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The Property Podcast

The Property Podcast is the podcast for all property investors, new or experienced. Rob Bence and Rob Dix discuss a different property topic and property news item every week, passing on their knowledge and experience to the listeners. They both invest in UK property so they practise what they preach. No hard sell, no bull, just straight-talking property investment advice!
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Jul 20, 2017

In this episode, we're looking at how to build high-value networks.  We'll be suggesting ways to avoid the mistakes that we see all too frequently, helping you to build a network that will rocket your success.

The problem is that the people you really want to connect with are busy, and already have their own network - so they’re not motivated to get to know you. What do you do?

We talked about the basics in Episode 133, and now we delve deeper into seven areas, from making contact little and often, to sharing what you are learning (a great way to do this is to start a progress journal on the forum - check them out here), and using your network to grow your network.

Everything we talk about also applies to life outside property... perhaps you are looking to network in a business context, or make contacts relating to interests outside of work?

 

Our new online course...

Don't forget to check out our new, totally free course: Which Strategy Is Right For You?. If you're yet to discover all of our free training content then you're missing out - you can find it all here .

 

News story of the week: Property industry leaders announce 'game-changing' breakthrough in bid to reduce risks of commercial property lending boom and bust

This grabbed our attention because, even though about commercial property, it's interesting that senior people in the industry are taking note of the 18-year property cycle. The article looks at a new way of measuring real estate values that may help smooth the market’s notorious cycles of boom and bust.  Take a look at the story in full here.

 

Resource of the week

Rob B's new purchase is the Amazon Echo and he's having fun asking Alexa to play music, provide information, predict the weather and even tell jokes! Who would have realised he was such a Spice Girls fan too...

 

Join the conversation over in the forum

Have you been able to develop a high-value network, and what have you learned along the way? Join the conversation on the forum.

 

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Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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Jul 18, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob', two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob...Where in Manchester should I be looking to buy? PLUS: How can I release more equity from my home?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 8 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jul 13, 2017

This week we are excited to bring you a brad new, totally free course called 'Which Strategy Is Right For You?'. If you're yet to discover all of our free training content then you're missing out - you can find it all here (including the brand new course).

In this week's episode we're talking about joint ventures for the first time in three years.

They’re still a hot topic in property so we wanted to revisit and go into more detail. It’s the cover story in the next magazine...more on that later

What is a joint venture?

Often one person with skills/knowledge and one with money, but by no means always.

Why do it?

Generally you would embark on a JV to access skills/resources that you don’t have, e.g.

  • You have the skills to do a flip, and JV with someone who has cash
  • You’re a builder looking for a project, and partner with a local investor who has access to deals
  • You JV with someone who owns land for a development project

What types of JV are there?

  • Profit share: At the end of the project, you split any profit in pre-agreed shares
  • Fixed interest: The partner putting in the money gets an agreed rate of interest, whatever the success of the project
  • Which is best depends on who’s putting in what, the sophistication of the investor, etc

In the podcast The Robs take a look at why you might not want to joint venture, when could it be property investment disaster, and when is it just not worth the hassle.

But if if it is for you then we also discuss how to find a good JV partner.

News story of the week: More buy to let lending in UK going to limited companies

Limited company is now the dominant model in investment with over half of BTL lending by value now going to limited companies. Take a look at the story in full here

Join the conversation over in the forum

Have you had a good or bad JV experience, and what have you learned along the way? Join the conversation on the forum.

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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Jul 11, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob' Justine and Peter...

...ask Rob & Rob...What is the future of the serviced accommodation sector? PLUS: Should I be worried about right-to-buy for private tenants?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 8 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jul 6, 2017

We recently spent a whole day talking property with a couple of hundred people who attended our Discovery Day. Time and time again we are reminded that people don't know much - or even anything - about our other businesses, RMP Property and Yellow Lettings, and it was great to meet and share information with many of you. Watch this space for future Discovery Day dates...

This week we're looking at mindset, and how biases can lead you down a certain path which could result in decisions which are not optimal for your property investments.  We discuss how to be aware of these biases, backed up with plenty of examples, and provide very actionable ways to fix them.

We'd encourage you to pair this episode with our previous podcast on mindset

We know that mindset can make a huge difference to your success as an investor... but listening to a podcast once isn't enough! These are things you have to work on constantly.

News story of the week: Google's huge London property empire is starting to take shape

Google is moving into a number of new properties in the area behind King's Cross - you can have a look here at the buildings which contain a basketball court, swimming pool, 300m rooftop walkway and a floating staircase.

Resource of the week

A highly recommended read, which nicely ties in with this episode is Tony Robbins' latest book: Unshakeable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom

Join the conversation over in the forum

What do you make of Rob & Rob's musings on mindset? Head over to the forum to discuss in more detail here.

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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Jul 4, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob' Sam and Barnaby...

...ask Rob & Rob...What are the advantages of being a cash buyer? PLUS: How do I finance a flip?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jun 29, 2017

This week we have been busy putting the finishing touches to the next issue of The Property Hub Magazine, which is looking fantastic. We've also been planning the details for the new and improved Property Hub Summits which we will give you more details on very soon.

The topic this week is how to predict future property prices and we've used lots of historical data in order to help us forecast what the next few years may have in store for the property market in the UK. 

If you'd like to take a look at the data we used for our research then check out The Nationwide price index, you may also wish to refer to our earlier episode on The 18 year Property Cycle - and we are working on the belief that the last cycle started after the crash in 1989 and ran for (would you believe it) 18 years to 2007. We looked at London vs the Northwest and Yorkshire & Humberside (The modern day Northern Powerhouse). 

We made some surprising discoveries and if you listen to the podcast in full, you will be able to hear our take on what is likely to happen next and most importantly, how you should prepare and protect your investments for the next few years.

News story of the week: Britain's top seaside property hotspot revealed

Broadstairs in Kent has been identified as Britain's top seaside property hotspot in 2017,  you can find out more about the top seaside investment locations here.

Resource of the week

LiveYield was suggested from one of our listeners (sorry, we don't have your name to hand!), and this takes data from Zoopla and uses it to tell you how different areas are performing. One note though - it is automated, so use with some caution.

Join the conversation over in the forum

What do you make of Rob & Rob's findings? Head over to the forum to discuss in more detail here.

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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Jun 27, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob' Noel and Tory...

...ask Rob & Rob...How can I protect myself when buying off-plan? PLUS: Why is tax not included in deal assessment calculations?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jun 22, 2017

This week we're focussing on a topic discussed regularly - what's happening to the London property market?

So, what's happened over the last 8 years?

  • London prices have grown 80% over 8 years (since 2009)
  • Every price band has increased by roughly the same percentage...BUT timing differs
  • Top 30% recovered from 2009-2012. Driven by overseas buyers and domestic residents who didn’t need mortgages or could get them more easily
  • Lower sectors only grew strongly from 2013 onwards. Driven by ripple effect, confidence, access to finance
  • (This is why it’s best to own prime assets. They grow first and further - because growth is a % of a larger number)

 

What’s happening now?

  • On average, 5% annual growth makes it one of the 5 slowest growing cities in the UK
  • Many of those who are selling are moving out of the capital. “Almost half the agents in London surveyed by LonRes say that 10 per cent or more of their vendor clients intend to quit the capital once they sell their property”
  • Rents are falling. “New tenants in the capital typically paying almost £100 a month less than their counterparts a year ago, according to Your Move”.
  • Transactions are very low, and at an all-time low in 3 boroughs.

 

What have we learned from the London property market?

  • Just because an area has performed best doesn’t mean it will continue to! This is why we’ve said to avoid London for the last few years - poor yields AND low growth
  • Prime assets are more volatile - both grow and fall first and fastest. You can either use this to your advantage or stay out of the way!
  • When you tax something you get less of it. SDLT has had a major effect on London transactions
  • Property isn’t immune to market forces. Rents and prices can’t grow ahead of incomes forever. Affordability in London is ridiculously stretched, so if it stagnates (real terms fall) and we see wage growth, affordability can come under control without a major correction

Want to take a further look at all the data? We got a lot of our information from the following links:

 

News story of the week: New BTL mortgage options for ex-pats.

We've heard quite a bit about Vida in the past few weeks, and their proposition seems to be pretty good. If you're an ex-pat investor, you may want to check them out. Read more here.

Resource of the week

Make your clipboard work harder! This keeps your clipboard history which is a huge time saver. Check out Jumpcut for Mac, Clipboard History 2 for Chrome, or this option for Windows. 

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Jun 20, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Alex and Neil...

...ask Rob & Rob...Should I invest £100k in London or elsewhere? PLUS: Can I challenge these letting agency fees?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jun 15, 2017

So we're pretty sure we're not breaking news here,  but there was an election last week. The results have been interesting to say the least, but what does it all mean from an investment perspective? 

Listen to this week's podcast in full to get the low down from Rob & Rob on what this new parliament means for you. 

Resource of the week

Insight Timer is the top rated free meditation app on android and iOS stores. 

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

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Jun 13, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob...How does Birmingham rate as an investment location? PLUS: How do I find a property mentor?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jun 8, 2017

Don't blame us for the ever so slightly sensationalist title this week, blame Moneyweek who covered this recently (thanks to James Watters for the heads-up on this one). 

Rather dramatically Moneyweek say:

“Like a vast pyramid scheme, the UK housing market has been defying the reality of low wage growth and productivity, worsening affordability" 

and..

“When a rocket runs out of fuel it continues to rise before plunging earthwards. This is where we seem to be now."

Goodness! 

Listen in full to get Rob & Rob's take on this one - do you think the Moneyweek argument could be flawed at all? Surely not?! 

Resource of the week

The Great Suspender (yes, we love the name too) is a Chrome add-on which automatically suspends unused tabs to free up system resources.

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

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Jun 6, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob... Should I take the guaranteed rent? PLUS: Is there a limit on how much interest you can claim?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Jun 1, 2017

This week we get political on The Podcast and launch a brand new course over on The Property Hub! Exciting times. 

We've read the housing issues in the manifestos so that you don't have to. Find out what the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem policies on housing are, and how these might impact you. Of course, housing is only part of the reason you choose who to vote for, but we're focussing solely on this topic. 

New course: How to invest when you have no time.

 

How To Invest When You Have No Time - is now online! Take a look here.

You’ll learn:

  • Why it’s important to identify what you’re best at to ensure you’re on the right property path
  • How a fantastic assistant will make running your property portfolio a breeze!
  • Why clear processes and strong systems will save you time and give you the best chance of success
  • How outsourcing to professionals can pay dividends for the rest of your life
  • Why not sweating the small stuff leads to big things!

Meetups Tonight!

Get along to one of The Property Hub Meetups this evening. There are around 40 locations to choose from including new groups in Doncaster, Stoke-On-Trent, and Stockholm. Find your nearest get together and register for a free ticket.

Resource of the week

Noisli claims to help improve focus, block out annoying noises and get into the zone that works for you. Sounds good? Try it here

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Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

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May 30, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob...What are the pros and cons of buying without a mortgage? PLUS: How do you invest in areas where you don't live?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

May 25, 2017

This week we're looking at how your age should change your investment strategy. And we're roping in a host of colourful and well known characters to explain things.

Are you a Wild William, a Sensible Sam, a Make it Back Marge, a Planning Pete or an Income Ingrid? Listen to find out, then head over to the forum to discuss in more detail. 

Discovery Day - On Sale Now!

It’s back! We have a brand new Discovery Day coming your way on Saturday 24th June in central London. This is your chance to learn all about our other property companies - RMP Property and Yellow Lettings. You’ll also find out exactly what our expert-led RMP Strategy Meeting entails and how it can help you achieve your property goals.

And the discovery doesn’t stop there! We’ll have a panel of mortgage and conveyancing experts on hand to answer all of your burning questions. You’ll have the opportunity to network with other property enthusiasts.

Plus every single penny of your £5 entrance fee will be donated to the Whitechapel Centre - a fantastic charity that helps the homeless.

Grab your tickets here before they’re all gone - choose from either the morning or afternoon session, whichever suits you best.

We’ll even throw in the tea and biscuits!

Meetups Next Thursday! 

It's almost time for this month's Property Hub Meetups, including new locations in Doncaster, Stoke-On-Trent, and Stockholm. Find your nearest get together and register for a free ticket

News story:  Cut to tax-free dividend allowance to be shelved... for now

This is another good news story but for how long - we don't know! Get the scoop on this one here

Resource of the week

Geeky Grahams out there will love this one. Propertydata.co.uk - be prepared to lose a few hours of your life checking out this one. 

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

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May 18, 2017

Some people moan all the time. It’s making life worse for them and everyone around them – you need to realise if you’re a complainer, and if you are you can do something about it!

When you're complaining: 

  • You’re focusing on problems you miss opportunities
  • Perceived problems stop you from taking action
  • You’ll be less happy, yet reality will be no different
  • Nobody will want to be around you!

Rob and Rob talk about how changing your mindset can make a big difference. 

  • Develop the attitude of not complaining, and you’ll have a better life without needing anything to change in reality
  • “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” – Zig Ziglar
  • Complaining is a habit like any other, and you can break it if you try.

News story:  How the Homeless Reduction Bill Aims to Help Landlords

This is good news for landlords - councils won’t be able to drag out Section 21 procedures. Take a look at the link here.

Resource of the week

Whenever you give on DonorSee, you get to see exactly where your money goes via their aid workers who take pictures and videos of your money making an impact. Find out more here.

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Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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May 15, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners... ...ask Rob & Rob...What's the best way to keep builders on track? PLUS: How do interest-only mortgages work? ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB! Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind. Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. NEED MORE ANSWERS? The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors. Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way. Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each! Interested? Click here to find out more.

May 11, 2017

Okay so this sounds like it could be a bit of a click bait podcast episode but we promise you it's not. This is a really important one, and you won't want to miss out. 

Find out why an influx of overseas investment in the northern cities will start a boom due to the resulting supply and demand issue. 

Hear from Rob B how deals are going straight to investors in the far east, where they can be sold off-plan at full price in a matter of weeks. And Rob D will tell you how this rings some bells of familiarity for pre-2008 property in London. 

News story: 

London is dropping like a stone but Manchester is hitting a twelve year high. Read more here.

Resource of the week 

Do your research before you head to that meeting. Okay, this does sound like it could be slightly creepy but this app will research your potential contact thoroughly and give you the results. We haven't used this yet, so let us know what you think. 

Continue the conversation over in the forum 

How does the prospect of the boom make you feel? 

Let us know over in the forum

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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May 9, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob...How can two valuations be so far apart? PLUS: Is a digital tenancy agreement legal?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

May 4, 2017

First of all we celebrate the huge success of Rob D's book launch last week Thank you to everyone who supported the book so brilliantly, it is hugely appreciated! Keep spreading the word to anyone you think will find it useful.

It's Meetup night tonight - the perfect opportunity to talk property with people who are as geekily obsessed as yourself. Check out all the details here.

This week in The Property Podcast we look at alternatives to the standard BTL such as crowdfunding (in a couple of different ways), hotel rooms, student accommodation, ground rents.

If you enjoy this topic you will also want to check out this earlier episode with Pete Matthews.

News story: Here's what the experts think the election means for house prices

In a word, not very much. But you can read the article in full here and of course we will keep you all up to date with any news on this over the coming weeks.

Resource of the week

Thanks to Matt in Dubai for this resource, which is an app called Measure Your Land.

It really is super easy to use and  brings up a Google Earth aerial view of an area/plot you are looking at. Very useful for research proposes! 

Continue the conversation over in the forum

Have you ordered your copy of the book? What is your must-add tip that you would include on How to be a Landlord?

Let us know and join the conversation over in the forum!

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

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May 2, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. Two listeners...

...ask Rob & Rob...One property or two? PLUS: How do I build these flats? PLUS: What's the impact of a falling lease term?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

Apr 27, 2017

We're very excited to announce that Rob D's new book came out yesterday and we may be biased, but we think it is his best yet. In this week's special episode of The Property Podcast, we are going to discuss 'How to be a landlord', with tips from the book, and from all sorts of other places.

Also, we have Meetups next week. The evening's are lighter so there's no excuse not to join your nearest get together. Find all the details here.

You'll need to listen to the episode in full to get all of this week's tips and info, but here are some notes you may want to jot down.

You can make property management a lot easier with some little tricks and processes.

 Communicating with tenants:

  • Writing is better than phone
  • Do whatever’s easiest for them - WhatsApp group, text, even Facebook
  • You don’t have to give out your phone number - Skype or switchboardfree
  • Set out ground rules at the start about when you’re contactable, and stick to them!

Chasing up rent:

  • Ideally use direct debit - you’ll know it’s set up properly
  • Diarise rent date and make contact on the same day if it doesn’t come in
  • Have a process: e.g. text day 1, call day 3, final warning day 5
  • Don’t fall for sob stories
  • If you have RGI, make sure you notify them in line with T&Cs

Dealing with emergencies:

  • Define “emergency"
  • Instruct tenants about what to do in an emergency. Often, calling you isn’t the best thing to do
  • Consider landlord emergency cover

Dealing with routine maintenance:

  • Build up trades contacts and treat them very well
  • Save a visit by seeing if it’s something the tenant can easily sort - e.g. washing machine filter, defrost fridge, unblock sink, re pressurise boiler
  • Communicate clearly around damp and condensation - explain the difference
  • Use routine inspections to look for condensation, and also look for early signs of repairs that will need doing (including external)

Inspections:

  • Quick check of each room
  • Check smoke alarms
  • Visually inspect electrics
  • Look for fire risks
  • Look for condensation
  • Look for early signs of repairs that will be needed (including external)

Conclusion:

  • Work smart, not hard
  • Use checklists to get the best result every time
  • Be proactive and stop issues from happening in the first place

Oh, and of course the first thing you need to do is purchase a book that tells you exactly How to be a Landlord, right? Funnily enough, we know just the book.

News story: General Election

Obviously the biggest news story of the week is Rob's new book but we also gather the Prime Minister has called a snap General Election. We'll obviously keep you fully up to date over what this means for you in property terms.

Resource of the week

This week's resource of the week is obviously Rob's book - make sure you get yourself a copy!

Continue the conversation over in the forum

Have you ordered your copy of the book? What is your must-add tip that you would include on How to be a Landlord?

Let us know and join the conversation over in the forum!

If you enjoyed The Property Podcast, please leave a review on iTunes

Reviews are really important in helping other people to find the show, so by way of thanks we read out every single review we receive on air.

If you’d like to hear your name on the show, leave us a review on iTunes here.

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Apr 25, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob'. This week Rob (yes, another one) and Daniel...

...ask Rob & Rob...One property or two? PLUS: Selling a property within 6 months

The Robs give their take on these topics. What do you think? Head over to the forum to discuss.

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

 

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

The Property Hub Summit is the place to get all your questions personally answered by Rob & Rob, and build a network of other smart, motivated investors.

Over the course of a full day at a swanky hotel we'll help you set your goals, form a plan to get you there, overcome your obstacles, and give you the support system you need to make sure nothing gets in your way.

Just don't hang around - there are only four Summits each year, and just 16 places available at each!

Interested? Click here to find out more.

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