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Julie Hanson along with her husband Alec is Co Director of Just do Property   


Educated to degree level at Manchester then Thames Valley University, Julie has enjoyed building a property portfolio for 15 years.

She worked in a large corporate organisation for almost 20 years before deciding to launch her own business.

Julie enjoys looking after their 2 children whilst building her portfolio and bringing news and information to Just Do Property subscribers. 


Alec and Julie 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.

Local Businesses and Residents Working Together for a Greener Mayfair

In this day and age it can seem difficult for individual or small groups to make noticeable differences to the areas they live in, as corporate juggernauts steamroll any potential changes that may a detrimental effect on their livelihood. This would be most evident in the London, the UK hub of giants of industry, especially in particular boroughs synonymous with the rich and famous. It is in Mayfair however, where this change is beginning to come into action. After a report stating that Mayfair, along with the greater Westminster area, has one of the poorest air quality ratings of cities in the UK and mainland Europe. Levels of nitrogen dioxide and others regularly exceed internationally agreed acceptable levels. Off the back of this, residents, councillors and local businesses decided to join together in order to halt the rising pollutants in Mayfair, but to also change the direction of Mayfair to promote...
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What is your ideal retirement lifestyle?

Your retirement lifestyle will be determined by how much you have saved in your pension pot. But how much will you need to save, to cover all your outgoings from cars and holidays, to theatre tickets and groceries? A UK Pension provider, True Potential Investor, has released findings on the UK’s expectations of retirement and their anticipated outgoings, based on their desired lifestyle. According to the research, on average, UK men expect to purchase two cars during retirement age (totalling £27,106) whilst women expect to buy just one car (totalling £14,203) to last them through their retirement days. Continue uncovering more findings in the infographic below.
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Banner placement in the property industry: selecting the perfect location for your marketing material

Competition in the property sector is tough, which means marketing is essential to success. Aside from the design, marketers need to consider where they will place their printed products once they’re ready to go — put them in the wrong spot and your ROI could plummet! If you’re searching for advice regarding the best locations for property promotional banners, check out this guide featuring a range of banner placement tips… The entrance to your store Part of advertising is encouraging people to visit your online or offline store. Just because your potential customer has stepped inside your shop, why stop promoting your brand? The sleek but noticeable dimensions of a pull-up banner will allow it to stand conspicuously in the corner of your foyer or next to your reception desk, while not overpowering the room and making it look cluttered. Been in business for a decade? The only company to...
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Protecting Your Property from Japanese Knotweed

By Nic Seale It's growing season and that means many property owners are on the lookout for signs that Japanese knotweed may be encroaching onto their land. This is a very real problem that's affecting landlords all over the UK. To get an idea of the scale of the problem, here's a map of Japanese knotweed infestations (from the PlantTracker site): As you can see, there are several large clusters of Japanese knotweed infestation, primarily in northern England, Wales and down into the southeast of England. Parts of Scotland are also blighted with the highly invasive species that was brought here from Japan in the 1800s, and Northern Ireland to a lesser extent. At Environet, we're constantly tackling infestations of Japanese knotweed on private as well as commercial premises. Methods of eradication for this weed is the subject we’re asked about on a daily basis, so we’re here to give some...
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DIY vs Tradesmen: Property Improvements You Should and Shouldn’t Do

It is common practice amongst private property owners to seek out houses that require renovating before selling on for higher profit margins — or letting out for better monthly returns. The concept sees such popularity because, to put it simply, it works. Repairs and improvements take time, but the investment has the potential to reap serious rewards. An extreme example of this is a couple who bought a house for a pound, then spent months renovating the place, to receive a valuation of £60k. Obviously, you’ll be unlikely to see a percentage profit increase rivaling that property, which saw a rise in near 6,000,000%, however, there is plenty of money to be made. When it comes to actual property improvement, though, many get caught out thinking they can handle the entire job themselves. Some tasks that increase property value are easily done by the landlord, but others really should be...
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Are Britain’s current gas safety checks good enough?

For Britain’s five million privately rented out properties — gas safety has been dubbed as a ‘postcode lottery’ regardless of the requirements set out by the government. And it’s not just property owners who are in the firing line – more than one in five small business energy users don’t know that failing to have an annual gas safety check could invalidate their insurance. Gas safety requires a careful analysis, and it’s more than a gas fitter coming to tick boxes. Poorly fitted and maintained gas appliances can cause fuel leaks, fires and even explosions, as well as carbon monoxide poisoning. As a result, landlords who fail to comply with gas safety regulations can face tens of thousands of pounds in fines. Are the methods we use to handle current gas safety problems too relaxed — ultimately putting lives in danger? And how can landlords make sure their premises stay...
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Bank of England leave interest rates frozen at 0.5%

Today, the Bank of England announced that they will leave interest rates frozen at 0.5% after speculation that we could see an increase of 0.25%. This will be welcome news for thousands of UK homeowners who could have seen the cost of their monthly mortgage payments increase as a result, or upon renewing their terms if they were currently locked in to a fixed rate deal. Although an increase would have been manageable for most, it highlights the danger of homebuyers borrowing beyond their means in the current financial climate as further increases in the future could plunge them into financial difficulty. For the time being however, UK homeowners can breathe easy where the cost of their mortgage is concerned at least.   Source: Bank of England/BBC   Founder and CEO of Emoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, commented:  “While the recent hike in temperatures received a warm welcome by the British public, an increase...
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How to protect your family from asbestos exposure

Well known as a dangerous material, asbestos was banned completely from use in the UK in 1999, but it can still be found in many homes around the country. Whether you have just moved into a new house or you are about to carry out some renovations of your current property, there are plenty of reasons you might be thinking about asbestos on your property. So if you are concerned that your property might contain asbestos, what can you do about it? Here we look at what you can do to protect your family from being exposed to the health risks of asbestos exposure. Learn the most common places for asbestos in the home It is first important for you to understand where you are likely to find asbestos in a property. Some people believe, for example, that asbestos is only ever used as insulation and as such is likely...
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Equity Release vs. Downsizing: The Pros and Cons

It’s common for families to reach a stage in their life where much-needed money is tied up in their house. Whether they could do with funds for a specific purchase or investment, or wish to support their retirement income, the most straightforward option may be through an equity release scheme or by downsizing their home. Downsizing vs. Equity Release The idea behind downsizing is simply to release funds and reduce financial burdens by moving to a new, smaller home. The difference in value between your current home and new home ends up in your bank account (once expenses have been paid), allowing you to invest it where you see fit. On the other hand, equity release allows you to stay in your current home and take out a loan based on its current value. You can withdraw exactly as much as you need in a lump sum or plan to...
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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show reports growth of over 16 per cent in last five years

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has experienced a 16.27 per cent growth in visitor numbers in the past five years. This increase reflects the continuing rise in live projects, with 82 per cent of the active audience that recently attended The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham (22-25 March) stating that they are currently working on a self-build or renovation project (80 per cent in 2017).  Britain’s largest event of its kind, sponsored this year by Klöeber and JG Speedfits, hosted over 36,233 engaged and targeted visitors at the NEC show with an average project spend of £120,000. The most popular projects people undertake are a self or custom build (21 per cent) and a single and two storey extension (26 per cent). In addition, internal figures highlight a growing net promoter score (NPS) of 31 (two points up since 2017). Furthermore, 62 per cent of...
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Tenant hoarder’ leaves landlord in a financial mess

Ex-social worker and professional landlord of 30 years, Leslie-Ann Franklin, is facing having to sell the rental property she lives next door to in March, Cambridgeshire, after a complex case involving an extreme hoarder has left her in financial ruin.  With her story due to be aired on this week’s ‘Bad Tenants Rogue Landlords’ (Thursday 3rd May, 8pm, Channel 5), Leslie feels the authorities and legal system let both her and her tenant down, and now she is fighting for a judicial review of her case to avoid paying £25,000 in legal fees, on top of the £30,000 she has already spent. Leslie-Ann purchased the 18th century two-bedroom cottage she lives next door to in 2014. Her elderly tenant and neighbour, who was rent-protected and already in situ, had lived in the property for over 30 years. Although Leslie knew that the property was untidy and needed some work, she...
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Andy Burnham - Speech at RLA Conference, Manchester

Andy Burnham, the Major of Manchester addressed the RLA's Future Renting North conference in Manchester last week.  He pointed out that only good landlords would be attending the conference, bad landlords don't attend property conferences. He denounced conditions of properties in the area and vowed to work with landlords to improve them.  He wants to drive rogue landlords from the area.  After his speech, Burnham took questions from the audience and had a challenging exchange with some. You can watch the speech below.     
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A Landlord's Guide to Gas Safety

As a landlord, you are responsible for the wellbeing of your tenants when it comes to gas safety on your property or properties. Every year around 25 people die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning and many more fall ill thanks to badly installed or faulty flues and gas appliances. According to the Gas Safe Register, a staggering 1.1 million gas jobs are completed by illegal gas fitters each year. Landlords must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which apply to accommodation with residential tenants under a licence or a lease as defined in the Regulations, including: Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, co-operatives, housing associations, hostels or private sector landlords. Rooms let in private households, bedsit accommodation, hotels and B&B accommodation. Rented holiday accommodation such as holiday cottages, flats, caravans, holiday chalets and narrow boats on waterways. Duties...
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Indicators show that market is returning to full health

The HM Land Registry have just released their latest House Price Index (HPI) Headline statistics for February 2018 The average price of a property in the UK was £225,047 UK house prices grew by 4.4% in the year to February 2018, down from 4.7% in the year to January 2018. Looking at the demand for housing, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) reported their new buyer enquiries series fell for the 11th consecutive month, with a net balance of -16% of respondents reporting a fall in demand.  At the country level, the largest annual price growth was recorded in Scotland, where house prices increased by 6.2% over the year to February 2018. Wales saw house prices increase by 4.8% over the last 12 months.  In England, the average price increased by 4.1% over the year. The average price in Northern Ireland increased by 4.3% over the year to quarter 4...
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Warning to landlords and letting agents over fake referencing

This week’s episode of “Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords” (Thursday 19th April, Channel 5, 8pm) will serve as a warning to all landlords and letting agents over the dangers of fake tenant references, as landlord Paul Bloom faces a struggle to get his property back from a bogus company let. Paul Bloom, a professional landlord with several properties in London, let one of his flats in a quiet part of Hampstead, London.  The letting agent he used was approached by a third party wishing to rent the property as a company let. After passing referencing, it was understood that an employee of the travel company MSalliance Ltd would occupy the property. However, only the day after the tenant moved in, he asked Mr Bloom to visit the property because he thought something was wrong with the boiler. Upon arrival, Paul had trouble accessing the property, the tenant didn’t speak very good...
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