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The Watford Property Blog

Thu 20 Aug
2015
“I’m an investor.  Should I go for a 2 bed or a 3 bed terrace in Watford?”

“I’m an investor. Should I go for a 2 bed or a 3 bed terrace in Watford?”

One of my blog readers emailed me over the weekend to ask whether they should buy a 2 bed terrace or a 3 bed terrace in Watford. They were sure they wanted a freehold rather than leasehold property but weren’t sure whether to go for 2 or 3 bedrooms. The first question to ask before […]

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Mon 17 Aug
2015
Mortgage Interest Relief for Buy To Let Investors

Mortgage Interest Relief for Buy To Let Investors

OK.  So this isn’t a post about the local market but whether you are currently an investor or thinking about becoming one this stuff REALLY is important! I’ve discussed this topic with a number of my landlords and to be honest it’s best to have it explained by and expert. Stephen Faye is a property […]

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Thu 13 Aug
2015
90 days in the Watford Property Market

90 days in the Watford Property Market

I often get asked by investors, “So what’s going on in the Watford property market at the moment?” and sometime I’m not sure if they are prepared for my lengthy response!  But as I do get asked this question quite a lot I thought it might be worth having a look at the last few […]

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Tue 11 Aug
2015
Investment Opportunity!  Park Road, Nascot Wood, Watford. £250k

Investment Opportunity! Park Road, Nascot Wood, Watford. £250k

I can’t help but have a look when I see the words ‘INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY’ highlighted within a local agents summary on Rightmove. This flat looks spacious, in reasonable condition although a new kitchen wouldn’t hurt.  It’s in a fantastic popular location in Nascot Village and could definitely achieve a fair bit more in rent than […]

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Mon 10 Aug
2015
Solid 2 bed terrace.  4.4% yield

Solid 2 bed terrace. 4.4% yield

If you are looking for high yields then this one probably isn’t for you but there is plenty of potential for growth here with these terraced properties being so popular with both investors and first time buyers.  We could rent this easily for £1200 per month which provides a 4.4% yield . This one is […]

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Thu 6 Aug
2015
Gross Yield Vs Net Yield

Gross Yield Vs Net Yield

I was talking about rental yields in Watford to a local landlord friend mine the other day who is a self-confessed accidental landlord.  He inherited his investment property from his parents who died a few years ago.  They lived in a typical 3-bed terrace on Benskin Road (West Watford) and although the house was in […]

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Tue 4 Aug
2015
It’s no suprise to see Watford at the top of this list!

It’s no suprise to see Watford at the top of this list!

Check out this article in the Telegraph.  No wonder investors are snapping up property so rapidly in this area! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/buying-selling-moving/11780834/Revealed-the-most-in-demand-Tube-stop-for-house-buyers-isnt-even-in-London.html

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Thu 30 Jul
2015
They asked me where the cheapest streets in Watford were.  So I told them.

They asked me where the cheapest streets in Watford were. So I told them.

I really do enjoy my regular conversations with landlords or investors which often go a little bit like this:  “Where is my next deal going to come from James?” or “Where should I be buying next?” or “What should I buy next?” My first answer is often “I can’t answer that until I find out […]

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Wed 29 Jul
2015
1 bed flat in WD24 – Watford.  5.6% yield

1 bed flat in WD24 – Watford. 5.6% yield

Just having a look at this 1 bed flat in North Watford marketed by the folks at Taylors. Assuming you can achieve around £800 per month for the flat you would be looking at a 5.6% yield which is very good! Check out the full description on Rigthmove here: 1 Bed Flat – Balmoral Rd The […]

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Fri 24 Jul
2015
Perhaps not your conventional buy-to-let property in Watford but…..

Perhaps not your conventional buy-to-let property in Watford but…..

Just doing my usual daily browse around the portals and found this Semi up for sale with Claytons at £350k+ For full details check out it out on Rightmove HERE You could convert the garage, go 2 stories on the side, extend the back and go into the roof.  So many options here! Yes the […]

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Thu 23 Jul
2015
Will development in Watford affect the local property market?

Will development in Watford affect the local property market?

A few weeks ago I was invited to speak at a Barclays buy to let evening they were holding for their premier account holders. A number of property industry experts were invited to explain a little about what they do and how they could help the investors in the room. So alongside a solicitor, accountant, […]

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Wed 22 Jul
2015
Flip this Watford property for a profit?

Flip this Watford property for a profit?

Although most of the conversations I tend to have are about rental yield, many of my client would love to flip properties too.  I just stumbled across this 4 bed house on Mildred Avenue which needs a complete refurb but has been priced accordingly.   If you are considering a project then it could be […]

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Tue 21 Jul
2015
1 Bed Flat in Yarmouth Rd – 5.6% yield!

1 Bed Flat in Yarmouth Rd – 5.6% yield!

Check out this great little buy to let property in Watford.  It’s a very nice 1 bed flat being marketed by Imagine at £205,000. Based on the pictures alone I’d say you could achieve £950 per month for this one which gives you an appealing yield of 5.6%. Close to the station so good for […]

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Fri 8 May
2015
Watford properties show over 400% increase since 1996

Watford properties show over 400% increase since 1996

There has been a lot of talk this year about the increase in value of properties in Watford and the surrounding areas. Not so long ago we looked at some interesting and current insights when comparing both 1 and 2 bed properties. But it has to be said that property investment works at it’s best over […]

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Fri 10 Apr
2015
Chester Road WD18 VS Cecil Street WD24

Chester Road WD18 VS Cecil Street WD24

Last week I took a call from one of my blog readers. Although she wanted to pick my brains about specific areas and where might be the best place for her to buy, she actually had very good local knowledge and knew a lot about the developments going on in town and some of the […]

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