Every day I see people stressed and lose money or a dream home because they missed an essential step during a property project or used a bad property company.
|What tenant fees will you have to pay before
you can move in?
All agents and landlords MUST tell you in advance
of any fees you have to pay to rent a property.
Examples of good agents who are upfront about
their fees include: Belvoir Lincoln; Savills;
Visit our tenant fees page
|Are you paying more dead money in rent than
through a mortgage?
An easy calculation is, if your rent is 5% or less
than the value of the property you rent, then the
dead money to landlords and to the mortgage
company in interest is the same.
Visit our paying money in rent than
|Calculating whether buying is cheaper
In the main if prices are falling or are static, then it
may well be cheaper to rent than buy.
Visit our rent versus mortgage
|xx||Working out how you can save £1,000s
towards a deposit
It will probably seem a daunting task to save £5,000-
£15,000 for a deposit but it is possible.
Visit our saving for a deposit page
|Calculating the costs of buying a property
It can be very scary working out how much it will
cost to buy a property and then when you have to
pay the money to the lender, and legal company.
Visit our calculating the costs of buying a
Calculating the costs of selling a property
The key fees are the estate agent's fees which will be 1% to 2% of the value of your home. So if it sells for £200,000 x 1.5% = £3,000. BUT bear in mind thanks to the government, this will increase by 20% VAT so you pay the agent £3,600 but they only get £3,000.
On-line agents will advertise your property, but not much else, typically on-line agents are around £500.
Finance fees may be charged if you are penalised for paying off your mortgage - it's called a mortgage redemption fee. This could be £300 through to several thousand pounds.
Your legals will be around £300 + VAT upwards. Read our LEGAL COSTS to give you a full breakdown of costs to compare one from the other.
Removals fees range from £300 + VAT to over £2,000 + VAT (see above on buying)
For more help buying a property, visit our Selling a Home Checklists
Buy to let calculations
There are lots of ways of calculating buy to let numbers. Here's some 'rules of thumb'
Gross Yield is calculated by taking the price paid for the property and dividing this by the income received.
So if you paid £100,000 for a property and the annual rent is £5,500, your gross yield is £5,000/£100,000 = 5.5%
Rule of thumb #1
If a property has a 5.5% yield; your mortgage rate is 5% and you borrowed 75% mortgage, then your net income before tax will be zero.
Rule of thumb #2
If a property has a yield of 6% or less, usually you secure good capital growth over 10-15 years, but don't secure much income.
If a property has a yield of 7% or more, usually the income you receive is good, but capital growth is poor.
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