Advice on Buy to Let

Whenever I am asked what area of property investing investors should go into, I almost always will say go for buy to let and will relate it to business. Many investors however still do not buy the correct property to fit the criteria they should look for. If you think of large businesses and how they measure growth and performance - they will continually talk about growing by either opening new branches or shops, or taking over existing ones. So for instance a company may say "Our target is to open 30 new stores throughout the UK in 2012." Another company may say we shall consolidate our position and work on performance of existing stores. In terms of growing as a business, this is where buy to let has a huge advantage over buying to sell. If you buy to sell, you have to re-start your company each time, and...
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Is now the time to buy off plan?

Alan Forsyth from Property Secrets has provided this informative article about Off Plan Investing. Buying off plan was very much the way to invest several years ago, and worked very well in a rising market. For instance I bought off plan in Leeds city centre 11 years ago, as new build apartments were just starting to be built - and sold on 6 months after completion making a good profit. This type of investing worked well for investors in Dubai, and many emerging European markets over the last 7-8 years up until 2008 - with investors seeing excellent return on investment before they even completed. This investing then suffered as the credit crunch kicked in.  Investors hoping to secure 85-95% mortgages then saw loan to values reduce to 65-75% meaning extra funds were required on completion, and this affected some end values. So done well it can work very well,...
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How will future house prices go?

How will future house prices go? By Alan Forsyth, Property Secrets We keep hearing about a double dip, and concerns over house values. I actually look at how resilient house prices in the UK are. Unemployment has increased by 50% over the last 3 years, credit has been slashed, and yet house prices are only down around 10% from their peak! Why are house prices so resilient? Supply and Demand Shortage of New Properties being Built The government outlined in 2006 how many houses they feel are required by 2031 - and currently nothing is yet being done to address the structural undersupply of new housing - we require 6 million additional homes by 2031 on current projections - and this will continue to support the case of longer-term price increases. So demand is huge yet supply is not nearly enough. The number of properties being built in the UK...
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