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“Rent Arrears”

December 22nd, 2014 by dermot

Apart from actually finding a tenant and agreeing a rent the one headache about which many landlords are concerned is, “will the rent be paid – on time!” Many landlords have stretched themselves in order to purchase a buy-to-let investment and even one month’s rent in arrears can put strain on the finances as mortgage […]

“First Impressions”

December 15th, 2014 by dermot

You only get one chance to make a first impression! When it comes to letting your home, attention to detail could be pivotal in securing the best possible rent –quickly. Most tenants have a good idea of their preferred location, minimum accommodation needs and ideal style of property. Yet it is often presentation that makes […]

“Working In Partnership with your Letting Agent”  

December 8th, 2014 by dermot

When the time comes to let your property it is important to ensure that you entrust the sale to a reputable letting agent if the stress involved in finding a tenant, managing the property and maximising you investment is to be minimised. However, the most successful lets tend to be those where the seller and […]

“Buying to Let” (Part Two)

December 1st, 2014 by dermot

Our last article considered the benefits of buying to let in principle. Here we consider some practical elements: Attitude: Buying to let is a long-term investment. So don’t over-stretch yourself, because if you had to sell in the short term you would almost certainly lose money. Choose well:  Follow your head not your heart. Take […]

QUICKLET SUPPORTS MISSION CHRISTMAS 2014

November 28th, 2014 by dermot

Thousands of children living in poverty in Northern Ireland will wake up on Christmas morning without any presents.  Last year, Cool FM’s Mission Christmas delivered over £200,000 worth of gifts to over 5,000 children across Northern Ireland who would have otherwise woken up to nothing on Christmas morning. Quicklet has registered as a drop off […]

“Buying to Let” (Part One)

November 24th, 2014 by dermot

As pension funds shrink, many people are considering buy-to-let as a viable alternative, and with good reason. The effect of relatively low interest rates and a historically rising property market make buy-to-let one of the most attractive investments accessible to the public. And the great thing is – you can use the bank’s money! The average national annual return […]

“Showing Tenants Around”

November 17th, 2014 by dermot

Some people feel that flats and houses should be able to “let themselves” and do not need to be “shown” by letting agents. Whilst this may be true of certain exceptional properties, or where achieving the optimum rent is not an issue, most properties require the skills of a well-trained letting agent if they are […]

“November Property Checklist”

November 10th, 2014 by dermot

Household emergencies generally occur during the depths of winter, but we recommend that landlords undertake a pre-winter checklist now to prevent unforeseen property headaches in the months to come. A tenant will often be less interested in preventative measures, but will of course complain if there is a problem – often too late and costly […]

“Touching Up”

November 3rd, 2014 by dermot

When letting your property, you naturally want your property to look its best, but how far should you go in terms of presentation? Firstly, aim to understand how your property “sits” within the market. Not all tenants have the same criteria, so walk through the house with your letting agent to identify your property’s strengths […]

“Happy Landlords”

October 27th, 2014 by dermot

A survey of over 500 residential landlords by Endsleigh Insurance reports that landlords are overwhelmingly satisfied with the service they receive from their letting agent and find them an invaluable resource.  Some 92% of landlords reported a positive experience with their letting agent. The market for lettings is of course relatively buoyant that the moment […]

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