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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.

Learn real estate investing

When looking to learn real estate investing techniques it can be difficult to know where to start. There are many different real estate investment strategies, real estate investment theories and they all have a role to play. Many people have differing opinions on the value of practical and theoretical experience with regards to real estate investing. The truth is that one very rarely works without the other. Theoretical real estate investment As they say “past performance is no guarantee of future results”. However, once you start to look at the theoretical side of real estate investment you will see that history does repeat itself time and time again. Looking back at historic real estate investment trends is extremely helpful, very educational. It can sometimes indicate the short, medium or long-term direction of a local, national of even international real estate market. Does this work every time? If we look back...
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5 types of interiors that benefit from artificial greenery

Flowers and foliage are a great way of adding both colour and character to your home. Leafy green plants also have proven mood-boosting properties, helping us to de-stress and unwind in our personal habitats. However, for many people, caring for real plants can be tricky. Whether it’s due to mobility issues or a lack of time and energy, attempting to bring living plants into a space only to have them wilt and die shortly afterwards can be disheartening. As well as the disappointment of spending money on plants only to throw them away a few weeks later, any mood-boosting properties a plant might have are quickly squashed by the frustration and sadness felt when they die. Though it’s great to invest in real plants where possible, there are many interiors that benefit most from a high-end faux substitute. If any of the following sound familiar to you, here’s a little...
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Where to start when renovating for a loft conversion

Sometimes it can feel like we never have enough space in our own home, whether that be the size of the house itself, the number of people living in it or the amount of clutter and belongings that we accumulate over the years. If you’ve explored all the different avenues for creating more space, you may well have come to the conclusion that a loft conversion is the best option for you. But where exactly do you start? There are a few things you need to consider and do before converting your loft, so here’s a little guide to help you through those first steps. Weigh up your options You should be able to do the most obvious calculations yourself. Is your loft big enough to be converted? Is your roof at the right angle? Do you have the adequate space for the stairs to go (there needs to be...
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Easy Home Improvement Ideas That Will Bring Value To Your Home

Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the imminent future or whether you’re just taking a long-term view of your property’s value, carrying out some home improvements can help to boost your potential asking price. But how can you increase your property’s value without having to put in too much effort or break the bank? Here are a few top tips. Prepare The Exterior Curb appeal is everything, so making sure your home looks great when potential buyers arrive is essential. Tidy up the front yard, driveway and paths so they look their best and make the right first impression. This can be done easily. If the fence is damaged or the paintwork looks shabby, these can be rectified straight away. Clear any weeds from the yard and replace the hardware on your front door. Fix The Roof If your home has a structural problem, its value will be...
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Top 5 Things to Know About Buy-to-Let Mortgages

You may have heard that buy-to-let is no longer a good investment now that the government is taking certain actions to level the playing field between landlords and residential owners. Well, dismiss that from your mind right now. There is still money to be made in buy-to-let. Yes, things have changed. But there are still some particularly good strategies for making money in property. Fundamental to profitability is financing. For the average landlord, that means buy-to-let mortgages. A mortgage on a rental property is similar to a mortgage on your primary residence. The fees may be a bit higher and the terms a bit more restrictive, but a buy-to-let mortgage is still fundamentally a loan for buying a house. If you are a new investor, here are the top five things you should know about buy-to-let mortgages: 1. Income Matters Regardless of whether you are a professional landlord or just...
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Get FREE tickets to the Ideal Home Show Scotland

Don’t miss out claim your free ticket today – quote JDPFREE Whether you’re planning a renovation project, a bedroom or living room makeover, or just looking for a few finishing touches, the Ideal Home Show Scotland is a hotbed of new ideas. Running from 24th – 27th May at SEC Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest home event is bursting with inspiration, advice and the very latest products. Catering to every need and taste, the show includes several stunning sections. Discover Interiors, Gardens, Lifestyle and Home Renovation section for a wealth of great brands, exclusive offers and beautiful new products. Entry to the Ideal Home Scotland show also gains you free access to Eat & Drink Festival - mouth-watering food and drink from the very best street food vendors and local producers. Plus, see exclusive show offers, new product launches and items you won’t find on the high street.  In addition, don’t miss...
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Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold

  The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold at 0.75% after declaring that economic growth in the UK has been stronger than expected. Interest rate increases could be "more frequent" than expected if the economy performs as the Bank of England is expecting, governor Mark Carney says.   Following on from the Bank of England's interest rate announcement, please find below some reaction comments. Managing Director of One77 Mortgages, Alastair McKee, commented:  “In the current climate of Brexit uncertainty, a freeze in interest rates was one thing that we could bet on.   While wider market conditions remain tough, this further assurance of continued mortgage affordability should help boost confidence in an otherwise beleaguered property market. However, although today’s news will help stimulate buyer sentiment, fuelling buyer demand is a temporary plaster over the issues surrounding the UK market and we still need to address the wider issue...
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Tips to Hiring a Reliable Plumber

Plumbing is one of the pre-requisites for having a wonderful and quality life inside your home. From showers, taps, sinks and gutter installation, plumbers are needed to ensure all pipes are well installed. You should hire a expert plumber as all plumbing work needs a plan to ensure the right plumbing solution is done to meet the piping demands of your house.   Installation of pipes without consulting a plumber will lead to plenty of problems with your pipes. Imagine your toilet pipes bursting, it would be a messy situation. You would also be exposed to lots of health problems due to pathogen dissemination. Qualification and Discipline Plumbers are expected to have gone through a plumbing program and learned all the professional skills. After plumbing school, they must apply for an exam where they are tested on all skills learned. Once the plumber passes the exam, he can then be...
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How to Choose the Right Sliding Sash Window For Your Home

Sliding sash windows have slim frames and narrow glazing bars. These features are what yield the typical period look on many homes in the UK. There are plenty of designs of these windows and even though people might think all windows are the same, most windows have different features. It takes a keen eye to identify the best features so that you select a wonderful sash window that will serve you perfectly and for a long time. Materials the Windows Are Made From There are two main materials that sash windows can be made from. These include timber and uPVC timber alternative. Timber is available in two types, the traditional type that has a weights and cords operation or a modern type that has a spring balance operation. Regardless of the type of timber sash windows you have installed by your sash window company, colours and styles of window can...
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A Guide to Different Types of Shutters

Shutters are window covering structures that have frames of vertical stiles and horizontal rails. They are normally used to block light from entering the room. Some people install these structures even on doors so as to block light completely when needed. Vinyl, synthetic foam, faux wood, and wood are some of the materials that are used to make window and door shutters that you can get professionally installed. Here are the various examples so before you buy shutters, you know its type and features first. Raised Panel These come with a unique style that looks like kitchen cabinets. The raised panel can have a single or double panel depending on the user’s preference.   Their low profile nature allows them to fit on many types of homes including Victorian, and Georgian. Raised panels are mostly made from wood and people can choose whichever colour they want. Coatings need to be...
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Top 5 Home Decorating Tips

Decorating your home may look like a simple exercise but it requires proper planning and creativity. When decorating, you not only aim at achieving cleanliness but also aim at creating great expressions. This is the main reason you should hire professional painters and decorators to decorate your house. From the kitchen where you prepare food, the bedroom where you spend your nights, to the sitting room where you like relaxing, your home must be well decorated. Besides the aesthetic enhancement that comes with decoration, you will also be living in a healthy environment. Decorating can also enable you to spot pests and other flaws in your house that you can fix. 1. Set a Welcoming Tone at Your Door A good first impression of your home is important to weary travellers. Put some flowers at the side of the entrance to your door and make sure you have a nice...
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Different Types of Driveways

If you live in a detached single-family home, the chances are that you own a driveway. That means that you are responsible for its upkeep and maintenance. There are different driveway finishes and materials that can meet your unique design tastes, the durability you expect, and the level of maintenance you are ready to commit to. Here are the different types of driveways. Resin-bound driveways These are an increasingly popular choice for most property owners as they provide a range of colour options and more flexibility. Generally, resin-bound driveways tend to be water permeable. However, they can crack easily if they are not installed correctly. Their top surface can easily lift up or move. That means they can hard to repair whenever a problem crops up. Therefore, you should know a good driveway company where you can easily get resin driveway supplies for repairs to your driveway when needed. Indian-stone...
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5 Reasons You Need a Professional Window Cleaner

Whether it is residential or commercial window cleaning that you are looking for, you need to hire a professional window cleaner. Many people don’t see the importance of hiring a professional cleaner since they assume they can do the cleaning by themselves. It is true you can clean your own windows but not as perfect as a window cleaner would. You could do more harm than good to your windows especially if you don’t have a clue about how to perform the right cleaning process. Here are some reasons why you need a professional window cleaner. 1. Professional Window Cleaners Have The Proper Tools Spraying cleaner and wiping it off a window does not result in sufficient cleaning. In fact, some streaks of dirt will remain and attract more dirt from the surrounding areas due to static. If you make it a habit, you may find your windows are still...
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Shared ownership: The ins and outs of the new way to get onto the property ladder.

With millennials struggling more than any other generation to get onto the property ladder the government has introduced new schemes in order to give younger people a helping hand in the housing market. With a third of young people predicted to still be renting into their retirement, these new schemes are all about reducing deposits and making payments as easy as possible while not compromising on location or quality. With properties for sale in Islington to shared ownership in Sussex, the UK is now paving the way for first time buyers and the future of the housing market. Shared ownership is all about getting onto the property ladder without a lifetime’s worth of savings. It allows you to part buy, part rent a property while paying less in total than just renting from a private landlord. The main premise is to open up the market and encourage younger people to...
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Diagnose central heating problems

Central heating systems are very complex and this means that faults are not uncommon. If you notice that your radiators are cold in any part of your house, this can indicate a problem with the whole system. If your central heating fails, don’t panic. There are plenty of steps you can take yourself before you call an engineer. If you are concerned about the cost of central heating repairs, you can purchase a central heating cover policy to put your mind at ease. Remember that your central heating is very complex, involving gas, water and electrics. If you are uncomfortable or unsure at any stage of these checks, always call in a professional. Now, let’s explore the most common ways to diagnose a problem with your heating... No heating? Check the thermostat It might sound obvious, but the first step is to check that the system is turned on and...
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