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    Walsall, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Preston
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  1. Hi, there are services out there that purchase your home in cash fast. HOWEVER, don't expect to sell at the market rate. If you still decide to proceed, some of these companies offer to pay your legal bills too. In this scenario, I would want to use a solicitor that I know and trust to ensure the transaction is done correctly.
  2. Personally, I would avoid purchasing Studio apartments because studio flats can often be difficult to get a mortgage on. This will obviously impact your exit strategy in terms of the resale in future and limit the sale to mainly cash investors. I would probably purchase properties by getting mortgage. This way you maximise the growth by leveraging your money. And like you say, benefit from the capital appreciation.
  3. I see that a lot of landlords certainly are considering this! Yes, the Early Repayment Charge will kick in if you sell during the mortgage fixed period.
  4. Even with your points, you still need to look at the bigger picture: Population is increasing, people living longer and available housing is decreasing.... city centre's aren't going to become ghost towns anytime soon
  5. Think it will be difficult for anyone here to answer that without seeing the legal pack atleast. It's usually advised that you get a solicitor to review a legal pack, I think this is recommended in this case. Are there any contact details for the solicitors on the other side? You can also ask them to clarify this.
  6. Hey, what is your reasoning for taking out a 2 year fix first then a 5 year fix? Yes, interest rates are low, if they change, they may go up in future and may be higher when your 2 year fix comes to an end. So personally, I'd go with a year 5 fix if you have no plans to sell or refinance any time soon!
  7. If the numbers stack up and you're happy with the deal and the return, then sounds like a good opportunity!
  8. Definitely lots of unanswered questions! If it truly is a 'Stamp Duty Holiday' and we compare that to the principles of a 'Mortgage Holiday', then this would imply that the Stamp Duty will eventually need to be paid. (If this is the case, then I would continue to pay the Stamp Duty upon Completion). However, most articles I am reading online right now do not mention the 'holiday' concept!
  9. Hi Jake, One of the mistakes I've made in the past is deciding on a solicitor first, then finding out that the solicitor is not on a particular lender's panel of solicitors once a mortgage application was submitted. So what I would do if I was you is find your property, talk with a broker to find what lender you would apply with, then in parallel find a solicitor who is on this lender's panel. I am now in a position where I have worked with a hand full of solicitors and will pick one depending on whichever lender I deal with. The solicitor does not have to be local, but I wouldn't go with any old solicitor either. Based on my experience you get what you pay, meaning don't go for the cheapest!
  10. Hi, Don't forget, you cannot offset the interest on your mortgages as an expense if running in your personal name. This will impact profits. You can offset the interest as an expense in your ltd company, so the extra costs associated with a Ltd company mortgage doesn't seem so bad in the bigger picture!
  11. Last year I had an application rejected as I was remortgaging a property. It's because the property I was remorgaging used to be classed as 'Shared-ownership' and turned out Paragon does not allow for this in their criteria. I am currently going through another application with them for a new property, still early days but I have had to fill out a Business Plan plus a lot of other documents for them which has taken a while! So let's see how it goes. What happened with yours?
  12. Hi Andy, I don't think it will be as easy as you think. You own the 2 properties in your personal name, so income is marked against your personal income. You can only manage the income via a limited company IF the properties are owned by the limited company. This leads to the question of transferring the properties to a limited company? This can be quite a complex and costly route, as the transfer will be classed as a sale/buy transaction and you will be liable for stamp duty and other purchase costs again! If I was in your situation, I would see myself having 2 options: 1. Keep things as is. Assess the actual profits made and determine if I am happy with what I am getting out of it. 2. Sell the 2 properties on the market. Set up a limited company. Transfer all funds into the company. Start again. (This is exactly what I did as I previously had 2 BTL's in my personal name)!
  13. Hi Steve, Welcome! If I was you, I would start by re-mortgaging 1 of your properties first, pull out the money and invest that money to buy properties using a mortgage and a deposit of 25% on each. Then as you gain confidence, you can look at remortgaging the second property, invest, remortgage the third, invest. This will slowly build your portfolio and allow you to mitigate risks as you encounter them, rather than going with the big bang approach of pulling out equity from all at once!
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