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Why Nobody Really Cares About Your Buy-To-Let

29 May

Sorry.

I know you think your property investment is the most important thing in the world.

And it maybe.  To You.

Because only YOU really care about your buy-to-let investment.

It doesn’t matter what any of those shiny agents say, or how many neon lights they plaster over their “Landlords wanted” signs.  They don’t really care about you or your property.

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Is NOW A Good Time To Buy Property In London?

22 May

So I’ve been trying to buy a little pad in central London for a while now.  You may remember the whole saga I had last year of the flat in Bloomsbury where I got outbid by a Hong Kong investor.

I didn’t want to bore you with all the stuff after the auction action – but a lot of stuff happened.  Well, that’s a slight over-statement – a lot of stuff happened – but nothing actually happened, if you get my drift.

The truth is, I went to see a lot of properties, but none of them fitted my criteria.

The other half grew exasperated as I grew more determined in my search.  And more selective.  In the end I had narrowed my hunt down to seven-odd streets.

Focus.

That’s what I told the other half he lacked as he tried to widen my Rightmove search tool to include Mornington Crescent and Camden.  I slapped his hand hard from my laptop and gave him “the look”.

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Why A Dozen Strangers Probably Also Have Keys To YOUR Home

23 Apr

new property adventure

Getting the keys to your new property is terrifically exciting.  A new property means a new start – a new adventure and a new home…

But how many other people have keys to your new home?

Have you ever considered that?

Take a moment to think about who has a set of keys to your home. (more…)

Does Your House Suffer From D.H.N.S?

25 Feb

I don’t know about you – but I love house names.  Give me a Manor House over 6 Drudgeland Terrace any day!

And given how we love naming and labelling every part of our lives, it’s surprising not more houses don’t have their own names.

But house names – like people’s names (and pet’s names) are evocative.  Names have meanings – and even if we don’t consciously mean to do it – we can’t help but conjure up different images for what a Penelope would look like vs. a Shanazza or a Wayne vs. a Quentin.

Names have visual iconography attached to them.  Expectations, even. (more…)

Revealed: 10 Things You Should Know Before You Invest In Property

6 Jan

With interest rates predicted to remain low for the foreseeable future, more people than ever are ploughing their hard earned savings into property.  Property investment can be a fabulous way to make money – but it’s important to bear in mind that *horrors of horror* you can also lose money in property.  So, if you’re thinking of investing in property, bear in mind that property prices are not a one way (upward-only) street.  Values can fall – and that includes rental prices as well as capital values.

So without further ado here are my top 10 things you should know before you invest in property: (more…)