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Barry’s story – it could have been you! Financial Advice, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

Barry’s story was written by the Mark Alexander back in December 2010. It has since been updated and re-published several times. The dates, times and people are fictional but the story is based on real life events.

It’s a modern update of the classic “A Widow’s story”, this time written as a cautionary tale for landlords and their families.

Barry is 53 years old and married to Sharon. They have three teenage children; twin girls aged 15 and a 13 year old son. Barry worked as a self employed salesman in the plant hire business. Sharon had a part time secretarial job in a local school.

Barry and Sharon purchased their first investment property in 1996.

As property values have risen they have continuously remortgaged and used a proportion of the equity released as deposits to purchase additional rental properties. They also saved a proportion of the equity released for a rainy day. To accelerate the growth of their portfolio Barry and Sharon raised extra cash for deposits by remortgaging their home. The profits from Barry’s plant hire business covered the family’s commitments comfortably.

They had accumulated a portfolio of 23 properties with a combined valuation of £1,650,000, against which they had mortgages of £1,400,000.  The portfolio produces rental income of £87,000 per annum. Their rainy day fund amounted to just over £64,000. By having all of the above in place you might be forgiven for thinking that they had set themselves up with a very safe future.

On Sunday 21st December Barry had a bad day. He was on the way home that evening having just been out to fix a tenants leaking shower tray when the traffic on the M6 came to a grinding halt. Barry managed to stop his car, avoiding the lorry in front of him, but the car behind him ploughed into the back of him, wedging his car under the back of the lorry.

The emergency services managed to free Barry from the wreck and his only damage was shock, whiplash and major bruising to his legs. However, two days later Barry collapsed whilst out shopping for last minute Christmas presents. He was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that a blood clot in Barry’s leg had passed to his brain. Barry had suffered a major stroke.

He lost his speech and most of the use of one side of his body. The family were in tatters. Sharon had to give up work to care for him.

Up until having a stroke Barry had managed the property portfolio and taken care of most of the maintenance himself. Could Sharon care for her husband, her family and the management and maintenance of the property portfolio too?

They considered putting the properties on the market but soon realised that after deducting selling costs and CGT there wouldn’t be much money left over. They would also lose their income and they would be leaving their tenants in a difficult predicament too. Sharon has had to employ a lettings agent to manage the portfolio. Since then it has cost the family an average circa £3,000 a month to pay for ongoing maintenance and management.

Fortunately there has been some good news, at least financially. First, low interest rates have meant that Barry and Sharon’s mortgages have got much cheaper than when they started their property rental business. Many of their mortgages have reverted to tracker products due to their fixed rates coming to an end. They are focussing on Barry’s recovery. What will happen when interest rates go back up again though? How will the restrictions on finance cost relief for individual landlords affect them?

The real saviour for the family has been insurance. Fortunately, Barry and Sharon were astute enough to insure against these eventualities. They took out life assurance policies that pay out a regular monthly income right up to Barry’s 65th birthday. These policies were written on the basis that they also pay out in the event of a critical illness. The family are therefore confident that these provisions will see them through these troubled times and out the other side. They will then revert to plan A, which was to live off surplus rental income over and above the mortgage payments on their portfolio or to sell the properties and live off their gains.

What insurance provisions have you made for your family?

How are you investing the windfall of increased cashflow that record low interest rates have produced for your family?

Have you made similar provisions to Barry and Sharon?  If you haven’t it may not be too late, we want to help.  If you have already taken advice and put insurances into place we would like to introduce you to one of our recommended advisers to review your policies and ensure they are competitive. Most important of all, to ensure that the right person gets the right money at the right time.


Castle Trust Equity Loan Finance Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

Castle Trust Equity Loan Finance has the potential to be the biggest game changer in the UK mortgage market since Buy to Let came about in 1996.

Not only does the Castle Trust equity loan finance product allow you to borrow more without having to refinance, there are also no monthly payments, EVER!

Instead of paying interest and capital repayments as you would on a normal mortgage or second mortgage, Castle Trust take a share in the capital appreciation of your property when it is sold. If your property doesn’t go up in value by the time you sell it then all you owe Castle Trust is what you borrowed, they make no return. If your property does go up in value when you sell it then Castle Trust take a share in the profits. Castle Trust

As you might imagine, the Castle Trust Equity Loan Finance offer has captured the imagination and creativity of landlords because this mortgage product can enable them to raise money to buy more properties without affecting their cashflow. The art of borrowing is to make your borrowed money work harder than it costs – this mortgage product certainly has potential for landlords to use it that way.

Industry reaction to the Castle trust products

I have already spoken to a few buy to let mortgage lenders about the Castle Trust offer and feelings are mixed. Some don’t like it because they feel it could affect their risk profiles, however, so far these lenders haven’t been able to give me a logical reason as to why they feel this way. On the other hand we have lenders which are considering designing new BTL products at 65% LTV with a view to dovetailing them into the Castle Trust product. They are considering this on the basis of there risk being lower than normal at 65% LTV and overall serviceability of debt also being better due to there being  no monthly interest payable on the top-up 20% of a loan provided by Castle Trust which takes overall gearing up to 85%.

Castle Trust have certainly got people talking and thinking!

Landlords are acting on this too – who knows how long it will be available for? I first wrote about the Castle Trust deal for landlords and our hand picked panel of advisers just a couple of weeks ago. Since then we’ve have an incredible response and referrals to our recommended advisers have already been converted at an incredible 90% plus conversion rate into decisions in principle from Castle Trust. Yes, they are a slick operation to deal with too, it’s possible to get a Decision in Principle within 24 hours of contacting one or our recommended broker panel members.

We have quite a debate going on amongst landlords and professional advisers about the pro’s and cons of the Castle Trust equity loan finance products elsewhere on this website. Therefore, I will not be adding a comments section to this particular post. However, do pop over to the thriving discussion over on this thread and  read what your peers have to say about the product. Feel free to ask questions yourself too 🙂


BTL Second Charge Mortgages / No Monthly Payments Advice, Buy to Let News, Commercial Finance Broker Blog, Financial Advice, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

No this is NOT a wind up, it’s 100% genuine and is important that you know how it works so that at the very least you can make an informed decision about new financing choices which until now have been unavailable to buy to let landlords.

It really is a fantastic way to improve cashflow and rental profits or increase gearing without the need to remortgage.

A very credible mortgage lender (Castle Trust) is offering second charge buy to let mortgages with no interest charges and no monthly payments based on 20% of value subject to both the first and second mortgage combined not exceeding 85% LTV on BTL deals and 80% on your own home.

You can use the money in whatever way you wish, for example:-

  1. You can use it to pay down existing mortgages
  2. You can save the money for a rainy day
  3. You can use the money to buy more property
  4. In fact, you can blow it all at the local casino if your daft enough too!

So what’s the catch?

With no monthly payments or monthly interest charged, the lender must get paid somehow. This product works with a profit share basis, in that you borrow 20% of the value of your property the lender will take 40% of any increase in value – on sale or refinance.

You will also need to obtain permission from your existing mortgage lender for a second charge to be added.

Given that your equity in the property may represent as little as 15% of the value of the property and you will receive 60% of the capital appreciation you don’t need to be Einstein to work out that it’s better to use their money than yours, especially if you use the extra money raised to purchase more properties. Remember, you will not be making any payment or incurring any interest whatsoever until you sell or refinance.

Imagine if somebody put this deal to you …. I want to buy a property, you put 20% of the money and I will put in 15% and borrow the remaining 65%. I take all the rental profit/losses and when we eventually sell the property I will get 60% of the capital appreciation and you will get 40%. Oh and by the way, I will decide when we sell, OK? You would probably say no wouldn’t you? Well if you put that deal to Castle Trust, chances are they will say yes providing you have a good credit rating. It really is that good.

Basic criteria

The loan term can be up to 30 years if the equity loan is secured against your own home, 10 years if it’s a rental property.

Your total LTV must not exceed 85% on a rental property, 80% if the loan is secured on your own home..

There are no limits on the number of properties the lender will consider lending on per borrower and their maximum loan exposure to any one client is £1 million.

The minimum advance is £10,000.

For rental properties there is no requirement to have a first mortgage.

You must be able to prove that you have been a landlord for at least six months to qualify and you also need a decent credit score.

Pros and cons?

I can see several reasons why this will be attractive to landlords and I will be using this product myself for the following reasons …

  1. Deals may not stack up on rent to ordinarily qualify for an 85% LTV mortgage but may do so on this basis
  2. It’s a relatively easy way to raise capital against the security of your existing rental portfolio or your own home
  3. Improved cashflow when compared to a conventional mortgage for a higher amount
  4. Raise money without paying off an amazing tracker or fixed rate deal arranged pre-credit crunch
  5. Avoid potentially extortionate fees associated with refinancing
  6. Increase borrowing without affecting cashflow
  7. Use of other peoples money to increase leverage and returns on capital invested
  8. Castle Trust do not legal or valuation fees to arrange finance on your own home and their arrangement fees are only 1% of the advance. Valuations on rental properties cost £195+ VAT and conveyancing costs £216. This means that total fees are likely to be significantly less than arranging a conventional remortgage.
  9. Some landlords will wish to borrow 20% LTV via Castle Trust to partially redeem their mortgage with another lender and thus benefit from improved cashflow.
  10. Some landlords will wish to utilise this product to borrow more money
  11. Some landlords will wish to mix and match, i.e. reduce existing interest bearing debt and increase overall gearing to 85% LTV

Downsides

  1. Your risk is higher than that of Castle Trust because they get paid back before you do on the basis they have second charge over the property. Therefore, if the property decreases in value then you carry the majority of the risk. However, unless you’ve come to the end of the loan term it’s up to you to decide when you sell, they have no say in it.
  2. Future remortgaging may prove more difficult
  3. No new build property, i.e. properties built in the last two years
  4. The product is only available on properties located in England and Wales (not Scotland or Northern Ireland)
  5. 40% reduction in any future capital appreciation but you do need to consider that you may well be able to use the money to make a better return elsewhere
  6. The improved cashflow, in comparison to an higher traditional mortgage, will increase taxable income. However, many will see that it’s better to pay tax on profit than to have no profit at all
  7. Early repayment charge of 5% in year one
  8. If you wish to repay the loan without selling the property then you are committed to proving Castle Trust a return equal to the greater of 2% per year for the period which the loan has run or 40% of the rise in property price
  9. You will need to contact your existing mortgage lender before progressing matters to establish whether they will allow a second charge to be taken

We have no idea how long this funding will be available for so if this is of interest we recommend you to get in quickly. BTL Further Advances No Monthly Payments

We will be arranging introductions to brokers on a panel of specialist advisers which I have personally hand picked. The role of the adviser will be to review your portfolio and provide you with bespoke advice and quotations based upon your personal circumstances.

We are also considering the demand for free of charge introductions to a non-advised mortgage packager service. However, unless you consider yourself to be a sophisticated investor and in need of no advice and associated protection we strongly recommend you to obtain professional advice from our carefully selected panel of advisers.

Obviously we want to make some money out of this too so we are charging a fee of for introductions to our panel of professional advisers. By charging for the introductions we, and the advisers we are referring to, recognise that only serious enquirers will progress matters. This is a good way to ensure that our advisers are not bogged down answering questions from time wasters and also provides a very a good reason for our recommended advisers to prioritise our referrals.

Our fee for arranging an introduction to a professional adviser, who will visit you to provide face to face advice if that is required, is £200, payable to Innovative Landlord Solutions LLP (the legal owner of Property118.com) either by credit/debit card or via PayPal. You will then be contacted within 7 days.

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Shared Appreciation Mortgages for Buy to Let Landlords Advice, Buy to Let News, Commercial Finance, Commercial Finance Broker Blog, Financial Advice, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

A radical shared appreciation mortgage product for buy to let landlords is soon to be launched.

The detailed criteria is yet to be released but we do have details of a product launched a few years ago by the same mortgage lender into the residential mortgage market. If we assume that the key features for the buy to let version will be similar, then landlords will be able to borrow 20% of the value of the property with no monthly payments or interest charges whatsoever against the security of a second charge. Up to a further 60% LTV would be able to be borrowed from a different mortgage lender which would take first charge.

In other words, you have to put down 20% deposit in cash on a purchase yourself and if you are refinancing, your total mortgage exposure (including the Shared Appreciation Mortgage), cannot be more than 80% of the value of the property.

Shared Appreciation Mortgages for Buy to Let Landlords

The mortgage lender offering this product (Castle Trust) is well funded via venture capital and is a credible and trusted lender. They only operate via an exclusive panel of mortgage packagers and their network partners.

The way Castle Trust will make their money is by sharing in any capital growth when the property is sold, or in 25 years, or when the borrower reaches age 75, whichever is the sooner.

The product for residential borrowers is based on the lender taking a 40% share in the growth in the value of the property whilst the owner takes 60%. Not bad considering each party is only putting in 20% is it? In fairness though, the property owner does carry the lions share of the risk as the shared appreciation mortgage provider is secured with a second charge.

As an example, based on a property value of £100,000 the figures would work as follows:-

  • Traditional mortgage £60,000
  • Shared Appreciation Mortgage £20,000
  • Owners equity £20,000

Now let’s assume the property is eventually sold for £200,000 – the following is what each party would get back …

  • £60,000 to the traditional mortgage lender (assuming it was an interest only loan and no fees were added)
  • £60,000 to the shared  appreciation mortgage lender (i.e. £20,000 original capital plus 40% of £100,000 growth)
  • £80,000 to the property owner being the balance.

In this example the property owner would quadruple his capital invested and only be paying interest on 75% of his total mortgage liability.

I can see several reasons why this may be attractive to landlords if the BTL product is similar to the version available to residential mortgage borrowers:-

  1. Deals may not stack up on rent to ordinarily qualify for an 80% LTV mortgage but may do so on this basis
  2. Improved cashflow due to only having to service interest on a maximum of 75% of the debt
  3. At 60% LTV many BTL mortgages are significantly more competitive
  4. Landlords will be able to increase their borrowing without affecting their cashflow
  5. Use of other peoples money to increase leverage and returns on capital invested
  6. Castle Trust will rely upon the mortgage valuation of the traditional mortgage lender. Therefore you only have to pay for one valuation.
  7. Castle Trust do not legal or valuation fees and their arrangement fees are only 1% of the advance. This means that total fees could be less than if you arrange a traditional mortgage for a higher Loan to Value.
  8. Castle Trust do not require the consent of a lender providing the first charge. Therefore, the product is technically available to any landlord with borrowings of 80% LTV
  9. Some landlords will wish to borrow 20% LTV via Castle Trust to partially redeem their mortgage with another lender and thus benefit from improved cashflow.

Downsides

  1. The property owner gives away a substantial share of any capital gain
  2. The improved cashflow, in comparison to an higher traditional mortgage, will increase taxable income
  3. Remortgaging may prove difficult
  4. The product is only available on properties located in England and Wales (not Scotland or Northen Ireland)

Questions I can’t answer yet

  • In the example above, has the property owner made a £60,000 capital gain or a £100,000 capital gain?
  • Which buy to let lenders will allow a second charge to be taken over the property for a new purchase?
  • Whether the BTL product will be a mirror of the residential mortgage conditions
  • There are also rumours of 85% overall exposure being offered

We are expecting to receive full details within the next few weeks and funds are expected to be limited. Therefore, if this is of interest we recommend you to get in quickly.

We will be arranging introductions to brokers on our panel of specialist advisers which I have personally hand picked. The role of the adviser will be to review your portfolio and provide you with bespoke advice and quotations based upon your personal circumstances.

The fee for arranging an introduction is £200, payable to Innovative Landlord Solutions LLP (the legal owner of Property118.com) either by credit/debit card or via PayPal. You will then be contacted within 7 days of the product being launched with a view to arranging a priority appointment.

To register please complete the form below.

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Tenant Referencing Using Common Sense Advice, Latest Articles, Property Investment Strategies, The GOOD Landlords Campaign

Common sense tenant referencing was pretty much the only option available when I first became a landlord and started letting property in the late 1980’s. Tenant Referencing Using Common Sense

In this article I am going to explain what my family do to find the next perfect tenant, right from the day an existing tenant let’s us know that they want to move out. More often than not these days, tenants think they can serve notice with just a phone call, email, facebook or text message – more about that later. Continue reading Tenant Referencing Using Common Sense


CAMPARI – old school lenders underwriting Commercial Finance, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

CAMPARI stands for Character, Ability, Means, Purpose, Amount, Repayment, Interest and Insurance CAMPARI - old school lenders underwriting

It was also a popular drink in the late 70’s and early 80’s but that’s not what this article is about LOL

If you are applying for a commercial mortgage facility, chances are the person making the decision will be trained to use the CAMPARI underwriting method. Knowing how they will assess your application will improve your chances of success as you will be able to structure your business plan accordingly 😉

C=Character
The background and experience of the individuals or business can be a pointer to the potential for success. This includes integrity, past performance, and evidence of financial acumen. No business proposition can be viewed in isolation from the people who will put it into action, and the bank manager will scrutinize both closely.

A=Ability
The likelihood of the business being able to repay the money. This will often depend on the skills and abilities of the owners. On the personal side, intelligence, training and determination should all be considered.
On the business front, the bank will look at profitability, capital requirements, and above all cashflow.

M=Means
The means and resources to run the business, and to do so in a way that allows the bank to see what is going on. You may be asked for quarterly or monthly summaries of how the business is doing. Could you provide them?

P=Purpose
Explain in detail why you wish to borrow money. The bank will want to know that you have thought it through, and that it seems sensible.

The banker may comment on your purpose in general terms. Remember that you ought to know far more about your type of business than any banker, and treat any advice accordingly. Bankers can offer you knowledge of business theory but they have no practical experience of running their own businesses. Asking for practical business advice from a banker is like seeking guidance on seduction techniques from a eunuch.
However, the bank should tell you whether the form of finance you have asked for is the most suitable.

A=Amount
Make sure that you establish the correct amount you need, allowing a margin for error in your forecasts. Be realistic: don’t ask for too little or ‘just enough to get by’. If you have to come back for an emergency second bite, the bank will really have the drains up to see what’s gone wrong.
The bank will look to the business to put some of its own money in. This shows the borrower’s commitment.

R=Repayment
You will usually need to fill in the bank’s cash flow forecast forms, to show that your business can afford repayments on the amount you wish to borrow.

I=Interest and Insurance
Many lending schemes offer reducing loans over an agreed period and have fixed rate of interest. If you are borrowing on overdraft, the bank will set the interest rate to reflect its view of the risk – and what it thinks it can get.
Risk takes us to insurance. The bank may ask if security is available. They may also ask you to consider taking out insurance cover, against illness for instance. Illness of a key player can be a major risk to a new business.

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12.5% return on cash invested on a newly refurbished Manchester based development Commercial Finance, Latest Articles, Property For Sale

Last week I was presented with a Manchester based buy-to let investment opportunity which looks particularly attractive. The gross yield is just over 11% but with the benefit of gearing, and having allowed for all costs, the cash on cash returns are coming out at 12.5%. Manchester Buy to Let

I have done some due diligence (you should always do your own though, please don’t rely on mine) and part of that was checking out the availability of finance on these properties.

The only possible drawbacks I can see thus far is that the maximum mortgage is 65% of value plus a lender fee of £995 added to each loan. This is due to the properties being priced at £42,500 and being sold as a new development. The issue with this is that BM Solutions are the only lender offering terms. As BM Solutions are part of the Lloyds Banking Group that can sometimes cause problems due to the group having a rule not to provide more than three mortgages to any one client. The Lloyds Banking Group includes Lloyds Bank, BM Solution, The Mortgage Business, Halifax and C&G.

If you can live with that, and especially if you are married or have a partner, and you and your partner have no mortgages with any of these companies, you could, theoretically at least, buy six of these properties, i.e. 3 each.

The alternative, of course, is to buy the properties for cash and then look to refinance them based on market value after say 6 months.

In the meantime, these are the numbers that came out when I analysed the deal using the Property118 Landlords Calculator:-

Property valued at £50,000 each (15 available, 18 already sold at full price)

Discount offered to Property118 to sell the remaining units 15%

Net price £42,500 each

Monthly rent £400 (based on comparables provided by local agents)

Gross rental yield 11.29%

Mortgage £28,620 based on 65% borrowing plus £995 lender fee added to advance

LTV 67.34%.

Deposit required for each property £13,880.

Interest rate 4.84% (Loan via BM Solutions – IFA to advise best product, this one was selected at random for illustrative purposes)

Mortgage interest £115.34 per month

I have estimated that 35% of rental income will be required to fund the costs of; advertising/letting, management, Gas checks, maintenance, ground rents, service charges and void periods This equates to a monthly averaged cost of £140.

Therefore, cashflow based on the current interest rate is £144.57 per month

Based on these figures the return on equity is 12.5% on cashflow alone. This is net annual cashflow expressed as a percentage of the equity in the property. This calculation is also referred to as; return on cash, cash on cash return, return on capital employed/invested, ROC and ROCI. A 12.5% return on equity is far better than you would get in a bank account and far greater than you can borrow money for too. Over the long term you may also wish to factor capital appreciation into the equation too.

This deal breaks even when interest rates hit 10.9%

If this is of interest and you would like to download details of the development with a view to arranging a viewing and/or making an offer please complete the form below.


Landlords Calculator – Now even easier to use! Latest Articles

Landlords CalculatorOur Landlords Calculator is a very easy to use, you don’t need to download any extra software whatsoever. It allows you to analyse returns and other important numbers relating to any residential investment property deal with ease.

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Landlords Calculator

Until now landlords and their professional advisers have struggled with traditional calculators and spreadsheets to calculate rental yields, cashflow, returns on equity and the interest rates a property deal achieves break even or neutral cashflow.

Our Landlords Calculator takes you through set of numbers and provides easy to follow explanations a step at a time making all of the above simple.

Simply follow the the instructions, type in your numbers and calculator does everything else for you. The key figures you need, together with explanations, appear on screen as you go.

When you have completed the process you will be given an opportunity to add a title to your masterpiece and have a neat report emailed to you for future reference or, if you are a professional adviser, to present to your clients.

Landlords Calculator Reviews

Check out the reviews below which have been left by other landlords and associated professionals. We appreciate all feedback so please let us know what you think of our landlords calculator by leaving a review of your own in the comments section below.

NOTE – our Landlords Calculator was updated and re-published on 25th July 2013. Version 1 was first published on 6th June 2013


Buy to Let Property Sales – Partnering With Estate Agents Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Letting, Lettings & Management, Property Development, Property For Sale, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Earlier this year we spotted an opportunity to set up a buy to let Estate Agency. However, due to lack of resource (time) very little has been done other than a dozen or so sales on behalf of developers, plus setting ourselves up with The Property Ombudsman Service and organising Professional Indemnity insurance to keep ourselves legal of course.Buy to Let Estate Agency

The reason we haven’t got around to growing the buy to let Estate Agency business is that our passion is facilitating the sharing of best practice amongst landlords and letting agents on the Property118 forum which I set up just over two years ago. Prior to that I was a commercial finance broker and I’ve been a landlord since 1989.

The opportunity is a very simple one. Nearly 200,000 landlords and associated professionals subscribe to our daily newsletters and engage on the Property118 forum. Some of these people are no doubt in the market to buy more property. It occurred to us that most properties are sold with vacant possession, however, for landlords that can be a bit of a nightmare as both the vendor and the purchaser both experience costly void periods.

Rightmove and the Zoopla Property Group portals are ideal to sell properties with vacant possession but if a landlord wants to sell or buy a tenanted property these portals are far from perfect as there’s no search facility for buy to let property. Furthermore, their interfaces are not geared up to show rental yields, returns on capital invested, costs of letting etc. At Property118 we have created a landlords calculator to work all of these things out

As we haven’t got time to source properties to sell, never mind to prepare sales particulars, do floor plans, arrange viewings and progress chase offers through to completion, our idea is to work on a split commission basis with other agents.

We will showcase properties on the Property118 forum and link to them in the daily Newsletters. Enquirers will be landlords who may well already own properties in the area, hence for agents who partner with us on this venture, all referrals will be good leads for future sales and letting opportunities as well as prospective purchasers of the property which is being marketed.

From the landlords perspective, they will be presented with properties which are already let and will have no void periods and perhaps most importantly, without any buyers premium attached to them. The sales particulars will include details of the tenancy including:-

  • rent currently being paid
  • profile of the tenant
  • time already in the property
  • management fees currently being charged
  • other expenses relating to the management/maintenance of the property

This information, together with an indicative financing quotation will enable us to calculate not only rental yields but the cash on cash equivalent annual returns after all costs including mortgage, insurance, lettings and management, a sensible maintenance budget and where appropriate any ground rents or service charges. This will enable investors to compare cashflow returns on their money to the returns they are currently receiving elsewhere on their investments. The potential for capital growth is obviously a primary reason for people to invest into property too of course.

We will not allow this activity to overwhelm what we do here at Property118, therefore, we will cherry pick the properties we want to promote based on those which we believe make sense to buy as investments.

It is unlikely that we will be in a position to accept instructions directly from landlords to sell their properties due to the lack of infrastructure to provide a sufficiently professional service, i.e. floor plans, viewings, for sale signs etc. Therefore, any such enquiries will be referred back to the agencies we end up partnering with. Landlords are, of course, also welcome to introduce us to any agencies they are already working with as we will not get tied into any exclusive contracts. Our independence is vitally important to us.

I would like to have a chat with any agents who see some mileage in this opportunity. I have some ideas on splitting commissions but I am very open minded at this stage as the project is very much in its infancy.

Mark Alexander - Your Property ConciergeIf you would like to chat please comment below, email me  – mark@property118.com or call me on 07834 754 223.

Regards

Mark Alexander – founder of Property118.com


Property Investment – what would you buy? Latest Articles, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Whenever I walk down a high street I can’t help looking through the window of the local estate agents and letting agents.

I stand there working out rental yields and often I get tempted to buy.

Do you ever do that?

Property Investment - what would you buy to let?The only reason I stopped buying a few years ago is that I had already achieved all of my financial goals having been in the property investment business for over 20 years. For me it was time to stop investing and to start living.

My current lifestyle is only possible as a result of many years of building my property portfolio.

Over the years I have created systems for everything I do in terms of property investment and property/tenant management and it’s those systems which now afford me the luxuries in life of freedom and opportunity to do what I enjoy best. It’s not all about travelling, spending time with family and sitting on beaches though. I love to engage with other landlords, hence my commitment to sharing best practice on this property forum which, as you may be aware, is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships.

Some of the most common questions I get asked are; how did you do it, is it still possible, what would you do if you were starting again today? Well if you read all 6,000+ posts on Property118 you will get a good idea, however, I’ve been thinking to myself that there must be an easier way to share what I know and to make it relevant to what’s happening in the buy to let property investment business today.

The idea I came up with is to ask you (Property118 readers) where you would consider buying. I will then investigate that area, select a property that I would buy myself (if I was still investing) and explain why. More to the point, I will also document how I would finance, let, manage and maintain the property along with the “desk top due diligence” I would ordinarily do prior to committing to viewing a property with a view to making purchase.

Would you find that useful?

If so, please leave a comment in the section below and let me know which areas you would like me to investigate.

Now I won’t necessarily pick the same properties that you would. That’s because we are all different and we all have a variety of motives for investing into property. Therefore, please don’t ask me to look into high yielding properties such as HMO’s, student properties or housing for state supported tenants as that’s not what I know about. I don’t know much about very high value properties either, my market is far more akin to properties which will appeal to Mr and Mrs Average, either with children of school age or retired. What you might find useful, even if we do do pick different properties, is the way I go about making my decisions.

I will assume that in every case I have access to up to £100,000 cash to invest. Based upon my findings I will explain how many properties I would buy using that money, how much finance I raise in terms of mortgages and how much capital I would retain for a rainy day.

The types of properties I will be selecting will be as follows:-

  1. Decent low maintenance properties in decent areas to attract decent low maintenance tenants
  2. NET cashflow return based on NET capital invested will be greater than could be achieved from a bank or building society
  3. Easy to re-sell or re-let in all market conditions
  4. Prospects for capital growth over the medium to log term, i.e. seven to 20 years

So back to my question, what areas (towns and or cities) would you like me to look into and why?Property Investment - what would you buy


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