Posts Categorized: Residential Lettings

Costly Mistakes for Buy-to-Let (BTL) Landlords

There is scarcely a day goes by without a national newspaper reporting the sad demise of the BTL Landlord. You would think that sighting a confident/successful Landlord in Harrogate would be rarer than spotting a White Rhino on the Stray. The truth is the exact opposite. The Rental Market is in good shape in the… Read more »

How to be a good (buy-to-let) Landlord

Encouraging good tenants to stay saves you trouble and fees also pays off in the respect shown to the property. Put simply – Landlords need to be kind and realistic to attract & keep good tenants and reduce costs / optimise yields. There are numerous sensible reasons why a great many people decide to become… Read more »

Is Self Managing a Good Idea?

We are regularly asked by both professional and accidental Landlords whether or not Self-Management of their property(s) is a good idea? In both cases our answer is ’not usually’ bearing in mind that in most situations we are talking about an essential monthly income stream as well the longer term retirement / pension provisions of… Read more »

Spring in the Air – ‘Old vs New’

Tuesday 18th March was officially the first day of Spring but here in Harrogate our amazing crocuses are already in full bloom having survived the snow, ice and torrential rain of recent weeks. Some parts of the Stray may look half drowned but nothing has dampened the surge in activity in the local property market… Read more »

Rising Damp and the Rental Marketplace in Harrogate

These are some of my reflections on renting as I gaze from my study window at the top of the house across the sweeping grasslands and woods of ‘Gods own Country’. Renting was rather unfashionable back in the 60’s & 70’s and youngsters either lived in a Rigsby ‘Rising Damp’ style bedsit with woodchip wallpaper… Read more »

Rents set to rise in Harrogate!

The next few years may well see some significant changes in the Harrogate property landscape. Our belief is that rents in the towns private rental sector will increase at a faster rate than property prices rise. Let’s explain why we’ve have come to this conclusion. Put quite simply we’re talking about the laws of supply… Read more »

Why should I use a high street Estate Agent?

Why should I use a high street Estate Agent?

We’re sometimes asked “why should I use a high street estate agent?” Given that it’s almost impossible for consumers to watch TV nowadays without seeing a commercial from an online property company claiming that they can sell your house and save you thousands of pounds. Well the first thing we would say is that all High… Read more »

The Rise of Estate Agent Touting…

rise of estate agent touting

Those of us who live in Harrogate will have seen a steady increase over the past few years, in the number of estate agent flyers posted through letter boxes. In more recent times letters are being sent to homeowners in various postcodes and following the erection of a “For Sale” board outside. The leaflets tend… Read more »

What Makes a Good Renter?

What makes a good Renter?

New & inexperienced landlords often ask me “what makes a really good renter in Harrogate?” This is a large and varied topic, so to start in brief, let’s leave on one side the issues of purchase price, capital growth, BTL (Buy To Let mortgages) and taxation efficiency. Let’s also assume that you have instructed Myrings… Read more »

Harrogate Property Investment Guide

Buy-to-let landlords have come under the cosh recently from the 3% surcharges on SDLT (stamp duty) to the upcoming tax reforms under Section 24. Having said this, a great many landlords and investors in Harrogate still see property as a very attractive investment at a time of low interest rates and volatile stock markets…. but… Read more »