EYES ON….THIS WEEKS INVESTMENT PROPERTIES IN NEWARK!!!

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Address: 15 Byron Close, Newark NG24 4DX
Asking Price: Offers Over £140,000
Property Type: 4 Bed Terrace House
Estate Agent: Edlin & Jarvis
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £625-675pcm
Yield: 5.79%
Comments: Very well presented property, i’d be half tempted to leave the bold colours and wallpaper and see what the feedback is, it will feel more like a home than a rental. The area can make it harder to let but it’s swings and roundabouts.

Address: 36 Milner Street, Newark NG24 4AA
Asking Price: £140,000
Property Type: 3 Bed Mid Terrace House
Estate Agent: Newton & Fallowell
Condition: Ready to Rent – just garden tlc
Rent Range: £550-600pcm
Yield: 5.14%
Comments: Owned since 2001, looks like it’s been recently “neutralised” for selling purposes, bad cover up of the old fire place and the garden needs some tlc. Good location for families with Barnby Road Academy around the corner.

Address: 32 Bailey Road, Newark, NG24 4EW
Asking Price: £140,000
Property Type: 3 Bed Terrace House
Estate Agent: Newton & Fallowell
Condition: Some Minor Work Required
Rent Range: £550-600pcm
Yield: 5.14%
Comments: Open plan living will appeal to families plus plenty of off street parking. I’d consider changing/removing the wallpaper in the kitchen and certainly the bedroom carpet and wallpaper. #24 sold for £113k in March which was neutral throughout.

Address: 93 Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood. NG24 3FD
Asking Price: £139,950
Property Type: 3 Bed End Terrace House
Estate Agent: Purple Bricks
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £575-625pcm
Yield: 5.36%
Comments: Purchased from new back in 2006 for £121,995, doesn’t appear to have changed in this time. Popular location but those bedrooms are small, more suitable for a couple with occasional guests.

Address: 15 Heron Way, Balderton. NG24 3DD
Asking Price: £135,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Semi Detached House
Estate Agent: NOW Homes
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 5.11%
Comments: This has been on and off the market a lot over recent years, it’s a popular location but the house or the price isn’t working for people. Check the consumer unit and boiler as these will be getting old now if they’ve not been done yet. Bed 2 wallpaper makes the room feel small.

Address: 77 Hatton Gardens, Newark NG24 4BU
Asking Price: £132,500
Property Type: 2 Bed Terraced House
Estate Agent: Newton & Fallowell
Condition: EPC Too Low to Rent
Rent Range: £545-595pcm
Yield: 5.39%
Comments: Really well presented property and in a nice spot too however, it’s an EPC F so it’s not legal to let. Get yourself a copy of the EPC off the register to see whether you’re able to pay for the required improvements before committing.

Address: 22 Hine Avenue, Newark NG24 2LH
Asking Price: £130,000 – £140,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Semi detached House
Estate Agent: Newton & Fallowell
Condition: Needs some minor updating
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 4.93%
Comments: Update the master bedroom and the kitchen tiles if you can justify it. Low maintenance garden and parking are nice additions.

Address: 81 Hawton Lane, New Balderton, Newark. NG24 3DH
Asking Price: £129,950
Property Type: 3 Bed Terraced House
Estate Agent: Alasdair Morrison
Condition: Needs Updating Throughout
Rent Range: £575-625pcm (once completed)
Yield: 5.77% (once completed)
Comments: Property is dated throughout, 3 bed end terrace on Stafford Ave in similar condition sold in May for £115k. This property seems to be very pricey for the size, condition and location.

Address: 12 The Brewhouse, Castle Brewery, Newark NG24 4AF
Asking Price: £120,000-£125,000
Property Type: 2 Bedroom Ground Floor Duplex Apartment
Estate Agent: Jon Brambles
Condition: Ready to Rent Service Charge: £3500 PA Ground Rent: £125 PA
Rent Range: £625-675pcm
Yield: 6.3% (inc SC and GR)
Comments: Very spacious apartment in a popular location, one parking space can cause issues and the limited parking. Have carried out 3 let only’s for this apartment with families being the most interested due to the size.

Address: 26 Sawyers Close, Newark, NG24 2HF
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Terraced House
Estate Agent: Edlin & Jarvis
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £500-550pcm
Yield: 6%
Comments: Bought in April 18 for £111,250, nothing to really comment on, a bit vanilla but good size for a couple. Good location for industrial estate access.

EYES ON….THIS WEEKS INVESTMENT PROPERTIES IN NEWARK!!!

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Here’s a look at the latest properties coming to market in NG24. I’ve added some comments and given you an idea of what you can expect rent wise if you go for it.

Address: 8 Welbeck Avenue, Newark NG24 1NB
Asking Price: £140,000
Property Type: 4 Bed Terrace
Estate Agent: Winkworth
Condition: Update Required
Rent Range: £625-675 pcm (once updated)
Yield: 5.78%
Comments: Last bought in 2013 for £95k, no photos of it at the same but i’m guessing not much has changed, maybe the kitchen cupboards? Cladding and worn carpets need to go. To obtain the top of the rent range suggested, take a look at this rental.

Address: 14 DeCaldwell Drive, Newark NG24 2JB
Asking Price: £145,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Terrace
Estate Agent: Purple Bricks
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575 pcm
Yield: 4.76%
Comments: Most recent 2 bed sale was Jan 17 for £124k, on the smaller side but a good starter investment. It’s a new(ish) build that’s been built within an old council estate, bought for £114,500 in July 14, hasn’t changed since.

Address: 17 Linseed Avenue, Newark NG24 2FL
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Semi Detached
Estate Agent: Purple Bricks
Condition: Minor Changes
Rent Range: £525-575 pcm
Yield: 5.31%
Comments: Just dial down the bold colours to appeal to the most about of potential tenants, overall good little house with a bonus of a double driveway. Check out boiler age and consumer unit so you don’t get stung!

Address: 44 Side Row, Newark NG24 2JB
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Terrace
Estate Agent: Purple Bircks
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £500-550 pcm
Yield: 5.08%
Comments: Ready to go with this one, carpets look fairly well kept and decor is okay. The kitchen is a little small so bare that in mind. Only bought in Oct 2018 for £120k, bedroom 1 carpet has changed and both have been decorated.

Address: 7 Barnby Crossing, Newark NG24 2NG
Asking Price: £119,950
Property Type: 2 Bed Terrace
Estate Agent: Now Homes
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £550-575 pcm
Yield: 5.75%
Comments: Again, another well presented house which has seen improvements since the current owners bought it in 2014 including taking down the old sun room to make a usable living space. A little out of town and would suit someone after a quieter life.

Address:Linton Close, Farndon, Newark. NG24 4TQ.
Asking Price: £140,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Semi- Detached
Estate Agent: Jon Brambles
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 4.9%
Comments: Popular village location, nothing really to compare it to price wise. No EPC but would’ve thought it’s above an E, check before purchasing though. Off street parking and great sized garden.

Address: 4 Hilary Way, Balderton, Newark NG24 3PN.
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 3 Bed Semi- Detached
Estate Agent: Newton Fallowell
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £575-625pcm
Yield: 5.76%
Comments: Purchased in Aug 2016 for £125k, no previous photos so unsure of changes, bold kitchen wall may put tenants off, would wait for feedback from viewings. Have been trying to sell since Nov 2018, something to factor in.

Address: 41 Charles Street, Newark, NG24 1RN
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 2 Bed End Terrace
Estate Agent: Jon Brambles
Condition: Update Needed
Rent Range: £550-600pcm (assuming it’s done well)
Yield: 5.53%
Comments: Seems rather pricey for such a date property, #25 sold in Aug 18 for £136,500 and it was spotless. New flooring throughout, kitchen and bathroom ideally too. Would be better to cap off and get rid of the dated gas fires now rather than waiting for them to fail a gas cert. Tenants aren’t keen on bathroom access via a bedroom.

Address: 1 Harrisons Way, Newark NG24 1NS
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 3 Bed Semi- Detached
Estate Agent: Newton Fallowell
Condition: Unknown – no interior photos
Rent Range: £600-650pcm (assuming well presented)
Yield: 6%
Comments: This property was only built 5 years ago so i’m expecting it to be pretty modern. Backs onto the railway line which may put some tenants off. Good central location and off street parking.

Address: 6 Whitfield Street, Newark. NG24 2BT
Asking Price: £120,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Terrace
Estate Agent: Newton Fallowell
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £475-525pcm
Yield: 5.25%
Comments: Very colourful property, great starter with low bills, rent and council tax. Permit Parking great too. The colours may help or hinder it, would be inclined to play it by ear. #64 sold in May for £116k with a beautiful new kitchen and renovated throughout.

Address: 36 Smith Street, Newark, NG24 1RE
Asking Price: £115,000
Property Type: 3 Bed End Terrace
Estate Agent: Yopa
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 6%
Comments: Purchased in 2016 for £103k, living areas appear to be unchanged, no pics of bathroom or bedrooms. Low EPC, factor this in as government have discussed putting the minimum band up. Another good starter house, within Barnby Road Academy catchment area too.

Address: Worthington Road, Newark. NG24 3RE
Asking Price: £115,000
Property Type: 1 Bed End Terrace
Estate Agent: Martin & Co.
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £450-500pcm
Yield: 5.21%
Comments: Not much to compare it to, last 1 bed sold in Jan 17 for £85,500 but naturally the market has changed since then. Good starter property but consider that tenants may grow out of the property quicker than a 2 bed.

Address: 25 Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood, Newark NG24 3FD
Asking Price: £109,950
Property Type: 2 Bed Ground Floor Flat
Estate Agent: Alasdair Morrison
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £500-550pcm Service Charge: £607.27 PA Ground Rent: £135 PA
Yield: 5.96% (inc SC and GR)
Comments: Purchased in 2005 for £112,950, it would seem the owner sadly bought at the wrong time. The last 2 bed apartment sold for £95k in Aug 17. Fernwood is like marmite but it’s a good sized apartment with the bonus of outdoor space and private entrance too.

Address: 26 Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood, Newark NG24 3FF
Asking Price: £95,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Apartment
Estate Agent: Richard Watkinson & Partners
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £445-495pcm
Yield: 6.25% (not including SC and GR as not shown on ad)
Comments: Pretty sure the photos aren’t doing this justice, electric heating throughout so won’t have to pay for gas safety cert + boiler service each year. Can’t see any immediate issues, just a bit vanilla!

Address: 42 The Brewhouse, Castle Brewery, Newark NG24 4AF
Asking Price: £89,950
Property Type: 1 Bedroom Apartment
Estate Agent: Winkworth
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £425-475pcm Service Charge: £1680 PA Ground Rent: £115 PA
Yield: 6.21% (inc SC and GR)
Comments: Popular development, bit of a pain to sell but very popular as rentals. Single allocated parking space sometimes causes problems and lack of visitor parking. Central location, gym and well kept communal areas make it desirable. Vendors have been trying to sell this for quite some time, it’s been relisted again.

Address: 19 Birch Road, Balderton Newark NG24 3DB
Asking Price: £89,950
Property Type: 1 Bed Cluster House
Estate Agent: Martin & Co
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £425-475pcm
Yield: 6.34%
Comments: Lovely kitchen but cosy throughout, parking and garden popular additions. Worth checking consumer unit on a property of its age, cleverly taken photos hide the charming storage heaters which aren’t overly desirable with tenants. #30 sold in Jan for £76k with an equally lovely kitchen!

So that’s this weeks selection, a couple of lovely properties in here, give me a call on 01636 343014 or even pop in to the office for a chat to let me know what you think.

EYES ON….THIS WEEKS INVESTMENT PROPERTIES IN NEWARK!!!!

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Here is this weeks round up of new properties for sale in NG24 up to a value of £150,000.

Here’s a quick reference guide to what is on offer, for how much and what you can expect as an investor!

Buttercross Best Buy
Address: 4 Hardwick Avenue, Newark. NG24 4AW
Asking Price: £135,000
Property Type: 3 Bedroom Terraced House
Estate Agent: Whitegates
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £575-625pcm
Yield: 5.78%
Comments: Whitegates have said £500pcm for this property, okay it has wooden single glazed windows and solid brick walls BUT it is EPC rated ‘D’ so it’s legal to rent, so why SO low? Martin and Co let the house next door for £650pcm with double glazed windows but the same EPC rating, i’d want to know why £500pcm.

Address: 2 Eton Court, Eton Avenue, Newark. NG24 2JB
Asking Price: £145,000
Property Type: 2 Bedroom Detached Bungalow
Estate Agent: Richard Watkinson & Partners
Condition: Update Required
Rent Range: £525-£575pcm (once updated)
Yield: 4.76% (exc refurb costs)
Comments: Located in Hawtonville, rare bungalow opportunity but it’s in need of an update, the carpets are ageing it and the kitchen isn’t helping either. Try changing the unit doors rather than the carcasses to save money. Now Homes have been trying to sell No 5 since May for £149,950, it would appear a lot of Bungalows have been reduced recently on Rightmove.

Address: 62 Wolfit Avenue, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3PH
Asking Price: £130,000
Property Type: 3 Bedroom Semi Detached
Estate Agent: Winkworth
Condition: Update Required
Rent Range: £625-675pcm (once completed)
Yield: 6.23% (exc refurb costs)
Comments: Plenty of potential and try saving costs by decorating, lifting flooring and changing kitchen unit doors yourself. Main thing is to get the house EPC ‘E’ or above for legality reason then crack on with the cosmetic bits.

Address: Flat 102, The Roundhead Building, Warwick Brewery, Newark, NG24 1TU
Asking Price: Offers over £129.950
Property Type: 2 Bedroom First Floor Apartment
Estate Agent: Winkworth
Condition: Ready to Rent
Ground Rent: £100 PA
Management Fee: £1000 PA
Rent Range: £600-650pcm
Yield: 5.95%
Comments: Well presented apartment in a sought after location, last sale was a 3 Bed in Sep 2017 for £138,500 so the price seems fair. Low EPC and electric heating may put potential tenants off.

Address: 35 Stafford Avenue, Balderton, Newark NG24
Asking Price: £115,000
Property Type: 3 Bedroom Semi Detached
Estate Agent: Alasdair Morrison
Condition: No photos to see
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 6% (exc any potential work)
Comments: Pretty useless ad but i’ve done some digging and it turns out this is currently at HMO (house of multiple occupancy)! The blue kitchen cabinets are…different, seen worse but it’s likely you’ll need to spend money to make it a family home again.

Address: Mill Green, Newark. NG24 2HU
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 3 bedroom terraced house
Estate Agent: Castlegate and Martin & Co.
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £500-550pcm
Yield: 5.5%
Comments: On with two agents, Martin and Co have had it a week longer. Interesting bathroom and kitchen tiles but i’ve seen bolder!! The small living area often lets these properties down when finding a tenant.

Address: 184 Barnby Gate, Newark, NG24 1RH
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 3 Bedroom Terrace
Estate Agent: Purple Bricks
Condition: Some Updates Required
Rent Range: £500-550pcm
Yield: 6%
Comments: Good kitchen and bathroom so the biggest battle is already done. Pull up those bold carpets and go for ‘character’ by leaving the floorboards exposed underneath, very quaint. Check the age of the boiler so you don’t get caught out.

Address: Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood. NG24 3FF
Asking Price: £85,000
Property Type: 2 bedroom apartment
Estate Agent: Martin & Co.
Condition: Ready to Rent
Ground Rent: £135 PA
Maintenance Charge: £1252.45 PA
Rent Range: £500-550pcm
Yield: 7.63%
Comments: Great first investment, modern apartment with the bonus of an en-suite AND bathroom, we let the same style of apartment on Youngs Avenue earlier this year for £550pcm. No 46 sold in Dec 2017 for £87k with the same condition and layout.

A good selection of properties, makes a nice change! If you have any questions about any of this weeks properties then i’d love to have a chat on 01636 343014, or even better, pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

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EYES ON…THIS WEEKS INVESTMENTS IN NEWARK!!!

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Here is this weeks round up of new properties for sale in NG24 up to a value of £150,000.

Here’s a quick reference guide to what is on offer, for how much and what you can expect as an investor!

Address: Elizabeth Road, Newark, NG24 4NR
Asking Price: £137,995
Property Type: 3 Bed Semi Detached House
Estate Agent: Haart
Condition: Light Decoration Required
Rent Range: £550-600pcm
Yield: 5.21%
Comments: Well presented property, living room lets in down so i’d redecorate it. Fair price, #74 sold in March 2018 for £132,500 without the loft conversion or conservatory.

Address: 50 Whitfield Street, Newark, NG24 1QX
Asking Price: £115,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terraced House
Estate Agent: Winkworth
Condition: Work Required
Rent Range: £450-500pcm
Yield: 5.22%
Comments: Lovely modern extension, red carpet not the best but could be worse and i’d get rid the over bed storage. The property is an EPC ‘F’ with a new heating system upgrade required to reach an ‘E’, you cannot let it out if it’s not an least an ‘E’.

Address: 11 Barnby Crossings, Newark, NG24 2NG
Asking Price: £129,950
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terrace House
Estate Agent: CPG Property
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £475-525pcm
Yield: 4.85%
Comments: Those kitchen tiles are pretty marmitey! #3 sold in Jan 2018 for £120k which also had an extension however the current vendors of #11 bought this is for £126k in April 2017 but have done nothing to it since.

Address: 155 Goldstraw Lane, Fernwood, Newark, NG24 3FD
Asking Price: £140,000
Property Type: 2 Bed End of Terrace House
Estate Agent: Jon Brambles
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 4.93%
Comments: Lovely looking property, nice and modern so a good starter property as maintenance costs will be pretty low. My ONLY concern is the built in bedroom furniture as a lot of tenants will already have a bed!

Address: Harcourt Street, Newark, NG24 1RF
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terrace House
Estate Agent: Jon Brambles
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £475-525pcm
Yield: 5.72%
Comments: The kitchen size and finish lets this one down as does the EPC, if you want to spend the money updating the kitchen then you may manage an extra £25pcm but i’d focus on getting the property legal to rent. Bathrooms off the bedrooms always get mixed feedback.

Address: 46 Cranmer Road, Newark, NG24 4ET
Asking Price: £132,500
Property Type: 3 Bed Mid Terrace House
Estate Agent: Now Homes
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 5.21%
Comments: Good sized property, the bold wallpaper throughout and black bedrooms are down to a matter of taste but they may be a bit much for a rental property. The generous garden and parking is good but the lack of bath isn’t great for families.

Buttercross Best Buy
Address: Victoria Street, Newark, NG24 4UT
Asking Price: £147,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terrace Cottage
Estate Agent: Now Homes
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £550-600pcm
Yield: 4.9%
Comments: Gorgeous. Tenants will have to compromise on parking but they will be able obtain a permit from the council. Check the EPC before committing to anything. Where do i sign?

Address: 19 The Brewhouse, Castle Brewery, Newark, NG24 4AF
Asking Price: £130,000
Service Charge: £850 (every 6 months)
Annual Ground Rent: £125
Property Type: 2 Bed Second Floor Apartment
Estate Agent: Purple Bricks
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £545-595pcm
Yield: 5.41%
Comments: We let this property at the end of last year for £575pcm, it looks much better in person than how Purple Bricks have presented it on this listing!

Address: 1a Albert Avenue, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3HE
Asking Price: £147,500
Property Type: 2 Bed Converted Coach House
Estate Agent: Now Homes
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £550-600pcm
Yield: 4.88%
Comments: Spacious character property, purchased in June 2015 for £124,950, it hasn’t changed much aside from a colour change here and there. Street parking but has a garage, fancy something a bit different?

If any of these properties have caught your eye and you’d like to discuss it’s investment potential, call us on 01636 343014, or better still pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

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EYES ON…This Weeks Investments in Newark!!!

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Here is this weeks round up of new properties for sale in NG24, up to a value of £150,000.

As ever, here’s a quick reference guide to what is on offer, for how much and what you can expect as an investor.

Address: 1 Newton Street, Newark, NG24 1SU
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 3 Bed End Terrace
Estate Agent: Newton Fallowell
Condition: Work Required
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 6.27%
Comments: Great property for a young family thanks to Barnby Gate Academy located just around the corner and it’s only a short walk to the park and town centre. Cosmetically the property could really do with new carpets throughout, a fresh coat of magnolia (if you HAVE stick to that colour) and get the gloss out and ditch the dark woodwork. MOST importantly, this property is EPC ‘F’ meaning NOBODY can let it after April 2018, get in touch with Talk Green to find out what your options are.

Address: Williams Lane, Fernwood, Newark, NG24 3FN
Asking Price: £95,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Ground Floor Apartment
Ground Rent: not disclosed
Service Charge: not disclosed
Estate Agent: William H Brown
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £450-495pcm
Yield: 6.25%
Comments: Popular Fernwood location that works for families and couples, particularly for the school and A1/A46 access, although i do think this is better suited to a professional couple due to size and wear and tear. The last 1st floor flat sold round the corner on Ainsdale Close in June for £72,000 with a very similar layout, allocated parking and slightly nicer decor so why this is £95k is beyond me.

Address: 4 Guildhall Street, Newark, NG24 1UH
Asking Price: £125,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terrace Cottage
Estate Agent: Richard Watkinson
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 5.52%
Comments: Quirky cottage style terrace in Newark Town Centre, ideal for tenants using public transport with the bus and train stations just short walks from the property. Very difficult to compare the price as it’s so unusual, the lack of parking will put prospective tenants off and the style is very marmitey but you can’t please everyone regardless of what you buy!

Address: 124 Bowbridge Road, Newark, NG24 4DQ
Asking Price: £110,000
Property Type: 3 Bed Mid Terrace
Estate Agent: Newton Fallowell
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £525-575pcm
Yield: 6.27%
Comments: Simple family home close to Holy Trinity School and the sports centre with the bonus of off street parking, it’s a bit of a vanilla property but it’s fine and you wouldn’t have to do a lot to it; i’d check whether that’s a furniture mark or damage to the living room carpet and consider losing the green in the bedroom. The price seems fair although it doesn’t have an EPC yet, you’ll need make sure it’s an ‘E’ or above unless you’re willing to spend the money to get it there.

Buttercross Best Buy
Address: Barrows Gate, Newark NG24 2FY
Asking Price: £90,000
Property Type: 2 Bedroom Ground Floor Flat
Ground Rent: £101 paid every 6 months
Service Charge: £986.27 per annum
Estate Agent: Martin and Co
Condition: Ready to Rent
Rent Range: £445-495pcm
Yield: 6.51% (inc SC and GR)
Comments: Great modern flat close to the A1/A46, town centre and KnowHow making this perfect for most professionals and a first time investor; the lack of magnolia, modern finishes and parking for both tenants and guests ticks additional boxes too. The last sale was back in 2014 but looking at the one above for £95,000 with a similar selling in Fernwood in June for £72,000, that should give you a rough idea, which would you prefer?

Address: 57 Jubilee Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4DA
Asking Price: £125,000
Property Type: 2 Bed Mid Terrace (previously sold as a 3 Bed?!)
Estate Agent: Haart
Condition: Light Redecoration Required
Rent Range: £500-550pcm
Yield: 5.28%
Comments: Lovely looking terrace close to town centre, the vendor purchased the property in Dec for £99,000 and since then they’ve had the living room beams covered and skimmed, decorated the bedrooms and living room along with new carpets and potentially skimmed the bedrooms; the bathroom and kitchen haven’t changed aside from the lack of paint on the back wall and there’s no photos of the dining room, i wonder if it still has a wood panelled ceiling and stone fire surround? Is the £26,000 increase worth it?

If you’ve seen a property in Newark or Nottinghamshire and would like a detailed report on it’s investment potential, call us on 01636 343014, or better still pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

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Freehold V Leasehold

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We’ve been chatting with a few investors recently who have been asking about apartments. Apartments can look like a very good investment on paper with high yields, often modern, affordable and in central locations. What most estate agents don’t advertise are the downsides of owning apartments (and other leasehold property). Most apartments are leasehold but you can buy apartments that come with a share of the freehold however these are rare.

So what is the difference between a freehold and leasehold property?

With a freehold property you own the land and everything on it. Leasehold property gives you temporary ownership of the property but not the land it sits on. That land still belongs to the freeholder.

Leasehold property come with ground rents, service charges and a lease expiry date.

Ground Rent

Ground rent is the payment made to from the leaseholder to the freeholder. Commonly these are annual payments ranging from £10 to £250. Details of the ground rent payments (frequency, amounts, increases etc) are detailed in the lease.

Service Charges

Service charges are payable to a management company for looking after the building and communal areas. The charges cover things like buildings insurance, ground maintenance, cleaning and communal electrics. Some city centre apartment blocks may have a gym or swimming pool and service charges will be significantly higher to cover the upkeep of these. The management company is appointed by the freeholder but residents can form their own management company providing enough owners agree under the ‘Right to Manage’.

Leases

A leaseholder, much like a tenant, takes the lease for a period of time, after which the property reverts back to the freeholder. Lease lengths vary and can be up to 999 years. Problems arise when the length of the lease is less than 80 years. The value of the property will decline rapidly and you’ll find that there are very few lenders willing to give you money to buy it. Leases can be extended but this process can be complex and expensive.

We have a landlord who is going through the process on a flat they own and the freeholder is proving very difficult to even get hold of, nevermind negotiate with.

Do Your Homework

Don’t assume that all houses are freehold and all apartments are leasehold. Residents of Fernwood would be quick to warn you otherwise as many of the houses are actually leasehold and they are having a tough time with the management company set in place with all the charges that are being imposed on them. Likewise, some apartments come with a share of the freehold which eliminates the lease risk but does mean you have to be involved with the running of the building.

In all, leasehold property can be a very good investment but you (and more importantly your solicitor) need to be aware of the terms of the lease and associated costs. Your attractive yield may look good but have you taken into account the ground rents and service charge as these are not things you would expect the tenant to pay for…

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