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The ultimate testament to our Guaranteed Rent – 14 years of payments on time!

September 4, 2014

In our previous blog, We care what our customers think, we explained how much Northwood values customer feedback. As our Guaranteed Rent service is our “flagship” product, we were extremely proud to receive the following testimonial from one of our long-standing landlords for our Portsmouth office. Dave Watermark wrote on the independent review site, AllAgents, […] View article >

The Life Cycle of a Landlord

August 29, 2014

In our experience, being a residential BTL (buy to let) landlord has a fairly simple life-cycle of 4 distinct stages. 1.  Acquisition The acquisition stage is where the landlord is building their property portfolio.  It is important to build a sustainable business with strong foundations that focuses on cash flow, rather than capital growth. Finding […] View article >

Why House Price statistics are so confusing

August 29, 2014

House prices are just about static as the alleged slowdown increases according to Hometrack – but this claim contradicted by the Nationwide. How can this be? Hometrack reports says prices rose just 0.1 per cent for the second month running with London virtually flat-lining with just 11% of London postcodes showing month on month price […] View article >

Help us to raise £20,000 for The Pancreatic Research Fund!

August 26, 2014

Our intrepid team comprising Gemma Goodson, CEO; Nick Harris, Operations Director South; Stephen Summerhayes, Local Director Norwich; Stuart Calvert, Local Director Southampton and Jack Honeyfield, Administrator Bristol are taking on the challenge of their lives for an immense cause for which the Northwood Charitable Foundation was created. They are aiming to climb 19,341 ft to the […] View article >

Buying a tenanted property

August 21, 2014

When considering your next investment property acquisition, it’s worth considering buying a property with tenants in situ. There are many advantages to this: 1.  You wont have any voids upfront whilst finding a tenant which can sometimes equate to several months of lost rent 2. You will know, without any doubt, the rental income being […] View article >

On-line Estate Agents; will they succeed?

August 11, 2014

Does the rise of the internet estate agents really threaten traditional high street firms? The simple answer is NO, it just changes the way we do things. I have heard the foretelling of the demise the High Street agent for years and whilst the business has changed to meet this challenge, many agents are expanding […] View article >

Due diligence on Guaranteed Rent – 6 things to check

July 29, 2014

If you’re a landlord researching a Guaranteed Rent service, you’ll probably come across many different schemes. There are new companies and individuals springing up daily who claim to offer a “Guaranteed Rent” service – some promising to take over your property for up to five years  – but they are not all equal! Here at Northwood, […] View article >

Regulation of Letting Agents – the true story

July 28, 2014

For years, we have heard calls to regulate the lettings industry, but never more so than now. MP’s have rounded on the Industry supported by organisations such as Shelter and more recently the voracious Generation Rent. BBC Panorama ‘exposed’ many of the issues face by tenants with a focus on the emotive subject of evictions. […] View article >

Investors – Buy To Let properties

July 28, 2014

We were increasingly conscious of the fact that the biggest fear landlords face is the dreaded void period with over 80% citing this as their main concern. For tenants, their biggest worry is security of tenure and not having to keep moving because the landlord wants to sell up. During recession, we experienced a new […] View article >

The Definitive guide to Guaranteed Rent vs. Guaranteed Rent

July 21, 2014

For landlords looking for a fixed but reliable rental income from their property, the options and differences between the services on offer can be overwhelming.   This simple Guaranteed Rent vs Guaranteed Rent guide is designed to help landlords better understand the range of different services which are available when a landlord is looking for […] View article >