Archive | January, 2015

The OMG! Blingtastic Home Under The Hammer (With One Of The Largest Lounge’s In The Country)

30 Jan

Property auctions are well known hunting grounds for homes needing renovation.  But today I can offer you out-and-out *BLING!!!!* instead of the usual “bleurgh…but it has potential”.

Here is:

The Watergrove Manor, Lower House Lane, Lancashire, OL12 9PL

Watergrove manor

It’s being sold at Allsop auctions on 12 Feb 2015 (lot 180).  Guide is £1.5M+ (more…)

How To Quickly Tell If A Million Pound Property Development Is Going To Make You Any Money

28 Jan

“We’ve just taken on a probate property yesterday.  It’s on at £750,000, but when done, you’re looking at a million pound property”.  Said the estate agent.

With a £250,000 paygap it sounded like a property development that needed to be seen.

But here’s the thing – there’s really only one question you need to ask yourself when presented with a potential property development: will it make money?

So here’s the property – a three bedroom semi-detached in Northfields, Ealing, London. (I’ve switched to doing a lot more videos lately because it gives you a better idea/ memory of what the property was actually like.  Photos are still really useful – but more so in terms of specific areas of focus, or issues you want to highlight).

As you can see, the property is in need of some works! (more…)

If You Want To Buy A Houseboat, This Is NOT How You Do It!

21 Jan

I love a bargain.  Especially when it involves property.

And so wanting to follow my own advice of last week (investing in property locally) I decided to do some sniffing around on the net and see what I could find for less nearby.

I didn’t get very far before I spotted a one bed for just £29,995 in Broxbourne, EN10.  Broxbourne is a pleasant town in Hertfordshire and is just down the road from me.  It’s not an area I know so well, but it’s pretty close to the Easy Buy To Let Property and so it fits geographically.  Critically (for me and my buying criteria) Broxbourne has a regular train service to London (Liverpool Street) with a journey time of just 32 minutes.

Of course, there was a catch.

The property was a houseboat.

houseboat for sale hertfordshire (more…)

How To Find Your Buy To Let Pot Of Gold At The End Of The (Local) Rainbow

15 Jan

“How can I find a property which is going to make me money?”

That’s the most common question I hear from people wanting to get into buy to let.

Finding property to buy is easy – there are plenty on the market for sale.  But, finding decent property to buy which will make you money is the hard part.  And that’s the gem which everybody is after.

The truth is, it comes down to the bare facts: research, research, research – and a dash of luck!

Making money from property

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Walkie Talkie Wonderland: Inside London’s Highest Roof Garden (And My New Fave Bar!)

13 Jan

When it comes to big, tall buildings London isn’t really up there with the likes of New York – where you literally break your neck trying to catch the roof tops.

But, the low-profile skyline of London has been changing in recent years with more and more developers clambering for the moon.  The opening of The Shard in 2013, an 87-storey skyscraper standing approx. 309 metres (1,014 ft) high – heralded London as home to the tallest building in the European Union.

walkie talkie buildingThe Walkie Talkie building (so called because of it’s shape) is located at 20 Fenchurch St.  The 34-storey building is approx 160 m (525 ft) tall and while only being London’s fifth tallest building – it is home to London’s highest roof garden. (more…)