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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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Investment blog - What’s better for rental income – new build properties or existing?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 24, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment blog - Savvy property investors know the answer

One of the decisions you’ll need to make as a property investor is whether to invest in new build or existing properties. Investors who are committed to older properties extol several advantages of doing so, including:

  • You don’t pay the builder’s profit margin in the price
  • Opportunities for renovations and refurbishment are opportunities to add value
  • You have historical data which eases price discovery and confirmation of value
  • Well selected existing properties are less likely to fall in price in a market downturn

 While the above may be true, all of these advantages are centred on the potential for capital growth. The arguments in favour of older, established properties rely on the same fundamentals for capital growth as new builds. If you buy an existing property in an undesirable area, it is likely to perform worse than a new build in a sought-after location.

What about the choice between new build and existing as a long-term investment for rental income?

In this post, I’ll examine five undoubted advantages of new build over existing for the buy-to-let investor.

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Investment Guide - What is the best property investment for the property investors in London?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 24, 2016 / by Dan Varnaseri

Investment Guide - New build vs. existing vs. off-plan property investment

As a residential property investor, there are three main routes to property investment gold:

  • you could buy recently completed new builds; or
  • off-plan property; or
  • existing property.

Some property investors swear by existing properties, renovating them and then renting them out, or flipping a property investment for profit. Others won’t touch anything but new build, understanding their appeal to tenants. So what is the best property investment for you? Here we answer some questions that clients often ask us, highlighting the difference between property investment in new build and property investment in existing properties.

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Investment Education - Property Fraud Case File: 6 scams for suckers

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Education - How easily do UK investors become scam victims?

Very easily, according to those figures produced by the Citizens Advice Bureau. Scams and property fraud cost British citizens billions of pounds every year.
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Investment Blog - Why is due diligence so important? Bill's cautionary tale

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Blog - The challenge you face when starting out is that everyone everywhere will try and give you the deals that “their best investors turned down”, they will test your knowledge in the hope of getting a deal done where one really didn’t exist.

It is absolutely essential that you always carry out your investment research and due diligence in advance of buying a property. You need to know that the fundamentals are strong - but above all you need to know that you are buying a property that is valued correctly.

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Investment Research - Will the upcoming tax changes kill the buy to let market?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 4, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Research - What is the biggest concern in UK Buy to Let market in 2016? The answer is obvious: tax changes. 

A great deal of property investors have posted questions relating to tax changes and the buy-to-let housing market to me and my team. In fact, this was the main topic of our recent client seminar we held in Wembley.

So will the stamp duty and mortgage deductibility tax changes kill the buy to let market?

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Investment News 13th May 2015 - Certainty returns to the market

[fa icon="calendar'] May 12, 2015 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment News - certainty returns to the market. In fact, the results of the election are even better than we could have hoped for. 

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Investment Guide - When London kicks the other UK cities follow!

[fa icon="calendar'] March 13, 2014 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Guides - London kicks, the other cities kick back 

Day two at MIPIM in Cannes was a mix spread of other UK Cities all bidding for recognition and investment. Its clear to see that the confidence in the UK economy has spread to all major cities across the UK. Manchester, Derby,Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Sheffield all showcased what each city has to offer. Having spend the past 12 years selling residential property and in particular regeneration areas I was impressed to see that all of the cities have clearly identified what is unique about them and how they are going to attract the kind of investment required to undertake the many ambitious programs they have.

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Investment News - Mayor of London welcomes foreign investment and investors in London

[fa icon="calendar'] March 12, 2014 / by Brett Alegre-Wood


Investment News -

In a speech at the MIPIM Property Conference in Cannes, France. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, made it very clear that London still welcomes foreign investment and foreign investors. He warned against "slamming the door" or "turning our noses up at foreign investors" sighting such international investment as Battersea power station redevelopment, Elephant and Castle and then drawing on a story of the stone used to build the Tower of London, the oldest continuously occupied building in London, being imported from France.

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Investment Guide - Five years of new build property

[fa icon="calendar'] February 6, 2013 / by Brett Alegre-Wood


Investment News - 5 years of new build,

Some lenders have gone to the ridiculous criteria of considering all properties under five years old as new build. It just goes to show how small minded these lenders are.

Off-plan property and new build is the lifeblood of an economy and doesn't deserve the treatment it is being given right now by lenders. The government through the FSA could do something, but never have I seen a pack of incompetent idiots running a country, they really seem to lack and leadership or vision of what gets an economy out of recession and an opposition that reminds me of that baby advert on TV, the one with the babies on skates.

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