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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.

Signs That Student Property is an Excellent Investment in 2018

Property investments have long been a popular choice for both first time and established investors alike. If you are looking for a property investment target, there are some clear indications that student properties are currently a solid choice. Market Growth The student housing market has proven to be strong and resilient over the last couple of years, and this trend has continued throughout 2018. Student property is now one of the most profitable asset classes there is, reliably paying out excellent returns to investors who have been let down by other sectors of property investment. Overall investment in student properties is expected to end the year £5.3bn higher than last year, a strong indicator of the market’s strength. Foreign Investors Another indicator of the health and strength of the market is the rise in foreign investment, which now accounts for 65% of the capital being invested. This figure is noticeably...
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5 things to do before starting building work at your property

As a property investor, you might walk into a building you have just bought and immediately recognise where improvements can be made. However, noticing that there is a problem and having that problem effectively rectified can prove to be two very different things. Without diligent preparation, you could too quickly see your property development work unravelling - or costing you more than was ever necessary. Here are some ways to prevent running into issues. Check whether you require permission or approval for the work Depending on the precise nature of the improvement work you are positing, you might need to obtain multiple types of permission or approval before that work can commence. Even seemingly rudimentary tweaks, like replacing windows or doors, could necessitate buildings regulations approval. Meanwhile, if you will be building a new structure or making a significant change like an extension, planning permission will typically be needed. Consider...
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Finding A Property That Is Worthy Of Your Investments

You must go out looking for a property that is worthy of your investment, and you need to remember that you could do this at any time. It is so much easier for you to change your investments when you use these tips, and all these tips lead to a place that will make you feel much more comfortable with the way you are investing your money. 1. You Need To Know The Neighborhood You must get to know the neighborhood so that you can invest in places that people would actually want to invest in. You want to sell flipped houses to people that will need them, and it is right for you to see if you would want to live there. There are some places that you would want to live, and that is the kind of place you would want to see to your family living. 2....
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Tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm, Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords

In Waltham Abbey a seemingly perfect professional tenant, an estate agent, wins the trust of a Landlord in dire straits, by using false references . The landlord,  Anthony, previously lived in and owned the flat with his ex-partner. With nowhere else to live after a difficult break up and with no money coming in from his tenant who refuses to pay, Anthony has been forced into moving back in with his parents. He’s called in Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action to try and evict his unruly occupant.   
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Interest Rates rise to 0.75%

The Bank of England has raised the interest rate for only the second time in a decade. The rate has risen by 0.25% to 0.75%. The Monetary policy committee lifts cost of borrowing to highest level since 2009 The move will increase the interest costs of more than three-and-a-half million residential mortgages that have variable or tracker rates. But it will be welcomed by savers, who could see a lift in their interest rates over the coming months.   An extra 0.25% interest will add £12 a month to a £100,000 repayment mortgage and £25 on a £200,000 loan. However, nearly 70% of homebuyers have fixed-rate mortgages, so will be unaffected. I have a variable rate mortgage. How much more will it cost? If you are on a tracker mortgage that matches any rise in the base rate, then an extra 0.25% adds £12 a month to a £100,000 repayment mortgage...
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How To Make A Good First Impression On Buyers

When a potential buyer comes to view your home, you will want to make the best impression possible to ensure that they put in a bid. There are plenty of ways that you can do this by doing simple things like having a clear out or adding a bit of paint to the front of your home. In this article, we are going to give you some ideas on how you can make a good first impression on potential buyers. Make sure to keep reading if you’d like to find out more. Fix Things That Are Broken One of the first things that you should do if you want to make a good first impression on buyers is to fix the things that are broken in your home. You might find that there are a lot of things that are relatively easy to fix and when you actually get around...
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Reviewing pension performance in Britain

People are more aware of their pensions than ever before, but how has media attention and the rollout of auto-enrolment impacted Britain’s pension performance? Each quarter, personal pensions provider True Potential conducts their Tackling The Savings Gap: Consumer Savings and Debt Data report. Using this data from Q1 2016 to Q3 2017, we analyse how pension attitudes have altered. Those adding nothing towards their pension It is assumed that as pension awareness increases, the number of people failing to contribute to a pension would fall. Is this what the stats are saying? Back in Q1 2016, more than a third (34%) of Brits failed to add anything to their pension. By Q3 2017, this figure had increased significantly to 45%, rather than decreasing as expected. In fact, in 2016 and 2017 so far, Q2 2016 has been the best month for pension contributions; the number of people failing to contribute...
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Essential Home Maintenance: Scaffolding, Cherry Picker or a Really Long Ladder?

Now that the sun is finally out, chances are you’ve been paying a bit more attention to the outside of your property. The lawnmower has been dusted off, you’ve given the windows a wipe, and the patio has been brushed down and straightened out for garden parties all summer long. You might be thinking about taking a weekend or two to carry out some of the more major tasks that you put off during the bad weather. Maybe the roof is looking a bit ropey, or you’ve noticed that your gutters need some maintenance. If any of the jobs you’re planning to do involve working at height, make sure that your factor in how best to get up there. Most homeowners simply reach for their step ladder but, depending on what DIY work you intend to tackle, this probably isn’t the safest or most efficient tool for the job. Do yourself...
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The Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Listed Home

New housing developments are continuing to spring up everywhere, with their cookie-cutter streets and repetitive house styles. While there are some may see these glossy properties as a chance to start a fresh new life, it’s easy to see why so many others are instead drawn to the rich character and unique features of period properties. From modest thatched cottages with simple, charming layouts to sweeping country estates that have been tweaked and extended with every new generation, each listed building has its own inimitable tales to tell. If you’ve fallen in love with one of these special buildings and are thinking about becoming part of its story, here are four big questions you should ask before taking the plunge. What grade is the listing? Every listed building is unique and makes its own contribution to local, national or international heritage. For this reason, there is no “one size fits...
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Gas safety certificates & Section 21 – be compliant or you may pay the price

by Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action Landlords, did you know that if you did not provide a gas safety certificate at the start of a tenancy (be it a first agreement or written renewal after 1st October 2015), before the tenant moved in, you may find that any Section 21 notice served during the term is invalid? This is not a well-known issue, but one that is starting to gain traction following the Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz case back in February 2018. At the Central London County Court, landlord Caridon Property failed to obtain a possession order, based on their Section 21 notice, because they failed to serve a copy of a current gas safety certificate BEFORE the tenant moved in on the 13th April 2017; it was served on the 26th April 2017, after the tenant moved in. This contravened regulation 36 (6) Gas Safety Regulations 1998, which states:...
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Esh Group has won a £6.7m new contract to build 55 new affordable houses in the popular Leeds suburb of Allerton Bywater for Yorkshire Housing.

Yorkshire Housing is a social landlord providing more than 18,000 homes throughout Yorkshire. It develops around 300 new affordable homes each year and employs over 750 people. Linda Gray, Development Project Manager at Yorkshire Housing, said: “The new development will help to meet high demand in this popular area. Esh is a trusted partner that shares our focus on supporting and developing local communities.” Esh Group has a range of companies working on housing projects, including Esh Property Services and Esh Construction. Together they provide affordable homes, from new build to state-of-the-art sustainable properties and refurbished existing housing for local authorities and housing associations. Andy Radcliffe, chief executive of Esh Group, said: “Leeds is a thriving city that is growing and needs new good quality housing to meet demand. It is great to support a leading social housing provider in supporting the community.” Esh Group provides construction and construction related...
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Land Registry HPI shows prices have risen 0.1%

The Land Registry have just released the House Price Index for May 2018. The UK House Price Index (UK HPI) shows house price changes for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The May data shows: on average, house prices have risen by 0.1% since April 2018 an annual price rise of 3%, which makes the average property in the UK valued at £226,351 UK house prices have risen by 3.0% in the year to May 2018, down from 3.5% in the year to April 2018. This is the lowest UK annual rate since August 2013 when it was also 3.0%. Looking at the regional level, the East Midlands was the fastest growing region with an annual house price growth rate of 6.3%, up from 5.1% in the previous month. London was the slowest growing region, falling by 0.4% in the year to May 2018, down from -0.3% in the previous...
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Snagging Surveys: 5 Common Questions and Answers

Anyone that’s in the process of buying a new-build home (or has bought one before) will have probably heard the term “snagging list” being bandied about. In case nobody has explained, this is a list of all the imperfections (or “snags”) that you find in a new-build home once it’s supposedly complete. If you’re lucky, this list contains just a few odd jobs and tidying up scuffed paintwork, but sometimes it can be much, much worse. If your completion date is coming up and you’re at all worried about the condition of your house when you get the keys, here are five questions and answers to help you prepare for snagging. When should I have a snagging inspection? If you are buying your home off-plan (i.e. before it has been finished), you should arrange to have a snagging survey carried out as soon as your builder serves notice to complete....
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When and why should you have a commercial property valuation?

Having a property valuation is seen by many as an inconvenience and an unnecessary expense when they are actually the cornerstone of most property transactions. Whether you are preparing to take on a commercial lease, intending to sell your property or simply complete annual company accounts, here are six situations where an accurate, current valuation can be an invaluable document to have. Calculating Stamp Duty If you are purchasing your commercial property outright for £150,000 or more, the Inland Revenue will require Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) to be paid. The exact amount of SDLT will depend on how much you actually pay, so having a valuation carried out before making an offer will help you make a more informed decision in regards to these extra expenses. Calculating end of lease repairs On the other hand, if you have chosen to lease your business premises, your landlord will inspect the...
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Top 15 Tips To Find The Home Of Your Dreams

Most of us have dreamed about someday getting to live in that dream home that appeals to our tastes and personality and makes us feel complete from as early as we can remember. We want a home that will feel like one from the very instance we set our eyes upon it. And so, when you are finally able to purchase that dream home, you can get carried away and realize albeit too late that you did not get exactly what you wanted. However, with a little groundwork and strategy, you can easily land the home you always wanted. Here are top fifteen tips you definitely want in your notebook as you go searching for your dream home. 1. The type of home you want Perhaps you like the sleek contemporary look of a penthouse, or maybe you always thought you would be happiest if you could get your hands...
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