Are you investing or simply keeping your fingers crossed?

For many years, it didn’t make a huge amount of difference whether people had an investment plan in place before they bought a property. Until 2004 for some and for others up to the credit crunch, average prices had enjoyed a rapid journey upwards, giving virtually everyone who owned property an excellent return. The level of rental income was not overly important because the capital gain was so good.

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Are student lets a good investment?

Although letting to students used to be considered the bottom of the buy to let market, it’s a very different proposition today. That’s because three key shifts have taken place in the market over the last decade: increased health and safety legislation for all rented properties, the expectation of a better standard of living from this generation of students and the growth of institutional investment.

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How to spot a good tenant

Every landlord wants the perfect tenant, but not everyone gets them. Regardless of how clean a tenant’s credit check and references are, they can still turn out to be anything from a slight nuisance to a financially-draining nightmare. So, what do you need to look for in order to be as sure as you can that you’re letting to someone who’s going to pay their rent in full, on time and take care of your property?

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A Guide to Buy-to-Let Mortgages

If you want to buy a property to let, there's a good chance you're going to need a buy-to-let mortgage.

But how do these work and what do you need to know about them? Here's a guide to explain the details.

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Is 2017 shaping up to be a doom and gloom property market as expected?

Last year’s Brexit vote whipped up a storm of negativity and forecasts of doom and gloom for many areas of the economy, not least the housing market. Market research from GfK immediately following the vote to leave, revealed that six in ten people expected the economic situation to worsen in the following 12 months. And when confidence is low and there is uncertainty about what the future holds, people tend to sit tight, resulting in the property market stagnating as both the supply of properties coming to the market and the number of people looking to buy drop.

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