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Maintaining a healthy pipeline

For a number of different reasons, it is key to our business to plan ahead to ensure we have an appropriate stream of projects coming up. Our extended teams of contractors need to be kept 'well fed', our sister company Sussex Property Partnership needs to forecast and prepare for what properties will become available for let, our clients forecasts and business plans require an element of strategic flow of investment and return options and finally our business plan relies on [...]
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What is freedom to you?

We all have goals. Not all are life changing some are simply to be better at something or learn from challenges, but I believe we all have one common goal and that is to be free. Freedom. What does it mean to you? It is commonly perceived that money equals freedom, in fact our experience is freedom is achieved by gaining more time. More time for family, for fun, for learning. Our aim is to find ways to offer our clients [...]
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Covid 19 Secure

We would like to take this opportunity to update you, following the positive news from the Government on the reopening of the offices of property industry, we are delighted to announce our office will be open for staff to return on Monday 18th May 2020. Whilst we have not been  ‘closed’ during this unprecedented time we are pleased to be returning to some form of normal and to be returning to our offices. We have been working hard behind closed [...]
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Exterior of property renovated, Preston Street Brighton above a restaurant
recently renovated kitchen living area, with whote gloss cupboards and cabinets with polished light wood floor
renovated kitchen alternative photo
renovated bedroom with light grey walls, dark grey feature wall and dark grey door, with new bed
renovated bedroom
renovated bedroom
white renovated bathroom with new white suite and glitter hygiene board walls
existing floor plan
floor plan after works

PRESTON STREET, BRIGHTON

We sourced and developed this property for a new investor.  This was a tricky development, as the property itself was a 4 bed flat over 3 floors above a restaurant, to access the flat you had to go through the restaurant itself!  So there was a lot of legal constraints to iron out during the conveyancing process re: leases and then obtaining planning permission to reinstate the separate entrance to the the property, which we cordoned off from the [...]
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Traget Five completed renovation bedroom with a bright lamp next to bed, with grey wall and door and bright green neon signs

The future is bright, or perhaps a little less dark?

An announcement is expected imminently according to This is Money Magazine from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) that it is readying itself to begin valuation on properties again. Could this mean the housing market will be back up and running again soon? What does this mean for investors, and homeowners? The inevitable suspension of valuations and house moves due to the social distancing guidelines that were essential to the fight against COVID-19 meant that the housing market all but [...]
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A Blended Approach To Property Investment

Choose your favourite partnership or team. Cagney and Lacey, Torvill and Dean or Scholes and Keane - we all have favourites. Long term property investment needs to be a partnership between holding property and trading property, one for long term income, and one for short term capital growth. Much is made nowadays on the need to focus - to stick to one thing and do it well. In a previous article, I discussed the need to choose if you are [...]
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Knight Support Logo, rcgharity supporting Brighton & Hove's homeless and rough sleepers

Target Five & Knight Support, Helping the homeless of Brighton & Hove

Our charity partner Knight Support is a great service for the homeless and rough sleepers in Brighton & Hove. We are aiming to offer further support this year and need your help too “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Mohammed Ali The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the UK Parliament today announced the launch of an enquiry into the effect of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector, designed to [...]
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Infographic showing key points to factor in creating high yield

Why Yield Is Everything

Long term holding of good quality property is profitable and logical, provided it is beneficial for the owner and the resident. Profitable because in the longer-term any lending stays the same or drops away as values and rents increase, so over time it becomes more profitable. Logical because you may as well - the barriers to entry are high, taxes, refurbishment costs and property set up, it is logical to hold it to see a return on investment. For [...]
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Recently renovated property, Cross Street, Hove
Recently renovated lounge of Western Road, Littlehampton

Never too old to share

What age do you think the average house sharer is in the UK? 18? 20? 25? Recent data released from Build-Asset Management, shows the average age of renters living in shared properties in the UK has risen by 5 years since 2017 bringing the average age of co residents of shared houses to nearly 30 (28.2). Given this rise it make sense that the average time that renters remaining in shared residences has extended also, from 12 months in 2017 [...]
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Are you in Property or in Money?

This is a question I ask clients when I first meet them to understand their motivation in getting in touch. Usually it draws a blank coupled with a glance towards the door. I then explain that it is a simple question and one that very quickly gets to the bottom of why they want to buy another property. Are they doing it because they are convinced of the long term fundamentals of property and are looking to hold it, [...]
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