Archive | February, 2015

Income or Capital? What Do YOU Want From Property Investment?

24 Feb


With all the talk of sky-high buy to let returns, it’s easy to get overly excited and rush to buy the first property you think you can make a buck on.

But, wait.

Before you barrel in with any property purchase, it’s critical to first think to yourself: Why?

Why am I investing in property? (more…)

Can Property Pay Your Wages?

17 Feb


It’s an apt question that many people ask themselves.  In these times of booming property prices and soaring buy to let rents it’s no wonder so many people have opted to invest in bricks and mortar over volatile stocks and shares.

So when IWC (the makers of Kirsty and Phil’s Location, Location, Location) approached me to be a property consultant for the show they were making “Can Property Pay Your Wages?” for Channel 4, I said “Yes”. (more…)

I Hate Needles, But I Loved My First Acupuncture Session!

12 Feb


Groupon makes you buy the weirdest stuff.  Which is why I cannot be a full-time member.  That, and the fact I cannot stand being bombarded so much by strange stuff I don’t want to be enticed into thinking I need.

Anyways, just before Christmas I found myself signing up again to Groupon (I consider myself a “dipper” in that respect; I dip-in-and-dip-out of membership) and finding myself a bargain of a massage, and feeling in need of some treat-me time I quickly bought up a “Meridian Massage” at a place just down the road from me. (more…)

How I Pimped Up My Buy To Let Property On The Fly

11 Feb

“It needs the landlord to attend to see how bad it actually is.”

That’s what the email from the maintenance company said to the letting agent.

As the landlord of the said property, this line didn’t fill me with warm, fuzzy feelings.

It instead, left me with a feeling of dread.

Especially when the said property is some 120 miles away from home.  (This is just one real downside to remote property investment).

I cast my eyes back over the rest of the email to look for any sign of hope.  There was none.  It was literally a litany of shit.  Which was going to cost a whole load of money to put right.

“Bollocks” I thought to myself. (more…)

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da: Paul McCartney’s Childhood Home Under The Hammer

4 Feb

paul mccartney front door for sale

Perhaps it was the whopping £6,875 that someone gave for Paul McCartney’s old front door alone, which prompted the owners of Paul McCartney’s former childhood home to put the house under the hammer.

Or maybe it was the fact John Lennon’s childhood home (9 Newcastle Road) sold at auction for a spectacular £480,000 (off a guide of £150,000).  Or even that George Harrison’s childhood home (25 Upton Green) can raise an incredible £156,000 at auction – when comparable properties are worth way, way less. (more…)