Categories for Buy To Let

Growing and ageing population fuels BTL market

January 28, 2015

The property investment market in the U.K. is relatively simple and relies on four main drivers: 1.  Supply and demand for rented accommodation 2.  Availability of BTL mortgage products and ease of obtaining them. 3.  Sentiment and confidence in property as an investment. 4.  The U.K.’s economic indicators, such as inflation/deflation, interest rate rises, unemployment, […] View article >

Help – I’m a landlord and I’m stressed!

January 19, 2015

A recent study listing the biggest migraine-inducing scenarios for landlords may be familiar for many who own a rental property. Top of the list for 25% of stressed-out landlords was late rent payments, followed by ‘tenants from hell’, with 20% feeling that this caused them the most stress, property damage (18%), deposit disputes (13%) and […] View article >

10 tips for showing a property for sales and lettings viewings

January 9, 2015

Whether you are selling or letting a property, the viewing is absolutely pivotal to gaining interest and achieving the maximum price or a speedy let! Here are 10 simple tips to ensure your property is seen in the best possible light: 1.  Kerb Appeal First impressions really DO count!  Make sure the outside of your […] View article >

Ready or not, here it comes. . . HMRC vs Landlords

December 30, 2014

Guest Blog As a property landlord, you would have been lucky to avoid reading a news feature last year involving HM Revenue and Customs and their various quests targeting landlords.  Relentlessly turning up like a bad penny, the message is clear: “Be compliant. Pay your taxes. Pay on time.” Michael Wright, director of property taxation […] View article >

Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions for landlords!

December 23, 2014

2015 is set to be a very interesting year for the property market. The General Election is scheduled for May, and housing will undoubtedly be a top 3 issue on the political agenda. Whether you have just the one BTL (Buy to Let) property, or are a portfolio landlord, the new year is likely to […] View article >

Christmas doesn’t have to be “bah humbug” for landlords!

December 15, 2014

“Bah! Humbug” – the expression made famous by the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ might strike a chord for some landlords who find themselves out of pocket due to non-payment of rent in the lead up to Christmas. Last year the number of tenants more than 2 months […] View article >

5 top tips for selling your property in the winter months

November 27, 2014

The start of the New Year is always a busy time for buying and selling property. Whilst it can be difficult to present your house to its best advantage when the weather is cold, light levels are low and your garden is far from flourishing, we have pulled together some top tips for you  that […] View article >

How SAFEagent is making a difference

November 24, 2014

In 2011, Northwood joined with some other like-minded agents to try and make a difference to consumers in acting as a signpost towards properly regulated Letting Agents. From the initial small group, SAFEagent has grown with over 3000 members. As a result of our latest campaign, it appears as if Housing Minister (Brandon Lewis MP) […] View article >

Letting out a property doesn’t have to be stressful

October 15, 2014

According to a new survey , one in four landlords say letting property is more stressful than they expected and two thirds admit they are more stressed now than a year ago. The survey shows that the biggest contributing factors are late rent payments (58 %), funding property maintenance and repairs (40 %) and tax […] View article >