Categories for Buy To Let

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 >

Top 3 novice landlord tips from our M.D., Eric Walker.

September 22, 2014

As landlords ourselves, while we understand that property investment is relatively simple, we also empathise with novice landlords who might be overwhelmed when starting out. We’ve always found that investing time in undertaking research prior to an investment property acquisition can save heartache further down the line. Remember that you may be in a commercial […] View article >

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 >

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 >

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 >