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The Most Profitable Property Strategies

Jamie Side / February 17, 2019

Not all property strategies are high earners - one strategy may work well for one individual, but prove to be an utter disaster for another investor. Today's blog looks at three high earning property strategies, one of which is for the full time property investor whilst the other two accommodate for those who may work in another field.

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Reading: An introduction to Property Metrics

Adam Vickers / February 16, 2019

Metrics are essential to every property investor. They provide a way to analyse current and future investments. The outcome from this analysis will invariably help inform the decision-making process i.e. buy or sell a property. This blog will look at different different metrics that can be used to help in the decision making process.

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Rent to Rent Refurbishments

Peter Donoghue / February 15, 2019

Now that you’ve decided on your rent to rent refurbishment strategy, how do you make it work? Well, today's blog will provide some advice and tips that will help turn newbies into experts in no time at all. Advice includes requirements a R2T property must meet as well as how to minimise spend to maximise returns.

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New to property? Learn to focus…

James Miller / February 15, 2019

There are so many possibilities in property. This is a good thing, but also a challenge for any property ‘newbie’. The property sector is a noisy place, full of people talking about different strategies, offering training for a million courses and championing the next best thing. This blog talks about the importance of focus in the property industry and five tips on how to achieve it.

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Leicester: The Power of Joint-Venture to Get a Deal done

Sam Ballard / February 14, 2019

The beauty of setting up a joint venture is that it can provide you with additional cash with which to invest, as well as knowledge. And often the more cash you have, the bigger the potential profit. In this blog we will look at the benefits of setting up a joint venture, where to find a partner and what to be mindful of.

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Top Offline Methods to Research the UK Property Market from Overseas

Abid Mirza / February 14, 2019

It seems like everything is online these days. Most of us turn to Google whenever we want to know something. And yes, the internet is great for instant access to knowledge, but there is still value in offline resources when it comes to property as today's blog will explain.

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Serviced Accommodation for Newbies

Elizabeth & Sam Coffie / February 13, 2019

Serviced Accommodation is a short or long-term rental apartment which is similar to a hotel, in that it provides similar services. In today's blog we will explain serviced accommodations further, as well as looking at the different types of serviced accommodations and how to get started with each.

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Presenting Your Property Deals Offline

Dorka Horvath / February 13, 2019

So you’ve sourced a property ideal for refurbishment at a bargain below market price, considering its current state. You even have an investor in mind. But how do you go about getting that investor equally as enthusiastic about this great deal as you are? Read on to find out.

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Top Property Metrics and Analysis Software

Mike Hill / February 12, 2019

When it comes to investing in property, there are a number of metrics you can track. These let you know whether or not that proposed deal of yours is as attractive as it appears on paper. Today's blog looks further into different types of metrics to help explain their value.

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A Steep Learning Curve

Andrew Culverhouse / February 12, 2019

Having had a desire to get into the property industry for some time, I decided at the end of last year to join Sourced. Once I was confirmed as a Sourced franchisee, I attended the training they hold for new franchisees. Having not spent any time in a classroom since leaving college in the late 90s, I knew that it might be a bit of a shock to the system...

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Why Invest in South West London

Susan Jacobs / February 11, 2019

In February 2019, there were 430 properties for sale in Streatham and 270 homes in Stockwell. The average time for a property to sell in the former was 185 days and in the latter 142 days. This blog will analyse South West London in more depth to show why the area offers such a great investment opportunity.

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All About Planning Gain

Rich Travis / February 11, 2019

Planning gain is the money made from buying land, which has become more profitable because it has been granted planning permission. This blog will look at the ins and outs of planing gains to help you become a property expert.

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Why Invest in Glasgow

Phil Gordon / February 10, 2019

Glasgow is the city which will lead Scotland’s economic growth over the next few years. That was the announcement from the EY Scottish ITEM Club 2019 Forecast towards the end of last year. It predicted the west coast city’s GVA will be 2.6 per cent this year – compared to the Scottish average of just 1.3 per cent. This blog will explore more reasons why Glasgow provides such an excellent investment opportunity.

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We All Start Somewhere

Rebecca & Darran Slater / February 9, 2019

Back in February 2004, I attended my very first property auction in Derby, hosted by the estate agent Bagshaws, at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium. This blog takes a look at my journey in the property industry so far, particularly where I started.

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Why Invest in East London

Louise Sharpe / February 8, 2019

In today's blog we look at the reasons why East London is such an investment hot spot. Wapping has been hailed a buy to let hotspot, with rental yields of around 4.9%. The average rental for the area is around £546 per week and average apartment costing approximately £578,205. Renters tend to be young professionals employed in the finance or media industries in Wapping and Canary Wharf. View the full blog to find out more reasons East London is a great area to invest in.

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Property Sourcer – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Gosha Doubtfire / February 7, 2019

Having been in the sourcing industry for a little while now, I wanted to address the elephant in the room. Does this sound familiar? ‘I have secured a fantastic deal for you, property Y is valued at X, which is X% BMV, your refurb costs are X and your ROI is XXXXXX%’ Wow - where do I sign? Right? Unfortunately, not always. If you’ve not come across this, then please do go ahead and stop reading, but being in property long enough you will have. One thing to take from this? Question everything.

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Basic UK Rules and Regulations in the Property Industry

Elizabeth & Sam Coffie / February 6, 2019

Buying property differs between countries – considerably, in some cases. Between Scotland and England, for example, the house bidding and buying process is different. Even when you’ve successfully bought it, there are legal implications to consider, especially if you’re considering altering the property by adding on an extension or converting the loft etc. The following blog gives a taster of some of the basic rules and regulations when it comes to investing in UK property.

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Why Invest in East London

Nadia Khan / February 5, 2019

The average house price in East London at the beginning of the year was £396,931 - higher than the average house price for England as a whole, which was £247,914, according to the Land Registry Office last October. Flats were the most popular type of property in the area. In this blog we look at the wide array reasons why you should invest in East London.

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Investing in an Assisted Flip – Ethical, Smart And Profitable

James Miller / February 4, 2019

A win-win situation is the rarest of results. It’s a deal that works well for everyone, where all parties leave the table with their objectives fulfilled and a sense of a job well done. There is one little known investment strategy, which above all others strives to deliver a win-win situation. At Sourced, we call this strategy the Assisted Flip...

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SDLT on Additional Residential Homes

Katherine Bianchi / February 2, 2019

Since April 2016, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has been due on second homes in the UK. Referred to as the Higher Rates on Additional Dwellings (HRAD) for tax purposes, it’s due on all second homes which are valued at £40,000 or more. This blogs explains the tax in more detail and also covers exceptions to the HRAD rule.

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Top Online Methods to Research the UK Property Market from Overseas

Keith Wilkinson / February 1, 2019

These days it feels as if all we want to know is at the touch of a button (Google, that is). Certainly, there are some excellent online resources to search for property and information on the UK property sector. The following blog shares some of our favourite ‘go to’ sites...

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How to Find Your Next Ideal Off-Plan Investment

Elizabeth & Sam Coffie / January 31, 2019

An off-plan property is an apartment or house for which there are plans, but no building. The dwelling could also be half-complete or even finished, but can’t be lived in yet (perhaps because other apartments in the building are still being worked on). This blog looks at how to find your next ideal off-plan property investment.

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Tips for Choosing an Accountant in Property

Mush Fazel / January 31, 2019

Property businesses are crying out for reliable accountants. Not only are they able to advise you on whether or not your profit and loss account can ‘take’ your investment of another buy to let - essentially that same accountant will be able to advise you about where tax comes in to play. This blog will look at how to find an accountant, the qualifications you would want your accountant to have. and how much they should be costing you.

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All About Title Splits

Chris Richardson / January 30, 2019

Title splits are, as the name would suggest, splitting (or dividing) the title deeds of one building. As a result, that one property becomes two, three or four etc. In this blog we look at the best type of properties for a title split strategy as well as delving deeper into some of the complexities of the strategy.

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What Basic Insurance Does Your Property Business Need?

Jan Murray / January 29, 2019

Insurance is an area that every individual involved in property (particularly as a business) should think very carefully about. This blog will look at landlord and property investor insurance and why your property business may need them.

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Why Invest in Cheltenham?

Graham Cossey / January 28, 2019

Keen to help young people and families remain in Cheltenham where property prices are above the national average, the local council has recently received investment of £100 million to build 500 affordable homes over the next three years. Read the full blog to uncover more reasons why Cheltenham is such a great investment opportunity.

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Why Invest in Barnet?

Everton Brown / January 27, 2019

Property and regeneration are major buzzwords in Barnet, where the majority of investment is being privately funded (rather than socially via the local authority or housing associations). A massive 27,000 new homes are to be built by 2025. This blog will look into the other reasons which make Barnet such a great investment opportunity.

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Why Invest in Derby?

Rebecca & Darran Slater / January 26, 2019

According to the official Derby Marketing Bureau website, Derby has been on the receiving end of £4bn of investment within the past decade. This in itself makes the city the UK’s second fastest growing economy. This blog will look into many other factors which make Derby such an excellent investment opportunity.

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Why Invest in Exeter?

Susan De Mey / January 25, 2019

In 2019 more than £300 million is planned to be spent on redeveloping Exeter town centre. Funded by the council, the reshaping of the heart of the city will include housing, retail opportunities, offices and restaurants. This blog will uncover the other reasons that make Exeter an investment hotspot.

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Option to Tax Explained

Andy Smith / January 24, 2019

An Option to Tax arises only with commercial property or land, and when you decide to sublet it or sell it on. It would mean being able to reclaim all the value added tax (VAT) on the purchase of the property and land, as well as any professional costs and ongoing expenses. This blog will explain when you should and shouldn't consider "opting for tax" as well as how go about the process.

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How Can Financial Advisers Help in Property?

Astrid Glover / January 23, 2019

As your property portfolio expands you’ll have more assets on your hand, meaning your life will likely become much more complicated financially. That’s where a financial adviser could be worth their weight in gold. This blog will look into the benefits of a financial adviser in the property market.

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Financial Advisers - What Do They Do?

Lucy Gaskell / January 22, 2019

A financial adviser aims to make sure you invest your money to suit your lifestyle plan. He or she can help you better understand your finances and suggest different financial products to match both your short and long-term targets. In doing so, they can help you draw up a lifetime financial plan. This blog will look further at what financial advisers do, especially in terms of the property market.

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A Commercial to Residential Property Strategy

Mike Hill / January 21, 2019

This blog will look at the benefits of turning commercial property to rental property as well as what types of commercial property to look out for.

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Why Invest in Swindon?

Malcolm & Adam Corcoran / January 20, 2019

Swindon, in Wiltshire, was named as the location most people wanted to move to, according to online estate agent Emoov, following a survey they carried out in April 2018. This Blog will look at the reasons why Swindon is so popular with home owners and investors alike.

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Why Invest in Uxbridge?

Vijay Kumar Sharma / January 19, 2019

There are many reasons why Uxbridge has started to become a popular location for investors. An example of this is the Israeli property investor was quick to see the buy to let potential when he paid £43 million for ownership of a 148,000 ft² office campus in the town. Read the full blog to find out more about why Uxbridge is such a great place to invest.

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Limited Company vs. Sole Trader vs. LLP

Chris Richardson / January 18, 2019

Increasingly more landlords today are opting to become a limited company or limited partnership as opposed to being a sole trader. In many cases, this makes sense – especially for those currently sitting in the higher tax bracket of 40%. In today's blog, we outline all three options and how they differ for tax purposes.

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Why Invest in Croydon?

Matthew Russell / January 17, 2019

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson dubbed Croydon the ‘Economic Powerhouse of South London’. And, certainly, recent regeneration cash of £5.25bn will change not only the physical aspect of the town, but also the way it is perceived in future. This Blog looks more into why Croydon is such an investment hotspot which looks to become even more appealing to investors as time goes on.

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How to make the most out of relationships with agents

Jan Murray / January 16, 2019

There may be a proliferation of property portals online selling and letting out properties, but the estate agent is still the person nine times out of ten that you have deal with in order to get through to the seller. That’s why building up good relations with a handful of local estate agents in your chosen location is crucial for success. This blog will look at how to get the most from your estate agent contacts.

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Our Tips for Online Sourcing

Ryan Brown / January 15, 2019

If you’ve already tried a little sourcing online, then you’ll be aware that property portals and websites change regularly. Such is the fast-moving state of technology these days, that new features are added almost daily. As far as online sourcing goes, this is fabulous. Why? Read on to find out more.

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How to be a Goal Master

Mike Hill / January 14, 2019

The beginning of the new year is the best time to write down your property goals for 2019. Goals are an important part of any property sourcing business. This blog will look at how to set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

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Income Tax and Your Property Business

Adam Vickers / January 13, 2019

All landlords are obliged to pay income tax on the amount of money they receive from renting out their property, provided they make a profit in doing so. This is the money left over once any expenses and tax allowances are accounted for. In this blog we will into what-apart from rent- is taxable, tax rates for rental income and calculating tax for a portfolio of properties.

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Commercial to Residential Opportunities in Leicester

Sam Ballard / January 12, 2019

Commercial property applies to any type of building where a business is located. This could be an office, retail outlet, gym, hairdressing salon, hotel, warehouse, movie theatre etc. One of the most common forms of commercial into residential property conversion is the shop with a flat above. But offices too are regularly converted into residential accommodation. In this blog we look further into commercial property sales, permitted development rights and much more...

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Different types of services accommodation

Alun & Julie Gold / January 11, 2019

One hands-off property investment strategy which you’ll regularly hear banded about in property market circles, is that of the hands-free services accommodation. The hands-free part means no direct involvement for the investor, and the services is where the tenant is provided with much more than simply a roof over their head and regular maintenance checks (as in a buy to let). This blog will look into different types of services accommodations.

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Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPPs)

Peter Donoghue / January 10, 2019

Changes to the state pension scheme in recent years, together with a growing number of self-employed individuals, has seen a huge rise in the popularity of personal pension schemes. this blog will look at how SIPP's work as well as how to invest in property via SIPP. Read the whole blog to find out more...

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Different Types of Serviced Accommodation

Keith Wilkinson / January 9, 2019

For those not in the property business, it’s common to think of serviced accommodation as upmarket apartments complete with concierge and extras, like laundry and cleaning services, as well as parking provision. But in reality, the term covers much more than that. Here are some of the different types of serviced accommodation around to invest in today, along with a brief explanation of each...

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VAT Notice 708

Jonathan Daniels / January 8, 2019

If you’re planning on carrying out property renovations or converting a building from commercial into residential use (or vice versa) in the near future, there is a good chance you may be able to claim by VAT. Read the full blog to find out more!

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Hidden Gems Of The Property World

Nick Sheehan / January 7, 2019

It’s the New Year, and we’re back in the office, ready and raring to go. 2018 was certainly an interesting year. All the noise around Brexit seemed to create market shifts, but on the ground things are still moving with the same volume, if not slightly faster.

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Should I Invest in Property or a Pension?

Stephen Moss / January 7, 2019

It’s that age old for conundrum for financiers: should you put your money into a pension - or property. For most of us who got into property investment some time ago there’s no contest. It’s property every time. Why? Well, read on…

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How to Invest in Property Through P2P

Chris Richardson / January 4, 2019

Peer to Peer Lending is an increasingly popular means of investing thanks to typically far higher returns than traditional or high street lenders provide. A typical return from a Peer2Peer platform today can be six to nine per cent - compared to a high street return of just one to two per cent. In this blog we will look at botht the positives and negatives of Peer to Peer lending.

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Finding contractors overseas

Astrid Glover / January 4, 2019

Living or working abroad can make it difficult to manage a property, as well as finding skilled tradesmen. It’s bad enough when you’re actually in this country and seeking an experienced, decently-priced individual who can make themselves available as soon as possible, rather than a month down the line. this blog will discuss the viability of tradesmen referral websites,why you should always use accredited traders as well as hire a local letting agent.

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