Buy-to-let: my top ten tips - Telegraph
By contrast, HMOs, the buy-to-let formula of millionaire property investors like developer Jim "HMO Daddy" Haliburton, earned 9pc in the same. Phil Stewardson and his brother Mark are accidental landlords. "We never intended to grow to the size we are. Our intention was to buy As government changes cause landlords to leave the buy-to-let sector in their droves, mortgage lenders have become increasingly desperate.
Then consider breaking it up into two or three flats.
You can keep the ground-floor flat for yourself and use the others as the first building blocks in your property portfolio, advises Luke Walsby of Hamptons International. It makes obvious financial sense to release some equity from your biggest asset, and you will be on the spot to oversee the newly created flats.
Maths couple millionaires quit buy-to-let market - Telegraph
Improved rail links can make local house prices soar 8. Find professional partners you can trust Unless you are a financial wizard with a law degree and advanced DIY skills, you are going to need professional help in building your property portfolio. Finding dependable builders, lawyers and accountants is not just key to maximising your profits, but will offer you peace of mind during a complex process.
Is there cash in your attic? If you are thinking of selling your main home to raise capital and kick-start your portfolio, consider making value-adding improvements first.
A loft conversion or extension — assuming you have not employed a cowboy builder — can add 20 per cent to the value of a property, according to a recent Zoopla survey. You would be hard pressed to achieve that in central London at the moment.
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If there is a new Waitrose scheduled to open in Hampton-in-the-Puddle, then a better class of resident in the area — and a subsequent hike in house prices — can be confidently predicted.
With the right tenants, converting a single-occupancy property into one in multiple occupation will lead to significant capital gains, covering the refurbishment costs with plenty to spare.
Average rental yields in central London are a modest 2. The French property market is in the doldrums and, with the pound so strong and the euro so weak, there will never be a better time to buy that dilapidated farmhouse in the Dordogne for a song.
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Do it up, turn it into a stylish holiday home, with all mod cons and swimming pool, and wait for the optimum time to sell. You could double your money in five years — and have some slap-up French meals along the way.
Capital growth tends to be modest but reliable. Could Jersey be a cash cow? In a recent report highlighting islands where property prices have remained resilient during the global economic crisis — and which offer outstanding long-term investment potential — the Channel Islands came close to the top, along with the likes of the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.
Become a trainspotter When you analyse why house prices have grown faster in some areas than others, you will often find that the single most important factor is improved rail links, slashing commute times. Thousands joined up, paying four-figure sums for the presenter's expertise before ploughing more of their money into flats yet to be built. Arguably many people did well out of their involvement with Inside Track and built profitable portfolios.
In many cases the newbuild properties they bought were overpriced.
Maths couple millionaires quit buy-to-let market
Values fell further during the downturn. Other properties were left unfinished or with a rentable value well below promised levels.
There are some honest seminar presenters out there with the best of intentions; the problem is recognising them among the sharks. Property investment clubs and seminars are unregulated, so anyone can set one up or take part. It offers free seminars featuring various property experts telling tales of success.
Salesmen then try to persuade delegates to invest in flats at developments around the country. Raj Shastri is one of the guest speakers. Mr Von Badlo also faces charges from the Financial Conduct Authority, the City regulator, for his part in an unauthorised Forex trading scheme. It says it will show you how to "turn your love of property into cash and secure your financial future".
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Mr Martin's previous company Rapid Property Buyers Ltd went bust in owing a substantial amount to investors. He also went into personal bankruptcy around the same time. The Telegraph tried to contact Mr Martin last week but he did not respond.
If you are tempted to join a property club or fork out for a course, start with a web search. Vanessa Warwick, founder of property community Property Tribes, said: You can also use DueDil.