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Property Management Advice Latest Articles, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Property Management adviceShould I do my own Property Management or contract it out?

This is a question that every buy to let property investor or accidental landlord has asked themselves at some point.

There is no right or wrong answer to this question as it depends on a variety of circumstances.

I’ve been investing into property since 1989 and have a portfolio that stretches North to South, East to West of England.  Whilst I’ve managed my properties myself, I’ve also used agents.  Now that my brother has set up a Lettings Agency to manage our family portfolio he looks after most of them but we do still contract managing agents occasionally.

So what are the deciding factors on whether to manage your own portfolio or to contract the work out? Continue reading Property Management Advice


Property Investment Advice Latest Articles, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Man walking toward successQuality Property Investment Advice isn’t easy to come by.  There are plenty of self proclaimed experts and guru’s who will be keen to take your money off you in return for a promise to teach you a variety of strategies or help you build a portfolio but BEWARE, many of their strategies are illegal.

There is no substitute for experience but there are also ways to avoid making common mistakes, one such mistake can be paying for mentorship.  There is no one size fits all in property investment so research is key.

I’m in the process of documenting my property investment strategy and it’s available to read for free. I’ve been in the business since 1989 but rarely does a day go by when I don’t pick up another nugget of information. Continue reading Property Investment Advice


Spotlight on Robin Pilley, HMO investor – Part three of a four part story Guest Articles, HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles

Robin Pilley invests into HMO’s in the Haverhill area and regularly achieves up to 16% yields, he is also a Director of CXG Property Services, which is a Letting Agents and Property Sourcing Company.  As these yields are so good we’ve asked Robin to share his story in a four part series.  This is the third article in that series. Continue reading Spotlight on Robin Pilley, HMO investor – Part three of a four part story


Spotlight on Robin Pilley, HMO investor – Part two of a four part story HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Lettings & Management

Robin Pilley invests into HMO’s (Houses in Multiple Occupation) in the Haverhill area and regularly achieves up to 16% yields, he is also a Director of CXG Property Services, which is a Letting Agents and Property Sourcing Company. This is the second article in a series of four. Continue reading Spotlight on Robin Pilley, HMO investor – Part two of a four part story


My 1,000th post on my favourite Property Forum Cautionary Tales, Latest Articles, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

The following is an extract from my 1,000th discussion on Property Tribes (my favourite property forum).

I asked the members 5 questions about their property investment strategies and then went on to answer the same questions myself, after reading what others do. Continue reading My 1,000th post on my favourite Property Forum


Due Diligence – By Mark Alexander Fun Stuff, Latest Articles, Property Investment Strategies, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

I am constantly amazed when I hear that people spend a fortune on property education courses or invest their pension pots into unbuilt apart-hotels in far flung places and then end up losing a fortune.  Don’t they Google these things or ask people without a vested interest for advice? Continue reading Due Diligence – By Mark Alexander


How I choose my tenants Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment Strategies, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Mark AlexanderPlease remember that my properties are all mid range to upper end of the market.  My typical tenant profile is professionals and retired couples.  Some of the strategies outlined may be transferrable to other market sectors but not all of them.

Continue reading How I choose my tenants


How I minimise property management issues Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment Strategies, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Mark AlexanderPlease remember that my properties are all mid range to upper end of market properties aimed at the professional tenants and retired couples.  Some of the strategies outlined may be transferrable to other market sectors but not all of them. Continue reading How I minimise property management issues


How I minimise rental voids Latest Articles, Lettings & Management, Property Investment Strategies, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Mark AlexanderA one month rental void accounts for 8.33% of your annual rental income.  For many landlords this is the difference between making a profit or a loss from rental income.  Talk to any property investor who’s had problems making mortgage payments and there are two main reasons; 1) no rental income or 2) no cash reserves.  Rental voids must, therefore, be avoided at all costs.  In this article I outline several of the effective strategies I’ve adopted since I began letting properties in 1989.

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