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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.

Looking for a Home? Here are Four Kinds of Properties You Should Consider

Looking for a perfect home is never easy, especially if you’re trying to find a home you’re going to spend the rest of your life in. There’s a huge difference between finding a home and finding the home, but if you know what you want and how much money you have, this shouldn’t be too hard. There are lot of different types of homes around the world and, depending on your preferences, some of them will turn out to be more suitable than the others. The size of your family, the budget, the preferred location and the amount of space you’re looking for are just some of the factors that are going to decide the type of property you’ll choose, so here are four types of homes you might want to take into consideration. Tiny houses This is one of the most popular choices nowadays, and it seems that more...
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8 key ingredients that make a house a home

Some homes feel instantly welcoming. A home doesn’t have to be an architectural masterpiece. It doesn’t have to be filled with designer art and the latest gadgets. Even the smallest and most humble abodes can be made to feel homely. A home is all about the emotional connection you have with it. It isn’t necessarily about things. Home should be a place you feel you can relax in. Your home is a place you feel safe, warm and want to spend your free time. Home should be a place where you can let down your guard and be yourself. If you want to spend the day in your PJs watching box sets, you can. Home is a place that expresses your character and meets your needs. It’s the place you can’t wait to retreat to after a long day at work. But, what is it exactly that makes a house...
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6 Tips for Avoiding Building Disputes

Home renovations are stressful. Not only do you have to make big decisions about transforming your property in a way that makes it more functional, beautiful and valuable, but you’re also faced with the prospect of having your daily routine disrupted for several days, weeks or even months. On top of it all, there’s the worry about things not going to plan – what happens if a cowboy builder leaves your home in a mess, with work that is poor-quality or unfinished? 1.Choose a builder wisely Choosing the right contractor is often half the battle. Do your research and seek recommendations from friends, family and neighbours to find a builder or decorator that can complete your project to a satisfying standard. Check online reviews for any glaring warning signs, too. The Federation of Master Builders recommends preparing a brief to help you pinpoint exactly what you want and, of course,...
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Halifax HPI confirms fall in annual house price growth

At this moment in time very few people will be surprised to see a softening of the UK housing market with the latest Halifax House Price Index (HPI) reflecting this. Annual house price growth has fallen from 2.5% in September down to 1.5% in October. This is the lowest growth rate since March 2013 but there does appear to be underlying support for the UK housing market. We are seeing the cumulative impact of more than two years of Brexit concerns coming to fruition. Buyers appear reluctant to chase prices but more importantly sellers have not hit the panic button and are not prepared to partake in a race to the bottom. Property listings down Online estate agent Housesimple confirmed a significant drop in property listings averaging around 5.5% across the UK but rising to 6.8% in London. While recent figures confirm that house prices outside of the South-East of...
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Protecting University Campus’: Access Control

University accommodation holds a lot of negative connotations for both parents and students, and recent news stories have no reassured anyone. For example, a video that went viral earlier this year recorded students at Nottingham Trent University chanting racist comments in front of the door of another student in their university accommodation (halls). A recent video that was released on social media by Rufaro Chisango highlighted the potential danger of living in university accommodation. Thankfully, with the advancements in technology and the implementation of access control systems in university halls, Rufaro was physically safe from any threat. But now, expectations must be higher to ensure that this type of behaviour, or risk, does not happen again. Here, 2020 Vision find out why access control systems are vital for the protection of students around Britain and how they can improve a student’s overall wellbeing during their university life. Why are access...
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Managing a home environment

It’s natural to feel somewhat stressed at work but a new study has revealed something that causes us to feel it even more than being in the office: chores. A study by Hoppy, an innovative home management system, found that 75% of workers feel unhappy in their home environment. Running a home isn’t easy and 36% said that keeping it tidy was tough whilst other felt short on storage space. There’s also a ten-hour difference between the amount of housework men and women do each month (37.7 for men and 47 for women). The unequal split of time doing shores was cites as a trigger for arguments in relationships, with some considering moving out or even getting divorced! Hoppy propose a number of solutions to ease any chore-related tension by keeping expectation realistic, dividing and conquering the chore list as well as letting tech help to manage the trickier aspects of...
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Buying property abroad? Here are some of the issues you might face

If you’re an expat planning your big move to a foreign country or you’re simply looking to expand your rental or investment property portfolio beyond the shores of the UK, you are likely to find it’s not going to be a simple matter. Buying in this country can be difficult enough, but once the myriad problems of international regulations and language barriers are taken into account it can be quite a daunting prospect. But there is help at hand. By doing your research online before making any decisions and by speaking to experts in the field who know their stuff about international property, it’s possible to make sound decisions and enjoy either a life in the sun or the benefits of an international property portfolio. This article will look at some of the main hurdles involved – and how they can be overcome. Rules and regulations Firstly, buying a property...
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Housing benefit, private landlords and trouble ahead

Despite the fact that social housing in the UK is struggling to meet current demand, to say the least, an alarming new trend has emerged in the buy to let mortgage market. Backed by the Residential Landlords Association it has been revealed that 90% of mortgage providers in the buy to let market are refusing mortgages where the tenant is in receipt of housing benefit. Historically, housing benefit was seen as a secure income for private landlords but recent developments have caused a significant about turn. NatWest in the firing line NatWest is currently in the spotlight after refusing a mortgage to a private landlord where the tenant was in receipt of housing benefit. It is alleged that the bank tried to pressurise landlord Helena McAleer into evicting the tenant in question. She refused and was thankfully able to secure mortgage finance elsewhere with no such conditions. It is worth...
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13 Tips for Flipping Houses for Maximum Profits

Flipping houses takes a lot of detailed work because there are so many things to take care of before you can actually sell the house.  Take a look at what you can do to make the best possible choices for your house flipping projects, and use each step to increase your profits.  You can make a lot of money doing this, but you have to have a plan for how to do it. 1. Make A Budget Clopton Capital has a loan calculator that you can set your budget, and you can plan the project in one place.  Having a solid budget lets you know how much money you can make when the house is sold, and you can stick to this budget so that your costs will remain low as you try to get work done on the house. 2. Replace The Appliances You can replace the appliances in...
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7 Common Open House viewing mistakes you should Avoid at all Costs

Open house viewings are like auditions for your property listing. You’ll have the chance to showcase your home before a large selection of buyers and have a limited amount of time to make the best impression possible. But in many cases, either due to negligence, ignorance, or poor taste, many homeowners end up making crucial mistakes that could severely hurt their chances of making a sale. In this article, we’re going to give you some of the biggest mistakes you should refrain from committing when hosting an open house viewing. Bad Street Appeal First impressions count, and if your potential buyers are disappointed from the get-go, then chances are you’ll either have to forget a sale or renegotiate prices. Making sure that your home looks great from the moment your visitors arrive is the first step in sparking interest. This means repairing that broken fence and replacing or re-painting that...
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Best Locations to Live in the UK

Britain has long attracted people from around the world to its shores, from original settlers to international immigrants coming to the country to find prosperity and better lives. Across 94,000 square miles, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are home to natural beauties, wonders of the world and famous cities, towns and villages that have certified their place in world history and popular culture. What’s more, there are so many UK property developments coming to life, with the demand to live in cities like York, Manchester and London. But where, definitively, is the best place to live in the UK? The Sunday Times think they might have just found the answer. And The Winner Is... In 2018, York, the North Yorkshire city famous for York Minster amongst other attractions, was named the best place to live in the United Kingdom, beating out better known cities such as London and Manchester....
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Snapshot of UK government autumn budget

When the Chancellor Philip Hammond stepped up to address the Houses of Parliament many expected a relatively dull and “boring” budget. While in reality he had little scope for tax giveaways and increased spending on public services, it was not the lacklustre budget many expected. There are encouraging signs regarding the UK economy, real wages are starting to increase although the challenges of Brexit still hang heavy over the UK economy and the UK government. UK economy Despite recent trepidation regarding expected UK economic growth in 2018, the Chancellor announced an unexpected upgrade of growth forecast from 1.3% of to 1.6%. While growth is expected to fall to around 1.4% in 2019 with expectations of 1.4%, 1.5% and 1.6% in the subsequent three years, it looks as though the UK will avert a damaging recession. Of course, these figures could change dramatically in light of a no-deal Brexit. However, with...
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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show in Harrogate and Somerset - get FREE tickets for any day of the show!

The Northern (2-4 Nov) and South West (17-18 Nov) shows are taking place soon.  JDP subscribers can claim their free tickets by clicking here. Whether you're mid-way through a project or don't know where to start, The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is brimming with bright ideas to help you bring your project to life. Learn how to design and build a sustainable home, pick up handy style tips and tricks or start at the beginning with a guide to planning permission. Offering a wide range of free talks including topics on self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects and tailored advice about your project, it's everything you need to get started on making the most of your family home. On site you can discover up to 220 exhibitors, 8 free daily seminars and 20+ masterclasses over all show days. Swap months of scouring the internet for face-to-face consultations...
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Effective strategies to never getting locked out of your home again

There is nothing more aggravating than losing your house key or leaving it in the locked house, especially at a critical time when you need to enter it most. You rush home and need to obtain access at the end of a long day. You are tired and have very few options left. Most homeowners try to use a credit card to shimmy the door open. This rarely works unless your doors are hung backward. If your doors are hung backwards, then this is a security problem that you should work on fixing instead of exploiting. One advantage of locking yourself out is the opportunity to consider the home security weaknesses of your property and how you can improve them in the future. While it is a better practice to call a locksmith, locksmiths might not be available in a critical late-hour emergency. Checking windows to see if any are...
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How to use your property asset to fund retirement income

If you’re in the prime of your life and are looking ahead, you may not like what you see. According to recent figures, 15 million of us aren’t saving for retirement, relying solely on the state pension to see us through their old age. Currently, this amounts to just £164.35 per week – hardly enough to live on. By sharp contrast, insurers Royal London have calculated that we need a minimum of £260,000 in the bank by the time we retire to adequately fund our old age. Unfortunately, most Briton’s savings fall far short. What’s more, pensioners who rent but don’t own their homes are at even greater risk of a substantial drop in income when they stop working. While it’s never too late to start making economies and putting money aside, you may be in the lucky position of being a homeowner. If you own a substantial amount of...
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