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  1. Hello, I'm looking for some advice around making offers on properties which may be suitable for conversion. I'm interested in converting commercial properties to residential but I'd also be interested in what people with purely residential development have to say. I've not bought a commercial property before and I'm wondering about the following actions and whether they would normally be conducted before making an offer or after an offer is accepted: - Appointing a planning consultant to advise on permitted development for change of use. - Appointing an architect and having them
  2. Hi, i'm a first time BTL investor. I would really appreciate views on whether this is a good investment. 1 bed flat £150k in Saxton Lane, Leeds LS9. It's off plan development to be completed Q3 2022. Rental yield 6.5%. I'm interested to know if Leeds as a whole is worth while and particularly this area of LS9 which is a 17 min walk to the station. Plan is to keep the property for 5 to 10 years. I've heard growth in Leeds is expected to be 3.2% p.a is this correct?
  3. Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. Wondering if anyone has any tips or advice on how best find a mentor who has experience developing properties? I have an existing BTL portfolio but want to move into the build to rent segment of the market, targeting developments of 2-10 units in size. Cheers, Tom
  4. Property education - have you paid for any, has it been worth it, have they delivered, have you made more because of it? I'd be grateful of any comments either specific or general. Thanks.
  5. I've spotted a piece of brownfield land with planning permission I'm looking into. Has anybody got experience with developing on, and the potential downfalls of? It's adjacent a former blacksmiths so is flagged as potentially contaminated. With the planning having a requirement of firstly a phase 1 contamination report, then I'd assume a phase 2. What are the contaminants that likely exist on former blacksmith sites? And if known, the possible risks? I know it's a stab in the dark without the actual survey but just wondering if anybody has a quick insight which might render the
  6. 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
  7. Hello new on here! My name is Jack and I am Quantity Surveyor, I have worked for a private developer project managing there developments from acquiring the land to end sale but I am now looking to work independently with investors. This could be either hands off or hands on for the property investor and I am happy to work either directly for you to manage the project or even a joint venture if that is an option! If anyone is interested please do not hesitate to make contact with me.
  8. Hi all, Just wondering if anyone on here has any experience with demolishing a single property to build multiple homes? I have been trying to do something like this for a few months but keep getting wildly outbid on my (healthy) offers. I'm looking for anyone who has any insight, advice or shared experience?
  9. Hi all, I've found a plot of land we are potentially going to purchase. It has full planning permission that has previously expired, so I'm in the process of going through all the documents on the planning portal. With this being our first self build, and the first time at really looking at this info in detail, it has obviously thrown up a few questions (that someone will hopefully be able to help me with!). There is a very detailed 'Design & Access statement'. This includes statements about the following : + Having a ground test to check if suitable for soakaway- and
  10. Hi everyone, I wonder if somebody can give me some advice? We recently had the opportunity to buy the house next door to us for the purpose of knocking through and combining them. The two properties used be one originally so I have no issues with the actual building work. My question is about how to proceed as we own the empty house outright and have a mortgage on our current house. What should our next steps be?
  11. Hi Guys, I’m just in the process of purchasing my first property, it is a repossessed 2 bedroom flat so is in need of modernisation. I would say the flat needs a full refurb which would include a new kitchen, bathroom, redecorating, flooring and a new boiler. The surveyor said the electrics and plumbing seem to be fine but may need changing in the near future, so I was thinking to get this down whilst I’m changing everything else. I just wanted to know how much would something like this cost to be done at a good level. In my head I’ve budgeted for about £20k - £25k. Would be gre
  12. Hello Everyone, I'm a Development Manager (construction background) from North Wales and I happened across the podcast yesterday morning and have been hooked ever since, I've got so many episodes to catch up on! We are a bit unique as a developer and own and operate some of our large buildings in North wales, one being a wedding venue (large listed hall and grounds) one being a 40 room hotel and spa (currently managing the design process for this as we purchased it in April) and last year we purchased and renovated an abandoned listed public house and now operate it as a restaurant
  13. Hello Hubbers! Would appreciate any ideas to assist in overcoming this hurdle. I have a plot of land that I have secured full planning permission on for 2 houses (a two bed and a four bed). The build cost will be around 400K and as they are custom builds they will take between 12 and 14 months to complete (including contingency). This is my first development and as such I am struggling to find ways to generate the cash required. Most lenders can only lend up to 12 months or only lend to people who are experienced developers. Thank you in advance for any ideas put forward. Best, Will
  14. I have just got off the phone with my local council regarding a house that I'm splitting into 2 and have been told I would have to pay £6000 education contribution and CIL on top!! I asked them what exactly does this mean, the lady said it was for the extra provisions for education that the family would need. Well I said what if I developed a 1 bed flat - not suitable for a family - would I still have to pay the same amount. Yes as they would be using the roads, the rubbish collection etc. I thought we have council tax for that!!! I was told if I have further questions I should
  15. Hi All. Just joined and am looking for a sound recommendation. We are developing a site, have founded a Ltd company to own and manage the development and future ones. Wold anyone have a strong recommendation for an accountant near Marlborough, Wilts. We'd like to avoid schemes which sail close to the wind and could be challenged in the future. Not keen to just accept the vanilla option either. Ideally a firm who have the smarts and experience to develop a strategy which is efficient and sound. This isn't a one off piece of work, it will
  16. Hi all, A HMO property that I'm interested in purchasing and developing is currently on the market with sitting tenants. In an ideal world I would of course prefer that the tenants are retained through any building works etc, though it is very unlikely this will be possible as it would be a pretty major overhaul of the property. What would the best approach be for purchasing the property then proceeding to develop it? My assumption is that I would need to wait for all of the (4) tenancy agreements to end before any physical development could start, though I would just like to know if there
  17. Hi Property Hub, I'm an Architect with a couple of rental properties in London looking to use my professional skills to unlock development potential in sites across the UK. I'm new to the forums although I have been a podcast listener for years. I'm looking for a little advice/mentoring on how to calculate finances for developments and any advice on the process. I have worked for large London architectural practices creating 1000's of homes and would like to understand the process from the developers perspective. All thoughts welcome. Svinder.
  18. Hello, I have been observing the Property Hub a while now and can see the potential of finally joining in. After having gained experiences with redeveloping and refurbishing properties in the London market I now have a small portfolio of my own. Now I would like to expand into other cities such as Nottingham and Manchester. My goal is to buy several 2-3 bedroom BTL and maybe even join venture on a development project in Nottingham. I have a build up a small team that can take on any building process and have some more contacts in Nottingham and London. If y
  19. Hi I am going to need to work with a builder in the Lancaster area to help update and modify some of my new student let properties over the next few months. Any recommendations out there? Cheers Job
  20. Hi Everyone Great to be here. Been listening to R&R for a while a just wanted to say how awesome and inspiring you guys are thanks a lot. Well this is me, I'm 36 from Doncaster and been a builder since leaving school in 94. Iv seen so many people over the years get in to property and do well and built many new builds as well as convert property for so many and always planned on doing myself, but unfortunately Iv always found excuses like money, time, children you name it Iv used it. 1 month ago a friend of mine also a builder in the same predicament asked if I fancied going in 50/50 on
  21. East of the A12 dual carriageway between Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a dynamic mix of residential, warehouse and commercial property that is quickly filling in with both new and established business, cafes, retailers, brewers, bars, galleries and more. Have a look at some Area Insights & Upcoming Events - www.strettons.link/HWFI_Oct What does everything think of the development work in Hackney Wick?
  22. Hi guys, I have a few jobs coming up around the Worthing/Brighton are and am after a reliable builder. The jobs range from flat conversions to new builds so I am might be looking for more than one builder. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Sven
  23. Dear all, I’m currently looking into a small development opportunity around the Littlehampton area - can anyone recommend a good and reliable builder? TIA Charlotte
  24. Hi All, I have a development opportunity/project that I'm good to go with in SW London (Clapham), that I would love to speak to any potentially interested partners? A brief summary of the project: In summary: • The property is located in Clapham SW4, London, directly on Clapham Common, one of the most desirable streets in one of the most desirable areas in SW London. • Planning permission is in place to convert and extend a 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom property with cellar currently, to a 3 Bedroom and 3 Bathroom property. • Party Wall Agreemen
  25. Hi all, I bought a 2-bed flat in Edinburgh, lived in it for a few years then moved-in with the better half who I've now married; so we're living together at hers and I'm renting my place out. Since doing this I've become slightly obsessed with the idea and am looking to build more capital and thus buy more properties. The end goal is to quit my dull accounting job and renovate & let-out property full-time across the UK (and possibly further afield if it really goes well). What I'd love to know from anyone out there who has walked the walk, is how you bui
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