London and UK Property Investment Blog

Here’s why Bedford should be on your property investment shortlist

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

When large businesses decide to invest, shouldn’t you?

Investors have made a lot of money by purchasing buy-to-let properties in the commuter towns. Of all London’s commuter towns, Bedford has once more risen to the top of the pile for investment potential. It has flashed loud and bright on our radar as offering an exceptional opportunity to investors.

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Could you increase property investment profits as a limited company?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 21, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Tax is changing the landscape for UK property investment – are you prepared?

It used to be that most property investments was made by individual investors in their personal name. Very few people would set up as a limited company to buy and hold residential investment property.

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Get your tax return in or face huge financial penalties

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Urgent advice on buy-to-let tax

Tax. It’s one of the dirtiest words I know. But, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, along with death it is the only certainty in life. I hate it. I don’t know too many people who love it if any. But it’s not only the amount I have to pay that gets my back up. It’s the paperwork you must do to be told you owe buy-to-let tax.

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Bradford: Why UK’s curry capital is hot news for property investors

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

An exciting local plan is boosting opportunity for property investment

Bradford is the home of curry in the UK. It’s also a thriving and vibrant place to live and work. Its economy is growing rapidly. And it’s been hailed by Barclays as the best place to start a business in the UK. 

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How big should your residential investment property reserve fund be?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Three factors to consider when planning for financial success in property

Residential property investment is a proven way to increase your wealth, as I’ve discussed in previous articles such as:

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Should you use your home equity as a deposit on residential investment property?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

The pros and cons of using your home equity to invest in property

In my last article, I discussed why you need a large deposit for residential investment property, and how a larger deposit doesn’t make investing in property any less attractive. A popular source of deposit capital is the equity in an investor’s home (the difference between value and mortgage outstanding). In this article, you’ll learn the pros and cons of using your home to fund your property investment.

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Why do you need a large deposit for residential investment property?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Your deposit is your investment capital

Residential property investment is a unique asset:

  • Unlike stocks, shares, and bonds, it is a tangible asset: it’s real. You can see it, touch it, feel it.
  • Unlike precious metals, you can get an income from it.
  • Unlike fine wines, vintage cars, and postage stamps, opening or damage can be repaired to maintain (and even enhance) value.
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Three factors that affect off-plan property prices

[fa icon="calendar'] May 11, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Key knowledge to help you negotiate the best investment price

We recently received an email from a property investor asking how off-plan and new build property is priced by developers. Specifically, the investor wanted to know why similar properties could be priced so differently in different areas, and how much leeway this might offer, if any, in negotiations on price with the developer.

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All positive on property investment – prices, rents, and demand all up

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Proof positive that the potential for UK property investment is growing

This time last year, house prices in UK cities were rising at an average of 3.7% annually. The latest Hometrack analysis shows that this rate of price growth has increased by a third, to 5.5% over the last year.

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How much tax will you pay as a buy-to-let property investor?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Understand income tax issues to maximise net rental profits

When you invest in property, you should give some consideration to how much tax you might pay on the rental income. Now, I have never believed that tax should be the reason not to invest. However, understanding the tax implications of owning and operating an investment property as a buy-to-let will help you decide how to structure your investment and reduce the tax liability.

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