All Posts by Dan Varnaseri


How retirement income options stack up against buy-to-let property

The 3+1 Plan in action as a retirement income plan

If you’re like most people in the UK today, your retirement income options will be limited. According to a poll of 100 MPs in 2014, almost 20% believe that the state pension will be extinct in 30 years. When this does happen, most people will be reliant on their stakeholder pensions. Some may have what they were promised would be valuable personal pensions. The lucky few will benefit from rental income from investment properties. Read More

Snagging the easy way

Before you pay, get the magnifying glass out

You’ve invested in an off-plan property and have received the completion notice. The developer wants payment for the work done. You may be eager to complete yourself, and install the tenant you have ready and waiting. The first thing you should do, though, is to inspect the property and make a snag list. An important part of the process of buying off-plan property. Before you make that last payment, the developer has a strong incentive to right any wrongs. In our experience, and with the developers from whom we source properties, there will be very few things to correct. But you’ll want them done before your tenant moves in and before you make that final payment. Here we explain what snagging is, and how to snag an off-plan property. Read More

How property investors negotiate below market value property deals

Always get a great deal when you invest

To get the best below market value property deals, you’ll probably have to learn how property investors negotiate. Some people are born hagglers. Some pay the price asked every time, without question. I’ve sat on a beach in Spain and watched holidaymakers pay £20 for a pair of sunglasses that I just bought for £5. When you’re investing in property, your skill as a negotiator could mean thousands of pounds of difference. It could be the difference between a cash flow positive investment and a loss-maker. There is no single correct way to negotiate. Different sellers will have different attitudes and reactions in different situations. But what is up for negotiation is the same in every deal. Read More

Pump up your property investment profits by acting like a professional

The before, during and after essentials of property investment

The objective of investing in property is to benefit from the potential capital gains and rental income that a buy-to-let investment could produce. It’s this money that will transform your life. It’s going to provide the finances to pay for the lifestyle you desire. It never ceases to amaze and dismay me how many investors don’t approach property investment professionally. I don’t want you to make the same mistake. Read More

What stops most people becoming successful property investors?

Fear – the emotional barrier to your wealthy future in property

Fear. It’s the one emotion guaranteed to kick your property investment plans into touch. Fear will stop you making the choices you need to make. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In this article, I’ll look at why you need to overcome the fear of failure, and what could happen if you do so and invest in property. Read More
7 Common property investment mistakes and how to avoid them

7 Common property investment mistakes and how to avoid them

Tips to profit as a property investor from day one

In property investment, there isn’t a mistake that hasn’t already been made. Most are made by beginner investors, who haven’t yet gained the experience to avoid them. It’s these mistakes that stop investors from continuing after their first investment and becoming property millionaires. In this article, I describe the most common property investment mistakes and give some advice about how you can avoid them. Read More