In January 2016, I was thrilled to be awarded a Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, enabling me to venture all the way to America in my quest to find alternative solutions for homelessness issues in Britain. This once-in-a-lifetime venture was an incredible learning experience, enabling me to connect with the professionals and services I had respected and admired for so long, from afar.
Towards the end of the homeless housing pilot scheme I completed in Manchester between 2013-15, an investor I’d worked with regularly since the beginning approached me with regards to creating a ‘model’ property; one where we could take all of our learnings from the previous two years to create a stunning example of innovation in affordable housing options.
In the last article – The Local Housing Allowance ‘Strategy’ – I talked about property networking events and the fun I had in the early days immersing myself in my new role. It was at one such event that I met a young, entrepreneurial landlord in 2013 with whom I struck-up an immediate rapport.
Having left my council role in the hope of identifying solutions to homelessness within the private rental sector, in 2013 I began attending property networking events in my home city of Manchester.
This week we are very pleased to introduce the latest member of our team, Amy Varle. Amy is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, social entrepreneur and the founder of Social Property Investment, an affordable housing strategy with the aim of reducing homelessness in Britain.
Rumours of the death of buy-to-let have been greatly exaggerated. There have been a lot of changes recently, sure. From the cut to mortgage interest tax relief to changes to stamp duty on second homes. Mortgages are more difficult to come by and legislation is becoming increasingly complex. Many see these changes as representing the end of buy-to-let landlords. But, for my part, I see a market that is very much alive and kicking.
It’s well known that property is a great asset class that can give you a high income as well as a fantastic work/life balance. Today we look at how to start a property business whatever your personal situation, whether you’re cash-rich and time-poor or time-rich and cash-poor.
For today’s article, Edward Sykes from Renovate Alerts has kindly agreed to contribute his thoughts on how to become a property developer. It’s not rocket science, but the phrase “fail to plan and you plan to fail” applies more to development and renovation projects than perhaps any other area in the property investment industry.
When you’re investing in property, negotiating house price is an essential skill. But, this is a skill that is useful, not just for property professionals, but for homeowners and first-time buyers as well. Today, we look at negotiating on the asking price and at how to deal with estate agents when buying a house.
Thinking about investing in the Manchester or the North West? In today’s video, Rob compares locations and nails down seven of the best places to invest in the UK.
Today, Rob takes us round a serviced apartment in Manchester city centre to show how a property like this should be furnished and how the serviced model works. But the main draw of this flat is the location. If you are thinking of investing in serviced accommodation or corporate buy to let the location is something you absolutely have to get right.
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