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  1. Hi @charliebread Are you still hoping to eventually move into the flat, or has your goal for it changed? If you're planning to move in, leasing seems like the smartest idea. But if you don't plan to live there anymore, you could get the ball rolling on selling it. As you say, the longer it sits there untenanted, that's time you could be making money off the property.
  2. That sounds like a good plan. Were you thinking of going down the traditional auction route or an online auction? These have become increasingly popular over the last year.
  3. Hi @carin It's quite common for budding investors to feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a strategy! I think the first thing you need to do is be realistic about how much time and effort you're willing (and able) to put into your property investment journey. Especially at the start. We've got a free online course which gives you the lowdown on each strategy (including Buy-to-lets, BRR and flips). Once you've completed it, you'll know which strategy best aligns with not only your goals, but the amount of work that you're able to do for the strategy; https://proper
  4. This is seriously impressive @frankroberts. Taking 'desktop research' to a whole new level! In terms of extra things you might want to include, have you checked which postcodes are within the catchment zones for different primary and secondary schools? This can have a positive impact on property prices, particularly if the schools receive a high amount of applicants. Aside from that, I think you're in a good position to get out to the postcodes you prefer and see what they're like for yourself!
  5. I've read a few articles on how virtual tours were helping landlords get their property's let when we were in the strictest lockdowns last year. I'm not entirely sure how necessary they'll be as we get more and more restrictions lifted though - are you struggling to get many of your property's let at the moment?
  6. Hi @kayusf - welcome to the Property Hub forum! Really glad to hear that our videos and the podcast have been helpful on your property investment journey - and it's a good next step to join the forum As far as keeping the current tenants in the property - it just comes down to whether you'll be able to rent it out to people who'll pay the same rental amount or more in the future? Obviously they've not kept the property in the best shape - a good rule of thumb on whether you'd need to carry out any refurbishments is to ask yourself whether you'd move into a property if it had th
  7. Welcome to the forum @y_j! Thanks for sharing your story, looking forward to hearing how you get on with the move and your investment journey
  8. These aren't boring - anything effective is going to be incredibly useful!
  9. The number of homes sold in the UK hit a record high in March as buyers and sellers attempted to complete deals before the end of the stamp duty holiday; https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/21/uk-property-sales-at-16-year-high-as-house-prices-soar Despite all the fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic last year, we're seeing more and more news that shows the resilience of the UK property market. "About 180,690 transactions were recorded during the month, according to official figures from HMRC, double the total in March 2020 and the highest number since it started publishin
  10. Hi @petefreeman - welcome to the forum! Sounds like a solid plan. Is there a particular area you're thinking of focussing on BTLs in? Obviously you're in London, but the London prices might mean it makes more sense (financially) to invest somewhere further North. Thanks Mark
  11. Welcome to the forum @matt150189 Thanks for sharing your story, and congrats on saving up the £100k - that's no mean feat! When you mention investing in the north, do you have a specific place in mind? It's important to keep the fundamentals in mind when considering investing in a specific area, so it's good to know where you're thinking of. Have you researched the different kind of property strategies available to you? Our free course tells you the basics of each, and shows which strategy might work best for you; https://propertyhub.net/course/which-property-strategy-is-right-f
  12. Keep us up to date on whether you get to speak to the owner!
  13. I'm not sure how much of a draw a Netflix account would be for prospective renters now, just given that almost everybody has their own account or has a profile on a friend's account... but I'd definitely be interested to see whether it has an impact!
  14. Hey Hubbers I'm wondering if there are any apps or websites you use that make your life as an investor or landlord easier? Could be anything, from apps to keep an eye on your portfolio to services that make it easier to source potential properties, I'd love to know which ones you use in your day to day lives! Thanks Mark
  15. Hi Michael Sorry to hear about this, it sounds awful! When you've contacted the agents who handled the letting of the property, what have they said? And does your tenancy agreement include an itinerary with details of how the property looked when you first moved in? Thanks Mark
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