Author: Mark Sharron

In spite of tax hikes in recent times, it is safe to say that there is money to be made from property in the coming years.  Based on a recent report from Allsop, if you are looking to beat savings rates in the long-term, then you should look to buy-to-let investments. According to the survey, 37% of landlords expect rents to increase over the next six months. 44% of them expressed a positive outlook in relation to their letting portfolio over the next three months, as data from the report indicated that their expectations were ‘good’ or ‘very good.’ Buy…

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Real estate investments offer good returns if you are a prudent investor and stay updated. It is important for all new real estate investors to learn about the dynamics of the industry before they embark into any transaction. Amateur real estate investors must learn from as many sources as possible, including local dealers, consultants, books and the internet. If you are seriously considering investing in real estate, start today. Here are 5 tips that will help new real estate investors to make maximum profits on their deals: Be Informed It helps to stay informed of the latest developments in real…

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Damp can have a disastrous effect on properties, particularly if left for a long period of time. If you leave the problem too long it could cost you a fortune to fix and you don’t want to have to seek out financial adviser services to have to pay for it! Due to Eastbourne being located on the coast, damp caused by condensation can be a common problem experienced by landlords in their rental properties. However, there are actually three types of damp problems that you may come across, including condensation and mould, penetrating damp and rising damp. All three of…

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The government across the UK are providing different councils across the UK with help when it comes to building better housing for their local communities. This not only includes affordable housing, but also a number of other issues such as the quality of rented housing, and providing support for people who are deemed to be vulnerable. There is an assessment approach for each local planning authority which helps to provide evidence of development needs. This includes the scale and mix of the types of housing, and the housing supply needed in the area. With a number of letting agencies such…

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It’s the dream of every real estate investor to see their property increase in value. The rental income of a commercial property depends on factors like number of bedrooms, location of the home, size of the property, and the market forces.  The attractiveness of your house depends on the general appearance, fixtures, and fittings. A house will always command high rent charges if it’s in good condition. The following are low-cost ideas for improving your rental income. Thorough Cleaning You can give your house an attractive look by scrubbing the walls and fixtures. Peeling paints and stained walls are huge…

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Come next year, it may be mixed feelings for both tenants and landlords as the buy-to-let market continues to experience growth. Tenant demand continued to stay strong for the third month, causing speculations to rise about an increase in rental fees by 2017. In a report released by Knight Frank, it was revealed that the number of tenancies in prime central London had increased for three consecutive months to November in comparison to the same time last year. The details of the report showed that in spite of the slowed numbers (due to the Christmas holidays), the figures are 23.2%…

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New research on property use by tenants has underlined the need for homeowners to make occasional visits to their property to minimize the chance of property damage and disputes. The study TDS stats carried out by digital inventory app developer and supplier, Imfuna, shows that property damage is a growing concern for landlords and agents, constituting as high as 52% of deposit disputes, with up to a 29% occurrence rate in the last four years. Imfuna, creators of the Imfuna Let digital app, says property damage can significantly cost the landlord. A June 2016 news item in the Daily Mirror…

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Bonfire night can be so much fun. Both the young and the young at heart celebrate the November 5th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes, a Catholic explosives expert, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. It was, however, a failed attempt and has been commemorated ever since. Guy Fawkes day is celebrated with fireworks, bonfires and parades. Dummies (guys) are tossed on the bonfire, causing it to flare up to the amazement of onlookers. It can be thrilling, with fireworks displays as well. The downside to it is that, there are risks…

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The buy-to-let sector is witnessing an upward swing despite temporary setback from changes in tax and stamp duty. This is one of the conclusions from a new market study by Connells Survey and Valuation, which indicates a growth of 12.7% sector last month, defying post Brexit market fears. The corporate services director of Connells Survey & Valuation, John Bagshaw says there is a flurry of activity in the buy-to-let sector at the moment. This is just as the property market quietly adjusts to recent government policy changes targeted at checking forecasted negative impacts of the Brexit vote on the economy.…

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Mortgage Brain came out with new figures showing that mortgage rate reductions continue to offer benefits to a variety of property owners. BTL mortgages are attractive to people of all ages interested in investing or padding their retirement savings. The average landlord today can expect a five year fixed Buy-to-Let mortgage with a 70% Loan-to-Value ratio to be 8% lower in cost than in March 2016. At a rate of 2.80% as of 1st September 2016, property owners can save about £738 on a £150k mortgage over the course of the year. This is great news, since BTL interest rates…

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