Only recently added to the sales market, this is technically a two bed semi with a loft conversion for the third bedroom, but we will call it a three bed just for the sake of argument. Situated on Edinburgh Avenue, Walsall, WS2. Currently marketed with Purple Bricks 0121 721 9601 for an asking price of £125k and based on a minimum pcm rental of £550.00 will yield 5.28%.
I wrote my thoughts in an article in October 2016 after interest rates were slashed to 0.25%. You can read the full article by clicking here. Then in December 2017 I wrote a further article when it was announced interest rates would be increased to 0.50%. The full article can be found by clicking here. Existing clients and Blog reading friends alike have been asking me for my thoughts on the recently announced increase…the current average value of a property in Walsall currently stands at £181,994 so what will the recent increase in the base rates to 0.75% from 0.50% do to the local property market?
In many of my articles, I talk about what is happening to property values over the short term (i.e. the last 12 months or the last 5 years), but to answer this question we need to go back over 40 years, to 1975.
The average value of a Walsall property in 1975 was £8,285
However, since 1975, we have experienced in the UK, inflation of 807.5%.
This 3 bed semi detached home is situated on Woodbridge Close, Shelfield, Walsall, WS4. On the market with Bairstow Eves (01922 312791). Priced at £100k, but asking for offers over that amount. The full details can be found here.
If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.
The property looks well maintained and in good decorative order, but without an internal viewing it is difficult to assess what improvements are required, if any.
Don’t know about you but I had heard so much about the new GDPR laws which came into force towards the end of May 2018 that I thought many of my Blog reading friends wouldn’t wish to hear another word on the matter!! On the contrary…I’ve received several requests to clear matters up for you guys especially, around your personal responsibility when it came to staying on the right side of the law.
If you are letting a property in Walsall or indeed the UK for that matter, GDPR for landlords certainly affects you in a few key ways. Before I address these major changes, let’s take a quick look at how we got to this point.
A brief history of UK data protection
In essence, data protection regulation has been enforced in the UK as a way to ensure that businesses and business owners do not abuse or misuse the data of their customers. The purpose is to ensure it is not just used correctly but also stored safely. In the UK, the first Data Protection Act was introduced in 1984.
It has been subsequently revised over the years and in 1993, a famous case was brought forward which saw PC Brown being prosecuted for mishandling data. Though the ruling was eventually overturned, it was a landmark case and UK businesses seemed to start taking data protection more seriously.
So far 2018 has been hectic or what…??!! Time seems to be running through my hands like water. As a landlord and a property manager my daily workload is varied and that’s what I like about my life (afterall, as the saying goes – ‘variety is the spice of life’). The planned stuff mixed in with the unplanned keeps a working day interesting. However, if you are prone to anxiety attacks and don’t like uncertainty of a day in the life of a property manager, then perhaps you would be best advised to seek out the assistance of an expert…
So, the short answer to the question posed by a friend of mine (who is also a self-managing Walsall landlord) is that landlords don’t need to use the services of a Walsall letting agent. Many Walsall landlords decide to be hands-on and undertake the whole lettings process themselves.
I started investing in Walsall buy-to-let property nineteen years ago in 1999 and I was keen to learn and control the whole process myself. I was wary of entrusting others with what was ultimately my financial future and my thoughts were that no agent could possibly care about my Walsall property as much as me.