As they struggle to meet demand, Argos have had to increase the wages of their HGV drivers from £11.41 an hour to £15 an hour – a rise of 31.2% meaning their pay goes from £27k to £35k. Care home providers are offering signing-on bonuses of many thousands of pounds to entice nursing staff away from their competitors, and new homes contractors say labour costs are growing as the housing boom pushes up demand for bricklayers and joiners. Restaurant chains, coffee shops, blue-collar workers in factories and warehouses are seeing wages rise at an extraordinary rate. Continue reading Wages rising by 8.3% pa – how will this affect the Fife property market? (4 min read)
Why Savvy Fife Buy-to-Let Landlords Don’t Use 10-Year Mortgages
And the reason you shouldn’t either
I know of many Fife buy-to-let landlords who fell into property investing by accident. Many didn’t want to sell their family home when the Fife housing market crashed in the Credit Crunch of 2009/10, yet still needed to move (often for work). They thought they would keep their Fife family home in case they ever moved back to Fife. Yet by keeping it, it couldn’t remain empty (there was still a mortgage to pay on it), so they ended up renting their home out. Continue reading Why Savvy Fife Buy-to-Let Landlords Don’t Use 10-Year Mortgages (3 min read)
“At least one in six people on The Sunday Times Rich List owes their wealth to property or the world of home ownership in some way”. Those are the words of Robert Watts, the man who compiles The Sunday Times Rich List.
Building a successful lettings portfolio is an exciting route to financial freedom, and picking a direction for your buy-to-let business ultimately comes down to two choices: capital growth or rental yield.
Whenever you ask someone if they know a good contractor, you’ll never be far from a tale of woe: the plumber who never turned up; the electrician who bodged the job; the builder who overcharged and left a huge mess.