Top Tips for Investing by the Sea

There’s probably not a British person alive who doesn’t look back with fondness on happy childhood days spent playing at the seaside. In fact, it’s almost certain that this sense of nostalgia has something to do with the popularity of seaside holidays in the UK, where every year hundreds of thousands of Brits will forgo a foreign excursion. In favour of a more traditional vacation in places such as Blackpool and Southend, whose popularity soared with the advent of ‘pleasure palaces’ in the Victorian era.
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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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Is Double Renting the new norm for the UK Housing Market?

There is a new trend gaining momentum in the residential lettings market – and it could be taking a foothold across the UK over coming months. “Double renting? is springing up all over the country – where home owners struggling to sell are taking up the option of letting out their existing home to provide an on-going income stream, whilst moving into another - lower cost – rental property themselves.
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101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow

I’m always being asked how to make more money from property as this is something I’ve been specialising in, and I decided to give away some of my top tips to help investors do this. I have attached here some of my 101 Essential Tips for investing with high cash-flow, and this section is for use particularly with tenants claiming benefits. It’s not all bad, and if done in the right way then you can make much more money with less tenants.  We also have the opportunity to have some rent direct from the council and most tenants are happy to have the money paid direct to our bank account. The main difference is that it is paid every 2 weeks for job seekers allowance and every 4 weeks for housing benefit, so we’re really flexible and help the tenants to be able to pay the minute they get paid –...
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How to Get Paid … In Full and On Time

  They say that prevention is better than cure ... well, in no area of life is this truer than in rent collection. Cashflow is the lifeblood of any business and good cashflow secures the ability of your property rental business to function properly. It allows you to pay your bills on time and maintain that squeaky-clean credit score that is so essential to a property investor. It allows you to take a regular income, which means youre not, basically, paying, or subsidising someone else to live in YOUR property - because thats what late rent payment means! Visit LandlordsRent “In these economically turbulent times, CASH IS KING!” It is fair to say that most property investors, when they start out in this business, assume that setting up a standing order is all that they need to do to make sure that their rent gets paid. If only! The reality...
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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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Government to reduce housing association rents

Government to reduce housing association rents Rent reductions for England’s five million housing association tenants could happen next year according to the BBC, though the government is expected to confirm soon. This will be their first ever rent reduction as a consequence of deflation. Read more from BBC news!
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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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