London and UK Property Investment Blog

Why it makes sense to invest in residential investment property

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

Safer, cheaper, better returns when you build a property portfolio

I’m often asked by new clients why I personally think that residential investment property is the way to go for every investor. One thing that I really like about building a property portfolio is that it’s a ‘real’ investment. Property is something that I can pass down to my children, and they can pass down to theirs. All the while, it has the potential to provide increasing levels of rental income. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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How to make money when buying off-plan property investments

[fa icon="calendar'] September 20, 2018 / by Ritesh Patel

Reducing the risks of off-plan investments

Buying off-plan property investments is an investment strategy that many investors use to maximise their profits. Buying off-plan, you’ll usually get to lock in a decent discount from today’s value. That should give you a safety net against a fall in market prices, and in a stable or good market you’ll have built-in capital growth. However, just like all property investments, buying off-plan doesn’t come without risk.

In this post, I’ll look at the risks of buying off-plan and provide you with the strategies to minimise those risks.

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What’s the best property investment network – local or national?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 19, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Profiting from an investment property databank

In my career, I’ve built up a pretty big property investment network. It stretches the length and breadth of the UK and across continents. Among this network there are some incredible investors who only ever buy in their local market. Mostly, they make good money; but would they do better to widen their vision and look further afield?

In this post, you’re going to meet Harry and Doreen, two very similar and yet very different property investors. Their stories demonstrate the benefits of thinking nationally and searching locally.

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UK Property News - 16 Sep 2018

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

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How can I guarantee my new build flats will rent?

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

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.

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Nine things that tenants want from your buy-to-let property

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

Never buy the home you want to live in − buy the property others want to rent

I recently met a buy-to-let investor who was experiencing a problem that is unfortunately not a rarity. He was finding it difficult to get a tenant. He’d tried dropping his rental price, cutting it to the bone. Nothing. He hadn’t had so much as a sniff.

The truth of the matter is that he’d bought a dud. When I asked why he’d bought it, he answered, “Because it’s just the sort of property I’d love to live in.” He’d bought his ideal home instead of a property that others want to live in.

When he carried out his property inspection and due diligence, he’d seen what he wanted to see and not what tenants would look for in rental homes. He hadn’t looked at the investment as a box that makes money. He hadn’t invested in a property that would appeal to a tenant. Consequently, he was left holding a costly baby.

(Watch this video which shows how deep our due diligence checklist delves to ensure a property investment opportunity has the maximum potential.)

In this post, I’ll show you the nine things that today’s best tenants want from a home they rent. This knowledge will help you to identify the diamond properties and dismiss the duds.

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5 insane excuses that people use to not invest in property

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

Emotions and lifestyle are key motivators and de-motivators

If you’re reading this blog, it’s probable that you’ve been thinking about investing in property for a while, maybe even years. It took me five years before I plucked up the courage to make my first property investment. I was scared. No, strike that. I was terrified.

Looking back and thinking about it now, throughout those five years I kept revisiting the same five reasons not to invest. Knowing what I know now about the property market, supply and demand, and buy-to-let investments, I call these reasons for not investing my five insane excuses.

In this post, I’ll tell you what stops the majority of would-be property investors from taking that first step to building a profitable property portfolio. There the same fears and emotions that stopped me from making my money earlier.

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How do I put the 3+1 Plan property investment strategy into action?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 13, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

You don’t need cash savings to invest in property

When you invest in buy-to-let, you get to take advantage of the benefits of leveraging in property investment. Put down a deposit of 30% and borrow 70%, and any profit is made on the whole amount, not just your 30%.

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I want to enjoy retirement – how can I as a buy-to-let landlord?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 12, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Guaranteeing your rental income for retirement

In my last two posts, you’ll have read about our client Scott, and his desire to create income when he retires.

In the investmernt blog post titled "What type of residential property is best for retirement income?” we discussed three types of property that Scott was considering for investment. He was also concerned about a property’s ability to maintain retirement income. His mind was put at rest with the package of five guarantees that Gladfish offer, and the strategic way in which we approach property investment that allows us to give those guarantees. (Read about these in the investment blog “How do I know my property won’t suffer long void periods?”)

In this post, I address Scott’s last concern. As he put it when speaking to me, “If I have to spend all my time making sure my tenant is the best I can get, it ruins the advantage of property investment. I want to enjoy my retirement, not spend every minute chasing after rent and fixing leaking taps.”

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How do you avoid the scams?

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

Property Investment and how to avoid fraud

Property investment oppotunities you’re considering, whatever they may be, require investment research to check out who you’re dealing with. There are a lot of scammers out there, and when it is as hot as it has been to invest in property in the UK, the sharks come circling. They don’t care that it’s your life savings and your children’s future that they’re stealing. They’d turn you over even if you were their grandmother.

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