UK left to grow old disgracefully

Charity manifesto launched as 77% of over-65s back a Minister for Older People Report finds the UK is woefully underprepared for our ageing society Charity chief warns: Government representation for older people in desperate need of improvement.
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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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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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The Seven Massive Mistakes Costing Most People Thousands of Pounds in Lost Property Profits

This series of articles has been written by Nikki Pope, Property Investor, Lawyer, Educator. Nikki is running one of her fantastic seminars this Saturday in London.   How to Buy £1.5 Million Property for NO MONEY DOWN! Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM So you can hear right from the horses mouth!  Click here to register.  In the meantime enjoy the first of the seven massive mistakes.  Weve all heard about location, location, location when it comes to buying property but what about strategy, strategy, strategy? Property is an excellent way of generating real wealth - but it is a big slow boat and expensive to turn around. Get it right & the numbers are big. The prospects for property profits are excellent. Get it wrong and the numbers are big and in a stagnating or falling housing market it can be very difficult to move on from...
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Why not become a property educator yourself?

In a post-credit crunch, post-recession world, property has fallen out of favour for many people and they have forgotten what a great investment it can be. Seize this opportunity to educate them about how things are now, and how they can capitalise on that. It might be that up until now, you’ve only thought about investing in property, but there is a great deal of money to be made in educating others in how to do that. With an increase in house prices of 6% to June this year (Halifax) and a predicted recovery in the economy over the next two years (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) now is the time to start educating people in how they can make money in the property niche. If you are not already speaking about property, what’s stopping you? If you already use speaking as part of your marketing mix, are you seeing good conversions from it?...
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Essential home improvements for property developers

The key to selling property is to research, research, research. Doing this before you even invest in a property to develop will give you an idea of what people are buying in your chosen area and what renovations need to be carried out in order to add the most value to your home.
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Most Family Friendly Places To Live In UK

What are the ingredients for a family-friendly place to live? Is it good schools? Open spaces with plenty of fresh air? Low crime rates? Good public facilities? Strong job market? Reasonable property prices? Good childcare? Community spirit?
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The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns for its 14th year bigger than ever before!

Just Do Property have been given 30 free tickets for this years show. First come first served - if youd like a ticket email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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What makes a great investor? By Hazel de Kloe

This is a question I have asked myself frequently whilst working with the numerous and varied clients I have coached and mentored over the last 5 years in the field of property investment. The answer is multi-faceted and thought-provoking. Most of you will read this and common sense will very likely lead you to the same conclusions, although how many of us actually take stock every now and again to see where and how we may improve our abilities and increase our success rate? It takes a number of skills and traits to really ‘get it’, some of which are innate and some we have to learn over time and through experience.   The Right Formula The reason for asking this question and wanting to get to the bottom of it was to find the ‘right formula’ to pass on to others’, thus enabling them to be successful and progress...
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Are you looking for Property Investing Perfection?

What are you investing in at the moment? The answer doesn’t need to be a type of property, a method, or even an area, it’s more likely these days to be a cash-flow return. If you’re looking at a deal how are you deciding whether to invest or not? Do you check the location? Perhaps you want to invest close to home! Do you check the possibility for Capital Growth? – Perhaps not for the short-term but for the next 10-20 years. Do you divide your cashpot and diversify to make sure you’ve covered all eventualities? Do you look for cash-flow to give you financial freedom, or to give you a few more luxuries in life? OR are you looking for the deal that ticks all 4 boxes? Investing through others What is going to persuade you to part with your hard earned cash? Rather than thinking of the return...
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So will July be your month?

Well thats the first half of 2011 completed! How have you done overall? Have you hit your goals? Were you 100% clear on your goals?? If you were not, and had not written down your goals it’s unlikely you will have achieved what you hoped to. Anyone that is successful in life will have clear goals and a clear idea of what they want to achieve. Whether it is success in sport or business, those that do best will have clear plans, will take decisive action, have self belief and work hard. Look at Rory McIlroy winning the US Open a few weeks ago, smashing records all through the tournament as the youngest winner ever. In the last round he admitted not only did he expect to win he also had his eye on the winning margin of Tiger Woods 15 strokes a few years earlier – now that is great...
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Is Your Property Network Magazine (YPN) worth the subscription?

  Ive been a subscriber of YPN magazine for a number of years now and have always enjoyed receiving YPN magazine.  Its full of useful content and contacts to help build your property portfolio.  There are quite a lot of advertorials in the magazine, but to be honest they are always relevant and informative for the property investor. So I can safely say that I think it is worth the subscription.  At only £4.95 its great value. Click here for more information With summer well and truly underway it’s the most popular time of the year to carry out renovation projects. With this in mind, Your Property Network Magazine has some essential advice for making sure the work you carry out on your properties is as cost effective as possible this June.  Below, The YPN team explain what you can expect from the latest edition and the rest of the...
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Report shows student accommodation is booming

Landlords looking to expand their portfolios may wish to invest in properties in popular student areas, as this segment of the market is performing particularly well.
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Buying your first Buy to Let Property

Since the mid-1990s the buy to let sector has blossomed into one of the most important parts of the UK housing market.
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Rental demand could outstrip supply in 2012

Landlords might be interested to hear that one industry expert thinks rental demand could outstrip supply in 2012.
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How to Avoid Repossession

If you are feeling the threat of repossession you need to do everything you can to avoid it. Heres how to ensure you stay secure in your home.
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Become Financially Free in 2011 through HMO Property Investment

If you want to leave your job, improve your cashflow or just be comfortable knowing that every month you’ll be making a ton more money than ANY other property strategy out there, then follow my simple plan and start making money the smart way. 1)      Determine how much money you need to cover all of your living expenses and any other luxuries you must have! 2)      Divide this number by £500 as this is the gross cashflow amount you will make per month per house.  Rather than worrying about how many £50 cashflow properties you can get – focus on the big numbers.  Add another £500 to this figure for voids/maintenance and you have your target number of properties. 3)      Search www.spareroom.com for people looking for rooms in your area (I’d suggest 30-40 people minimum) and the rent they are willing to pay.  Post your own test advert with doubles...
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How to get going when money doesn’t motivate?!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="148" caption="How to get going when money doesn’t motivate?!"][/caption] We’re taught to trade our time for money, but there is little we can do to influence how much our employer pays us. So the net effect is that we take the wage we’re offered and in good times we may get a 2-3% increase year on year. For most people, that’s enough. As long as they can live on their income they are happy enough with their income for the level of job they are doing. For many, they have no real desire to move up the ladder to the next level, so they know their income is fairly set. Having spoken to many Finance Managers and Directors over the years in my role as a Senior Manager in Pay and Pensions, I’ve discovered that they fully believe that their staff are ONLY motivated by money. If they...
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