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The Property Podcast

The Property Podcast from Property Hub (propertyhub.net) 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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May 23, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast we’ve got a special episode for you - and it’s one that The Robs have been wanting to do for a while.

[Drum roll!] Today, you get to listen to Rob B mentoring two lucky podcast listeners - LIVE! Avid listeners will know that strategy is key, and today we’re revealing just how important we think this is by putting Rob on the spot to offer his advice.

Now don’t worry, this isn’t just specific to Ruth and Christian’s investment plans,(who are the two lucky listeners by the way) there’s so much information given out in today’s podcast that you can apply it to your own property investment strategy. So it’s well worth the listen.

The Robs (and the team at Property Hub Invest) have spent years helping people with their property journey. Many they speak to don’t even have a strategy. But that’s OK, because that’s where we excel.

And we’re all for sharing knowledge.

The first lucky listener is Ruth from Dorset. Ruth and her husband Dennis have already started investing in property in South Wales and have a couple of buy-to-let properties. Alongside their two buy-to-let properties they also have a holiday let.

Running alongside their investments, Ruth and Dennis have an interest only mortgage on their residential home. Their goal is to have £3,000 net income each month from their buy-to-let properties so that when their mortgage expires in 2023, they can service a new mortgage.

There’s a lot of numbers flying around in this one, but with their combined investments, the profit they’re currently making is around a quarter of the way to their £3,000 goal. So what should they do now? Rob B steps in with a strategy that will help them reach their goal by the time they’re due to remortgage.

Next up we have Christian. Christian is already in a nice position with his property investment portfolio. His goal is to increase his cash flow so he can continue to invest and build a pension pot, and have something to hand down to his kids.

Christian already has a standard buy-to-let property in London which produces a decent £16,000 per annum, along with 2 HMO’s. He’s now on the lookout for his next investment in the north.

At the moment Christian is weighing up his options as to when the right time might be to purchase another property, and what kind of property he should be looking at. On the plus side, he was worried about the effects of Brexit, but after religiously listening to The Property Podcast, he’s confident he can still purchase in the next few months.

So what type of property does Rob B think Christian should be looking for ‘up north’, and what should he be focusing on to achieve his goals?

Tune in to find out. Then head over to our social channels to let us know what you thought of today’s episode.

For this week’s Hub Extra we’re giving you the gift of time. No, we’ve not got a new invention, we’re simply giving you advice on your goals - for free!

You’ve just spent the last 20 minutes listening to how Rob B helped Ruth and Christian with their property goals, and now it’s your turn. You can register for your free goals callwith one of our Invest team. On the call you’ll go through your goals to determine whether they’re realistic [very important!] and look at ways to help you achieve them. It’s probably the best call you’ll have all year!

Slots are limited, so book an appointment sharpish.

In the news this week, Letting Agent Today has reported that landlords selling up made an average gain of £80,000 in 2018. This isn’t what surprised The Robs though, it was the fact that this is an average figure which means a huge 15% of landlords have made a loss! This news story certainly ruffles a few feathers. If you’re in this situation and thinking of selling, this episode is well worth a listen as it could change your mind and offer you a helping hand.



We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channelwhere we upload new content every week!


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

May 21, 2019

On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob, Dave Cookson is back to answer more mortgage related questions.

Mortgage broker Dave has appeared on The Property Podcast numerous times and most recently busted some of the most common mortgage mythsin conjunction with the launch of Property Hub Mortgages.

And today he’s back to answer your mortgage related questions.

The first question is from Rob (yes, another Rob!), who has two properties in his portfolio - both are based in London and have development potential. He’s pretty confident that if he does these improvements, both the rental and resale value will increase.

But how does he raise the initial funds to crack on with his plans?

Both of his properties are on a standard 75% LTV mortgage and the lenders are not allowing any further advance. Does Dave know of anything Rob can do?

The next question comes in from Hannah.

Hannah runs her own business and has the choice of how much income to take in the form of dividends, whilst leaving the rest in the business to avoid paying more tax.

She owns her home outright so doesn’t have many outgoings. But she’s heard somewhere that lenders want to see a minimum amount of personal income.

With this in mind, Hannah wants to know how much she needs to start paying herself from her business to maximise her mortgage options? She’s also been told that lenders don’t count rental income as personal income.

Is this True? Tune in to find out what Dave has to say...



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

May 16, 2019

The property world suffers a lot of noise. Everyone (mostly) considers themselves to be an expert - you’ll hear a lot of “you can do this” or “you can’t do that” - but quite frankly, a fair bit of it is rubbish.

So today on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are putting six mortgage myths to bed.

And they’re doing this today because… (brace yourselves) PROPERTY HUB MORTGAGES HAS LANDED!

It’s taken a while. And there have been hundreds of ‘“can you recommend a good mortgage broker?” questions to open our eyes to the fact that this is something Property Hub should be offering. So here we are..

Property Hub Mortgages is powered by Charles Louis, which is headed up by our good friend Dave Cookson. Dave has appeared on the podcast and frequently writes for Property Hub Magazine - not to mention the vast amount of Hubbers he’s helped obtain finance where others have failed. So you could say that teaming up was a no-brainer!

So what better way to introduce Property Hub Mortgages than to get Dave on the show with The Robs today. The three musketeers go on to clear up six mortgage myths that might either be steering you in the wrong direction or holding you back altogether. But we know for a fact that they’re not true.

Tune into this week’s Property Podcast to find out what these six common mortgage myths are and what the guys have to say about them.

In the news this week, mortgage products for expats are improving after being ignored for so long. TML (The Mortgage Lenders) are launching the first expat buy-to-let mortgage product range. Also in the news, Precise Mortgages are making slicing available across its entire buy-to-let range. Rob D pretty much hits the nail on the head with describing what slicing is, so give it a listen.



We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

May 14, 2019

This week we’ve got one lucky listener Lisa, who’s having both of her property investment related questions answered.

First of all, Lisa wants to know if she should manage her new buy to let property herself or whether she should be working with a lettings agent?

She already has one property in the south that’s fully managed by a lettings agent, so she’s wanting to know if she should stick with that for her second investment property or just give it a go herself.

Whilst Lisa’s second property is in Manchester and she lives locally, Rob B doesn’t feel that she should self-manage just because she lives nearby. It’s completely Lisa’s decision but Rob’s happy to chip in with his reasoning from a personal perspective.

Secondly, Lisa is looking at buying another flat this year and has her eye on Manchester and Liverpool. However, she’s noticed a lot of properties on the market waiting to be rented out.

So Lisa wants to know if The Robs have any advice on what she should prepare herself for, and what she can do to rent out her property quickly.

Can Rob D provide some reassurance and a firm reason where there are so many properties on the market in two large (and very popular) city centres?

Of course he can.

Tune in to find out!



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

May 9, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast we’re bringing you a blast from the past and going back to episode 31, way back in 2013! The Robs are discussing the topic of how to search for a buy-to-let investment property.

Why are we going back? Because no matter how much Rob & Rob bang on about how important research is, people are still getting it very wrong. The guys will also be giving you a pretty solid framework to follow.

Not everyone goes back and listens to The Property Podcast from the very beginning, so this is a great opportunity to listen to what The Robs have been saying since the very early days of The Property Podcast.

Fundamentally, research will not only make you money, but will also save you a lot of money too.

So tune in and join Rob & Rob on a trip down memory lane and see what research tips you can pick up and use to your advantage. It could just be the starting point you need.

Rob & Rob are also covering their news story of the week. They’re discussing the slowdown of the property marketin light of the current political situation. Whilst residential properties appear to be much harder to sell right now, it opens up a fantastic gap for investors. Have a listen to what Rob & Rob think.



We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channelwhere we upload new content every week!

If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

May 7, 2019

This week the dynamic duo are back together after Rob B left Rob D to fly solo last week.

On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got two listeners who are asking The Robs their advice on how best to invest their lump sum of cash and what they think about mentors.

First up we’ve got Tom. Tom has joined his family business and they have £200,000 sat in their current account and he’s wanting to know how best to invest the money.

He wants to find out where he should invest, how much he should invest in each property and how many properties he should stretch his money across.

Rob B confesses that Tom shouldn’t be looking at investments right now. A bizarre move considering that’s what the Property Hub is about, but he has a pretty good reason for it. Hit the play button to find out why Rob B is advising this.

Next we’ve got Danny who is wanting to know what Rob & Rob think about mentoring. How much should it cost, what should it include and what are the key aspects to look out for?

Rob D advises there are two types of mentoring to look out for. One being somebody who has followed a specific strategy and succeeded, the other is the kind of mentor that you want to just check things along the way.

The Robs aren’t the biggest fans of mentors who charge extortionate prices, because why would you want to pay for something you can get for free right here at the Property Hub?

But nevertheless, Rob D explains what to look out for when choosing a mentor. Take a listen and let us know what you think.



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

May 2, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast we’ve got an action packed episode for you as we revisit some of our listeners success stories.

Today we’re catching up with three Hubbers who started their investment journey just one year ago.

First up we’ve got Sarah who started a flipping company in Sheffield and bought two buy-to-let properties. Sarah also teamed up with Simon, her project manager, in a joint venture (which we know a lot of you Hubbers are interested in) so this one will be worth a listen.

Next we spoke to Iain who started off with a two-bed house and then went on to convert his HMO into two houses. Not content with stopping there, he’s also  building a third property onto the end. Iain is used to the developer side of things, but he’s now also dipping his toe into the world of leasehold, mixing up his strategy. But what will the outcome be? Will he stick to developing or will he eventually become a lot more hands off?

Last but not least we’ve got Steve. When we last spoke to Steve he’d been investing for 5-6 years and had four buy-to-let properties. So what’s he been up to over the past 12 months? Steve is big on doing his research and has that much experience under his belt now, he could almost do it in his sleep! Tune in to hear about how Steve has successfully built his property portfolio.

So there we go…   three Hubbers, all who are doing incredibly well with their investment journeys, and all with completely different strategies.

If you have a success story, we’d love to speak to you!

Have you landed a deal, finished a refurb or simply taken your first step onto the buy-to-let ladder?

Let us know! We love hearing about how you’ve taken action. You can find us on the socials (facebook, twitter, instagram) @propertyhubuk or on the forum at propertyhub.net/forum

In the news this week, the most recent Hometrack report headlines ‘northern city house prices storm on as south succumbs to Brexit slowdown’. We hate to say it, but we saw this one coming from a mile off. The report also shows that Liverpool house prices are up 5.5% annually, just one of the hotspot locations we mentioned at the beginning of the year.

This week for our Hub Extra we haven’t got a tool for you, but more of an inspirational quote.

‘You can have anything you want… But not everything you want’.



We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Apr 30, 2019

Rob D is flying solo on Ask Rob & Rob today whilst Rob B is enjoying his holiday.

So this week we’ve got two very interesting questions - and one is on a topic we’ve never covered before. That almost never happens!

First up is Marcus: He’s in full time employment and paying into a company pension scheme. He isn’t satisfied with how his pension pot is looking for when he retires so is looking at turning his hand to buy to let property.

After doing some research, Marcus found out that he could get 40% tax relief on any extra money he puts into his pension. So is he better off investing in property or putting the extra money into his pension fund?

Rob D completely agrees that pension tax relief schemes are fantastic and even better if your company matches your contribution. However, if you’re thinking of retiring early you won’t be able to access this cash, so you’ll need a back up plan.

He’s no tax expert so you definitely should speak to the professionals, but have a listen to what else Rob D has to say about pensions.

The second question comes from James - he’s found a flat that he likes the look of. It’s two years old and in a new development but it has a commonhold tenure. So, what is a commonhold tenure and what should James do? Tune in to find out.

 

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Apr 25, 2019

Welcome to another episode of The Property Podcast and today Rob & Rob are discussing how to transform your life by changing your inputs. Succeeding in property is so much more than viewing properties and crunching the numbers - it takes a “can do” attitude and a positive mindset.

So this week, The Robs are focusing on techniques, tactics and tweaks that you can use to block out the unhelpful, and focus on what you need to do to succeed.

Listen as The Robs cover:

 

Social media:

How can you tame it? How can you block out negativity and the dreaded topics you just don’t want to read about?

If you’re looking for the links Rob & Rob discuss on today’s podcast, look no further. You can block the Facebook newsfeed with this handy Chrome extension and use Nuzzel to extract just the links from Twitter.

 

Reading:

What should you be reading, and how can you make the best use of your time? Also, how can you save the content you’ve found valuable? Listen as Rob D explains how he uses Readwise to highlight important snippets of information to come back to later - a very handy tool!

 

Phone usage:

We’re all guilty of excessive phone usage, but it’s what you do with your phone that can make all the difference. Rob B confesses that he’s guilty of wasting time on his phone, but your phone can become a huge asset if used in the right way. He’s changed his home screen to only display the apps that are actually useful to his life, something he highly recommends. Listen as he shares his other tips on limiting life distractions so you can focus on the things that matter.

 

Listening:

Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to soak up information - but what about radio? Why does Rob D recommend you block out passive soundwaves? The content you consume can massively affect your mood, so you can either arrive to work fired up and ready to go, or sit at your desk ready for an 8-hour stint with the weight of the world on your shoulders. We know which one we’d choose!

 

People:

The people around you really shape your life. Listen how Rob B tackles negativity from people and how he goes out of his way to find and spend time with positive ones. Not just in his life, but with the team at Property Hub too. There are no exceptions to the rule - so watch out world!

 

YouTube:

A video platform that has very quickly taken over the world. It’s changed the way we consume content - you don’t have to stick to a TV guide, you have the whole world, in video form, at your fingertips. You can consume what you want, when you want it.

BUT, you do need to control what you watch, and be careful not to get sucked down the rabbit hole that YouTube’s clever algorithms tend to send you down.

And whilst you’re here… it’s about time we told you about our very own YouTube channel. That’s right… head on over to the Property Hub YouTube channel so get your video fix of exclusive content. The content you’ll find on the channel is entirely different to what you’ll hear on The Property Podcast, or anywhere else for that matter, so make sure you head on over and hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out!

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Apr 23, 2019

And we’re back… welcome to another episode of Ask Rob & Rob.

First up this week we have Matt from Birmingham. Matt has read an article about a couple managing to avoid paying the 3% stamp duty on a derelict building they’ve purchased. Naturally Matt is wondering if there is any evidence on landlords now being able to claim back the 3%.

Rob D is familiar with this story and is aware of the court battle between this couple and HMRC, so listen as he delves into some of the facts. But before you start to swamp HMRC with claim-back requests, listen carefully at some of the pointers and areas of uncertainty. A very interesting one to keep an eye on.

Our second question is from Aseeb who wants some tips on auction property.

He’s seen a potential investment property where there’s a regulated tenancy in place, but the rent is half the expected amount on a property of this size and type in the area.

Listen as Rob D talks us through what a regulated tenancy is and what makes it so unusual - and why a Section 21 notice wouldn’t be any help at all.

Another very interesting question this week, so hit play and have a listen.

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Apr 18, 2019

On today’s Property Podcast, Rob D is looking at how you research a buy-to-let property investment in a brand new city.  

Rob & Rob have talked extensively about the joys of investing in cities, but what should you do if you don’t know any of them that well and you don’t live close to them? That’s exactly what Rob D is covering today, and he’s using a real life guinea pig (and by that, we mean Dan), to explain how he approached being in this exact situation.

If you’re an avid Property Podcast listener, you’ll know that The Robs covered their 2019 property investment hotspots earlier this year, and off-air were hit with questions from Dan whilst he was doing his research.

Dan had been looking at a city that’s brand new to him, and today he shares his journey and the process he went through to understand what the city offered and whether it would help him meet his buy-to-let property investment goals.

He’s got Nottingham and Manchester boxed off already, and is happy with the steady cash flow his investments bring in. But now he’s ready to switch strategy and is looking at properties for growth… and he’s decided that Sheffield is on his hit list!

What research did Dan do? What type of properties did he look at? And what made him throw certain properties in the junk pile?

Today you’ll get to know his first impression of Sheffield as a complete outsider, what he thought of the properties he saw and the tactics he used to get to know the area and the local community.

You’ll also hear how he stayed sane, tried to avoid ‘property blur’ and built a great rapport with the agent on the 16 viewings he booked!

To paint the full picture, you can see links to a few of the properties Dan was looking at in Sheffield below:

Listen as Dan and Rob D have a chat about Dan’s Manchester vs. Sheffield dilemma, and see what you can take away from Dan’s experience of investigating a brand new city to invest in buy-to-let property.

 

In the news this week, you’ll have noticed a huge story! No-fault evictions are to be banned in England. This is a big change and effectively an abolition of the Section 21 procedure.  

It’s not an enormous shock but it has come a bit out of the blue in terms of timing. So what should you do? It’s just a proposal right now so there’s a lot of time to adjust and plan. If you fancy a deeper delve into what Rob D thinks of this, you can hear more on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob where they covered what the Section 21 ban would mean for landlords.

 

And we’re back with another Hub Extra resource. This week we have Workona - a tool if you’re one of those people who have multiple browser tabs open! It’s an extension for Chrome and is completely free - it allows you to arrange your tabs into different workspaces, so you could have one for personal, one for location research and one for official work duties. If you dive into one group, it hides all the others - a seriously great piece of kit to help you stay organised.

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Apr 16, 2019

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to another episode of Ask Rob & Rob. As always, The Robs are on-hand to answer any property investment related question you’re dying to know.

It’s an important one today, as Sarah from London is asking about Section 21. She’s seen the headlines (as we’re sure most of you have), and has seen that no fault evictions are likely to be banned in England.

Sarah wants to know exactly what a Section 21 ban means for landlords and what impact this is likely to have.

As you can imagine, this is a pretty big deal. If you missed the BBC headlines, you can sort that right out and read all about the no-fault eviction ban proposal here.

If you weren’t aware already, a section 21 is a no-fault eviction procedure. As a landlord you can ask a tenant to leave your property at the end of their fixed contract or when they’re in a periodic tenancy without any reason. And because you don’t have to prove fault, this has been the quickest and most efficient way of evicting someone.

So what now?

Landlords still have options - and Rob D covers them all in detail on today’s episode of Ask Rob & Rob.

And even though Sarah didn’t ask for Rob D’s opinion, she’s going to get it - because we just couldn’t hold him back!

Should landlords be panicking? And how much time do we have to prepare for this change?

Sit back and hit play to find out!

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

 

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Apr 11, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are unveiling the 5 buy-to-let property investment locations you should be keeping an eye on. The Robs have talked extensively about their buy-to-let hotspots of 2019, but where should property investors be looking outside the major cities?

Sit back and listen as The Robs talk us through their top 5 buy-to-let towns you should be investing in:

Warrington:

What’s not to like? Connectivity is unrivalled - there are direct trains from London (taking just 1 hour, 45 minutes), it’s also perfectly placed between Manchester and Liverpool. The motorway networks are also great.

Now, the town needs some work - but that’s what’s most exciting about this location. Listen as The Robs talk through the plans for Warrington and how you could take advantage of this.

Doncaster:

They’re doing some interesting things in this town - they’re savvy enough to turn their weaknesses into strengths. There are many positives for Doncaster, such as the road network, that have made this town ideal for logistics businesses which is bolstering the local economy. This is fast becoming a key buy-to-let town to watch in 2019.

Preston:

This is actually a city that’s snuck its way onto the list but we couldn’t ignore the prospects this location has. The Preston City Deal is set to transform this area: a £430 million investment will severely boost the economy and drive thousands of jobs here. Investment alone isn’t enough to drive Preston onto the list, so listen as The Robs talk us through some of the other reasons they’re so excited about this city. We’d say this is a very worthy contender if you’re scouting the top fundamental locations to invest in.

Wakefield:

Not only is Wakefield one of the most accessible places in the UK, it’s benefitted from the ripple effect of Leeds. The local economy is worth £6.5 billion - a real powerhouse of an area - and it’s a commuter hotspot for those working in Leeds which really sweetens the appeal.

Crewe:

One word: transport. More trains go through Crewe than any other station in England, highlighting just how well-connected it is to other towns and cities in the north, as well as London.

Crewe is great now, but when the HS2 station arrives there, it’ll be a gamechanger for this area - London alone will be reachable in under an hour. Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds will also be under an hour, which is incredible.

There are also many large-scale employers that have chosen Crewe as their homes, so listen as Rob & Rob talk through the several other reasons why this town deserves a place in their top 5 buy-to-let towns to invest in.

 

In the news this week, research shows that one buyer in six pulls out - is this more fuel for reforming the entire property buying process? We already know how bonkers the property buying process is in the UK, and this just demonstrates how broken the process actually is.

If you take a look at the reasons, you’ll understand the frustrations that most vendors go through - 24% was because the buyer couldn’t raise the funds! Have a read through the article and let us know what you think over on our social channels.

 

And we’re back with another Hub Extra resource. Before you drift off, take a look at it. It’s called Build Your Stax: click here. Think of it as a Monopoly for investors. Rob & Rob were hooked, and it quickly outlines how your wealth can increase significantly when your tactics are right.

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


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Apr 9, 2019

Welcome to another Tuesday Ask Rob & Rob - your weekly dose of property advice about investment matters you care about the most.

Our first question this week is from a listener who has recently discovered The Property Podcast and has been racing through the episodes to catch up to the present day.

She wants to know what exactly makes a good area to invest in property and what research should she be doing to find these golden buy to let property locations. She’s discovered our list of 2019 property investment hotspots, but she wants to know how she can spot these areas herself.

Rob B is quick to dive into one of the most important things when looking at property investment hotspots, and that’s fundamentals. Not just one or two of the boxes need to be ticked… they all need a huge tick in the box. Just having a few alone is simply not enough.

There are a load of other ways to spot a property hotspot too - and Rob B shares a great tip for anyone who’s in the same position. There’s also a great podcast on using the ‘ripple effect’ to find the next buy to let property hotspot which is well worth a listen.

Our second question comes from an avid lover of The Property Podcast and she is half way through putting a plan together. She has over £400,000 to invest but isn’t sure on what property she should be investing in. She has a goal of generating £4,000 in rental income but wants advice from Rob & Rob on exactly what she should do and how many properties she should look to buy.

Rob D wastes no time clearing up a few simple strategy principles that many investors tend to miss, focusing attention on the wrong things. If you have a fairly aggressive yield target like today’s listener, this is the episode for you. There’s some diamond advice here that you can take away and apply to your own property investment journey.

 

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Apr 4, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are giving away some top secrets.

Just a couple of decades ago, city centres were considered no-go places to live, and those who were deemed “successful” were the ones who escaped to the suburbs. How times have changed!  

Now, city centre living has never been so popular. To throw a few stats out there, the population of central Birmingham has grown by 163% since the millennium and Liverpool has grown by a whopping 181%.

In today’s episode, The Robs are answering a number of questions around this topic:

  • What’s changing the sentiment of city living and are places like Manchester and Birmingham in danger of suffering loss of confidence like London is currently?

  • As an investor, is this a trend you should be trying to take advantage of?

  • Is this a short term trend? And is there a bubble that may burst?

Tune into this week’s Property Podcast to find out the answers to this ‘secret trend’.

In the news this week, research shows that generation rent are wanting to live in city and town centres. This shouldn’t come as a real shock considering it’s the same generation that has practically been priced out of buying. But whatwas surprising was that 91% of them said that’s exactly where they want to live - certainly good news for both the high street and if you’re a landlord of city and town centre properties.

Good news! If you’re a Property Hub Magazine subscriber, the next issue will be landing on your doorstep in the next few weeks. The cover story is about the UK’s return to urban living. So, if you’re not a subscriber, head on over to our websiteand subscribe to receive the next issue.

Our Hub Extra resource this week is an attempt to get you out of the city and into the countryside, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful nature, wherever you are.

Go Jauntlyis the perfect app if you’re wanting to get out of the house and be at one with nature but you either have no idea where to go or you fancy trying somewhere new. Simply log into the app, click on your location and the app will bring up walks near you. So all you've got to do is pack up the car, get your walking boots on and enjoy the sights.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Apr 2, 2019

This week on ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got two Hubbers who have both asked questions on the same topic: how should your own home fit in with your investment plans?

Without attempting to dish out life advice, The Robs answer Claire and Azar’s questions in the most informative way possible.

Rob D points out one thing to remember: your home is your homeand your investments are your investments. Sometimes they work in perfect harmony, and sometimes one takes priority over the other.

From Rob B’s point of view, both Claire and Azar need to be very clear about what they want first and foremost. Each person's situation is different, what works for one person might not necessarily work for the other.

Tune in to find out what The Robs think you should do if you’re undecided on buying your own home or buying an investment property.



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Mar 28, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are getting personal.

Property development is no easy task, and this week The Robs open up about everything that’s gone wrong, and what lessons can be learnt.  

If you’re an avid Property Podcast listener, you’ll know that the development in Crewe is the first site to come out of the ground for Property Hub Homes. While they’d have liked for the process to have been a walk in the park, sometimes things just don’t go to plan.

And whilst the finished result looks pretty darn amazing (if we do say so ourselves! - Rob B has shared some pictures on Instagram) there’s been a steep learning curve for all involved.

So if you’re interested in diving into the world of property development, this is the podcast episode for you. Tune in to hear all about why they chose Crewe, what process they followed and also to find out what went wrong...

In the news this week, it appears that tenants can now sue their landlord directly if their home is unfit for human habitation. However it isn’t half as bad as it sounds as landlords have their own rights should anything like this ever come to light. Plus, there’s a strong argument in saying that if your property is in such a bad condition, should you really be a landlord in the first place?

So a lot of lessons are to be learnt from this week’s Property Podcast, and although things could have been done very differently and had a different outcome, The Robs firmly believe that ‘if you can dream it, you can do it - Walt Disney’.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Mar 26, 2019

This week on ask Rob & Rob we’ve got another two cracking property questions from our listeners.

First up we’ve got Andrew who is wanting to know if there is a particular point in the property cycle when it’s best to renovate your property?

He’s wondering if there’s a key point where you can both minimise your costs whilst maximising your profit.

Rob D explains that the prime times to renovate your property are early and late on in the cycle. When it comes to having the renovation work done, the best time is early in the cycle, ideally just after the crash when nobody else is going to be doing it.

Whether you’re wanting to flip a property to sell or keep it as a long term investment, Rob D delves into the detail on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob.

Second up we have Kiki. Kiki is wondering if derelict properties make a good investment?

This isn’t a typical investment option and Rob B talks us through what a derelict house actually is and how people usually get their hands on them. If you’re after Rob B’s thoughts on derelict properties, this is the episode for you!



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Mar 21, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are answering your top 10 Brexit questions.

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking Brexit. Are we staying, are we going? Who knows!

In episode 312 we heard from some Hubbers who were determined to not let Brexit scupper their property investment plans, and Rob & Rob backed this up by sharing their thoughts on the current state of affairs.

Since then, we’ve been inundated with your Brexit questions and this week, Rob & Rob tackle them head on.

Tune in to find out:

  1. Will the market crash?

  2. Will prices go up or down?

  3. What effect will this have on owner/occupiers?

  4. How will Brexit affect the long term property market?

  5. What should I do next?

And In the news this week, we have a bit of positivity for once! The Halifax House Price Index shows a huge property price increase of 5.9% in February - adding more than £13,000 to the average house price in just one month! Rob D is a bit dubious about the report, so tune in to find out what he has to say.

In Hub Extra this week, The Robs are talking about something that you’ve possibly heard of before - and that’s Monzo.

Monzo is an online bank account that gives you instant spending notifications, so no more waiting for those pending transactions to appear on your statement. Do you have a Monzo account? Get in touch and let us know what you think of it or, if you end up signing up to it, let us know how you find it.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Mar 18, 2019

This week on Ask Rob & Rob we’ve got another two cracking property questions from listeners.

First up we’ve got Scott who is a first time investor looking to purchase a property in Sheffield. Sheffield is a great option but he’s also looking at properties in Doncaster as they’re slightly cheaper. Naturally Scott’s question is whether Doncaster will experience any capital growth.

The neighbouring city of Sheffield has been pegged as one of Rob & Robs hotspots for this year, but will Doncaster benefit from a knock on effect? With the amount of public and private investment being ploughed into the area, you may well think so.  

Listen as Rob B gives his opinion and reiterates the importance of fundamentals when investing in property. The Robs covered this last month so be sure to have a listen if you missed it.

Our next question comes from Adam. After listening to the episode on leveraging, Adam wants to know what would happen if his property decreased in value and he lost his initial 25% deposit (therefore having no equity in the property). Would he be tied into his current mortgage product and unable to switch to a better product?

Tune in to find out what the outcome is and what advice Rob D has for Adam...



Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Mar 14, 2019

Everyone has gone a bit Brexit mad this week, so Rob & Rob are here to discuss what’s going on, how they feel about it and what you should be doing.

If you tuned into The Property Podcast last week, you’ll have heard some of our Hubbers giving their views on Brexit. But today, it’s Rob & Robs turn to tell it like it is.

Before they dig in, it’s worth taking a look at the media hype we’re dealing with right now:  

UK property market at weakest since 2012 as Brexit takes toll

UK property market at its weakest for six years, says Rics

UK house prices take pre-Brexit hit, says Nationwide

Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS

Birmingham and Manchester benefit from Brexit blues

UK house prices make surprise 5.9% rise in February, Halifax says

If you’re familiar with the 18-year property cycle (if not, you can learn more here) then you’ll know that we’re heading into the mid-cycle dip. And today The Robs will be sharing exactly where they think the market will head post-dip.

So, if you fancy a bit more Brexit madness - tune into this week’s Property Podcast. We promise, it’s a good one!

In the news this week, and sticking with the Brexit theme, the BBC have released an article explaining what the 7 possible outcomes would be if the government was to get an extension on Brexit. What would each potential scenario mean?

And whilst we’ve got you, make sure you sign up to become one of our Hubbers and receive our valuable (weekly) Hub Extra emails. Create your free account here.

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.


If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

Mar 12, 2019

On this week’s ask Rob & Rob we’ve got two very good questions that will definitely apply to you no matter where you are in your buy-to-let property investment journey.

Our first question comes from Spencer in Bath. Spencer is wanting to know if he should keep his off-plan purchase or get rid of it. Due to the build being severely delayed and his 30% deposit not being protected, a few concerns have been raised.

Rob B gives some insight on the potential reasons why a build might be delayed and offers some lessons to be learned for all investors, not just ones in similar situations.

He also demonstrates how off-plan property has the potential to be the most profitable type of investment. You can learn more about off-plan property on our course over at Property Hub University.

The second question comes from Adam who’s a new investor and has decided that yield is the most important factor to him. He’s wanting to know if a HMO for a first time investment purchase is a good idea.

So is a HMO as a first investment a good choice? Or should Adam stick to a single investment option and play it safe, sticking to the normal strategy?

Tune in to find out what advice Rob D has to offer...

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Mar 7, 2019

This week on The Property Podcast we’re discussing a topic that everyone has an opinion on - and we’ve got opinions from multiple property investors. We’re talking Brexit!

We’ll be talking to Sarah, Iain and Steve who are all keen to share their thoughts on the current biggest political topic.

First up is Sarah, who has been refurbishing and flipping properties in Sheffield. She hates the ‘B’ word but it’s the uncertainty of it all that concerns her. She tells us how the Sheffield market is currently performing.

Next is Iain from the South East who has been dabbling in all kinds of property developments. He thinks that this is a prime time to be investing in property and is feeling pretty optimistic.

Lastly we have Steve. Steve has been working on vanilla buy-to-lets over the past five years. He’s a firm believer that if you’ve got the deposit sat in the bank now, you definitely should invest it. He bought his last buy to let property six months ago but wishes he’d held on a bit longer to get a potentially better deal.

Tune in to listen to this much debated Brexit topic and don’t miss next week where The Robs go hell for leather on what they think of it.

In the news this week there’s been a great little update for landlords as landlord checks are potentially due to be bannedas it’s been identified as a potential breach of human rights. It’s not in place just yet, so in the meantime you do still need to carry out these checks.

Also, sticking with the Brexit theme, according to an article in the BBC, struggling towns are set to receive a £1.6 billion boost post Brexit. Just have a listen to how much this ruffles Rob B’s feathers!

Our Hub Extra this week is something similar to one we mentioned a few weeks ago. Braveis a web browser tool which has an ad blocker and tracker built into it which means makes surfing the internet both safer and faster. It might take you half an hour to get set up but it’s sure to make an impact.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.   

Mar 5, 2019

This week on ask Rob & Rob we’ve got two listeners who are questioning mortgage products and funding buy-to-let properties.

First up we’ve got Jay who is wanting some tips on how to raise the initial cash required for investing in buy to let property.

Rob D starts off by pointing out the difference between making money and growing money. Although property can be tailored to both, it is more suitable to the latter.

But how do you benefit from either of the methods mentioned by Rob D and how do you make it happen?

Next up we’ve got Helen who wants to know if the limited company mortgage market is going to disappear after a conversation she had with her mortgage broker.

Rob B pulls no punches with this one. Did you know 80% of the buy-to-let market is made up of limited company mortgages? Listen as Rob B tells it like it is.

 

Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).

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

The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.

Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.

Feb 28, 2019

It’s the last episode of ‘Fundamentals February!’

In this week’s Fundamentals February podcast episode, it’s all about YOU.

The Robs are giving you the tools to help you discover what type of investor you are, and what you can do with that knowledge.

When trying to figure out where you want to be going, you need to know who you are, what your situation is and what you want to achieve. You need to have goals!

The Robs reiterate how important goals are and why they’re a necessity in becoming a successful property investor.

Discovering what type of property investor you are will help you determine your strategy - how you’re going to achieve your goals and stay on the right track.

All of this (and much more) is covered in today’s Property Podcast and it’s a really vital episode. So give it a listen and let us know what you think.

We have some great news to give you too - Property Hub Meetups are back in 2 weeks time! To find out where your nearest one is, head over to our events page.

And in the news this week, Phil Spencer is clearly a listener of the Property Podcast. He’s been discussing the dreaded topic that is Brexit and been echoing what The Robs have been saying for months… that the main impact of Brexit has already happened. Maybe he’s after a slot on the podcast… who knows.

For our Hub Extra this week Rob D has discovered a little tool that’s going to up your Netflix watching level. Netflix classic is a chrome extension that gets rid of everything that Netflix wants you to watch by suggesting it at the top of the screen. So you can get back to watching what you want and get suggestions based on what you’ve already watched. Happy binge watching.

 

We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.

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