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Why Invest in Bradford?
Bradford

Why Invest in Bradford?

The affordable cost of property in the city currently makes yields very attractive for property investors. Certainly, Bradford City Centre’s BD1 postcode boasts some of the highest returns in the UK, with an average yield of around 8.37% this year.

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Making Your Money Work Harder
Manchester

Making Your Money Work Harder

As we grow from children to adults, we are taught to look after our money, and get a bank account with savings. We take the word of our parents, family and often teachers. But why? Why are we told to put our hard earned money into a savings account that will typically get you back 1% per annum?

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Training Day at Sourced
Manchester

Training Day at Sourced

We had all travelled down to Birmingham for a training update day. Sourced paid for us all to stay at the very nice Genting Hotel, so I jumped on the train on Sunday afternoon. The other franchisees arrived throughout the day and we all met up for food and drinks. We all had a fun night and ended up having drinks in the onsite casino!

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Thinking Outside the Box
Manchester

Thinking Outside the Box

As we all know, Manchester is one of the current UK hotspots for investors looking for property, and rightly so. Capital growth paired with strong yields are very attractive to those willing to part with their money. So, let’s dig a little deeper and look where the prime locations are...

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How to Invest in Property through Joint Venture
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How to Invest in Property through Joint Venture

The main thinking behind a joint venture is that you have more money to spend and that ‘two heads are better than one’ in terms of experience and knowledge. It also means you can benefit from involvement in larger projects, which previously would have been unavailable to you through lack of funding.

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How to Minimise Void Periods
North London

How to Minimise Void Periods

Short of finding the perfect tenants, avoiding void periods is the top priority for most landlords in North London. No tenants = no income, after all. Not only that, but you’ll be paying your mortgage as well as insurance, utilities and council tax on top.

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A Guide to Investment Mortgages
Newcastle

A Guide to Investment Mortgages

If you haven’t invested in property before, then understandably you may be a little confused over the differences between an investment (buy to let) mortgage and a standard residential mortgage for a property you intend to live in.

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A Guide to Property Auctions
Newcastle

A Guide to Property Auctions

Buying property at auction can be exciting and daunting in equal measures. The excitement comes with the bidding and the prospect of getting a real bargain. The scary part is the knowledge that once the hammer goes down there’s no going back, and there’s the chance that you could end up thousands of pounds out of pocket with a real property ‘dud’ on your hands.

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Manchester – the Investment Capital
Manchester

Manchester – the Investment Capital

Why wouldn’t you take advantage of Manchester? Music, TV and football are all things that bring fame and fortune to the city and the growth of the city’s universities has made it a hotspot for students with over 99,000 flocking to the four available campuses.

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No Experience, No Problem
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No Experience, No Problem

It’s an aspiration for many people to quit the day job and work for themselves and own their own business… We have found that some of our best performers previously had no property experience but have strong transferrable skills and are motivated to learn as much as they can.

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Property Connections are Key
Manchester

Property Connections are Key

The film ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ has a reputation that I’m sure you know about. It’s a fun and raucous account of a life of hedonism and excess, however nobody said that it would contain a moment that would provide a huge perspective shift and have the ability to literally change lives.

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Ready, Set, Sourced!
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Ready, Set, Sourced!

June was filled with exciting news, great events and many successes. One of the highlights include two charity events we took part in. Overall we raised £xxx which we proudly donated to the chosen charities.

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Set Your Goals Properly in Property
Edinburgh

Set Your Goals Properly in Property

Having medium and long term goals has really enabled me to put any setbacks into perspective; focusing on how I have dealt with the challenges, both on a personal level and for my clients, is actually helping me to build strong, hopefully long term relationships.

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Investing in Salford? So You Should
Salford

Investing in Salford? So You Should

This urban sprawl encourages global giants, such as Talk-Talk and the capital’s own BBC to relocate, resulting in a flourishing jobs market and an increased need for rental and private housing. As such it’s a perfect location for property investment.

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Structure Your Success
Edinburgh

Structure Your Success

I realised that there were times where I was losing focus and concentration. Taking time out to do simple organisational planning has helped me be much more focused and productive over the last few weeks.

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Secure Your Family’s Future
Leeds

Secure Your Family’s Future

In the current credit age anyone with a decent job can afford a nice car, clothes and holidays thanks to the power of credit. While OPM (other people’s money) is a powerful strategy which I advocate using, there is a big difference between good and bad debt but that’s another topic.

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Military to Property – My Journey
Bolton

Military to Property – My Journey

I’m not from an estate agency or property background at all. I’m a military man. But a specific tour of duty saw me read “The 3+1 Plan” by Brett Alegre - Wood and that sparked my latent interest in property - to such an extent that now, after a decade of service, I work full time in property in Greater Manchester.

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Property Investment in Hull – The Time is Now
Birmingham

Property Investment in Hull – The Time is Now

We have discovered that the Port City of Hull seems to be one of those hidden property hubs where good yields are still possible along with the market moving upwards. Some research showed that this tucked away city is at that cusp of the property graph where prices are still affordable with great yields and looking at imminent potential for capital growth.

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Why Buy a Sourced Franchise
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Why Buy a Sourced Franchise

When people start a business they are motivated and enthusiastic. The difficult thing is to maintain the same level of enthusiasm and commitment once the reality of ‘no’ and the level of graft required becomes clear. This is where the winners come through and make the difference that determines that they will be successful.

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5 Great Reasons to Become a Property Investor
Reading

5 Great Reasons to Become a Property Investor

The government wants individuals, couples and families to own their homes . But high property prices and high inflation is making the situation difficult – which is why private rentals are more necessary than before… Demand for rental property is higher than ever, which is why property investing still makes sound financial sense.

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Property sourcers – Make me scream
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Property sourcers – Make me scream

If you work in the property industry and you source or come into contact with property sourcers your inbox will have been graced by many an email entitled ‘NDA for you to sign’ Ahh the joys of sourcing property. Whilst many training companies are obsessed with these ‘to protect you’ the longer I have been in the industry the more pointless it all seems.

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Property? It’s Like Pulling Teeth
Leeds

Property? It’s Like Pulling Teeth

Working in property maybe not be a life or death situation but believe me, if something goes wrong, the pain can be just as bad and will last a lot longer than a couple of weeks. Some people dive in blindly without the right support and team around them - it baffles me. Surely you should do everything to make sure the venture is a success and that involves having experts in every area who can consult.

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Tenants and Credit - The People Behind the Problems
Sunderland

Tenants and Credit - The People Behind the Problems

I hear more and more about credit checks and tenants failing them and what should happen if they do and so on. In fact only in the last few days I’ve been witness to a conversation that berated a potential tenant because their credit wasn’t perfect and I quote “we don’t deal with tenants that aren’t rich” I mean really? Come on.

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The Sourcing Roller-Coaster
Edinburgh

The Sourcing Roller-Coaster

I’ve previously mentioned feeling like I was on a roller coaster during my initial training week with Sourced. It would appear that it was a pretty good taster of what the life of a property sourcer would be like!

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Due Diligence in Property Sourcing
Edinburgh

Due Diligence in Property Sourcing

What does due diligence entail? As with many questions, the answer is “it depends”. I have clients that are happy for me to send a 1 line description of a property with value, as long as I am 100% sure the property is off-market and available. Others prefer to be presented with a full package of information enabling them to make an investment decision.

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Bolton, a Key Player for Property Investment in the North
Bolton

Bolton, a Key Player for Property Investment in the North

The North West of England has been topping the charts in recent years as the best place to invest for high annual rental yields and there’s no shortage of demand. In close proximity to Manchester, Liverpool, Preston and Leeds, Bolton is in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. It has great transport links to all of these cities, meaning it is a great place for commuters.

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The First Step on a 100 Mile Journey
Wigan

The First Step on a 100 Mile Journey

The value of my flat dropped by over £10k. I was not a happy bunny! This was down to bad luck and my lack of knowledge. I started educating myself (books, webinars), attending training courses and property networking meetings. I realised how much potential lies in property and how helpful other investors can be. I knew that this industry was for me.

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Why Rentals in Reading are a Revelation
Reading

Why Rentals in Reading are a Revelation

Got a job in London you love but have to live in an apartment or location you hate? Or perhaps you’ve already settled outside London but now can’t afford the huge train costs? Then why not consider relocating to Reading? Earlier this year a BBC study on living and working in the South East rated Reading the 13th best commuter town in the area in which to rent.

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Are we a Shepherd or a Sheep?
Head Office

Are we a Shepherd or a Sheep?

Well, that depends. Yes, I agree a strange title for a blog but let me tell you how this came about. As a business we constantly watch what is going on in our industry and further afield, to ensure we’re moving with the times. Having observed many industries over the years, it’s obvious that businesses fall in to two categories: Shepherds or Sheep.

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From Parcels to Property!
Manchester

From Parcels to Property!

I’ve not been working in property for a long time, two months to be exact. I had a job for 7 years as a courier and loved every minute. But when pay cuts came and my hours and days got longer, it was time to take control of my life and start earning money for myself, not a greedy parcel company. I quit on the 1st of December and had my first Christmas off in 7 years.

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Crypto Currency in Property
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Crypto Currency in Property

So, depending on which side of the fence you are standing, you will see crypto currency as the future or the latest scam of the year. For me, I am still sat comfortably and firmly on that fence and I have no intention of moving, yet!

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Fifty Shades of Property
Wigan

Fifty Shades of Property

The 7 sins which could cost a fortune. February was dominated by romantic outbursts due to Valentine`s day as well as “Fifty Shades Freed” in the cinemas, the third part of Fifty Shades of Grey. Do not worry, I will not tell you any dirty bedtime stories. I’ll leave it with you and your fantasy…

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My First Weeks with Sourced
Edinburgh

My First Weeks with Sourced

In the past few years I have been looking at getting into property (Read my previous blog here). However, finding a way that would enable me to give up my day job and move full time into this exciting sector, seemed impossible. I looked into various training courses, joint ventures with friends, doing it alone, but nothing seemed quite right.

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Funding your franchise
Head Office

Funding your franchise

Having had quite a few conversations recently with potential franchisees that included “I love the concept and would love to be involved but the cost is too much for me” or “I really want to get started with a Sourced franchise but its going to take me 6 months to get the money together”

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Follow the Crowd Part II
Head Office

Follow the Crowd Part II

Last time around I took a closer look at crowdfunding, the types available and how they generally work. I also started to focus my attention on Equity Crowdfunding and how this model has been transferred and grown in popularity in the property arena (Part I).

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Catch 24 – to be or not to be?
Wigan

Catch 24 – to be or not to be?

I meant Section 24 with the “catch 22” situation… Section 24 has been described as the “biggest threat landlords have ever faced“. According to recent figures, approximately 8 million people in England alone will be affected and will lose out… Are you one of them?

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Follow the crowd
Head Office

Follow the crowd

Following the crowd can seem like the easiest thing to do in many situations, but in reality, there is often good reason behind this type of behaviour. Sigmund Freud, the famed psychologist, once theorised that becoming a member of a crowd serves to unlock the unconscious mind.

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HS2 Journey Times
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HS2 Journey Times

If you look back from when records began you can see that the ripple effect of property prices closely follows when infrastructure in the country is changed, whether it be transport links, technology or communication.

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Don’t Just Settle…
Head Office

Don’t Just Settle…

How do you get involved in property investing when you just don’t have the funds? I mean how can you be a property investor if you can’t afford to buy a house of your own? Maybe your struggling to pay your rent, or owning your own home is still a dream, so why the hell would you think you could be a property investor?

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Types Of Deals
Head Office

Types Of Deals

Another vlog by Paul at Sourced HQ on the types of deals we have seen coming through the Sourced network of franchisee’s and also ones we have seen fill up our inboxes over the past few months.

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Your Plan for 2018
Head Office

Your Plan for 2018

I know it’s Boxing Day and no one is likely to read this blog, as you will be enjoying the Christmas season, but if like me you like to forward plan and somewhere beyond the thoughts of mince pies, presents and the odd tipple you are thinking of 2018 and what it may have in store, then do read on.

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Overseas Investors Poll: The Results
Head Office

Overseas Investors Poll: The Results

It doesn’t surprise me that overseas investors are so keen to invest in UK property, especially when you consider the security property offers and how on average property has returned more than a 14% return over the past 20 years compared to the 3% average of the stock market over the same period.

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All The Way or No Way
Head Office

All The Way or No Way

If you’re reading this blog I expect you’re interested in real estate in some way, shape or form. I expect you’re aware of the potential of property, but you’re also aware of the pitfalls – many of which are highlighted by the horror stories that permeate from the industry from time to time.

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Why Property Sourcers Need SOURCED!
Head Office

Why Property Sourcers Need SOURCED!

I had a call last yesterday with a lady, she is a property sourcer and had seen one of our adverts, clicked and requested information about joining our franchise network, the first step in our process is a telephone call from myself or Claire, the franchise manager.

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A Day In The Life of a Property Sourcer
Head Office

A Day In The Life of a Property Sourcer

I make no secret that my passion is property sourcing in fact when I meet people at our head office in Warrington and they see the development projects we are involved in and the size of our network people often look at me a little strange when I talk about property sourcing with passion and not the achievements the business has to date.

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What’s in a Relationship?
Head Office

What’s in a Relationship?

In every walk of life each of us creates, maintains and at some point, breaks a relationship of some kind. The thing about relationships is that they are not exclusive to your private life, they also exist in your professional life. Yes the two in theory are very distinct or at least they should be, but here’s the thing, they have far more in common than you care to imagine.

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Property Courses – how many have you done?
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Property Courses – how many have you done?

Everyone it seems, is a property sourcer these days and it seems the way to become one and attain untold riches is to buy yourself some training from a property training company. There’s nothing wrong in wanting to better yourself and build that knowledge, it’s perfectly logical. What’s more, I have done a couple of courses myself with one of these ‘well known’ property gurus in the past. But…

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Is your HMO full? BullS**t
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Is your HMO full? BullS**t

Is your HMO full? Bull S**t. I recently attended the property and investment show in London at the beginning of the month and got the opportunity to speak to lots of different people, traders, suppliers and investors. When chatting to investors I asked them all the same question:

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Development Site Visit – Warrington
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Development Site Visit – Warrington

This is a short vlog on site at one of our current Sourced HQ developments we are involved with. In this video I talk about some issues, with regards plans and changing those plans to suit the surrounding buildings whilst still maintaining a healthy profit out at the back end.

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Sourced, more than just a franchise
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Sourced, more than just a franchise

It has been a busy week at Sourced HQ with training new franchisees, agreeing sales, submitting planning applications (check out my blog on Wilson Patterson Street – another Sourced development) and recruiting new franchisees! I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the business and if you are looking for a franchise opportunity, why you should choose Sourced.

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An Introduction to Rent to Rent
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An Introduction to Rent to Rent

Regular readers of the blog will know, we at Sourced use a mixture of strategies and rent to rent is hugely popular. This strategy allows you to have control of a property and generate an income from it, and all without actually owning the property, or having a mortgage!

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Why A Development?
Head Office

Why A Development?

First things first, welcome to my first Sourced blog. Over the coming weeks and months, I aim to blog about any number of property/investor related topics based on my experience, research and industry wide best practises. Each blog is not intended to be a technical blueprint for the subject matter; more an informal and informative read for my audience (I hope!).

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A Hidden HS2 Portfolio Gem
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A Hidden HS2 Portfolio Gem

As a business, we sell a lot of portfolio’s residential and commercial, recently we have secured one based in Ashton-in-Makerfield, now most people are probably thinking firstly where the hell is that and it must be cheap, they were certainly my first thoughts!

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What New Property Investors Should Look For
Head Office

What New Property Investors Should Look For

When investing in property, no matter what the strategy may be, the end goal is always to maximise the return on your investment. First time investors are guilty of sometimes jumping in with both feet and not knowing where they will land. As the saying goes… ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.

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10 Ways to Add Value to Your Property
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10 Ways to Add Value to Your Property

When it comes to adding value to a property, there are countless things you can do to help. In our latest blog, we at Sourced HQ have considered the most common and the not so common ways, you can boost the value of your home. If you are looking to sell, you will want your property to achieve its optimum price, so our top ten countdown will help point you in the right direction.

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5 Top Tips to Becoming a Profitable Property Investor in 2017
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5 Top Tips to Becoming a Profitable Property Investor in 2017

With a high level of demand for rental property, it is understandable why so many people are considering becoming a landlord. If you have the means to buy property, property investment offers a great way to enjoy a return in the short and long term. It is important to be aware that acting as a landlord or being a property investor isn’t easy, and there are many challenges to overcome. However, if you approach this investment opportunity in the right manner, you should find that it can be a lucrative one.

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Love Thy Sourcing Company
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Love Thy Sourcing Company

Let’s face it, building a property portfolio is hard work. Yet when it comes to sourcing services (businesses that are specialised in discovering and uncovering hidden property gems) it appears that few investors readily appreciate the hard work that can be lifted from their shoulders.

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What is your property conversion rate?
Head Office

What is your property conversion rate?

Success – how do you define it? You’d likely think that this comes in the form of pounds and pence – those zeros (or otherwise) on your bank account statement. Yet this end game focused view of success is doing your property investor career no favours.

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The importance of building a ‘Power Team’
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The importance of building a ‘Power Team’

As a property investor being able to rely on a multi-disciplined collection of professionals is a non-negotiable. Yet for many in this realm, hunting down the services of a tradesman, lettings agent or legal advisor is very much a repeated task that’s undertaken as and when is required – to greater or lesser degrees of success. Here, we take a look at why a permanent power team is so important, as well as explaining who should make the short list when it comes to your Power Team members.

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Changing career and industry
Edinburgh

Changing career and industry

In my first couple of blogs, I wrote about my journey into property, and my first few weeks running the Sourced Edinburgh franchise. It’s been a hectic start to 2018, but I have had time to pause for thought around the journey I’m currently on, as I transition from my current career in financial services into property.

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Why Reading is Riding High with Property Investment Opportunities
Reading

Why Reading is Riding High with Property Investment Opportunities

The average price of property in the South East of England last month was £397,262, according to the ubiquitous Rightmove House Price Index. That was a rise of 1.2 per cent for the area on the same period last year – unlike neighbouring Greater London which, unfortunately for home owners and investors there, saw property prices fall 3.5 per cent from January 2017.

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St. George's Day
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St. George's Day

On Monday 23rd April, England will observe St George’s Day. He was a saintly Roman who slayed a dragon to get water in the town of Silence and saved a princess, who was due to be sacrificed.

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What Does a Property Sourcer Do?
Edinburgh

What Does a Property Sourcer Do?

One of the questions I’ve been asked most often since starting up the Sourced Edinburgh franchise is “What exactly does a property sourcer do?” or comments along the lines of “You must spend all of your time on ESPC/Rightmove/Zoopla”. So, is that true?

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