Categories for Buy To Let

5 rental hassles our Guaranteed Rent landlords can forget!

January 12, 2016

Being a landlord can sometimes be a real hassle. Here are 5 rental hassles our Guaranteed Rent  landlords can forget about: 1.  Rental arrears The Guardian reported this week that the number of private tenants seriously behind with their rent has risen sharply to reach the highest since early 2013, according to new data. At […] View article >

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 >

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 >