Government White Paper – but what about the planning system?

The Government has just published the White Paper on how it’s going to fix the ‘broken’ housing market. Puts a bit more pressure on developers but crucially doesn’t seem to address the real problem of a jammed up planning system. Still, it gave a few commentators and politicians a chance to have a cheap shot…

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When a property doesn’t go to plan

          Last week we questioned our due diligence and considered how to conduct a risk analysis that goes beyond the usual checks carried out by a solicitor and the like. In my experience, most problems can be avoided if you’re clear from the outset as to why you’re making a particular…

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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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What defines a “great” property deal?

          It’s human nature to only want to do “great” property deals. However, as I’ve mentioned before, there is a danger of getting side-tracked into trying to only do the “perfect” deal. But what constitutes a perfect deal and how can we identify a great deal over a poor deal? It…

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Stating your price

          Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at what we need to factor in before beginning negotiations on a property, and so logically, the next step is to consider is the price. Once again, I must remind you that the only price you are interested in paying is…

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Achieving a mutually satisfactory outcome

          I strongly believe that the best deals are agreed when neither party is trying to take unfair advantage of the other and both sides come out of the negotiation feeling they have achieved something. But for this to take place, communication is key. Whilst analysing the right price at which…

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Going in at the right price

          Unfortunately, for some property investors the experience of buying an investment 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 obtaining a ‘decision in principle’ on the finance, only…

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