Progressive Property Blog


What you should know before buying or selling property at auction

Auctions can be a great way to buy and sell property. Many perceive that this route involves extra risk, is complicated or requires specialist knowledge. But for many it can be a great way to access property ripe for development to which value can be added provided you know the rules and understand how the […]

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Flipping property for profit: a guide to make your flip a success

Property flipping is an enticing strategy for new and experienced investors alike. ‘Flipping’, ‘Buy-to-Sell’ and ‘Trading’ are all phrases used to describe the same strategy. Buy-to-Sell is a good one to use as it describes the activity perfectly; properties are purchased with the intention of selling on at a profit, predominantly after programme of refurbishment. […]

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Which are the best areas of the UK to invest in property?

Trying to predict where to invest your hard earned cash can seem a little bit like staring into a crystal ball, as you may be looking in an area you’re not familiar with. However, it doesn’t have to be all guesswork, as we hope to show you in this article. We’ve put our collective minds […]

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Buying a buy-to-let property through a limited company

The Buy to Let tax changes have certainly taken their toll on many landlords, many of whom could be finding their profitability seriously compromised. This has meant many landlords are turning to setting up or incorporating their properties into limited company arrangements to avoid being hit with additional tax. This could be an option for […]

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Is property bridging finance the right option for you?

A bridging loan or bridging finance is a short term loan provided by a bank or lender to take you from one phase to another, or to enable you to buy a property when you’ve not yet sold another. Bridging loans are used mainly in property transactions and can be what’s called open or closed. So, […]

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Your Guide to Converting Commercial Property to Residential

Since the introduction of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) in 2015, the popularity of commercial to residential conversions has increased dramatically and with parliament granting permissions, meaning that more and more offices (and warehouses up to 500M2) can be repurposed in this way, it’s imperative that those carrying out the works know exactly what’s involved before commencing. […]

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8 Common Traits of Successful Property Investors

Mark Homer and I have been in property since 2003 and 2005 respectively. This doesn’t give us the right to boast or say we are experts, but it does teach you a lot. You can make a lot of mistakes in 15 years, and you can see others succeed and fail too. I always try […]

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Five points to consider when building a professional HMO business

Here are five tips to creating your successful HMO business that will give you the income and financial security you need. Before we delve into those lets recap on what an HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupancy) property is: simply it’s a house occupied by 3 or more unrelated people who share common facilities like a […]

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8 Valuable Lessons in 15 Years of Property Investing

Having been investing in property with my business partner since 2005, I always try to analyse the commonalities of people who succeed over the long term, and those who drift away. We can all learn something from everyone, and even despite owning/co-owning and managing over 700 properties, I learn something new everyday. Every successful property […]

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10 Tips for Buying Your First Commercial Property

Commercial property, like any other investment, requires a lot of research and knowledge in order to be successful. This is especially true when it comes to first-time buyers. And the reason is simple: you’re playing with big money, big potential and big risks. Without due diligence and wise investing, instead of maximising your return and […]

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Investing in property: Should I hold or should I buy and sell property?

For full transparency I’m an investor, a holder, I don’t have a trader mentality and I don’t have a history of getting into or out of things for a short period. My ideal holding period for most assets is forever… So now that I have established some of my biases here goes: Why would you […]

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Brexit means Brexit, or does it?

Its been a while since I wrote anything meaningful on Brexit. As much as I think most are getting bored of the continuous stream of diarrhoea many politicians and newscasters seem to feel compelled to offer on the topic the time seems right to provide some observations. From the start, this experiment in interfering with trading linkages […]

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