The rules and processes around Local Housing Allowance are intricate, complicated, variable (depending on the local authority) and constantly changing. Here we look at exactly what LHA is, at who is eligible for it, at how it is changing and most importantly what is actually means for a landlord to have a tenant in receipt of this benefit.
Most property investors are acutely aware of the housing crisis which Britain is currently facing and many, working in the private property marketplace, are exploring new ways of increasing accommodation supply for those who are most in need. Today, we look at what social value is and how it can be created within social and affordable property projects.
Twitter is sometimes undervalued by property professionals and yet it remains the best social media platform for communicating directly with leaders, influencers, and potential customers without censorship, membership or a subscription fee. The property business, especially, is first and foremost about people and Twitter is still the best way of connecting with people on the web.
Today we present a condensed guide to property investing for people who want to approach it in a hands off manner; people who don’t want to invest too much time and effort in building a property portfolio but who are willing to make use of the resources, contacts and the wealth of information available to them.
Recent legislative, tax and regulatory changes are making it much harder to invest in traditional buy to let. But, property is still a very worthwhile asset class and rental demand has never been greater. Today, we look at three alternative property investment strategies that are working particularly well in 2017.
Off plan investments work very well in 2017 and will almost certainly continue to do so well into the future. You can buy them at a discount and often the capital growth can be excellent. But, a word of caution, if you like the idea of speculative investing and buy a property with the intention of selling it on at a profit, you also need a plan B in case something goes wrong and you end up having to rent it out.
Do new build developments make good buy to let investments? Well yes, they do, but you shouldn’t get distracted from the fundamental principles of investing in property. For any buy to let to work in the long term the rental yields need to be high enough to cover your running cost and the property needs to be in the right location for a tenant-type that suits you.
As a property investor should you be buying property off plan or off market? Today we look at what these terms mean and ask whether investors should really be focussing on these categories or whether there are more important things to consider in a property deal.
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding an investment, project, business or product by raising money – usually online – from a large number of people. Typically, with crowdfunding, each investor will only contribute a small percentage of the overall total.
Investing in property can be an expensive business and where there is money there are also sharks. Today we look at 5 indicators of possible property fraud in the industry and at how you can protect yourself from unscrupulous companies and individuals when negotiating your deals.
Working with a property sourcing agent or investment company is going to help your business grow much quicker. Not only will it free you up for more important tasks but it will also save you a huge amount of time and give you a lot more flexibility when it comes to your investment choices.