Historically, investing in real estate has been reserved for large institutional investors. Being that it is quite expensive to invest in real estate, many of the “little guys” are left out of this maket. A few years ago real estate crowdfunding changed all of that. In 2013 it became legal for real estate investing to occur through crowd funding. With...
Parquet Floor
Caring for a parquet floor can sometimes be tricky, as you can’t use the regular cleaning products that you’d turn to for, say, linoleum or tiles. This type of flooring can also be particularly vulnerable to scratches and scuffs, which, if present over a large area, may need the attentions of a professional to remove. However, smaller scuffs can...
The Budget has been set and the Chancellor will not be reversing the mortgage interest tax relief changes expected to come into effect next month, with many reacting to this by saying that the heady easy money days of buy-to-let property investment are well and truly over. But is this really the end of the buy-to-let property dream? We recently attended...
Do you know the importance of gas safety? Gas safety is a statutory duty that no landlord can afford to ignore. Unlike any other aspect of property management, such as assured shorthold tenancies, paying attention to the safety of gas installations in your rental properties can literally be the difference between life and death. Landlords can get away with issuing a...
What does the Budget mean for property
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has delivered his first and last Spring Budget. If you're a landlord, a homeowner, you're saving to get on the property ladder, or you’re renting in London, read Portico London estate agent’s summary of how the Budget will affect you… I’m a landlord - how am I affected? Landlords across the country will be...
Buying a house is as simple as saving up a deposit, securing a mortgage, then making an offer, right? In simple terms, yes, but on top of these large costs and decisions there are lots of further additional costs that can quickly add up over time. First time buyers, new to the property market and perhaps blind to the...
Student property continues its rise in popularity as a UK investment market. No doubt this is driven partly by increasing rents as student numbers continue to increase with each new intake yet the market in most university towns remains undersupplied. New data from prominent agency Knight Frank has shown that the UK student property market has grown by 37% over...
Considering a Letting Agent
Many people dream of not only getting on the property ladder and owning their own home, but buying increasing numbers of houses and flats and letting them out. Like so much in life, the dream of becoming a landlord, if realised, quickly turns into the harsh reality of a whole lot of work — and a whole bunch of...
These days, everyone is looking to make their money go further, from utility bills to fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some interior design luxuries every now and again. Everyone deserves to live in a beautiful and unique home, so if you’re looking for ways to give your apartment or house a fresh look this...
Should You Set Up A Company For Your Buy-To-Let Property?
Landlords across London will be considering setting up a limited company to negate the tax hit coming into effect in April - but is this the more profitable option? Portico London estate agents have put together some worked examples and shared their thoughts on whether they think landlords should incorporate to pay less tax. Changes to tax relief for residential landlords...

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