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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.

What To Do When You First Move Into A New Home

Moving into a new home is always an exciting process, and the start of a new chapter in your life. It can also be a strange and daunting time as there is so much that needs to be arranged and it can take a while for a new property to feel like home - this is particularly true if you are a first time owner. There are a few steps that you should take whenever you move into a new property which should help you to get settled quickly and start to feel at home - read on to find out more. Get Utilities Up & Running One of the first steps to take after moving into a new home will be to get the utilities up and running - the majority of energy providers will put new owners into a standard tariff, but these will be expensive. You may...
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Can Britain ever achieve a zero waste to landfill figure

New guidelines in 2011 were introduced that stipulate all businesses and organisations now have to apply waste hierarchy systems when dealing and disposing of waste. These rules suggest that all organisations who deal with waste should dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. What is clear is that older forms of disposing of waste, such as the ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model, are now beginning to reach physical limitations. Fortunately, action is now being taken to combat this problematic issue. By 2020, as part of their Zero Waste Regulations policy, Scotland has placed a landfill ban on municipal biodegradable waste; in the UK, this is the first ban of its kind, which could see England and Northern Ireland following suit shortly afterwards. However, despite the UK’s best efforts, food waste rose by 4.4% between 2012 and 2015, even though plans suggested that food waste should be cut by 5%...
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How can you make your appliances eco-friendly?

No matter how many, alerting headlines it’s took, it’s great that the world is finally becoming more eco-aware. With the countless number of news, detailing the blanket of plastic that floats in our oceans, to how much carbon emissions are putting the world at risk, everyone is taking pride in defending our planet. After all, it’s us and our children who must live here, and no one wants to live in an unclean, unhealthy, toxic environment. No doubt that you’re fulfilling the duty to recycle as much as you can, and maybe walking more often than driving. However, a lot of environmentally-friendly advice seems to fall on investing in new, greener appliances. While newer models often come with a range of eco-friendly elements, they can be expensive and not all of us can afford to replace our larger appliances just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part...
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How To Make Your Garden Appealing To Buyers

Occasionally people who are trying to sell their home are so preoccupied with how the inside looks, they forget that the outside is just as important. Your garden could be one of the first sights a potential buyer lays their eyes on and making a good first impression is critical when it comes to real estate. Having a dishevelled garden can give off the wrong impression about your home or property, but with a bit of work, you can easily fix up your garden to appeal to buyers. Clean up You want everything to appear picture perfect for a potential buyer, so if your garden has fallen into a bit of disarray, the first task to take care of is clearing away debris like fallen leaves, twigs and branches, and dead plants. Pull any weeds and overgrown grass, and trim back any overgrown plants, so they are nice and contained....
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Nationwide housing report to May 2019

Despite the fact that the media continue to create doom and gloom headlines surrounding Brexit, UK house prices have remained relatively steady. The recent Nationwide housing report to the end of May 2019 makes for interesting reading and will surprise many property investors. This comes at a time when the UK government is effectively paralysed, the official opposition nowhere to be seen and constituents of the UK fighting their own agendas. So, against this political background, and with Brexit still nowhere near resolved, many would have expected UK house prices to have fallen over the last 12 months. House prices increase year-on-year The average UK home is now valued at £214,946 which equates to a 0.6% increase over the last 12 months. While house prices did fall by 0.2% between April and May, the longer term trend is surprisingly steady in light of so many different challenges with the economy...
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New Tenant Fees Act could cost landlords more than £80 million

The Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1 June 2019 after years of rumour, counter rumours and battles with the authorities. While we will take a look at the repercussions in more detail later in this article, in effect the new laws abolish the majority of fees associated with letting a property in the private sector in England. At this moment in time it is difficult to see any positives for private landlords and letting agents and how a reduction in income can have any positive bearing on the quality or cost of accommodation in the private sector. Legal charges under the Tenant Fees Act The best way to describe the sweeping changes introduced by the UK government is to assume that all historic fees are now illegal with the exception of:- Rent Refundable security deposit (capped at no more than five weeks rent or six weeks if annual...
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Why shutters are cost-effective over the course of a lifetime

When it comes to decorating your home, there are all sorts of aspects to take into consideration. First off, you’ll need to be sure that your new items suit the wider décor, and that they will provide the functionality you need. However, you’ll also need to think about cost-effectiveness – and when it comes to covering your windows and ensuring that they’re dressed as nicely as possible, shutters are a good bet. Here’s why. Sturdy Anyone who has ever installed blinds will know that even the most sophisticated ones can easily become damaged. Blinds are usually made from reinforced fabric, but that doesn’t always protect them against rips and tears. All it takes is one small tug, perhaps from a child or a visitor who doesn’t know how to open or close them, and they’re damaged for life. Shutters, on the other hand, are usually made from durable materials such...
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Selling your land for housing development – what you need to know

Are you a homeowner with a large garden or surplus land attached? Perhaps you inherited a plot of land or bought some as an investment? We live in a time where there’s a desperate shortage of housing and a political will for residential development on a massive scale – which means you may be sitting on a little goldmine. But how much is your land worth, how do you get the best deal and can you even sell it for development? Let’s take a closer look at how it all works. The first thing to find out is whether your land is developable and therefore has any market value with regarding to housebuilding. Perhaps you already have an inkling. A field in the middle of a beautiful National Park setting may be less suitable than an abandoned brownfield site in the middle of town. That said, it always pays to...
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Buying an investment property to rent

Buying an investment property to rent is a process which is often made far more complicated than it really is. There is obviously an array of other factors to consider when looking at renting property to domestic tenants/businesses but if you keep it simple it is much clearer. So, what other factors to take into consideration? Rental yields The rental yield is simple, the gross rental income divided by the value of the property. For example, a rental value of £1000 a month would bring in £12,000 in rental income. If the property was valued at £120,000 then the gross rental yield would be 10%. You tend to find that properties with a relatively high rental yield have limited opportunity for capital appreciation and vice versa. Capital appreciation Rental yields are fairly simple to work out, look at the local vicinity and what similar properties are charging their tenants. The...
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5 Things Consider When Buying An Old House To Renovate

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and buying an old property to do up yourself then you’ll already know that while this can be hard work, you can also reap great rewards; a renovation gives you the opportunity to personalise the house more, reduce future maintenance costs, and even add value to the property. Getting the space just how you like it is especially important if you’re buying a house to move into, but can be equally beneficial if you’re planning to rent the house out or sell it on to another buyer. Some buyers opt for a self-renovation project, especially if they have experience in home maintenance or are from a relevant profession, but using contractors can be beneficial if you’re not very experienced or don’t have the time to dedicate to the renovation. Taking the time to consider the cost and time investment in a renovation is...
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Property investment finance

The UK property investment finance sector has grown significantly in recent times. There is now an array of different financial vehicles to satisfy any property investment scenario. While many of the following property investment finance routes are straightforward, there are some you may not have come across before. High street mortgages The traditional high street mortgage is more common amongst domestic buyers looking for their own home. The UK mortgage sector tends to focus on capital and interest payments but there are some interest only mortgages available through specialist lenders. In places like the USA it is possible to fix the mortgage rate for the full tenure but this is not commonplace in the UK. Second charge mortgages As the name suggest, a second charge mortgage would see the lender taking out a second charge over a particular property. This may or may not be the property in which the...
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Dealing with Life’s Challenges

Life will throw you plenty of curveballs along the way including your property business. Sometimes you take them in your stride, sometimes they knock you down. There will be plenty of challenges in work that will make you want to scream at times. Especially when work or your business is a bit much, you want your home life to run smoothly. But also here there will be challenges at times, and there will be no accounting for what is happening in your professional life. It’s Murphy’s law at times with everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Those are the times when you want to crawl up in a little ball and hope tomorrow things will have automatically fixed themselves - from cooking equipment to the thing you messed up at work. Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash Alas, that won’t be the case, and you will have to deal...
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6 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Invest In Home Security

Keeping your home beautiful and well-maintained is something that would always be on the top of your priorities as a homeowner. At the same time, home security is another aspect that you cannot ignore at all. Of course, having it implemented is a considerable investment but not doing so can be a costly mistake. Home security is a wide term as it covers diverse systems and arrangements; while you can have high-tech burglar alarms, fire alarms and CCTV cameras installed at your place, the conventional measures like security personnel and guard dogs continue to be important. The best way is to opt for a combination of both to keep your living space fully secure. Here are some reasons that justify the expenditure on home security. Protects your family from intruders Your home is the haven where your family lives and you would not want to compromise with their safety at...
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Make your home stand out from the crowd – your guide to kerb appeal

Whether you’re trying to entice a potential new buyer or you’re hoping to find the right tenants for your property, making your home seem appealing and potentially the home that new owners have been searching for can seem tricky. Should you redecorate? Or just tidy up? How can I give my home kerb appeal without blowing more money on the property? Well, if you’re wondering where to start – don’t worry, here you’ll find some super simple ways you can make your property stand out from the crowd on the market and give your home instant kerb appeal. New doors The exterior of your property needs to be inviting and set a precedent for the rest of the house. So, if your front door is a little worse for wear or is in need of some TLC, then you need to consider replacing them. Companies like Pirnar specialise in beautiful...
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‘Rumble with the Agents’ raises over £19k for Make-A-Wish UK

On Thursday 23rd May, the fifth annual ‘Rumble with the Agents’ white-collar charity boxing event took place at The Holiday Inn in Finchley Central.  The sell-out event, attended by more than 300 property professionals, raised in excess of £19,000 for Make-A-Wish UK, with the final total still being tallied, which will enable eight children with critical illnesses to be granted their once in a lifetime wish. On the night, 10 boxers were paired for the five fights comprising three rounds each.  Heckled and cheered on by friends, family and colleagues, each demonstrated the effort they had put into the intensive training over the last few months.   The incredible amount was raised from donations, a raffle and a live auction of sporting memorabilia, which every year Paul Shamplina , founder of Landlord Action, sources from far and wide in order to maximise the event’s charity donation. Danielle Munday, Regional Fundraising...
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