• The Property Cycle: What happens next, and how you can see it coming

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    The property cycle is a powerful concept: one that can give you the confidence to act when others are fearful, and avoid making moves (like most investors do) at exactly the wrong time.

    I’m joined this week by the UK’s leading expert on the property cycle – Akhil Patel – to talk about what the cycle can tell us about where we are right now, and how you can tell what’s going to happen next.

  • New 2017 mortgage rules: everything you need to know

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    For many investors, finance is a critical part of the property growth plan – and it can also be one of the more painful constraints if you can’t find your way through the mortgage minefield.

    So it’s always important to keep on top of what’s happening in the mortgage market, and never more so than now – with lenders grappling to come to terms with a whole new set of restrictions that have just come into effect, and more to come later this year.

    In this episode I’m joined by mortgage advisor Simon Allen, who’s spoken to most of the main lenders and is here to report back with everything you need to know.

  • Reboot: Why you need to completely re-think property investment in 2017

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    We’re back! In this first episode, I run through what to expect in this new series of the Property Geek Podcast.

    It’s a reboot not just for the podcast, but also a time for property investors to be reconsidering how they operate in general. So in this series, we’ll be talking about everything that’s changing: lending restrictions, legislation, incorporation, and ticking over into a new phase of the property cycle…

  • Episode 58: How to source property deals

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    Anyone can pick a property off Rightmove and negotiate 5% off the asking price. You know that the real profits are made when you can reliably track down those elusive “below market value” or lease option opportunities…but where do you even start?

    My guest, Mark Dunsmore, used to be an estate agent (don’t hold it against him) before he learnt to apply the same skills to sourcing properties for investors. Having built up a nationwide sourcing business, he’s now teaching other investors how to find their own deals – either to build their portfolio, or make a profit by selling them on to others.

    I speak to Mark about how to work with a property sourcer to access better opportunities than you could find on your own – and, if you’ve got the time and the dedication, how to source directly yourself.

  • Episode 57: How to sell a property

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    They say that you make your money when you buy, not when you sell – but there’s no doubt that how you approach selling a property can make a huge difference to the result you achieve.

    My guest this week, Anna Hart, specialises in helping her clients to sell at the best price within their desired timescale – and avoiding the nightmare scenario of having a property languish on the market. Even if selling couldn’t be further from your mind, our discussion around presenting a property and doing viewings will give you a valuable insight into a vendor’s mindset.

  • Episode 56: Never a borrower nor a lender?

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    Another way to (indirectly) make money from property is to lend money to others who need financing for development projects. Alternatively, you might be looking to borrow from private individuals in order to do more deals without relying on expensive bridging finance.

    In this episode, I talk about my recent experience of lending money out. If you’ve got spare cash on the sidelines, I cover how to lend safely and reduce your risk as far as possible. On the other side, if you want to raise private finance, it will give you an insight into how to structure the arrangement and allow the lender to be confident that their interest is protected.