Gross mortgage lending steady in September says CML

There is growing evidence that mortgage lending activity, and the housing market, are sitting on a plateau.
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Lending in August is 3% down on July say CML

New CML data shows that lending is down slightly compared to July.  The first month-on-month drop in house purchase lending volume since February this year.  Monthly highlights: First-time buyer lending declined in August compared to July, with 28,900 first-time buyer loans - 4% fewer than in July but 9% up on August 2013. By value, there was £4.4 billion of lending to first-time buyers - 4% down on July but 22% higher than August last year. Lending to home movers also declined, with the number of loans advanced to movers totalling 36,500, a 3% fall on the previous month but up 7% on August last year. By value, lending to movers totalled £7 billion, 3% down on July but up 17% on August last year. Remortgage lending activity saw a decrease month-on-month and also year-on-year in August. The number of remortgages in August was 4% down on July and 11% down on the same month last year. The value of these loans (£3.7 billion) was down 5% on the previous...
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New report finds that students make the best tenants

As a landlord or letting agent, there are many factors to consider when renting a property, including finding your ideal tenants. On first glance students may not be your first choice, but new findings by utilities and service provider for students, Glide, and Accommodation for Students, found that students are in fact the most desirable tenants.
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Free tickets to The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Just Do Property have negotiated some free tickets to The Home Building Show for our subscribers. Click here to apply for free tickets.
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CAPITAL CITIES - THE NEXT BIG THING IN OVERSEAS PROPERTY

Capital cities are the rising stars of luxury residential real estate, offering promising investment prospects for those investing in overseas property in 2014”, predicts Laura Henderson, editor of essential guide to luxury resort property, Abode2.com.
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Win, a signed copy of Sarah Beeny’s book “Property Ladder: The Developers Bible

Enter our 2011 competition to win a signed copy of Sarah Beenys book "Property Ladder" A great piece of landlord advice. All subscribers of Just Do Property are already entered into the 2011 Competition.  But you can gain more entries by recommending friends to subscribe to our site.  The more friends who subscribe the more entries you will get. http://www.justdoproperty.co.uk/2011_prize_competition We have 8 amazing prizes to win in the competition. Our 8th prize, to be drawn in July is a signed copy of Sarah Beeny’s book “Property Ladder: The Developers Bible” If youre a fan of Sarah Beeny then surely this is a must have.   Enter our competition by subscribing now, or recommend more friends: http://www.justdoproperty.co.uk/2011_prize_competition Have you decorated your home from top to bottom and are looking for something more - a real purpose and point to property renovation? Have you ever wondered how you can really invest in a property to...
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Investing in Indian Property

In the second of a series of articles on property investment in emerging economies, Ruban Selvanayagam explores India as a feasible destination.
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Preparing your home for sale

Our newest mentor Kiran Singh is our interior design expert  She  runs My Unique Home. My Unique Home is a design school for non professionals. We love the idea of this, she offers Interior Design workshops with a difference. The focus is all on you; it offers clients a chance to develop their own personal style whilst working on the skills needed to produce results.  The programme is broken down in to 10 essential workshops covering subjects such as finding your own personal style, how to create a home with personality, creating your personal style and how to make big changes in simple ways. One of the courses that will be of interested to any Buy To Let Investors is the preparing your home for sale workshop. Of course the property isnt your home but I think this would be a great way to gain knowledge about how to sell a property...
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How to find the perfect Property Development with Sarah Beeny

This is a great video with Sarah Beeny courtesy of Bizzibox.  Bizzibox do some great snippet videos, which only last 5 minutes or less. Sarah Beeny talks about how to find the perfect Property Development in this video. Sarahs tips are to know the location, as one street can be dramatically different to another street, so its great to know the area, local knowledge is really important.  If youre developing for investment you need to understand who the buyer is - understand your target market. A family may want more space but a single couple or a group of friends would prefer to be closer to local restaurants and bars. How to add value to a development should come with your gut instinct, but if it doesnt then the main way to add value is to add square footage.    In order to get a figure on how much you should pay...
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So, what’s involved in becoming a new build developer?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="So, what’s involved in becoming a new build developer?"][/caption] Since my article about new build developing last time, I’ve received a huge amount of feedback from people that are interested in finding out more about what’s involved in the developing process. However, it seems that quite a lot of people out there still think you need to have construction knowledge to become a developer… Well, let me dispel that myth once for all: you don’t need ANY construction knowledge to become a new build developer. Let me explain… I think one of the most common misconceptions amongst property folk is the distinction between a Residential Property Developer and a House Builder. Now, major House Builders, such as Barratt, handle the entire process in-house, from sourcing the land and obtaining planning, to construction and sales. Now many people presume that new build developers do the same. In fact,...
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How to supplement your BTL income by at least £50,000 per year

I’ve just read an incredibly thought-provoking article about just how valuable – and transferable ­– our skills as BTL investors can be…  For sometime now, I’ve been following the blog of UK Property Expert, Lyndon Forshaw, with interest – especially his approach to new build developing. In his latest free download, he reveals that the transition from BTL investing to new build developing is not as much of a leap as you may think…  As you’ve probably noticed, making genuine regular profits from buy-to-let is far, far harder than it used to be! That’s why it’s more important than ever to supplement your long-term investment strategies.  Of course, BTL is a great long-term investment strategy. Although, the value of our portfolio can be considerable… after finance and maintenance costs, it can be hard to yield regular income… In fact, sometimes we can be lucky if we make any!  Though of course, with BTL that...
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Sarah Beeny’s guide to starting at the bottom

Property used to seem like a sure-fire bet.  But with the market still being so volatile is it a good time to be developing properties?  This report in The Independent discusses how if investors get their figures right, there could still be a healthy profit in bricks and mortar. “You’re much better off developing now than right at the top as at that point it can only go one way and that’s down,” says Sarah Beeny, presenter of Channel 4’s Property Ladder and founder of website tepilo.com. “Starting at the bottom means things can only get better.” Read more……. http://tinyurl.com/ylemthg
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