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If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass Try Being A Landlord In Germany

If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass Try Being A Landlord In Germany

If You Think Our Housing Laws Are Crass
Try Being A Landlord In Germany

There are always plenty of stories in the media about landlords and letting agents and their idiosyncratic practices, but a recent news article about a German landlord published in The Telegraph and picked up by LandlordToday.com really does take the p**s!

UK landlords have faced a great deal of criticism for reasonably, and in some cases unreasonably, withholding a tenants’ deposit for all kinds of damage caused to rental property by tenants but now a German landlord has ended up in court for trying to claim damage to a bathroom floor caused by a tenant’s urine.

The landlord had withheld €1,900, equivalent to around £1,400 (GBP) from the tenant’s €3,000 deposit for damage allegedly caused to a marble floor in the bathroom of a rental property by a male tenant missing the toilet bowl while urinating standing up.

The tenant sued his landlord after the refusal to pay back the €1,900 claimed for damages to the marble floor but the judge ruled that the tenant had the right to take care of business standing up.

The landlord had brought in a “technical expert“, who had the unenviable task of confirming that wayward droplets were indeed the cause of the damage to the marble tiles.

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Property Investment Quick StartProperty Investment Quick Start With Simon Zutshi

Would be property investors who want to get their investment career off to the best start in 2015 should consider joining Simon Zutshi’s Property Investment Quick Start Programme (PIQS) to help them achieve amazing results.

Simon Zutshi’s PIQS programme teaches new and seasoned property investors how to buy property using none of their own money!

As many property investors will testify, there has never been a better time to make money in the UK property market, if property investors know what they are doing!

One of the most profitable ways to invest in property is to purchase from motivated sellers, who are more than happy to sell you their property for less than the true market value.

This allows property investors to make instant equity profits from day one, as well as positive monthly cash flow as well as long-term capital growth.

There are still thousands of property owners who need and want to sell their property but they can’t because there are just aren’t enough buyers in the market.

First-time buyers don’t think they are able to buy even with the aid of the Government’s Help To Buy scheme, and amateur property investors are waiting until they are certain that the market has recovered and is on its up way again before they buy.

What this means for you is that there is a HUGE opportunity, as long as you know what you are doing, and start taking action now!

After just one day with Simon Zutshi, property investors will know exactly how to profit in the current property market whilst minimising the risks.

On the one day “Property Investing Quick Start” (PIQS) seminar, Simon Zutshi will share with property investors the benefit of his successful property investing experience, as he has been in property since 1995 and has already helped many thousands of investors personally since 2003.

Property investors will know exactly what to do and even have their own action plan to make sure that they really do get a quick start!

To discover more about Simon Zutshi’s Property Investment Quick Start Programme and find out what the four biggest property investment problems that stop investors from benefiting  are – CLICK HERE!

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Recent Survey Discovers UK Landlords And Tenants are happy!

Recent Survey Discovers UK Landlords And Tenants are happy!

Four Out Of Five Tenants Happy
With Their Landlords

The majority of tenants living in private rental sector (PRS) rented properties have nothing but good things to say about their landlords, according to a survey conducted by Saga Home Insurance.

In a poll of UK tenants conducted by the insurance company, 77% of tenants who responded rated their landlord as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

Fewer than 8% of tenants, (1 in 10) described the quality of service they received from their landlords as ‘poor’, which the insurance firm claimed to be contrary to popular stereotypes.

The survey surmised that UK landlords are largely a morally sound, ethical group of business people!

However, 56% of the tenants polled by Saga still identified room for improvement in their tenant-landlord relationships. With:

  • 23% of tenants complaining about hard-to-reach landlords
  • 21% of tenants had reservations about the quality of tradesmen used for repairs.

The insurance firm also spoke to landlords themselves about their relationships with tenants, and the biggest obstacles to a cordial co-existence with their tenants were:

  • Late rent payments cited by 37% of landlords,
  • Damage to rental property – 32%
  • Failure to provide notice when vacating rental property – 20%.

Finally, the insurance company also discovered that at least 10% of landlords, an alarming one in ten,  had not paid tenants’ deposits into one of the three the Deposit Protection Schemes currently in operation, which as well as being illegal, can result in problems when tenant eviction becomes necessary.

Saga’s head of home insurance, Sue Green, commented on the survey results, saying “In the age of housing shortages and escalating rents, landlords have been getting some bad headlines, but the research shows the extent to which this portrayal is unfair. The vast majority of landlords are conscientious and ethical, although tenants do believe more can be done which is why we have released a guide with practical tips to help them improve their ethical credentials.”

Internet Marketing Guru - Daniel Wagner

Internet Marketing Guru – Daniel Wagner

The Next BIG Thing (property investors take note!)

We have just got off the phone with top Internet Marketing Guru – Daniel Wagner, you may remember that he was the jovial host of the Progressive Property Super Conference at Wembley last year,  and a very knowledgeable businessman!

And we are extremely excited about what he’s just told us:

Daniel’s been teaching a group of VIPs at the UK’s biggest property training company how to generate enough income to build a deposit for properties (as in £15k – £20k’s worth of cash) by simply posting product listings on Amazon for small, everyday items that make £10 – £20 profit PER SALE…

I know that sounds STUPIDLY simple but he’s got no problem backing up the claim with proof.

Daniel forwarded us this iPhone screenshot message from one of the property investors he’s recently taught:

how to build a deposit (as in £15k - £20k’s worth of cash) buy posting product listings on Amazon for small, everyday items that make £10 - £20 profit PER SALE

How to build a deposit’s value in cash buy posting product listings on Amazon for small, everyday items that make £10 – £20 (GBP) profit PER SALE

Isn’t this crazy??

Quick, regular lumps of cash simply by posting listings on Amazon.

It’s working so well because the marketplace on Amazon is VAST and no-one else in the UK knows how this works – No, nothing to do with owning a website, or being affiliate, or any of that stuff.

But look, let Daniel explain what you need to do…

He’s offering to teach another group of property investors how to do this:

Full details of how Daniel and his property students are doing it HERE

He called me to ask if our blog readership and MPPT subscribers would like to be offered the training…Of course, we said YES!

He’s asked that we DON’T explain everything he told us; we couldn’t anyway as we were on the phone for a good hour talking about it and there was so much to take in, but if you are interested, please click on the link below so that Daniel can send you more info.

 Full details of how Daniel and his property students are doing it HERE

Daniel Wagner is the only business owner providing this kind of income generation training in the UK and it’s never been revealed before in this country, so please take action now, before the all the available places are taken:

We don’t want you to miss out on this.

Bear in mind he’s teaching active property investors (who have very little spare time as it is) how to do it successfully, making the first £1,000 (GBP) income starting from nothing, in just a few weeks.

And the guys who have been doing it for 6 months are now making over £7,000(GBP) income per month from this – that’s more than some of them are making through owning and operating property businesses!

Full details of how Daniel and his property students are doing it HERE

Another ‘sold out’ monthly workshop.

Another ‘sold out’ monthly workshop.

Rob Moore

Rob Moore

Get (Rob) Moore …

From Your Property Investments!

A couple of weeks ago, Rob Moore from Progressive Property surveyed a segment of their 126,000 property investment subscribers including the newest people to join their email list. Progressive asked property investors what were their biggest roadblocks to getting those first few CASHFLOWING buy-to-let properties into their portfolio.Property investors, just like you, say they’re struggling with:

  • Lack Of Finance
  • Sourcing Below Market Value Deals
  • Buying 5 Investment Properties In A Year
7 Property Investment Top Tips and The “No-Money-Left-In” Secret!

7 Property Investment Top Tips and The “No-Money-Left-In” Secret!

And those property investors who answered the progressive survey wanted more practical and useful resources and additional online training to help them smash through the negative roadblocks that were holding them back.

So with that in mind Progressive have launched the  The Buy Refurbish Remortgage BlueprintThe “No-Money-Left-In” Secret [PDF] and it is available for a limited time so grab your copy now! 

Below is a copy of the responses that the survey generated:

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Demand For High Risk Mortgages Reaches New High

Demand For High Risk Mortgages Reaches New High

More property buyers with small deposits are taking out high risk loans worth over 3.5 times their take home income

The number of residential property buyers who can only raise a small deposit of less than 10%, and who don’t qualify for the Government’s Help To Buy scheme, are taking out high risk loans worth over 3.5 times their take home income, has risen to its highest level for over five years.

New figures published by the Bank of England (BoE) show that the number of high risk mortgages being taken out by property investors and existing landlords has increased in the first three months of 2014.

Mortgage lending to new borrowers who had less than a 10% deposit and a Loan-To-Income (LTI) multiple of more than 3.5 times a single person income, or 2.75 times for joint income borrowers, has increased to 2.6%, the highest recorded figure since the last quarter of 2008.

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Help-To-Buy Scheme Could Threaten UK Housing Market

Help-To-Buy Scheme Could Threaten UK Housing Market

The Help To Buy Scheme Could Be Scaled Back Amid Concerns That The UK Property Market Could Be Heading
For Another Property Bubble

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that the Bank of England are being vigilant on UK house price rises and they would intervene if the situation becomes necessary.

The Chancellor’s comments come after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned that the booming UK property market could threaten the economic recovery of the country.

Possible action could include reigning back the Government’s Help-To-Buy scheme, which enables people with only a small deposit to take out a mortgage.

In a report the OECD said that “The UK should introduce measures to address the risks of excessive house price inflation, as property values now significantly exceed long-term averages relative to rents and household incomes. Access to the Help to Buy scheme should be tightened, and buyers should be required to put down bigger deposits for mortgages”.

In response to the report, Mr Osborne said: “I’ve said we should be vigilant about the housing market and this Government has given the Bank of England the power and the tools to do what they felt needed to be done to help to contribute to building a resilient economy in an independent way”.

The Help to Buy scheme enables the Government to place a second charge on properties purchased under the scheme, allowing them to have some degree of profitability and allow them a small degree of control over the UK property market.

People buying property worth up to £600,000 (GBP) using a deposit of just 5% may be grateful of the Government’s help but many fail to realise the full implications of the scheme, or spot the Government tactic of controlling properties.

The Government either top up the purchasers 5% deposit with 20% of the property’s value or it will underwrite a portion of the debt allowing lenders to advance purchasers with high loan-to-value mortgages that the Government guarantee.

The £600,000 (GBP) upper limit of the Help-To-Buy scheme has been widely criticised for being too high, however, recent figures show that the average cost of a property bought using the scheme was just £148,000 (GBP).

Concerns are rife that another property bubble may be formed in the UK property market following a continuing run of positive house price trends.

Mortgage lender, Nationwide recently reported that property values had risen by 10.9% during the last 12 months, the first time annual house price inflation has reached double figures since April 2010.

Data from the Land Registry also shows that average property prices in London have already surpassed the previous 2007 peak.

Recent property price increases have caused the typical average cost of residential property in the UK to rise to £262,770 (GBP), according to Zoopla.

New regulations to control borrowing were introduced at the end of April 2014 to ensure prospective property owners are not risking taking on too much debt.

Under the Mortgage Market Review, lenders are required to carry out stringent affordability checks, including making sure borrowers can continue to meet the mortgage repayments if and when interest rates rise.

However, data on the number of mortgage approvals for residential property purchases appear to suggest that the market may be moderating, with the Bank of England reporting a dip in loan approvals for the second consecutive month during March 2014.

Mortgage Market Review Regulations Will Slow Property Transactions

Mortgage Market Review Regulations Will Slow Property Transactions

New Mortgage Rules Will Slow Down
UK Property Transactions

65,500 property purchases were approved by mortgage lenders in March 2014, showing the second successive monthly drop in the number of property transactions as mainstream mortgage lenders implement stricter rules which will be rolled out fully at the end of April 2014.

The figures for March were 7% lower than the 70,309 mortgage approvals recorded in February 2014.

The recent falls in the number of mortgage approvals are a stark contrast to the 11 months of continuous improvements which saw average monthly lending levels increase from 52,537 to 76,753 between February 2013 and January 2014.

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2014 UK Property Prices To Increase Further

2014 UK Property Prices To Increase Further

UK Property Prices Extend Best Run Since 2007

There was some good news for property investors looking for capital appreciation this week as it was reported that UK property prices have continued to rise, increasing for the 14th consecutive month in March 2014, the longest run of price growth for nearly 7 years.

Residential property values across the UK increased by an average of 0.6% in March, with the South West and East Anglia regions recording the largest property price increases of 0.8%, according to data supplied by Hometrack Ltd.

Yorkshire & Humberside and the North West regions registered the smallest gains, with property values increasing by just 0.2% in March 2014.

Even independent surveyors are forecasting property prices to increase by a further 6% this year and are including this information on property condition reports for prospective purchasers.

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Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Owning Property Is Better For Financial Security

Mortgage Payments Vs Savings: Property Provides Better Returns Over Traditional Saving Methods

There was a report in the Daily Express last week that said property owners have saved more than others with traditional savings accounts and ISA’s.

The report reckoned that the Bank of England’s record low interest rate has saved property owners almost £20,000 (GBP) over the last six years in inflated mortgage payments. However traditional savers have lost out by almost the same amount, prompting calls for more help for savers and warnings that borrowing could create a new debt crisis.

Bank of England statistics reveal that the record low interest rate of 0.5%, reached 5 years ago today, has been a mixed blessing for the UK.

Interest rates started to tumble back in 2008 and by March 2009 the Bank of England’s base rate had reached 0.5%, promoting cheaper borrowing.

Property owners with a £100,000 Standard Variable Rate (SVR) mortgage could have saved almost £20,000 (GBP), because mortgage payments were around £3,300 (GBP) a year lower than they were in early 2008 before the financial crash ended the previous property boom.

Savers with £100,000 (GBP) in cash ISAs lost around £18,500 (GBP) over the same period.

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