Archive | July, 2014

Is The Property Industry Sexist?

12 Jul

Men and Women
Image Credit: Brian Henry Thompson

 

That’s the question I pondered to myself, as I sat in an early morning trades people traffic jam.  White vans rammed to the rafters with men surrounded me.  In my mind, I was sat atop a shiny black Toyota Hilux with chrome spots.  Obviously.

Bleary eyed with the early start, dressed in clothes a tramp would feel proud of, and days old dirt and paint ground into finger nails that no amount of Cillit Bang will remove.

We all looked the same really.

Apart from one difference. (more…)

How To Become A Property Pro In A Day

11 Jul

This article was written for Rightmove and first appeared on the Rightmove Blog
*Don’t miss your chance below to win a copy of ‘Property Investment: The Essential Rules*

Property investment is a fabulous way to make money, so it’s not surprising there are now some 1.4 million landlords in the UK.

But fabulousness aside, there is a serious side to property investment – because it is a commercial enterprise.

If you want to make money in property, you need to follow some Rules.  I call these: The Essential Rules – these are the guiding principles that will help you become a successful property investor (and you can read the book in a day!) (more…)

How To Choose A Double Glazing Window Company

9 Jul

double glazing salesman

Having been on in the game for a number of years now, I am blessed to have a trade contact book stuffed full of numbers.  However, this time, as the “easy” buy to let property is in a new area for me – I am a little slimmer than usual for contacts. (more…)

The Easy Buy To Let Property Experiment: Week 1 Progress Report

7 Jul

Daft as it may sound – I bought the latest property to see: Is there any such thing as an “easy” buy to let?  

The property was bought before auction, and here’s a video tour of the property.

We’re now one week into the property renovation and you can see a vlog of my progress below.

As you will learn – there is no such thing as an “easy” property renovation!

5 Wonderfully Weird UK Holiday Lettings

6 Jul

I totally heart airbnb.

In fact, I don’t think I have ever spent a more pleasurable time looking for somewhere to stay!  The variety is tantalising – and some of the prices are definitely drool-worthy!  I’ve opted to stay in a boat themed Coastguard cottage this time – but my wish-list is well and truly pumped!

Anyway, it would be rude if I didn’t share some of the beautifully bizarre places you can rent if you fancy something a little bit different for your summer holidays this year!

Bogancloch Tree House (Scotland)

tree house

This 1960s’ touring caravan was hoisted into the tree for a film – now there is a double and single bed – and a great view!  (more…)