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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.

How improving your home can add value in the short and long term

The value of your home can be a constant cause for concern. However, it’s worth remembering that, to some extent, the figures are in your control. Home values have and will continue to change significantly in 2019 across different parts of the country, especially due to influences like Brexit, so some say investing in your home’s value would be great.  The good news is that improving your home can add value in the short and long term. This article will help you understand why. Aesthetic updates A home’s value can rise and fall on aesthetics alone. Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to the details of things like colour schemes, design themes and room arrangements. Even the materials used on furniture can be quite revealing too in terms of quality and style. If you’re looking to add value, try to go for something smart but neutral; if it’s too...
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Private landlords struggle to keep up with regulatory changes

It is difficult to know exactly what Theresa May’s premiership will be remembered for when it finally comes to an end in July. Will she go down in history as the lady who failed to deliver Brexit, the Prime Minister who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory or the politician who presided over a huge change in private rental market regulations? Private landlords struggling It is fair to say that recent changes to the private rental market came about as a consequence of the Conservative party seeking to curry favour with middle ground to left-wing voters. At a time when the Conservative party was literally tearing itself apart, Theresa May saw an opportunity to introduce tenant friendly regulations and hopefully win over some of the popular vote. However, just a couple of years down the line from the start of the regulatory changes there is confusion and many private...
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Property and Divorce: Who Gets the Family Home in a Divorce Settlement?

The family home is often the most significant asset to be included and negotiated in the divorce settlement. It’s for this reason that it’s vital to understand the role of property in the divorce settlement and how the courts decide who gets the family home. There are many different things to consider during the divorce process, one of which is the division of matrimonial assets. For most people, the divorce settlement will include property, and the property in question is often the family home. Due to the value and significance of the property, deciding who gets the house or how it will be divided between each spouse can prove to be a complicated and stressful experience.  So who does get the family home in a divorce settlement? Always Get Expert Legal Advice First Your first step should be to seek the advice and legal guidance of an experienced and reputable...
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6 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Property

Regardless of whether you want to sell your sweet home, or are simply looking to grow your investment in it, the great news is that there are a few things you can do to boost your home’s value without dealing with a huge remodelling. Of course, for those who are thinking of remodelling, there are things that are more efficient than others as far as improving that value. This article is going to give you a few tips on how to achieve that. Take Clutter Out This works especially well for those who are looking to sell their place right now. If you don’t really have time to do anything else on this list, this is the simplest step to take as far as increasing the value of your home. What you’re looking for is depersonalizing the space as much as possible, as this is the key action to take...
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Tips for Buying your First Home

Buying your first home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and the most significant financial decisions you will make in your entire lifetime. While it may seem like an easy decision, it certainly isn't and therefore its best to proceed with utmost caution to avoid regrets later. The real estate industry is hugely dynamic attributed to changing demographic makeups, economic conditions, interest rates as well as other factors thus you should not make hurried decisions at least when wanting to buy your first property. Before buying Sea Pines homes, you may want to do extensive market research, take time and proceed with caution considering the tips below. 1. Always Conduct Thorough Research on The Current Market As mentioned above, the real estate market is mostly dynamic with property values rapidly fluctuating due to local supply/demand dynamics as well as broader national economic factors such as policies. Attributed to the...
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The Basics Of Landscaping Explained

Landscaping may be quite similar to gardening, although, they are also significantly different. While both gardening and landscaping are both focused on achieving a visually pleasing outdoor area that should be maintained, landscaping defines the task of designing the layout of your yard. The term ‘landschap’ was first used in the 16th century by a Dutch artist who was painting breath-taking scenery. The word was initially used to describe outdoor spaces that were picturesque. The art of landscaping requires a creative plan that aims to achieve a visually appealing outdoor area. By using plants, grasses, flowers, trees, and other outdoor features such as stones, water features, and fences you can ultimately create an ideal yard area. However, you will also require certain garden tools to ensure that your landscaping goal is possible. Homethods.com is a great platform to take advantage of for discovering top-rated products that will ensure the task...
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How to implement safety and healthy environment on construction sites

While there are a number of safety and health regulations in place for construction sites, construction remains a dangerous profession. Workers on construction sites are exposed to health and safety risks on a daily basis. In 2016, one-fifth of all fatal workplace accidents happened on a construction site. And in the UK, fatalities occur among construction workers at the rate of one per week. These numbers show that the safety and health of workers on construction sites is a matter of the highest priority. There are several steps that can be followed to safeguard workers, visitors, passerby and the site itself. Basic safety equipment and training, new technology like drones and wearable tech to monitor conditions and temporary heras fencing hire can all help to improve safety and health on the site.   Planning for Safety on the Construction Site Safety on the construction site begins with planning and training....
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How Can I Start to Invest My Money in Property?

It’s always been a well-known fact that in the UK, people readily invest their money into property – and why wouldn’t they? Nine times out of ten it’s one of the most financially rewarding and worthy long-term investments, and it’s a sure safe way to get the most out of your money. However, if you’re not an experienced property investor and you’re wanting to get started, it can be difficult to get your foot on a steep and well-established ladder. Well, with these top tips, you’ll be well on the way to investing in your first property and starting your long-term property investment adventure. Take Some Classes If you’re an absolute beginner when it comes to investing and don’t even know where to get started, why not consider taking some classes or joining a short course that is all about new and upcoming investors. Not only will you learn the basics...
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Survey reveals how agents are responding to the Tenant Fee Ban

Assist Inventories, a London-based property inventory company, has surveyed letting agents across the city to find out how they are responding to the Tenant Fees Ban. What They Said… The Tenant Fees ban, which came into force on the 1st June 2019, has been a bone of contention in the private rental sector since plans were first announced more than two years ago. Since then, countless directives have been issued advising how agents can recoup their losses, with one option seeming most favourable; increasing landlord fees. But is that how the industry managed in the end? In a word, yes, but not overwhelmingly. According to the stats collected by Assist, of the respondents, 38% said that increasing landlord fees would be their preferred option for maintaining revenue following the ban, but what about the rest? The full results are as follows: Survey question: What will your agency be doing to...
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Can I Use a Bridging Loan to Cover Property Costs?

Property developers are often on the lookout for the best finance options when it comes to purchasing properties as saving enough cash to buy one outright is close to impossible for many people. As you may be aware, there are so many finance options out there, that it can be difficult to decide on the best one to suit your needs. One of the most popular options is to take out a bridging loan. Within this guide, we’re going to give you all the information you need to know about using a bridging loan and whether it will be able to cover your property costs. ·       What is a bridging loan? Bridging loans are a short-term loan that is typically used by homeowners or property buyers who are struggling to find a buyer for the property they’ve put up for sale. It’s a temporary option that helps cover the initial...
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5 Tips for Adding a Porch to Your Home

While porches were once synonymous with seaside cottages, they are becoming an increasingly common feature in new build terraced properties across the UK. However, as your porch will either enhance or detract from your home, it is important it is well-designed to ensure it complements a property’s aesthetics and boosts its kerb appeal. To do so, read these five tips for adding a porch to your home. 1.    Choose a High-Quality Porch Canopy The canopy you choose cannot only provide your guests with shelter from the rain when they knock on your door, but it should also match your exterior. It is, therefore, essential to select a high-quality canopy to add a touch of sophistication and style to your address. Done right, installing a porch canopy can help transform your property’s kerb appeal. 2.    Select Matching Materials Unless you want your home to stick out like a sore thumb, you...
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Ways to Invest in Property with Very Little Money

Most people know that investing in property is lucrative. So, understandably they want to get involved. Every year, tens of thousands of people buy their first property and get started on building up their portfolio.  But, what about those people who do not have a lot of money to invest or cannot get a mortgage? Can they still make money from property? The answer is yes. Here are a few approaches they could take. Lend money to property developers There is a growing demand for asset-backed property finance. Developers everywhere need to borrow to be able to build or renovate. In the past, traditional bank loans, mortgages and bridging loans were the only viable way for them to secure finance.  Today, there are other options emerging. One of which is asset-based borrowing. Forward-thinking lenders are now prepared to lend money based on a percentage of asset value.  The loan is...
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Remortgaging or Secured Loans?

Secured loans and remortgage deals can be surprisingly easy to access. Just as long as you own your own home (or at least part of it), you’ll most likely qualify. But which of the two should you go for? What are the main differences between standard secured homeowner loans and a remortgage deal? In what kind of circumstances would either of the two prove useful? Remortgaging Can Cut Borrowing Costs Examining remortgage products first, remortgaging provides homeowners with the opportunity to effectively ‘swap’ their current mortgage for a better deal. It’s not uncommon to find competing lenders offering remortgage deals at considerably lower rates of interest than your existing home loan. In which case, it may be worth considering the savings, if you were to switch. If they choose to do so, the applicant could request slightly more money than they need to cover their outstanding mortgage. A good way...
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Types of cleaning you should never do yourself

Photo Credit: Shutterstock When it comes to maintaining a beautiful home or property, there are plenty of household cleaning tasks which are easy to do yourself with minimal equipment and little time.  However, there are a handful of jobs that should be left to the professionals if you want to ensure they’re taken care of properly, to the highest standard. 1. Carpet Cleaning No matter how often you vacuum carpets, dirt and odours will dig down deep over time, so it’s imperative to hire a carpet cleaning service every year to keep them smelling fresh and looking spotless.  While you may be tempted to clean carpets yourself using an off-the-shelf detergent, it’s best to leave it to the professionals as they’ll use high-temperature steam and a quality cleaning solution to achieve the finest results. It also saves you a lot of time so you can relax knowing that your carpet...
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6 ideas that will help transform your home into a smart home

Smart homes are one of the most exciting inventions in recent times. Connecting your home appliances to the Internet can be a very practical solution to many everyday problems. Still, so many things go into a smart home that designing one for yourself is a rabbit hole that goes very deep - did you know even the loft stairs you choose may change everything? Here are some ideas to help you transform your home into a smart home in a sustainable way.
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