Newark Buy-to-Let Return / Yields – 2% to 7.6% a year

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The mind-set and tactics you employ to buy your first Newark 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 Newark properties can bring in bigger monthly returns. Most landlords use the phrase ‘yield’ instead of monthly return. To calculate the yield on a buy to let property one basically takes the monthly rent, multiplies it by 12 to get the annual rent and then divides it by the value of the property.

This means, if one increases the value of the property using this calculation, the subsequent yield drops. Or to put it another way, if a Newark buy to let landlord has the decision of two properties that create the same amount of monthly rent, the landlord can increase their rental yield by selecting the lower priced property.

To give you an idea of the sort of returns in Newark…

Now of course these are averages and there will always be properties outside the lower and upper ranges in yields: they are a fair representation of the gross yields you can expect in the Newark area.

As we move forward, with the total amount of buy to let mortgages amounting to £199,310,614,000 in the country, landlords need to be aware of the investment performance of their property, especially in the era of tax increases and tax relief reductions. Landlords are looking to maximise their yield – and are doing so by buying cheaper properties.

However, before everyone in Newark starts selling their upmarket properties and buying cheap ones, yield isn’t the only factor when deciding on what Newark buy to let property to buy. Void periods (i.e. the time when there isn’t a tenant in the property between tenancies) are an important factor and those properties at the cheaper end of the rental spectrum can suffer higher void periods too. Apartments can also have service charges and ground rents that aren’t accounted for in these gross yields. Landlords can also make money if the value of the property goes up and for those Newark landlords who are looking for capital growth, an altered investment strategy may be required.

In Newark, for example, over the last 20 years, this is how the average price paid for the four different types of Newark property have changed…

• Newark Detached Properties have increased in value by 240.2%
• Newark Semi-Detached Properties have increased in value by 238.5%
• Newark Terraced Properties have increased in value by 256.4%
• Newark Apartments have increased in value by 246.5%

It is very much a balancing act of yield, capital growth and void periods when buying in Newark. Every landlord’s investment strategy is unique to them. If you would like a fresh pair of eyes to look at your portfolio, be you a private landlord that doesn’t use a letting agent or a landlord that uses one of my competitors – then feel free to drop in and let’s have a chat. What have you got to lose? 30 minutes and my tea making skills are legendary!

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Refurbish it and they will come

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In Kevin Costner’s 1989 movie, “Field Of Dreams” he’s standing in a corn field and hears a voice tell him “If you build it, he will come”. I’ve never seen the film but I’m guessing he was a landlord too.

I’m a big advocate of investing into your properties and refurbishing them. Think about it, if you’re house looks and smells like a sewer, who’s going to live there… rats! On the other hand, if you’ve got a lovely, high quality palace then you’d probably use the phrase “fit for a Queen”.

I see far too many shoddy properties coming to the letting market where landlords have failed to invest or improve the property. This reluctance to improve will end up producing a downward spiral of lower rent, worse tenants, poorer property, longer voids, lower rent, worse tenants etc.

Refurbish your homes to a good quality and good quality tenants will come. A good property will produce an upward spiral of lower voids, higher rent, better tenants, better property etc.

OK, so we know Kevin Costner wasn’t really a landlord, but the idea can be used across all parts of life. I’m a huge believer in the law of attraction and think it can be a very powerful tool in life and business. Those that know me will know that I am a believer in doing things to the best you can. We started Buttercross Estates with the mindset of providing the best service to both landlords and tenants as we can. We have built a company that delivered a high quality service and guess what? We attracted the high quality landlords and tenants. Those that shared our values and beliefs of being better. Better tenants and better landlords renting through a better system and service.

One simple example is of a 6 bed HMO that we let for a landlord. Below are a couple of photos of an en-suite room the previous agent was advertising at £85 per week.

Belvoir Room 6

Belvoir Room 6 again

After making a few suggestions to the landlord, he put down new carpets throughout, bought new beds and some bedding for the photos. The result was this…

Buttercross Estates Bed 6

We let this room for £110 per week just by turning it into a room you would actually want to live in. Overall, our suggestions and marketing made the landlord an additional £3,300 per year. He’ll also benefit from lower void periods and better quality tenants. He’s now going on to purchase another 4 bed house that we will convert into a high quality 5 bed boutique HMO in Newark.

Next time you’re letting a property just have a think about who it would appeal to. Or who you would want to appeal to. If you want a good tenant, refurbish it and they will come.

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