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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.

9 Lesser Known Things to Look for When Buying a House

Buying a property is both an exciting and daunting time. With so much a stake with our investments, we need to be sure we are making the right decision. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced property investor, there is a multitude of things you should be on the lookout for when viewing property. The team at Lawsure have created a useful list of 9 Lesser Known Things to Look for When Buying a House to help make sure you get it right first time. 1. Neighbours It is important to maintain good relationships with neighbours. Unfortunately, there are some characters we simply will not wish to live next to. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors and introduce yourself, you can scope out the current neighbours and ask for a candid review on the neighbourhood. You can also use this opportunity to see if there are any...
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How to easily maintain your garden

A well-maintained garden is a major attraction when you are planning to buy or rent a property. If the landlord or the previous owners have taken care of the area around a house or flat, it really shows off the property and makes it more appealing. Of course, nature loves to take over, and even if you’re a keen gardener, the maintenance of grounds, particularly large gardens, takes a bit of work. Here are a few pointers to help you easily maintain your outdoor spaces. Your first task is to survey the gardens so that you become familiar with what is there at the moment. If you’ve inherited an untamed jungle, then you may need to do some clearance initially. Piles of rubbish and garden waste will attract vermin, so it pays to move quickly, perhaps with the help of professionals who offer garden waste clearance services. In most cases,...
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Affordable housing and the role of LPG

The housing crisis in the UK seems to be an ongoing issue, not least when you throw in the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and its potential impact on the construction industry e.g. the availability of labour and costs. Positive initiatives and efficient processes are needed to help the sector deliver the number of homes that Brits can pay for — which is where LPG energy is proving an attractive asset. Here, we’ll explore how LPG is assisting in the provision of affordable housing for UK buyers and why it’s vital that the sector and government gets behind it if they want to hit targets and meet housing demands. UK affordable housing Recent research and data into housing in the UK show that there are clearly issues that must be addressed. A government initiative to build 200,000 discounted homes to first-time buyers had not produced a single home by the end of...
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Graffiti Problems on Your Rental Property?

While a piece of Banksy artwork on the side of your house could see resale value rocketing, generally speaking, graffiti is bad news. Whether you’ve been the victim of a one-off act of vandalism, or your property is situated in a prime graffiti hotspot, knowing how to deal with rogue spray paint properly will prevent any permanent damage being done – and keep the property commercially appealing. Off the shelf products Whether you’re wandering around your local DIY superstore or shopping online, you’re likely to see a host of graffiti removal products that promise to work wonders against unwanted paint. You’ll find wipes, sprays, and brush-on solutions – but it’s very difficult to find any products that have more than a small handful of good reviews. The reason is simple; there’s nothing that comes close to the effectiveness of calling in a graffiti removal specialist. The kind of products that...
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Water Leaks in Your Rental Property – What Are You Covered For?

It’s the call that we all dread – a tenant telling us there’s a water leak somewhere in the property they rent from you. Dealing with water leak damage isn’t just costly; it can also be extremely time-consuming and disruptive – both for you and your tenants. As such, having the right insurance in place can save some considerable headaches. As you’ll know if you compared landlord’s insurance before now, not all policies are created equal – so, it’s useful to know some of the terms you’ll find on quotes and policy documents – and look at exactly what kind of cover is provided. How did the damage happen? Before we dig into policy specifics, it’s important to explore the causes of water damage – and the different attitudes to water leaks that insurances companies can take. Whether or not you’re covered by your insurance policy at all often depends...
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Four ways to make your home happier

There’s no better feeling than being happy in your home – a home that looks good, feels good too. Keeping your home environment up-to-date and in a condition you’re proud of can be a fantastic way of improving your overall happiness. After all, as the GoodHome report found, homes are vital to our general outlook, accounting for 15% of our total happiness – approximately five times more than our jobs. With this in mind, here are four changes you can make to your house to make it feel like a happier place to be. Rearrange, reorganise and redesign. The colours and design of your home can make a big difference to how you feel living there. Some neutral tones may be relaxing but getting rid of the beige by injecting some colour and personality into your home can promote feelings of happiness. Although, keep in mind that darker colours can...
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Could the 18 year property cycle work for you?

Economic consultant Fred Harrison published a book in 2005 called Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010 in which he correctly predicted the crash of 2007/8. While it is easy to dismiss one successful economist among the many who predicted different scenarios, there does seem to be some support behind the theory. The 18 year cycle Harrison looked back on property price movements over the last 200 years and found that there was a relatively predictable pattern which lasted 18 years. This consisted of: – A property market crash Gentle recovery Natural correction Boom time In all honesty this is the type of pattern which regularly occurs in the economy and therefore it is a valid breakdown of the 18 year property market cycle. While many will suggest that the current situation is “unique” we have seen many varied scenarios in years gone by resulting in the...
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Asbestos Testing Kits - Why Are They Important

We’ve all heard of asbestos via the news, friends and family and information from the HSE and we know how it can quickly mean a building is branded unsafe for human use and will need fixing swiftly, we’ve also heard stories about the negative impact on the health of the population asbestos has. Companies like Asbestos Sampling make this process accessible for all. Photo by Tneil Abt /Unsplash But, what exactly is asbestos, and why is it so important to have access to a testing kit?  Well for a start anyone can find asbestos in their property, it was widely used in building materials right up until 1999.  Easily mined, easily accessible, and low cost it seemed like a great option at the time. And, there are many buildings that contain this harmful material, from office blocks to homes, right down to public toilets too! It’s quiet, not easily spotted, and the...
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London’s Top 5 Most Affordable Tube Lines for Property

Whether a first-time buyer, investor or window shopper, it is no secret that prices in London can leave us wincing. Despite the average property price being down 2.5% in the capital compared to 2018, £457,471 is still a stretch for many considering the average salary is £35,564. Back in the 1960s the average property price in London was £2,530. Whilst still a huge expense at the time, buying a property was achievable as there was less of a harsh disparity between salary and house prices compared to today. For those wanting to live in the city or add to portfolios it may seem all doom and gloom. However, Sold’s interactive London property map is ideal for buyers mulling over the most affordable place to buy whilst remaining close to a London Underground station. Sold research revealed the following tube lines to have the cheapest average house prices out of all...
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Housebuilding sector broadly optimistic on Boris Johnson

Yesterday saw Boris Johnson win the race to be the next Conservative leader, and PM of the UK, by a significant margin. In reality this was a “done deal” some time ago although Jeremy Hunt did make some progress in recent weeks. It is fair to say Boris Johnson will be a Marmite type Prime Minister for the UK - you either love him or loathe him. However, initial feedback from the UK housebuilding/property sector has been broadly optimistic with some experts fairly positive. Boris’s opinion of UK housing market Boris Johnson has made a number of comments of late regarding the UK housing market and potential changes he would bring in. The first thing to say is that when he was Mayor of London he tended to delegate housing policy to a very tightknit and well-managed team. There is already talk of a new housing secretary and minister for...
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Fixtures and Fittings - Why You Should Be Moving Your Properties to Full LED Lighting

If you are renovating a property to sell, or you own properties that you rent out and are considering having electrical work done to refurbish the lighting, there are a lot of very good reasons why you should be designing the lighting for the properties using LED throughout. While you can normally switch to LED using existing fittings just by replacing existing conventional bulbs with equivalent LED bulbs, if you are doing any kind of project that involves replacing lighting or electrical fittings, then this is a great time to make LED and its advantages a factor in the lighting layout and design you choose. What is so Great About LED? LED has superseded other forms of energy-saving lighting as the most energy-efficient mainstream lighting solution there is. In fact, manufacturers like General Electric in the US have even stopped making their old energy saving bulbs because LED lights not...
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How You Can Install Home Security System By Yourself

There’s no denying that a home security system is of the utmost importance when considering the safety of your family and your valuables. However, the installation costs may be the only considerable downfall involved. Luckily, the solution of self-installation may help you keep your costs to a pleasant minimum. While opting to install a home security system on your own will surely cut your costs drastically, you should also consider the solution of affordable and reliable security services available from alarmrelay.com as this will ensure that your monthly subscription costs are as affordable as possible. Even though having your security system installed by a professional may seem like the best option, there are several different types of monitoring systems that you can install yourself without much difficulty. Here are a few useful tips to help you install your security system. Installing Component Devices When installing each component of the system,...
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Free tickets to A Place in the Sun Live

We are delighted that Just Do Property have been given some free tickets to A Place in the Sun Live.   A limited amount are available for our subscribers so act now and book!  A Place in the Sun Live is being held at the NEC, Birmingham. 20 - 22 September 2019 If you'd like free tickets, simply click this link. 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...
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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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