The Yorkshire Mentality of ‘Gerronwi’it’

Ey up my lovelies, it’s Yorkshire Day! So what better time to talk about one of me favourite Yorkshire words than today? The word in question is GERRONWI’IT. Which in translation for all you non-Yorkshire folk simply means “hurry up and do what you said you were going to do!” I’m writing about this today, because it seemsContinue reading “The Yorkshire Mentality of ‘Gerronwi’it’”

What are the Worries and Concerns of a Private Investor?

Here are a couple of common worries and concerns: Investor Concern: Money sat in the bank earning very little!Today’s research shows the best interest rates right now… with the top earner being just 1.11% APR – ANNUAL PERCENTAGE YIELD!!! That means if you have £20,000, your interest PER YEAR is only like to be aroundContinue reading “What are the Worries and Concerns of a Private Investor?”

The Credibility of People You’re Investing With.

I love property, but sadly the property investment industry is rife with sharks and peddlers, out to separate you from your hard-earned funds. Most people active in property know of many other property people across the country – and now that social media is a key part of business, it’s very easy to see whatContinue reading “The Credibility of People You’re Investing With.”

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Project Complete!

The Throstle Lane project is now fully complete, tenanted and making rental income. There’s some transformation shots of the works included in this post, because everyone loves seeing the before and after differences! The final tally of the refurbishment cost for this house has been my most expensive project refurbishment yet… but there was aContinue reading “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Project Complete!”

IT’S CARPET DAY!

  Ever since I can remember, I have loved the smell of a new carpet. Call me weird, but there’s something distinctly pleasant about laying down on a new carpet and breathing in its delightful fresh scent. So you can imagine how excited I get on carpet day – that is, the day of theContinue reading “IT’S CARPET DAY!”

But What About The Refurbishment Project During This Covid Chaos?

  But What About The Refurbishment Project During This Covid Chaos? My last update mentioned the good progress we were making on the project at Throstle Lane in Leeds. If you’ve not yet seen the pictures, it’s a dated ex-council house, where I was undertaking the buy – refurbish – rent out – refurbish model.Continue reading “But What About The Refurbishment Project During This Covid Chaos?”

PROJECT UPDATE: Throstle Lane

PROJECT UPDATE: Throstle Lane. It’s been a few weeks since I posted, because I’ve been busy entertaining myself with the latest refurbishment project in Leeds. This is a residential house in my area, an 8 minute drive from my front door, and a prime property for a family, a large, roomy ex-council end terrace withContinue reading “PROJECT UPDATE: Throstle Lane”

Don’t Ever Give Up Hope… A Tale of Some Little Piggies!

Today I’m going to tell you a story that spans more than thirty years. A story of a child’s unfulfilled frustration and disappointment. A tale of never-ending hope. But to begin our story, let me take you back to the mid-1980s… Our story begins in Leeds, with an only child, a shy little poor girlContinue reading “Don’t Ever Give Up Hope… A Tale of Some Little Piggies!”

FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING?

FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING? CHRISTMAS – WEDDING – NEW YEAR’S EVE – LANDLORD What do all these words have in common? I’ll tell you: they make the sellers bump up the price of items and services unnecessarily! I’ve seen it this week in the local shopping centre. We’re a few days before Christmas andContinue reading “FAIR PRICE OR A FLEECING?”

Why We Should All Love a Council House

Why we should all love a council house! Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin… Back in the misty depths of time, not quite as far back as ancient Babylon, but a few decades back to that awesome period known as the 1980s… In this era there lived in mythical beast: Margaret Thatcher. Love orContinue reading “Why We Should All Love a Council House”

My Top Five Reasons Why Being in Property is Great

Here are my top five reasons why being in property is great! Here we go… Number 1: You get to help people. First and foremost, you are providing homes for tenants. There’s a real shortage of rental accommodation, and if you can help provide that service, it benefits both parties.  A great reason to startContinue reading “My Top Five Reasons Why Being in Property is Great”

HALLOWEEN HORRORS… of Property!

I love Halloween! 🎃 👻 So as it’s October 31st, I will share with you some Halloween Horrors… of Property! There are many scary things about property that keep us terrified and awake at night… and some are just downright horrors! First one: mysterious happenings in the middle of the night! 😱 During a property’sContinue reading “HALLOWEEN HORRORS… of Property!”

How Do You Know Who To Trust With Your Money?

How do you know who to trust with your money? I’m writing this because of a little occurrence that happened yesterday, which I haven’t been able to stop thinking about.  I had put my car in for the MOT in the morning and so had to get the bus into Leeds. I was booked inContinue reading “How Do You Know Who To Trust With Your Money?”

Who Surveys the Surveyors?!

Who Surveys the Surveyors? Who invests in property? And of those, who has ever had a surveyor make an absolutely ridiculous valuation on the property? Hmmm, that’ll be every property investor then! Despite our best due diligence, our most recent sold and for sale comparables, our best work, time and money spent in refurbishment…  thereContinue reading “Who Surveys the Surveyors?!”