How do I raise finance?

The question that is asked all the time by property investors is - how do I raise the finance to begin?  If you are starting from the great perspective of having a good chunk of capital or you are able to release equity from a property to work with when you begin to buy property; then that is great. 

It makes the process much easier as it gives you the confidence to know that any offer you make is backed up by funds in the bank and therefore offers you greater bargaining power.  Coupled with the right knowledge and guidance, it also means that you can start your search sooner rather than later and get going on your chosen strategy.

Raising Finance

If you are trying to raise finance, then it would be a good idea to check your credit rating and mortgage status.  Speaking to a mortgage broker who specialises in lending for investment purposes about your ability to raise a mortgage would be a good place to start to see if you’re at least in the running in this sense. 

Regarding raising finance for the deposit or to buy outright, this can be a tricky subject.  There are a number of ways in which you could pull money together and we have listed them below:

  • Credit Card (short term)
  • Borrow money from relatives or very close friends
  • Borrow money (in the form of a loan) from friends or acquaintances
  • Raise Bridging Finance (in a number of different ways)
  • Bank Loan
  • Angel Investor/High Net Worth Individual/Sophisticated Investor
  • Vendor Finance (in certain circumstances)

 Check out our commercial finance and our mortgage section for more information on raising finance. 

Landlords fight back with Cherie Blair!

  There have been some interesting headlines this week relating to landlords and property investing.   Here is the news in brief: 1.8 million new rental homes needed by 2025 to keep up with current demand 58% of RICS Estate Agents have seen a drop in buy to let sales since April 2016  86% of landlords have no plans to increase their rental portolio UK households renting doubled from 2.3m in 2001 to 5.4m in 2014 Landlords fight back with Cherie Blair   The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported this week that the Government must urgently deliver 1.8 million new rental homes for UK families, as new figures show a sharp drop in the number of available properties. New figures show an ailing rental sector that cannot keep up with predicted demand. RICS have reported that 86% of landlords have no plans to increase their rental portfolio this...
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Landlords are getting a double whammy according to Kate Faulkner

  There was an interesting interview on BBC Breakfast this morning with Kate Faulkner about rental property shortage, Section 24 and other tax restrictions. 2 million extra households will be needed by those looking to rent by 2025 and according to RICS a lot of rental properties are owned by private landlords who have 1 or 2 extra houses.  There is currently not enough supply for the demand. The interview discusses the extra 3% stamp duty introduced in April 2016 and the fact that this morning Estate Agents are reporting a 60% drop in buy to let sales since the introduction of this extra tax. Kate Faulkner discussed how landlords are being beaten up – they're seen as greedy landlords, but they're actually just delivering a service. As well as the stamp duty, there is a general increase in taxes.  A landlord can currently deduct the mortgage interest off the rent....
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Active insulation

  Chris Reid of Majedie Asset Management believes global exposure and prudent active management should help investors cope with an EU exit.Stock markets have been volatile since the UK voted to leave the EU, not least in London, and sterling has remained very weak against the dollar.In such circumstances, it would be understandable if investors worried about the value of their holdings and their income stream, especially if they believe investment and economic growth are under threat.Chris Reid of Majedie Asset Management believes that the dividend stream for his UK Income fund is secure, however, not least because the businesses he has invested in are not simply focused on the UK.“We estimate around 40% of the fund’s net asset value is invested in ‘dollar profits’,” said Reid, referring to where the companies derive their revenue.Reid says one of the best examples is Tate & Lyle, the century-old British sugar importer...
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Everything landlords need to know about ‘Making tax digital’

  The new system of tax management being introduced by HMRC is aimed at making the process of tax collection easier and more efficient. By using digital devices such as smart phones and computers, small business owners are able to properly itemize their transactions and plan for the tax return at the end of the year. Free compatible apps and software will be made available when the change takes effect from April 2018 and Landlords and small business owners will have to incorporate the new system where they catalogue their invoices and receipts while providing HMRC with quarterly updates to their company financials. The idea will be to try and cut out the vast swathes of physical mail that has to be sent out by HMRC to individual businesses across the country. The move will see a reduction in instances of documents getting lost in the post and reduce the...
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Stamp Duty - What's changed?

  Stamp Duty has changed signficantly in the last 6 months.  Therefore we thought it would be useful to summarise the latest stamp duty position, as a useful guide for our subscribers. Anyone who buys additional residential property, including second homes and buy-to-lets, has had to pay an extra 3 percentage points in stamp duty from April 1, 2016.   The additional charge applies above the current “stamp duty land tax” rates. This means there will be 3pc tax to pay on homes worth up to £125,000, 5pc tax (instead of 2pc) on homes that cost between £125,001 and £250,000, and 8pc on homes worth between £250,001 and £925,000.   Homes worth up to £1.5m are subject to 13pc stamp duty and those over this amount will incur a 15pc charge.   In practice this means that someone buying a £450,000 house will have to pay an extra £13,500 of tax....
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