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Buy to Let Yields Outpaced Pensions Over Last Decade Buy to Let News, Financial Advice, Latest Articles, Property Investment News

Returns on buy to let have outpaced other investments over the first decade of this century, according to a property research firm.

Yields on investment property are running at more than double those returned by the best other assets classes – except gold and some other precious metals

Gold soared by 550% in 10 years – from $225 an ounce to around $1,400, while residential letting property showed a 7.1% annualised yield. Continue reading Buy to Let Yields Outpaced Pensions Over Last Decade


What does the Future Hold for Buy to Let? Guest Columns, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies

Why Property?

Over the last 30 years UK property prices have achieved average compound growth of approximately 10% each year for all areas and all dwellings. Property investment is not a quick get rich scheme but most futures are made with time, not timing! It is a manageable asset which you can control; you can see it and touch it. With property you can look forward to both positive cash flow and capital growth. Continue reading What does the Future Hold for Buy to Let?


Period Homes Give Investors the Best Returns House Prices, Latest Articles

Property investors looking for homes with the best capital growth should look for homes built before the end of the First World War, according to new research.

High ceilings, decorative features, larger rooms and often larger plots have all contributed to the massive 461% price rise in homes built before 1919 – equivalent to just under a £17 a day rise for the past 25 years. Continue reading Period Homes Give Investors the Best Returns


Keep it Simple – Take Your First Steps in Property by Recycling Your Deposit Latest Articles

At Your Property Network we are often approached by first time property investors who are confused about the best way to set about building a small to medium sized property portfolio. Many have a reasonable amount of capital behind them and can see the very real attractions of long-term investment for capital growth and pension replacement, or a mixed strategy for cash flow in the short to medium term.

Starting out, these potential investors have done whatever any sensible individual would do and have sought to educate themselves about all the available investment strategies. Spending a considerable sum on expensive property courses, and we’re talking thousands, can work out for the driven, financially creative, risk happy punter. However many a first time investor would like to take cautious first steps into what is, without question, the daunting world of property investment. Bombarded with talk of lease options, aggressively marketing for BMV property or hunting down those elusive “motivated sellers” many landlords forget how theoretically straightforward buy-to-let portfolio building can be.

Simply recycle your deposit

This simple, inarguably effective, time proven strategy has been employed by tens of thousands of investors to build cash flow positive portfolios with a view to long-term capital growth and positive short-term cash flow with modest initial capital investment.

At a recent networking event I was having a discussion with a first time attendee who was expressing his frustration at being unsure which guru’s model to follow or which complicated strategy to employ.

Even before I could answer myself one of the most experienced investors in the room lent over and said, “Just recycle your deposit!”

A deceptively simple process, buying, refurbishing, letting and refinancing after six months should be the bread and butter for every serious buy to let investor. Its sounds so simple, but as a strategy it is often ignored, or even worse implemented badly.

The moment you find a potential deal, a clear, defined and tested process should kick in.

  1. Research the area – LHA rates, local employment statistics and recent sold prices should be as high on your list of required information as purchase price
  2. Do your sums – With a target yield in mind work out what you are prepared to pay to get the required return, baring in mind that you need to allow for refurbishment. Check with a surveyor for a post work valuation estimate. If the property doesn’t stack up don’t waste time on trying to work round it, move on to the next deal.
  3. Don’t skimp on the refurb – better finish, better tenants, but make sure every pound you spend translates to built in equity. Aim for 20% built in.
  4. Let – are you prepared to manage your property yourself to maximise your return? Or put it in the hands of professionals for less hassle?
  5. Re-mortgage after six months, leave as little of your own money in the property as possible, get your deposit back and repeat!

Recycling your deposit is a simple process that is so often over looked in the world of property which has become increasingly filled with smoke and mirrors.

Simple does not, however, equate to easy, but implemented effectively, traditional buy to let methods can still realise a more than respectable return from a portfolio built over time with relatively modest initial capital.

At Your Property Network magazine we pride ourselves on sharing the experience of other investors devoid of the myth and mystery of the property game. We run the numbers on real investments to show how successful landlords are creating substantial cash flow positive portfolios to secure their long-term financial future.

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Sell or hold after completing a refurbishment? Commercial Finance, Favourite Articles, Latest Articles, Property Auctions, Property Investment Strategies, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

This question was recently asked on a property forum and inspired me to write this post.

A spreadsheet could be written to crunch the numbers and I will explain how I do this further into this post.

Continue reading Sell or hold after completing a refurbishment?


Buy to let rents surge to record high. Latest Articles, Lettings & Management

Buy to let rents are surging to record highs as a shortage of properties and mortgage restrictions puts a brake on home sales.

Average rents are now £698 per month, after straight months of rises that have pushed them up 3.1% in a year, according to the LSL Property Services Rent Index. Continue reading Buy to let rents surge to record high.


Property investors to see 9.6% returns by end of 2010. Information acquired from various sources including Halifax, Nationwide, IMD and NAEA Latest Articles, Property Sales & Sourcing

The housing market seems to have shaken out the inflation excesses of the boom period of a few years ago.

Estate agents, builders and lenders are all reporting a stable level of activity, even though this may be constrained for property investors looking for profits from capital growth. Continue reading Property investors to see 9.6% returns by end of 2010. Information acquired from various sources including Halifax, Nationwide, IMD and NAEA


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