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Ever thought about blogging about property in your town? Latest Articles

Social Media is a great way to engage with people who think like you do and may even want to do business with you. It’s very different to advertising though. You wouldn’t walk into your local pub wearing a sandwich board and a megaphone advertising your business would you? However, if you get chatting to people and they ask for your business card there is a decent chance that you might end up doing business together. Social Media is much the same.

If you understand property in your area and you write about it then other people who are interested in property and your area are likely to follow your blog and to engage with you. They may also decide to do business with you if they like what you say. For example, a letting agent in Northampton might write about the properties he recently let, what the returns are like and some of the issues he’s managed to resolve on behalf of the landlords and tenants he works with.

You could of course start your own blog but who would find it?

That’s where blogging on Property118 makes sense.

Everything here is about property!

We have nearly 200,000 subscribers so you will never need to worry about whether people will read what you have to say.

What’s more, we have made it very easy to use so you don’t have to understand computer programming.

Best of all though, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny 🙂

Property118 is a very powerful website so if you were to set up your member name as let’s say “Northampton Property Blog” then people would easily be able to find you on Google if they were to search that phrase. To prove this point I set up a spoof blog called “Business Lawyers Norwich”. Try searching that phrase on Google and see what comes up 😉 You will find that it’s a joke profile of a solicitors firm which is run by Muppets and is called Nickett & Leggett Business Lawyers. Obviously they don’t really exist but the point is that the blog outranks all of the real Norwich business lawyers  in Google search results hahaha

The best ways to make your blog interesting and to get engagement is to have a short, snappy, interest grabbing title and to ask question of your readers.

Example title – “Huge Erection In neighbours back yard.” – you can see why people would read that can’t you? The blog could be about a dispute over the neighbours building a fence too high?

A question to ask on such an article might be – “what would you do about this problem?” or “have you ever come across an issue about this and if so how did you resolve it?”

It really is very easy and it can also be a lot of fun 🙂

When people leave comments on your blogs you will also receive an email notification. Ever thought about blogging about property in your town?

The starting point is to complete the form below. It needn’t cost you anything if you are not looking to get any business out of it. If you are looking for business then we also offer the online version of buying some business cards and helping you to distribute them, we call that business membership but we will tell you more about that when you’ve got started.

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Property Research Tool Plugin Latest Articles

If you run a website or blog and would like to consider adding a free Property Research Tool Plugin then you are in the right place to test a great one 🙂

It’s not just for WordPress users

You can use the plugin on pretty much any website.

Whether you talk about property, sell it, rent it or advise people about it this Property Research Tool Plugin will look great on your website or blog.

You can use the embed code in sidebars, posts or pages and it will create a Call To Action button just like the one below, sized just how you want it and the modal screen which runs the functionality of the Property Research Tool will even be branded with your URL. Wordpress Property Research Tool Widget

Check out what we’ve done with it and then grab the embed code for use on your own WordPress website or blog with our compliments.

UK Property Research Tool
What you need to know and where to find the information

Comments via our main page please – see Property Research Tool

Perfect tenant of 6 years turns heroin addicted prostitute – EVICTED! Buy to Let News, Cautionary Tales, Landlord News, Landlords Stories, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

I first let to these tenants in 2003. They already had a daughter and later gave birth to a second. She was an accountant, I forget now what he did. They were model tenants but in 2008 I received a call to tell me that he’d left her for another woman. These things happen and as she had been such a wonderful tenant I had no issues whatsoever in granting a new tenancy in her name, no guarantor! Seriously, would you ask for a guarantor under these circumstances?

A few months went by without problems but then a rent payment was missed. I followed my procedures and wasn’t too concerned at first. After three weeks I called her at work and I was told she was off sick. I eventually tracked her down at home and she explained she’d been off for a few months and was really sorry about the rent. Apparently the stress of the separation was getting to her. Under the circumstances I agreed that she could miss another months rent payment (due at the end of the following week) and then catch up over the next 12 months when she get’s back to work. She didn’t go back though, not for long anyway, she’d hit the bottle and got fired for being drunk at work. I tried to help her but she ignored my calls and left me with no choice other than to serve a section 21 notice giving her two months to vacate. She was already four months in arrears so I could have served a section 8 giving her two weeks notice but I guess I’m just a softie. She’d been a good tenant for years so two months notice wasn’t too bad and I thought she’d get better and being an accountant she wouldn’t want debts hanging over her. I was wrong 🙁

No rent was paid and the notice period had expired but she was still there. I’d never been in this position before. What would I do? At this point I also found out that the children had been taken into care. This was getting nasty.

It turns out that she had also got into drugs, heroin to be exact, and was funding her habit through prostitution.

To cut a long story short we had to go all the way through the court process. It was my first time. It was only on the third attempt that the baliffs actually managed to get her out of the property. There were a ton of excuses for the first two times which I will not go into.

She knew she was going to be evicted and had completely trashed the property. My suspicion is that she got all the local druggies to collect all the bin bags off the estate and tip the rubbish in the house. The stench was over-whelming, three of the clean up team literally threw up, one refused to go back into the house. 23 skips were filled in all and I was down 18 months on rent. OK, I might have got away with a few less if I’d have been a bit tougher but seriously, would you have done anything different than I did as these events unfolded?

I learned two lessons from this:-

  1. You can never be 100% sure about any tenant
  2. You need a rainy day fund as you never know when a scenario like this could befall you. I’d been a landlord for 17 years and owned a massive portfolio before this happened to me but it could just as easily have been my first tenant in my first property.
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Spam attacks and hacking Grrrr – can’t you tell the kids are on holiday? Latest Articles

Earlier this week I wrote a Blog about my my Twitter account getting hacked. Changing the password fixed it. Since then spam attacks on Property118.com have increased 2000%. Fortunately, none of the attacks have penetrated our security at Property118.com but it has increased resource requirements for our moderators as they still need to read through the blocked comments.

How many of your fiends have become Viagra sales people recently?  I had two direct Tweets from my followers last night selling the stuff, unbeknown to them of course! Continue reading Spam attacks and hacking Grrrr – can’t you tell the kids are on holiday?

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