New Google property portal ‘a good thing’

The proposed new Google online property portal "is very good news"for estate agents and consumers such as private landlords, it has been suggested.Selwyn Lim, director of internet-based property information service Mouseprice, said that the move will bring more competition to the market.Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the search engine is set [...]

Medium-term investments ‘attractive’

Would-be private landlords looking to make an investment in residential property should take a "medium-term view", it has been suggested.According to editor of Property Investor News Richard Bowser, people with cash are looking to the property market to make a return due to the historically-low interest rates.Ever since March 2009, the Bank of England's monetary [...]

Demand for landlord services ‘to grow’

Would-be first-time buyers who are unable to afford a mortgage deposit to get on the housing ladder are set to require landlord services in the coming months as they seek out homes in the private rented sector.That is the view of Lucian Cook, director of residential research at estate agent Savills, who has suggested that [...]

Landlord rent levels ‘up in October’

Landlord rent levels increased by 0.1 per cent between September and October, new research shows.According to the FindaProperty.com Rental Index, the average amount that private landlords are charging their tenants in October was £830 per calendar month.There have now been six consecutive months of stable or rising rents.The study also found that stock of rental [...]

Students ‘happy with landlords’

A new report carried out by the Centre for Housing Research in Ireland has found that the majority of students at five Dublin colleges had positive landlord-tenant relationship. The Irish Times reported that the survey, which was commissioned by the Private Residential Tenancies Board, indicated that most of the 1,300 students who took part were [...]

Private landlords’challenges assessed

Rising unemployment, the possibility of future house price drops and the lack of affordable mortgage finance are three factors that will stop private landlords adding to their property portfolios in the next 12 months, it has been suggested.According to Tom Entwistle, editor at online landlord information portal LandlordZONE, it is not surprising that just over [...]

UK ‘keen on property investment’

Whether it is becoming a private landlord or buying a home to live in, Britons are apparently keen on property investment.Scottish Widows published research this week, showing that 45 per cent of people in the UK believe property provides a better return than other savings and investment vehicles.And whereas 28 per cent of respondents to [...]

Property market ‘continues to recover’

The most recent figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) indicate that the property market is "inching its way back to recovery", according to the president of a UK-based estate agent body.Gary Smith from the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) said that the latest market observations indicate that home movers are returning to [...]

Private landlords urged to buy property

Private landlords with the money to spend have been advised that now is a good time to purchase bricks and mortar.Michael Aglony, marketing manager at independent mortgage expert Mortgages for Business, suggested that there are a number of positive indicators in the buy-to-let market.Indeed, he predicted that September will be a busy month for the [...]

Kent landlords call time on buy-to-let business

A private landlord couple who own around 700 properties have made the decision to retire from the private rented sector.Fergus and Judith Wilson, who run homes and have various tenancy agreements set up in and around Kent, believe that now is the ideal time for them to sell up.The couple have reportedly made around £90 [...]