Categories for Buy To Let

Northwood Cardiff gains Rent Smart Wales accredition

July 29, 2016

All our 80 plus offices around the country are committed to professional standards – both those that are mandatory and those that they can voluntarily subscribe to, such as SAFEagent. In this regard, we are proud to announce that our Cardiff office is now an accredited agent of Rent Smart Wales. This scheme was introduced […] View article >

Sifting through survey options when buying a property

July 23, 2016

When buying a property, it can be difficult to work out which survey it’s best to go for, especially if you are not too sure what the differences are. According to The Money Advice Service, one in five homebuyers rely only on the mortgage valuation before purchasing a property. A mortgage valuation is not a […] View article >

Brexit impact on property and landlords

July 15, 2016

There was much speculation in the City yesterday that the base rate would be reduced at the Monetary Policy Committee monthly announcement. However, the Bank of England held firm, and maintained rates at 0.5%. The Bank said they were acting cautiously in the aftermath of Brexit and indicated that a rate change would be more […] View article >

Location, Location, Location

July 15, 2016

Not a new phrase but certainly one that remains important and never more so than when you are buying a house to rent out. If you are a landlord ready to make your next investment, or you are new to the game and about to buy your first property to let, remember location is crucial. […] View article >

Top Tips for low maintenance Buy to Let gardening

July 13, 2016

If you have a buy-to-let property, you’ll not only want to make it attractive and appealing to potential tenants, but minimise the time and effort needed to keep it that way! Tenants often don’t want the hassle of maintaining flower beds and borders and as a landlord, you’ll want to keep your responsibilities to a […] View article >

Long eviction times causing landlords stress

July 4, 2016

There has been some alarming press coverage recently suggesting that County Court bailiffs, along with the courts themselves, can take up to 45 weeks to evict a tenant. According to Ministry of Justice figures, the statistics are based on possession claims for the first quarter on 2016. Clearly, these long time-frames to regain possession of […] View article >

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

June 24, 2016

If you’re looking for a slightly different kind of property investment, you could do worse than the typical British beach hut! A relic left over from the Victorian era, they are as much a part of a visit to the seaside as ice-cream, donkey rides and of course, the odd rain shower.  Popularity seems to […] View article >

Top tips on decorating your BTL property

June 22, 2016

The first thing to remember when decorating a buy to let property, is that you are not going to be living there. It can be difficult to put your own likes and dislikes to one side, but in this case, practicality must win out. Think instead about who you want to rent the property to, […] View article >

Are intergenerational mortgages the way forward?

June 15, 2016

It’s already difficult for young people to get a foot on the property ladder and with the average UK house price expected to exceed £450,000 by 2030, the chance of owning their own home isnt likely to improve any time soon. Mortgage lenders, however are trying to address this problem with a new ‘intergenerational mortgage’. […] View article >

New surveys highlight landlord “stress points”

June 14, 2016

Two new surveys have highlighted landlord stress points, re-enforcing how lettings agents can assist in reducing landlord anxiety. According to a new report, Right to Rent is causing landlords extra stress and worry, especially in areas of the U.K. with a higher than average percentage of immigrants. Research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) shows […] View article >