Bicurious? Part 2

Now, in terms of curiosity, all investors will be wondering which investment will give the better return, and our buycurious investor will be wondering about the relative merits of property against any other type of investment. So let’s instantly dismiss deposit accounts and savings accounts from our list. Many banks are not even bothering to…

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Bicurious? Part 1

Bicurious or buycurious? If bipartisan can be defined as being where two, often opposed, parties are in agreement, and bilingual as describing an individual who can speak two languages, then bicurious can surely be defined as meaning a person who can be simultaneously interested in two distinctly different things. Well, no, not exactly, unless one…

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Keeping a Lid on Your Repair Costs

Even in the world of buy to let familiarity really can lead to ‘contempt’, especially when it comes to property management and arranging property repairs. Because the bulk of my buy to let properties are around 150 miles from home I have a number of different managing agents who look after them. Delegating the management…

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Property Prices April Fool Part Two

In my last post I talked about how the media can influence market confidence and how media coverage of the property market seems more positive now than it has been for a long time. As example I quoted the Daily Express of 1st April which reported that the Centre for Economics and Business Research is…

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Property Prices April Fool Part Three

In this short series of posts we are thinking about whether the property market is poised for recovery and whether there is any evidence that the recovery has started. One thing I have noticed is a much larger number of estate agents ‘Sold’ signs, and far fewer ‘For Sale’ signs, in my local area. The…

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Property Prices April Fool Part Four

In the last post we looked at some of the evidence which may suggest that the property market is poised for recovery. There certainly seems to be grounds for optimism although we’re a long way from being able to suggest that a property boom is imminent, more likely a gradual increase in confidence, leading to…

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What Is a Good Buy to Let Yield?

What would you consider to be a good yield when you go looking to buy your next buy to let property? According to research undertaken by Paragon Mortgages, released in February 2013, during 2012 the average yield achieved by landlords was 6.3%. This is the return purely from the rent, and doesn’t include any return…

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