Guaranteed Rent – evaluating the “guaranteed” bit.

December 23, 2015

Here at Northwood, we have been offering our market-leading Guaranteed Rent service for 20 years. Our Guaranteed Rent service does what it says on the tin!  We effectively become your tenant, and take over the financial risk of the tenant not paying the rent. Your rent gets paid on time, every time, even if there […] View article >

Northwood supports landlords throughout their property career

December 14, 2015

Following on from a previous blog, Lifecycle of a landlord, we thought we might address this topic again, with some additional detail. The four stages of the landlord lifecycle are: Pre-acquisition – the research stage, doing your due diligence, and finding a property that meets your financial goals. Buying the property – getting your finances […] View article >

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 >

Is the colour of your walls impacting on your house sale?

November 24, 2015

The colour of a paint is a powerful thing. In the home, paint has the ability to deter potential buyers, but when used in the correct way, it has the ability to attract buyers and even become a selling point.   Paint is a perfect way of adding colour and character to your home. While […] View article >

Rent Smart Wales has launched – have you registered?

November 24, 2015

New Law for Welsh Landlords and Letting Agents is here! Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing scheme set up for landlords and letting agents in Wales,  launched yesterday. The law itself means that anyone who owns and rents out private property in Wales will have to register with the central licensing authority via […] View article >

Rent Smart Wales to launch 23 November

November 6, 2015

The Welsh Government has announced that Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licencing scheme set up for landlords and letting agents is to launch on the 23 November. It had previously advised that landlords and letting agents would have to start registering from ‘late autumn.’   The law itself means that anyone who owns […] 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 >

It’s a spooktacular property!

October 21, 2015

Potential buyers and tenants will often get a “feel” for a property when they walk through the door, but it appears that some believe that they have ended up with more than the bricks and mortar when they have purchased a property. Across the UK one in seven people believe they live in a haunted […] View article >