Frazer Fearnhead of The House Crowd pitches on Dragons Den

There was a great pitch on Dragons Den this week from Frazer Fearnhead, founder of The House Crowd. He went into the den to pitch for £1 million pounds!! For a 5% share in his business. The dragons weren’t happy from the word go due to the over valuation of his business.
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The pitfalls of Buy to Let - BBC programme

There was an interesting programme on recently about Buy to Let.  It was on the BBC as part of its Inside Out series of programmes. The programme focused on the fact that a lot of people still believe that Buy to Let is a great way to get a good pension pot, which it is; however it showed that its not always a walk in the park! There can be major pitfalls to becoming a landlord and it can cause some major headaches!  70% of landlords are amateur landlords and according to Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action there has been a 30-40% increase in evictions recently. We have recently had a situation where our LHA tenant had her housing benefit stopped. She refused to go to the council to fill out a form to get it reinstated.  Therefore we have had no rent paid to us since July 2014.  She has also...
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Osbornes Surprise Cut to Stamp Duty Throws The UK Housing Market Into Temporary Disarray

It’s not often that an official announcement from the government provokes an immediate flurry of positive activity, but George Osborne’s surprise announcement that ‘unfair and punitive’ tax duties would be “slashed” from midnight on the 3rd of Dec 2014, which came bundled as part of his Autumn statement to the House of Commons, seems to have triggered a storm of purchasing activity for properties below the £937,000 “break even” point that are positively affected by the chancellor’s new policies.
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The Bank of England keep the interest rate at a record low of 0.5%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee at its meeting on 8 October voted to maintain Bank Rate at 0.5%. The previous change in Bank Rate was a reduction of 0.5 percentage points to 0.5% on 5 March 2009. Rates have been at 0.5% since March 2009, with the market expecting a small rise early next year. There has been lots of speculation over when the Bank will start to raise rates again. An increase is expected some time in the new year, although some think it could be later this year as the Bank may not want to raise rates close to a general election, scheduled for May 2015. "Overall, our central case still sees the Monetary Policy Committee raising rates next month, not least because we struggle to envisage the committee either beginning to tighten in the first few months of next year, so close to Mays general election, or waiting until...
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Free tickets to The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show at Olympia, London

The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements makes its national debut at Olympia with new feature highlights and experts
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Upgrade Your Home: Increasing Your Resale Value

Whether you’re thinking about selling right now, or perhaps in five or ten years, you’ll want to get the very best possible price for your home. One of the best ways of increasing this value is to add certain upgrades to the building; in many cases your house’s value will increase by considerably more than however much you spend upgrading it.
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Mortgage Cuts in Britains Future

Growing concerns over the state of the UK’s property market have led to a number of large institutions putting plans in place that would see a curb on the amount of high level mortgage lending being offered to consumers. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, was recently quoted as saying, “… recovery [of the housing market outside London] is fragile and … it’s important we don’t disrupt this recovery.” He went on to point out high LTI mortgages as being one of the biggest risks to the health of the UK property market.
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Is now a good time to fix your mortgages?

A recent study reported by the BBC has shown a big North/South divide in terms of total UK mortgage lending.
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Little impact for Landlords from 2014 Budget

George Osbornes 2014 Budget was announced today announced by the BBC as having "Tax changes to boost pensioners and savers". Mr Osborne said his statement would be “a Budget for building a resilient economy”. However how much of this will impact, either positively or negatively, for landlords and property professionals? Key Housing market points: Housing market is under scrutiny to avoid a bubble. House building is up 23%. Finance being offered to smaller house building firms - £500M fund being opened to small developers. Finance being made available for people to build their own homes. Regeneration of run down council estates. Extending Help to Buy until 2020. New homes to be built in the South East including 15,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet. Stamp duty thresholds not mentioned Stamp duty on homes worth more £500,000 to rise to 15% for those bought by companies, as part of tax avoidance measures Buying...
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How do I generate space and light and create an impact in my two bedroom box house?

It’s really important to invest in the fundamentals of the house. Many people think immediately of the ‘cosmetic’ aspects of kitchens and bathrooms, but the most important thing, despite what an estate agent will tell you, is quality of space. The quality of space comes, principally, from a sense of generosity, simplicity, and light.
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An eco-friendly house

“If designed with care, eco homes can be beautiful, healthy, nurturing and efficient spaces to live in. Eco materials and products will help cut your use of basic resources like gas, water and electricity, cut your yearly bills and also help keep your home lovely and warm this winter and for many winters to come.”
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Free tickets to The Home Improvement Show

Just Do Property have managed to negotiate FREE tickets for some of our Just Do Property subscribers. Click on the link below to apply for free tickets. (standard tickets are £12 if booked before 3pm (with £1.75 transaction fee) on 26 March 2014 or £17 on the door (children under 16 go free)
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Paul Shamplina takes to BBC Radio 4 to voice concerns with "Rent to Rent"

On Wednesday 16th October Paul Shamplina, Founder of Landlord Action appeared on BBC4’s You and Yours show, to highlight the shocking risk to landlords of the latest money making strategy to sweep the property industry, “Rent to Rent”.  It’s a simple concept: Rent a house, then sub-let the rooms to sub- tenants and make as much profit as possible.  This will be available to listen to on BBC iPlayer This is a mushrooming phenomenon which has seen hoards of “experts” writing blogs, books and seminars on how to get started and even running courses costing up to £500 on how to bring in tens of thousands of pounds with virtually no out-lay. One such “guru” includes Daniel Burton who claimed he earned £35,000 a month from the get-rich-quick scheme.  Last week, The Guardian revealed he has gone missing, leaving tenants and landlords across London hundreds of pounds out of pocket. The idea behind...
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Searching for property investment: Always think before you spend

Anyone who is thinking about investing in a buy to let property, whether they want a single flat or house or they are hoping to add to an existing portfolio, needs to think hard about their investment first. A significant amount of research should be carried out prior to buying, because a property that won’t attract renters will prove disastrous in the long run.
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Property Expert, Paul Shamplina, helps mop up the mess of generation rent

    On 18th July, founder of tenant eviction specialists Landlord Action and leading property expert, Paul Shamplina, will be featuring in a one hour documentary, ‘Meet the Landlords’ on BBC 1, looking at the possibilities and pitfalls of being a ‘generation rent’ landlord.    Landlord Action, an organisation which has acted on more than 20,000 problem tenant cases, says the buy-to-let boom, which has lead to over 8.5 million people in the UK now living in a rented property, is the result of a cocktail of factors. These include; a lack of house building, less affordable housing, restricted funding in the mortgage market forcing more people to rent, tougher austerity measures leading to cuts on housing benefits, stagnant wages, increased cost of living and rising unemployment.   The documentary will meet the new army of private landlords who are riding the rental boom, both making and losing money as they...
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Property TV Show expanding

  Do you live in the UK but dream of a new life in Europe? Let us help you!   The UK’s longest running relocation show, BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’, is expanding and we’re looking for people who are thinking of embarking on a continental adventure!   Please email your name, telephone number and a little bit about your move to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him directly on 01494 733551
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Social landlord speaks out on housing benefit nightmare tonight on BBC’s The One Show

  A landlord from Bracknell, Berkshire, has spoken out about her nightmare ordeal after her housing benefit tenant failed to pass on the payments. This issue has been widely reported and discussed within the buy-to-let industry but now a landlord has come out publicly to talk about it. The non-payments left Mrs Trivedy and her self-employed partner in an extremely difficult financial position. As a result of the welfare reforms and implementation of Universal Credit thousands of ordinary landlords fear that they will see more of this kind of problem. It is expected to affect the whole country and BBC1 are covering the issue on The One Show tonight, Thursday 2nd May at 7pm. They will feature Mrs Trivedy and Landlord Action, the problem tenant specialists, who she went to for help. After meeting her current partner, Mrs Trivedy decided to sell her four bedroom house in Bracknell from a...
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Buy-to-let mortgage lending, growing at 20% a year

Landlords have had a tough time obtaining mortgages after the market peak in 2007, as lenders rapidly withdrew from the market. In fact, even with the current mini-boom, lending to landlords is about half of what it was six years ago.
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Free tickets to the National Home Improvement Show

The ultimate home improvement show returns for the fourth year to a new venue – Olympia, London Just Do Property Subscribers can claim a pair of free tickets to this show.  Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to claim your tickets, worth £24. The UK’s leading event for home improvers, The National Home Improvement Show, is returning for its fourth consecutive year to a new home, Olympia, London from 28-30 September 2012. Aimed at the serious home improver, the show brings visitors an unrivalled selection of ideas, inspiration and expert advice to help them take the next step with their home improvement project. The show has grown significantly and boasts a number of brand new features, including free interior design classes at The Design School, care of Susan Llewellyn, founder of The Susan Llewellyn Academy of Interior Design, one to one advice at the Renewable Energy Advice Clinic and real life case studies...
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Bank keeps Interest Rates at record low of 0.5%

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced today that it will keep interest rates at 0.5%, the record low that has remained for 27 months now. Economists had expected the decision with recent market data highlighting the continuing concerns over the strength of the UK recrovery. This is on the back of and despite the increase in inflation to 4.5%, up 0.5% from March. In contrast signs from the European Central Bank are that interest rates may rise there next month after being held at 1.25% last Thursday. It is believed that the continuing high inflation rate in the UK will mean it more likely that the BoE will increase rates at some time this year. This is backed by the continued pressure on the MPC  with three members voting for a rise over the last five months. James Knightley, economist at ING stated: "However, with inflation likely to move above...
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