My BTL Deal Of The Day 2 Bed Semi Walsall WS2 Yields 5.31%

A good looking 2 bed semi on Darlaston Road, Walsall, WS2. It has a decent sized rear garden with an overlooking sun room. It’s a pretty good spec and  by the looks of the photos, doesn’t need anything doing to it, but as I always say, “that is what viewings are for”. There are two double bedrooms, a Modern style bathroom, but unfortunately there is no picture of the kitchen. There is a Veranda, which looks like it is being used as a utility room. Parking is off-road. Located on the main Darlaston Road it is not far from Walsall, Darlaston and Wednesbury town centres.

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My BTL Deal Of The Day, 3 Bed Semi House, Larchwood Road, Walsall, WS5 With Yields Of 5.57%.

A very nicely presented three bedroom semi detached house on Larchwood Road, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. The asking price is £140k with Yopa (01322 584475), you can find the full property details here.

Located in the highly popular and very desirable Tamebridge estate, speaks volumes as to the location and therefore the potential for long term letting.

There are two double bedrooms and a single bedroom. There is a conservatory extension to the rear.

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GDPR & Walsall Landlords

GDPR and Walsall Landlords
GDPR and Walsall Landlords

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.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal – 2 Bed Terraced House, Essex Street, Walsall, WS2 – Yields 7.00%

A traditional terraced house on the north side of the town. The spec is very good and should be good to go pending an actual viewing, which I would highly recommend.

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal Tamebridge Walsall WS5 Yields 6.00%

A two bedroom terraced house, Sorell Drive, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5. Ideal for a buy to let (BTL) investment opportunity. Marketed Bairstow eves (01926 312791) and at a very reasonable £110k 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.

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Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!

Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!
Get out of the Walsall Property Rental Market!

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).

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal – 3 Bedroom End Terrace House, Holford Avenue, Walsall, WS2, Yields 5.77%

A three bedroom end terraced house, Holford Avenue, Bescot, Walsall, WS2. This property is presented very nicely and with a very acceptable spec. It can be let as it currently stands though I would take a closer look at the rear garden, it could do with some sprucing up. The property type and high standard of spec makes it ideal for working professionals.This is further strengthened by its location about half a mile from M6 junction 9, ideal for commuting. For the frustrated footballer in all of us, Bescot stadium is but a short 10 minute stroll away. The return journey could be a little longer if the Saddlers lose that Saturday. For your weekly shopping supplies look no further than the large Morrisons superstore just around the corner. It has a petrol forecourt as well…Handy!

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Today’s By To Let Deal, Britannia Road, Poppyfields, Walsall, WS1 With Yields Of 5.28%.

A two bedroom end terraced house on the popular Poppyfields estate in Walsall. The area is popular for investors and renters alike. The property benefits from double glazing and gas central heating. Parking is off-road. It would be better appreciated by a viewing. Some improvements/ changes will be needed including the rear garden and bathroom. The location is within easy reach of all the major road networks, services and other amenities lending easy access to Walsall and West Bromwich town centres. For the football aficionados amongst us, Bescot Stadium is just a few mins walk away.

The current asking price is £125000 and based on a rental of £550.00 pcm will return a yield of 5.28%.

Currently on offer with Bairstow eves (01902 312791) click here for the full property details or give them a call.

If you would like an instant online appraisal as to the rental value of your property, please click here.

If you are thinking of getting into the property rental market and don’t know where to start, speak to us for impartial advice and guidance to get the best return on your investment.

For more information about other potential investment properties that we could introduce you to, or to ask about our thoughts on your own investment choices, call us now on 01922 311016, you can always email me on salekm@ashmorelettings.co.uk.

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Are Walsall landlords stifling the Walsall property market…?

Are Walsall landlords stifling the Walsall property market…?
Are Walsall landlords stifling the Walsall property market…?

Following the publication of a recent blog article about ‘Generation Rent’ a local homeowner of Walsall contacted me.   He said that he felt that the plight of our Walsall youngsters (first time buyers), was that like of a novice football player trying to bend it like Beckham!  You’re in a minus game playing Beckham at his own game right?  Play him a 100 times and you’re bound to lose 100 times!!  There is no doubt that buy to let landlords have played a major role in driving up property values in Walsall (and the UK) and from that made housing a lot less affordable for the 20-30 somethings of Walsall.

Let us look at how affordable Walsall is.  The best way to measure affordability is to measure Walsall property prices against Walsall average salary (the higher the ratio, the less affordable properties are).  Looking at the table below, for example in 2014, the average value of a Walsall property was 5.95 times higher than the average annual wage in Walsall.

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Walsall Property Values Increase by £15.84 a Day!

Walsall Property Values Increase by £15.84 a Day!
Walsall Property Values Increase by £15.84 a Day!

Investing in Walsall buy to let property is a little different to investing in the stock market and arguably more rewarding than the latter. Or you could of course pledge your hard-earned cash in the Building Society. When you invest your money in the Building Society, this is considered by many as the safe option but the returns you can achieve are, in my opinion, miserably low (the best 2-year bond rate from Nationwide is a whopping 0.75% a year!). The Stock Market can give good returns, but unless you are a city whizz kid or on the phone every day to your Stockbroker it is difficult to make positive returns. The masses usually invest in stock market funds, making the investment quite hands off and one always has the feeling of not being in control.

However, with buy to let, things can be more hands on. One of the things many landlords like is the physical nature of property – the fact that you can touch the bricks and mortar. It is exactly this which attracts many of Walsall’s landlords – they feel they are making their own decisions rather than assigning them to city whizz kids in Canary Wharf playing Russian roulette with their savings.

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