London and UK Property Investment Blog

Strategies to maximise buy-to-let yield and cut tax on rental income

[fa icon="calendar'] September 27, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

How to use your allowances to minimise tax on rental income

For most investors, property is a long-term investment. According to a report by, gross buy-to-let yields in the UK average 4.17%. In some areas, they are almost three times as high. Gross yields are calculated before tax on rental income and other costs are taken into consideration, so provide the best comparison with income of other investments.

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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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Simplifying the process of buying an off-plan property

[fa icon="calendar'] September 6, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Week one and beyond in off-plan property investment

In my last post, I looked at the initial hurdles you have to jump when buying an off-plan property when I wrote about off-plan property investment – the difficult first week. These range from:

  • negotiating the money laundering process; to
  • finding and appointing a solicitor with off-plan experience; to
  • chasing up the developer and their solicitor.

Along the way you’ll have multiple forms to fill in, questionnaires to complete, and, of course, fees and reservation amount to pay. Thankfully, the potential profitability of off-plan property investment makes these headaches disappear. But what if you could relieve the pain sooner and simplify the process – from the moment you decide to take advantage of off-plan property for sale?

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

[fa icon="calendar'] September 3, 2018 / by Dan Varnaseri

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.

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Stress-free buying off-plan in the lead up to completion

[fa icon="calendar'] August 31, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Keeping on top of UK property developers, mortgage brokers, and solicitors

In my last two articles, I’ve walked you through the stressful first week of off-plan investment and how the Sales Progression Team at Gladfish help to relieve the first week’s pain of buying off-plan property. However, buying off-plan property is a process that last several months, or even more than a year. I don’t know about you, but I like as little stress as possible when I’m investing. I don’t want to spend months on end worrying about what is happening with my investment.

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14 facts your financial advisor isn't telling you

[fa icon="calendar'] August 23, 2018 / by Ritesh Patel

The buy-to-let takeaway

You might expect your financial advisor to be in a position to advice on all investments, but they aren’t. For example, they won’t offer advice if you are considering investment properties. Yet the truth about investment property vs. stock market returns is that residential property offers incredible potential for above-average capital gains and superb rental income even after the cost in this investment guide.

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How to build a property portfolio and benefit from BTL rentals

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

To be a successful investor, think like an investor

I'm often asked how I achieved the success as a property investor. People assume that I am some sort of whizz-kid with a natural flair for picking th-e right properties for capital gains and rental income. They assume that I was somehow born with the know-how to build a property portfolio.

The truth is that the best buy-to-let landlords and property investment gurus worked hard at getting where they are today. Being able to buy the best rental properties and make life-changing income is within your grasp, too.

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How property investors negotiate below market value property deals

[fa icon="calendar'] August 21, 2018 / by Dan Varnaseri

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.

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Why off-plan property is the antidote to eroding pension income

[fa icon="calendar'] January 4, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

How you could use other people’s money to fuel the retirement you desire

If you’re worried about your pension income when you retire, you’re right to be. It’s not simply the erosion of income from pension funds that people are concerned about. It’s whether they will have enough money to pay for the escalating costs of living.

However, a recent analysis from Scottish Widows offers an insight into why off-plan property could prove to be the best investment for those hoping to retire on decent income in 10 to 20 years. While they don’t intend it to, we believe that Scottish Widows’ analysis reinforces why you should invest in property, not a pension.

In this article, you’ll discover why savvy investors are turning their backs on traditional pension investments and ploughing into off-plan property instead.

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