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Starting your property investment the smart way

bridging finance Jan 15, 2017

THE QUESTION

I am pretty new to this, I have found a few BMV properties, one is a 3-bed semi property that will sell for maybe £65k, needs a full refurb, market value on the street is approximately £145k.  I don’t have much in the way of funds to put into this, what would the best option be?

THE ANSWER

The generic answer to your question would be delayed completion...

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The 6-month restriction

buy to let Jan 05, 2017

THE QUESTION

Do you know any lenders who are willing to lend straight away? I’ve been trying to purchase a second property and they all say I have to wait six months before I can take out a BTL mortgage.

THE ANSWER

If you have bought a property for cash and are now seeking a mortgage to recycle your cash into your next deal, almost every BTL lender will impose a 6 month ownership...

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Get your money out fast ...

strategic planning Dec 29, 2016

THE QUESTION

How can I purchase a property, refurb and refinance to extract most of my money WITHIN 6 months please? I can buy cash if that helps to start with.

THE ANSWER

Almost every BTL lender uses a 6 month ownership restriction specifically designed to stop you from doing what you want to do, as they view it as increasing their security risk. They feel safe when they have your cash, or at...

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What qualifies a property as an HMO?

HMOs are a typical point where a clash of opinions occurs.

HMOs get valued as commercial properties, but HMOs converted from what was an ordinary residential property, rather than a commercial to residential conversion such as a pub or offices are NOT a commercial property, but a residential property temporarily being used for a commercial purpose.

These are the main differences between actual...

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Will a poor credit rating limit your investment potential?

buy to let Dec 19, 2016

THE QUESTION

I'm currently looking at purchasing a house for £70k and I have funds to purchase outright with no mortgage. I have a potential tenant ready to rent at £550 pcm returning approximately 9%

My credit rating means I can't place a deposit and get a buy-to-let mortgage, hence buying outright. I’d like to take £60k out of the £70k paid back out for future...

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How to improve the surveyor's valuation

strategic planning Dec 09, 2016

THE QUESTION

I’m looking to refinance a property as soon as possible to release cash tied up.

Similar properties on the same street sell for £95k and I purchased mine at £75k and spent about £5-6k on the refurbishment (painting throughout, new carpets, new kitchen units, new electrical wiring, new toilet and basin).

However, I’ve just heard no one took the...

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BTL or Commercial mortgage?

THE QUESTION

I'm looking at a HMO for my next project but would like to put this one into a new limited company. How easy\difficult is to get a mortgage on a limited company without any trading history

What are the perils and pitfalls of using brand new limited companies for lending? Is it possible?

THE ANSWER

Mainstream BTL lenders do not lend to limited companies or SPVs regardless...

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How to increase your property investment faster

strategic planning Nov 21, 2016

THE QUESTION

In various interviews and strategies there is a fairly heavy reliance on buying BMV and recycling your cash quickly to multiply your portfolio and increase cash flow. This doesn't only seem to be theory, but what lots of investors are actually doing.

How is this achieved? Are people buying with cash and then able to get a BTL mortgage as soon as they like? 

I guess another...

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HMO or B&B?

Updated HMOs information here

THE QUESTION

I got an HMO which meets full HMO regulations. I'm thinking of making it into a B&B which will certainly generate more income.

I'm going to remortgage ASAP. How do I prove the income as a B&B? Do I need to wait for one year?

THE ANSWER

If you are looking to remortgage, commercial lenders will view an HMO and a B&B completely...

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Get a good valuation

strategic planning Nov 11, 2016

THE QUESTION
Any tips on getting the highest valuation for a property you want to mortgage?

THE ANSWER

It helps to know that any surveyor's mindset when asked to value a property purchased a few months previously will be to value it at the purchase price paid, unless given compelling reasons not to.

When they arrive at the property they will be focused on the purchase price paid; your success in...

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