A two bedroom terraced house, Camomile Close, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. Ideal for a buy to let investment opportunity. Marketed by Bairstow eves (01922 312791) and at a very reasonable £120k asking price. You can find the full property details here.
Situated in the highly popular Tamebridge estate, which is very conducive for long term letting.
A 2 bedroom semi deatched house on Penmire Grove a new build housing estate about half a mile south of Rushall, Walsall, WS4. The property is being marketed by Bairstow eves (01922 321791).
The spec looks right on the money with no major issues that need immediate attention. Marketed at offers of over £142k. It is interesting to note that the price has been reduced by £8k since February when it was first listed. The last sale was for £132k in 2013.
I was recently reading a report by the Home website which suggested that landlords are selling en-masse their buy-to-let investments due to increasing burdens on them in the buy-to-let market. Their findings suggest the number of new properties that came onto the market nationally (for sale) jumped by 11% across the UK as a result.
Those increasing burdens include new tax rules coming in over the next 3 to 4 years and the announcement that all self-managing landlords (i.e. landlords that don’t use a letting agent to look after their buy-to-let property) will soon need to register with a compulsory redress scheme to resolve tenant arguments and disputes; as Westminster wants to heighten standards in the Private Rented Sector.
Interestingly, a few weeks ago I was chatting with a self-managed landlord from Bloxwich, when I was out who didn’t realise the other recent legislations that have hit the Private Rented sector, including the ‘Right to Rent’ regulations which came in to operation last year. Landlords have to certify their tenants have the legal right to live in the UK. This includes checking and taking copies of their tenant’s passport or visa before the tenancy is signed. Of course, if you use a letting agent to manage your property, they will usually sort this for you (as they will with the redress scheme when that is implemented).
One of the best things I love about my job as an agent is helping Walsall landlords with their strategic portfolio management. Gone are the days of making money by buying any old Walsall property to rent out or sell on. These days, property investment is both an art and science. The art is your gut reaction to a property, but with the power of the internet and the way the Walsall property market has gone in the last 10-15 years, science must also play its part on a property’s future viability for investment.
As a property professional I use many metrics (as do others), when deciding the viability of a rental property i.e. the price, the average rent, the yield and one you may not be too familiar with is – an average value per square foot.
However, another metric I like to use is the average rent per square foot. The reason being is that it’s a great way to judge a property from the point of view of the tenant … what space they get for their money. Now of course, location plays a huge influencing factor when it comes to rents (and hence rent per square foot). Like people buying a property, tenants also have that balancing act between better/worse location, more vs. less money and size of accommodation (bigger and more rooms equalling more money) and where they live (location) verses making ends meet.
I am getting more and more enquiries from my blog reading friends on some technical aspects of property management. In the past I’ve avoided writing about these types of questions on the Blog by answering them directly. I find writing about the Walsall property market more interesting but people power has to prevail and I feel I must provide the readership what they seek.
There are various reasons why you may need to recover possession of your rental property. Below is an enquiry I received recently and my answer. Hope you find it informative and as always I welcome your feedback. Do let me know if you have any burning questions you would like me to answer in a similar vein and I’ll do my best to accommodate.
I rented my property out when I moved into my husband’s house about 6 years ago and we are now going through a divorce. I need my property back as I need to move in as soon as possible, so I know I will need to evict the current tenants. How do I correctly serve a notice?
Right ladies and gents, we are back in Dalkeith street, Birchills, Walsall again. Why, you ask? Well, I’m going to tell you. Firstly, and you may find this hard to believe, but Dalkeith street is blowing up right now, the level of interest from renters is insane. You may remember I mentioned in my last BTL deal post that I helped one of my clients rent out a two bed terraced just like this one recently! The second reason is as follows…I’ve repeated myself over and over again about renters’ expectations and what landlords actually provide. If you are serious about your property empire and want to maximise your portfolio as much as possible, what I am about to show you is the standard you should set yourself on every property you rent out. This is a bog standard two bed terraced house in the heart of Walsall, nothing at all special. However, by just investing a relatively small amount of money to showcase your let, this is what you can and should be achieving. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves.