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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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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