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Why is cash flow important to the buy-to-let investor?

[fa icon="calendar'] August 28, 2018 / by Ritesh Patel

Cash flow in a nutshell

When you listen to buy-to-let investors, you’ll often hear the words ‘cash flow’. There are two types of cash flow: positive and negative. Positive cash flow is what you’ll aim for as an investor even though at certain stages of the cycle it may not be achieved.

In this post, I’ll look at what cash flow is and why it’s so important to the buy-to-let investor. I’ll also take a brief look at how to manage cash flow.

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13 tips to increase your rental income and reduce void periods

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

A baker’s dozen of buy-to-let advice for investors worried about getting tenants

Congratulations! You’ve decided to invest in property. Take it from a seasoned property investor, simply making the decision to buy UK property has shifted you into a higher gear when it comes to creating the lifestyle you deserve. But you still have concerns. You’ve never been a buy-to-let investor before. How can you make your property fly off the shelf? What will make your property stand out so that you won’t suffer from damaging void periods?

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Be like Dave –  enjoy your windfall bonus and secure your future

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

Tips to use a lump sum to improve your cash flow and boost your wealth

You’ve just been paid your bonus from work. It’s a tidy sum, and much deserved. Now it’s finally in your bank account, you’ve got to figure out what to do with it.

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How to price the value of a property investment opportunity

[fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Price is what you pay for a property, the value is what you get

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” One of my favourite quotes from Warren Buffett, widely accepted as the greatest value investor who ever lived. It’s also a great motto for the property investor. In this article, I’ll explain what it means – and what it is that investors are really paying for.

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How much does it really cost to invest in property?

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

Do your cash flow due diligence for property investment success

When you invest in property, it pays to know all the costs upfront. There will be taxes, running costs, and insurances. Then there may be service charges, maintenance, and, of course, mortgage interest payments. Understanding the true cost when you invest in property will help you to choose the best property available for your budget. You won’t stretch your finances, and you won’t suffer from a nasty surprise.

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When you invest in property, you need to know the realistic market rent

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

There are three rents: two you ignore, and one you calculate

When you’re investing in a property for its long-term potential, one of your main considerations will be the rental income you could receive. Your cash flow depends upon it. However, rental income doesn’t always meet with sales agents’ promises. There are plenty of horror stories of investors who bought property because of inflated rental potential, only to find they had to fund a shortfall between income and expenses.

In this article, you’ll learn how to properly assess the income potential of any property investment opportunity and prevent your thoroughbred investment from becoming a cash flow donkey.

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The UK property investment costs that foreign investors need to know

[fa icon="calendar'] January 9, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Understanding your property costs is essential to profitable investment

UK property is a popular choice for foreign investors. It offers participation in a strong and stable economy, decent yields, and property values that have doubled every 8 to 10 years on average historically. There’s a strong demand for homes that aren’t being satisfied by new house builds. Once you have decided to invest in UK property, one of the key things to do is ensure that the numbers stack up.

In this article, I explain what costs foreign investors must take into consideration when buying and renting our UK investment property.

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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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Off-plan property warning – seven caution signs to heed

[fa icon="calendar'] June 13, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

What could turn your off-plan investment upside down?

Off-plan property investment can be very lucrative. You could bank very quick profits in a rising market, and benefit from higher demand from renters, which increases buy-to-let rental income. Your maintenance and repair bills are likely to be lower than for existing property, too. But the road to wealth through off-plan property investment is not without its potholes, cracks, and other obstacles that could derail your strategy.

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How do you assess whether a property investment will be profitable?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 7, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

How to calculate your cash flow before investing

Property investment success is all about the numbers. If you keep this foremost in your thoughts, you’ll avoid the nightmare of an emotional property investment. To assess property investment opportunities, you must figure out the before-tax cash flow. Only then can you decide whether to invest.

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