How improving your bathroom adds value to your home

    Im sure most people would agree that there are few things nicer than coming home after a busy day and relaxing under a hot shower or in a bubble bath. My bathroom is my sanctuary and I think it’s one of the most important rooms in my home. As it is such an integral part of a home it can add significant appeal to your house or flat, so when I saw the bathroom appliances and furniture at bathrooms.com I immediately knew how I could increase the value of my home.   Current housing market For the first time since 2008 house prices show an annual rise across the UK. The Office for National Statistics detects an increase in house prices of 0.3% in May and 2.9% over the previous year. House prices have risen by 3.1% in England and by 6.6% in London compared to numbers in 2012. According to...
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How to overcome problem tenants

  Although legislation exists to ensure that landlords are protected against the difficulties which problematic tenants can cause, these tenants can still cause a great deal of inconvenience, stress and financial cost to property owners. There are of course a number of common sense preventative measures which landlords can take before deciding on a tenant and during their tenancy. These include procedures such as: Initially, choose tenants carefully (using references, credits checks etc.) Keeping an inventory of items (and the condition of these items) in the property Arranging for rent to be paid via a standing order or direct debit Repairing maintenance problems quickly and efficiently Making regular to visits to the property, upholding a good relationship with the tenants However, in some cases even if these techniques are adhered to landlords can still find themselves in a stressful situation when they have problem tenants in one (or several) of...
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The House Crowd - a refreshing approach to property investment for all

A refreshing approach to property investment is being launched by The House Crowd. The House Crowd has come up with an innovative idea that makes the process of property investment possible, with just a small amount of capital, using an effortless, unique business model.
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Advice on Buy to Let

Whenever I am asked what area of property investing investors should go into, I almost always will say go for buy to let and will relate it to business. Many investors however still do not buy the correct property to fit the criteria they should look for. If you think of large businesses and how they measure growth and performance - they will continually talk about growing by either opening new branches or shops, or taking over existing ones. So for instance a company may say "Our target is to open 30 new stores throughout the UK in 2012." Another company may say we shall consolidate our position and work on performance of existing stores. In terms of growing as a business, this is where buy to let has a huge advantage over buying to sell. If you buy to sell, you have to re-start your company each time, and...
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Is now the time to buy off plan?

Alan Forsyth from Property Secrets has provided this informative article about Off Plan Investing. Buying off plan was very much the way to invest several years ago, and worked very well in a rising market. For instance I bought off plan in Leeds city centre 11 years ago, as new build apartments were just starting to be built - and sold on 6 months after completion making a good profit. This type of investing worked well for investors in Dubai, and many emerging European markets over the last 7-8 years up until 2008 - with investors seeing excellent return on investment before they even completed. This investing then suffered as the credit crunch kicked in.  Investors hoping to secure 85-95% mortgages then saw loan to values reduce to 65-75% meaning extra funds were required on completion, and this affected some end values. So done well it can work very well,...
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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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