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 strategy 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.

 

With every challenge comes an opportunity, and this current market is filled with opportunity.

 

Now is a great opportunity to create wealth for yourself through property. 

 

We’ll be holding investor days, or possibly webinars (depending on social distancing), in the near future. We’ll keep you updated.

 

We’re always delighted to hear from you if you’re interested in investing in property with Nichol Smith Investments. Click the button below to book a call with me, or drop me an email.

 

Until next week’s blog, stay safe and be kind where you can.