Investing in the futureBuy to let
Jeffrey Ross 5-step guide
Buy to let
Historically, investing in bricks and mortar has been a pretty safe investment.
However, Jeffrey Ross would recommend you look at it as a medium to long-term investment and not the means to make a quick profit.
Buy to let
Start your search
Take the leap and begin searching for your next property investment.
1. Research the market
If you are new to buy-to-let, what do you know about the market? Do you know the risks, as well as the benefits? The more knowledge you have and the more research you do, the better the chance of your investment paying off.
2. Choose a promising area
Promising does not mean most expensive or cheapest. Promising means a place where people would like to live and this can be for a variety of reasons.
3. Do the maths
To calculate the percentage gross rental yield on your investment
(Total income per year ÷ the value of the property) x 100 = % gross yield
To calculate the percentage net yield:
([Total income – total costs] ÷ the value of the property) x 100 = % net yield
Don’t forget to factor in maintenance costs. What will happen if the property sits empty for a month or two?
4. Shop around and get the best mortgage
It pays to speak to a good independent broker when looking for a buy-to-let mortgage. They will talk you through the deals available, help you weigh up which one is right for you and whether to fix or track.
5. Think about your target tenant
Set a realistic rent. A high rental value could put off tenants and possibly increase the amount of time your property is vacant, so you’ll be spending money, with none coming in.
It can be a complicated process and every single case is different. Speak to your local Jeffrey Ross lettings team for more detailed information or contact us and we will get back to you.
1. Acquisition costs
2. Letting income
*Please note: Time unoccupied – eg. percentage of a 12 month period where the property cannot be tenanted due to renovations etc.)
3. Gross yield
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