Making Money From Buy To Let

By: Jonathon Hardcastle

Rising house prices and a strong economy make highly favorable conditions for a buy-to-let real estate project. A particularly effective investment, a buy-to-let leaves you with an asset which appreciates in value over the years, in addition to a sustainable rental income accounting for up to seven or eight percent of the overall value of the property year on year. However, requiring a substantial investment up-front, and an ongoing financial and time dedication, the buy-to-let is far from an easy project.

To begin with, you firstly need to analyze areas with potential for high rental income, and low property prices. This means you need to look for somewhere with a high demand for rental properties, and a low demand for ownership. One of the best areas for a buy to let project is near a University or college - students will always need somewhere nearby to live, and will be willing to pay excessively for that prime spot. Another option available to you is to find an older property, or a property which requires some degree of renovation. This will ultimately mean you're paying less on the purchase price, which should allow you to make more on the subsequent rental income.

For most of us, this means raising finance. There are a number of different approaches you can take towards this, namely setting up a limited liability company to raise funds, or by staking your own neck with the bank. Either way, bank funding is likely to be the only real source for the amount of capital you'll require, although you might find special deals on long-term loans for this purpose. You will probably also be expected to put up a substantial deposit from your own funds, so again, it's good to have some spare cash floating around.

After you've bought the property and begun renovation work, it's time to find some tenants. It is crucial at this stage that you check the legal implications of taking on tenants, and understand your obligations and responsibilities as landlord. On top of that, make sure you check all references from tenants to ensure reliability in terms of rent payments. This way, you can reduce the risk of having a non-paying tenant, which could ultimately ruin your venture and destroy profitability.

All in all, the buy-to-let project is a great way to realize an eventual sustainable income, although it is definitely no easy task. By working at it, and ensuring you have fully done your home work, you should eventually end up with a sustainable business which can provide you with an ongoing income and a perpetually appreciating asset.

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