Upad - does it work?

        I have been seeing a lot about Upad recently and wanted to find out about the property letting service that they offer. So last week I met with James Davis, Upads CEO.  He explained all about Upad and how it worked and why it was different to other online lettings services.  The differences that I could see was that they put your property on all the major sites like Rightmove, FindaProperty, Zoopla and Gumtree, plus all the UK local sites - and they also have a great system to handle the enquiries.  They currently get thousands of enquiries a month and the system is robust enough to handle this and 10 times more. I was quite surprised when James told me that a large percentage of landlords still dont know that they can advertise their properties online.   Without using a high street agent. The proofs in the...
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Get the valuation you need!

Getting your property deal often seems like a succession of hurdles that the investor must go through including agreeing, negotiating and getting the finance. A further hurdle that is paramount to getting your deal is getting through the valuation and this is often an area where investors feel most out of control. Very few investors have attended more valuations than the new owner of Meet The Surveyor, Sonny Walia and his professional team. Many investors may know Sonny as the founder and previous owner of Meet The Surveyor or ‘MTS”. Sonny told us that he is proud to once again have sole ownership of MTS from January 2011. Here Sonny gives his top tips to get the valuation you need. What kind of supporting evidence do you suggest the buyer takes to support the value they feel the property is worth? My advice is to always take along “Sold” comparables in...
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Tool Review: Google Maps for the property entrepreneur

Google maps is not a tool that people would often associate as being useful for helping build their property portfolio or even just to help search for a new property to live in. However Google maps can be invaluable in taking a first look at a property before a viewing, reviewing a property and its area if you are not local, or identifying any potential issues in the surrounding area. I’m sure you will have used Google maps, or one of the various other map tools before. But if not it is very easy. Simply enter the Postcode or street name of the property you are investigating in the search box. So how can Google Maps help? The way to use google maps as a tool is to become a detective. You are looking at clues that will either give you a positive view or a potentially negative view about a...
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Tool Review: iPhone rightmove.co.uk application

- Review - The UK’s number one property website, rightmove.co.uk, has recently launched an iPhone app to help property hunters search for the ideal home, whether that is to live in, as an investment or just to rent. As you’d expect the application has most of the easy to use functionality of any iPhone application and links into the GPS to find your current location, along with using the map function to display the location of the property. This is particularly useful if you stumble upon a property while out walking or are driving around a potential investment area. To find a property for sale or to rent, you just enter the postcode or use the “Get my current location” function. As with the website you will be provided with ANY properties in the selected area, and you can then amend the search to broaden or narrow your selection. You are...
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