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247 Clapham Landlords Plan to Expand Their Buy To Let Portfolios

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A noteworthy number of buy to let landlords in Britain plan to buy more properties over the next year notwithstanding the frustrations, challenges and seismic changes in the private rented sector. According to Aldermore, the specialist Buy To Let lender, their research shows around 41% of portfolio buy to let landlord’s objective is to grow their buy to let portfolio (i.e. Portfolio landlords are landlords that own more than one property).

So, I thought, “Are Clapham landlords feeling the same?” If so, if these numbers were applied to the Clapham private rental market, what sort effect would it have on the Clapham property market as whole?

Talking to the landlords I deal with, most are feeling quite optimistic about the future of the Clapham rental market and the prospect it presents notwithstanding the doom and gloom prophecies that the property market will shrink. Many of those Clapham landlords who are looking to enlarge their portfolio are doing so because they still see the …

Extra Funding Is Required for Affordable Homes in Clapham

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In my blog about the Clapham Property Market I mostly only talk about two of the three main sectors of the local property market, the ‘private rented sector’ and the ‘owner occupier sector’. However, as I often stress when talking to my clients, one cannot forget the third sector, that being the ‘social housing sector’ (or council housing as some people call it).

In previous articles, I have spoken at length about the crisis in supply of property in Clapham (i.e. not enough property is being built), but in this article I want to talk about the other crisis – that of affordability. It is not just about the pure number of houses being built but also the equilibrium of tenure (ownership vs rented) and therein, the affordability of housing, which needs to be considered carefully for an efficient and effectual housing market.

An efficient and effectual housing market is in everyone’s interests, including Clapham homeowners and Clapham landlords, so let me explain ..

An average of only …

Clapham Property Market – Asking Prices Down 5% in the Last 12 Months

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The average asking price of property in Clapham dropped by 5% or £43,919 compared to a year ago, taking the current average asking price to £830,517 compared with £874,436 this time last year.

The overall drop in asking prices is being put down to sellers being more realistic with their pricing and looking to benefit from the impending mortgage interest rate rises later in 2018. This is great news for first, second and third time buyers in Clapham starting their property hunting in the usually active spring market this year facing the opportunity of paying less for the property of their dreams. Even better news is that whilst first time buyers also have to pay less for their property, they also have the bonus of the Chancellor stopping Stamp Duty being paid by first time buyers!

Looking at the different sectors of the Clapham property market, splitting it down into property types, one can see what is happening to each sector of the market with regard to their average asking prices …

£2,188 pcm – The Average Clapham Rent

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The rents paid by Clapham tenants are now standing at £2,188 per calendar month (PCM), a rise of 2.25% year on year and 0.45% higher month on month.

However, this attention-grabbing monthly rent figure masks stark differences in the various different parts of the Clapham rental market. Demand in Clapham for high quality family homes with two or three bedrooms in good catchment areas for schools remains really robust due to tenants wanting access to the schools. Other influencing factors that make certain areas popular are the proximity to transport links. However, I have noticed a drop in demand (and thus rents achieved) for property where the landlord hasn’t kept the property fresh; in terms of decoration, carpets, replacement windows and poor heating.

So, what does all this mean for Clapham landlords and tenants?

With the new tax rules for landlords, many believed that the number of rental properties would narrow throughout 2017, as landlords sold up their Buy to let properti…

Clapham Millennials Have Spent £297,185 On Rent By The Age of 35

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The Millennials were born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s thus making them between the age of around 22 to late 30’s. They are the imaginative, artistic youngsters who grew up with the newest tech and computers and who are huge aficionados of music festivals, gourmet pizzas, emoji’s, selfies and old school nostalgia. Also known as Generation Rent, many Millennials have discovered that renting is a good choice for their shelter and accommodation needs without the hassle that comes from buying a home. Nonetheless, that is not the only reason they don’t buy property. When they should be concentrating on their profession, putting down roots and starting a family, Millennials are still going through the pressure and strain of student loan liabilities whilst, at the same time, finding it tough to pay rent.

The hot topic at the moment is the cost of renting, as both political parties have seen mileage in wooing these Millennial Generation Renters. The average rent in Clapham is curr…

Latona Road in Peckham - now let at £3150pcm. How are your returns?

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Here's a little video walkthrough of my latest completed projected. I managed to let this property at a rent of £3150pcm, which translates to a yield of 8.4% as the property was revalued at £450,000.

watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8w3aAVXe2s&t=13s



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Video tips series - Video 19/30 - Little known research tools to aid your property investing

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Ever wondered about how property investors do their research? Due diligence? Working out raw data to see if investments stack up?

In this video I give away some of the tools I use:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTGk8JeBoIE&t=10s


I hope you enjoyed my video. Do let me know if you are looking to invest and you could use a hand. if you are a ready and able investor why not sign up to my list that will bring packaged deals to your inbox? Sign up here. I'd love to meet you in person at this month's Clapham Property Mee, so do come along. Click here for tickets and more info.

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





If you like this video please like, comment and share and join the Clapham Property Blog community on Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube. If you prefer old fashioned email just drop me a line or come and meet me in person at the Clapham Property Meet!

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…