Categories for Buy To Let

5 reasons for landlords to remain positive following the Autumn Statement

December 1, 2015

Last week George Osborne’s Autumn Statement threw in a major curve-ball for landlords The Chancellor announced that there would be enhanced stamp duty on all BTL and second home properties purchased from April 2016. Image courtesy of Daily Mail  This news came as a real shock to the landlord community. However, property investment is an […] View article >

BTL mortgages – some good reasons why now is a great time to fix!

November 5, 2015

There was good news today for landlords and property investors, as the Bank of England once again announced that it would be holding the base rate at 0.5%. Indeed, they have signalled that this rate may be held well into 2017! In its quarterly Inflation Report, the bank said even if U.K. interest rates did […] View article >

Checklist for financing a Buy To Let property

October 26, 2015

Before starting your search for a suitable BTL investment, it is advised that you get your finances in order. Unless you are “proceedable” – can prove you have cash or been approved for mortgage finance – you will not be able to put a credible offer in on a property. Furthermore, if using bank finance, […] View article >

Voids and property damage an eternal issue for landlords!

September 9, 2015

Since private landlords first began renting out properties, to the current day, they have had to deal with an ever-changing market place Rents rising and falling, property prices inflating and deflating, interest rate changes, legislation, compliance, local trends, national trends …. the private rented sector (PRS) is an ever-changing arena and a sometimes stormy sea […] View article >

The relationship between good schools and property and rental prices

August 28, 2015

When buying a property as an investment, it is always a top priority to understand the tenant demand and tenant demographic. If you are thinking of letting to families, then recent research suggests that you should consider buying a property within a good school catchment area, as this poll from property portal Zoopla indicates: Heightened […] View article >

Spotlight on Welsh private rented sector – new laws coming

August 24, 2015

Welcome to our Spotlight on Wales. The private rented sector makes up over 14% of homes in Wales and is growing, meaning that it will soon be bigger than the social housing sector. It is a very diverse sector with a number of niches, including properties needed for students, for sharers or for households on […] View article >

Forging long term relationships with landlords

July 28, 2015

This year, Northwood is proud to celebrate 20 years in business. During this time, we have seen many changes in the private rented sector and witnessed the phenomenal growth of private landlords’ property holdings. Throughout that time we have always striven to develop long-term relationships with our landlord clients, to support them through the entire […] View article >

It’s a great time to be a landlord!

June 25, 2015

As any landlord will know, being involved in buy-to-let can be something of a roller-coaster ride However, recent indicators suggest that the ride might be smoothing out a little, making it a great time to be a landlord! On the finance front, interest rates remain low, and are likely to do so for the foreseeable […] View article >

Proud supporters of SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015

June 1, 2015

As Founding Members of SAFEagent, we are delighted to support the 4th annual SAFEagent Awareness Week, running from 1st to 5th June 2015. This is an industry generated and supported campaign to raise awareness of the importance of only letting through an agent who has recognised client money protection in place.  Working with agents who […] View article >

Positive property market reaction as David Cameron returns to No. 10

May 13, 2015

There has been a collective sigh of relief from Landlords around the country as the threat of 3 year tenancy agreements, “rent controls” and the additional burden of red tape has been lifted, following the Conservative victory in the General Election. Vitality quickly returned to the London property market, now that the spectre of “mansion […] View article >