The State Of Buy To Let In 2016


You can hardly look at a newspaper without seeing articles heralding the death of buy-to-let, mostly thanks to some recently announced changes to the English tax system. Here at Brokers Direct we started wondering about whether or not the death of buy-to-let has been overstated. The Bad News True, tax changes set out in 2015...

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Diary Of A First-Time Homeowner (This Old House)


As promised, this is the second part to my previous blog post on this topic. Although I’ve never bought an old house, I have several sets of friends and family who are either going through the process right now or have been very recently. Good timing eh? So, as a result, I feel well acquainted...

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Diary of a First-Time Homeowner (New-Build)


I’ve wanted to write something about the experience – some of the quirks, joys and problems – first-time homebuyers might face for a while now, but I was acutely aware that it would vary enormously depending on whether the house was a new build or not. With that in mind, this is the first part...

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Should You Buy A New-Build Home?


New-build estates are popping up everywhere these days – there are two in my home town alone – and stats from the Department for Communities and Local Government suggest that the number of new-builds under construction in the UK has jumped by as much as 25% in 2014-15. Buying a new-build is great for buyers...

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Marketing A Buy To Let Property


Marketing a property is a tricky business, and many owners don’t bother to do anything besides getting the place listed on Zoopla and RightMove. Before you do anything related to marketing a property, it’s always sensible to ensure you have the following: HQ photos of both the interior and exterior of the property* A list...

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Should You Manage Your Own Property?

Property Management

Making the decision to manage your own buy-to-let property or not has huge implications on the experience of being a landlord, and not just in terms of cost…although I admit that is a pretty big factor. However, there are a few other things to take into account when you’re considering whether or not to employ...

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