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Emily Atkinson

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    Oxfordshire
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    Project management (hands-on refurbishments & building works) and Student-lets.

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  1. Hi Harley, It's good to hear from you. Thanks for clearing up my misunderstanding regarding A4 locations. I've never been to Mansfield or Stoke-on-Trent, but looking at a map I would be surprised if they offer much demand in the professionals or older students markets, so you're right to be concerned. Is there a particular reason you have chosen these areas or have you just found some individual properties that offer good yields? From my personal experience of young professionals and older students in Manchester (my partner is a PhD student and many of my friends now live and w
  2. Hi Rebekah, I hasn't mattered at all. We have regular contact via email mostly, and sometimes on the phone. There's no reason why your solicitor needs to be in the location of the property or your own home, all that matters is that they are good! All the best, Emily
  3. Hi Gareth, Yes I would, she has been fantastic so far and I am confident it will continue to be the case (I am still in the middle of the process as the vendor's solicitor is dragging their heals - it just goes to show how important a good solicitor is)! The recommendation originally came from Rob Dix and her details are as follows. Dawn Bunting Conveyancing Executive | Residential Property Department Harrowells Limited | Westow House, Haxby, York, YO32 3HS Telephone: 01904 558600 Direct Dial: 01904 682466 www.harrowells.co.uk Good luck with your purchase! All the
  4. Hi Harley, I'd love to help in anyway I can! I don't do sourcing myself and I'm not sure of anyone that does, but if you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best I can. What sort of opportunities are you looking for? Is it particularly student HMOs or young professional HMOs or something else? Salford isn't an area I know well but if you're targeting students it's not a popular area. I believe that some northern city councils do not have the Article 4 Direction in place (at least last time I checked), however if they do (like Manchester), converting 3/4 b
  5. Hi everyone, I did some viewings in Woolwich (South East London), over the weekend, thinking they would be just for research but unexpectedly found a good option & made an offer! I'm now (hurriedly) looking for a recommendation of a good solicitor that people have used, preferably a lot, to buy properties in the London market. This particular property is actually for me to live in myself, so a owner-occupier mortgage, but I don't think that will make much difference as far as choice of solicitor. Any advice anyone is able to give would be hugely appreciated! All the bes
  6. Also, here's a good article to get a feel of things to think about... https://www.lettingaproperty.com/landlord/blog/2015/02/letting-a-property-to-students/?utm_source=Landlord&utm_campaign=1abaa8fdca-RSS_LIVE_LANDLORD_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2eb79d9d85-1abaa8fdca-409742681 All the best, Emily
  7. Hi Charlie, Thank you so much for getting in contact! I'm so sorry it's taken so long for me to reply, I've been completely rushed off my feet this week. Manchester is a great city and all the students I've met are considerate, lovely people, so a great area to invest in a student buy-to-let (but I would say that)! The headlines to think about when choosing a property: The areas to look in are Fallowfield and Withington. Fallowfield is more popular (both for students & investors) as it is where the majority of the 1st year student accommodation is (such as Owen's Park),
  8. Thanks so much for your reply Rob, it's good to hear that Woolwich has potential! My plan is to live there until at least 2018, when the Crossrail is scheduled to open, but will be buying a property with healthy yield irrespective of capital growth. Cheers, Emily
  9. Hi Joe, If you're moving to Manchester yourself soon, have you thought about a student let? Manchester has a HUGE student population, both national and international, so there's good demand if your property is in the right area and targeted for the age group. They are more hands-on than other options, as it is usually the tenants first time living properly away from home (i.e. you might get the odd call that the light bulb needs changing) but with a friendly and relaxed approach they can be really lovely tenants who really appreciate a kind and reasonable landlord (especially in compar
  10. Hi everyone, I'm Emily, I started in property investment when I was an undergraduate student in Manchester a few years ago. After seeing my friends and I get ripped off by landlords that charge huge rents and provide terrible service in return, I knew I could do a better job; providing a friendly and well-maintained student let for young people and a profitable business. Luckily, I was able to approach my parents, who are also property investors, with a business proposition. After months of careful research, I managed to persuade them to invest with me running the show, including an exte
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