5 Perfect Paving and Driveway Solutions For Any Investment Property

When it comes to developing investment properties, it's just as important to focus on the outside of the house as it is to focus on everything within. Good first impressions are vital and if the paving and the driveway are bad or unappealing, people will be instantly turned off and much less likely to purchase or rent the property. With this in mind, here are 5 perfect paving and driveway solutions for any investment property. 1. Brick Patio A brick patio can provide a really nice, homely feel to a property. Usually, if you’re going to use bricks for the paving, you’ll use red bricks, but of course, it’s for you to decide what’s best for your individual property. Not only is a brick patio something which has quite a lot of aesthetic appeal, but it is also something which is rather durable, making it even more appealing. Plus, it’s...
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Be careful your dreams don’t go up in smoke!

  I was reading an article before Christmas about a couple who weren’t adequately insured.  Apparently not living in your home full-time can actually invalidate your insurance.  The article was about a couple who spent 12 months renovating a bungalow that was going to become their home.   Unfortunately their neighbour’s property caught fire and their property went up in smoke too, just 2 short weeks before they were due to move in. Although it was a very difficult time, they had their insurance to fall back on, or so they thought! They put their claim into their insurance provider and thought everything would be plain sailing.  Much to their dismay the insurance claim was rejected, on the grounds that the house was not permanently lived in during the renovation. The insurance company went onto say that they would never have insured them if they realised the circumstances. Fortunately they took...
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2012 Targets – Have you set them?

We hope you’re looking forward to Christmas and a bit of down time.  We always think of it as a good time to do some planning (as well as enjoying yourself)!  This sort of thing always goes to the bottom of the ‘To Do’ list in normal every-day life. However, it’s such an important thing to do. You know the old saying: “fail to plan, plan to fail”! 2011 Target We personally had a target to acquire 5 additional investment properties in 2011 and we almost achieved our target, we have almost bought 4! 1 is a multi let with a JV partner (great Cashflow). 1 is a lease option 2 bed house, 1 is a 3 bed apartment and we should complete this week on the 4th, which is a 2 bed tenanted property with a £230 net cashflow. We were happy that we’d almost achieved our goal for 2011. ...
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Pay off your Mortgage and secure a strong pension

In just 10 years from now, how would you like to have paid off your home mortgage in full and have secured a strong pension?
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Admit it – you’re too scared to invest in property!

Donald Trump once said:  “Well, real estate is always good, as far as I’m concerned.” Most people would agree that property investment in the long term is a good investment. The reasons are plain to see, a proven track record, income from day one, you can leverage, etc. If this is the case then why is it only a small minority of people actually takes action and invests? Why do only some people choose to prosper from property investment? Well for most people what is stopping them is FEAR. FEAR is False Expectations Appearing Real or as one of my mentors used to say, False Education Appearing Real. People fail to take action as they either play out negative scenarios in their head or they have not had the correct education and have been influenced by someone who has scared them or put doubt in their mind. Professionals who have had long...
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What will happen to the UK housing market in 2011?

Graham Phelps gives his views on the 2011 property market.
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Make sure your Buy to let investments stack up!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Make sure your Buy to Let Investments Stack Up!"][/caption] One of the main benefits of investing in property is the significant capital gain you can make as your property rises in value over the long term. However, to benefit from the gain you need to make sure you can afford to hold the property in the meantime. Ideally you don’t want to have to support your property portfolio. Quite the opposite in fact! Your portfolio should support you financially. The rent you receive from your tenants should more than cover all the costs of ownership such that each month there is surplus cash profit left over for you to enjoy. Investors who lose money are often the ones who get it wrong because of cash flow. They can’t afford to hold their property and so have to sell which depending on the market conditions means they themselves...
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BBQ or Simon Zutshi, how committed are you?

Simon Zutshi shared with us how he deals with motivated sellers to build rapport and how by asking great questions you can get sellers to share everything with you about the property and their situation.
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The buy to let market in 2010

There have been numerous articles written recently pronouncing the death of the buy to let market – but things seem to be changing and we’re seeing a sharp upturn it seems. This is likely down to increased demand for rentals with the shortage of affordable homes for first time buyers, and the lack of available finance, despite recent government efforts. But beware - ideally, the rental income that your investment properties produce each month should be more than enough to cover the cost of financing, the cost of managing and maintaining them, and a little bit extra for you. In the real world, that often isn’t going to happen. The rental market will eventually be created because of the affordability barrier – but there will be a lag. If buying to let seems a good investment for you, bear the following things in mind before you start looking for the...
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