Baldock Buy-to-Let Return / Yields – 1.7% to 6.3% a year

  The mind-set and tactics you employ to buy your first Baldock buy to let property needs to be different to the tactics and methodology of buying a home for yourself to live in. The main difference is when purchasing your own property, you may well pay a little more to get the home you (and your family) want, and are less likely to compromise. When buying for your own use, it is only human nature you will want the best, so that quite often it is at the top end of your budget (because as my parents always used to tell me – you get what you pay for in this world!). Yet with a buy to let property, if your goal is a higher rental return – a higher price doesn’t always equate to higher monthly returns – in fact quite the opposite. Inexpensive Baldock properties can bring in bigger monthly returns. Most landlords use the phrase ‘yield’

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Baldock’s New 3 Speed Property Market

“What’s happening to the Baldock Property Market” is a question I am asked repeatedly.  Well, would it be a surprise to hear that my own research suggests that there isn’t just one big Baldock property market – but many small micro-property markets? According to recent data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), I have discovered that at least three of these micro-property markets have emerged over the last 20+ years in the town. For ease, I have named them the … ‘lower’ Baldock Property Market. ‘lower to middle’ Baldock Property Market. ‘middle’ Baldock Property Market.   The ‘lower’ and ‘lower to middle’ sectors of the Baldock property market have been fuelled over the last few years by two sets of buyers. The first set, making up the clear majority of those buyers, are cash rich landlord investors who are throwing themselves into the Baldock property market to take advantage of alluringly low prices and even lower interest rates. The other

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579 Baldock Landlords – Is This a Legal Tax Loop-Hole?

In November 2015, George Osborne disclosed plans to restrain the buy-to-let (BTL) market, implying its growing attractiveness was leaving aspiring first time buyers contesting with landlords for the restricted number of properties on the market.  One of things he brought in was that tax relief on BTL mortgages would be capped, starting in April 2017.  Before April 2017, a private landlord could claim tax relief from their interest on their BTL mortgage at the rate they paid income tax – (i.e. 20% basic / 40% higher rate and 45% additional rate). So, for example, let’s say we have a Baldock landlord, a high rate tax payer who has a BTL investment where the rent is £900 a month and the mortgage is £600 per month.  In the tax year just gone (2016/17), assuming no other costs or allowable items, the figures are below: Annual rental income £10,800. Taxable rental income would be £3,600 after tax relief from mortgage relief This

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40.1 miles – The average distance people go to escape living in Baldock

“How far do Baldock people go to move to a new house?”  This was an intriguing question asked by one of my clients the other week.  Readers of my property blog will know I love a challenge, especially when it comes to talking about the Baldock property market.  For the majority, the response is not very far.  It is much more common for homeowners and tenants in Great Britain to move across town than to the next town or county.  Until now, it’s been hard to say how many homeowners and tenants moved from and to relatively far away to buy or rent their new home.  However, I carried out some research and requested some statistics from the Royal Mail and what came back was fascinating. Using statistics for the 12 months up to the middle of Autumn 2016, 192 households moved out of Baldock and the average distance was 40.08 miles, the equivalent of moving from Baldock to Brackley

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Should the 1,677 home owning OAP’s of Baldock be forced to downsize?

This was a question posed to me on social media a few weeks ago, after my article about our mature members of Baldock society and the fact many retirees feel trapped in their homes.  After working hard for many years and buying a home for themselves and their family, the children have subsequently flown the nest and now they are left to rattle round in a big house.  Many feel trapped in their big homes (hence I dubbed these Baldock home owning mature members of our society, ‘Generation Trapped’). Should we force OAP Baldock homeowners to downsize? In the original article, I suggested that we as a society should encourage, through building, tax breaks and social acceptance that it’s a good thing to downsize. But should the Government force OAP’s? One of the biggest reasons OAP’s move home is health (or lack of it).  Looking at the statistics for Baldock, of the 1,677 homeowners who are 65 years and older,

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