Our property journey (update) | How we started our portfolio

House 1 – 2 bed terraced Our property journey really started when we decided to move to Durham in 2014. I had been living in my house for 18 years and then rented it out to enable me to move. I was an ‘accidental landlord’. The details are as follows and the values are current…

Marketing for Property People – Why it’s Important for You

For the past couple of years since leaving my long term employer, i’ve been looking for a combination of ways to put a solid passive income in place around property, or real estate as it’s known in the USA, and affiliate marketing. YouTube and Facebook are currently awash with trainers and mentors who will teach…

Property Sourcing Compliance: Keeping You on the Right Side of the Law by Tina Walsh – Review

One of the first books I bought when I got into Property Investment was ‘Property Sourcing Compliance’ by Tina Walsh. The book is the de-facto reference to keep you on the right side of the law. That is hugely important, especially for property professionals who are sourcing property for other people to buy. It’s simple…

Supra C500 Keysafe Review : Authorised by the UK Police

Review of The Supra C500 Keysafe The Supra C500 Keysafe cannot be described as the bonniest secure keysafe in the World, but it is highly rated in it’s price range as one of the most secure keysafes, and comes endorsed by the Police themselves. Keysafes are becoming more common these days, particularly in properties that…

The Continued Persecution of UK Landlords

How the establishment are Demonising good people I began my ‘career’ as a landlord completely accidentally. I lived in my house for 18 years before moving on. It previously belonged to my sister and prior to that, my grandparents. I didn’t want to sell the house because of it’s emotional ties, so ended up renting…

New House To Add To Our Portfolio : Keeping Multiple Income Streams Open

Always keep your eye on the ball I haven’t posted on the subject of property for a while, but it’s still been ticking away in the background whilst i’ve been building on the affiliate/ attraction marketing side and we’ve been very active, educating ourselves further in 2018. We’ve been on 3 courses during the year (2…

The Only Way to Change Your Way of Life is to Take Action!

Here we are in the last days of 2018 (how quickly the year has passed, it’s zoomed by). Here in the UK it’s been quite a year. We’ve been on holiday twice, both times to Lanzarote. We’ve been on two property courses with Samuel Leeds and have continued to look to invest in more property….

Wealthy Affiliate – The Perfect Accompaniment to a Property Business

This is a great side hustle to sit alongside a Property business The perfect accompaniment to a property business is a website I discovered called Wealthy Affiliate. It is a community which comprehensively teaches about Marketing from scratch, including how to build a website, host it, get it indexed by Google, promote it, do keyword…

Mice in the walls | Strange complaints from tenants

Just had a bizarre email from one of my tenants via the letting agent about ‘mice in the walls’ (mental picture of little arches in the skirting boards like in Tom and Jerry). They’d noticed them downstairs, but now they’re noticing them upstairs they say. ?They say they’re worried about them gnawing through cables. Now,…

Lease Option Agreements – How to Recognise if there’s money in the deal

When you have put out lots of yellow letters to your target houses, you’ll soon start to get phone calls (well, hopefully you will if you’ve written a good letter). Quick tip – get yourself a dedicated phone to allow people to ring you. Don’t use your normal phone number. If the phone rings, don’t…

Yellow envelopes take over the World

Well, maybe not the whole World, but a very small part of it. Yellow envelopes are our secret weapon though. How many letters do you get every day in yellow envelopes? That’s right. None! If someone sent you a bright yellow letter, would you be intrigued by it’s uniqueness and be compelled to open it?…

Best Property Investment Blogs In 2018

The internet has open the gates to information, and we get bombarded with numerous new articles on social media, in our email inboxes (subscribed or simply spam), and pretty much everywhere we look, on a daily basis. This has led us to have to work harder to find the best articles from the multitude of…

24 things estate agents say – and what they really mean

Just for a bit of fun, here are 24 things estate agents say – and what they really mean: Bijou – A tiny boxroom Cash buyers only – No bank in its right mind would lend on this Compact – Glorified cupboard Convenient for transport links – Feel the walls shake as a train passes…

Case study : Tracking down and buying the house for 30% BMV

When we first started on the property ladder we found we were quite good at spotting a decent house, but were obviously inexperienced at tracking people down. We’d started looking seriously in November 2016 and found a nice looking property on Rightmove that seemed to be cheap. It was a 3 bedroom end of terrace…

Buying to let as a limited company – How Things Differ

Here’s an article which we found very helpful with the decision of whether to buy BTL properties as part of a personal portfolio or as a Limited Company. I hope it’s useful for those looking for information about this. Buying to let as a limited company By Steven Boyde There are two ways of owning…

Review : Samuel Leeds Deal Finding Extravaganza

picture of Hilton Hall near Walsall

After waiting for what seemed like an age since we first went on the Samuel Leeds Property Investors Crash Course in Manchester in February, we rocked up to Hilton Hall just outside of Walsall for the next stage on our property journey, the Deal Finding Extravaganza and Never Use Your Own Money Again Courses. What…

Regional Property Trends May 2018 – NE Still Falling

Looking at the Rightmove regional trend data for May 2018, the only area of the country where prices dropped from the previous month is our beloved North East (although the annual change is still marginally positive). The North East is also the slowest region to shift houses, with average time to sell pegged at 75…

Active versus Passive Income | Why Passive Income is better

  I’m a Scientist! I started work in 1979 as a lab technician with BIP (British Industrial Plastics, a monicker that is long gone). They kitted me out in a white lab coat and I got to call myself a scientist. That was pretty cool in those days. Being a lab technician was a bit…

Samuel Leeds Property Crash Course Review

If you’ve been following me since I jacked in the day job you’ll know that one thing I’ve been hanging my hat on is property investing as a sure-fire way of trumping the banks for making an income. One thing you can never do too much of is research. The interweb is a dream for…