Category Archives for "New builds"


What’s better for rental income – new build properties or existing?

Savvy property investors know the answer

One of the decisions you’ll need to make as a property investor is whether to invest in new build or existing properties. Investors who are committed to older properties extol several advantages of doing so, including:
  • You don’t pay the builder’s profit margin in the price
  • Opportunities for renovations and refurbishment are opportunities to add value
  • You have historical data which eases price discovery and confirmation of value
  • Well selected existing properties are less likely to fall in price in a market downturn
While the above may be true, all of these advantages are centred on the potential for capital growth. The arguments in favour of older, established properties rely on the same fundamentals for capital growth as new builds. If you buy an existing property in an undesirable area, it is likely to perform worse than a new build in a sought-after location. What about the choice between new build and existing as a long-term investment for rental income? In this post, I’ll examine five undoubted advantages of new build over existing for the buy-to-let investor. Read More

How can I guarantee my new build flats will rent?

Tips to make sure buying off-plan is profitable

Although some investors buy off-plan apartments with a view to flipping them and making a capital gain, others buy new build flats to rent. There’s a lot of mileage in you doing so as part of a core property investment strategy. The question is when you’re buying off-plan, how do you buy new build flats to rent and make sure they will? This post will show you the three things you need to do to guarantee a demand to rent your property after completion. Read More

What is the best property investment for the property investors in London?

New build vs. existing vs. off-plan property investment

As a residential property investor, there are three main routes to property investment gold:
  • you could buy recently completed new builds; or
  • off-plan property; or
  • existing property.
Some property investors swear by existing properties, renovating them and then renting them out, or flipping a property investment for profit. Others won’t touch anything but new build, understanding their appeal to tenants. So what is the best property investment for you? Here we answer some questions that clients often ask us, highlighting the difference between property investment in new build and property investment in existing properties.

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Why is due diligence so important? Bill’s cautionary tale

The challenge you face when starting out is that everyone everywhere will try and give you the deals that “their best investors turned down”, they will test your knowledge in the hope of getting a deal done where one really didn’t exist.

It is absolutely essential that you always carry out your investment research and due diligence in advance of buying a property. You need to know that the fundamentals are strong - but above all you need to know that you are buying a property that is valued correctly.

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Investment Research – Will the upcoming tax changes kill the buy to let market?

What is the biggest concern in UK Buy to Let market in 2016? The answer is obvious: tax changes. 

A great deal of property investors have posted questions relating to tax changes and the buy-to-let housing market to me and my team. In fact, this was the main topic of our recent client seminar we held in Wembley. So will the stamp duty and mortgage deductibility tax changes kill the buy to let market?

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