I have invested in leasehold properties primarily - an area I would like to think I know a fair bit about, yet we all find ourselves the student still in most parts of our lives. My learning experience was an expensive one when I tried to extend the lease on a property I bought at auction in 2017; the lease took 11 months to extend at a cost nearly double what I thought it was going to be! Sadly this is down to me simply taking a risk too great, and I ended up making very little money on this particular project. I should have risked less, but "you can't win them all" as they say so I used this as a learning experience and moved on.
The other part of leaseholder woes is the excessive charges. Ridiculous charges for things like consents built in to the leases, blatant back hand agreements that Freeholder X uses managing agent Y to manage (and funnily enough the directors of both companies are one and the same), the list goes on...! A good friend of mine Stefania recently h…
Wow it's been a whirlwind of a month. Those of you following me on LinkedIn and Facebook will no doubt have kept abreast of the various property meetings I've been going to. I've discussed at length people's strategies when it comes to getting good returns, and I must say that there is a very wide range of investments returns that people are happy with (all dependant on the risk involved).
One key thing that came up is that none of the people I spoke to considered the "rate of payback" on their investment. By and large all of them worked on the presumption that having assets was the most preferable strategy - this is why they came to talk to me in the first place, primarily because of my asset-heavy investment strategy. My desired period of holding a property is of course, forever!
Let's however consider a few things. I had mentioned in a previous post that there are various options when investing in property - it doesn't have to be by purchasing ass…
All too often are those words spoken... "it's a great investment, right?"
"Well, buying a new build is hardly going to give you the best rental return, let alone capital appreciation..."
"But it will go up eventually right?"
That is true... property, most of the time, appreciates if you give it long enough. Time to revisit a nifty article I wrote a while back (High Yield HMOs vs Low Yield New Build) to dig up a graph that I made to demonstrate this exact point. The point being that you pay for the "shiny factor" in the new build, or newly refurbished home.
Now there could of course be a multitude of reasons to buy a new build or newly developed property. Time is the primary one of course. Those with busy jobs cannot afford to invest the time into sourcing new bathrooms, flooring, paint, dealing with tradesmen and so forth, that much is true. Money is another. In the case of first time buyers using the help-to-buy scheme they can only take …