New report finds that students make the best tenants

As a landlord or letting agent, there are many factors to consider when renting a property, including finding your ideal tenants. On first glance students may not be your first choice, but new findings by utilities and service provider for students, Glide, and Accommodation for Students, found that students are in fact the most desirable tenants.
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Landlords urged not to dismiss tenants on housing benefit

According to the poll of 1500 landlords, more landlords are turning away housing benefit claimants than ever before with almost six in 10 landlords (57%) refusing to accept anyone on benefits.
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Property Predictions for 2014

With 2013 becoming a distant memory we find ourselves facing 2014 pondering the changes that will occur in the property market.   Nick Carlile, Managing Director, Platinum Portfolio Builder (PPB), would like to share his predictions for the year ahead when considering UK Residential Property Investment He focuses on the key issues that concern any investors or those contemplating a move into property, which are: Price Price is always at the forefront of any investor’s mind and the subject which generates the most debate! Nicks predictions for this year are that prices in London will begin to slow down (albeit there will be some level of growth) and other areas around the UK will instead experience greater levels of growth. Geographical Areas Nick believes, that for the best investments in 2014 (which provide greater discounts, double digit yields and a good income) the best strategy is to focus further North on...
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Landlords urged to find the right tenant despite buoyant market conditions

Tenant eviction and rent recovery service Landlord Assist is encouraging landlords to prioritise their efforts in 2014 on finding good, reliable tenants rather than go searching for high rents despite the unusual prospect of a buoyant sales and rental market taking place at the same time.
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Rental market set to become more tenant-friendly?

Success of Help to Buy could help to stabilise the highest rents. Landlord Assist says demand for the Government’s flagship Help to Buy Scheme coupled with an expected rise in interest rates could be the catalyst for the buy-to-let sector becoming more tenant-friendly. For the past few years the private rented sector has sustained a significant growth period caused by huge volumes of people opting to rent rather than buy because of difficulties in obtaining suitable finance for lenders.
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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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3-Years For BTL To Become Energy Efficient

The Telegraph reports 1-in-10 BTL properties will be unlettable in 5-years time! In 2018 it will be an offence to let out a property within the lowest energy efficiency ratings, and from 2016 tenants can legally make reasonable requests for energy improvement measures.
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Buy-to-let mortgage lending, growing at 20% a year

Landlords have had a tough time obtaining mortgages after the market peak in 2007, as lenders rapidly withdrew from the market. In fact, even with the current mini-boom, lending to landlords is about half of what it was six years ago.
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60 Seconds with James Davis, Upad

WHAT IS UPAD IN A NUTSHELL? Upad is the UKs largest online lettings agency. We help landlords let and manage their properties nationally, and because weve grown so large, we can pass on massive savings to landlords.
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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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How The Internet Can Save You Money After The Sale

So, you’ve bought your property, it’s all going smoothly, financially you’ve done all the maths. But that financial brain doesn’t necessarily transfer to interior design.
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Great news for Landlords as rental yields continue to increase

As we all know, the economic turmoil in the UK over the past 2 years has made it so that first time buyers have found it incredibly difficult to secure a mortgage. With banks looking for deposits of around 20%-25%, most young, first time buyers cannot gather the capital to purchase a property and so have been having to rent instead.
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What advice would you give a new landlord?

Since the introduction of TV programmes such as ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ and ‘Property Ladder’ the number of individuals who have ventured into the buy-to-let industry has boomed.
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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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Non Status Finance Available

  This deal has just been sent to us by Property Secrets, so we wanted to share it with you as it looks like a good one.  Particularly with the reduction in the finders fee. If you have limited funds or cash rich – this deal will have something to offer you! Key points: ·         1 & 2 Beds Available ·         Yields up to 13% ·         Cash Buy or up to 90%LTV non-status finance available ·         Deposit from just £4,140 ·         5 Year Fixed rate finance ·         Tenanted Options ·         Huge Discounts for Cash & Multiple Buyers Pre-release special offer: £500 reduction off the finder’s fee for the first 20 reservations! My thoughts are this, with the opportunity that we are offering these will go quickly, people will take action and units will start to be secured. So if this looks like an opportunity that you would like to get involved...
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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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Why should I invest in student accommodation?

With more students going to university and college each year and an estimated 2.4 million students in the UK, and a huge shortage of accommodation, there is a huge opportunity to make large, passive income from investing in high quality student accommodation located in cities with prestigious universities.
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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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South Shields buy to let property is a winner

Weve just completed on a new buy to let property with a 9% yield. A great investment purchase.
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The LHA and how to make it work for you - free download

We have recently been able to get a  FREE excerpt from John Pauls ebook “LHA and How to Make it Work for You”, it’s full of tips and tricks that you can use to improve your cashflow, and your understanding of LHA. Would like to know more about investing using an LHA Strategy, but dont know where to start? Do you already use this strategy to invest, but your LHA Tenants are costing you  time, energy and MONEY? It doesn’t have to be that way – in fact, getting LHA Tenancies right can be hugely profitable and hassle free! "LHA is an opportunity to increase cash-flow and produce rental yields that we haven’t seen for years, all you have to do is to learn how to work the system, and use it in your investment strategy". –  John Paul Download the free excerpt here to learn more about LHA Investing. If...
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