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  1. Afternoon All! Hi, I'm Ben 18 years old and looking to purchase my first single let BTL in the coming months. I've always had an interest and followed house prices in my home city of Wakefield as my father used to be a landlord in London years ago and had always thought of doing so up North. As a result, there were always property brochures around the house when I was growing up despite my father deciding not to invest in the end. We live just south of Wakefield and are looking to invest in the North and North east of this city as we know it well. There is lots of rental demand here as many professionals commute to both Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester and the area is close to both the M1 and M62. There's also good train links with the East Coast Mainline running through Wakefield too. There are many shops and amenities near by also. If anyone has particular knowledge of the area: Outwood, Wrenthorpe, Alverthorpe and Osset are the main areas I am considering at the moment. The idea is to purchase a property in need of updating as a 50/50 JV with my father, complete the refurbishment and then remortgage 6-months post completion to realise the property's new value with which I can buy out my father. My next steps are finding a mortgage broker to advise on the intricacies of the lending and form a Power Team of local tradespeople, a few of which I know already. I'll also try and make my way to the Leeds meet up in February also! Many thanks if you've taken the time to read this, and if there's any way you think you may be able to advise please let me know! Cheers Ben
  2. Hi, I'm 27 and have just given up a career in physiotherapy. In a couple of weeks I will be going back to university to study a Masters in Real Estate. This is a one year course, then after 2 years of working I can sit an exam which if I pass become a chartered surveyor. I realise this drastic change isn't essential but I couldn't face the thought of working as a physio with limited available progression in the long-term. I thought for a little sacrifice (a years hard work and no pay) it will be worth it in the end! I'm hopeful that working around property on a daily basis will not only be more interesting, but helpful in my own property investment. I own my own property (with my husband) but no investment properties yet. We are pro savers but have been happily spending these savings until now - travelling, getting married and buying a house! Hopefully once I get a job as a graduate surveyor we will be able to use all my income to save and put towards properties. We currently have around £15k saved. The plan is to purchase our first buy-to-let property in 2021 (so with a years saving post uni). We would then be able to save for another property after 2 more years. We plan to sit down with an accountant once i'm in a job and work out whether a ltd company is the best route for us or not. In the short-term if anyone needs advice about physio for someone who has had a stroke or a spinal injury then i'm your girl! If you wait a year then I should be able to help with something actually relating to property, i.e. surveying. I'm particularly interested as Crewe and Sheffield as places to invest. I love to read peoples stories about how they started and what they are doing now. If anyone got into property via an alternative route or has any hints/tips about sheffield or crewe then please do let me know Thanks in advance, Helena
  3. Hi, As the title suggests, I am completely new to the property world. However, I recently inherited some money and am considering investing some of it in to property. An initial idea has been to purchase a student house using a buy-to-let mortgage. My short term goal is to gather as much advice and knowledge from you guys on this forum on all things property investment, particularly student buy to lets, and how to get things started. I have been looking into student buy to lets in Sheffield - 4 beds around £250,000. I appreciate that property can be a complicated and challenging investment which is why I want to learn as much as I can before I officially decide whether it is something I have both the time and money to continue with. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you Matt
  4. Hello All, About Me: I am a 30 year old looking at getting into BTL for long term growth, have read plenty of material, books, podcasts etc. Being a home owner myself, we bought below market value and have done a refurbishment and added equity to our primary residence although this isn't the particular route i want to go down I learned a lot in the process. I am an Engineer within the Merchant Navy industry and work 3 months on/off so have plenty of time to spend on building my strategy and portfolio. Main reason for post, was supposed to be at the Southampton meet up tonight but cant make it due to illness. That said, is there anyone around the same stage as myself in the Southampton area that might want to connect just to share tips and the odd boost of encouragement along the wya. Would like to hear from you. Keep up the posts guys, its invaluable to us newbies. Regards, David
  5. Hello All! Over 2019, my partner and I have been educating ourselves about property and all the ins-and-outs of BTL. We have managed to save £30k, and now we need to take the leap of faith and actually start DOING some investment!! I'm the kind of person who has to have a clear plan of action, and I'm really struggling to nail down the process to purchasing our first BTL. After many discussions and considerations, we have decided that buying property as an SPV Ltd company will be the best option for us (both in terms of tax implications, and long-term goals). We would be so grateful if anyone could offer any advice on what order to complete the following steps in: - Set up a Ltd company (Side note - how have people found is the best way to do this?) - Get a mortgage-in-principle (Is this possible for Ltd companies before finding a property?) - Put an offer in on a suitable property - Set up a separate bank account for the Ltd company (Can this be a standard bank account?) - Any other step in the process to purchasing your first BTL as a Ltd company that we have overlooked! Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you in anticipation, Hayley and Steve
  6. Hi There, Just getting in to the property Sourcing game. I am able to find BMV deal most I have found is at least 10% BMV properties even after additional cost of fee's etc. Any words of wisdom from any sourcing agents on here would be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone is reading this and has a particular interest in the wigan area and surrounding areas as far as liverpool please drop a message and share your thoughts, I am keen to learn what potential investors are looking for. Kind regards, Phill
  7. Hello everyone, I'm Bob, and i'm from Leeds currently working as a Prosthetist (artificial limbs). I'm 33 and for the last 6 months I have been researching property investment as a way to one day reduce my hours at work or even leave work all together as well and building assets for the future. I'm gutted that it has taken me 33 years to learn about the concepts of storing wealth and investing, but i am now doing everything can to achieve my goals. After recently buying my first home with all my savings, i am having to start from scratch to build up a deposit for my first buy to let. I think it will take me between 1 and 2 years, so in the meantime I am trying to listen to every episode of The Property Podcast, watching Youtube videos and reading everything i can on the area. So far i've read 'Rich Dad Poor Dad', 'The Richest Man in Babylon' and 'How to Win Friends and Influence People'. I plan to read Rob's books next. I have done my Property Dreamline and my property goals are: 2 years - Buy first property. One that could be used as a standard Buy To Let or Serviced Accommodation. Aim to buy BMV or add value and then recycle the deposit. 5 years - Net income from property of £1500. 10 years - Net income of £5000. (I should say I have a partner who i will be investing with) I wanted to post this not only as a way to introduce myself, but so I can be accountable, and I also wondered what people thought of my plan? Is it reasonable? Thanks to all in advance and especially to Rob and Rob for a great, down to earth Podcast. Bob
  8. Hey Guys, I am new to Property hub as I have just started looking in the UK market due to the Australian market being incredibly unpredictable, difficult to gain a positive cash flow and potentially heading towards a correction. I would be looking at some small buy to lets to start in the Northern belt of the uk, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool area. Great to meet you all. Thanks, Luke
  9. Hi, My husband and I are looking to invest in property and are looking for a mortgage broker and an accountant to start us on our journey. We are based in London. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have tried those recommended by The Property Hub but the accountants are not taking any clients at this stage.
  10. All, I have found myself my first property and have started the process. I was just wondering what people's thoughts are pros and cons of a 2 year or 5 Year fixed mortgage. The interest is higher on the 5 year fixed. What are people's thoughts. Regards, Jay
  11. Hi everyone, I've just embarked on the magical world of property. I own a flat in East London that I bought to live in myself. A week from today I will be moving with my Swedish partner to Stockholm, and so I have begun the process of letting the property. I have been doing some research about this, but just at the beginning so am looking out for advice and practical tips that I can apply from a distance. Eadon
  12. I am a newbie international/expat investor buying in the UK and I’m starting to put together my power team and feel that I would need a sourcing agent to help identify property deals and potentially manage the property afterwards if they offer that service. I’m interested in finding out who more experienced investors are using? the scope of services sourcing agents are used for? What to watch out for? Any advice would be much appreciated
  13. Hi there, I'm looking to get started in property investing in the Glasgow area. I don't have a lot of initial capital (around £10,000) and was wondering how best to start? I know Buy-to-Let mortgages are generally our of reach and am unsure if holiday lets (Airbnb etc) require them or if they can be used with a regular mortgage? Also is Rent-Holiday Let a thing? Cheers,
  14. Hi everyone, I've recently joined the forum and for once in my life am not going to lurk but try to contribute. I've been what you might call and accidental landlord for many years (about 14) and was kind of happy with that until about 2017 when I started to realise that there was a bunch of equity in my rental property that wasn't being used at all. I quite randomly found a book in Waterstones that gave me the inspiration to remortgage my 1st house to release some equity to invest - so I started with a pot of around £50k. I'm investing in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Stoke on Trent kind of by default because I used to live there, my first rental property is there and property seems to be around half the price of where I currently live (Cardiff), with good rents. I've already bought one house and am close to agreeing a price for the second one. After that I'm going to run out of money in the short term but I'm in the position where my wife and I can save a 25% deposit in around 8-12 months (price depending) so plan to just keep buying regularly and letting the snowball effect happen. Rather than have a specific number of properties in mind we've just decided not to put an upper limit on it and see where it goes. I'm investing remotely from where I live but not afraid of doing a refurb so will consider that in 2020. My motivation is that the future of my job is very uncertain after 3 years time so I want some income which will allow me to be brave enough to set up my own engineering company if and when I'm made redundant. I suppose the super goal would be to invest profits from the engineering firm in property. Short (ish ) term goal is to get to 8 properties in 5 years, which would cover the bills and give me the foundation I need for the engineering company. I'm buying the new properties into a limited company but the first one remains in my name so big decision coming up next year - whether to sell or not. Any advice appreciated as I'm really torn between selling, keeping the status quo, and transferring to the ltd company. Loving the free education on the property hub and as the title says - looking for support, contacts, inspiration and anything really!
  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. Hi All, Just want to thank Rob and Rob for building this amazing platform! This site got introduced to me by a colleague and I'm really grateful for the resource as its an incredible wealth of information and an invaluable starting point for someone like me who is at the very beginning of their property investment journey. I haven't invested in any property yet, but plan to do so in the next 12 months and intend to invest up north. I'm from the West Midlands but live in London and have links in the North West, which gives some options around support in those areas. I'm an Engineer for an IT company, am in my 30s and intend to spend much of the next 12 months learning, networking and building up my skills, savings, contacts (and credit score) to land a buy to let property somewhere up north. You like how I slid 'land' in there (bad joke I know!) Anyways, looking forward to collaborating with you all and I hope to have a lot of positive engagement in here standing on the shoulders of all you giants! Happy weekend!
  17. 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
  18. Hi Everyone, As an avid listener to the Podcast I thought it was about time I introduced myself and got invloved. Thanks Rob and Rob for everything so far! My girlfriend and I bought our first house in 2014 and just by chance there was an old wreck of a Victorian workshop building for sale at the same time - we had to have it! Rejected by lenders in a heartbeat we maxed out loans for ‘home improvement’ (it’s kind of true if you read on ) and scraped the £62k together. The workshop was tenanted at £6k per year and the protected tenant stayed for three years so we made almost £18k back. We are now just a few weeks away from demolishing the workshop and replacing it with a four bed Victorian style house which we intend to be our next home. We are acting as main contractors so the there’s a lot to learn on top of the all the decisions we have make! Our plans for the future are to sell our current house and remortgage the new house to raise capital to start a portfolio in the north (Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds), with a focus on the city centres and capital growth. The portfolio will be held within a limited company and none of the profits from rent or refinance will be extracted, it will all be recycled to build it as quickly as possible. The long term goal is financial freedom but we don’t plan to turn our focus to income just yet, it’s all about the growth! My expertise is in electricity connections, service alterations and diversions from 240V (home supply) to 11kV (transformers, overheadines etc.). I look forward to helping some Hubbers out. Looking forward to spending some time on here and getting to know some like minded people! Regards, Chase
  19. Hi Guys, I am a British Expat currently building my portfolio. I have one property already and looking to add my second property in the next 3 months. I am currently deciding whether it would be beneficial for me to set up a limited company or continue investing as a private Landlord. I understand that the rates etc are higher for a limited company with better tax benefits, however as an Expat earning aboard I currently benefit from the UK personal allowance meaning I wont be entitled to pay Tax on my profits until they reach above the threshold of GBP11,500. Loving these forums and am finding them very extremely helpful. Any advise would be appreciated!
  20. Hello, I am new to the world of property development and looking for a mentor to guide me through my journey. A little about me: I have recently quit my job as a commercial real estate strategy consultant to become a property developer focusing in residential development in the Peterborough area. I have an undergraduate degree in Architecture, so along with my career in real estate I have some knowledge, but it's lacking on the residential side. I am currently refurbishing a small barn where I will be living, and I am at the very early stage (just starting the design) of a small mixed use development of retail space on the ground floor and six flats above. I have very little budget for both projects, but a willingness (and positivity) to do a lot myself. So if anyone is interested in helping me out, please reach out. Thank you
  21. Hello Everyone, I'm new to property and am in the process of trying to take in as much information as possible before taking the plunge and buying my first property. I've been stacking some deals, trying to include all the costs and not miss anything, with the intention of flipping. However one thing i have come across is some confusion over the selling costs. Question: Should I allow for the selling solicitor and estate agent fees in my initial capital needed to invest? Or can i use the money made from the sale of the property to pay the solicitor and estate agent. Some clarification from someone with experience would be fantastic. Thanks alot!
  22. Hi all, First of all- I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this forum. I've learnt so much just by reading through and I believe I will continue to spend countless of hours on here getting myself educated. This is my first ever post - so please excuse if my question seem silly. I've read a few books and listened to many podcasts about buying properties BMV, refurbish it, rent it out and re-mortgage after 6 months or so. My question is: How are investors funding these deals? For example if you have £100k cash, and a property up in Manchester is £65k with a refurb cost of £8k, do you buy it with cash completely and re-mortgage it after 6 months to get as much of your money back out? or do you just put down 25% as deposit, get a mortgage, fund the £8k refurb cost with cash and re-mortgage after 6 months? Of course, I understand there are pro and cons or being a cash buyer, but from an investor point of view, what is the best way to invest the cash you have in hand and what are the norms that other investors are doing to 'recycle' their cash? Many thanks!
  23. Hey everyone, So we are Stephanie and Karen, we are new to property investing and have one investment property in South London through inheritance. So this is now the start of a big/exciting/scary journey! We have an interest in Kent particularly Swale and Medway as we know these areas, but also South London/ Croydon /Sutton as this is where we live and obviously have local knowledge. The property hub pods have been fab for me (Stephanie) as I listen on my commute to Canary Wharf and we are thinking of buying a property with Property Hub in the north and it would be great to hear from anyone else that has done this. I'm also an avid reader of all books property related and something of a budding fintech nerd for investments. Stephanie
  24. Dear Hubbers HI, I'm a HMO newbie and grateful for your advice. I've got a 6 bed HMO , 2 storey in the works . All bills will be included. I've got myself a bit confused with the type of thermostat arrangement to set up. Should I just have a single thermostat in a communal area , one on each floor or one in each room ( super pricey to set up) I'd really appreciate advice on how to keep bills down whilst making sure everyone is comfortable . Having a thermostat in each room seems like the most comprehensive solution but its the most costly. Any advice on an easy -to -use brand which has worked for you and thermostat strategy would be gratefully received. I appreciate your time Hubbers!
  25. Hi everyone, I am looking to get into property investment, but my wife and I purchased our house with the aid of Help to Buy so I need to wait to invest until this is paid for. In the 3 years since buying, we have managed to save up quite a nice deposit for a house to let out, but in Dec 2020 we will be due to pay back our Help To Buy (amount dependant on house prices at the time - but could be c. £70K). Does anyone have any guidance on effective ways to deal with Help To Buy and plan for when it needs to be paid? Thanks, Wilfitzy
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