Tips and Advice: Investing in the Right Commercial Property

There’s many different reasons to invest in commercial property, it might be that you want a new premises for your company, or that you wish to add to your existing portfolio. Whatever your reasons, you’ll always want to make sure you have the right property to ensure your investment is worthwhile. As such there are also a number of aspects to think about in your search, but if you’re not certain or could use a few pointers, in this post you’ll find some useful tips and advice. Here’s what you need to know: The Right Type To start with the basics you need to look through the property markets and narrow your options down to the right property for your needs. For example, if you’re intending to turn this into a commercial rental property, or use it yourself, will it suit the target market? After all, you wouldn’t advertise a...
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The Importance of Property Portfolio Insurance

Investing in property often involves years of hard work and canny decisions to build up a diverse and successful portfolio. Something so precious should not be left unprotected and vulnerable to loss or damage by the whims of fate. Property portfolio insurance offers a straightforward means of protecting ones assets against risk and loss and helps to provide peace of mind concerning ones future financial security. What is Property Portfolio Insurance? Property Portfolio Insurance is sometimes also known as Landlords Insurance and like any typical insurance, its primary purpose is to protect your hard earned assets from potential risks. The key benefit of this insurance is that multiple properties across an entire portfolio can be consolidated into one policy, making the organisational logistics more straightforward and simpler to manage. Different policies cover differing circumstances and there are certain criteria that must be met to qualify, depending on the chosen insurer. With...
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Buying vs. Leasing of Commercial Real Estate

Running a commercial enterprise can be a trial by fire for many reasons. Nothing else compares in terms of the challenges business presents and the way it forces one to grow and evolve. There comes a point in the life of most businesses where a very important question must be asked – should my business continue leasing premises or is it time to purchase something more permanent?

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The Advantages of Renting Serviced Vs Conventional Commercial Property

The differences between conventional commercial properties and serviced commercial properties are quite simple. The former refers to a straightforward commercial lease, by which a company obtains sole rental use of the property. The latter refers to lease agreement in which a company rents a commercial space that is provided along with extra amenities, such as secretarial or postage services. Serviced commercial properties are usually (but not always) a part of a larger commercial complex, such as an office block.
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What expenses should commercial property buyers be aware of?

Are you looking to buy a commercial property? Doing so is certainly an exciting move for a business, be they large or small, to take. Acquiring new premises - whether its a retail outlet, office or hotel - provides a great chance to generate additional revenue for an organisation, but it is a substantial financial commitment that should not be overestimated.
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Understanding and Utilising Business Rates Relief

Business property rates can quickly become an expensive prospect, especially as we continue to endure the current economic climate. As we attempt to make savings and cut costs in areas such as staffing, property rent and business rates in order to be able to compete with our competitors, many companies forget or sometimes don’t even realise that they in fact are eligible for business rates relief, allowing them to cut their spending overheads significantly.
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Why should I invest in student accommodation?

With more students going to university and college each year and an estimated 2.4 million students in the UK, and a huge shortage of accommodation, there is a huge opportunity to make large, passive income from investing in high quality student accommodation located in cities with prestigious universities.
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Would you like a £40K tax refund?

I blogged a couple of weeks ago about an incentive that the government has introduced to encourage us to buy more property (I like that!).  I recently interviewed the Directors of Global Cashflow, Julie Jackson and Lisa Matterson to find out more about it. (listen to the interview again here). Julie and Lisa explained that only 4% of eligible people have claimed for Capital Allowances. Surely this is like having the winning lottery ticket in your pocket but not claiming it! Does it sound too good to be true? – the government will give you money which is rightfully yours, and you only get charged a fee when you get the rebate– definitely sounds too good to be true! However, we have put some cases through and I wanted to update you on the results so far with a couple of examples: Case 1 Furnished Holiday Let Jointly owned property...
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Free Government Money - claim yours now!

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Julie Jackson and Lisa Matterson of Global Cashflow.  They recently set up Global Cashflow to help people claim whats rightfully theres. Did you know you can claim capital allowance tax relief  on certain types of property?  It is your right to claim up to £100,000 per year in capital allowances. What I like about this is that if theres no claim theres no fee.  If you do claim, Global Cashflow only charge 5% + VAT of the value of new capital allowances identified.  They will also work with your accountant on this.  Basically the government are giving away free money!  Dont they say theres no such thing as a free lunch - however in this case I think there just might! It also sounds very easy and straightforward! You can listen to the short audio here by pressing the play button. [audio:http://www.justdoproperty.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/rec_jaj1967_10_Jan_2011_20_08_21.mp3|titles=rec_jaj1967_10_Jan_2011_20_08_21] 96%...
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An Introduction to Commercial Property Investment

Commercial Finance Commercial finance is the function of offering loans to businesses, generally secured by business assets - in this case, we shall focus on property. As you will probably know, most institutional funders have tightened criteria to such an extent that lending is severely prohibited. There are some signs that criteria are relaxing, but if you’d care to ask most businesses who are looking to their business bankers for financial support as to exactly how much support they are receiving, the reply will generally be rather negative. That said, it’s not all doom and gloom, as there are still funders out there who have the appetite and the resources to fund any truly viable deal.... A summary of property-related commercial finance is as follows: Development Finance Contrary to popular belief, development finance is still available for residential and commercial developments. Experience and a good track record are essential if an...
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