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Alec Hanson along with his wife Julie, is Co Director of Just do Property.

Educated to degree level at Aston University, Alec has enjoyed building a property portfolio for 15 years.

Alec runs his own IT company and works alongside Julie to bring news and information to Just Do Property subscribers.

They are passionate about property - development, investment and portfolio planning and hope this new website continues to assist property investors with investment news, opportunities and up-coming events.

How to Deal with Squatters in your Vacant Property

Any vacant property is vulnerable to squatters, whether it’s a commercial warehouse, disused office or empty private residence. Returning to a building to find that it has been taken over by squatters (particularly if they are refusing to leave) is a nightmare for property owners, and can often leave people struggling to know what to do. Luckily, armed with the right knowledge, squatter eviction can be relatively straightforward, if not entirely stress free. If you are leaving a property empty and unattended for any length of time, read up on how to prepare for potential squatters.Preventing AccessThe laws around squatting are complex, but one thing is clear: if a person has forced entry into a property then it is a criminal matter and the police can be called. However, unless it’s clear who the perpetrator is, evidence of a break-in (like forced locks or broken windows) may not be sufficient...
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How can I boost the value of my home?

There are a million and one television shows to choose from when it comes to home DIY. They are filled with tips on how to create the impression of space, reduce the bills through insulation and, crucially, increase the value of the property. These shows can be great in giving you inspiration for your home, so spend some time watching them when they deal with homes which are similar to yours. To help you with the rest, we´ve compiled the best things to do here… Speak to the professionals Spend some time picking the brains of those in the industry. Ask them how to increase the value of your specific property. There will be some factors local to your situation that will be worth considering, such as the condition of your neighbour´s home. Also, hire a surveyor to check the underlying quality of the home. This will give you a...
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Are we prepared for an ageing generation?

  If you are a member of the ageing generation, you are probably facing many issues about your future. Investments, healthcare and creating a legacy may be things that you consider. However, at the top of the list is where you will live. You are not alone; this is an issue that is facing society as well, as the ageing population is quickly becoming one of the largest populations in our communities. The need for housing for the ageing population is estimated at around 18,000 new homes per year to meet the growing need. This suggests that there may not be enough residences to go around. We really need to ask, are we prepared?This housing crunch may be a great opportunity for developers, and plans to develop senior housing are being put in place. However, there are questions that you need to address if you are in this population. Do...
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Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates have been introduced to help the Energy Efficiency of a building, from 1st October 2008 when a building is constructed, sold or rented an EPC is required.  Of course we all want our properties to be as efficient as possible. By April 2018, it will be illegal to rent out a property with an F or a G Energy Performance Certificate rating. Two years after that in 2020, the minimum requirement of an E or above rated property will apply to both new and existing lets and by 2025 all rental properties will have to have a rating of D or above. By 2030, the government have set the target that all rental properties have to be at least a C energy efficiency rating. Energy Performance An EPC provides a summary of the Energy Performance Certificates of the property in relation to construction, heating and hot water. An EPC...
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Half of Tenants Would Leave Town To Achieve Dream Of HomeOwnership

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a home, according to a new poll of private renters*. The poll found that just over a quarter of tenants (27 per cent) would relocate in order to buy a house, and a further three in ten (29 per cent) would consider doing so. However, forty four per cent of tenants said they would not move to another town or city even if it meant being able to afford to buy their own place. Tenants in London were the most open to the idea, with 87 per cent saying they would relocate or consider relocating in order to buy a home. However, tenants in the East Midlands were the least receptive to the idea, with just 14 per cent willing to relocate. The research also shows that almost half of...
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New Corfu villa added to the Hideaways Club Classic Collection

  NEW CORFU VILLA ADDED TO THE HIDEAWAYS CLUB CLASSIC COLLECTION PORTFOLIO FOLLOWING DEMAND FROM MEMBERS Following overwhelming demand from Members after the acquisition last year of a villa in Crete, a stunning villa in Corfu has been acquired by The Hideaways Club shared property ownership club for its Classic Collection portfolio of global holiday homes.   With property prices in Corfu widely reported to be below their peak, this was the ideal time for The Hideaways Club to invest in property in Corfu, especially as the recent ITV series ‘The Durrells’, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of Corfu memoirs, has sparked interest in the island. About Kentroma House Kentroma House is a four bedroom hillside villa on the north east coast of Corfu, with spectacular views over Agni Bay.   It has a wonderful secluded setting, in a perfect hideaway location, yet is just a 10 minute drive from the popular...
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The Bank of England has just announced that it will maintain the UK's interest rate at 0.5%.

  The Bank of England have just announced interest rates will remain frozen at 0.5%. Property expert and CEO of leading hybrid estate agent eMoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, comments:   “The Bank of England have today announced that interest rates will continue to remain frozen at 0.5%. This confirmation should remind us that the cost of money, especially for home buyers, is at a record low. The UK economy and the property market, in particular, are now awakening from the apparent Brexit limbo it has been stuck in over the last few weeks. The UK property market is still fighting fit, despite the negative sentiment it has been plastered with by Brexit doomsayers and, with mortgage rates also certain to remain low, now is the perfect environment for UK property if there ever was one.”   The Bank of England has also delivered a clear signal that it will ease monetary policy in August....
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eMoov Petition to Scrap European EPCs in the UK

The Housing Act 2004 made it a mandatory requirement that an energy assessment is made on all properties listed for sale in Britain and later, this applied to rental properties too.  So in 2007 the UK Government introduced EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates). The reason for the introduction was as a consequence of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC  Simply, Britain was told it must adopt a practice of sending inspectors to all homes marketed for sale or to let, before they could be advertised. At an average total annual cost of £100m to the UK home seller and landlord. The resulting energy rating that the certificate assesses is of little help to either buyer or seller and has not proven to reduce energy consumption in any attempt to assist in mitigating the effects on the environment, as was the intention when first conceived by the European Commission.  Founder and CEO of leading hybrid...
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Just Do Property has relaunched!

We are delighted to announce the Just Do Property website has been re-designed and is now live with an easy to use design, enhanced functionality and a more stream-lined search - we hope you approve.Just Do Property is a husband and wife team based in Manchester, UK and we are passionate about property - development, investment and portfolio planning.  We have been online for over six years and we are proud to have you as one of our loyal subscribers.  We've all heard the saying "your network is your net worth" and we consider that to be true.  We believe that building trust and a solid business relationship is imperative in this industry and we will continue to bring the latest property news bulletins, along with national UK property networking events, to your Inbox and maintain our online resource for your reference.  We are excited to announce that we have a new business partner joining...
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Property Networking with pin

Since 2003, the property investors network has provided a positive, inspirational and supportive environment in which you can learn how to become a more successful property investor. They now have almost 50 monthly meetings all over the UK.  You can see a complete list of events in the Just Do Property events calendar.They don’t sell property. They just teach people how to be more successful investors. How to invest with knowledge, and invest with skill, to minimise the risks and maximise their return. There is something for everyone at the pin networking meetings no matter what your level of property investing experience. From research they conducted, from 879 investors at 33 of their meeting locations, they found that 30% of their meeting attendees had zero investment properties and 20% of attended had 8 or more investment properties. 30% had 1 to 3 properties and 20% had 4 to 7 properties.How can...
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An Introduction to Property Options

Described as the Power Steering of property investment, Options are powerful problem solvers and cash-flow creators. Though not suited to all situations, they are transforming the way investors view and transact residential property in the UK. They can fast-track you to financial freedom.   Property Options in Brief Purchase Options, Lease Options and Sandwich Options are becoming familiar terms with Property investors. Perhaps you are already using these powerful legal agreements to add to your portfolio, to generate cash-flow, to sell property which might otherwise stick, or to secure your family home.   Understanding Property Options and using them with skill is important. Why? Because Options can open locked doors, or become trap-doors.   Property Options in Essence An Option gives choice and freedom. Depending on the wording of the document, a Property Owner (Optionor or Grantor) grants exclusive freedom to buy, use or sell the Property, or a combination of...
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Why you should check your credit report.

  Your credit rating really is a valuable asset. It determines not only whether you’ll be accepted for credit, but also the rate you’ll be asked to pay on everything from credit cards to car finance and personal loans. By making sure that all the information held about you is correct, you can ensure that you stand the best possible chance of being accepted the next time you apply, and of getting the best interest rate. There are three credit reference agencies in the UK who each hold information about you, including how you’ve paid your bills over the last six years, whether you’re on the electoral roll, how much outstanding debt your already have and more besides. You can check this information yourself online with checkmyfile – the only place you can see all three files together in the same easy-to-understand format. If you do find anything wrong on your reports,...
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The Waitrose Effect: A Waitrose Supermarket Can Double Your Property Price

Leading online estate agent, eMoov.co.uk, has released research into the Waitrose effect on house prices surrounding each of the supermarket’s 300+ UK stores. eMoov’s research found property surrounding Waitrose stores costs £456,000 on average, more than double that of the UK overall (£221,254), having increased 7% over the last year. It’s well known that the close proximity of a house to sought-after amenities can help increase a property’s price potential. Previous research by eMoov found that a mainstream supermarket, such as Waitrose, was the second most important amenity to UK buyers (30%) - beaten only by the British corner shop. Waitrose opened its first supermarket in Streatham back in 1955. Since then the average house price has increased by over 11,000% and now tops £461,000 in Streatham and £220,000 nationwide. The allure of a Waitrose is clearly more appealing to Britain’s upper class than a discount store such as Aldi,...
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LANDLORDS EXEMPTED FROM GAPITAL GAINS CUTS

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement to exempt residential property sales from cuts to the rate of capital gains tax (CGT), Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National landlords Association (NLA), said: “The Chancellor said that this government would tax the things it wants to reduce not the things it wants to encourage. “On that basis, it’s clear he does not regard ordinary people putting their own money into providing homes as worthwhile. “The steady upward ratchet of taxation on landlords over the past year shows that George Osborne is determined to bear down on the private rented sector, but he still depends on the tax revenues he expects to pull in from them. “The NLA called for a short term easing of CGT to allow landlords to restructure their portfolios or to exit the market altogether but it appears that however much he wants us out, he can’t afford to...
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Property Expert and eMoov CEO, Russell Quirk, Provides His Post-Budget Analysis

A Disappointing Budget for Housing – Something’s a Miss Despite the Conservatives claiming to be the party of home owning aspiration, many of us are left disappointed by the absence of any robust or meaningful housing initiatives or a dilution of George Osborne’s previous attacks on property purchasers, by way of stamp duty and tax relief changes today. Mr Osborne has refused to take his foot off the throat of UK residential market and a number of initiatives that could have been advanced to take the pressure of UK homebuyers today, have not been. Property expert, eMoov CEO and former Brentwood First councillor, Russell Quirk, commented: “A very disappointing budget from a property point of view and for UK buyers and sellers. The capital gains tax reductions, whilst bold, are a missed trick and a kick in the teeth for those second home-sellers, that will not benefit from a reduction...
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