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Nine tips to avoid void periods and maximise buy-to-let profits

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

Build a void period strategy to increase your buy-to-let profits

Recent news shows research shows that 35% of UK landlords have experienced a void period in the first quarter of 2018. However, the average tenancy is 18 months, and the average void period is 22 days. Some landlords suffer from a constant merry-go-round of tenancies and longer-than-average void periods. Yet some landlords keep their tenants for seven, eight, 10 years and longer.

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Savvy buy-to-let investors make sure they invest in landlord insurance

[fa icon="calendar'] July 3, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

The essential low-cost risk mitigation strategy

When it comes to buy-to-let property, giving someone the run of your property can be daunting. I mean, you don’t even trust your best mate to drive your car. How are you expected to trust people you may never have met to take proper care of your investment property? You know, that box that makes you money and cost you hundreds of thousands of pounds?

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What property investors can learn from DIY homeowners

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Worthwhile advice from a UK insurer

What do bank holidays mean to you? A day by the seaside? Quality time with family? A session on the river bank, hunting that elusive record roach? A romantic weekend away? According to new research, almost 4 in 10 homeowners plan their bank holiday weekends around DIY home maintenance. The research also contains a warning that is as apt for property investors as it is for homeowners.

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AVOID THIS NOW... The 4th way to make money from property

[fa icon="calendar'] December 4, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

I always openly talking about the three ways to make money from property investment. I did this with good reason even though I knew of a fourth and potentially very lucrative way to make money out of property. 

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7 essential property investor strategies to stay profitable when rents fall

[fa icon="calendar'] July 19, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Proactive landlords will remainsuccessful in tough times

For the first time in around eight years, rents have fallen across the UK for two months running, and three months in London. For the savvy property investor, this does not have to be the end of the world or their passive profits. If you know the right strategies to employ, you should retain your best tenants. You may even be able to increase rents when all around you are lowering them.

In this article, you’ll learn the strategies used by professional investors in London and UK property for those rare occasions when rents fall.

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Six questions that answer how to invest in property

[fa icon="calendar'] July 4, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

What you should ask to develop the best property investment strategy

How to invest in property depends upon several factors. How do you decide whether you should invest in buy-to-let (BTL) residential investment property, off-plan property, or student accommodation, for example? Are hotel rooms better to invest in than BTL? Should you buy unloved properties, renovate them and flip them? Would investing in a house of multiple occupation (HMO) be the best strategy for you?

To decide which strategy to use, you need to take a journey of self-discovery. These are the key questions to answer when you want to know how to invest in property:

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27 ways to increase your buy-to-let investment rental yield

[fa icon="calendar'] July 3, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Easy fixes to maximise your rental profits from all buy-to-let properties

Buy-to-let investment has become a little more difficult over the last 12 months, thanks mostly to the UK property tax changes made in recent years. To retain profitability, some investors are setting up limited companies to buy property in the UK. It might reduce the tax you pay on your rental income. There are many other ways to slash buy-to-let tax on your investment property, too.

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Five strategies to cut costs and boost property investment profits

[fa icon="calendar'] June 30, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Simple steps to reduce your bills and pump up your cash flow

When you want to boost your profits from property investment, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to do so. For example, you could employ strategies to maximise buy-to-let yield and cut the tax on rental income. You could also raise rents. One area many property investors neglect when seeking to increase profits on a growing portfolio is getting real about costs. Every penny you cut from costs is a penny added to your bottom line.

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Crush tenant turnover before it crushes your residential investment property profit

[fa icon="calendar'] June 24, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Strategies to get and keep the best tenants and maximise buy-to-let profits

Residential investment property owners have several common issues. One of these is the cost of tenant turnover. However long the void period, getting a new tenant is expensive. If your tenants are constantly changing, it is probably down to one of three reasons.

In this article, we discuss those reasons and the strategies that will help keep your tenants for longer and reduce the cost of tenant turnover.

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What should you do when your tenant is late paying their rent?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 15, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Strategies to keep tenants on track with rent payments

“Is buy-to-let worth it?” is a question you may ask yourself when your tenant is late with their rent. After all, you still have your mortgage and other costs to pay. You’ll need to chase the tenant, discover why the rent payment is late, and then decide whether you should cut them some slack or begin the eviction process.

The majority of landlords who question if it is worth investing in buy-to-let property are those who suffer from late payers. When a tenant is late paying their rent, it hurts your finances, bites chunks out of your free time, and could damage your reputation with your mortgage lender. However, there might be a reason to cut the tenant some slack and work with them to resolve this financial issue.

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