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Which Properties Make the Most Money?
Friday 30th April 2021
As a landlord it is important that you invest in the right property in the right area in order to minimise your void periods and maximise your income. According to the latest research from Paragon in association with LandlordZone, HMOs produce the best yields at 7% followed by flats at 6.1%. This is followed by bungalows, terraced houses and semi-detached houses all at 5.9%, detached houses at 5.7% and flats that were individual units at 5.1%. There 800 landlords surveyed – some with one property and others with a portfolio with several. It appeared that the larger the landlord’s portfolio the better the yield. In fact, those with 20 properties or more had a yield of 6.7% whilst those with one property had a yield of 4.2%. this demonstrates the importance of diversifying an investment portfolio. In terms of landlords’ experiences of how Covid had impacted their business, just over 30% reported that they had experienced problems from the pandemic, but this wasn’t exclusively due to rent arrears. Rental income had been reduced the most by those who held a larger property portfolio. The report also showed that terraced houses were the most popular property type among landlords with all portfolio sizes. This is followed by flats and semi-detached properties. Larger portfolios enable landlords to invest in a broader range of property types and result in the best overall yields. Talk to us at Newton Letting if you would like advice on the best properties to invest in and the rental returns you can expect to see in and around Glasgow.
What are Renters Looking For?
Wednesday 31st March 2021
Following the pandemic last year, there was a re-evaluation of renters’ priorities. Instead of looking for homes close to transport links, restaurants, bars and amenities, people were turning their attention towards properties that enabled them to adapt to the lockdown lifestyle. This included additional space for working from home, outside space by way of a private garden, balcony, terrace or shared garden, being within close proximity to outside space for exercise and a good broadband connection. To find out what renters were looking for from their homes Zoopla has released the top search terms for those looking at new homes on the portal. The number one search term is Garden followed by Parking and Garage – indicating that people are relying less on public transport and access to their office. The fourth term was Balcony and given that many renters have bought pets to keep them company over lockdown, Pets was also a popular search term as people seek pet-friendly rentals properties. Aside from the location and outside space available, flooring was another search term - as was rent that included bills and an ensuite bathroom with the property. There was also evidence of demand for homes close to university with Student the 10th most popular search term.
Renters’ top 10 most-searched terms 
1garden
2parking
3garage
4balcony
5pets
6flooring
7bills included
8ensuite
9rural
10student
Rented Garden Ideas
Wednesday 24th March 2021
This month we heard the news that we will soon be able to spend time outside in our gardens and parks with friends and family. With that in mind, you might want to give your outside space a revamp. However, when you’re renting a property it can be difficult to make your home exactly how you want it to be without worrying about causing any damage resulting in losing your deposit. The latest research from Boiler Plan has revealed that Google searches for how to update a rented outdoor space has seen a big leap. Searches for ‘DIY balcony ideas’ have risen by 586%, searches for ‘garden ideas’ have increased by 167%, while ‘gardening in a rented house’ searches have gone up 29%. With that in mind, here are some great ways to put your personal stamp on your garden without causing any permanent changes – making them perfect for rented homes.

Potted plants and hanging baskets

Some well-placed potted plants can transform your balcony, deck or garden into an oasis full of beautiful flowers and greenery. Invest in pots that aren’t too big so that you can easily take them with you when you move. Hanging baskets can also make any garden look impressive, adding a pop of colour to any doorway or patio. Fill them with plants that are easy to care for.

Home furnishings

Home furnishings outside can help you to create a comfortable, cosy space. A splash of colour can transform a dull area – use rugs, seating with water-proof cushions, stand-alone hammocks and side tables with bright pots.

Grow your own

Over the last 12 months there has been a spike in people wanting to grow their own vegetables and allotments have never been in such high demand. Although your landlord is unlikely to allow you to dig up their garden you could investing in a clever planter. Using vegetable bags and pots you can grow your own food without using  the garden grounds.

Fire pit and lighting

One of the biggest trends as a result of the pandemic is fire pits and fairy lights. A fire pit enables us to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather, especially on chilly evenings. They are freestanding and perfect for renters as they pose no risk to the garden.  Fairy lights or solar-powered lighting are an affordable way to add some ambience to your garden. Try weaving fairy lights through a garden screen or stringing them across the fence.

Garden screen

Revamp your outside space with a garden screen for a decorative feature and to cover up any unsightly areas or give you privacy from neighbouring gardens or balconies. Again this is something that can go with you when you move on to your next property.
Tips for Novice Landlords
Wednesday 5th May 2021
If you're considering taking a step into the world of property investment, it’s important to understand what makes a sound investment. From finding the right property in the right location to calculating yields and finding a great letting agent, here’s what you need to consider:

Investment budget

When purchasing a buy-to-let property you’ll need a good deposit and a mortgage (unless buying outright without a mortgage). Buy-to-let mortgages are more expensive than residential mortgages with higher interest rates and arrangement fees, and you’ll need to put down at least 25% of the property value. Before purchasing the property, talk to local agents to find out how much you can expect to rent the property for. Mortgage lenders typically request that the rent covers 125% to 145% of the mortgage repayments. It’s also important that you have enough money for void periods and maintenance. Talk to a mortgage broker to work out what you can afford and to discuss the mortgage application process.

Rental yield

It’s essential that you buy a property in an area with strong growth potential as well as a healthy rental yield. The rental yield is the measure of return - or how much you’ll earn from your investment. It’s calculated as a percentage of the value of your property – and as a rule of thumb, you should achieve a yield of 5% or more. This will depend on where you buy, the type of property you invest in, and how much you can expect to rent out the property for. A rental income of £10,000 per year on a property costing £200,000 gives you a 5% yield. A rental income of £20,000 a year on the same property gives you a 10% yield. With property in Glasgow generally falling below the UK average, this means that your rental yield will typically be higher.

Investing in Glasgow property

Glasgow has the largest economy in Scotland and the fourth largest in the UK. Much of Glasgow’s shipyard areas have been regenerated including the SECC, SSE Hydro arena, Pacific Quay and the International Financial Services District with a large number of offices. It also has one of the largest student areas with 27,000 students at the University of Glasgow with the largest campus in the West End, the University of Strathclyde with 21,500 students and Glasgow Caledonian University with 16,500 students. According to Hometrack, Glasgow is one of the cheapest cities in the UK to invest in property with a fast time to let and good rental yields especially in Glasgow’s West End where demand is consistently high. The West End is one of the most popular areas in which to live – it’s ideal for young professionals due to its proximity to the city centre, with a large campus and plenty of great bars, restaurants and independent shops it’s extremely popular with students, and there are several good schools in the area along with some beautiful period properties making it a good location for growing families. With its unique character, beautiful architecture and green open spaces, demand for property here is extremely high. Byres Road is the centre of the West End and popular areas including Hillhead, Dowanhill, Kelvinside, Broomland, Anniesland, Yorkhill, Finnieston, Partick, Garnethill and Hyndland. Yields for G11 and G12 postcodes are around 5%, while in G13 they are around 6%.

Property type

Consider who you want to rent your property to – students, families or young professionals - and what they will be looking for. For example, professionals will want to be close to transport links, students will want to be close to amenities and college campuses and families will be looking at school catchments. Make sure you talk to letting agents about whether the property is suitable for your target tenants. Draw up a list of areas, take a look at area guides and the latest housing index, and current rental values.

Using an agent

A good letting agent will not only help you to set a realistic rental income, they will also advise on getting your property rental-ready and ensure you have all the documentation required. They will also advertise the property, vet potential tenants, draw up the rental agreements, handle the deposits and collect the rental payments each month. Talk to us if you are considering property investment or would like advice on letting out your property in Glasgow.