: two you ignore, and one you calculate When you’re investing in a property for its long-term potential, one of your main considerations will be the rental income you could receive. Your cash flow depends upon it. However, rental income doesn’t always meet with sales agents’ promises. There are plenty of horror stories of investors who bought property because of inflated r...

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  • Stop searching for the perfect property, and find the perfect investment When I meet with would-be investors who have constantly missed out on great property investment opportunities, it’s often because of one reason: they’ve never found the ‘perfect property’. I disappoint them when I speak to them. I tell them they never will. You see, the perfect property is just not out there. Oh, you can ...

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  • Property investment could seesaw your emotions Off-plan property is an asset in which anyone can invest. It’s not like investing in stocks and shares, or trading in futures and options, or buying government bonds. We all grow up with property. We live in a property, for a start. We know it’s a real, tangible asset. Not like a company’s shares, for example. You don’t even get a share certificat...

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  • How might you evaluate property as your investment vehicle? I invest in property for what it gives me, and not for what it is. I don’t get emotionally attached to an investment property. If the fundamentals that drove my decision to invest change, then I’m very happy to sell that property and move on to pastures new. You see, the only reason to invest in property is lifestyle. That’s it.

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  • A look at what 2018 might hold for property investors in Manchester. Manchester’s property market was a hotbed for buy-to-let property investment during 2017, rewarding property investors with above-average rental yields and capital growth. 2018 promises more of the same, as the benefits of devolution of power and finances to the City Council gather pace. In this article, we look at what this ...

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  • Reset your property investment philosophy to achieve your lifestyle goals One of the first things I learned was that successful property investors do things differently. They don’t do everything themselves. They get professionals to help them. This strategy is the basis of my Set and Forget investment philosophy. If you employ the same approach, you’ll find that property investment treats you ...

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