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Property Investors Should choose Investment Properties Wisely

Property Investors Should choose Investment Properties Wisely

Property Investors Warned To Choose Potential
Property Purchases Wisely

Savvy property investors know that profit is made when buying property, not when it is sold, as equity can be locked in upon purchasing below market value, giving the property investor greater control of the purchase price by negotiating a deal with the seller, (vendor), rather than what the property eventually sells for on the open market.

Property investors are different from ordinary residential property buyers, as they are of the mindset that the property should meet all the financial requirements of a landlord first & foremost, rather than paying the high end retail price for a property just because it looks nice.

Many new and amateur property investors make the common mistake of falling in love with a property and begin to let their heart rule their head, becoming so emotionally involved that they lose control of their finances and let their emotions win, overspending massively and reducing any potential yield.

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Capital Gains Tax For International Property InvestorsUK To Tax International Property Investors

The Chancellor, George Osborne’s has taken a step towards levelling the playing field for UK property investors after deciding to introduce Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for international property investors, a move that has attracted a mixed response from property professionals.

While UK property investors have broadly welcomed the new tax for international property investors, some industry professionals have slammed the Chancellors decision to introduce it, with some pundits speculating that it could drive foreign investors away, increase housing supply and push property prices down.

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Green Deal Is A Joke

Green Deal Is A Joke

Bad Business Practices, Long Term Debts, Unqualified assessors – Green Deal getting bad press

The Government heralded the launch of the “Green Deal” in January this year as a groundbreaking flagship initiative that would help struggling families cut energy bills, however, it appears that the general public are 99.9% against the idea.

The intention of the Government was to encourage millions of UK home owners to take out “Green Deal” loans in order to pay for money saving improvements to properties, such as; loft insulation, double glazing, boilers and other energy efficient measures with the aim of cutting a typical family’s energy costs by as much as £50 a month.

The loan would be repaid over an agreed timescale of up to 25 years, but the debt is attached to the property rather than the current owner, which means the debt could be passed on to any new buyer. As a result, property vendors could face demands from prospective buyers to clear any outstanding debt, which could also see them facing a charge or early repayment penalty of up to £6,000 (GBP).

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Are You An Ethical Property Investor?

Are You An Ethical Property Investor?

Is it really ethical to buy a property
Below Market Value (BMV) from a motivated seller?

This is a question that you may have asked yourself time and time again as there are certainly some property investors out there who don’t seem to act in a very ethical manner!

We believe that if you genuinely look to help the property seller and put them first then you could find an ethical solution to their problem that will make you money at the same time.

This is a very important concept to understand and get straight in your head if you want to be a really successful property investor who prefers dealing with motivated sellers face-to-face.

What does it mean to be an ethical property investor?

It means treating property sellers with respect and aim to conduct business fairly and having the courage to stand up for how you believe property investment should be done and not feathering your own nest.

For this very important reason we recommend you watch this short video that the founder of the Property Investors Network (PIN), Simon Zutshi, released last year.

http://property-mastermind.co.uk/freebook/videobp.html

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Advertising Property For Sale

Advertising Property For Sale

Once you have made the decision to put your property for sale on the open market you will need to decide on your marketing strategy. There are various options available in the UK for sellers to consider; do you want to go it alone with a private sale, stick with convention and instruct a local high street estate agent or opt for the middle ground with an internet based agent?

Each option has its pros and cons but no matter which you choose you will need to get the property for sale seen by potential buyers!

For sale boards are a great strategy. Many people consider them old fashioned but they really are a cost effective, simple and efficient way of generating interest in your property. For sale boards will work more successfully for some properties than for others based on two main factors.

Firstly the area, is there good footfall or a high level of passing traffic?
The board needs to be seen in order to work!

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Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Property Investment portfolio building in the present financial climate is no easy task for the traditional property buyer, mortgage companies and lending institutions have stringent criteria to ensure their financial borrowing is covered.

None the less we are where we are and we have to make the best out of what is available and that isn’t always going down the mortgage route to buy if your aim is portfolio building. It can still be done using normal mortgage procedures but these days it’s better done by a third party portfolio builder as lenders want to see landlords with jobs as well as property.

For hands off property investment portfolio building there have never been better times but for those new to property or trying to build wealth from simple means then other alternatives may need to be used. You will hear lots of terminology such as lease options (LO), rent to buy (RTB), rent to rent (R2R), tenant buyers (TB) etc.

Don’t get too hung-up on the names of agreements.

The basic principle is if the vendor and purchaser can make an agreement between themselves over the property, then the legal people should be able to put that agreement into the right wording to draw up a contract that becomes a win/win scenario.

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Quick Property Sales Fraud Risk

The FSA has warned homeowners in financial difficulties who are looking to sell their home fast to beware of committing fraud.

FSA Warns of BMV Property Fraud

FSA Warns of BMV Property Fraud

The financial regulator says it has evidence that some below market value (BMV) or distressed property sales may involve fraud, where the buyer (a company or an individual), asks the selling homeowner to state that the property has been sold for its full open market value, rather than the agreed purchase price.

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UK landlords with rent guarantee insurance stay happy despite property doom and gloom

Landlords with Rent Guarantee insurance remain happiest

New data released by Nationwide and Hometrack show that overall UK residential property values have fallen when compared to this time last year and the fall has been attributed to the changes in stamp duty.

The average residential property value in March 2012 was £163,327. That is 0.9% lower than property prices were in March 2011, the largest fall in UK house prices since June last year.

Nationwide’s figures showed a fall in nearly every region of the UK, compared with the previous quarter and data from Hometrack shows a clear North – South divide.

However residential property prices increased by 0.6% in the north of England, property values also increased in Scotland, and Greater London.

UK mortgage applications were also affected by Stamp duty changes, approvals dropped to 48,986 in February 2012, some 9,000 lower than the 25-month high recorded in January 2012, the lowest mortgage approval figures for three years, according to the Bank of England.

UK residential property prices may have fallen for the first time in six months, but UK landlords with Rent Guarantee insurance are still smiling.

Buy To Let landlords remain unfazed by the dip in UK residential property prices as they continue to maximise their rental returns, as demand for rental property continues to increase. In fact BTL landlords have been experiencing higher rental yields during the past 6 months than at any other time since the economic crash in 2007.

UK landlords are utilising specialist products and services such as Rent Guarantee insurance to keep the cash coming in, ensuring that the rent is paid, irrespective of any changes to their tenants circumstances.

Residential property values increasingly disparate between North and South in UK

Residential Property Disparity Between The North and South

UK property values posted a monthly price rise for the first time in 20 months in March on the back of increased demand, activity and a scarcity of residential properties for sale.

However, UK Property Prices overall were up in the South and down in the North

According to fresh data released by Hometrack, UK residential property prices are still rising in the South, but property values have seen widespread falls throughout the East Midlands, Wales and the North.

During March 2012, residential property values did dip a little in a few parts of London, the South-West and East Anglia. However, in Yorkshire and Humber, about half the region saw property prices fall. Property values were also down in the East Midlands, North West and Wales,

With such widespread variations, the Hometrack survey shows that nationally residential property prices as a whole are barely moving, up just 0.2% from February 2012.

There was only a 4.4% increase in new buyers registering with agents, compared to 18% in February.

The length of time taken to sell a residential property also varies widely across the country, from 11.6 weeks in the Midlands and North to under six weeks in London.

Hometrack’s Director of Research, Richard Donnell, said: “The housing market is not firing on all cylinders nationally. The divergence in the relative strength in northern and southern England is set to remain. We expect prices to track sideways in the short term, with the outlook for the second half of the year hinging on households’ expectations for the economy and their incomes.”

The Hometrack report does not give residential property prices, but said that in London property prices rose 0.5% in March, the highest monthly increase since April 2010.

However, the increase in London property prices were recorded pre-Budget, when Stamp Duty on properties valued at £2 Million (GBP) plus increased from 5% to 7%, for private purchasers, and 15%for properties bought by partnerships, collective investment funds and companies.

The survey results reveal a clear divide in the strength of the UK property market between southern England and the rest of the country.

Hometrack reckon that all the evidence points to a continued firming up in UK property prices over the next few months as demand for residential property increases and the supply of available properties remains subdued.

New property instructions coming to market have seen vendors raise the average asking price by 4.1%

The average property asking price for new instructions put on the market within the last 4 weeks is now £233,252.

The almost £11,000 increase is up from January’s average asking price of £224,060, despite a warning that much of the residential property stock already on the market in some parts of the UK, is “over-priced and unsaleable”.

Rightmove have described the highest monthly increase since April 2002, the biggest rise in UK property asking prices for nearly ten years as “a surprisingly strong uplift given the challenging economic environment”.

But it said that the rise is partly fuelled by cash-rich sectors of the market, where buyer demand is exceeding suitable property supply.

Director Miles Shipside warned property vendors: “There is pricing power if you are selling the right type of property in the right place, where enough potential buyers have access to funding. But if your local market does not have those characteristics and your price-pump is based on little more than seasonal optimism and an estate agent’s hot air, then be prepared for buyer response to be a let-down.”

He added: “In some micro-markets, sellers have the upper hand, but on the whole, a buyer with cash or a mortgage offer is the one in the driving seat.”

After depressed activity in the UK property market over the last four years, some households have decided they had to get on and move. This means that here could be a growing acceptance by the British public that the state of today’s housing market is the new norm.

Mr Shipside said: “Search activity on Rightmove is up by 19% on January 2011 and it could be a sign that some of those who can afford to move have decided to get on with their lives, driven either by desperation or by coming to terms with the constant barrage of negative economic news being the new norm. You can get tired of gloomy news or get used to it, and indeed for some cash-rich buyers, life has moved on to such an extent that it’s like the Lehman Brothers collapse never happened. Stock levels are still on the high side in some less active parts of the country, but much of that stock is perhaps over-priced and unsaleable. However, in some micro-markets, the shortage of existing and new instructions has helped contribute to the largest monthly jump in new selling asking prices for nearly a decade. While the mass-market stays at home, those that have access to funding continue to be active and have spending power, resulting in this month’s big price hike.”

Average weekly listings on Rightmove are currently 30% below 2007 (pre-credit crunch levels), with a weekly run rate of 24,406 new listings.

Rightmove’s current asking price of £233,252 appears to be £70,000 ahead of current actual property selling prices, when compared with the selling prices currently being reported by Halifax and Nationwide of £160,907 and £162,228 respectively.

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