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  1. Hi everyone, I've been listening to Rob & Rob from the beginning of lockdown, nearly worked my way through all the podcasts :) I have been interested in property for many years but haven't purchased anything yet. I want to make the most of the stamp duty break and take the leap before march '21 My circumstances: I am a first time buyer so is my Fiance. We are planning on moving in together in 12-18 months. We would like to individually buy two properties now and live in them until we get married and then potentially move into one property and rent the other out. I was hoping to make the most of being first time buyers separately and buy two properties as individuals now. I know we may be able to obtain consent to let depending on the lender when we decide to move in together. What challenges do you see with this? is this the best thing to do? Are we better off waiting and buying one property to live and a BTL when we are ready to move in together? In the long-term we want to grow a portfolio and build up a substantial passive income. Your help and advice is much appreciated Thanks Kev
  2. Hi All, Would appreciate some advice on a BLT im currently about to proceed with. I know there will be differing views on this however im just looking to see what you all think of the below: (Note as its situated above a pub ,lending has been incredibly hard to get and Covid has de risked all banks by the looks of it) Glasgow, 2 bed flat, City center. Value = £150k Purchaser Price = £128k @ 75% LTV Renovation costs £9k End value = £175k Mortgage = 3 Year fix @ 4.64% = £360ish/ month mortgage STA Rent £850/month, Air B&B £1600>£2600 conservative Question: Would you walk away from this deal due to the mortgage rate being terrible. Plan is to refinance in 1/2 years when the banks are back to normal (hoepfully). Thanks, Eamon
  3. Hi All, I'm back with another dilemma. In 2018 myself and wife had the Right To Buy (RTB) our flat from our local authority which we progressed with this. We opted for a 2 year residential mortgage. Shortly after completion we had found out we was expecting a child and we had to plan to purchase a larger property as our flat was not going to be big enough for our family. We asked our mortgage lender and local authority for permission to let which they did grant our request. We purchased a house and rented our flat. 2 years on our mortgage deal is coming to an end and we would like to re-mortgage our property but thought it would be better to switch to a Buy To Let mortgage. When we was exploring our options with our mortgage advisor he hit a snag because all the lenders have no products if you are still within the 5 year period of the initial RTB purchase. When we briefly looked at a product switch with our existing lender the option to do so was not available and a message had said it was currently being let. We are in a bit of limbo now because it seems that the option to remortgage on a residential would not be possible because we do not live in the property and not going to move back in. To move to a BTL mortgage is not an option because lenders do not lend to customer within the first 5 years of their purchase. If we knew this was the case we would've opted for a 5 year mortgage. Has anyone had any experience with this scenario or is there any mortgage advisor who know a way around this issue. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Chris.W

    Offer Letter

    Hello Hubbers, Exciting times, finally done the research got a property shortlist (always expanding though), booked the viewings and expect to start making offers next week. Does anyone have any advice on the actual offer process? My line of thought is make it official and submit a letter rather than only verbal or a simple email. I have written up a template but some further tips/advice would be much appreciated. Stay safe Regards Chris
  5. Hi all im looking at buying my first investment property in Liverpool. I’m unsure about my strategy- whether to buy a flat off plan in the city centre or just go for. 3 bed already built house a bit further out? im looking for long term growth but a yield that will cover my costs with a bit of a profit. it seems that there are some financial benefit to buy off plan but given the covid situation I’m worried about completion dates/ if at all/ and it seems there are so many extra costs here and there that I feel it’s quite complicated...( ground rent, service charge, furniture pack etc) what have your experiences been? And what would you recommend/ why? thanks everyone!
  6. Hi, I'm keen to know if any of you flippers out there have had to revise your strategy in the short to medium term with all the uncertainty around coronavirus? I was thinking about venturing into flipping in July/August and felt I had a strategy that would allow me to reinvest profits over time into BTLs. I'm now not sure it's a good idea and wonder if it's better to research and focus on a different approach. Keen to know your thoughts and plans. Best wishes, Kris
  7. Hi guys, Just want to check my understanding as I move towards a transaction. I currently own 2 BTLs but live in rented accommodation as my main residence. We're looking at buying a new place which will be our primary residence. Am I correct that under the new stamp duty rules that I won't have to pay stamp duty under 500k? My understanding is that the 3% won't apply as this will be my primary residence. One other thing that might complicate is that the property includes an annex and a 1 bed cottage that we'll be using for holiday lets. || Thank you!
  8. Has anyone experience with selling a btl flat with a tenant in place? best wishes Oz
  9. Wow! So many buyers from Hong Kong buy property in Manchester. I have been deal sourcing / investing in Manchester for years and I have never seen so much interest from Hong Kong. Nick - Smarter Property smarterproperty.net Are other people seeing a lot of new interest in Manchester?
  10. Hello Property Hub! Firstly I have to say I’m blown away with all of the content and knowledge sharing on here. I stumbled across Property Hub a couple of a weeks ago and my world and plans have completely changed. With that said I’m new to property and I’m looking to build a network in order to start investing over the next 6 months. I’m currently based on the south coast, channel island and London and I plan to invest up north. Liverpool - Manchester - Sheffield etc. but I’m very much an open book and not set on any particular location. My initial thoughts are BTL but again nothing set in stone! Ultimately I would like to make this my full time job and leave my current career. Really looking forward to connecting with anyone that is either in a similar position or could help me establish myself up north/has exciting ideas. I’m super motivated and excited to see where this journey takes me! As I reach any milestones/setback I plan on sharing my journey. Charlie
  11. Hello, I am a new investor and understand you can take £3k out of your limited company into your personal name / year tax free as a dividend. I have three questions relating to this. 1. really I would like to continue building money within the company to invest in further buy to let properties. Therefore is it possible to take the £3k from rent/ year and immediately re invest the money as back into the company so that you could take a tax free lump sum in the future as this would in effect be your company returning the money you lent it? Ie. The same as you can remove your initial deposit tax free 2. If there is another person with significant control who owns the other half of the company can they also take £3k as a tax free dividend and probably in a similar way? 3. What paperwork do you need to show to do this? Is it a letter from the director to the share holder to say the terms of the loan and so on? Thanks very much for any help that you can offer!
  12. Hi there I am very grateful for this platform. Thank you! I am going to be moving up to Liverpool for a few weeks to source and buy a BTL property. I am looking at L6 and L7. My aim is rental yields, not so much CG. I really want to network there but it's not that easy. For £150k with 25/30% deposit I am wondering if I go for a better built 3 bedroom house (easy to manage) or a simpler 4 bedroom place (higher yield +more risk). The aim, if all goes well, is to return before end of the Stamp Duty Holiday and purchase another property (Possibly an HMO) for bigger yields. By that time I will know a bit more about the associated risks with property investment in Liverpool. If anybody can shed advice on my strategy, especially re. the amt of bedrooms I purchase on first property, I would be Soooo appreciative. Thanks everyone! Ben
  13. Hi Property Hub members Having recently joined Property Hub I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I live and work in London and have had a keen interest in property and property investments for several years now. So far much of my attention was on purchasing and refurbishing my own home in London. Now that this is done, I would like to take the next step and invest some of my savings and recurring job income into BTL property. In terms of strategy, I am looking for BTL investments with a yield above 5%. That rules out most of Southern England. So I am planning to invest into BTL properties in some of the larger cities in the North. For me the 2 main constraining factors are limited local knowledge and time: While I know the London property market well, that isn't the case for Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Sunderland and other places in Northern England. To bridge that gap I am planning work with local people and to establish good working relationships which are win-win for both sides. Time is my other constraint. I am working in a demanding office job in London which keeps me very busy Monday to Friday. That leaves me with around an hour each weekday to spend on property management and investments. On a typical weekend I can spend around 8 hours on it. Hence I am looking for property investments which are largely hands-off and don't require a lot of attention during regular working hours. I could travel to Northern England from time to time, especially for important things such as meeting local business partners to work with and for final viewings. But my plan is to limit the number of trips to 5-10 per year. Here's how I intend to gradually progress on this: First, I am looking to learn more by reading many of the very good postings here on the forum. I will also have a number of specific questions that I hope people in this forum will know the answers to. Then, the next step is to complete my first property investment. For this, I am looking for a project with low complexity and low execution risk to start with. I am happy to accept a lower yield for my first project if this helps to reducing complexity and risk. For example, this could be a room in a purpose-built student block or a single let which doesn't require any meaningful renovation work. In this process I am hoping to learn more and to establish contacts with business partners in the North. Finally, with the acquired knowledge, experience and established business contacts I would like take on more complex projects with the potential of higher yields (or capital appreciation) such as larger renovations or multi lets. Via this forum I hope to exchange thoughts with you and to meet potential business partners in Northern England, for example good and reliable property viewers, property sourcers, property management companies and renovation project managers, to build successful long term business relationships with them. Please don't hesitate to send me a PM if you are working in any of these areas, I'd be interested in hearing from you. Looking forward to discussing with you in this forum. Michael
  14. Hello, Im currently on shared ownership and own 25% share of my property. Ive saved up some money and im keen to start my buy to let journey. My question is, am i allowed to own a buy to let property while im still on shared ownership? Do i have to ask the housing association permission for this? Many thanks
  15. Hi all, I am looking to remortgage a BTL to release some equity, the BTL is currently let to an company on government AASC contracts to house asylum seekers (previous known as COMPASS contract). The company dealt with all the day to day issues, maintaining the property and paying the rent. The lease usually lasts 5-10 years. Is it possible to get a mortgage, if so, what are their typical terms please - LTV/Interest rate etc.? Many thanks!
  16. Dear Property Hub community, My name is Luis, I'm a Spanish Construction Engineer that has lived half of his life already here in the UK. I'm passionate about property investment, for now I've done mainly buy to lets and a couple flips. I'm MCIOB, so charted construction manager and I've got my own small design and build company in partnership with an architect and a Surveyor. I'm also working my way into becoming a residential valuer through RICS. almost there, but not just yet! I would be very happy to help anyone interested in investing in property so I can learn about what kind of projects other people do so please do not hesitate to contact me if you've got any worries or queries regarding current or future projects, building works on the go, issues with a fellow builder (we can be a handful sometimes but with patience and beer you might get a smile!) or any others that you think I might be able to help with. I specially love looking at projects to be, feasibility studies to explore the potential of a deal. I'm happy to give rough estimates free of charge and also my opinion as a construction professional on how easy - challenging the idea you've got in mind can be. Bests, Luis
  17. So I currently own my own home where I have been living for 4.5 years which I was lucky enough to buy myself (saved by living with parents). My long term partner (not married) has just agreed to buy a new home for us to move into which will be an upgrade for us both and this will be in her name (until married). I now have the fortunate option of what to do with my property (Paid 178k now worth approx 210k - 2 bedroom on South coast). My first thoughts is to rent out my property but given my circumstances obviously the property is not within a limited company and I am just on the edge of the higher tax band 40% with my full time job. I guess I am trying to figure out the most cost effect / tax effective way to let out my property given these circumstances. Should I try to transfer to ltd company or just keep it private ? Be interested to hear your thoughts. Long term I would like to save up for another deposit on another property. I can’t release capital from my current property to do this as have to have 25% LTV for a buy to let mortgage (Just over 50K currently). Thanks in advance
  18. Hey PH! After being made redundant in the current covid climate, I've taken the opportunity to learn everything I possibly can do about property investment. As things are progressing, I've started to pull thoughts together and I did want to come to the forum after I had a plan set in stone, however I'd like to build up the network base simultaneously with my education. With a career background in project management in marketing/advertising, I'm very comfortable when it comes to managing projects/portfolios; so I figured that stepping into property would be a smart choice for future gain. The goal will be to build a portfolio of rental properties which turnover £2K in gross profit each calendar month, which I believe can be achieved if I invest in 2-bedroom flats/maisonettes in Luton - an area I grew up around before moving to East London/Essex. Quite finger in the air for now, but I grind to make things happen, so I'll be doing a lot of research in the next 6 months (with a wedding coming up too, God willing). By the end of the year I'll have a very informed strategy, hopefully with the finances to back a critical direction. That being said, I do currently rent and haven't purchased a house yet. I question whether I can secure a BTL without using the help to buy but still be eligible for the help to buy when I eventually purchase my own residential home? Thanks community.
  19. Hey guys, just thinking it would be great to connect with you all on instagram. Its a much bigger platform now with great content posted constantly from some very experienced investors Anyway my username is unsurprisingly: Leenorthrop Connect and I will follow
  20. Hi all, So myself and 2 other friends (All aged 23) are looking to put our funds together to buy a 3 bedroom property (£180k-£210k) next year, that is in need of interior renovation/modernisation - A relatively easy flip in terms of work to the house. Once flipped, we ideally would like to rent this property out and use a letting agent, possibly with full property management, and split the profit . However, my questions are all mortgage related queries: - How easy is it to swap from a residential Mortgage onto a BTL? Bearing in mind 2 of us are in the RAF so receive several exceptions to common mortgage restrictions. - Is it better idea to split a mortgage 3 ways or have one of us put the mortgage in his name? - Any other advice around this strategy? Thanks S
  21. Hello! I've never used a property sourcing company i was wondering if someone could give me some info on how to find them, work with them and figure out what the usual fees involved are ? I am interested in sourcing property in Leeds and potentially Liverpool and Glasgow. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!
  22. Hi All, I am new to property investing and looking for some general advice early on in my property journey. My sister and I have £1 million in cash to invest and would most likely look to do this through using a limited company as a SPV. We both have limited time available to dedicate to property investing - I work long hours in a full time job and my sister is looking to set up her own non-property business. Ultimate personal goal: Ensure financial freedom, so I have enough passive rental income to quit my day job and and set up my own (non-property) business. General strategy: Diverse portfolio to minimise risk - aiming for a mixture of capital growth and rental income properties. Initially invest in professional lets with no renovation required due to minimal free time. Eventually want the option of expanding to HMO & holiday rentals when (hopefully) we have more time to dedicate to our property portfolio/business. We are first time buyers who live in Yorkshire and therefore would like to invest locally where possible, with an example portfolio shown below. Location Price No. properties Total mortgage value Total cash deposit L:V Goal London £500,000 1 £375,000 £125,000 75% Long term capital growth Leeds £100,000 6 £390,000 £210,000 65% Rental income Manchester £100,000 6 £390,000 £210,000 65% Rental income York £200,000 3 £390,000 £210,000 65% Capital growth Our eventual goal is to achieve a net rental income of £10,000 pcm. ~~~ Obviously we are very early on with regards to developing our strategy. In the next 6 months the aim is to purchase our first 2 BTL properties in/around Leeds. We aim to refine the specifics over the next few months and i'm sure our strategy will evolve to include more 'exciting' investments (HMOs etc) as we gain experience. I was wondering whether: 1) The general feel of this portfolio makes sense to more experienced investors out there? 2) Are we being too ambitious or too cautious? 3) What are the major strategy decisions we should make now before starting our journey Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, Johnny W
  23. Hello My parents currently have a BTL property, value of £375-400k with no mortgage, yielding £15k gross per annum. They have pension income of approx. £40k on top of this. My wife and I have a plot of land at the side of our house, that could get PP quite easily for a 3 bed detached. Cost to build would be approx. £300k Could my parents get a mortgage on their BTL property for £300k for the build costs? The new build will be in the names of my wife and me. Possible? If so, which bank / broker should we use?
  24. Morning all Just wanted to ask for some advice off anyone who is a few steps in front of me or is where I want to be. I am a 20 year old electrician and have been studying about property investment/ development for about a year or two simply just reading books, articles, forums you tube videos etc... My best pal and I (who is also and electrician) have decided to partner up on our property investment journey as we both have very similar if not the same goals relating to where we want to be and also feel that we would work very well with each other. We both live in Caterham surrey and between us both have managed to save up around £25,000 and also can get loans if needed. We have been viewing properties in areas such as Crawley/ East Grinstead about a 20 minute drive from our homes. Our strategy is for the first three properties we buy we will sell two and hold one for rent in the hope that we would have made enough capital to afford a BTL investment. Our goals aren't for short term cashflow it is for long term wealth as we both know you cant get rich quick. We have agreed that we will live off our current wages and any money made from the property business will be reinvested back into it in the hope that over a 10/15 year period we would have large property portfolio and leave our jobs as sparkies and become full time property developers as it has always been our dream. I know I have only touched on our goals/ game plan briefly in this paragraph but have one written up going into the depth about where we will be in the future if anyone is interested. Hope you all have a good day and look forward to reading any replies as I think we would both benefit massively from it. Kind regards Will.
  25. Hi all, Just looking for a bit of advice regarding BTL investments. I am trying to calculate the amount of money i would leave in the deal until such time that I can refinance and try to pull some of my money back out. I am hoping to buy 3 or 4 properties soon but I feel that I would stuck after that as all my cash will then be tied up. Firstly.. Is it realistic to expect to pull all or most of your initial investment out of the deal? I am struggling to see how this could be achieved even with the properties that need refurbishment. I have found that the refinance only covers the original loan and part of the refurb costs. Is there an 'acceptable' percentage to leave in a deal? Secondly... Some people I have spoken to have said you can refinance after 6 months and 1 day, some people have advised against this? Is there any implications on my credit score if I refinance after only 6 months? What are the down sides regarding this? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, Steve C
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