Taylor Swift Bought Me a House

The Story of Our Latest HMO:

Taylor Swift Bought Me a House

Now that the dust has settled from Taylor Swift’s record-breaking concerts in Edinburgh last weekend let me set the scene: When you’re in the property investment game, you know every purchase has a unique story. But this one? It takes the cake. Or should I say, the concert ticket?

The Hunt for a New HMO

Let me set the scene: Recently, we were on the hunt for a new property to convert into a student HMO (House in Multiple Occupation). We found a promising flat that seemed perfect for our plans. The only catch? The place was swarming with potential buyers, all eager to snap it up. Clearly, this family—a father, mother, and daughter—would get a great price for their beloved home.

The Swift Connection

As I toured the flat, something caught my eye: Taylor Swift posters. And I mean everywhere. I casually asked the mum and daughter if they were fans. Their eyes lit up as they told me how huge Swifties they were. I couldn’t help but ask if they had tickets for her concert at Murrayfield. They didn’t—apparently, those tickets were like gold dust.

Building Rapport

We continued chatting and building a rapport. When it came to discussing price, they gave me a number within our range. I asked if they’d accept my offer in cash through my solicitor and take the house off the market. They agreed, and I left feeling optimistic.

A Disappointing Setback

But, as these things often go, the next day brought disappointment. They had decided not to accept the offer due to the high demand.

A Swift Solution

Determined, I booked another viewing for that evening. This time, I had an ace up my sleeve. I came prepared with two spare tickets to the Taylor Swift concert. During our discussion, I pulled out the tickets and made a proposition: if they accepted the original price we had agreed upon, I’d throw in the tickets. The look on the mum and daughter’s faces will stay with me forever. They turned to the dad with expressions that left no room for negotiation.

Sealing the Deal

And just like that, the deal was done. We got the house, and they got the experience of a lifetime at the Taylor Swift concert.

A Newfound Swifty

So, it’s official—I’m now a Swifty, too! And that’s the tale of how Taylor Swift indirectly helped us secure our latest student HMO. Sometimes, it’s not just about the money but about finding that perfect sweetener to make a deal irresistible.

How to Get Involved

Investors looking to participate in exciting and unique property deals can partner with our company to capitalise on lucrative opportunities. By leveraging our expertise and track record, you can benefit from the success of projects like this latest HMO and contribute to our continued growth and success.

Building a Dynamic Team

Building a Dynamic Team: Welcoming Martin to Nichol Smith Development


We’ve reached another milestone in our journey to transform Nichol Smith Development into Edinburgh’s most exciting property investment and development company. With the success of our first employee, Sean, propelling us forward, we’re thrilled to introduce our newest addition to the team: Martin.

A Passion for Real Estate

Martin joins us with a wealth of experience and a passion for real estate that mirrors our own. His expertise in property management and project coordination brings invaluable skills to our growing team. As we expand our portfolio and take on more ambitious projects, Martin’s presence strengthens our ability to deliver exceptional results for our investors and tenants.


The Power of Collaboration

At Nichol Smith Development, we firmly believe in the power of collaboration. We recognise that success is a collective effort driven by the dedication and expertise of each team member. With Martin joining us, we are further strengthening our team and optimising our operations to provide superior service to our investors and maximise their returns.


An Exceptional Team

Our commitment to building an exceptional team goes beyond hiring talented individuals. We are dedicated to prioritising a supportive and collaborative work environment where everyone can thrive and contribute their unique talents. By nurturing a culture of innovation and continuous learning, we empower our team members to push boundaries and exceed expectations.


Continued Growth

As we continue to grow, our investors can rest assured knowing their investments are in capable hands. With Sean and Martin leading the charge, backed by our dedicated team, we’re well-positioned to capitalise on opportunities and navigate challenges in the ever-evolving property market.


Delivering on Our Vision

Investing with Nichol Smith Investments isn’t just about earning attractive returns; it’s about being part of a dynamic journey towards success. Our commitment to building an exceptional team reflects our dedication to delivering outstanding results for our investors and shaping the future of property investment in Edinburgh.


Stay tuned as we embark on this exciting chapter of growth and innovation together. The best is yet to come.

Transforming Our Property Investment Company

Meet Sean: Transforming Our Property Investment Company


We’ve embarked on a new chapter at Nichol Smith Development, and we’re thrilled to introduce our latest team member, Sean. In this blog post, we’ll delve into why Sean’s arrival is a game-changer for our company and the exciting possibilities it brings.

The Bottleneck Breakthrough

For years, Nichol Smith Development has relied on a network of skilled subcontractors to bring our property investment and development projects to life. While this approach has served us well, we recognised a critical bottleneck in our operations – the need for a joiner. Finding an available joiner often delayed our projects, impacting efficiency and timelines.


A Trusted Recommendation

As we pondered how to address this challenge, fate stepped in. One of our most trusted subcontractors shared invaluable insight with us. He introduced us to his best friend, Sean, a seasoned joiner with three decades of experience. Sean was seeking a new opportunity, a fresh start with a company that shared his dedication to excellence. Intrigued, we invited Sean for an interview, and it didn’t take long for us to realise that he was the perfect fit for our team.


Experience that Counts

With a remarkable 30-year career in joinery, Sean brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nichol Smith Development. His deep understanding of the craft and commitment to quality align perfectly with our values. Sean’s experience is more than a resume; it’s a testament to his dedication to his trade.


Accelerating Project Momentum

Since Sean’s arrival, we’ve experienced a noticeable transformation in our operations. Adding a full-time joiner has unlocked new levels of efficiency and project momentum. No longer do we face the uncertainty of finding available subcontractors. Sean is here, ready to tackle the joinery work and keep our projects moving forward.


Delivering on Our Vision

At Nichol Smith Investments, we have big dreams. We aspire to build a property portfolio that generates substantial cash flow, allowing us to provide the best for our family and investors. 

Sean’s contribution is helping us realise these dreams. His expertise ensures the timely completion of projects and enhances the quality of our work. As we strive to be Edinburgh’s most respected property investment company, Sean’s dedication to excellence aligns seamlessly with our vision.


A Bright Future Together

The addition of Sean to our team marks a significant milestone for Nichol Smith Development. It signifies our commitment to growth, efficiency, and excellence.

In conclusion, Sean’s arrival has already impacted our business, and we’re excited about the future. His experience, dedication, and expertise make him an invaluable asset to our team. We look forward to achieving new heights together as we work towards building a property portfolio that fulfils our dreams.

Stay tuned for more updates on our journey. The best is yet to come at Nichol Smith Investments!

Money In The Bank Or Money In Property?

Money In The Bank Or Money In Property?


Nowadays, more people are becoming wiser in handling their hard-earned money. To secure a better future, investing is a popular option for business-minded individuals. However, we have different risk appetites. For conservative investors, keeping money in the bank and investing in property are options they can consider.

But which is better? To better understand, here are the facts to help you choose which works for you.


Money In The Bank

This is what we identify as a savings account. In reality, keeping a savings account is not for building wealth, it’s having a safe location to just keep your money. It can increase your net worth, but keeping money in the bank with low-interest rates does not make good investments.

In a recent article, the Bank of England forecasted inflation to hit 4% this year as Britain’s robust recovery from the pandemic accelerates at a blistering pace. In comparison, the interest rate from the bank is only 0.01%.

That means that if you’re saving in the bank for investing purposes, you are losing money. The number may stay the same, but the buying power of that money is decreasing every year with inflation. 

Saving in the bank provides you with a spot to keep some money for reasons other than investing. A healthy savings account is one of the best ways to protect your investments.

In essence, a savings account is good for protecting your investments, preparing for emergencies, and peace of mind in your financial life, but it is not an ideal option for growing your money.


Money In Property

A more popular means of investing, with sure returns, is investing in property. Investing in real estate, when done correctly and strategically, can generate wealth. It is tangible, and there is more than one way to earn money. 

That being said, we’ve narrowed down some strategies for investing in property.

Rental Properties

Owning rental properties can generate a steady cash flow for an extended period of time. There’s always a market for this. Young families, young professionals, and immigrants are some of them. If you have the patience to manage tenants, this is for you.

House Renovation Flip

The fix-and-flip culture has exploded. Thanks to the popularity of home renovation shows. There’s a massive opportunity for income in this strategy, but you also need to find the perfect properties to flip.

Vacation Rentals

Airbnb is a perfect example. Vacation rental or short-term properties are accommodations that travellers can rent on a short-term basis. These accommodations range from high-end luxury properties to spare bedrooms in other people’s apartments.


HMO’s are very attractive investments. HMOs, include residential accommodation, which is the main home for three or more unrelated people. The multiple occupancy/student market continues to grow. It produces high rental yields and is in demand due to the rise of the population.


The Bottom Line

If your purpose is to grow your equity and have a steady income stream, then property investing is definitely for you. Depending on how you prefer to invest, there are several options to choose from. However, in every investment, you should do your due diligence in knowing all the risks, facts, and numbers. Successful investments involve dedication, commitment and patience. 

On the other hand, if you only want to save for emergencies or want a spot to store your money for unexpected expenses, money in the bank is a safe place to keep it. 

Again, it’s a safe location just to keep your money, but it is not an ideal option for growing your money.


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Why Invest in Edinburgh?

Why Invest in Edinburgh?


Edinburgh, without question, is a beautiful place to live in. Its rich history, innovation and creativity, iconic architecture, and vibrant culture make Edinburgh a desirable place to live, work, visit, and study.

This is exactly the reason why Edinburgh remains to be a hotspot in property investment. Seasoned property developers and investors have firsthand experienced success in investing in Edinburgh, while aspiring property investors see the potential towards building equity and wealth. 

There are numerous other reasons why you should invest in Edinburgh. The obvious reason is just the beginning. Let me dive in deeper and tell you why it is wise to invest in Edinburgh.


World-Class Education

Edinburgh is home to The University of Edinburgh, a high calibre university that is consistently on top. Currently occupying the 16th in the 2022 QS World University rankings. Other high ranking and performing universities are Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University. This alone attracts local and international students that make up 20 per cent of the population.


Booming Tourism

Edinburgh is the 2nd most visited city outside London, with over 13 million visitors each year.

From family days out to cultural discovery, Edinburgh has many top attractions to satisfy everyone, including some of Scotland’s most visited free and paid-for attractions. In addition, the city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city an amazing place to live. 


Green Space

Edinburgh has more green space than any other UK city. The city’s well known green spaces include Holyrood Park and Royal Botanical Garden. In addition, the outskirts of the city feature major green spaces such as the coastal Dalmeny Estate, the semi-natural Cammo Estate, and the Pentland Hills Regional Park. 

To make sure Edinburgh remains the beautiful green city that it is, the Edinburgh City Council has approved plans to spend over £4m improving parks and green spaces across the capital. Thus, attracting more tourists to the city.


Population Growth

In terms of population, Edinburgh currently has around 542,599 residents. But, according to National Records Scotland, Edinburgh is growing fast. They say that within 25 years, the population could rise. Edinburgh City Council says Edinburgh could be bigger than Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, by 2032. Foresight into the demand of property prices and rents in the future.



The ongoing projects and plans for the city are one reason why Edinburgh is currently thriving and why so many investors and residents plan to put down roots here. 

Regeneration will help to modernise the capital and promote the already existing features the city has. Many redevelopment plans are in place for the capital, including the St James Quarter and The Johnnie Walker experience. These upcoming builds will attract even more visitors, tourists, and tenants to Edinburgh.


Efficient Transport System

According to Andrew White, head of residential at Collier’, “The city’s compact size means that for business or pleasure, Edinburgh is easy to traverse by foot or the efficient transport system.”

Ease of transportation is a factor in choosing a home, and Edinburgh is a city that can be easily accessed and travelled. Either you travel by foot or travel using their transport system, you can be sure to reach your destination with ease.


The Future is Even Brighter…

The future of Edinburgh is looking optimistic. New developments are underway to improve the capital. Population and opportunities also keep on growing. With these factors and the reasons mentioned above, property investors are looking into a brighter investment future. 

And despite the global pandemic, Edinburgh’s property market remains resilient and continues to thrive. 


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The Property Rollercoaster

The Property Rollercoaster


Last week’s blog was a swift update on everything going on with Nichol Smith Investments. We’ve managed to catch up on ourselves and thought we’d take a moment to summarise what we like to call ‘The Property Rollercoaster”, which we feel has been going on for a few weeks.


The property market where we invest (Edinburgh), and I’m sure true to many UK cities, have been through many changes in recent months. The market got off to a flying start at the beginning of 2020. Properties were coming on the market and attracting a lot of interest. We saw many offers for every property, with practically every property on the market going to closing dates.


We’ve gone from a very strong property market to a very variable market. Some properties are still flying off the shelf, and some properties have had no interest whatsoever.


In the space of two weeks, we’ve seen dramatic changes.


We’ve even experienced properties gaining a lot of interest and notes of interest, and going to closing dates. At the closing date, there are no offers from the interested parties. This is unheard of!


We recently picked up a property as all the other interested parties pulled out. We were due to collect the keys tomorrow but the Registers of Scotland (where the title deeds are held and updated) are temporarily closed. Again, this is completely unheard of.


We also submitted a very low offer on a property at a closing date. We were notified on Friday that our offer was successful as the other eight parties interested dropped out. We’re delighted with our purchase and can’t wait to get working on it. It’s really a wild roller coaster ride at the moment.


As Warren Buffett rightly says “Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful”. It’s in times like this where we really leverage our buying power, as these are the times when wealth is created.


Many things in the property world can be out of our control. We like to plan out strategies A, B and C to cover all eventualities. I feel we may only be at the start of this new rollercoaster ride due to the difficulties facing the stock market and the global pandemic.


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Joint Venture Contracts

Joint Venture Contracts


This week’s blog is going to take a closer look at the joint venture partnership and what exactly should be discussed before entering into a joint venture. This will ultimately shape the contract you make legally binding between joint venture partners.


In case you missed it, last week’s blog discussed some basic principles of joint ventures and their place in the property world. It’s a good starting point if you’re completely new to joint ventures, so head back to the blog on the website and give it a quick read.


A joint venture contract doesn’t need to be a large, complicated, lengthy document, but it’s essential to take the time to get it right before you get going. It protects all the individuals in the joint venture to ensure all possible eventualities are covered, including profit split, responsibilities in the project, the exit strategy, and the backup plan.


First things first, you need to consider who will be involved in the partnership. Usually, the partners are the property professional who will bring their time, skills and knowledge of the industry, and the other partner will provide the funding and oversee payments throughout the project.


Have you considered who will own the property during the renovation?


Typically it will be the individual who provides the finance for the joint venture who will legally own the property. The individual who is not part of funding the property purchase may take out a legal charge on the property (for example an RX1 form) or a legal contract (deed of trust) to ensure the property cannot be sold or transferred without their permission.


Another important point to consider about a joint venture partnership is sharing profits. Here at Nichol Smith Investments, we like to see it as two or more parties coming together as equals, bringing equivalent skill or monetary value to the table, and therefore profits split evenly. However, that’s how we feel about joint ventures, and not all property professionals are willing to split profits equally. 


We have discussed buying, renovating and selling properties in joint ventures. This is the traditional way individuals can work together in property to share profits. However, there are plenty of people out there who are keen to work on all different types of property projects. For example, joint venturing on HMOs; where one partner is responsible for the project managing the renovation of the property to be suitable for HMO licensing and usage, and the other funds the purchase and renovation. The rent income (after all expenses) is split 50/50. This type of joint venture partnership is a longer-term commitment. Deciding an exit strategy is vital when considering a joint venture partnership.


What about when things don’t go to plan…


If you decide on an exit strategy, for example, buy to sell, but you can’t sell the property or don’t receive an offer that you (or your joint venture partner) see as acceptable, what do you do? It’s essential to document the plan for the ‘what ifs’ in your joint venture contract before starting out. Discussing these things early on will make decisions easier down the line if the worst is to happen, and you both have it written down in black and white. Say the market changes during a buy to sell project, consider what price you are happy to accept for the property to break even. Consider how long you’re comfortable leaving the property on the market, whether you’d consider an auction sale after a specified period of time, and what you would do if you made a loss.


It’s not always plane sailing. There is always an element of risk in the property market, just like any other investment method. One of our fond property friends comes to mind when we write up joint venture contracts, as they always say ‘cover the five D’s’. The five D’s are departure, disaster, death, divorce, and disagreement. Discussing the five D’s and acknowledging what to do in worst-case scenarios will put you in good stead for a successful joint venture. 


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Joint Ventures: Basic Principles

Joint Ventures: Basic Principles


Joint ventures are well known in the business world, but many are a little unsure about what joint ventures involve when it comes to property investing. Today I am going to outline some basic principles of joint ventures in property, including what makes a joint venture successful and how to cover all eventualities.

In the property market, a joint venture is a temporary but formalised partnership of two or more individuals, which contract with each other for a particular development project, such as a buy-to-sell project, often through the creation of a temporary subsidiary company called a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).

Creating a joint venture partnership for a specific property project can be a great way to work with other professionals or investors in the industry. Joint ventures, in our opinion, work best when two (or more) parties come together to work on a project where their skills complement each other. The way we like to think of it is: you don’t want two (or more) investors working on the same project with little experience of project managing, and likewise, you don’t want two hands-on individuals coming together with no way of funding the project.

A successful joint venture partnership works well in property when the individuals involved have skills that complement each other. This could be where one individual organises the funding for the project and oversees payments, while the other finds the project and manages the refurbishment from start to finish. Alternatively, it could be a partnership between an individual who can oversee the project and fund it, partnering with a builder or other tradesperson who will complete the refurbishment.

Not only can joint partnerships work well with two parties coming together with complementary skills to one another, but joint ventures can work well with more than two parties. We have met professionals in the industry that have multiple parties involved in a property project, where skills and expertise are brought from a wide range of professionals like architects, accountants, quantity surveyors and engineers.

You might be thinking “this all sounds great, but why would we consider joint venturing”. Let me explain some of the benefits.

For many individuals who want to invest in property, joint ventures can be a great way to get involved in a renovation project without going it alone. You can keep up to date with progress, be as hands-on or hands-off as you like depending on your workload and geographical location, and gain experience of what’s involved in a renovation project while working alongside someone with more expertise (and time) than yourself.

For property professionals, working in a joint venture partnership can be a way to expand their knowledge of different aspects of property, and allow working with new professionals in the industry. In certain circumstances, it can be a great way to work with an investor who can fully fund the renovation to get a project off the ground.

Depending on the joint venture partnership agreement, investors can often achieve higher returns on their investment than loaning money to a property company for a fixed return. At Nichol Smith Investments, we believe that joint venture partnerships are where each partner is equal. With this in mind, previous joint venture partnerships we have worked on with investors or other property professionals have resulted in a 50/50 split of profits. This allows us to work on more projects throughout the year while achieving great returns for our investors. And of course, having fun at the same time.

We hope this blog has helped explain the basic principles of what a joint venture partnership can involve in property, and why they can be a great way to gain experience in property and achieve good returns at the same time. Last week we touched on the recent changes the Financial Conduct Authority made to investors working in property. If you missed this article, it’s well worth a read if you’re considering joint ventures in property.

Next week we are continuing the theme of joint ventures, and we will take a more in-depth look into what a joint venture agreement should include. 


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HMOs: What Does the Future Hold?

HMOs: What Does the Future Hold?


Many of you will be thinking HMOs, what’s interesting about student accommodation? Today’s blog will take a look at why HMOs are becoming more popular in the market place, and why property investors maybe adding them to their portfolios.


For those of you who may not know, HMO stands for House of Multiple Occupancy (or Occupation) and is a term used to describe when three or more unrelated individuals live together in a home with shared facilities such as kitchen, living space and sometimes bathrooms. They’re most commonly used for students, and often get bad reputations for being lower quality accommodation and troublesome for neighbours due to student antics. Each local Council will have policies relating to the regulation of HMOs within neighbourhoods, and for your property to be used as an HMO, you will need to apply for a license from your local Council and ensure particular safety standards are met. Because of the specific requirements needed to set up an HMO, the setup cost can be far higher than a traditional single let.


So, why would you want to set up an HMO? 


Typically properties that are let out to multiple occupants tend to attract a higher rent than if the property was let out to a couple or a family (a single let). Here’s an example: a property may rent out for say £800 per month as a three-bedroom family home, but you might be able to charge say £500 per room (one tenant per room) totalling £1,500 per month. As you can see, you almost double the rent you collect each month. 


Another advantage of using a property as an HMO over a single-let is minimising risk. The risk to your income comes from void periods. With a standard single let property when a tenant moves out, you risk of the property sitting empty and therefore not bringing in any income. On the flip side, when you own a property with multiple occupants, even if one tenant moves out and you struggle to replace them, you’ll still receive rent from the remaining tenants. Risk also comes into play with non-payment of rent. If you rent your property to one tenant (whether it’s to an individual, a family or a couple) and they stop paying rent for whatever reason, you lose the full rental amount. On the flip side, if one of your HMO tenants stops paying rent, you only lose a smaller portion of your total rent. Both reducing void periods and risk of non-payment ultimately reduce the risk to your income as a landlord.


HMO’s are an attractive way for landlords to make profits from their properties, but is now a good time to look at setting up new HMOs?


The answer to this is yes. We’ve all read about the shortage of housing in the UK, and HMOs can help relieve a small amount of this burden. HMOs effectively maximise the living space in rental properties, therefore helping with some of the need for more housing, particularly in cities. HMOs are becoming more popular with demographics other than students, such as young professionals or individuals on lower incomes. In many cities, renting an apartment alone or as a flatshare with one other person is still way beyond what the average young professional can afford. With the average age of first-time buyers creeping up in the UK, HMOs can be an affordable place for professionals to live while saving for a deposit for their first home. 


If you decide to consider setting up an HMO for professionals, the best place to start is looking at competition in your local area. HMOs that cater to young professionals are usually of an excellent standard, often with higher spec kitchens and luxurious bathrooms (or possibly even all en-suite rooms). There’s definitely a market for this sort of living, so it’s perhaps a great time to look into HMOs in your local area. Please ensure you check with your local Council for restrictions and regulations in your specific neighbourhood before you get going.


There are some negatives to owning properties as HMOs. I won’t go into the full details, but some of the issues can include: higher turnover of occupants, larger management fees if you use a letting agent to manage the property, more wear and tear on the property, bigger initial set up costs and cost to furnish (and renew/replace furniture) the property. Obtaining a license for an HMO from your local Council also comes at a price.


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Maximise Profits from your Property Portfolio

Maximise Profits from your Property Portfolio


With many news articles like ‘the buy-to-let market is dead’ hitting the headlines over the past few years, we think it’s important to discuss ways to maximise the profitability of your property portfolio. Changes to legislation, such as Section 24, have hit landlords hard. But all is not lost. If you’re one of many landlords that have held on to your portfolio, this article is for you. 



Could your properties do with an update? Most rental properties could do with a lick of paint or even updated kitchens or bathrooms. Spending a little on bringing your property up to a good standard can go along way to boosting the rental income you’ll receive every month.

Have a look at property portals like RightMove or Zoopla for other properties in the same area as your rental property to ensure your property is in similar condition (or ideally better than) the competition.  


Change the use

Would your property make you higher returns if it was used for an alternative purpose than buy-to-let?  For example Serviced Accommodation (also referred to as Airbnb.

Serviced Accommodation has become ever more popular with property owners due to the higher returns achieved. Something to bear in mind with this strategy is consulting your lender to ensure your mortgage product is still suitable for serviced accommodation, and finding a good Airbnb management company to manage your property is highly recommended. 

If your property has three bedrooms or more, would you consider changing the use to an 

HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy)? HMOs are popular for students and are becoming popular for young professionals. Quite often, property owners can make significantly higher returns when using their property as an HMO rather than a single-let property. Consult your local planning department for guidance on restrictions and necessary safety alterations.


Review your lending

It seems very obvious, but check out your mortgage product (if you have one) and ensure you’re on a low-interest rate. You’d be amazed at the number of landlords who leave their properties on the same mortgage for years on end when switching could save them hundreds of pounds every year. Interest rates are at an all-time low, and with some mortgage providers offering a ten-year fixed-rate mortgage, now could be the time to switch lenders. Give your mortgage lender a call to see what’s available, and if there are no savings to be made with them, look into switching lenders.


Increase your rent

When did you last increase your rent? Many landlords shy away from raising the rent on their properties, particularly if they’ve had tenants in their property for some time. I’m not recommending charging in and doubling your tenants’ rent, but it may be worth reviewing other similar properties nearby to get a feel for a fair rental price. If the rent your charging is behind other similar properties, it’s time to increase your rent. On average, the amount you charge for rent should go up by roughly 3-5% per year to account for inflation and increased costs. This will help increase the profitability of your portfolio.


Still not making the yields you feel you should be? If you review the above methods to maximise profitability from your portfolio and are still wondering why your portfolio yield is lower than expected, it could be time to sell. Sometimes it’s worth cutting your loss and selling any properties that are performing poorly. We like to think of it as removing the driftwood. If you sell properties that perform poorly, the cash pot you gain could be used to buy properties with higher yields. 


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