Why and How to do your Due Diligence

In this episode of Property Spotlight I begin to cover Due Diligence, an important facet of being an Investor in any asset- not just Property! When buying any property investment, you need to know what you are buying and WHY you are buying it. So what should you look for, and what should you think…

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The Investment Fundamentals of Buy to Let

The biggest mistake I see time and time again is that buy to let investors put very little thought into what they buy or why they are buying it. As a consequence, many buy the wrong property or properties, which are totally unsuitable for their needs or goals. The key to becoming successful in property…

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Questioning your own due diligence

          When you say the term “due diligence”, most investors will naturally think about the basic checks anyone undertakes before buying a property. In fact, most investors will probably think of due diligence as being something they do after they have agreed terms to buy a property – having a valuation…

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Common mistakes in property investing

        It’s not easy to identify what makes a good property investor and what makes a poor property investor. However, over the years I’ve recognised a number of mistakes that poor property investors make that the good ones don’t. With this in mind, this week I’m going to highlight some of the…

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Negotiating to Buy Your Property Investment Part 5

We’ve been looking at what we need to be sure of before we agree terms on a purchase. of a property investment or buy to let property. The first thing to remember is that the only price you are interested in paying is the price that works for you. You will know how much you…

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Negotiating to Buy Your Property Investment Part 4

In the last post we were considering how, in the context of negotiating, communication and active listening is essential to understand what is important to the other party when we are negotiating to buy a property investment or buy to let property. How do we know what someone really means? How do we know what…

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Negotiating to Buy Your Property Investment Part 3

We’ve been looking at what you need to do to ensure you can negotiate the best possible terms and price for your property investment and buy to let properties. The most likely way of achieving a mutually satisfactory outcome is to negotiate from a position of mutual trust. And often this is most likely the…

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Negotiating to Buy Your Property Investment Part 2

In the last post we talked about the pitfalls experienced by investors who go into the negotiation process of trying to buy their investment property or buy to let property without gathering all the necessary information. In fairness, sometimes it’s not their fault. Actually, it is something of a quirk of the property system in…

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Negotiating to Buy Your Property Investment Part 1

Unfortunately, for some property investors the experience of buying an investment property or a buy to let property can be a bit like a jockey’s experience of running the Grand National. They carefully negotiate the hurdles of finding a property, doing their due diligence and analysis, and of obtaining a ‘decision in principle’ on the…

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