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Are Your Rental Properties Ready For Christmas?

Are Your Rental Properties Ready For Christmas?

Landlords Urged To Ensure Rental Properties Remain Occupied over Christmas Holidays

This is the time of year when most amateur property investors and landlords start to wind down ready to enjoy the festive session, whilst the more professional property investors and portfolio landlords start planning their goal setting for 2015.

However, there is one thing that landlords need to make sure of over the festive holidays – Will their rental properties be occupied for the whole of Christmas and New Year?

If tenants are going to be away over the Christmas period then they need to make sure that the landlord or their letting agent is aware, because the majority of rental property problems happen during the winter months, with the highest concentration of issues recorded over the Christmas and New Year holidays, especially if the tenants decide turn off the central heating in order to save money while they are away.

Bigger problems can also occur if the tenant decides to notify the whole world on social media sites that they are going away on holiday or to visit family and their rental properties will be empty!

The last thing landlords need is a call from your tenants or their neighbours because they think your rented property has been burgled, so any broken doors or windows will need repairing quickly, the same goes for tackling burst pipes!

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PIN Academy members can check out these really useful informative and content rich posts that are packed with useful hints and tips that can be passed on to your tenants and of course they are very useful for your own residential property too!

* How To Keep Your BTL Property Winterproof

* How To Avoid Burst Pipes This Winter!

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There are plenty of comments about the Stamp Duty announcement and the industry reaction to it, plus revelations about the true value of holiday lettings, the revenge eviction bill, leaflet campaigns and a host of other interesting topics including exclusive offers for PIN Academy members.

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Property Investment in the Caribbean

Property Investment in the Caribbean

Spotlight On Overseas Property Investment In The Caribbean

As far as luxury tourist destinations go, the Caribbean is up there with the best of them. Much of the Caribbean’s thriving economy stems directly from the tourism industry, and it’s no wonder why. With demand high for tourist property, and jobs aplenty, the future looks bright in this part of the world.

These stunning islands are also a popular hotspot for the wealthy to live or to have second homes. Consequently, the Caribbean provides an exciting opportunity for property investors, with wealthy locations such as the Bahamas providing a particular source of interest.

The opportunities for property investment in the Caribbean are many and varied. The most popular properties are those which cater for tourists, being that this is the most common widely sought after type of property.

With a booming tourist industry, the decision to invest in tourist properties has proven to be a profitable and wise choice for many investors, and continues to bring excellent returns. Tourist property developments are continuing to appear, bringing an increasing stream of investment opportunities in this sector.

Alongside tourist properties such as hotels and holiday homes, commercial properties for sale in the Caribbean are also a sound investment choice in places with high volumes of tourists. Where people travel, they spend money in bars, restaurants and nightlife, so this can be an alternative way for investors to tap into the profitable potential of the Caribbean islands.

Alongside tourist properties, residential investment opportunities are also available, with strong economies meaning that people are able to buy or rent housing in pretty large quantities, which in turn means that demand is always there for such properties.

Luxury residential properties are another veritable goldmine, with many wealthy people seeing the Caribbean as a great place to live or to have a second home. Because of its stunning scenery and beautiful climate, the Caribbean is an attractive place to live for some, if not all, of the year. Overseas property investment can therefore also be a very profitable decision.

It is perhaps best to focus attention on the islands with the strongest economies, such as the Bahamas. These are very popular with tourists and can lead to many profitable opportunities in terms of tourist accommodation, residential property and commercial buildings.

Whilst the Caribbean offers some excellent opportunities for investment, it is worth remembering that laws, customs and values can differ widely between each of the different islands. Best practice would perhaps be to ensure that you acknowledge the local customs by enlisting the help of a local expert to assist in any purchases or dealings.

Property Investment Case Studies – Peter Singh

Real Property Investment Success By Real People

Real Property Investment Success By Real People

I have been fortunate enough to interview many successful and high profile property investors for MyPropertyPowerTeam.co.uk and there is nothing more motivating than speaking to people who have achieved property investment success against all the odds.

Last week I spoke with Multi-Let Success Strategy founder – Peter Singh, who some of you may remember from the Super Conference at Wembley stadium in March 2013.

Peter bared his soul and shared his emotional property investment journey stood on a stage in front of over 1000 super conference attendees, and I can honestly tell you that it was both moving and inspirational.

From regularly gambling away every penny he had, to being unwittingly involved in a multi-Million pound VAT fraud, for which he had to stand trial, to controlling 11 houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s) or multi let properties, generating £7,000+ (GBP) per month cashflow, in a short space of time.

Peter knew that property investment would provide him with enough income to clear his debts and set him up for life and set about arranging his first property investment deal while he was in court during the day and working night shifts in a local factory to make ends meet. Everyone he talked to about his property vision thought he was mad, including his own legal team, family and friends.

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New EU Rules Will Cause Mortgage Rate Confusion

New EU Rules Will Cause Mortgage Rate Confusion

European Ruling Set To Make Mortgage Rates Harder To Understand

New European rules could make mortgage rates even harder for customers to understand as Euro bureaucrats want to introduce a new way of calculating interest rates on residential property mortgage loans and experts are warning that this could be a recipe for confusion.

Under the new proposed EU directive, mortgage lenders would be expected to tell borrowers the maximum interest rate they have charged over the past 20 years, and display this figure on all of their literature.

However, industry experts say customers are already confused by the rates that lenders are forced to display, and that this will make it even harder for them to understand mortgage rates.

David Hollingworth from mortgage broker, London & Country, said:”I think that there is a chance that borrowers become overloaded with information and APR rates that mean little to them, and so risk them being ignored altogether, the extra information could lead to more customers failing to shop around and remaining on expensive standard variable rates (SVRs).

The EU credit directive concerning the mortgage change is expected to be approved later this year. It will compel lenders to display a new annual percentage rate (APR) on all of their literature. This will be calculated using the highest level that the lender’s SVR has reached in the previous 20 years.

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Getting a mortgage to purchase property saves money, according to Barclays, who’s research suggests that people will save almost £200,000 (GBP) over their lifetime by buying property rather than renting.

The bank put the average cost of renting a residential property over 50 years at £623,000 (GBP), compared to just £429,000 (GBP) for buying a property, paying a mortgage and maintaining home – making a difference of £194,000.

The Barclay’s study said that around 50% of expenditure goes on mortgage payments, with around 40% going on capital repayment and interest costs, over 50 years of home ownership.

Barclay’s head of mortgages Andy Gray said that whilst the initial cost of getting on to the property ladder “can be a big barrier” for people, due to high value of deposits now required, there are still clear long-term benefits.

As inflation rises, so does the value of owning a property. While rental prices rise and fall with inflation, once a residential mortgage is paid off, all a homeowner has to pay for is the maintenance of the property and annual insurance to protect it.

While it may be cheaper to rent in the short-term, over the long-term PRS rents will inflate and tenants will be no nearer to owning property, whereas after 25 years, a home buyer will own their home outright and have financial security in their retirement.

If only getting a mortgage was that easy…..

Residential property affordability is at its most favourable in almost a decade, according to the latest Lloyds TSB Affordable Cities Review.

My home town of Salford, in the North West, is the most affordable UK city with an average property price of £102,391 that is 3.81 times the average gross annual earnings.

This partly reflects a 32% fall in house prices in this part of Greater Manchester since 2008.

The average price for a home in a UK city is £173,202 equating to 5.5 times the average gross annual earnings.

This is an improvement on 5.7 times the average gross annual earnings in 2011 and is significantly below the peak of 7.2 times the average gross annual earnings observed in 2008.

10 most affordable UK cities, 2012

UK cities

Region

Price to Earnings ratio

Salford

North West

3.81

Londonderry

Northern Ireland

3.87

Bradford

Yorkshire and the Humber

3.98

Lancaster

North West

4.00

Stirling

Scotland

4.04

Belfast

Northern Ireland

4.08

Durham

North

4.08

Lisburn

Northern Ireland

4.09

Hereford

West Midlands

4.26

Birmingham

West Midlands

4.43

UK cities average

 

5.51

Sources: Lloyds Banking Group, ONS

The marked improvement in affordability in UK cities over recent years has been driven by the significant fall in residential property prices.

Since 2008, the average house price within a city has fallen by 18% (£37,403) from £210,605 in 2008 to £173,202 in 2012.

  • 7 out of the 8 most affordable cities are in Northern Ireland and the North of England.
  • Ely in the East of England is the most affordable city in the south of England (4.60).

The least affordable city in the UK is Truro in the South West where the average property price (£250,489) is nearly ten times (9.71) the average gross earnings in the area. The benefits to the quality of life associated with living in this picturesque part of Cornwall have supported residential property prices in this area for the past decade.

Oxford (8.80) is the second least affordable city, followed by Winchester (8.76). Inverness (5.97) and York (5.95) are the least affordable cities outside Southern England.

Suren Thiru, housing economist at Lloyds TSB, commented: “The improvement in housing affordability within many of our major urban conurbations has been significant during the past few years and reflects the decline in house prices over the period. There is, however, a distinct north-south divide to the locations of the most affordable UK cities. Looking forward, the marked improvement in city affordability is likely to help support demand for those able to enter the housing market. Much of this benefit, however, maybe offset by the continuing difficulties many households face in raising a deposit and uncertainty over the outlook for the UK economy.”

With the continuation of the record low Bank of England interest rates (0.5%) there has been very little movement in UK property prices for more than 8 months.

However, UK mortgage lender Halifax reckons there was a 0.6% increase in UK property values in January 2012.
The UK’s largest mortgage lender found that despite the month-on-month increase in January, on average UK property prices were still 0.9% lower over a rolling three-month period.

The average price of a UK residential property in January 2012 was £160,907.

This has resulted in a 14-year low, in terms of payments in proportion to household earnings, for new borrowers looking to invest in UK residential properties.

Martin Ellis, housing economist at Halifax, said: “If the UK can avoid a prolonged recession, we expect broad stability in house prices in 2012.”

The prospects for UK property prices in 2012 will depend on many facors, including the fallout and repercussions from the Eurozone debacle and its effect on the struggling UK economy.

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