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  • Your questions about investment property conveyancing answered When you invest in property in the UK, it pays to have a good solicitor on your side. It may be the biggest single investment you will ever make, and I would always advise using a solicitor rather than a conveyancer. The more complex the property purchase, such as when buying off-plan property, the more likely it is that you’ll nee...

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  • And one way to furnish buy-to-let property effortlessly To maximise your rental income and keep void periods to a minimum, the furniture you choose for your buy-to-let property must have a top-of-the-range look. Let’s be honest, if you fit out an apartment with a mish-mash of second-hand furniture, you won’t attract the tenants you desire. Nor will you be able to charge a premium rental.

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  • How to weigh costs against income to estimate bottom line profits After reading my last two articles, you’ll probably be feeling energised by the prospects of letting your buy-to-let investment as a furnished property. You could benefit from a higher demand for your property, higher rents, shorter void periods, and higher rental profits. On the flip side, to unlock this potential there’s an up...

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  • The pros and cons of furnishing a property to rent An investment property should be your ticket to a better life. It gives you this by providing the cash flow to pay for the things you want to do. If you hire a good investment property manager to do all the day-to-day work for you, you’ll have the time to do those things, too. The question to answer is how to maximise your rental income profit...

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  • 7 reasons why you should be investing in property in Birmingham As we recently reported, property investment cities in the Midlands and the North are outperforming London and the South. One of the key cities that is performing so far ahead of the UK average is Birmingham – a city that we’ve been recommending to property investors for some time. In this article, you’ll learn about seven reasons...

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  • House prices and rents are growing The latest property news reads well for investors. Property price growth has stabilised, as have average rental yields, while rental prices are rising. No one is now forecasting a Brexit-induced crash in property price. The news flow indicates that the squeeze on buy-to-let profits may be coming to an end.

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  • The higher your profits, the better your lifestyle Whether investing for the first time or a seasoned property investor, you should set out with a business plan for each buy-to-let (BTL) property you purchase. The idea, surely, is to make as much money as possible with the least amount of effort. The more money you make, the closer you get to your life goals. The less effort you need to put in...

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  • The pros and cons of interest only mortgages for investment financing Most property investors reap the benefits of leveraging in property investment by opting for an interest-only mortgage. But as the amount of mortgage interest tax relief that higher rate taxpayers can claim is reduced and interest rates rise, might you be better advised to invest with a repayment mortgage?

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  • Why Bradford could be a star performer for property investors in 2018 When you’re searching for the best places to invest in property UK, Bradford may not be the first city that springs to mind. However, our research has found that it could be the cut-price gem in your property portfolio. In this article, you’ll read about the six things we think make Bradford a great place to invest in proper...

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  • Identifying the best places to invest in property UK The latest house price index – this one from Hometrack – confirms what readers of the Gladfish blog and newsletter have known for some time: London and the South have been usurped by northern cities for house price growth. In this article, we’ll look at how property prices are faring in the UK’s key cities, and shed light on why we believe t...

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  • How to get the best mortgage deal when you own multiple properties Investment property is a great asset to build wealth and passive income. Sure, property prices fluctuate through the property and economic trend cycle, but in the UK they have doubled every 8 to 10 years on average. As a long-term investment, buying property today has the potential to produce lifestyle income in retirement. Onc...

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  • Why broadband speed should be added to your infrastructure checklist High-speed broadband should be a feature on every property investor’s wish list. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, when we first highlighted broadband as the hidden advantage for London off-plan property investors, it was clear that a lack of high-speed connectivity could wipe as much as 20% off property prices. Now,...

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  • Making stamp duty less taxing when you invest in property Buy-to-let property investors have had to cope with a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the property purchases since April 2016. It is one of the extra taxes that have been blamed for a slowdown in the buy-to-let market. Now, I’m a firm believer in not making tax the deciding factor in your investment decision, but such costs are among the sev...

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  • When it comes to deposits, size isn’t the only thing that matters The minimum deposit you need to secure a buy-to-let mortgage varies between lenders. Generally, it is at least 25% of the purchase price. Buy-to-let mortgages differ from homebuyer mortgages. The amount of deposit you put down could have a positive effect on your mortgage offer. And accessing the best deals needs a different app...

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  • Price is what you pay for a property, the value is what you get “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” One of my favourite quotes from Warren Buffett, widely accepted as the greatest value investor who ever lived. It’s also a great motto for the property investor. In this article, I’ll explain what it means – and what it is that investors are really paying for.

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  • Understand investment costs to maximise profit potential Property investment could be the game changer that transforms your future, but to get started you must be financially prepared. You must budget for your investment. In this article, you’ll learn more about the upfront costs that I outlined in my article “How much does it really cost to invest in property?”

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  • Do your cash flow due diligence for property investment success When you invest in property, it pays to know all the costs upfront. There will be taxes, running costs, and insurances. Then there may be service charges, maintenance, and, of course, mortgage interest payments. Understanding the true cost when you invest in property will help you to choose the best property available for your bud...

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  • Property guarantees to help you sleep at night I don’t know how many times I’ve told people that investing in property is a numbers game, not an emotional one. If the numbers add up, your investment will be successful. Unfortunately, I find that most beginner investors approach property investment more like a gamble than a mathematical equation. And they jump at property investment opportunit...

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  • Things that successful property investors always think about If you are new to investing in property, when we meet for the first time we will discuss things like your lifestyle goals and financial situation. Together, we’ll build the best property investment strategy to achieve those goals within your financial means. Through our consultation, you’ll have a better feeling for property investme...

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  • The new Northern Powerhouse destination for businesses and commuters Mention Bradford to most people in the UK, and it will be recognised as the home of Britain’s favourite food – the curry. The Strategic Transport Plan for the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), put forward in February 2018, could make the city the best-connected city in the North of England. Forget hot curries (well, not entirel...

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  • Here is why regional city property prices could now outshine London If you want to know which cities in the UK might offer the best property investment opportunities over the next four or five years, new research by Hometrack could offer some answers. It also agrees with what our analysis has been telling us: that regional cities are making a strong comeback in the property investment stakes.

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  • The final piece of your property investment due diligence puzzle The site visit is one of the most important aspects of your due diligence. This is your opportunity to see exactly what you are buying – and what your potential tenants will be renting. It is vital that you approach the site visit in a disciplined and rigorous way. In this article, you’ll learn the method that successful property...

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  • Peace of mind comes from comprehensive, not compulsive, questioning In a recent article, I discussed how to assess a property investment in 10 minutes. Of course, that method is only the initial step in your due diligence. You’ll need to go much deeper to fully assess property investment opportunities. This means asking some difficult questions: questions that most home buyers and property inv...

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  • Make investment about what you want, not how much you want I suspect you’ve heard of ‘return on investment’. For some investors, this number becomes the be-all and end-all of their investment decision-making process. In this article, you’ll learn how to measure the success of your portfolio differently. This method really pinpoints how some of the best property investors think, and it will hel...

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