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  1. 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
  2. Wasn't quite sure which sub-forum to put this in, so went with general. We're about to start our first refurb project (well, will be when the solicitors finally finish whatever it is they do). We'll definitely be installing a new central heating system as there currently isn't one, so other than TRVs, I'm thinking it wouldn't cost much extra to go to a Nest or similar as an upgrade for the thermostat. Question is has anyone done anything like this previously, or any other smart home gadgets and, if so, what and does it feel like its helped in letting the property? Also, how did you get it to work without WiFi and are there any issues when tenants change over regarding logins etc? To be clear, the property is a 2 bed terrace, likely to let to a family, so not looking at a fully integrated smart home, just wondering if there's some small things that could be done to increase its attractiveness.
  3. Hi all, Because everyone loves a good floorplan challenge... We're looking to purchase this property as first-time buyers - the only downside is it doesn't have a bathtub! I'm looking to have one added in - either by renovating the current bathroom, or adding another bathroom. How would you add a bathtub to this floorplan? (Bonus points for some estimates on the cost as well) I've got some thoughts of my own, but will post those after others have shared... Looking forward to hearing your creative ideas!
  4. I spoke to Aspire Property Group in Yorkshire couple of weeks ago, to discuss expanding my portfolio up north. Reviews on trust pilot are good but fees seemed quite high. £7k+ is this right? Anyone had experience of working with them? They guarantee 8%+ on their investments. Are property sourcing companies worth it and does anyone have any experience of working with one? I'm not looking for new builds, off plan etx. Just cheap terraced, semi detached houses around the £100k mark.
  5. 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 great to get some realistic cost from those who have done this type of work. Also if you know any good trades people that could do the job I would really appreciate it if you could forward me their details. I’m based in Croydon. I have attached the floor plan so you can get an idea of the size. You Thanks Charles
  6. Hi all, I’m buying a 3 bed house requiring full refurb in Bracknell. I’m looking for recommendations for builders/contractors to undertake the work. Ideally the builders will have completed a refurb for someone on here before with good results. Thanks for looking. Matt
  7. Hi folks, I'm looking for some guidance from some experienced property developers please. The Buy Refurbish Refinance (BRR) model is an appealing one because of the capital recycling, however, after SDLT, refurb costs and fees etc. from your prior projects, what is a realistic percentage of your capital that you have been able recycle? Thanks!
  8. Hi Would be grateful if anyone could recommend some good quality specialists for refurb work to be carried out. After the names of builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians and general handymen/women. Thanks in advance.
  9. I live in London and will be doing 2-3 BRRR projects in Manchester and/or Liverpool over the next 2 years. I intend to drive up and site visit every 7-10 days, but want someone nearby to oversee every couple of days and feedback to me, as I'll be working with a new contractor (at least on the first property in each city). I feel that even with the additional cost it is preferable to leaving a new contractor to their own devices for a week or two between check-ins (no disrespect to the amazing people in construction out there) Is their a job title for this type of thing? And any advice on finding such a person, qualifications, contract, cost etc is very much appreciated Thanks to everyone for their generous input on this forum
  10. Hi all and happy new year! Looking over the BRR strategy.....a quick question for anyone who might know the answer. How quickly can you refinance and pull your initial investment back out? If i buy a house in Jan, with a BTL mortgage, complete the refurb by March ready to rent out...can I re-finance that soon or do you need to wait out the initial fixed period of say 2 years? I know you probably don't need to wait til the end of the fixed period, but not found any info on the typical process.....or do you pay exit fee etc? Thanks Hubbers! Ollie
  11. Hi I'm just in the process of purchasing a first investment property. It needs a light refurb (rewire,new kitchen, bathroom, decoration). Could anyone recommend a building/property services company that specialise in residential refurbs and renovations. I am looking for a 'one stop' service. We will be looking to purchase/refurb 3 properties a year and would like a reliable & reputable company that we could continue to use. Thanks
  12. Hi all. I currently have 2 BTL both tenanted and doing OK. I've recently been extremely lucky to get a windfall of 129k I was working freelance but I've stopped that ATM to focus on a property strategy. I have two in mind I live up North so my goal is to initially replace an income 1600/2k will be enough for me then in 5/8 years assess any equity for refinance etc. The two strategies I'm thinking is 1) buy cash 80k ish refurb, refinance and pull as much as possible 2) buy 3 off the peg ready to rent and get the cash coming in. I know the pros to recycling cash but with the current Covid' situation, lenders, surveyors all playing different games and me not actually working would I be better trying to get 3 now which would help me get the 1600 mark income. I'm 48, not saying I'll never work again but would like to give this a good shot now. Thanks all
  13. Hello all, I've listened to all of The Property Hub podcast and now a new forum member. I am based in Kent but as a keen mountain biker spend some time in Wales, in particular Afan Forest. I am interested in buying a property that requires a refurb close to the Afan Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre with the hope to do it up and run it as a Holiday Let for mountain bikers and hikers. I was looking at smaller villages such as Cymmer, or possibly larger towns like Maesteg and Neath. Putting Covid to one side, my hesitation is that bookings will be much slower during the winter months and during the week year round, does anyone have experience doing a similar thing in the area? I was also thinking Port Talbot might be a safer option as it’s still close to Afan but has the additional advantage of being a larger town with the beach and promenade with good Buy To Let fundamentals, meaning it could provide a plan B option if the bookings aren’t steady enough? Any insights, recommendations, or thoughts are welcomed! Thank you, Ryan
  14. Hey everyone! First post here, I’ve been listening to the pod for 2 years now and done some searching on here and other forums and and can’t quite find what I’m looking for so thought I’d give it a shot... I am looking to buy a fixer-upper in south west London and need to determine what the maximum I am willing to offer. I wonder if any of you smart folk have any suggestions as to how I calculate this. The property This is a 3 bed, 1 bathroom flat with planning permission to become a 4 bed 4 bathroom with a roof terrace. It is in need of significant refurbishment to bring it into a liveable state. I would look to live here myself as well as rent out 2 of the rooms and use the smallest room as an office. Above commercial (D2) It is above a commercial premises (yoga studio) and from my research this typically equates to a 10-15% reduction in value. Is that fair? I know it can also decrease my mortgage options (due to difficulty in selling at a later date) but my broker has suggested it should be fine in this instance. I have also included in my terms of negotiation that the commercial premises lease is amended in that it cannot be converted into an A3 to help protect future value. As the owner has the freehold to the commercial premises they have agreed to this amendment. This has been agreed. Near a semi-busy road It is also on a B road (Lower Richmond Road). I have heard this should also to a 5-10% reduction. Is that fair? I recently recorded the sound in the flat at it was 30 decibels which is relatively quiet and that is with single glaze windows at present! Planning permission in place To factor this in I have multiplied the adjusted £psf by the potential additional sf, to calculate the potential value. I have then taken away the build cost to work out the difference and divided that by the current value. This gives me 10%, so I have used that as the value increase of having the planning permission. Is that a good estimate? Estimated refurbishment cost Next, I have deducted the estimated cost to bring it to a liveable condition (mainly cosmetic) to determine my maximum bid. The calculation What do you think? Naturally, I am also slightly cautious with many sources suggesting a significant dip in the market next year, is now really the time to be buying or would I be better holding out for a few weeks/months and get a better price? I would be holding this for 5-10 years so over the long run it would be fine I am sure but could I get a better deal next year? Thanks, James
  15. Hi I am looking to avoid reinventing the wheel and benefiting from your experience if possible. Does anyone have an assessment form they use to make sure they're consider all aspects of potential works required on a purchase? If you have anything like this and would be happy to be share, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Thanks Nicola
  16. Hi everyone, My business partner and I are looking to buy and convert a house to a 5-bed HMO somewhere within an hour or so drive from NW London, where we live. We have £150k to invest in total on the property and refurb costs - so thinking £250k purchase price on a 25% mortgage and £60k for refurb. We both work full-time and so as this would be our first HMO (we both have experience with single lets), we would need some hand-holding, starting with a property sourcer. Does anyone have any good advice as to how go about finding a trustworthy sourcer? We are also open to dealing with someone who does both sourcing and project management combined. Any other general advice also welcome, although I'm sure I'll be posting again soon with more questions. Thanks in advance, Shyam
  17. Hey all! I'm looking to purchase our first property with bridging loan (note we have 3 BTL already but they have all been through BTL mortgages) Anyways I'm looking for recommendations for who you have used before and rough costs? I've seen from 0.5 to 1% per month but that's a massive difference. The property value is 100k and I'll buy it for 100k hopefully, spend 15k on it so I need 120k in total with fees and stamp duty. If ideally like to borrow 60 to 70k over 6 months. Many thanks!
  18. Hi Hubbers, I'm Davide from London, I recently started my journey through property investment and put my first buy to let property under contract (South England) which is expected to give me a 12% ROI, pretty excited about that and about the fact that I will be self managing the property, so will be learning how to do that as well. At this point I'm starting to think about my next deal, I have invested a good chunk of my savings in the first property and for my next one I was looking for ways to avoid trapping all the money in the deal, so thought the best strategy for that would be Buy Refurb Refinance Rent. I’ve been studying this strategy for a while and I understand how it works, but I’m struggling with the followings: Areas to invest in: I’m stuck on this, I believe i need to find something that is close enough to be able to coordinate the rehab or at least be present once a week (maybe 1-1.5h from London?) but at the same time it needs to be an area where it will be rending well. Should I carry on investing in South England where my first property is, or perhaps go somewhere in the midlands (maybe in the Bedfordshire area?) Find the property: I get it that the best way is to find off-market deals from owners that have some sort of discomfort and they want to get rid of the property. I looked into direct mail marketing but I can’t find a mailing list and I’m a bit stuck on how to actually execute it, do you create, print, pack and send letters manually or use some service that does that for you? Which service? Connections: How do I find good contractors for the rehab project? I guess they need to be local to the area, so should I ask estate agents and investors in the area for recommendations? I understand all of this might sound confusing but essentially what I need is to speak to people about what I want to do and get feedback/suggestions on the approach I'm taking. Happy to also meet up with investors in order to discuss opportunities and goals. Thanks for your help. Davide
  19. Please can someone help! I am in the process of buying my first property through my new ltd company. My guess is it will complete in 6 weeks or so. It is a 3 bed property that will be a single let. The property is perfectly habitable now and could easily be rented out as it is, however I want to do a fairly big refurb. E.g. replacing the kitchen and bathroom, new carpets, redecorate etc. This will mostly be a like-for-like refurb and I don't think the majority of it will count as a capital expense. If I do this work before I first put tenants in, am I right in understanding that I cannot claim this work as an expense as it involves getting the property ready to be let. However if I put tenants in first, then when they leave I decide to do the refurb, I now could claim this as an expense as the "rental business" would have already started. Have I got that right? My big question is... *What is the minimum period of time I would have to have a tenant in my property before I could class any replacement refurb work as a revenue expense?* If I rent the property out on a 1 week AST, then do a big refurb, clearly this will turn some heads with HMRC. So what is the magic number? 1 month? 6 months? I hope I can get some wise responses on this. Many thanks!
  20. Hi, I have Inherited a one bed property on a prime plot of land (valued at c.600k). There is potential to redevelop into a 5 bed property by either knocking down and starting from scratch or use the existing shell of the current property. What I'm not sure about is whether it would be better to make it into a 5 bed or 4 bed. I'd like to know how I can find out what the demand is for either and whether it's worth investing a bit more turning it into a 5 bed rather than 4. For context, the property next door was redeveloped a few years ago and is a 4 bed which has been valued at £1.2m Thanks
  21. So myself and my brother found this property and had an offer accepted only to lose the deal as the seller wasn't willing to take the property off the market. This wasn't the end of the world as since then we found another property which works for our target strategy. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/s6p/75657091 This was the one we lost, I'd like an opinion of how it stacks up, I believe the rental around that particular area would be between 625-650pcm and a max re-value once refurbed to a good condition of between 155-165. Oh and feel free to look into this yourselves, we cant afford to go for both. We were looking at it for a buy refurb, refinance and let. Thanks for any advice
  22. So I'm looking at a potential commercial unit investment (Class A1 - Shops) which is currently vacant and in need of a facelift (ceiling & wall plastering, re-flooring, wiring etc). I'm keen to know what the 'minimum standard' is for refurbing commercial units of this sort before bringing them to market? E.g. is it similar to residential: flooring, walls, plumbing, electrics, etc all done- or is there more that would be expected from a potential commercial tenant (e.g. outside shutters, alarm systems, aisles, counters, etc)? Any knowledge resources/articles would be most welcome! Thanks
  23. Found an opportunity for a flip but the house has a steel structure so it’s no problem for a cash buy but could be a problem when I come to sell it. Apparently it needs the cavity insulation removing. Does anyone know once this is done if the property would then be mortgageable? Thanks
  24. Hi everyone, My question is as it says in the title really... does anyone have any recommendations for companies that they've worked with in Northamptonshire who can manage end to end refurbs? I'm in the process of buying a 2 bed terraced house that needs a full refurb (gas needs connecting, damp dealing with, central heating putting in, new bathroom, new kitchen etc. etc.) so am looking to get some quotes and choose a contractor in the next month or so. Thanks in advance!
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