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  1. Hello Hubbers! Hope you are all well... I was wondering if any readers would share their experiences of Deed of Guarantee signings required for their Limited Co BTL mortgages. I can’t find much reference to it in books or on this forum or the wider web, and professionals I’m dealing with such as Solicitors and Brokers are giving me contradictory opinions on it. Some are saying it’s unheard of and I should be able to negotiate out of them with the lenders, others act like everyone has to do it, so I’m fairly confused. I have a Limited company with my sister who is a small shareholder and director just for security and ease of continuation should anything happen to me. Our mortgages are with TMW and every time we sign up we both have to see an independent solicitor at £120 a time to sign a ‘Deed of Guarantee’, basically tying our own estates into the company finances and assets. Of course this takes all the protection out of using a Limited Co Vehicle, so aside from the tax benefits it’s a lot of hassle for not much other benefit. So who has signed them and who hasn’t and what are your thoughts on the matter? Regards.
  2. Hi everyone, I've found myself in a bit of a predicament with an impending divorce and trying to figure the best way to navigate out of this situation. Any advice on the following details would be much appreciated. I have a property jointly owned with my ex. We have amicably decided she should get her share of equity that we've made plus any contribution to previous renos costs. This comes to approx. 60k. My issue is how best to raise the £60k. The easiest option would be to sell up and start again. However I've put a huge amount of work into renos and improvements over the last 18 months so would love to keep the place if possible. It's in a great area of town where values are rising and the rental market is strong so it should be a good investment. Current value £430k. Current resi mortgage £260k. Potential BTL interest only mortgage £320k. Monthly rental value approx. £1,400. I'm also a contractor with my own limited company. If hugely beneficial I could look into buying the place through the ltd Co. (Not sure about the mechanics of this at the moment though). Looking forward to any ideas what you'd do. Cheers
  3. Happy Easter All, I was curious what ROI percentage and net yield do you look from from a buy-to-let? Thank you in advance. Joe
  4. Hello, My name is Paul Deehan, I'm 36 and grew up in Sheffield, UK. For the last 12 years, I worked on Private Super Yachts as a Private Chef. I've had the fortune to travel around the world and cook for lots of celebrities, business tycoons and world leaders. In 2010, I read the famous, Rich Dad, Poor Dad book and since then I've been slowly building my property portfolio. Since around this time last year, I was recommended the property podcast by a friend and have to thank both Robs and the team for 1, being awesome and 2, giving great honest value and advice through their work. Before listening to the property podcast, I had 3 BTL's with a passive cashflow of £450 per month. I now have 5 BTL properties, all in Sheffield, with a 70% LTV and passive cash flow of £1400 per month. I'm booked on the 10th of June, Property Summit in London and I am very much looking forward to meeting both Rob's and other investors. My next actions will be, buying my 6th BTL, viewing on Friday and buying from a friend so all being well, I'll buy in the next few month. Thank you for reading my introduction and I'm looking forward to connecting with you on this forum soon. #beyourbest Paul Deehan
  5. I am a newbie to property investment, I don't currently own my own home (Living with parents) and want to invest in property. I currently have 40K in my savings. As far as i'm aware, I'm unlikely to be able to get a BTL mortgage as you I will need to get a residential mortgage first? I want to know whether I should get a residential mortgage on my first property then wait out 2 years before I remortgage to a BTL mortgage? Is there another way around this? My aim is to build up cash flow and my portfolio over a few years through remortgaging and releasing equity to purchase additional investment properties. Many thanks - I hope you guy can help me make my first steps into the investment world :-)
  6. Evening all, I have recently had an offer accepted on a Flat, with an unusual condition attached. This is the situation: Vendor owns all four flats in the building (and the Freehold). He has put all four flats on the market at the same time. The condition of sale for the flat I am trying to buy (FFF) is that he will only sell it if he can sell (at least) two of his flats, because he needs to raise a certain amount of capital to inject into his (unrelated) business. I do not know how much money he needs to raise, but i understand he has a threshold of two flats because of the CGT he will be liable for. So far there has been little interest in the other flats, so I am worried that my deal may fall through. I am ready to move on the FFF (75% Mortgage DIP and deposit funds etc.) now. Q1: What are your initial thoughts? To add to the mix, I would be interested in purchasing the TFF (in addition to the FFF), but I do not currently have the funds in place. I am planning to re-finance two of my existing properties in Sep to release equity for another purchase. Q2: Can anyone think of a creative option deal that might work for both me and the vendor, which might incorporate buying one flat now, and another in the Autumn? Appreciate any and all advice, thanks!
  7. Good Morning All, I recently went to one of the property hub meet up groups, which was great, where I found out about "gifting" property. My situation is my parents have a BTL property of which they own outright (no mortgage), but are looking to sell it to support their retirement. I have said I would like to buy it from them, but have then found about gifting, where they could gift the property to me and I would remortgage the property and the gift them the money back. They bought the house for £175k and its now worth double this at £350k. I am wondering what fees I will have to pay? Stamp duty? inheritance tax? capital gains tax? At the meet up, I met 1 person who did this without paying any fees at all and another who had to pay stamp and capital gains. Is it also possible to gift ownership to half a house rather than the whole thing? Any one that can point me in the right direction, or the right person to speak to, would be fantastic! Thanks all James
  8. I’m looking to buy a BTL property in Leeds but I don’t know the city very well, does anyone have any recommendations of good areas and areas to avoid? I’m looking for a nice 2/3 bed house that can attract young professionals. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  9. Hi all – first post in and hoping I can use this platform to tap into some great minds. I have been listening to Rob(s) podcast for a while now and have been doing a lot to try and educate myself on the ins and outs of property investing for beginners. I feel like I have a learnt so much over the past year, but I have the biggest frustration of not being in a financial position ready to start my venture. I have recently purchased a house (joint mortgage with my partner) so have limited equity available to release from that. I earn a decent enough salary that I am able to put away around £8-£10k / year. That does however still leave me a few (3 minimum I would have thought) years away from having enough capital to get started. I live in West Yorkshire so I know the Leeds market inside out, I am looking to get a foothold in this rising market – most likely a renovation that I would then look to create a positive cash flow through renting out. In order to get me there quicker, I would be interested in gathering peoples thoughts on this approach? Is there something else I may be better looking at, perhaps that would require a lower amount of capital to get started with? Or looking at the problem from the other direction, a lender that is prepared to lend above the usual 75%? Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Andrew.
  10. Greetings PropertyHubbers! I'm Diana, based in SE London, and have been brought to the forum by Rob D's inspiring books in property investment (thanks Rob D, I've turned into a fan!). I have a very mixed professional background, having worked in private, charity, academic and public sectors - and that's because I'm essentially a big fan of learning and of trying new things. At heart, I'm very entrepreneurial, and I've never been a fan of full-time work, so I'm dreaming of the day I will become financially independent. My dad has always inspired me with his entrepreneurial and property investor mindset (although I'm not sure if he's a rich or a poor dad!), but the seeds are only now starting to blossom in my mind. I'm ready to start as an investor, and very much interested in property investing, especially in the BTL sector, but I'm only now starting to save for my first property, so I'm still at least a year or two away. Using this time to learn and get my feet wet. I'm very nerdy, I devour books but also love spending time buried in spreadsheets and numbers. I'm keen to learn and driven to action, but I don't have any social networks in the property investment space. None of my friends know about or are interested in property investment. So I would be really keen to hear from fellow experienced investors, to discover inspiring mentors, and to exchange impressions. I already have a few ideas on my first few potential investments, but I have no one to bounce them off! Really happy to be part of this community, and keen to learn from you all! Diana
  11. Hi guys I have just leaped into my first investment with a standard BTL property in Salford, Manchester. Was wondering if anyone on here has any knowledge of the area and any thoughts on the deal. I managed to get the deal slightly below market value. I have attached the right move link below. Any feedback is welcome. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/s6p/61096188 Cheers Mason
  12. Hello to all, I'm Iain Large, Along with my business partner in Dubai, we have two 3 bed's and one 9 bed HMO in Chelmsford (our preferred area of interest) through Connection Investments Limited formed in 2013 when we decided to start investing together again after a lucky previous exit in 2008! Having let the business tick away for the last 5 years it's now full speed ahead! With space to build a couple of two beds in Chelmsford on different sites we formed Connection Construction Limited with a builder we've known for many years. Under our Construction banner we work for others as well as on our own developments - so if you're looking for a builder who'll be straight with you then feel free to give me a shout. We've been landlords for 9 years and our construction foreman has been building for 20 years so happy to offer any advice/contacts we can and always interested to learn what others are up to. We're specifically interested in, BTL opportunities locally, development opportunities all over Essex and partnering on developments. We have backing and money to spend, on the right deals... Or first build for ourselves starts as soon as the solicitors give the green light so if you're interested in the building side or just meeting up to see how we can help each other then please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks Iain Large
  13. Hi Ive been told by a financial adviser that you can avoid paying stamp duty on property that you transfer into a limited company by claiming it to be a going concern. Has anyone had any experience with this as so far all i read is that you must pay stamp duty.
  14. Hi Guys, Shutzy here, a guy just getting back into the property investment world again. Looking forward to the fun and the challenges and the motivation and support from all of those on this forum and finally the rewards of deciding if I want to work today or not. cheers Shutzy
  15. Hi all, New to the forum and trawling through all the great content. Myself and my wife are looking for buy to let properties (mainly in the areas recommended by Rob and Rob on the podcast). Leeds stands out a bit for me, I've spent a couple of nights in Leeds and like the city centre a lot so am quite keen on the area for a buy to let. We're mainly looking for new or nearly new apartments that will require (hopefully) minimal effort in terms of management. I've noticed the LS9 postcode is relatively cheap and it seems there is a lot of regeneration going on neary by with the South bank regeneration and Climate Innovation district. Biggest concern with the area is maybe it's a little too far out (approx 25 min walk to the station according to Google Maps) and possibly a bit sparse of nearby amenties until the above regeneration projects are further down the line - who knows how long that could take?? I've seen other posts mentioning that captial growth could be slow but the yield could be high in this area but we are probably more concerned with captial growth at this stage. I'm wary that the area may be a bit run down so any advice on the LS9/Cross Green area in general would be appreciated. We plan to take a trip up shortly but with limited time available would like to focus on properties in the right areas. Any advice much appreciated! Cheers Sam
  16. Hello, I have purchased a property in auction and am now looking at mortgage options in time for the completion of the purchase. This will be my first property. I am looking to understand the actions I need to take to secure a BTL mortgage on this property (if even possible), and how long it can all take as I have around 4wks to completion. I know I have done this in the wrong order but am hoping someone is able to advise me on how to proceed... Thank you in advance, Manny
  17. have a vendor who initially asked for £3k to be released to him from the solicitors on exchange date . The completion date is set for 10 days later. He explained he needs the funds to pay for relocation removals etc. I initially agreed to this however now he is asking for £24k to be released to him on exchange date and that’s 2 days before exchange. I am reluctant to authorise such a large sum as I am afraid he might run away with my money. Has anyone had similar experience? Are there any guarantees that he won’t run away with my money? Also if I was to authorise this, do you think I should ask for a further discount on the purchase price? This is for a BTL house in London - purchase price £500k
  18. Hi I am new here. I am a very small time landlord, we have just one BTL property in London. My daughter is a student in Manchester and as she seems likely to stay on for an MA I am thinking about making use of some money my mother has given me as the deposit for a property for her (daughter) to live in plus one or two friends paying rent. So I put this to my current lender today and they said they didn’t offer mortgages on such a basis as it’s a “family let” and therefore considered higher risk. My questions are: 1. Is this going to be the answer I get from every lender I contact? Or should I just give up now? 2. How do they work this out anyway - surely my own daughter is less of a risk? Sarah
  19. Hi Everyone, I am brand new to the world of property investment but have been involved in construction all my adult life. I run a Refurbishment/Renovation business in the South East. My goal now is to start a portfolio that will allow me to have more free time. I am keen to learn and eager to succeed but would greatly appreciate any help or advice on offer for someone new to the game. My strategy would be to buy BTL's that require some renovation so I can add value and keep the cash flowing. I am self employed and so is my Fiance although we have equity in our current property our employment status has limited our lenders. I would love to hear if anyone has had a similar situation or any advice on getting started. Thanks in advance. Scott
  20. Hi, I have only this week discovered this forum but have been researching property investment online for a few years now, I have also read Rob's book. I currently own/live in a 2 bed terrace in Leeds(Bramley area) which I have around 30-35% equity in, the 2 year fixed mortgage has 19 months left to run. My current plan is that once the 19 month term is up that myself and the soon to be wife will buy a property together using our current/ongoing savings(I realise we will have to pay extra stamp duty when buying a property together). I will then remortgage my property with a 75% LTV BTL mortgage to release a little extra cash which I can lump with my savings to begin looking at a 2nd BTL property. Does this sound like a good tactic to get started?
  21. Hello PropertyHub Community, I've spotted a property in my local area which has been on the market since August '18, listed for £55k, and is currently of vacant possession (I believe the former owner has recently deceased). The property requires a cosmetic refurb, with complete modernisation (including kitchen, flooring, repainting etc.) though nothing 'too' heavy. Sold comparables in the area are more like £75-£80k, so it looks as though there's money in the deal, and it looks to be a great opportunity (has the right fundamentals, location, schools etc. etc.). However......... the property has an EPC rating of G, with the 'potential' to improve to an E, albeit at pretty significant costs: - Cavity wall insulation (£500 - £1500) - Increase hot water cylinder insulation (£15-£30) - Floor insulation - solid floor (£4,000-£6,000) - Change room heaters to condensing boiler (£3,000-£7,000) - Solar water heating (£4,000-£6,000) - Solar panels (£5,000-£8,000). With the regulations coming in from April 2018, all properties let must be grade E above, though I've done a bit of research and stumbled upon the '£3,500 exemption' landlords can register for. "Residential landlords of properties with an EPC rating below E would be required to consider all energy efficiency improvement measures, recommended in an EPC report or other energy efficiency advice report obtained for their property, and implement any recommended measures up to the value of £3,500. If, following the energy efficiency works, the EPC rating of a property was still below E, residential landlords would be able to register an exemption. Residential landlords seeking to register this exemption would need to provide: evidence that £3,500 worth of recommended energy efficiency measures have already been implemented; and three installer quotes showing that further energy efficiency measures, to bring a property up to an EPC E rating, would exceed £3,500." To my understanding, landlords are expected to complete the works costing UNDER £3,500; anything exceeding this is not expected, and therefore the exemption can be applied and the property then let out. In this example therefore, you'd have the cavity wall insulation done (it's a mid terrace, so more like £500) plus the hot water cylinder insulation (relatively minimal cost), and that'd be pretty much it. I'd obviously also look at the state of the existing boiler, as I can't imagine it to be great. Am I understanding the situation correctly? Thanks for your time. Conor
  22. Hi All! I am super keen to build out my small BTL portfolio in Leeds. I found a stunning new build of townhouses but the developers say they won't sell to BTL landlords - is there any way around this? If not, does anyone have some advice of new builds/areas in Leeds city centre where I should be looking? Ideally 2/3 bed, unqiue feature(s)? Thanks in advance Nick
  23. Hi hubbers, I was hoping for a little bit of advice. My wife and I are currently looking to buy our 2nd BTL and we are not sure whether to buy in a Ltd company or not. We are both basic rate tax payers and can afford to buy in our personal names and not be pushed into the higher tax bracket providing we equalise our salaries (although we will be close to the 40 percent tax bracket). We are both 27 and I would like to think that in the next 3-5 years we would have had pay rises making us higher rate tax payers (myself more so as my wife is now working part-time). So my question is; Do we bite the bullet and invest through a Ltd Company even though the interest rates and costs are higher or do we invest in our personal names and buy all subsequent properties through a company? on a side note, our current strategy is to invest in areas that are likely to see high capital growth and then recycle that deposit when we remortgage. Is this a flawed strategy when buying in our personal names? My reasoning is that with the lending criteria stress test at 5.5% interest rate x 145% rental income - it now seems that lenders are more interested in achieving rents than the LTV? Because of this, would we need to buy in a LTD company (where the stress tests are more leniant) for our strategy to work? A very long winded question! If any of you can give any advice it would be very much appreciated! Thanks all! Adam
  24. Hi Hubbers, i have found a great property with a great price in a good area, and I ask myself why! This property is on the market for £205K and has 1 x 2BD apt and 3 x 1BD apts. Two of the apts have their own separate entrances from the main entrance. Each apt will fetch approx £500 pcm. I have no idea how much money is needed to upgrade the property but it's mostly cosmetic so I'm guessing approximately £25K. I have spoke to a local property HMO mortgage expert who says due to no. 1 N. Ireland having less options anyway and no. 2 the property having separate entrances, it technically isn't considered a HMO and therefore private finance is not an option. He says I would need commercial Finance to make it work. I listen often to investers who go that extra yard to get deals that everyone else can't make happen. What do commercial bank lenders need to know when considering such a proposal. I have two other properties and my dad has a few properties. We could raise funds up to 40/50 LTV on this if squeezed. I would really appreciate any help you could give me. Regards Eoin
  25. Hi all Apologies if this has been covered previously, I have searched for it but could find anything specific. I have two questions, as follows: 1) I am resident in Guernsey - still part of the UK - does anyone know if this would be a problem for me in trying to obtain financing for a Ltd Co from a UK provider? 2) Do I need to be a homeowner in order to obtain a BTL mortgage through a Ltd Co? My partner and I are saving for a deposit on a BTL and would like to purchase this before we think about buying our own place (we have our reasons, many of them) but I want to know if this will prove to be an issue for lenders? Does anyone have any experience of this type of scenario? Thanks in advance!
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