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Acquisition in Peckham - time to show you around!

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Here's a quick update video on my latest acquisition in Peckham. I purchased this property together with a joint venture partner who is also looking to expand his portfolio and we will be offering, once again, much needed high quality accomodation to the Private Rental Sector.


Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBiwFbETQVY



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Another acquisition in Peckham - walkthrough

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Not content with just a few projects on the go I'm keen to demonstrate that there are still fabulous investments to be snapped up in South London.

Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSgy6OoCMZc





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Video 20/30 - How to automate getting and booking viewings (if you want to do them yourself of course)

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I find that one of the most annoying things about booking viewings is the constant to-ing and fro-ing with applicants about the date and time. What if you can automate that whole process? Well now you can thanks to my helpful video:




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDhpOLbGPq4&t=7s


Clapham Property Market – Which Houses are Actually Selling?

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Beast from the East, Russia, Facebook, Brexit, Trump, House prices up, House prices down ... the Press is full of column inches on Brit’s favourite subjects of politics, scandal, weather and not forgetting (and I appreciate the irony of this!) the property market. As an agent belonging a national group of letting and estate agents, talking to my fellow property professionals from around the UK, the one thing that is immediately apparent is the UK does not have one property market. It is a hodgepodge patchwork (almost like a fly’s eye) of lots of small property markets all performing in different ways.

… And that made me think … is there just one Clapham Property Market or many?

I like to keep an eye on the property market in Clapham on a daily basis because it enables me to give the best advice and opinion on what (or not) to buy in Clapham, be that a buy-to-let property for a Clapham landlord or an owner occupier house for a home owner. So, I thought, how could I scientifically…

8% More Clapham Home Owners Wanting to Move Than 12 Months Ago

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As I have mentioned a number times in my local property market blog, with not enough new-build properties being built in Clapham and the surrounding area to keep up with demand for homes to live in (be that tenants or homebuyers), it’s good to know more Clapham home sellers are putting their properties on to the market than a year ago.

At the start of 2007 there were 1,098 properties for sale in Clapham but by March 2008, when the credit crunch was really beginning to bite, that number had risen to 2,138 properties on the market at a time when demand was at an all-time low, thus creating an imbalance in the local property market.

Basic economics dictates that if there is too much supply of something and demand is poor (which it was in the Credit Crunch years of 2008/9) … prices will drop. In fact, house prices dropped between 15% and 20% depending on the type of Clapham property between the end of 2007 and Spring 2009.

However, over the last five years, we have seen a steady dec…

Clapham Property Market Worth More Than Derwent London

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The value of all the homes in Clapham (or SW4 to be precise) has risen by more than 324% in the past two decades, to £3.391bn, meaning its worth more than the stock listed company Derwent London, which is worth £3.306bn.

Those Clapham homeowners and Buy-to-Let landlords who bought their homes twenty or more years ago have come out on top, adding thousands and thousands of pounds to the value of their own Clapham homes as the younger generation in Clapham continue to be priced out of the market. This is even more remarkable because, in those twenty years, we had the years of 2008 and 2009 following the global financial crisis, where we saw a short term drop in Clapham house prices of between 15% and 20% (depending on the type of property). And although there have been a number of consecutive years of growth in property values recently in Clapham it hasn’t been anywhere near the levels seen in the early 2000’s.

Twenty years ago, the total value of Clapham property was worth £799.2m.…

Clapham Council Tax Payers Hit by 10.9% above Inflation Rise

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Buying and selling a home in Clapham isn’t the easiest or cheapest thing you will ever do. Estate Agent fees, Solicitors fees, Survey fees, Mortgage fees, Removal Van … the costs just mount up throughout every step of the move. Last week, a Clapham landlord asked me whether the Council Tax Band made a difference to a property’s appeal, be it tenanted or to owner occupiers, when it comes to being sold on the open market and whether extensions or improvements made a difference to the tax banding?

Well, like I said, the first point you should always be aware of is what Council Tax Band your new house or apartment will fall under. Being aware of this before you buy/move will help when planning month by month for life in your home (or investment). But what exactly are Council Tax Bands, and how do they affect landlords/tenants/homebuyers?

How much Council Tax you pay depends on two variables. The first is which Council Tax Band your property is in. A property is placed into a specific b…

Homeownership Amongst Clapham’s Young Adults Slumps to 28.92%

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The degree to which young Clapham people are locked out of the Clapham housing market has been revealed in new statistics.

A Clapham landlord was asking me the other week to what effect homeownership rates in Clapham in the early to middle aged adult age range had affected the demand for rental property in Clapham since the Millennium. I knew anecdotally that it affected the Clapham rental market, but I wanted some cold hard numbers to back it up. As you know, I like a challenge when it comes to the stats.. so this is what I found out for the landlord, and I’d like to share them with you as well.

As anyone in Clapham, and most would say those born more recently, are drastically less likely to own their own home at a given age than those born a decade earlier, let’s roll the clock back to the Millennium and compare the figures from then to today.

In the year 2000, 29.3% of Clapham 28-year olds (born in 1972) owned their own home, whilst a 28 year old today born in 1990) would hav…

This is the kind of property you need to be looking for NOW!

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Not a pretty picture is it?


But let's face it, if you've been reading any of my articles in the past few years you will know that BUY TO LET IS DEAD anyway... No, not really, it's alive and kicking. Only if you do it right though, this isn't amateur hour anymore. You can't be lazy. You can't just buy a new build property and wait for it to appreciate because prices are rising 15% per year. You can't expect tenants to turn up and pay top dollar for your bland new build because guess what? Every other T, D and H has bought a flat in that same development to do exactly the same! You are now in a race to the bottom. Who can take the lowest yield will win. A race I am not interested in. And here's why you shouldn't be either.... it just doesn't work for buy to let any more. Buy one to live in, they're lovely, go on. But don't rent them out and expect great returns. Far from it...
So how do you make buy to let work in this day and age? You ne…

The end of one deal means the start of many Joint Ventures in Clapham! Or Deptford....

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Well it's done! This was probably the easiest deal I have ever done. You will remember reading about this one for sure, but now that it's all completed, done and dusted I'd like to give you a bit of a summary.

A client came to me asking for my expertise. He wanted to acquire a property and use it as a vehicle for wealth. He wasn't ready to become a landlord yet, he wanted to "grow his cash pot" - his words. Amazing coincidence was that a day before I had let a deal go because it did not fit my criteria - everyone knows I love a good rental property!

This particular property needed to get sold ASAP and presented a prime opportunity for a quick refurb and resell, a Buy-to-Sell (BTS).

Terms were agreed between the investor and I and I would charge a fee for the project management and the sourcing of the investment, it came through my network of contacts of course!

I priced up the deal and the property was purchased. Alas we did encounter some problems during the…

210 First Timer Buyers in Clapham Bought Their First Home in 2017

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A little bit of good news this week on the Clapham Property Market as recently released data shows that the number of first time buyers taking out their first mortgage in 2017 increased more than in any other year since the global financial crisis in 2009. The data shows there were 210 first time buyers in Clapham, the largest number since 2006.

I expect in 2018 that this increase of first time buyers will level out and maybe dip slightly as, nationally, figures demonstrate that first time buyer’s average household income was £40,691 and this represented 17.3% of their take home pay. Although, it might surprise readers that it is actually cheaper to buy than it is to rent at the ‘starter home’ end of the housing market. Many of you can remember mortgage rates at 12% ... even 15%. Today, at the time of writing this article, I found on the open market, 189 first time buyer mortgages at 95% (meaning only a 5% deposit was required) with 3 year fixed rates from a reputable High Street ba…

An extension could add £150,625 to the value of your Clapham home

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As our families grow bigger the need for more space, be that bedrooms or reception rooms, has grown with it. Also, as our older generation lives longer and nursing home bills continue to rise quicker than a rocket on the 5th of November (the average nursing home bill in the area being £862.50 per week) many families are bringing two households into one larger one.

So, should you move somewhere larger, or extend your Clapham property to make it large enough for you and your family? In some circumstances the choice has been made for you. If you live in an apartment with no garden, there isn’t much of an opportunity of making it larger. But if you have a house with a garden or an attic with sufficient headroom, extending your home becomes a real prospect.

Even if it makes more sense to extend or move, the choice hangs on a number of different dynamics – your future plans, money (both saved and access to finance), in what way you are emotionally attached to your home, the particular a…

Clapham Property Market – The 22.7% ‘New Build Premium’

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According to the National House Building Council (NHBC), more than 17,800 new homes were registered to be built in London last year, an increase of 1.5% on 2016 levels of 26,150 dwellings. Great news when you consider it is one of the highest number of new builds in the region since the pre-recession levels of the Credit Crunch and the uncertainty of Brexit and the General Election.

So, when a landlord recently asked me why the brand-new property she was considering buying was a lot more expensive compared to a second-hand/existing property of similar type, accommodation, location and structure I thought this would make a fascinating topic to do some homework on … homework I want to share with the homeowners and landlords of Clapham.

You might believe that the difference between purchasing a new build home against purchasing a second-hand/existing home is just individual preference. Some buyers/tenants like the ostentatious trendy modern feel of a new home, whilst others like a hom…

Clapham’s ‘Millennials’ set to inherit £200,920 each in property!

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That got your attention ... didn’t it!

But before we start, what is Generation X, let alone Generation Z, Millennials, Baby Boomers ... these are phrases banded around about the different life stages (or subcomponents) of our society. But when terminologies like this are used as often and habitually as these phrases (i.e. Gen X this, Millennial that etc.), it appears particularly vital we have some practical idea of what these terms actually mean. The fact is that everyone uses these phrases, but often, like myself, they are not exactly sure where the lines are drawn ...until now…

So, for clarity …

Generation Z: Born after 1996
Millennials: Born 1977 to 1995
Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before

My research shows there are 1,152 households in Clapham (SW4) owned by Clapham Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and Clapham’s Silent Generation (born 1945 and before). It also shows there are 11,587 Generation X…

Clapham’s £96,067,680 “Rentirement” Property Market Time Bomb

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Yes, I said ‘rentirement’, not retirement ... rentirement and it relates to the 193 (and growing) Clapham people, who don’t own their own Clapham home but rent their home, privately from a buy to let landlord and who are currently in their 50’s and early to mid-60’s.

The truth is that these Clapham people are prospectively soon to retire with little more than their state pension of £155.95 per week, probably with a small private pension of a couple of hundred pounds a month, meaning the average Clapham retiree can expect to retire on about £200 a week once they retire at 67.

The average rent in Clapham is £2,074 a month, so a lot of the retirement “income” will be taken up in rent, meaning the remainder will have to be paid for out their savings or the taxpayer will have to stump up the bill (and with life expectancy currently in the mid to late 80’s, that is quite a big bill … a total of £96,067,680 over the next 20 years to be paid from the tenant’s savings or the taxpayers cof…

Clapham Private Rents Hit £35.56 per sq. foot

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As I am sure you are aware, one the best things about my job as an investor is helping Clapham other investors with their strategic portfolio management. Gone are the days of making money by buying any old Clapham property to rent out or sell on. Nowadays, property investment is both an art and science. The art is your gut reaction to a property, but with the power of the internet and the way the Clapham property market has gone in the last 11 years, science must also play its part on a property’s future viability for investment.

Many metrics most property professionals (including myself) use when deciding the viability of a rental property is what properties are selling for, the average rent, the yield and an average value per square foot.

However, another metric I like to use is the average rent per square foot. The reason being is that is a great way to judge a property from the point of view of the tenant ... what space they get for their money. Now of course, location (locatio…

Video 18/30 - Making Money from "Sitting" tenants!

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Have you ever heard that phrase - "sitting tenants"? Well it's a pet hate of mine when someone misuses it, but you can spin it to your advantage. Here's how!






Excellent investments are in my blood! I find more deals than I can buy myself, so if you are keen on expanding your portfolio then you have to register here for me to send you deals straight to your inbox. WeSourceLondon.Properties is my new outlet for deals that I can't do, primarily because I'm hitting the ceiling of angel investment I am able to raise. So there's two things you can do: 1. Become a property owner yourself and let me source you a deal or 2. Part-fund one of my projects! Get in touch to learn more.

Investing Tips - Video 17/30 - Qualifying Tenants

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Have you ever done a viewing with a tenant and left facepalming yourself? Surely it's easy to remember to ask them about move date and whether they can afford it? WRONG! We all forget to do the basics sometimes but here's a video that will help!







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Video 16/30 - Bridging Finance!

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You'll have heard me talk about bridging finance before, primarily because I use it to expand my portfolio rapidly.

Here's a video explaining the ins and outs.


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Second Sourced Property of the year - Exchanged! Video Tour for you to watch! 👀😎🏚➡️🏡

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And here we go! Another property has been sourced by WeSourceLondon.Properties, my deal sourcing and packaging business. In this video I take you around the new project and show you what we're going to do.


If you are interested in seeing properties that I have sourced and negotiated a super purchase price on, be it on or off market, then sign up here. As always if you'd like to come and have a look at one of my projects just drop me a line and let's start the conversation. Or allow me to answer your questions in person at the next Clapham Property Meet!

Video 15/30 - All About Notice Periods

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How much notice do you need to give your tenant? Vice versa? Well here's all about notice periods and how you can use them to your advantage.




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