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The UK's Number 1 Property Investment Guide

Julie Hanson along with her husband Alec is Co Director of Just do Property   


Educated to degree level at Manchester then Thames Valley University, Julie has enjoyed building a property portfolio for 15 years.

She worked in a large corporate organisation for almost 20 years before deciding to launch her own business.

Julie enjoys looking after their 2 children whilst building her portfolio and bringing news and information to Just Do Property subscribers. 


Alec and Julie are passionate about property - development, investment and portfolio planning and hope this new website continues to assist property investors with investment news, opportunities and up-coming events.

Free tickets to A Place in the Sun Live

A Place in the Sun Live is the official exhibition of the Channel 4 TV show and the largest overseas property exhibition in Europe - the perfect place to help guide you through the buying process and find your ideal property abroad. At the show there’ll be between 100 and 150 exhibitors from all over the world ready to showcase their collection of beautiful overseas homes. Spain will be well represented with agents from all over the mainland, the Canaries and Balearic Islands, and there will be lots of agents from France, Italy, Portugal, Florida and many many more! Alongside the property agents there’ll be the all-important professional services with expert advice on legal, financial, tax and currency. Industry experts will be on-hand to talk you through the buying process and answer any questions you have. At the centre of the exhibition you’ll find The Hub where there will be...
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Big Fine for Property Firm That Let Japanese Knotweed Spread

Japanese knotweed is continuing to cause havoc all around the UK, and in the latest upset, the highly invasive plant species has resulted in a large fine being handed out to a property owner who failed to control an infestation of the weed and allowed it to spread to a number of neighbouring properties. The case came about after Bristol City Council slapped a Community Protection Notice against property developer MB Estate Ltd, after it was reported that a house the company owns became infested with Japanese knotweed. It happened after the fast-growing plant started springing up and growing in the gardens of seven neighbouring properties. The notice was based on the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which doesn't explicitly mention Japanese knotweed and the potential harms it can cause, but it can be interpreted to include the weed because it causes damage to community environments and nuisance...
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How to Design a Gorgeous Kitchen

The kitchen is a space where people enjoy delicious meals and socialize with their family after a long day or have guests over for the holidays. For almost every family the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas of the home so it should be decorative but also functional. Discover exciting new ways to change the look of your kitchen while not changing its purpose. 1. Cabinets One of the first things you should consider when updating your kitchen is your cabinets. Are they outdated? If you’re unsure what cabinets are considered trendy or which style would match best in your kitchen you can hire an expert to give you his/her advice on the particular material and style cabinet that would complement your kitchen. Professionals in the cabinet industry understand the rising trends in cabinetry and know which cabinets work well in each type of kitchen. Cabinet trends seem...
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Building your Power Team

It is so important to build a strong power team for your property business. Your power team is made up of the professionals around you that you use in the day to day running of your business.Successful business people know that they need to delegate as they cannot do everything on their own and they hire people who are great at the things that they are not so good at.  It’s important to know that your properties are being managed in the right way and your tenants are being well looked after. A great power team ensures the smooth running of your business and helps you to not miss out on those hot deals when they come along.So, who's in your power team?  If you don’t have these professionals in your power team then speak to us and we can recommend someone that we have used. Dependent on your property strategy you will...
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Tips for buying at Auction

This can be an exciting way to secure your dream investment property, particularly as you might bag a bargain and get some great deals; but it isn’t for the faint hearted. Things can happen very quickly in the auction room and you need to have done your homework beforehand in order to bid confidently and avoid paying too much. Looking to buy property is an exciting time. It is even more exciting when you think you may bag a potential bargain. However, you have to be aware and beware when it comes to buying property at auction as you don’t have a lot of time to do the necessary research – but once you’ve bought it, you will have a lot of time to reflect on any mistakes! Typically auction catalogues are released 14 days prior to auction. That means you have just two weeks to view the property, check...
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Free tickets to Grand Designs Live 2019

Grand Designs Live 4 - 12 May 2019, London ExCel Just Do Property are delighted to have been given 100 free tickets for our subscribers. Your JDP ticket code is JUSTDO19 and is valid until 11 May 2019, which is one day before the last day of the show. Go to the booking page to book your free tickets. On the 4th – 12th May 2019, London ExCeL will play host to Grand Designs Live; bringing the height of home and design innovation to London for the 14th year running. Proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, the show will boast a range of new exhibitors and features, as well as all the usual favourites, with design guru and TV broadcaster, Kevin McCloud leading the event. Whether you are starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing a new kitchen or simply looking for ideas, Grand Designs...
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Expert Market Forecast for 2019

  We were delighted to be asked to contribute to the Expert Property Market Predictions for 2019.  The collection of property expert commentary delves into a range of topics moving into 2019. Rolled out for the second year, Brexit’s impact on the market remains a common theme; no surprise there!  Yet, while gauging the exact effects is anyone’s guess, the underlying mantra of ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ prevails across this year’s contributions. JDP's contribution is below.  To see the full Market Predictions report simply click the link here.  Director at Just Do Property, Julie Hanson “It seems highly likely that we will see a further softening of London house prices in the short term prior to the finalisation of any Brexit arrangement. The next two years could be challenging for London but experts believe that 2020 will see the cycle turn. Many have written off London as a ‘busted...
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Lease extensions – don’t get caught out!

The subject of lease extensions can be complicated although as a leasehold approaches a minimum of 80 years to expiry it is something you will need to address. Traditionally leasehold properties are associated with flats although recently we have seen the introduction of more houses sold on a leasehold basis. In this instance we will look at the situation surrounding flats. To put things into perspective, there are freehold and leasehold arrangements:- The freeholder owns the property and the land on which the property is built The leaseholder rents the property from the freeholder with a lease agreement which can be decades or even centuries long 80 YEARS! If your lease is nearing 80 years, then alarm bells should be ringing! The general “tipping point” with regards to the lease holder property is 80 years at which point the sale value will start to decrease and mortgage funding may not...
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4 Ways to revamp your living space

Have you become bored of your living room? Has it become dreary and dull? Does it need a sprucing to bring the room back to life? We have 4 tips that can revamp your living space. Get an Area Rug Rugs are more than just a decoration in a room, indeed, adding an area rug to your living space boasts a range of benefits that can add a new dimension to and really revamp your living space. Comfort and Warmth If your floors are hardwood, tile, or concrete then you will know that they can take the heat from a room and be cold on the feet. Adding a rug is not only more comfortable to stand on than a hard surface, but the softness of the carpet will help to insulate the room. Reducing noise The carpet on a rug helps to decrease the noise in your living space. This...
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DIY 101: Why every home needs a scaffold tower

It is a safe assumption to make that every home will have a ladder – a key DIY item to help you reach high and hard-to-reach places. But did you know that nearly 50,000 people end up in A&E every year as a result of a ladder accident in and around the home? Ladders can actually be really dangerous if you don’t know how to use one safely, or you’re trying to use it for the wrong kind of job. What you need instead is a scaffold tower. Take your cue from the construction and maintenance industries where these are used professionally on a daily basis. Scaffold towers and platforms are made from lightweight, durable metals, they’re easy to assemble and dismantle, transport and store, and are a much safer option for working at height. They’re a useful bit of kit for a wide range of handyman jobs where you’d...
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Why you should invest in a holiday home rather than buy-to-let property

These days, good investment opportunities are few and far between. It used to be the case that you couldn’t lose with property, but the buy-to-let market has cooled off markedly. A housing market in slowdown, extra stamp duty land tax on second homes, stricter mortgage lending requirements and new taxes on rental income – no wonder that many residential property investors and private landlords are on the lookout for new opportunities with better returns. Buying a holiday homes in the UK could be one attractive proposition. Britain has an enviable coastline, and whether you discover the long sandy beaches in Camber Sands, enjoy the rugged beauty of Cornwall or explore the charms of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, there’s much to attract domestic and foreign tourism by the bucket and spadeful. And with Sterling having taken a bit of a battering recently, plus the insecurities surrounding Brexit, we can expect...
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7 Ways to Find New Investment Properties Quickly

Buying an investment property is no small commitment, so it's always best to take your time and take care of all necessary due diligence before making any purchasing decisions. On the other hand, you don't want to be wasting your time either, so there has to be a balance between being extremely thorough and having a fast and efficient workflow. Fortunately, with the right tools and techniques, you can streamline the process of finding the right investment property for your budget and circumstances. With that said, here are seven tips you can use to reliably locate the best investment opportunities in your area: 1. Contact an Estate Agent Going it alone isn't always a good idea when you're buying investment properties, as it helps to have access to the experience and connections of a qualified estate agent. However, that doesn't mean you should immediately follow the advice of the first...
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Selling Property at Online Auctions to Make the Sale Quicker

You could sell a house at an online auction because it helps you sell the house quicker to people who can pay you cash right away.  You might not have thought of this at any other time, but this is the perfect thing to do when you are having a very hard time selling your house.  Imagine how much easier it will be for you to sell the house when you have it on the open market for so many people, and remember that you can do this at any time. 1. Many Buyers See more at IWillBuyHouse.com when you are thinking of putting your house on an online auction, and you have to remember that these auctions are not all the same. Some of them are going to be very easy to use, and they could sell your house quickly.  There are others that are going to make it...
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Claim your free tickets to The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in 2019 – multiple dates and locations available

Whether you're mid-way through a project or don't know where to start, The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is brimming with bright ideas to help you bring your project to life. Learn how to design and build a sustainable home, pick up handy style tips and tricks or start at the beginning with a guide to planning permission. Click here to claim your free tickets  Offering a wide range of free talks including topics on self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects and tailored advice about your project, it's everything you need to get started on making the most of your family home. On site you can discover up to 220 exhibitors, 8 free daily seminars and 20+ masterclasses over all show days. Swap months of scouring the internet for face-to-face consultations with architects, planners, builders and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine’s experts, specialist masterclasses and hundreds of products all...
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Rental Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Property in Top Shape

Renting your home to complete strangers might be one of the hardest things in the world but knowing you can earn quite a lot of money this way is going to make the whole process much easier. However, if you want to make sure your property finds proper tenants, you need to invest some money into it first and turn it into a place everyone is going to love, but also maintain it in the future as well. So, here are a few tips on how to make your rental more perfect than ever. Repaint before new tenants move in Making sure your property is in top shape depends on several things, but it seems that most potential tenants focus on the aesthetic appeal of the place they’re about to rent. That’s why your rental needs to be as new as possible, or at least recently renovated. But, if these...
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