Tag Archives: Property development

Introducing the “Property Maverick” Guest Articles, Guest Columns

Welcome to the “Property Maverick” Blog; a fortnightly blog about the life and times of a property entrepreneur.

Am I successful? Well success means different things to different people, so I’ll tell you a bit about myself. Not as a trumpet blowing exercise, but for you to decide whether to read my articles. Despite leaving high school more years ago that I care to remember, without any O level’s. I currently own over 80 properties averaging at less than 70% loan to value, as well as having completed several overseas property developments. Continue reading Introducing the “Property Maverick”


Maintenance Men – Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them! Guest Articles, Guest Columns, HMO's & Student Lets, Lettings & Management, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

A couple of weeks ago I started a discussion thread on Property Tribes about the trials and tribulations of dealing with trades in terms of property maintenance. It started out as a bit of a rant after my long-standing builder and I “had words”. Actually, he came over after sensing that I’d got my knickers in a twist about lack of visible progress on starting some roofing work before the winter and bravely sat in my kitchen whilst I launched a stiff accusation of “it’s not bloody rocket science – I just want a start date, quote and timescale. I’m not asking you to perform brain surgery and if I knew anything about roofs or wasn’t scared of scaffolding, I’d do it myself!” Continue reading Maintenance Men – Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them!


£2.7 million property portfolio sold for £3 by a council Latest Articles

money dropped in Piggy bank,

£3 portfolio sale called into question

The sale of a £2.7 million property portfolio for just £3 by a council to a property development company is under investigation.

Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn has pledged to go public with the results of an independent scrutiny of the deal.

The council put the portfolio together by buying up failing hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in the seaside town with plans to refurbish them as social housing.

The plan fell through when the costs of renovating each property were put at an average £130,000 which was money the council does not have. Continue reading £2.7 million property portfolio sold for £3 by a council


The BPF calls for land to be sold to the right people Latest Articles, Property Development, Property Market News

British Property Federation LogoThe British Property Federation has issued a word of caution over the distribution of the land set to be sold off by the Government.

Housing minister Grant Shapps announced yesterday that thousands of acres of land will be sold off to create 100,000 new houses by 2015.

Liz Peace, BPF’s chief executive backs the plans but said “Government must give consideration to who has the resources available to get on and build these homes, particularly while banks are still nervous about lending.” Continue reading The BPF calls for land to be sold to the right people


Building bonanza sparked by plan for 100,000 homes Latest Articles, Property Market News

wooden model house on building plans blueprintHousing minister Grant Shapps has signalled a new homes building bonanza by kicking off plans to hand over thousands of acres of public land to house builders.

The grand scheme lays the foundations for building 100,000 new homes for private and social housing by 2015 as the government links up with builders to ease the homes crisis. Continue reading Building bonanza sparked by plan for 100,000 homes


Commercial conversions boost for HMO developers HMO's & Student Lets, Latest Articles, Property Development

Property investors could profit from government plans to encourage development of empty offices in to new housing.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced proposals to remove planning restrictions to stimulate the developments – and the move is a good fit with councils seeking to dilute concentrations of shared houses in residential areas. Continue reading Commercial conversions boost for HMO developers


Don’t Wait……..Develop it Now!! Say our partners specialising in property development finance Commercial Finance, Latest Articles, Property Development

We speak to many property developers who tell us that they are not doing any new developments now, “because the economy is weak and the margins charged by funders are too high”.

Banks in the commercial and corporate sectors are paying low rates of interest on deposits which are way below the rate of inflation. Inflation remained at 3.1% in August, well above the governments 2% target. Continue reading Don’t Wait……..Develop it Now!! Say our partners specialising in property development finance


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