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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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Oct 19, 2017

Pack your umbrella, this week we're taking you on a tour of "The North".

You won't find either "The North" or the "Northern Powerhouse" on a map, because it's actually a collection of different regions – all with their own investment case, and things to look out for. We introduce you to and compare:

  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Leeds and West Yorkshire
  • The North East

And importantly, if you've had your head turned by somewhere far from home, we wrap it all up with some tips for staying safe while making that investment happen.

Resource of the week

RMP Property has put together a free guide to the Northern Powerhouse from an investor's perspective, going into more detail on all the areas we talked about this week. You can grab your copy here.

News this week

"Are longer mortgages the answer to high property prices?", asks the BBC.

"No, they're a cause of high property prices", we reply – and it has interesting implications from an investor's point of view.

Join the conversation

Do you invest anywhere in the North, or got an area you're researching?

Any tips for making a remote investment work?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 17, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’, Sam from London and Matt from Birmingham…

...ask Rob & Rob... How do I sell a property to my own company? PLUS: Any tips for renovations?

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.

Oct 12, 2017

This week we're talking about how to conduct a viewing. Whether you're showing your property to rent or sell, there are a few simple techniques you can use to radically boost your chances of sealing the deal once you get people through the door.

(A good companion to this episode is Episode 231 on how to find tenants, so you can get those viewings set up first.)

We also look over the Labour and Conservative housing policies that have emerged from the party conferences in recent weeks. What are the politicians planning to throw at landlords next? Take a listen and we'll reveal all!

Resource of the week

Huawei mobile wifi is a lifesaver as a backup for if your internet connection goes down – or you can use it to get wifi access on the move.

Just pop a SIM card into this tiny device, and it'll broadcast a 4G signal to all your devices...so no excuse for missing the podcast, wherever you are and whatever's going on!

Join the conversation

Have you picked up any tricks from doing your own viewings?

Or do you have an opinion on the housing policies we discussed?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 10, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’,  Giles from York and Mandeep from Leicester…

...ask Rob & Rob... Will limited company mortgages really get cheaper? PLUS: How do you price up a lease extension?

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.

Oct 5, 2017

Buying land and developing isn't something that will be in most people's plans, and it's certainly not for beginners. But most people are attracted by the idea of bigger projects – so whether it's something you're looking at now or aspire to do in the future, this jam-packed episode is a must-listen.

It's a process that Rob B has been through recently, so while it's still fresh in his mind we talk about:

  • Different ways to find land (this isn't a job for Rightmove!)
  • What to consider when it comes to financing the project
  • Ways of finding land that you should be very wary of
  • What to check before you make an offer
  • A formula for working out how much you should be paying
  • What you should be aware of around planning permission
  • How the buying process differs from a normal property project
  • And lots more!

Resource of the week

Rob B gave a ringing endorsement of Ray Dalio's new book, Principles – calling it his favourite book of the year, and he's only halfway through!

Ray's a billionaire and has a lifetime of phenomenal achievements, but his crowning achievement is the honour of appearing in "Resource of the Week" twice: we previously recommended his short video, How The Economic Machine Works.

News this week

The Telegraph reports that Stamp Duty revenue is up dramatically since its changes a couple of years ago – but transactions have fallen too.

A cooler housing market was part of the purpose for the changes, but it's not healthy if that involves fewer transactions too. Will further changes be made? We'll see...

Join our next Discovery Webinar

Our recent discovery webinar – where you can find out more about our businesses, RMP Property and Yellow Lettings – was extremely popular, with hundreds of people registering. So we're doing it again!

The next one is on Wednesday 25 October at 6pm, and you can book your free place at thepropertyhub.net/discover.

Join us to find more about how our businesses can potentially help you move forward in property, and put us on the spot with a bit of live Q&A.

Join the conversation

Have you ever bought and developed land?

Or is it something that forms part of your plans?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Oct 3, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’,  Shane &
Barry from Shropshire…

...ask Rob & Rob... How do you price up a refurb? PLUS: Can I raise the market rent?

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.

Sep 28, 2017

This week we're exploring that critical preliminary step to buying any property: making an offer!

Working out how much to offer is essential, but presenting your offer correctly makes a massive difference too. We explore:

  • How to build a relationship before making any kind of offer
  • Whether to offer in writing or over the phone
  • If you should start with your maximum bid, or go in lower
  • If it's a good idea to explain why your offer is lower than they'd like
  • What to say and do to put your offer in the best light

Resource of the week

It's another interactive map! This one shows how affordability has changed across the UK since 2007.

You can see the stats for any area you're interested in, but playing with the slider and looking at how the picture changes across the country over time is instructive too.

News this week

The volume of property transactions is falling for the first time since 2009, as reported by City AM.

It seems to be driven by a general lack of supply, but a reduction in buy-to-let activity can't be helping. Could we see a tweak to Stamp Duty soon to get the market moving again?

It's meetup time!

We're a week away from the first Thursday of October – and as always, the first Thursday of the month means meetups!

They're all across the UK and beyond, they're free and they're great fun, so why wouldn't you go along? Book your free place here.

Join the conversation

How do you approach the process of making an offer?

Have you got any top tips that we didn't cover?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 26, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’,  a listener & Tom from Cambridge…

...asks Rob & Rob... What drives house prices? PLUS: When's the right time to start looking for investments?

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.

Sep 21, 2017

Listener deals are back! In one of our favourite and most popular types of episode, this week we run a live analysis of investment opportunities submitted by listeners.

Listen in as we assess the prospects of:

  • A swanky semi with value-adding potential in Kingston-upon-Thames – but do the numbers stack up?
  • A potential flip in south Wales that’s mysteriously stuck on the market
  • A solid buy-to-let investment that stands to benefit from HS2 – but is it overpriced?

If you enjoy this episode, you can also check out our previous “listener deals” episodes here and here.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

The 18 year property cycle is the concept that’s captured listeners’ imaginations more than anything else (even our jokes) – so we thought it was high time we put together a course on it!

Naturally, it’s completely free and you can watch it here – all you need is a Property Hub account.

NEWS THIS WEEK

Rent controls are on the way in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as local authorities indicate their intention to make use of new powers they’re being granted.

It’s not as dramatic as it sounds and nothing firm has been announced yet, but we’ll keep you updated as more details emerge. In the meantime, the housing minister Alok Sharma has reassured landlords in England that rent controls won’t happen under the current government.

JOIN OUR DISCOVERY WEBINAR!

Now featuring a registration link that actually works – sorry if you tried to register last week!

On 27 September at 6pm, we’ll be holding a webinar where you can find out more about what we offer through our businesses: Yellow Lettings and RMP Property.

We don’t like to push our businesses on the podcast, so the webinar gives you the opportunity to find out more about how you can benefit from what we do – and you don’t even have to leave the house!

Book your place here

(It’s completely free, but places are limited.)

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Did you learn anything useful from hearing how we think about these deals?

Do you have any deals of your own where you’d like to get input from other Hub members?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 19, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’, Anthony and Tom from Auckland…

...asks Rob & Rob... What investments have Rob & Rob rejected? PLUS: Should we sell this Edinburgh flat?

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.

Sep 14, 2017

We spend far, far too long looking at Rightmove and Zoopla – so to make ourselves better about how we use our time, we thought we'd make an episode out of it!

They're both phenomenal tools for desktop research, so it's well worth learning how to use them to their full potential. The tips we share in this episode include:

  • Creating custom maps
  • Finding auction properties as soon as they go live
  • Searching for specific keywords
  • Comparing the performance of local agents
  • Find out a property's price history
  • And a lot, lot more!

Resource of the week

Waze is an app for planning your route that's exploded in popularity recently. It allows users to edit the map and submit information about delays and police traps, so it's more up-to-date than most other sources.

The only downside is you'll have less time stuck in traffic to listen to the podcast!

Register for our discovery webinar

On 27 September at 6pm, we'll be holding a webinar where you can find out more about what we offer through our businesses: Yellow Lettings and RMP Property.

We don't like to push our businesses on the podcast, so the webinar gives you the opportunity to find out more about how you can benefit from what we do – and you don't even have to leave the house!

Book your place here

(It's completely free, but places are limited.)

Join the conversation

Have you got any other top tips for using Rightmove and Zoopla

Are there any of ours you particularly liked?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 12, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’, Ash from Yorkshire…

...asks Rob & Rob... Should I invest in a house or flat? PLUS Where to invest in Manchester?

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.

Sep 7, 2017

Capital growth is great, but sometimes what you want it lots of cash in the bank right now. If the yields available on single lets just aren't doing it for you, we've got four alternatives:

  • HMOs
  • Holiday lets
  • Small developments
  • Cheapo houses

All of them have the potential to double your yield, but of course they all come with downsides too . We discuss how to choose which (if any) is the right option for you – as well as picking the one we would go for.

Resource of the week

Rob D's life has been changed by the Anker SoundCore Mini: a Bluetooth speaker that's half the size of a soft drink can, yet has amazing sound quality.

If you travel a lot, or you want to play music at something like a picnic, it's perfect – and a steal for under £20.

News this week

As reported in The Mirror, it turns out that a man's bargain auction purchase is scheduled to be demolished.

Just goes to show the importance of checking the legal pack before buying, and having someone view the property in person too – especially if it seems too good to be true!

Listener deals are back!

Our listener deals episodes are always extremely popular, and we're planning some more! Send over projects you're looking at buying or have bought recently, and we'll critique them in a future episode very soon.

Click here to send us your deals

It's meetup time

Meetups are tonight, all across the UK and beyond!

If you haven't booked yet, click here to reserve your free place – there's bound to be one near you.

And if you are going along, have a great time!

Join the conversation

Question…

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Sep 5, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week’s edition of ‘Ask Rob & Rob’, Sam and Chris…

...ask Rob & Rob... Is the timing wrong for my building project? PLUS: Should I go on TV?

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.

Aug 31, 2017

Investing through a limited company has become exponentially more popular over the last couple of years – but there are aspects of limited company investment that you’re normally not told.

In this episode we bring together our own experiences and observations to shed some light on:

  • The higher costs associated with limited company lending
  • The time you can expect an application to take (and some corrective action that might be needed)
  • The extra steps you’ll need to take, compared with individual applications
  • Some points to be aware of as a result of the market being so new

None of this is intended to put you off: just to encourage you not to rush blindly into something without getting the right advice, and give you some pointers for what to expect along the way.

RESOURCE OF THE WEEK

This episode is about some of the little-known details, but we’ve also put together a course about the bigger picture aspects of limited company investing.

It’s completely free, and you can watch it here

NEWS THIS WEEK

Superstar fund manager Neil Woodford has had a rough year – and he’s trying to turn it around by buying into property shares, as reported in the FT.

This doesn’t mean you should blindly pile in too – but it might give you encouragement that he clearly believes in the health of the sector.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Is there anything you wish you’d known before buying in a limited company?

Any experiences that other investors could learn from?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 29, 2017

It's time for another question in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob', John Ellison...

...asks Rob & Rob...How can the wealth accumulated through property investing be used for social good?

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.

Aug 24, 2017

We’ve got The Property Hub Summit coming up in Manchester and our quarterly webinar for magazine subscribers.

If you’re a subscriber to The Property Hub Magazine, you’ll gain access to our quarterly webinar - just for subscribers only and should receive an email very soon on how to gain access to the webinar. If you’re not a magazine subscriber - get in quick, you might make it in time to catch the upcoming webinar, but you’ll also have access to the digital back issues and recordings of all previous webinars. Visit http://thepropertyhub.net/magazine/

This week the Rob’s are taking their predictions even further… 20 years in fact!

Predicting what's going to happen next year or even next week is not easy, but predicting what's going to happen in 20 years time even more so! Spotting trends early will give you an idea of where things are going and how you can position yourself ahead of the curve.

Prediction 1: The buy-to-let market will be mainly for professional investors

The days of dipping your toe into buy-to-let with minimal effort or knowledge are pretty much gone e.g. the number of traffic to The Property Hub forum and podcast as dramatically increased, even more so since the changes by the government to tax and legislation - that’s because buy-to-let isn’t easy anymore and people need the knowledge. In 20 years time it's expected the buy-to-let market will look more professional, with fewer amateurs doing it for themselves. There are professional PRS schemes that are built just for pension companies right now and this is a new phenomenon. In many cities the first buildings are just going up e.g. in Belfast, London and Manchester and many more are being built. These blocks will never be sold and are just built for the pension companies, who will let them out to professionals. However it can be predicted that these services will be offered to individual investors as well, who will buy a unit before it’s built and will get long-term rental guarantees. There will still be a place for the independent landlord - only they must be more professional and offer a higher standard of service. This will be a gradual change but as predicted in 20 years time, this will be the landscape of the buy-to-let market.

Prediction 2: Purpose built flats with all services included

This includes your bills, internet, concierge, on site leisure facilities - all bundled in for one payment! No worries, just your rent to pay! This has already started to happen but It’s predicted this will become much more common, for the main factor of convenience.

Prediction 3: Continued demand for smaller, more central units

Again this is something that's already happening as people are prioritising location over space. Younger people specifically would rather live centrally than further out in the suburbs with lots of space. As more people are renting than owning, they tend to have less stuff than before, they’re much more mobile and the need for space and a garage to store stuff becomes less important. This is the trend - more central and smaller units.

Prediction 4: Lettings and estate agents

Would you still go into a travel agents on the high street to book your holiday or would you book it yourself online? This is the case with lettings and estate agents, as it makes sense for people to go online and not visit a premises to be able to buy or rent a property. Most people now choose their properties on Rightmove or Zoopla (although we all love a cheeky peep at the lettings / estate agents window!). Although there is a huge resistance from people in the industry to this change as they believe people will still want to deal face to face. Older generations still may feel like they want to deal face to face, but the younger generations aren't really as fussy as online is more convenient. Rob B predicts that in 20 years times there will be very few lettings / estate agents on the high-street and online agents will take over through adapting and changing with modern consumer needs and requirements.

Prediction 5: Increase in indirect property investment

In 20 years time there will be a lot more indirect investment in property: crowdfunding, funds for residential property, funds for commercial property. There is already a lot of innovation in this sector e.g. crowdfunding wasn’t really around years ago but we are starting to see more of it now (although it’s extremely niche). This is going to be driven by technology and the fact that investors will need to have the knowledge, due to government changes in tax and legislation (prediction 1).

Prediction 6: Mortgages - increased time frame

Mortgages: Are we possibly going to see lifetime or even inter-generational mortgages in the UK? The government will need to find a way of making it possible for people to keep on affording property more expensive relative to their wages. The only way to do that is to increase the time frame - so the question is, will we see mortgages that will outlive us? One to watch!

Wild Card Predictions!

Rob D: Paperless property purchasing, maybe even further with block chain base technology to prove ownership instead of scribbling on a piece of paper and posting it off. The system may become more automated and conveyancing solicitors will be a thing of the past if they don’t radically change what they do.

Rob B: Rightmove and Zoopla could turn into an agent themselves and compete with the likes of Purple Bricks who are growing in strength all the time. At some point if the likes of Purple Bricks gets too big and powerful, they might not need Rightmove or Zoopla and therefore become an agent! This is a wild prediction which Rob B says could (not will!) happen. Watch this space!

Resource of the week

Book: UNSCRIPTED: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship - MJ DeMarco

Order on Amazon here.

Join the conversation over in the forum

Other suggestions? Join the conversation 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.

Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on iTunes.

Aug 22, 2017

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

...ask Rob & Rob...Will the resale value of student accommodation hold up? PLUS: Does the 18 year property cycle apply across the UK?

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.

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Aug 17, 2017

So this week we put out episode 100 of Ask Rob & Rob, which is a pretty cool number. If you haven't asked a question yet, then it's easy to do - jut call 013808 00035 or go to thepropertyhub.net/ask. 

We are also expanding with Yellow and are reaching new cities all the time. Did you know we now cover all of the NorthWest, Yorkshire, Midlands and London? Because of this we need more tradespeople all the time, can you help or do you know someone who might want to be added to our little black book of awesome trades? If you do, click here to get in touch. 

Now on to the topic in hand this week, unusual ways to find tenants. Most landlords will be aware of Rightmove and Zoopla as the big portals for Sales and Lettings and any agent worth their salt should be listed with both. If you self manage you should also be using an online service to list with these two main portals.

Gumtree

A major listing site for anyone with something to sell, but did you know you can also let property here. We tested gum tree out recently a got great results in some areas like York, but not others like London. It’s free to list and the paid version which we use is still very cheap. So why not try it for your area and see how you get on.

Foreign tenant networks

There are many areas of the UK where communities of foreign nationals live. Lincoln being a prime example of this. If you have a few properties in one of these areas then once you’ve let one you may find it easier to let them all. We have found that by treating these tenants well, they are quick to place other tenants from their network for you. This maybe through online portals they communicate through or word of mouth.

Facebook groups

Yes the world's biggest social media platform has it’s uses outside of endless cat videos and too many pics of other people's children you really don’t need to see quite as much as you do. But it can also be a great place to pick up tenants. There are many community Facebook groups and chances are your perspective tenants are checking them out. 

Refer a friend

So simple but it works, if you have a portfolio of properties in one area and one becomes free then ask your current tenants in your other properties to refer a friend. At Yellow we offer these tenants a £50 Amazon voucher to motivate them.

Major local employers

You should be only investing in areas with lots of major employers this helps tenant demand and increases the potential for capital growth. It’s one of the key fundamentals you should look for. So if you’ve made a conscious choice to invest in one of these areas then why not go straight to the source for tenants. If we have a number of properties in one block (which happens because investors who use RMP go on to use Yellow) we will contact major employers in the area and attempt to get on their bulletin boards or listed on their intranet. As nobody else seems to do this, you’d be surprised at the success rate. We’ve had success with airports and factories in the past.

News story of the week: Liverpool handed boost for 2022 Commonwealth Games by being named UK's top sporting city

Rob B loves this news story for obvious reasons. Check out the latest boost to Liverpool's seemingly never ending success story in recent years as a powerhouse of a city, you can read all about it here.

Resource of the week

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Aug 15, 2017

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

...asks Rob & Rob...How do I get JV finance for my project? PLUS: How does the long-term debt cycle relate to property?

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Aug 10, 2017

We've waited four years for Rob D to rant and this is the episode where it finally happens.

This week's topic takes information from an official government publication 'The English Housing Survey' which you can find here.

Here are some of the facts we look at in the report:

Size & composition of rental sector

  • 4.5m households are in PRS. That’s 20% of all households. Up from 12% in 2006
  • 24% of private renters receive housing benefit, but only 5% had their full rent covered by HB
  • 74% were working

Ability to pay rent

  • Households in the PRS spend 35% of their income on rent. 45% in London, 32% excluding London
  • 71% found it “fairly” or “very” easy to pay their rent. Falls to 41% in London
  • 9% of private renters had been in arrears in the last year, compared to 25% of social renters
  • Mean weekly rent is £184 overall: £300 in London, £153 outside London. Slightly more expensive than the average mortgage payment
  • 66% of private renters have no savings. Of the 1/3 who did, 41% of them were under £5,000. Scary!

Length of tenancy and satisfaction

 

  • Average tenancy length 4.3 years

 

  • 82% satisfied with accommodation. 10% dissatisfied, compared to 13% of social renters
  • Of those who had repairs carried out in last 12 months, 18% were dissatisfied with how it was done. Compared to 22% of social renters

Why last tenancy ended

  • 73% because they wanted it to. 11% ended by landlord. Only 2% left because of rent increase
  • Of those 11% ended by LL, 63% were because the landlord wanted to sell or use the property (but could be skewed)

So these stats would indicate that private landlords are not doing too bad of a job in fact.

But hang on a minute, another perspective came out recently which, on the face of it, looks very different which was reported in Guardian as "Landlords are turfing people out of their homes without reason - and it's completely legal" And here we have the fuel for Rob D's very first rant in four years. You'll have to listen to the podcast in full to listen to him go... 

Resource of the week

Thanks to Damien for this resource, which is a good one. It's another look at the private rental market and gives you even more data than we've discussed already. Check this one out here

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Aug 8, 2017

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

...asks Rob & Rob...Can I trust my mortgage broker? PLUS: How do I find an absent owner?

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Aug 3, 2017

It's Meetup night tonight, and we're hoping lots of you are headed to our free and friendly gatherings all across the UK and beyond. If you haven't yet booked your ticket you can find your nearest location here. Rob B is heading to the coast, and will be in Bournemouth saying hi to some local Hubbers there.

Now, on to this week's episode which is all about a shake up in the mortgage market that may have just slipped under the radar. Now, some of you won't be affected by this at all but some of you really will so you wont want to miss the details.

So, the Bank Of England has an arm called the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) that regulates lenders. They’ve brought in new rules that lenders must follow, to avoid the risky lending that contributed to the last crash.

This is happening in two parts:

  • Tougher rental cover tests, since January 2017
  • “Portfolio landlord” underwriting, from September 2017

So what are the rules on rental cover:

  • The rent must cover at least 125% of the mortgage payment when the interest rate is at least 5.5% – but many lenders are using 145%
  • Rule of thumb - each £100 of monthly rent will support £15,000 of borrowing
    • So £500 rent = £75,000 borrowing. If it costs £100k, you’re fine. More than that, you’ll need a larger deposit = lower ROI
  • However this doesn't apply to:
    • - Mortgages for limited companies
    • - Bridging lending
    • - Commercial or semi-commercial property
    • - Holiday lets
    • - Any loans with a fixed term of five years or longer
  • Effect: You won’t get as much leverage for lower-yielding properties

 

What about the forthcoming portfolio Landlord underwriting?

  • So the definition of “portfolio landlord” is someone with 4 or more mortgaged properties
  • Any properties in a Ltd Co also count towards the total
  • Every lender can decide what they want to see, but PRA suggests they look at:
    • - Property portfolio spreadsheet
    • - Cashflow forecast spreadsheet
    • - Income and expenditure spreadsheet
    • - Business plan
    • - Three months' bank statements
    • - SA302s and tax overviews from HMRC
    • - Tenancy agreements for all properties
  • Basically you need to make a case for the new loan in the context of your entire “rental business”, not just the property you’re buying
  • Effect:
    • Slower applications because more for lender to look at
    • More declines, because there’s more they could decide they don’t like
  • (Doesn’t apply to Ltd Companies, but they have to do most of this anyway)

So what does all of this mean?

  • The rental cover tests means bigger deposits in London and a few other areas, but shouldn’t affect elsewhere
  • Portfolio Landlord criteria will make for painful applications, but it’s hard to be annoyed about it because if you were going for a business loan they’d want to see all this stuff - and it is a business
  • BUT it’s yet another measure that will deter amateur landlords...which could play into the wobble and mean opportunity for investors who are serious

News story of the week: Research reveals extent of price drops by property agents in London

35% of London properties have had a price reduction since they were first marketed.

Nationally, 77% of properties are selling below asking price.

Wobble time? Maybe so. It certainly looks like a buyers market right now. 

Resource of the week

http://podsync.net/ is a simple and free service that lets you listen to any YouTube or Vimeo channels, playlists or user videos in podcast format.

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Aug 1, 2017

It's time for another couple of questions in this week's edition of 'Ask Rob & Rob', Kush and Fez...

...ask Rob & Rob...How can I flip properties remotely? PLUS: The costs of 10-year fixes

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Jul 27, 2017

Next week will be a busy one - as well as our meetups which, as always, are happening on the first Thursday of the month (find your nearest location and register for your free place here) - our latest magazine will be hitting doorsteps at the end of the month.  If you haven't already done so, check out the information about the mag here... as well as a printed copy, for £5 a quarter you also get access to our webinars which are exclusively for magazine subscribers and immediate digital access to all back issues.

 

In this episode, we'll be giving you seven handy tips to put more money in your back pocket.  With ancestors in Yorkshire and Scotland, Rob D has definitely got a desire to save money in his genes, and Rob B is a self-confessed "value hunter"!

We'll be discussing ways to limit your leasehold charges, how to get trade deals, making your education costs (such as books, magazines and Summits / courses) tax deductible, the importance of an annual portfolio audit which could make a huge difference to your costs even with a portfolio of one, and how to upgrade to First Class train travel for negligible additional cost.

You could join LNPG for discounts on boilers, bathrooms, flooring etc - and don't forget you can claim 10% off the annual sign up fee if you quote "RD10".

And take a look at moneysavingexpert.com's cheap energy club, which could save you a significant amount particularly for holiday lets or HMOs.

None of our tips will take up too much of your time.  Simply knowing about them or signing up once in many cases, could result in significant savings.

 

News story of the week: 10 UK towns where property sales have risen and fallen the most

Many studies look at prices, but this one looks at transaction volumes and shows nine out of ten of the biggest fallers to be in London and the SE with Brent falling a whopping 30%. And Retford in the East Midlands saw the biggest rise in 2016. Yet more evidence of money moving out of the capital to areas where there's more value.  Take a look at the story in full here.

Resource of the week

Back to our first money saving tip... and an easy way to ensure that a freeholder charges you no more than £40 for a consent to sub-let.  Here's a template letter for you to sign and send.

 

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