London and UK Property Investment Blog

Could this overlooked UK city produce turbo-charged profits?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 5, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

It’s time to ignore the experts who got it so wrong and invest in London

Hey, I want to let you into a secret. There’s a city in the UK that looks ripe for property investors to plunder. Yet it has been largely overlooked, and average house prices there have stagnated over the last 12 months. What makes me confident about the potential to profit from long-term property investment in this ‘forgotten’ city? Here are just a few of the reasons:

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Boost your holiday let profits by being clever with your costs

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

Cost-saving strategies to increase profits and improve your lifestyle

Using strategies to maximise your holiday let income and boost year-round income aren’t the only ways to increase your profits. You can improve your bottom line by hundreds, if not thousands, simply by being savvy with your costs, spending money more wisely, and ensuring you take advantage of all the tax breaks available on holiday let property investment.

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All you need to know about holiday let rental agreements

[fa icon="calendar'] November 8, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Protecting your holiday let profits and your guests

One of the most important pieces of paperwork you are responsible for as a buy-to-let landlord is your tenancy agreement. When running a holiday let, the same principles apply. Your holiday let rental agreement outlines your responsibilities as the holiday let owner, and the holidaymakers as your temporary tenants.

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How do you finance a holiday let investment?

[fa icon="calendar'] November 7, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Your holiday let mortgage questions answered

With worries over Brexit and the low pound encouraging UK residents to ‘staycate’ and foreign visitors to holiday in the UK, the demand for holiday lets is undergoing something of a boom. As if this isn’t a good enough reason to invest in a holiday let property on its own, holiday let investment benefits from tax advantages unavailable in traditional buy-to-let property, and yields averaging around 10% or more. Not surprisingly, this combination of factors is causing something of a tailwind in the holiday let sector, with many property investors employing a staycation investment strategy.

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Questions first-time property investors must ask

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

Tips to ensure your property investment is a success

Last week, a new property investor called us in a pretty anxious state. He was about to buy his first rental property but was getting cold feet. It is a natural fear: whenever you do something for the first time, you step into the unknown. It doesn’t matter that millions of others have done the selfsame thing before you (in this case, invest in buy-to-let property) – it’s your first time, and that’s frightening.

We all overcome such fears on an almost daily basis: a first date; the first time we drive; the first day in a new job, the list is endless.

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What happens if I change my mind about a property investment?

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

Use the off-plan property contract to avoid an expensive embarrassment

I recently read a story from my home turf, Australia. It detailed the story of a couple of property investors who had agreed to buy a property for almost $4.5 million. They had second thoughts and sent an email to the agent requesting a pull-out before the end of the cooling-off period. A day later, they were told they couldn’t back out. They hadn’t posted their retraction correctly, and the seller was holding them to the contract.

Within weeks the seller had sold the property to another buyer at a lower price. The original couple sued for their deposit of $350,000. The seller countersued, claiming the $400,000 loss from the original sale price, and a bunch of costs. In court, the seller won. That one mistake – lodging the back-out incorrectly – cost the couple almost $1 million.

Here I detail the things to do to make sure you never get into a similar situation.

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Avoid the squeeze on property investment

[fa icon="calendar'] October 8, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Interest rates are rising: here’s how buy-to-let investors can profit from this

The years of low mortgage rates that have benefited investors in UK residential investment property look like they’re coming to an end. Combined with tougher lending rules, and changes to mortgage tax relief that are being phased in over the next three years, you might be feeling pretty squeezed right now.

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Benefit from investments with a property investment company

[fa icon="calendar'] September 28, 2018 / by Dan Varnaseri

Taking advantage of expertise in property investments

The truth about property investments vs. stock market portfolios is that property investments knock the spots off the stock market. If you’d bought an average-value house 90 years ago, your capital growth today would be around 47,000%. The same investment in shares would have grown by just 11,000%.

When you invest in property:

  • The rental yield is higher than the dividend yield on shares;
  • You can take advantage of the benefits of gearing in property investment and make a money profit you don’t have; and
  • You can benefit from tax deductibles to reduce your income tax liability.

 If you’re like most people, you won’t know where to look for investment opportunities. So you’ll go to a financial advisor, who will sell you an investment on the stock market. You’ll miss out on the benefits of investing in buy-to-let property because a financial advisor isn’t allowed to advise on investing in property that is directly held.

In this post I’m going to look at how working with a property investment company can get you the advantages that investors with property benefit from every day.

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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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