Property investment takes time.
If you put down a 25% deposit and get a buy-to-let mortgage for the rest that’s the first step. Then you probably need to do some work on the property to improve it and wait until you’ve owned it for six months. Only then can you apply to refinance it with a different lender and get a proportion of your money back out.
Has anyone managed to get a mortgage on an ex- local council concrete-built block? I own a flat in one of these in London and I managed to get a mortgage when first purchased, but I am now struggling to remortgage it.
Historically, lenders have had issues with lending on high rise ex-council concrete blocks. It is less about which floor the actual...
If I purchase a property at auction with cash or bridging finance, does that mean I don’t have to wait six months before refinancing? I’ve heard that there’s a ‘6-month rule’ that requires me to wait for that period of time.
Also can I refinance at the full market value?
Are there any work-arounds to this?
Some lenders choose to apply...
I'm new to purchasing property for investment, I've only ever bought property to live in and, while I've managed to negotiate a small discount here and there, I've never pushed things too hard as I've always really wanted to buy the place (so an emotional rather than subjective mindset).
Now that I'm looking at property as an investment I'm understanding more and more that...
Neither is better, they're just different strategies.
Buying to sell (BTS) gives you a significant cash lump sum (if you do it right) within months.
Buy-to-Let (BTL) gives you a much smaller monthly profit (if you do it right) for years to come, with the bonus of potential capital growth (depending on where you buy).
When you’re buying property as an investment you need capital to put down a deposit – and then it’s locked into your property for six months or more, until you can remortgage.
With this approach you’ll be lucky to manage to add two properties a year to your portfolio, unless you have a very big nest egg. The do you want to lock your capital into a mortgage? ...
When looking to buy a BTL property at what point does the length of the lease term start becoming a factor and should be taken in to account?
80 years is a pivotal number, because you cannot get the freeholder to extend the lease until it reaches 80 year point. However, from a mortgage lenders point of view 80 years is not that pivotal, it is quite easy to get a...
I want to release some equity from properties I currently have to purchase some more. Who would be the best person to give me advice?
I'm also trying to find out how easy a property is to remortgage once it's been renovated. Is there a specific period of time you have to wait before you can remortgage?
My first tip is to pick an adviser who is an investor...
I am looking at a property block of flats that records show hasn't had any sort of planning for a conversion. However, the land registry shows that one of the flats is on a lease. There are three dwellings in the block shown on the planning map. Does that mean that the property may have been converted without consent?
If they have no planning consent then can I offer to buy...
With an inherited BTL I’m about to purchase another property. This is a two-bedroom maisonette with 53 years remaining – but with only 53 years on the lease. I know this needs to be extended to make the property viable for a BTL and have researched the process – so I know what to do and how to do it, but how difficult is it in reality?