The Property Podcast

The Property Podcast

By Rob Bence and Rob Dix from The Property Hub

The Property Podcast from Property Hub (propertyhub.net) is the podcast for all property investors – new or experienced. Rob Bence and Rob Dix discuss a different property topic and property news item each week, passing on their knowledge and experience to the listeners. They both invest in UK Property so they practise what they preach. No hard sell, no bull just straight talking property investment advice!

Episodes

Market update: 05 June 2020

It’s the last market update this week! To round off the past 10 weeks or so, Rob & Rob are having a moment of reflection.  They’re taking a look at what topics they’ve discussed during the market updates and are sharing the lessons they’ve learnt from the coronavirus situation that you can also learn a few things from.  The Robs are also discussing a report from Rightmove that has seen a spike in the number of people looking for rental accommodation. This is due to people changing jobs and moving locations, but also personal circumstances changing.  But is it just another headline, or is there actually some truth behind it? Tune in to find out. Enjoy!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
05/06/2019m 6s

TPP377: 5 deals we've already turned down this year

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are giving you lessons to determine whether you should be sticking with a deal or walking away from it. So, how are they going to do that? Well, they’re going to give you insight to five deals they’ve turned down already this year.  Most property investment deals Rob & Rob look at always look great on the surface (and are potentially ones we’d put forward to our Property Hub Invest clients). But after doing thorough due diligence, they discover issues. Issues that completely block the deal and they end up walking away. The Robs have touched on the many reasons why they’d walk away from a deal in the past, which you can listen to here. But today they’re giving you real examples of why they’ve turned down these deals so far in 2020.     We’ve also got a super positive news story for you this week. ‘Virgin Money relaunches BTL deals up to 80% LTV’ which is amazing to see right now, because not only are Virgin Money confident in bringing their products back to the market, they’re now allowing 80% mortgage products for investors, which is usually unheard of. It just goes to show that Virgin Money is positive about the property market and the way it’s moving forward.    And this week’s Hub Extra is a resource that can help you and your business no matter whether you work from home or in an office. It’s an app called Krisp and it’s a piece of software that detects and silences any background noise.  It’s great if you work in a noisy office or if you work remotely and are working from a busy cafe. Or even if you work from home and you’ve got a builder in, all that noise will be cancelled out and no one will know otherwise.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
04/06/2030m 51s

ASK238: Can I use crowdfunding to speed up my investing? PLUS: Will this Rich Dad Poor Dad strategy work in the UK?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering two very specific questions around strategies. Our first caller this week is Jonathan who’s got a very interesting strategy that he’s looking for a bit of advice on.  He’s recently listened to another podcast where they discussed using crowdfunding, or more specifically, angel finance, to acquire the initial cash to invest in property. If Jonathan was to follow this strategy he would be looking to buy properties below market value in cash, renovate them and then take out the cash that they had loaned to pay back the investors and keep the property for himself.  This is certainly a new one and has become a popular question recently. Do Rob & Rob think it’s a viable strategy? The second question comes in from Rashid. He’s recently finished reading Rich Dad Poor Dad. The author of the book, Robert T. Kiyosaki talks about a certain strategy that he has used to buy real estate in America.  So now Rashid is wanting to know if The Robs think this same strategy will work in the UK? And if you missed it, not too long ago Rob & Rob dedicated a whole episode to Rich Dad Poor Dad, which you can listen to here.  What did they think about this specific strategy? Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
02/06/207m 17s

Market update: 29 May 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  A new sense of normality is starting to kick in for The Robs and their moods are certainly lifting.  They kick start today’s market update by discussing all the positive things that are currently happening and how people seem to be enjoying the smaller things in life.  They’re also discussing property prices now that the market has opened back up. Have they risen? Have they fallen? You’ll just have to listen. Another topic of discussion is something that they touched on a couple of weeks ago and that’s bounceback loans.  Should property investors be applying for bounceback loans? And finally, taxes. Are tax rises going to increase phenomenally? Well, Rob D has a bit of a different view on this one. Tune in to find out. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
29/05/2015m 38s

TPP376: Has Coronavirus broken the property cycle?

Last week we brought you boom or bust. This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are discussing the next hot topic: The 18 year property cycle. The 18 year property cycle is a tool that’s been used by thousands of investors to make more informed property purchases. But has it all gone to pot thanks to the Coronavirus? That’s exactly what Rob & Rob are discussing on today’s episode. And if you haven’t listened to last week’s episode, you should listen to that first.  Again, we’ve been getting inundated with questions on the 18 year property cycle with people asking, ‘where are we in the cycle’? ‘is the cycle broken’? ‘are we going to enter another mid cycle wobble’?  Well, the good thing is Rob & Rob are about to clear all that up.    In the news this week, ‘UK mortgage payment holiday extended by three months’. At the start of lockdown was when the government announced mortgage holidays for those who had been put out of work due to the pandemic. The scheme offered a bit of a lifeline to those who needed it and initially it was for three months, due to run out in June.  However it now seems that the government were a little optimistic about how fast they could get the country back on track, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be able to do that by June. Therefore they’ve extended the scheme for an extra three months. Let’s hope we’re in a better position by the end of August.    As promised, for this week’s Hub Extra we’ve got a number of resources for you to explain and cover what the 18 year property cycle is. So here you go:  This course on the 18 year property cycle TPP269 - How the economic machine works: A summary TPP270 - The 18 year property cycle, year-by-year: Part 1 TPP271 - The 18 year property cycle, year-by-year: Part 2 But we also recommend that you watch this video by Ray Dalio on how the economic machine works. Plenty for you to get stuck into.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
28/05/2024m 0s

ASK237: Is it realistic to keep your emotion out of a purchase? PLUS: Should I use a recession to my advantage?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are trying to spread some positivity and calm people down with their worries on the current climate. Many investors are in the purchase process already and some are getting nervous. So should they stick it out or run a mile?  Our first question this week comes in from Steve who has a follow up question from this podcast episode a few weeks ago.  He’s got a property that’s going to complete in a few weeks and although he’s trying to stay positive about the long term, he can’t help but have some doubts while we ride the coronavirus storm..  In short, he’s wanting a bit of positivity and reassurance in regards to what he should do moving forward.  Next up we’ve got Sarah who’s wondering if she should try and use a potential recession to her advantage.  She’s in the process of buying two flats in Salford, with one to complete soon. However, she’s considering delaying exchange to see if she could take advantage of any interest rate drops and possibly renegotiate prices. Do Rob & Rob think she should proceed or try and renegotiate her current deals?  There’s probably an awful lot of people in the same situation as Steve and Sarah. So what do The Robs think they should do?  Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
26/05/207m 23s

Market update: 22 May 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  It’s been a pretty busy week which neither of The Robs are complaining about right now.  So far, yesterday’s podcast episode where Rob & Rob were pretty bold on their boom or bust predictions, has been quite popular with a lot of feedback coming in.  One topic that the guys discussed on Thursday was the unemployment rate. Since recording, Rob D has been doing some further thinking and has been questioning if the UK hadn’t implemented the furlough scheme, would there be a higher rate of unemployment?  And is the furlough scheme just delaying that potential unemployment rate?  Rob B also shares his thoughts on the employment bounceback which is likely to be felt across certain industries.  Which industries does he think are going to make a comeback first and which does he expect to see a number of redundancies?  Tune in to find out. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
22/05/2015m 36s

TPP375: The property market is about to boom or bust – which will it be?

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are discussing the hottest topic in property right now. Boom or bust! Is there about to be a property boom, or is the market going to go bust? It’s safe to say that at the beginning of the year, no one would have guessed that we’d be in the situation we’re in right now. Many seem to be a little on edge as to whether the property market will boom post coronavirus, and should be buying as many properties as they can now. Or, if we’re going to have a market crash, should you be holding out, sitting tight on your cash and preparing for future purchases?  Nobody knows the answers, not even Rob & Rob. But they’re going to (once again) put their heads on the chopping block and give you their extensive thoughts on the subject AND unveil their predictions on whether we’re in for a boom or bust! It’s definitely not one to miss. Tune in now!   In the news this week, ‘house hunting technology on the rise’ - we’re looking at how different estate agents are implementing different uses of technology to help them get through these strange times.  It’s a shame it’s taken a world-wide pandemic to get estate agents on board with using up-to-date technology and not just relying on physical viewings.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
21/05/2029m 44s

ASK236: Will there be a recession after coronavirus? PLUS: Has the 18 year property cycle been reset?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob the guys are going to be answering two questions that we’ve been inundated with. The first question comes in from Danny who’s wanting to know if there is going to be a recession after the coronavirus, as that’s what he’s been seeing a lot of in the media.  Naturally reading headlines like this is going to make you wary, and with Danny having a buy, refurbish, refinance and rent project on his hands, he’s worried that if there’s a recession, he might struggle to refinance.  It’s a situation that a number of investors might find themselves in and an upcoming recession is certainly a topic that’s playing on everyone's minds. Luckily Rob B is on hand to clear this one up. Our second question is from Pete in Warrington who’s wanting to know what The Robs thoughts are on the 18-year property cycle. Will the cycle reset due to the coronavirus?   Again, it’s something that everyone’s asking themselves, and a topic that Rob & Rob have been doing a lot of research into and figuring out where we might be at the end of this.  It’s a topic that the guys will be going into further detail on in Thursday’s podcast episode, but Rob D is giving a teaser on what you can expect from that episode. Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
19/05/205m 56s

Market update: 15 May 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  Although at the beginning of the week Rob & Rob weren’t feeling too positive after Boris’ announcement on Sunday, by Wednesday their moods had certainly lifted as the property market turned up the gas and got going again. Even better news, surveyors are now starting to be un-furloughed which is a huge boost for the property market and means property processes that had been put on hold can get moving again.  House viewings are also starting to pick back up! Of course, this doesn’t come without some precautions being put into place and there will be some restrictions. Plus everything won’t go back to ‘normal’ straight away but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. And that’s not just Rob & Rob being positive about a bad situation, there’s actually data to prove that we’re moving forward so you’ll have to tune in to find out what that data is. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
15/05/207m 47s

TPP374: A step-by-step guide to changing your financial life

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are discussing how you can become a master of your personal finances and set yourself up for financial success. There might not be a lot to do whilst we’re still in isolation, and we’ve been banging the drum on our social channels about how you should be using this time to educate (or better) yourself or even learn a new skill. Just something to keep your brain working. We’ve mentioned it before that now is a great time to buy, or at least prepare yourself to buy. And now is a prime time to get your finances in order ready to make that next purchase.  So this week Rob & Rob are going to take you through all the steps you need to make sure that your finances are in good shape.   In the news this week, there’s been so many headlines on the property sector for us to choose from that we’d be here all day, so we’ll be covering everything on tomorrow’s Market Update podcast.    And we’ve got a triple Hub Extra for you this week. Sticking with the theme of today’s podcast we’ve got three resources that should help you get well on your way to improving your financial situation.  The first one is the budgeting app called Toshl but there’s also a website called ‘You Need A Budget’. It’s a piece of software that you can use to build your budget and there’s lots of educational resources around how to budget.  And finally, a book called ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ which teaches you the disciplines of money - it’s a great starting point for getting your finances on track.     We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
14/05/2026m 15s

Ask - 235 TEST

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are clearing up some definitions on the difference between refurbs and flips, as well as below market value deals. Our first caller Sam has a nice and easy question for us this week. He wants to know exactly what the difference is between a refurb and a flip. It might seem like an obvious answer but there is a distinct difference, and one that most people will just assume they know the answer to.  So Rob B is taking it back to basics and clearing things up for Sam. The second question comes from James, and funnily enough he’s interested in a flipping strategy.  He’s a surveyor himself and has been wondering at what point below market value, percentage wise, would Rob & Rob consider a biting point? Rob D offers some pretty good calculations to help you work this one out so tune in to find out if a below market value property is really worth it. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
13/05/206m 17s

ASK235: What’s the difference between a refurb and a flip? PLUS: What discount should I get when buying a property to flip?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are clearing up some definitions on the difference between refurbs and flips, as well as below market value deals. Our first caller Sam has a nice and easy question for us this week. He wants to know exactly what the difference is between a refurb and a flip. It might seem like an obvious answer but there is a distinct difference, and one that most people will just assume they know the answer to.  So Rob B is taking it back to basics and clearing things up for Sam. The second question comes from James, and funnily enough he’s interested in a flipping strategy.  He’s a surveyor himself and has been wondering at what point below market value, percentage wise, would Rob & Rob consider a biting point? Rob D offers some pretty good calculations to help you work this one out so tune in to find out if a below market value property is really worth it.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
12/05/206m 17s

Market update: 8 May 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  Could this week be the start in the decline of our market updates? Well, that all depends on what Boris announces this weekend.  This week there’s been some positive news for Grand Junction, the first ever Property Hub Homes development. We’ve started to have units go through completion. Hurrah! And even better, after just a few hours of being on the rental market, we were inundated with rental applications from virtual video viewings.  That’s mindblowing in this current market! Rob & Rob are also discussing the new bounceback scheme the government introduced a couple of weeks ago, aiming to get money quickly to small businesses. It’s quick and easy to apply for and is either up to £50,000 or 25% of your turnover. So, if this would give you a helping hand, it might be worth giving this episode a listen. And of course, The Robs will be discussing the current stock market so there’s plenty for you to digest this week! Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
08/05/2014m 28s

TPP373: The ultimate list of lockdown resources (books, podcasts, apps and more)

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs have got a lockdown special for you.  Since lockdown hit, everyone is trying to better themselves, whether that be learning a new skill, educating themselves on something they didn’t already know and then there are others who are just simply bored.  So this week, The Robs are coming at you with a boat load of books, podcasts, videos and apps to help you get through lockdown. Here’s all the links to everything you need from today’s podcast: Podcasts An episode from The Pomp Podcast - 258: Billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya on How To Invest Through This Crisis Hardcore History Reply All - “The case of the missing hit” Meditative story   Books Stephen Schwartzman - What It Takes Will Durant - Lessons of History Charles P. Kindleberger - Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises "The Great Courses" on Audible   TV / Streaming / YouTube Ray Dalio - Ted Talk Ryan Serhant keynote The Least Expected Day - Inside the Movistar Team 2019 Tom Scott on YouTube Two documentaries: The Dawn Wall and Free Solo   Apps Investr An anti-recommendation of Next Door, but definitely give this Twitter feed a go for a good laugh Poker In Place There you go, plenty to keep you busy! Let us know if you have any of your own that you’d like to share or if you decide to give any of these a go, let us know what you thought.   In the news this week, NRLA slams Citizens Advice for ‘misleading’ report. It looks like the National Residents Landlords Association aren’t happy with Citizens Advice after they released a report stating that 2.6 million private renters have missed a rent payment or are expected to do so as a result of the pandemic.    However when you read further into the article, there were 25 people who said that they have missed a payment and 74 who said that they’re expecting to fall behind on payments. Once again, it shows that you shouldn’t believe the headlines.     We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
07/05/2028m 24s

ASK234: How can I beat the rental stress test? PLUS: Should I get a commercial valuation on a HMO?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are giving advice on mortgage stress tests and discussing if it’s beneficial to have a commercial valuation on a HMO property. Our first caller this week is Tom who has a question on mortgage stress tests.  He’s got two mortgaged properties already and he’s done a pretty good job on running the numbers to try and work out his stress test figures. But now he’s wanting to release equity from the two properties and thinks this might now affect him meeting the stress test criteria.  So what does Rob B suggest? The second question this week comes in from Matt.  Matt’s question is around HMO finance, after looking at buying a property with his partner.  They’ve heard somewhere that they can get more of their money back out of the property, post renovation, if they have a commercial valuation done.  Is this something that they should be having done on a HMO? Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
05/05/207m 3s

Market update: 1 May 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  There’s a bit of positivity in the air with Boris announcing that we are past the peak of COVID-19. And he’s even hinting at the possibility of easing lockdown restrictions - hurrah! We’re sure more will be revealed over the next few weeks but these nuggets of information have certainly perked us up.  Not only would lockdown easing be good news for individuals, but it’ll be great news for the economy! This week has also been an exceptionally good week for mortgages. For the second week in a row there have been more mortgage products coming onto the market.  Here’s what else The Robs will be discussing on today’s episode: Product transfers on mortgage holidays  Rent arrears  Addressing a negative review on the market updates There’s also a special announcement regarding Property Hub Live for all those who have bought tickets, so if that’s you, you’ll definitely want to give this a listen. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
01/05/2015m 26s

TPP372: This is how investors are reacting to the Coronavirus (plus rental market update)

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are joined by our magazine editor Chantelle to discuss how investors are reacting to the Coronavirus.  For the past few weeks Rob & Rob have been giving tips on how investors should be reacting, but they haven’t spoken to any to find out what they’ve actually been doing. Luckily for us, Chantelle has spoken to a number of investors for our cover story of the Property Hub magazine.  So, what did Chantelle find out from investors?  Tune in to find out! And, if you’re not subscribed to the magazine yet, you can join today right here. When you do, you will have access to the whole back catalogue of magazines so there’s plenty for you to sink your teeth into.   This week in the news, Rob & Rob are discussing a rental report that has come out from Zoopla that shows from the 7th March to the end of March, rental demand fell by 57% which probably doesn’t come as a massive shock.  But in the first two weeks of April however, demand rose by 30%. So although it’s still down from what it was originally, it is slowly starting to pick back up. The report also shows that there hasn’t been a fall in the number of properties on the rental market and has even been an increase in supply.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
30/04/2017m 30s

ASK233: Should I renegotiate my purchase or pull out because of Coronavirus? PLUS: Should I go for a 2- or 5-year fix?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got one caller who has a question off the back of another podcast episode, and another who’s questioning how long he should get a fixed mortgage for. First up this week we’ve got Luke from Essex. He listened to a recent podcast episode on pulling out of deals due to the Coronavirus, and out of the number of scenarios that The Robs described, Luke found himself in one of them. He’s at the point of being able to exchange and complete on a property, however the whole chain has agreed to delay it for the time being. But rather than pull out of the deal, he’s been thinking about whether he can renegotiate the asking price.  Is this something that’s commonly done? Our second question comes in from Roosbay. He’s been an avid podcast listener for a few years and today he has a question on remortgaging.  He has a buy-to-let property that’s up for remortgaging and initially he was looking at a 2-year fixed mortgage simply because he wanted to be able to reassess his situation in a couple of years time. Roosbay also has a couple more properties that were put on a 5-year fixed mortgage product just before the Coronavirus kicked in. So now he’s wondering if he should put his new property on a 5-year fixed mortgage as well, instead of a 2 year due to the current pandemic.  So, do Rob & Rob think there will be a significant dip in the market in two years time? What mortgage product should Roosbay be looking at before he is due to complete?  Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
28/04/207m 57s

Market update: 24 April 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  It seems this week that along with the rest of the nation, Rob & Rob are starting to look towards the end of lockdown. So much so, that Rob B already knows what he’s going to order from Pizza Express when it reopens.  Although the government hasn't officially said anything about when lockdown will be lifted (there’s still at least another two weeks to go), it’s not stopping people from planning ahead. And one sure sign of that is the fact that rental demand is back up again.  Another sign that things will start to go back to normal post lockdown is recruitment. Most companies have frozen recruitment,but there are many businesses that have kept those recruitment cogs turning, ourselves included.  We’ve been recruiting for one of the most important positions we’ve ever had to recruit for here at Property Hub, and that’s our Chief Operating Officer. So, if you think you’re suitable for the role, go ahead and get your application in.  Today Rob & Rob are also talking about economics. Since 2008 they both made it their mission to understand economics, way more than they originally did. So this week Rob B shared a podcast with Rob D called ‘Pitchforks Economics’ which is about modern monetary theory and it covers a wide range of topics including how much money is going to be spent on recovering from Coronavirus and other important issues like climate change. Rob B also came across an article in the Financial Times this week titled ‘In a crisis we mainly keep calm and are kinder than ever’ and it’s a really nice opinion piece that looks at things differently to how the media portrays it.  This week’s market update is a bit more positive than previous weeks. So give it a listen if you’re needing a bit of a mood-boost for a Friday.  Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
24/04/2017m 20s

TPP371: Universal Credit: Why every property investor needs to understand it

Rob & Rob are back again this week and this time they’ve got one of our favourite podcast guests joining them. Mark Morris.  You’ll probably remember Mark from a few months ago when he was sharing his investor story - the one that got everyone buzzing! Well, he’s back again this week to discuss Universal Credit after making himself somewhat of an expert on the topic.  Most investors are only aware of Universal Credit coming into play a few years ago when the government rolled a number of benefits into a single payment directly to the claimant. The government were aiming to do two things: Combine several benefits into one Ease the transition of claimants back into work Naturally this caused problems for landlords as they were no longer getting paid directly from the government.  It’s now got to the point where, as an investor, it’s something you need to be clear about. And that’s why we’ve invited Mark Morris into the podcast studio to educate us all, including Rob & Rob… And as promised, here are all the links you need which Mark refers to on today’s podcast: LHA rates linked in article DWP Universal Credit Landlord page Information-for-landlords Mark Morris’ Linkedin profile   In the news this week, we’ve got ‘demand for stamp duty holiday to reignite the housing market’. Rob & Rob have had a couple of messages this week from people who have been getting excited about the prospect of a stamp duty holiday.  However, that’s all just hearsay right now, and something that people have been saying should be done. But isn’t necessarily coming into play.  Will it happen? We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s certainly something that would benefit the housing market.    This week’s Hub Extra is something that will keep the kids quiet for a bit and do some good at the same time. It’s a service called Goodnight Zoom that matches your child with somebody who’s elderly or isolated and gives them a way to read a story together over Zoom.  How lovely is that?! No, we’re not crying, you’re crying!    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
23/04/2026m 44s

ASK232: What do you think of my high-yield strategy? PLUS: What should I know about Universal Credit?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering two caller questions about strategy and the potential changes to Universal Credit. Our first caller this week is Matt. He’s a fairly new listener who joined us earlier this year, however he’s already got a couple of buy-to-let properties under his belt.  He’s currently in the process of purchasing his next buy-to-let which will be his first property in Liverpool. His strategy is to buy properties with good yields to help build his deposits up. His main aim in the next 10 years is to quit his day job.  So, do Rob & Rob think this is a good strategy? What yield figure should Matt be looking at and how much should he be paying for his properties to achieve it?  The second caller is also called Matt! He’s seen an article on Landlord Today about changes to Universal Credit and the possibility of landlords having rent paid directly to them instead of the money going to tenants who then pay their landlord.  He’s wanting to know what The Robs thoughts are on this topic and how they think it will affect the market.  If it affects the market at all. Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
21/04/208m 34s

Market update: 17 April 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  This week Rob B is feeling a bit more positive than he has in past weeks. He may have seemed positive on the podcast when laying out what The Robs think might happen, but now we’re starting to see evidence.  One thing that’s been a positive this week is that it’s been a lot easier to get in touch with developers. Simply because they’ve now got more time on their hands.  Some may argue that it’s because they’re getting desperate and whilst some are desperate, there’s some good deals coming to light. Another positive is that it appears that finance is still available and mortgage products are coming back on the market. Hurrah! So although the property market is currently on hold, the fact that lenders are still willing to lend means it’s not a case of if the property market picks back up, it’s a matter of when.  The Robs are also discussing what they think is the best way for us to come out of this with a strong economy. Will you agree with them?  Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
17/04/2015m 50s

TPP370: 4 property investors give us millions to spend!

Rob & Rob are back again this week for a slightly different episode of The Property Podcast. Today they’re advising four different investors on how they should spend their money. We’re always asked for advice by aspiring and experienced property investors on how best to invest their money.  And now (possibly more than ever), investors seem a tad confused on where they should be putting their money, if anywhere at all!  All of the investors you’ll hear from today are at the start of their journey with different strategies and different sums of money to start with, but ultimately they want to know how best to invest in the current climate.  So, here are the four different scenarios we’ll be looking at on today’s podcast: James - he has £10,000 in a government Help to Buy ISA and is looking to either move out of his parents house and continue to save for his first buy-to-let, or withdraw the money from his ISA and take the penalty hit to use that money to invest in his first property whilst still living at home. Jay - he’s looking at buy-to-let properties in Salford Crescent and really likes the look of high-rise living in Manchester. Jay has an inheritance that he’s wanting to make the most of by putting it into property and would like Rob & Rob’s advice. Our third caller has a cash pot of £200,000 but is wanting a return of around 40% on his investments per year, but on an income basis. He’s looking at going down the buy-refurb-refinance strategy to try and pull money out after the refurbs. The fourth and final caller is wanting to know how The Robs would invest £3 million and what strategy would they use? He’s not bothered if it’s in the UK or overseas, but in terms of buy-to-let property he’s wondering if Rob & Rob would be more likely to go down the smaller, lower cost property route or go for more mid range and larger properties.  We all know how much Rob & Rob love talking goals and strategies with people and this is a great episode to do just that.  You may be in a similar situation to these four callers, or just be listening for a nosey. So what do The Robs think they should do?  Tune in to find out.   In the news this week, we’ve got not one news story but two! The first is more of a reminder to all property investors that changes to Capital Gains Tax are now in effect. So now if you sell a property and have Capital Gains Tax to pay, you only have 30 days to submit your application.  The second news story comes from an email that Rob D received around mortgage holidays and the rumour that it could potentially affect your ability to get lending if you take a mortgage holiday. At first that’s all it was, a rumour, but now it’s come to light that one mortgage lender in particular is not allowing mortgage holidays and will not accept your application if you have already taken out a mortgage holiday.    This week’s Hub Extra resource is from Money Saving Expert. They’ve put together a list of really useful resources that you normally have to pay for, but the companies that provide them have made them free whilst we’re in lockdown and everyone is looking for something to do.  There’s all kinds of things for you to sink your teeth into; from kids activities to guitar lessons. So maybe take a look and see if you fancy learning something new.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
16/04/2023m 33s

ASK231: How has the Coronavirus affected Rob & Rob's portfolios? PLUS: Should I take a mortgage holiday?

The Robs are back again this week answering more Coronavirus related questions - and it’s a bit of a personal one.  How has the coronavirus affected Rob & Robs personal property portfolios? Well, Rob B has a vacant property whilst Rob D has one tenant who hasn’t paid their rent or been in touch with the letting agent to say why, or try and come to some arrangement.  Are Rob & Rob panicking? What do they plan on doing?  The second question we’ve been getting a lot is on buy-to-let mortgage payment holidays. Should you be taking up the government offer of a mortgage payment break?  We’ve discussed mortgage holidays before on the podcast, but this time The Robs are discussing why you should only take a mortgage holiday if you absolutely need to. Why? Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
14/04/206m 5s

Market update: 10 April 2020

Rob & Rob are back again with another Friday market update for you.  This week the property market has been a bit quiet, which isn’t always a bad thing. Nobody seems to be panicking when it comes to buying and selling, and they’re certainly not slashing prices either.  However, we’ve said many times that there will be deals to be made for those that need to sell their property sooner rather than later. And despite many holding out to see if prices would drop, there aren’t any indications of this happening right now. One thing Rob & Rob have noticed however, is a change in rental prices. Many landlords are taking their chances with reduced rents rather than no rents at all - which is a wise move.  Rob & Rob have also been doing a fair bit of reading this week, and Rob B has been reading up on the history (and the value of gold) after making a small investment himself.  So, what did he find out and how did his gold investment do? Well you’ll have to tune in to find out the answers - it’s actually pretty interesting.  Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week! P.S See if you can spot the mistake in this week's episode.... the lockdown is clearly having an affect on one Rob in particular!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
10/04/2013m 29s

TPP369: Coronavirus: Should I pull out of my deal? Is it crazy to buy right now?

The Robs are back again this week with more Coronavirus talk. As you know, the world is still a little bit of a mess at the moment and that’s left people feeling skeptical. So, two questions that we’ve heard an awful lot over the past couple of weeks are ‘should I pull out of this deal?’ and ‘would I be stupid to invest right now?’  Well, this week Rob & Rob are going to clear things up on whether you should be walking away and avoiding investing in property right now.  The guys are going to be looking at three different scenarios:  You’ve already exchanged on a property - should you complete on it? You’ve agreed the purchase of a property, but you haven’t exchanged yet You’ve been planning to invest and have been actively looking, so what should you do? Should you continue or put your plans on hold? Chances are you probably fall into one of these categories, so this will be a cracking episode for you to listen to.    This week’s Hub Extra isn’t a specific tool or app, it’s more of a lifestyle improvement, and that’s an input audit.  The Robs find it useful to do this every now and again, but even more so at the moment. What information are you taking in at the minute? Have an audit of that. There’s a lot of negativity floating around right now and a lot of that might not even be true, but it certainly won’t be useful or helpful to you. So just be careful of what information you’re taking in, especially with social media.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
09/04/2027m 12s

ASK230: Should I buy in the city centre or further out? PLUS: Any sourcing tips?

It’s Tuesday and Rob & Rob are back with another episode of Ask Rob & Rob. And this time, they’re not Coronavirus related questions. Wahoo!  So, first up this week we’ve got Richard. He’s watched our video and listened to our podcast episode on The Robs’ 2020 property hotspots and is wondering if Rob & Rob favour city centre apartments as opposed to other investment types outside of a city centre.  Now Rob & Rob don’t necessarily prefer one or the other, or invest in just city centre locations themselves. But the advice they’re about to give to Richard is weighing up the pros and cons of both.  Our second caller this week is Steve and he’s been investing on and off for around 15 years now. He’s now looking to get into the sourcing department to be able to source properties for himself and clients.  He’s spotted a city that he wants to focus on, but is finding it difficult and time consuming trying to find a town within that city that ticks all the boxes.  So, what tips and tricks can The Robs share with Steve?  Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
07/04/207m 1s

Market update: 3 April 2020

Rob & Rob are back again today with another Friday market update for you.  The stock market is still changing week on week. Yes, it has slowed down with how aggressive it’s changing, but compared to last week, it’s down again. One that caught Rob B’s eye especially was Taylor Wimpey. A month ago it was 2.13 and today it’s 1.06 - which is mind blowing! It’s hard to believe it’s now worth half of what it was a month ago.  So the question is now, will it just go up from here and work it’s way back up to where it was? Or will it go down even further before it goes up again?  Now whilst the stock market may be too volatile to invest in right now, the good news is that property seems like a very good option.  Why? Well you’ll have to tune in to find that out as Rob & Rob start discussing the topic of trading property through a property fund. They’re also talking about what’s happening internally at Property Hub and giving you an insight into what we’ve been up to this week. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week!   We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
03/04/2017m 50s

TPP368: Coronavirus: Property insiders share what's really happening

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are talking to property experts and going behind the scenes to gain insight on how Coronavirus is impacting the property industry.  They’ll be talking to a property sourcer, a lettings manager and an investment consultant, and diving into what’s happening in their worlds right now.  And of course, they’re all experts from our own teams. Some people who might be new to The Property Podcast might not know that we have a number of businesses under the one roof including lettings, invest, tax and homes. So, this is your chance to hear from the best of the best, and hear first hand on how Coronavirus is affecting team Property Hub.   In the news this week, we’ve actually got two positive news stories for you, can you believe it?!  The first is about mortgage holidays for buy-to-let investors, specifically those who invest in limited companies. And it’s good news! You are eligible for the mortgage holiday scheme, just like those who have bought in their personal name. That’s actually always been the case, there was just a bit of misunderstanding around it.  The second piece of good news is around the length of mortgage offers. Across the country there are a number of people who have exchanged on a property but it’s incredibly difficult for them to complete on them for logistical reasons and people are no longer allowed to move homes. The good news is that mortgage lenders are allowing 3 month extensions on mortgage agreements so you don’t have to worry about them expiring before you can complete.    Our Hub Extra this week is one we’ve mentioned previously in our Hub Extra email, and it’s Disney+. We all know Rob B is a huge Disney fan so we’re struggling to figure out if he’s subscribed for himself or his family. But what we do know is that a number of the Property Hub team have also been enjoying the classic (and remakes of) Disney movies.  So if you haven’t subscribed to it yet, why not try the 7 day free trial and maybe watch some of your favourite Disney movies as many times as you’d like? We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
02/04/2028m 59s

ASK229: Should I look for a new mortgage offer now interest rates have fallen? PLUS: How can I help my tenants during this crisis?

It’s Tuesday which only means one thing, another episode of Ask Rob & Rob!  As ‘Coronavirus’ is the word on everyone’s lips right now, there’ll be no surprise to learn that this has spurred many Ask Rob & Rob questions this week - we’ve literally been inundated!  The main question we’ve been asked is around mortgages and the (very) low interest rates we have right now.  Is now the time to be looking for a new mortgage offer now interest rates have been knocked down? The answer might not be what you were expecting - but there’s good reason for that. You’ll have to listen to find out.  The second question is ‘how can you help your tenants during this pandemic?’ Businesses are laying off. The economy is suffering. And you still have bills to pay.  So how can you help a tenant in need? Tune in to find out how you can do your bit. Sit back, relax and have a nice cuppa while Rob & Rob keep you updated on the most asked questions during this time of need.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
31/03/208m 20s

Market update: 27 March 2020

Rob & Rob are back again today with another Friday market update for you.  Whilst this week has been a bit of a whirlwind with positives and negatives throughout the media, there were still some headlines The Robs thought needed clearing up. Apparently, the government has put the housing market on hold.  But surprise, surprise… this isn’t the case.  What they’re actually doing is offering advice on buying and selling a property in the current circumstances.  It’s also been said that banks are putting a stop to mortgage lending.  Again, not quite the full story.  This isn’t down to the fact that the banks have no money or are expecting property prices to plummet like some may think. It’s actually due to the fact that they’re overwhelmed by the amount of people applying for mortgage holidays and they’ve had to move their call centres to working from home.  Plus, they can’t have surveyors going out to value properties which obviously puts a delay on things.  So, as well as proving the scaremongering headlines wrong, here’s what else you can expect to hear on today’s episode: How we’ve adapted our business in the face of what’s going on How we’ve still been working on deals Why now is a great time for property investors A look at current stock market And to end on a lighter note, whilst there’s a lot of negativity going around, there’s also a huge sense of community and togetherness which is a lot stronger than anything that could ever break us. Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week! We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
27/03/2030m 52s

TPP367: A rational approach to the Coronavirus, and the future of the world

It’s another week of The Property Podcast and Rob & Rob are back looking deep into what the future could hold for the long term (not just in property) but for the economy post COVID-19. The whole planet is affected and everyone is talking about it.  Coronavirus.  But today The Robs want to step out of the day-to-day news cycle and look rationally into the situation.  What could potentially happen over the next few months? Right now, the world is pretty much paused, but how will it play out for property in the short and long term?  And does this change where we are in the 18-year property cycle?  It’s so unusual to be in this situation, and we know a lot of people have questions, especially property investors. Full disclosure… This episode isn’t Rob & Rob’s attempt at giving predictions. But you can expect plenty of opinions on this unexpected situation.  Tune in to find out more about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to affect the property market.   And today, we have a news story that's relevant to our podcast…  The Bank of England has cut interest rates again and orders £200 billion to be printed. As coronavirus crisis threatens all, printing new money and cutting interest rates helps the financial system to support activity  There’s so much happening in the market right now due to Coronavirus - it’s been a huge economic shock. Boris Johnson has also promised to protect private renters from eviction by bringing forward legislation to protect them.   And if you’re wondering where this week’s Hub Extra is… there isn’t one. Today we want to bring your attention to our Friday podcast that'll be going ahead for the next few weeks. The Robs will be covering all the market updates every week to keep property investors in the loop.  Things are changing on almost a daily basis right now, so it’s never been more important to stay up to date on property and market news that could affect you.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
26/03/2020m 12s

ASK228: How do mortgage holidays actually work? PLUS: Should I reduce my rent?

It’s Tuesday which means it’s another episode of Ask Rob & Rob, and they’re changing things up today.  Coronavirus has naturally ramped up the number of questions we’ve been getting through. So Rob & Rob have decided to combine some of the popular ones.  The main question we’ve been asked is around buy-to-let mortgage holidays. There appears to be a fair bit of confusion about how these work.  Rob & Rob have addressed the situation to give property investors a better understanding. Here’s what you can expect them to answer: Can I get multiple mortgage holidays? I have properties with several different lenders, will they all honour it? I’ve got a property that's currently empty between tenants, can I get a mortgage holiday on it? If I take a mortgage holiday do I have to defer the rent to my tenant?    As the demand for letting property right now is likely to drop, should landlords be taking a reduction in rent?    Well…tune in and you’ll find that one out!    With all the negative news going on right now, the Rob’s are always here to answer your questions and keep you updated on the property market.    So sit back, relax and have a nice cuppa while The Robs keep you updated on the most asked questions.  Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
24/03/206m 1s

Market update: 20 March 2020

Our world is changing - on almost an hourly basis right now.  The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting people all over the world, so now more than ever, we need to be on the ball with what’s changing, why it’s changing and what the changes mean for the future. So welcome to our new weekly market update! For the past few days, Rob & Rob have been having daily chats and thought they might be helpful for Hubbers to listen to. Not because they have all the answers, but because it might just help others process what’s going on right now.  Today you can expect to hear about: The new measures brought in this week around mortgage holidays for buy-to-let landlords and eviction bans The latest government stimulus and what it means for the economy What effect the Coronavirus is likely to have on property prices A word of warning though…these episodes are unedited so who knows what’s in-store for future updates!  You can also find out today why Rob B is fascinated by quantitative easing and why he thinks we could actually be in prep for a huge boom! Enjoy - and we’ll be back next week! We’d love to hear what you think of our new market updates over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a question you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum
20/03/2017m 55s

TPP366: Budget review

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are diving into all things budget as we may have just had the biggest news this year for property investors!  At the moment the headlines are sadly contaminated...but we wanted to make your day a little more positive.We bet most of you are feeling confused with the negative headlines taking centre stage right now, and that’s why Rob & Rob want to give you that little reassurance you need as an investor.  For most, the budget will now be a distant memory in light of the global pandemic we’re having with Coronavirus, However, we thought it wise to cover the big news unveiled by Boris Johnson at his first budget. We were expecting big promises and the budget certainly delivered on that.  Rob & Rob will be digging deep into the budget plans and making sure you know how the budget announcements could affect you as a property investor and how it affects the economy.  You’ll also find out whether The Robs approve or disapprove of the budget and changes - we just can’t hold them back! Tune in to find out more as Rob & Rob get passionate and delve right in to make sure you haven’t missed any important information from the latest big reveal!    And today, instead of a news story, we wanted to give you a treat.  In times of uncertainty, we need more reassurance, right? Well, for the first time in the 7 years we’ve been podcasting, The Robs wanted to treat you to a triple bill!  That’s right...you’ll be getting a third podcast every week for the next few weeks! There’s so much happening in the market at the moment, so much that the Robs want to make sure that you’re all kept in the loop. Were guessing your alarms are already set for our Tuesday and Thursday episodes. So now you can set one for Friday too.    This week’s Hub Extra is an app recommended by Rob B. Insight Timer which is a free guided meditation app. It helps with anxiety, stress and even helps you fall to sleep! Rob really enjoys this and he couldn’t recommend it enough. A mental break is needed sometimes, so take advantage of this free app and let us know how you get on.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
19/03/2014m 35s

ASK227: How will Coronavirus affect the property market? PLUS Major Podcast Update

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, The Robs are answering an important question we’ve been getting inundated with. How will Coronavirus affect the property market? The question came from Adam, but we’ve had the same question a hundred times over.  There has been an immediate impact on some parts of the market due to Coronavirus - most have been negative, but there are still opportunities to be had.   Rob & Rob will be discussing the change in the property market and covering:  Transactions  Letting your property  Arrears Holiday lettings Can you still invest now?   Don’t worry guys! Hopefully it’ll all blow over soon, but if not you still have Rob & Rob to help you, as from now on they will be treating you to a 3rd weekly podcast!  Every Friday Rob & Rob will be updating you on the property market to keep you in the loop. They want to address exactly what's happening (or what could happen) nobody really knows how long this could go on for..    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
17/03/2013m 3s

TPP365: Don't Get Emotional Over Property

It’s another week of The Property Podcast, and this week Rob & Rob are giving us the practical tips you need to become a better property investor. Have you been emotional during property investing?  We’d place a bet on most of you feeling at least a little glimmer of emotion. It’s all absolutely normal - that’s what happens when you come across potential risks.  Luckily, The Robs have the tips and tricks to help you with this in today’s podcast episode. Property investing isn’t always a glamorous ride. It can come with some poor decisions, risks and a lot of emotions! But Rob & Rob are here to manage your expectations and tell you some of the common risks that can rear their head throughout the property purchasing process.   Which stages can have risks?  Buying your property  Setting up your property  Owning  Selling your property  These are the main stages where risks can be driven by your emotions. By listening to this episode, you’ve got the perfect opportunity to find out where you can have a chat with yourself before sparking an emotional disaster!  Tune in to find out how you can prevent your emotions getting the best of you now!    We have a great news story to top this fantastic episode off…and of course it involves one of Rob's favorite places! In the news this week a huge new £2 billion project is underway in Liverpool called The Knowledge Quarter which will create a new district. But the impact it will have on the city will be amazing. This project has everyone behind it… including us.  Another project is finally on the way in Liverpool too.. Liverpool waters, a multi-million pound scheme which will transform Liverpool’s waterfront. This is nothing but good news for the city and will be great for the future.    And in other good news… Property Hub Live is now SOLD OUT! If you still hope to come, there’s a waiting list you can pop your name on, just in case any tickets become available… Don’t worry if you can’t attend, we’re planning another one for later in the year!    This week’s Hub Extra is a book recommended by Rob B. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy. A beautiful book aimed at children, but it could benefit anyone and everyone. This week’s Hub Extra fits in well with the podcast as it's about life lessons and emotions, an unusual recommendation from Rob & Rob, but they were so touched by it that it had to be shared.  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
12/03/2026m 11s

ASK226: Can I switch my residential mortgage to interest-only? PLUS: Can I extend this tenancy myself?

It’s another week which means it’s another episode of Ask Rob & Rob, and we’ve got two fantastic questions... First up we’ve got Adam. He’s been saving up so he can start investing in buy-to-let properties in the north. Currently, Adam owns a property in London which he has a repayment mortgage on. He has 45% equity in his property but he doesn't want to put any more down as he wants to achieve something with a good return and growth.  He’s been looking at Manchester and Liverpool as potential options, however, he would like to purchase his next property in his personal name.  So, Adam wants to know if there's any products available to have an interest only mortgage on his personal property, and if so, do we think this would be the right and best approach for Adam.  Listen to find out.  Next we have Mark who owns a property in Birmingham. There’s a fixed term tenancy contract in place and the first year is ending in June. The tenant has expressed interest in extending the contract for one year.  Mark isn’t particularly happy with the agent that handles the contracts and Mark would like to handle them himself going forward.  So, he wants to know how he should handle this contractually and also in terms of the deposit scheme which was also handled by the agent? Is this something Mark can go forward with?  Tune in to find out… Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
10/03/205m 55s

TPP364: 7 years of the property podcast

We’re back again for another episode of The Property Podcast, but this week isn’t just any old episode...it’s our 7th birthday. The Robs are back and sharing their passion. And to celebrate the podcast’s birthday, they’re bringing a very special episode that shares what has changed in the property market over the last 7 years.  Did you know Rob & Rob first started The Property Podcast back in 2013? A while ago right!  Every Thursday, property investors have listened to our podcast and followed our journey to become inspired and move forward with their own journeys. In today's podcast you’re guaranteed to walk away with more knowledge that you can apply to your property investment activities from this day forward.  There’s so much to cover, especially when the property market is constantly changing, but what's happened to the interest rates and property prices over the last 7 years? What has happened to the property market since the podcast started? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out… You MUST listen to our birthday episode.. .   Not only is it our birthday, we have a great news story to top it off.  Interestingly enough, today's news story reads “One of the UKs top property podcasts to go live”. Property Investor Today has reported our event which takes place in London on the 30th April (don’t worry anyone, Manchester will be later in the year). An incredible day will be taking place filled with a packed day of property education, the biggest Hubber Meetup ever and then The Property Podcast goes live! Do you want to come to Property Hub Live? There may be tickets left, head to the events page and find out! You don’t want to miss this epic day.    This week’s Hub Extra is a book recommended by both Robs. A bitcoin billionaire, a fascinating story with incredible characters. This book talks about the Winklevoss twins and everything they have done through bitcoin. A really amazing, entertaining read. We encourage you to read it!  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
05/03/2024m 51s

ASK225: Have Rob & Rob Sold Out?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got all the answers to questions you may have about Property Hub Live! So, have you been wondering what Property Hub Live will involve? Have Rob & Rob sold out?  The Robs have brought their passion project to life. They wanted a celebration of all things property, with 400 hubbers all in the same space, a fun-packed day with quality speakers.  Rob & Rob are going deep this week. They want to address exactly why they’re doing it and explain exactly what you can expect. As you can probably tell…. they’re very excited.  And we’ll let you in on another little nugget of information… if the event is well received, there just might another one in Manchester later in the year Tune in to find out everything you need to know about Property Hub Live. And, if after all that you think you’d like to attend, there’s still time to grab your ticket, here. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
03/03/209m 1s

TPP363: Rob & Rob fix the property market (updated)

We’re back again for another episode of The Property Podcast and this week it’s an ambitious one as Rob & Rob try and fix the property market.  Today’s chat started with a very interesting article that appeared in the January issue of The Economist. It takes a global perspective of the property market and formed the basis for today’s property podcast.  The Robs have delved into the good old supply and demand debate while also talking about the inequality between generations, the balance of home ownership vs renting and how different countries handle issues around housing.  Ultimately, is our planning system broken?  There’s so much to cover. And we don’t just mean for the UK property market, we’re talking globally!  It’s no shock to hear that the property market needs fixing, but what do we think the answer is? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find that out.    The Robs have said for a while now that optimism has been increasing in-line with the 18-year property cycle and have very conveniently uncovered a news story to back this up!  There’s been a 17% increase in new buyer enquiries for land which shows that developers are keen on building again. And because a development can take a few years to build, this is a strong indication that we’re on track for a healthy few years.  There's also another news story with data from an online evaluation service highlighting that the number of potential vendors requesting evaluations from estate agents more than doubled from December to January. It was expected to be up anyway because December is always a quiet month and January is always the time people want to make a change, but doubling in numbers is a significant increase.  The signs are there. Estate agents and developers seem to be more positive. But does that mean it's boom time now?  In short….no. But it’s the first sign of positivity for the next part of the property cycle.   This week’s Hub Extra is a great podcast to help you unwind. It’s called A Meditative Story. This is a great one that will allow you to switch off after a busy day. It’s a new kind of listening experience with mindfulness prompts. Rob found it gave him a clearer and settled mind after listening. We highly recommend this podcast just as that little something to give you a more mindfulness practice whenever you need it.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
27/02/2030m 53s

TPP363: Rob & Rob fix the property market

We’re back again for another episode of The Property Podcast and this week it’s an ambitious one as Rob & Rob try and fix the property market.  Today’s chat started with a very interesting article that appeared in the January issue of The Economist. It takes a global perspective of the property market and formed the basis for today’s property podcast.  The Robs have delved into the good old supply and demand debate while also talking about the inequality between generations, the balance of home ownership vs renting and how different countries handle issues around housing.  Ultimately, is our planning system broken?  There’s so much to cover. And we don’t just mean for the UK property market, we’re talking globally!  It’s no shock to hear that the property market needs fixing, but what do we think the answer is? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find that out.    The Robs have said for a while now that optimism has been increasing in-line with the 18-year property cycle and have very conveniently uncovered a news story to back this up!  There’s been a 17% increase in new buyer enquiries for land which shows that developers are keen on building again. And because a development can take a few years to build, this is a strong indication that we’re on track for a healthy few years.  There's also another news story with data from an online evaluation service highlighting that the number of potential vendors requesting evaluations from estate agents more than doubled from December to January. It was expected to be up anyway because December is always a quiet month and January is always the time people want to make a change, but doubling in numbers is a significant increase.  The signs are there. Estate agents and developers seem to be more positive. But does that mean it's boom time now?  In short….no. But it’s the first sign of positivity for the next part of the property cycle.   This week’s Hub Extra is a great podcast to help you unwind. It’s called A Meditative Story. This is a great one that will allow you to switch off after a busy day. It’s a new kind of listening experience with mindfulness prompts. Rob found it gave him a clearer and settled mind after listening. We highly recommend this podcast just as that little something to give you a more mindfulness practice whenever you need it.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
27/02/2030m 53s

ASK224: Have I spotted a link between prices and yields? PLUS: What does the new housing minister mean for investors?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got two cracking questions. First up we have Ariel who reckons she might have found a link between prices and yields. She has three properties and is looking at investing in her fourth. She’s been buying properties at the rate of one a year for the last few years and is now looking to get a high rental yield in return.  Ariel bought her properties for around £80,000 and has been getting £500 per calendar month in rent through single lets. This year she’s decided to diversify and spend double the money, £160,000 in an attempt to get about £1,000 in rent but has found it surprisingly difficult.  So, do we think the more you spend the harder it is to get the high rental yields? The second question comes from Alex who wants to know how a new housing minister will affect property investors. Will anything change? Will those changes be positive or negative for investors? Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
25/02/207m 43s

TPP362: What would this property expert do if they started again?

A couple of weeks ago Rob B was joined on The Property Podcast by property investment legend, Mark Morris. If you haven’t listened to it yet, then go and give that a listen before this episode. The response from his last appearance was incredible, with dozens of you saying how inspiring you found it and how it was giving you the motivation you needed to work towards your goals.  Well, this week he’s back!  But this time Rob B is picking his brains over what Mark would do if he were to start all over again from the beginning. Would he do anything differently? What strategy would he choose in today’s market? Tune in to find out. And what’s the one piece of advice that Mark would give new investors?  Goal setting.  We kid you not, Mark is on the same page as Rob & Rob when it comes to how important goal setting is. He’s a fan of having both long-term and short-term goals.  What other bits of knowledge would Mark give? Because after all, hindsight is a wonderful thing.  Well, you’ll have to tune in to find that out.   And in the news this week we had a bit of a shock as a staggering 500,000 rental homes are lost to Airbnb and others. However we weren’t in shock when we discovered that the news story that went along with that headline wasn’t all that true.  The article says that they might be lost from the long-term lettings market to the short-term lets. It’s based around a survey that ARLA did where they surveyed their members to find out how many of them would consider switching to short-term lets to avoid some of the regulations that have recently come in. And the results showed that only 1 in 10 landlords would consider switching to shorter term lets than the typical long-term. So once again, the media is trying to scaremonger us.    This week’s Hub Extra is a simple quote that fits perfectly with today’s episode and what Mark has talked about. It’s a quote from C.S. Lewis: ‘Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.’  And we really hope that you’ve learnt a lot more invaluable knowledge from today’s episode and continue to do so. You can guarantee that in your property journey you’re going to make mistakes, but it’s important that you learn from them to really make a difference.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
20/02/2023m 50s

ASK223: Should I turn my flat into a holiday let? PLUS: Will this area benefit from the ripple effect?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering two great questions on holiday lets and if one certain area could be an up and coming hotspot, following on from the ripple effect. First up is Claire from Nottingham. She is in the process of moving into a house and has taken 75% equity from her 2-bedroom flat to make the move.  She’s now wondering if she should keep her flat as a standard buy-to-let property or if she should turn it into a holiday let and list it on the likes of Airbnb.  Her apartment is located just 10 minutes from Nottingham city centre and she’s tried Airbnb in the past which worked out well for her. So, providing she has regular bookings, she’s wondering if she’d be better off tax wise, to have the property as a holiday let as opposed to a buy-to-let?  So, will Claire be better off going down the holiday let route?  The second question comes in from Graham in Leicester. He’s been an avid podcast listener for a while and has now got three properties in his portfolio.  Graham now has a question on the ripple effect that Rob & Rob discuss quite frequently. He’s heard people talk about the ripple effect of Sheffield and Doncaster, but he wants to know if Rotherham will benefit from Sheffield’s ripple effect?  Will Rob & Rob give Rotherham the green light? Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
18/02/206m 31s

TPP361: How To Invest Over The Next 7 Years

Wouldn’t it be great to know what the future holds? Today’s episode of The Property Podcast is a very ambitious one. But we’re tackling it head on! 2020 is still fresh and new, but today Rob & Rob give the insights we need to make sure we have a successful 7 years ahead of us.  A few weeks ago, The Robs talked about how to make the most of the next decade. And this week, they’re squishing the decade and bringing that timeframe forward.  So what can you expect to learn from this podcast episode? Here’s just a few sneak peeks: What are you doing now to position yourself for the future? Where are we in the 18-year property cycle?  Why is 7 years really important?  Also, not to spoil you! But The Robs believe we’re entering a new phase of the 18-year cycle… so listen to find out what actions you need to take NOW! Also in today’s episode, find out what's caught our attention in the news this week?  The HS2 project seems to be getting the green light! Expensive, yes! But we can all agree the impact that it’ll have will be incredible. It’ll certainly impact the major cities immensely and improve connectivity throughout the country. We know it’s a case of love it or hate it, but it looks like it’s going ahead nevertheless.  Speaking of trains… Liverpool is finally getting a £500m investment for the railway services which is massively needed. But guess what? The trains will allow 50% more passengers. This is certainly an investment that will make a big difference to the city!    And in this week’s Hub Extra, we have a podcast recommendation from Tim Ferris. Pre warning, it’s a 2-hour long podcast, but we promise it’s worth it! Tim Ferris has done an interview with Sam Zell, who’s a billionaire. Notably he created one of the biggest real estate investment trusts in the world. We love this podcast because he has so much perspective and he wants to share his knowledge.   It’s just a little podcast (besides this one) that we think could benefit investors! Not only do we just hear about Sam’s successes, he dives into talks of the future of markets and the role of interest rates, because they barely get talked about. This is a must listen to!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
13/02/2023m 57s

ASK222: How long should I fix for? PLUS: Is "no money down" the way to go?

Rob & Rob are back once again for another epic episode of Ask Rob & Rob. This week they’re trying to help two callers with mortgage advice and are giving their thoughts on wherever they think no money down deals are a good idea. Our first caller this week is Adamish and his question is on to buy-to-let mortgages.  He’s spoken to a mortgage advisor and they’ve advised him to refinance his current property on a fixed five year buy-to-let mortgage as the checks are a little more relaxed.  So essentially he’s wanting to know what Rob & Rob would do if they were in his shoes as a first time investor.  Does the current property market have any effect on how long he should get a fixed buy-to-let mortgage for? Or should he even be going for a fixed buy-to-let mortgage?  The second question this week is from Ashley who’s calling from Wales and he’s been drawn in by the idea of no money down deals. Uh oh!  Ashley has done two previous flips so now has a bit of equity behind him. He’s looking at turning his strategy to vanilla buy-to-let properties but he’s wondering how to go about it.  Should he straight away set up a Limited Company and keep buying a single buy-to-let each year over the next 10 years and build his portfolio up that way? Or should he hold onto his money and explore the world of no money down deals?  We’ve heard The Robs views on this in the past, but what advice would they give?  Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
11/02/207m 23s

TPP360: The 7 questions Rob & Rob get asked the most

Do you have questions for Rob & Rob? Well, you're in luck. Today’s episode of The Property Podcast is full of answers that every investor is eager to know. As you can imagine, Rob & Rob get asked thousands of questions, but in particular there are seven questions that always come up.  In today's episode, you’re in for a treat as The Robs answer their most commonly asked questions...  Who are Rob & Rob?  How many properties do they own?  Where is the best place to invest right now?  Where are we in the 18 year property cycle? Houses or flats?  You’ll have to listen to find out the rest…   The Robs go into a whole lot of detail around the questions, so listen and take note, they may be answering a question you’ve been dying to know.  They’re also talking about some exciting news too. Hometrack has released their quarterly figures for the rental market.  What’s has caught our eye?  Well, rents have increased over the last year by 2.6% which is clearly good news for investors. Rents are going up, but they’re also becoming more affordable - which is great news for tenants. Where is the rental growth happening? The top three cities are York, Bristol and Nottingham - listen as Rob & Rob give you their thoughts on this growth and what you should be taking from these insights.    In other news, we’re still pushing on to hit that magic 10K followers/subscribers on Instagram and YouTube! We’ve said that when we reach it we’re going to be releasing this bloopers video! So make sure you go to our YouTube channel and subscribe, and go give us a follow on Instagram and we’ll announce when we’ve hit 10K.   This week’s Hub Extra is something small, but makes your day so much easier. Apple Pay and Google Pay.  A fair few people haven’t adapted to it yet, but it definitely makes your day run that little bit smoother, whether you're on a train, grabbing a coffee or paying for your weekly big shop, it’s just that little life hack that can make a small improvement to your day. You can even load all your different cards on there!  It’s just a little something that removes a little bit of friction; leaving your card at home but still being able to process those little payments. Rob & Rob have only just started using this and they both love it!    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
06/02/2025m 25s

ASK221: Is this property too cheap? PLUS: How much should I be paying my letting agent

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are helping one caller decide whether getting a cheaper property is a risk or should they be going for a property with more value?  Our first caller, Stephen from Glasgow, is currently looking to make another investment. He’s been investing in property for years and currently has £30,000 to invest with.  Stephen has got his eye on a few properties in an upcoming auction which are going for around £25,000-£35,000. But, he’s in a dilemma. He wants to know whether he should invest his £30,000 in the cheaper property or a £120,000 property which could benefit from capital growth.  So, do Rob & Rob think that Stephen should go for the cheaper option or a more expensive property with the possibility of increasing the value?  The second question this week comes from Osman, and he’s got a question on lettings. Osman owns one property and he is looking to get a fully managed service for it. He wants to know what the average fee for a fully managed service is. Osman has had three quotes now, but he isn’t impressed with what he’s received. As Osman only has one property, he’s unsure on how much discount he could negotiate with agents.  So, will Osman be impressed with the average fee for a fully managed service?  Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
04/02/208m 43s

TPP359: The truth about achieving your dreams: One investor’s story

In today’s episode, Rob & Rob are joined by a special guest… Mark Morris. You may or may not have heard of Mark, but he’s a successful property investor who has been in this industry for decades!   The end-game of property investing is to retire right? Well, find out the valuable lessons Mark learnt along the way to his success. It didn’t happen overnight, but he’s about to share his story with us. Mark reveals all with his property journey, about his mistakes, successes and investments. This episode is a MUST listen... Achieving your dreams isn’t easy, but we want to help you get on the right track.  So, are you ready to achieve your goals? Grab a pen and paper and let's start planning!    In the news this week, The Robs have HUGE news for investors and landlords! And they are really happy about this one!  The Government has rejected Liverpool’s renewal of the citywide licensing scheme which is hated by most landlords.  The Robs think this is great news all round as the Government can now focus on areas that are needed and have low standards, which is what the scheme originally intended to do. So this is definitely positive news for our number one location hotspot of 2020!    This week’s Hub Extra is a super basic, super quick but super useful guide!  It actually ties in nicely with today’s podcast episode.  It’s the “How to rent guide” which is a Government document that you need to issue to tenants. This resource automatically checks the Government’s website every hour and if any tweaks have been made you get an email which completely removes the risks of future trouble.  The Robs love this resource; it makes your life hassle free. The best thing about it is that it’s completely free and you don’t have to think about it.  It’s really easy to give tenants an old guide that isn’t updated, which can cause trouble down the line, but it's an easy mistake to be made. Register to get the ‘how to rent guide’ to make sure you don't miss an update. We all love resources that help us!    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
30/01/2028m 14s

ASK220: Which location should I choose for a buy-refurb-refinance strategy? PLUS: Can I charge my tenant for this damage?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are helping one caller decide on which location they should be looking at, and a landlord who’s got damp issues in his property.  Our first caller, Harry from Bristol, is currently preparing to make his first property investment. He’s only interested in receiving cash flow at the moment, so his strategy is buy, refurbish and refinance. He’s in the process of scouting for locations so he’s turned to Rob & Rob for advice. He’s keen on the North West or South Wales however, South Wales is closer to home.  With Harry's strategy, should he be investing in an area closer to home or taking the risk and investing in the popular North West?  The second question this week comes from Boris. Boris has a tenant that is due to vacate his property and has discovered that there’s quite a bit of mold and damp. This is partly due to how the property is built, with lack of ventilation.  He wants to know if he’s entitled to ask the tenant to pay for redecoration where it’s needed in the property.  In addition to this, Boris mentioned he wants to change to a new lettings agent, but what happens about the money held in deposit?  So, Boris wants to know if both letting agents new and old can work together to get the work on the property completed. Can he charge the tenants or will he have to pay himself? Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
28/01/208m 33s

TPP358: Smash the new decade and change your life (Warning: Contains ranting and swearing!)

First of all, we’d just like to warn listeners that this episode of The Property Podcast does contain a few curse words, but it’s down to Rob & Rob getting rather passionate. Because today’s episode has the potential to change your life… In today’s episode Rob & Rob are going to be giving you a framework that will set you up for massive success. So, how can you smash this next decade? Let’s find out… Decide what you want  Be willing to do difficult things  Beware of the cost of perfection  Think long term  Mindset  The Robs go into a whole lot of detail around these five topics. So much so that you’re probably going to want to grab a pen and notepad before you start listening.  So, grab a cuppa, settle in, and let Rob & Rob guide you through how you can smash the next decade!   In the news this week, The Robs are grinning like Cheshire cats as a headline from the Express reads, ‘UK Property: Largest monthly increase in asking prices EVER recorded after Election 2019’. According to data from Rightmove, asking prices have risen by 2.3% which is equivalent to an average increase of £6,785!  Just remember, these are asking prices and not sold prices which doesn’t necessarily mean that house prices are about to jump 2%, but it’s interesting to see the optimism of sellers.    We’ve also got a treat for you this week. Our marketing team are desperate to hit that magic 10K followers/subscribers on Instagram and YouTube and when we do, we’re going to be releasing this bloopers video!  So make sure you go to our YouTube channel and subscribe, and go give us a follow on Instagram and we’ll announce when we’ve hit 10K.   This week’s Hub Extra is a book that ties in nicely with today’s podcast episode. It’s a book by Robert Iger who is the CEO of Disney and it’s called ‘Ride of a Lifetime’. Rob B is a huge fan of Disney from a business perspective so this book was at the top of his Christmas wish list. However, before he had a chance to read it, Rob D pipped him to the post and finished it! This is the perfect example of thinking long term and really looking at the bigger picture in order to achieve success.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
23/01/2026m 52s

ASK219: How does Multiple Dwelling Relief work? PLUS: How long do I have to sell my former home and claim a stamp duty refund?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys have got a stamp duty special! We know, we’re just too good to you!  Our first caller with his stamp duty related question is Medassa. He’s in the process of buying two blocks of flats with a business partner which are blocks of six and five individually let apartments.  He’s wondering how multiple dwelling relief works. To his understanding, you can split the stamp duty costs amongst each individual apartment which will reduce the stamp duty costs.  But is he right?  The second question this week comes from Stan. He’s obviously been busy listening to the podcast which has sparked up his own question.  Like a previous listener, he wasn’t aware that if you kept hold of a residential property and bought a new one to live in, that further down the line you could claim back the higher amount of stamp duty that you would have paid.  So now Stan is wondering just what exactly is this time frame and has he missed the boat to make a claim?  Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
21/01/206m 12s

TPP357: Hot Spots for 2020

Last week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob gave you their predictions for 2020. And this week they’re back for their annual rundown of the top UK property investment hotspots to help you decide where to invest next.   It’s an episode that many of you look forward to at the beginning of each year. So now the wait is over - here’s a run-down of which locations made The Robs’ 2020 hotspot list, along with places should be on your radar to watch… Cities: Liverpool Manchester  Nottingham/Leeds Towns: Crewe Doncaster  Greater Manchester  Up and coming: Sheffield  … you’ll have to listen to find out the rest.  So, there you have it, Rob & Robs property hotspots for 2020. Some of them may come as a surprise, so make sure you hit that play button to find out why The Robs reckon these should be on your radar.   Our news story this week is actually a positive one! (New Year, new Rob & Rob?) and the headline reads ‘Buy-to-let investment sentiment remains strong as 2020 kicks off’. According to a recent survey, 75% of people were positive about buy-to-let - rising to 83% if you include millennials. Apparently a lot of young people have a positive attitude towards property investment, whilst those who have been in the game for a while are a bit more sceptical due to recent changes over the past few years. But, nevertheless, no matter whether you’re about to start or you started 10 years ago, property will still come out on top as the best investment model.  For Hub Extra this week, we thought that this podcast episode on our 2020 hotspots just wasn’t enough. So, we’ve also done a new YouTube video where Rob & Rob go into more detail on these locations, allowing you to get even more of an insight on what made these locations capture their attention.  So head on over to our YouTube channel to check the video out, and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and turn on those post notifications.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
16/01/2020m 0s

ASK218: Can I buy my first investment property with a residential mortgage? PLUS: Have I been given bad stamp duty advice?

The Robs are back this week for another episode of Ask Rob & Rob, and we’ve got two fantastic questions....  First up we’ve got Jonathan who’s a newbie podcast listener who has a really interesting question on renting a property vs. buying one.  Jonathan lives and works in London - he’s lived here for the past decade and wants to continue to do so. However he is now looking to start his investment journey but wants to put his money where the most growth is.  He’s been looking at Manchester and Liverpool as potential options, however, he would like the first property that he purchases to be in his personal name. Jonathan is wanting to know if it’s possible to buy a property with a residential mortgage and then rent it out, if it has a lower interest rate? He’s also questioning if he had to buy it with a buy-to-let mortgage, would he be allowed to live in the property for a short period of time whilst he saves up the funds to purchase his own place to live?  So what’s Jonathan’s best option?  Next we have James, also from London, who’s after some clarification on tax advice that he received from a tax advisor.  He’s been told that you only pay stamp duty in a limited company if you’re paying it on a single property.  James is looking to spend around £330,000 in a limited company on property, which, according to his tax advisor, would mean he’d pay £6,200 in stamp duty. Whereas if he were to purchase that property in his own name, he’d be paying £16,400.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But what do Rob & Rob think about this tax advice?  Tune in to find out… Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
14/01/206m 13s

TPP356: Predictions for 2020

We’re back again for another episode of The Property Podcast and this week it’s one of our favourites - Rob & Robs buy-to-let property investment predictions for 2020. A couple of weeks ago they reviewed their predictions for 2019 and they didn’t do too badly. But can they make it a clean sweep this year?  The Robs are making some bold statements for 2020, some of which Rob D isn’t convinced they’ll get right. So what are they making predictions on?  The top five cities to invest in property this year What’s happening to the UK as a whole  London - should it be back on our radar? The base rate Big announcements in the budget  And just for fun, they’re making predictions on the stock market, the US election and who will win the Premier League - although we all know who Rob B is backing before we’ve even listened.  So tune in to find out whether The Robs property predictions for 2020 are positive, negative or just a bit too hard to call.  It’s not just Rob & Rob who are dishing out their predictions, they’re looking at other property experts too. In the BBC there’s a summary of what property experts are predicting for 2020. Everyone seems to be expecting around a 2% increase in house prices, however there’s one person who has predicted a 2% fall! So should you be worried? And this week for Hub Extra, we’re giving you an inspirational quote to get you kick started and motivated for the rest of 2020: ‘Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently` - Henry Ford As this time of year is usually a time for self reflection, you can look back on the past year, or even the past decade, and see where you’ve been successful and where you’ve failed. But at the end of the day, don’t beat yourself up about it, learn from your mistakes and try again with a new perspective.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
09/01/2018m 45s

ASK217: Is it worth investing in major property companies?

We’re back with the first Ask Rob & Rob of 2020 and we’ve got a cracking question to kick off the year!  This week’s question comes in from an avid Property Podcast listener who off the back of it has had the confidence to invest in his first property at the beginning of 2019. Go you! He even has a bit of spare cash left over from his property and is looking at other ways that he can invest it outside of property. One option that he’s considering is investing in shares in a development company.  He’s noticed that in some of the big development companies, their share prices have closely followed the 18-year property cycle and now he’s wondering if this is a good investment option for around the mid-cycle wobble, or even before the next crash.  So what do Rob & Rob think? Is investing in a major property company a smart investment or should you run for the hills? Tune in to find out… Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
07/01/206m 46s

TPP355: New to The Property Podcast? Start here!

Happy New Year! What a way to start 2020... by listening to the first episode of the year from The Property Podcast. This is the perfect episode to start with if you’re just starting out on your property investment journey, or if you’ve only just come across Property Hub. Even for those of you who have been with us since the beginning, this is a fantastic refresher episode.  Over the past few years we’ve put out hundreds of podcasts, so going all the way back to episode one might seem a little daunting.  Now there’s no need to trawl through all the past episodes, because we’re going to give you everything you need right here.  Here are the topics that Rob & Rob will be sharing, including which they consider to be their most valuable podcast episodes - so you can skip straight through to the essentials:  Goals Fundamentals  18-year property cycle What type of investor are you? Strategy All you have to do to listen to these podcast episodes is head to propertyhub.net/podcaststart and everything will be linked for you. It’s that easy!  So now you don’t have any excuse not to get started!  And, if you are a new listener, thanks for joining us. You can expect to hear Rob & Rob in your ears every Tuesday (for Ask Rob & Rob) and on Thursdays for The Property Podcast.  Happy listening!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
02/01/2013m 49s

TPP354: Reflecting on 2019 and our biggest lessons

Merry Christmas! We hope you had a lovely day yesterday, and just because it’s the festive period, that doesn’t mean we’re stopping The Property Podcast! So as a nice little finisher to the year, Rob & Rob are taking a look back on 2019 and discussing what went right for them, and more importantly, what went wrong. But also, how they’re going to learn from it.  Here’s what you can expect The Robs to reflect on in this episode: News: To kick start this episode, Rob & Rob are discussing the big stories that have been in the news this year. You can expect to hear mentions of Brexit (even though we didn’t really get anywhere with it this year), the general election and the industry as a whole.  Industry/Market: The guys then go on to discuss the property industry and market over the past year and how we’re in that mid-cycle wobble territory. Also this year saw the tenant fee ban come into play which wasn’t as detrimental as everyone thought it was going to be.  Property Hub: 2019 was a huge year for Property Hub! We kick started the year with a complete rebrand (we can’t believe it’s only been 12 months!), we moved our head office to Manchester city centre and we launched our YouTube channel (even though Rob & Rob are still getting used to being in front of the camera).  One of the hardest things that The Robs have had to deal with this year was the development at Grand Junction which, if you’ve listened to this podcast episode, you’ll know has been going on a lot longer than just 2019 and has brought a lot more downs than ups. But it is finally now complete so there have been plenty of lessons for The Robs to take away from it.  But that wasn’t enough to put Rob D off, he went on to build another development in York which wasn’t quite as stressful as Grand Junction but did have it’s own host of issues that Rob D was able to learn from. You can listen to the podcast episode on Rob D’s York development here. Personal: To wrap up this episode, Rob & Rob reflect back on their personal lives with what they’ve been up to over the past 12 months outside of The Hub.  So that’s it, 2019 is boxed off! And what a year it’s been. We hope you’ve had an amazing year and if you’ve been with us on this journey over the past year, thank you and we look forward to kick starting 2020 with you.  Here’s to 2020 being bigger and better than ever!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
26/12/1911m 10s

TPP353: 2019 predictions reviewed

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are starting to round up the year by taking a look at how their 2019 property hotspot predictions have stacked up. Were they bang on? Or were they completely off the mark? If you didn’t listen to Rob & Robs predictions at the beginning of the year, then you can listen to that episode here.  So let’s dive right in…  Top 5 cities: At the beginning of the year Rob & Rob predicted that Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool would be the best performing cities in England.  Were they right? Well they got four out of five right which is pretty good going, with only Nottingham letting them down, but it only just missed out on the leaderboard coming in at sixth place. UK on average:  Rob B predicted that the whole UK market wouldn’t creep into negative territory, but it would sit somewhere between zero and 3%. Whilst Rob D said that there won't be anymore than 1% growth nationally.  Did they get this one spot on? Listen to find out.  London: At the beginning of the year Rob D’s thoughts were that London would continue to be the worst performing region, whilst Rob B agreed but also threw the South East into the mix as well, and said he could see them falling into negative equity.  You probably already know the answer to this one - did you agree with their predictions at the start of the year? Let us know! Brexit:  The dreaded ‘B’ word that everyone has been tip-toeing around this year. Back in January, Rob B thought that no politician would be bold enough to push through a no-deal Brexit and that we would be leaving the EU with some form of deal.  This one is technically still undecided so there’s time for it to go one way or the other, but what The Robs definitely didn’t predict is that we would be no further along than what we were at the beginning of the year.  Transaction Volumes: Following on from Rob B’s Brexit prediction, Rob D seemed to think that off the back of Brexit this year we would see lower transaction volumes than we did in 2018. Luckily for our industry, Rob D was wrong on this one! Although the annual data hasn’t yet been released, some months were higher than the previous year but some were incredibly lower. So on average it seems like transactions were probably lower than 2018, but we can’t be 100% sure.  Markets and Media And to finish of the 2019 predictions, Rob B called that this year would be pretty boring for all markets and he didn’t see the property market surging or crashing. But he did call that the media would be incredibly negative.  We think we can say Rob B pretty much hit the nail on the head with those two.  Looks like The Robs did pretty well on this years predictions. They got four right, one half right and one wrong. Not bad going.  Find out more by listening to today’s episode and let us know what you think on our social channels. And what will be Rob & Robs predictions for 2020? Well luckily you only have a couple of weeks to wait!    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
19/12/199m 6s

TPP352: Best of Hub Extra - 2019

This week on The Property Podcast, it’s one of the most popular episodes that The Robs do throughout the year.  If you’ve listened to every every episode of The Property Podcast, you’ll know that at the end, Rob & Rob like to give you a tool or resource that you can go away with and put into practice. We are, of course, talking about Hub Extra. And this week we’re doing a round up of the best Hub Extra mentions that Rob & Rob have shared throughout the year.  So grab your pen and paper as the guys go through their favourite: Books Podcasts  YouTube channels TV episodes/series  Apps & tech  It’s a fantastic episode and you’ll definitely walk away with something valuable, even if Rob & Rob aren’t talking about property.  And even though we’ve given you a complete run-down already… here’s something else if you’re struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift for that property lover in your life.  You can now buy a gift voucher to our Property Hub Magazine! Just simply click this link, pay up front for the yearly subscription, and give the gift code to your nearest and dearest. It’s that easy and they’ll love you for it!    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
12/12/1929m 14s

ASK216: What can property investors expect in their Christmas stocking?

It’s the final Ask Rob & Rob of 2019! But before the guys disappear for the festive holidays, they’ve got one more question they’re answering.  And this week it’s from the big man himself. Our caller, Nick, is wanting to know when Rob & Rob are going to do their yearly roundup of Hub Extra, and he’d also like to see The Robs do some live events in 2020.  So what have The Robs got in store for us to round up the year and look forward to in 2020? Tune in to find out…   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
10/12/194m 28s

TPP351: Who should property investors vote for in the general election?

This week’s episode of The Property Podcast is a pretty important one. As you should know by now, next week is the general election, and it’s kind of a big deal.  The manifestos have been flying around all over the place with the parties promising this, that and the other. And to be honest, it can get quite confusing.  So what do each of the party policies mean for property investors? Well, that’s exactly what Rob & Rob are going to dive into and dissect in today’s episode. Sit back, relax and take notes as the guys look into each of the following policies: Conservative Labour Lib Dems Green Party  It will certainly be one of the more important podcast episodes we’ve done this year and it will definitely help if you’re more confused than ever on who to vote for.    This week for Hub Extra, Rob B has a book recommendation. ‘How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life’. Not only does it tell the story of Walt Disney and his journey of how he created the Disney brand, but you’ll learn so much more!  There are sections that discuss religious views throughout the book, which some people took offence to, so you might want to skip over these bits. But Rob B connected to the story on both a personal and business level, and even got some inspiration from it - maybe it’ll lift your spirits too.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
05/12/1921m 42s

ASK215: My solicitor is limiting my mortgage options – What should I do? PLUS: Does a Limited Company purchase count towards Stamp Duty?

Rob & Rob are back again this week to answer two more of your burning questions. The first caller this week is Sam who is stuck in limbo. She’s in a bit of a situation that you might not often find yourself in, but that doesn’t mean you might not be in Sam’s position at some point in the future.  Sam is using a certain solicitor, however the lender that she’s using for her mortgage isn’t on the same panel. So, in order to get the rate that she wants with this lender, she’ll end up paying extra legal fees.  She’s not 100% sure on how this works and if there’s a way to factor this into your costs or not.  So what advice can Rob & Rob offer to Sam?  Our second question this week comes in from Marcus from London. Marcus has a buy-to-let property in his personal name which he is about to move over into a Limited Company.  He’s wanting to understand the tax implications around this.  Essentially, once he’s moved the first property into a Limited Company, when he buys a second property in his personal name, will he still be seen as owning the first property and therefore end up paying double the stamp duty costs?  It’s a very clever tactic, but is it clever enough to avoid the stamp duty costs?  Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
03/12/197m 28s

TPP350: We bought £130m of property this year: here’s where and why

We’ve got an epic episode for you. This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are sharing just how they made £130 million worth of investments happen this year!  Before you get the wrong end of the stick, this isn’t an episode of them bragging about their achievements. Oh no. They’re actually going to tell you exactly how they’ve done it and where they did it, so you can do it too.  One question Rob & Rob get asked all the time is: “where are you investing?”  And rightly so. They’re experts in this field so naturally, you want to invest where they are.  We’re not just sharing where Rob & Rob have invested, but where Property Hub Invest clients are investing too. Sharing is caring.  At the beginning of the year Rob & Rob shared the top five locations across the country that they were going to be targeting throughout the year. These locations were: Manchester Liverpool Leeds Sheffield  Nottingham So how many have the guys been able to tick off this checklist?  Tune in to find out!   Our news story this week isn’t a happy one, unfortunately. It’s an article from the BBC, ‘Devastated hotel investors fly to UK seeking their money’, which has sadly seen a number of investors lose an awful lot of money in a hotel investment that has gone horribly wrong.  The hotel investment offered investors guaranteed returns, which haven’t been met and now angry investors have been flying over to the UK to find out where their money is. We’ve talked about this topic before, why we think you should stay away from hotel investments, and sadly, this is exactly the reason why. We actually even did a YouTube video on investing in hotel rooms, which you can watch here.   This week’s Hub Extra tool is a resource called Flux. If you spend a lot of time on your phone or your laptop, especially just before you go to bed, then this will be a tool you’ll want to use.  It’s been proven that technology screens give off a blue light that makes it difficult to sleep at night and disturbs you from getting a full solid night sleep. Flux is a programme that detects what time of day it is and automatically changes the brightness of your screen and changes the colours that are given off, so you can now get the ideal amount of undisturbed sleep.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
28/11/1925m 11s

ASK214: How can I overcome a lack of comparables? PLUS: Are developments that have lost value a good buying opportunity?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are back again with two different questions that they’ve not covered previously. They’ll be talking about what to do in the event of there being a lack of comparables discussing if properties that have lost value are worth investing in now. Our first caller today is Paul from Burnley. At the beginning of the year Paul purchased his first buy-to-let property and now he’s hoping to soon complete on property number six!  That’s pretty good going for less than 12 month’s work!  Paul’s strategy is buy-refurbish-refinance with a difference - he focuses on  bungalows. So not your usual property choice, but clearly it’s working for him. However he’s now ran into a bit of an issue. Because it’s such a niche strategy, he’s having difficulties when it comes to searching for comparables in order to remortgage the properties.  Obviously Paul’s end game is to have made as much profit as possible on the properties, so he’s wondering what he can do to prepare that information when the valuations take place?  Luckily, Rob D is on hand to offer Paul some pointers on how he can go about this. The second question comes from Luke in Liverpool. He has a small portfolio himself and is continuously looking to add to it.  He’s been keeping his eye on the local market in and around Liverpool, in different areas and has noticed that some developments that were priced between £130,000 - £140,000 are now on the market for around £90,000.  So now he’s wondering if these kind of properties are a good investment opportunity or if they are just going to continuously lose value and he should stay well away?  Naturally, there was only one Rob that could offer advice on the Liverpool market, cue Rob B.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
26/11/198m 50s

TPP349: Rob D built 10 apartments: The results, lessons and pain

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are doing something a little different. Rob B is interviewing Rob D on his own property development exploits.  One of our most popular podcast episodes this year was when we discussed our project in Crewe, which was a rather eventful and emotional journey to say the least. If you haven’t listened to that episode, you can do so here.  But amazingly, that wasn’t enough to put off Rob D. He’s just done a property development project just outside of York.  In the episode you can expect to find out: What exactly this development was What the results were  What went wrong What went right  And what lessons Rob D learnt from this project So sit down, grab a brew and tune in as Rob B picks Rob D’s brain about this new property development.    In the news this week, Savills have predicted that house prices are going to increase by £35,000 in five years for some parts of the country. No shock that it’s actually in line with what Rob & Rob have been saying throughout the year, and the highest regional growth will be in the North West, which will go up by 24%.  Maybe now you’ll take that leap into investing in one of the areas that The Robs picked as their 2019 property hotspots.    And if you haven't watched it already, last week we published our latest YouTube video, the essential guide to property tax which will walk you through the various taxes you have to pay and some ways that you can avoid them. So make sure you go give it a watch, hit that subscribe button and turn on notifications so you don’t miss our next one.    For Hub Extra this week we’ve got a podcast that Rob D just can’t stop listening to. It’s called The Missing Cryptoqueen from the BBC. Now before you jump the gun, Rob D isn’t interested in getting involved in crypto currency, or a massive scam, which is what the podcast is all about.  It’s only an 8-part series but it’s a really interesting one. To give you a brief overview, it’s about a woman who created a new crypto currency which was going to be bigger than Bitcoin. She secured billions of Euros from people all over and then just vanished, and nobody knows where she is. It’s very fascinating so definitely give it a listen!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
21/11/1924m 18s

ASK213: Should I release equity and give up my great mortgage rate? PLUS: Where in Scotland should I invest?

Rob & Rob are back again this week to answer more of your property related questions. So let’s get started!  First up we’ve got Catherine from Bristol who is well underway with her property investment journey having built up a portfolio of five buy-to-let properties. She’s looking to build this portfolio to eight properties in order to achieve the income figure that she has in mind. The end goal is to be able to make big changes to the way she and her family live their lives. Currently, one of her properties in London is on an incredible mortgage rate of 1.54%! Definitely not the kind of rate you’d get now.  After speaking to two mortgage advisors, both have said that she could release around £125,000 in equity from this property, so she has the deposit she needs to grow her portfolio. However, this means giving up the amazing mortgage rate she’s currently on. If she were to do this, straight away she’d be paying around £9,000 more a year in mortgage fees on that one property. Wowza! So should she wait it out for a few years until she can release equity from other properties and keep the great mortgage rate, or should she act now? Our second caller is Ben from Aberdeen, who wants to know where Rob & Rob would recommend to invest in, in Scotland. Something they get asked all the time.  He’s had one buy-to-let property for the past six years and has recently bought a further two in the small town he grew up in.  Ideally he wants to move his location focus away from his hometown, but still remain in Scotland. He already knows that his main goal is cash flow and long term he’d like to look at Edinburgh, but feels that’s currently too competitive for him.  It’s finally the answer to a question a lot of you have been waiting for. Where would Rob & Rob invest in Scotland?  Tune in to find out!   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
19/11/196m 49s

TPP348: Landlord Licensing: Everything you need to know

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are talking about landlord licensing. We know it’s not the most exciting of topics but it’s up there with one of the most important as a property investor. And luckily for you, The Robs will be talking you through exactly what licensing is and what you need to do.  You may have ignored this topic in the past because it only ever applied to HMO’s - and maybe you’ve thought that this is still the case. But now, depending on where you are, even with single let properties, landlord licensing is something you might need to know about.  Here’s what The Robs will cover in today’s episode: What are the requirements? How much does it cost? Will they inspect the property? What should you do? What if you should have a licence but don’t?  This is a full-on episode, full of regulatory need-to-knows. If there’s one episode of The Property Podcast you need to listen to… this is it. By the end of the episode, you should be completely clued up on whether you need landlord licensing or not.   And in the news this week, Rob B’s home city of Liverpool back in the press: ‘Liverpool endorses 2m sq ft office masterplan’. The article from Place North West says that the council has signed off on helping to build a world class commercial business district in the heart of Liverpool to tackle the shortfall of offices in the city. So once again, even more positivity and investment being ploughed into the city, which will bolster the number of investment plans already in motion, such as Liverpool Waters and the high number of property developments that are in the pipeline throughout the city and the wider areas.    If you haven’t seen it already, we launched a new YouTube video yesterday and this one is all about tax! Some people love it, some people hate it and some just don’t understand it. In this video, Rob & Rob explain everything you need to know about tax and cover all the different types of tax that you may have to pay as a property investor.  So go and check it out, let us know what you think or ask us any questions in the comments section, and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!    This week for our Hub Extra, we’re wanting to help make a difference to the planet and this week it’s a website called Team Trees. It’s all about helping to make the world that little bit greener. Maybe you’ve always considered planting a tree but you don’t want to get covered in mud or you just don’t have the spare time.  Well this is the easiest option you’ll come across. Donating just $1 will plant one tree and Team Trees are aiming to have planted 20 million trees around the world by the 1st of January 2020. So go and do your bit for the planet and donate a dollar.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
14/11/1917m 16s

ASK212: How can I buy my own home and invest at the same time? PLUS: How much stamp duty will I need to pay?

Rob & Rob are back again this week to answer two more fantastic property questions from two of our listeners. This week our first question comes in from Luke in Manchester, who’s been inspired by The Property Podcast to get started in his investment career.  Luke is in a situation that most people are probably in when trying to start their buy-to-let journey. He’s looking to purchase his first personal home and an investment property at the same time.  At the minute he’s only going to have enough funds for one mortgage so he’s considering buying a two bedroom apartment (or house) and is looking to rent out the second bedroom. But he has a few questions around this: Is there a particular mortgage he’ll need to enable him to do this? How much stamp duty will he have to pay? Are there any other considerations? ...and is this actually a good idea? Find out what Rob D thinks of this idea and if it’s actually doable. Maybe this could work for you as well.  Our second caller is Sally who has a question about stamp duty. She’s changing her residential home to a buy-to-let so that she can buy a new house with her partner.  She’s been given two different sets of figures from her solicitor and mortgage broker in terms of how much stamp duty she’ll pay. One is saying £2,200 and the other £9,250!  Obviously that’s a huge difference so Sally wants this clearing up.  So, is Rob B about to put her mind at rest or burst her bubble?  Tune in to find out!   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
12/11/196m 40s

TPP347: Build To Rent: The biggest competitor you didn't know you had

Last week Rob & Rob were joined on the Property Podcast by Build To Rent expert, Richard Berridge. Well, he’s back again this week for a second episode on the new craze that is Build To Rent.  In last week’s episode, The Robs covered what Build To Rent actually is, and this week they’re discussing why it matters for you and what the future of Build To Rent might look like. Here’s some of what you can expect The Robs and Richard to cover in today’s episode: What will Build To Rent look like in 10 years time? What’s going to slow it down? How will Build To Rent properties react to market cycles? What marks an area as suitable or unsuitable for Build To Rent? There’s plenty more to be covered in this week’s episode too. So, should you be afraid or optimistic about Build To Rent? You should have a clearer picture after this episode. So tune in to listen.   This week’s news story is possibly one of Rob B’s favourite headlines, ‘Welcome to Manc-hattan: how the city sold its soul for luxury skyscrapers’. It comes from The Guardian, and whilst the headline is actually pretty clever, it’s not very complimentary to the city.  The article is talking about the ever-changing Manchester skyline and the number of skyscrapers that are appearing. They even touch on the homeless issue that we have here in Manchester.  If you ask us, we’re really struggling to see how the amount of investment and regeneration that’s currently being ploughed into the city centre is a bad thing. If anything, it allows the council to use the additional higher rate council tax payments to put into schemes around homelessness. But have a listen and let us know what you think via email or social media.     And for our Hub Extra this week, we’re bringing you another podcast. No, it’s not from Rob & Rob sadly, this one is called ‘Startup’ by a company called Gimlet. It’s been going for five years and sadly it is coming to an end.  The purpose of the podcast at the beginning was to document their process of starting their business. And now, the podcast has come full circle as they are ending their podcast due to the fact that they have been purchased - by none other than Spotify! It’s really interesting to listen to how the deal came about, so it’s definitely well worth a listen. And while you’re there, why not subscribe to our podcast over on Spotify and be notified every week when our new episodes are released?   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
07/11/1925m 4s

ASK211: ​Should I invest in Birkenhead? PLUS: Should I overpay my interest-only mortgage?

This week The Robs are answering two fantastic questions on investing in Birkenhead, and talking about whether you should be overpaying on your mortgage. These are two questions that will definitely benefit a lot of listeners. Joe from Leeds got in touch recently, he’s currently living in London and has a budget of £80,000 - £100,000 and he’s looking for a buy-to-let deal up north.  He’s considering our hotspot areas of Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool but has noticed significant growth in the Liverpool area.  However, he’s wondering if Rob & Rob have any insider tips on investing just across the water from Liverpool, in Birkenhead. Could this be a good contender for capital growth when the ripple effect kicks in? Now we know this is an area that holds a special place in Rob B’s heart, so does he automatically think that Joe should be investing here?  Next up we’ve got Adam from Surrey. Before listening to The Property Podcast, he bought his first buy-to-let property on a capital repayment mortgage and has since remortgaged to an interest only mortgage.  The property makes a good income each month, so now Adam is wondering, now that he’s on an interest only mortgage, should he utilise the 10% interest free payments and chip away at his mortgage?  So, should Adam risk potentially losing out on £200 per month in his back pocket to reduce his mortgage over time? Or should he wait and allow capital growth to do it’s thing?  Tune in to find out what Rob D advises.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
05/11/198m 0s

TPP346: Build To Rent: What it is and why you need to understand it

This week Rob & Rob are joined on the podcast by Build To Rent expert, Richard Berridge. After listening to this episode, you’ll know more about Build To Rent than most people in property.  Build To Rent (or BTR) has been flying under the radar for a while now, but it’s only really just starting to become a well known, big thing.  So whilst it’s a topic that has piqued Rob & Rob’s interest, they thought it would be best to bring in the experts to help not only you, but themselves learn all there is to know about Build To Rent.  Richard is not only an authority figure on the subject, but he’s also a consultant, an advisor and a writer. He’s 100% the right man for the job.  Here’s just a few of the questions that you can expect to get answers on from Richard: What is Build To Rent? Who’s the actual owner with Build To Rent? Is it only about income and not growth? Who makes it all happen? We cover a lot of ground in this episode so hit play and listen.    This week in the news, Place North West are reporting that the region’s green belt has shrunk by 3,400 acres. So is the North West becoming the new concrete jungle?  Well, not quite.  What most people don’t realise is that green belt land isn’t always beautiful flourishing forests or national parks, it could be a really unattractive piece of land that’s more of an eyesore and could be put to much better use.   So once again, a big scary headline that’s been blown out of proportion.    Also…it’s that time of the month again, Meetups are just around the corner and heading your way next week! So, if you haven’t yet secured your spot, go and book yourself a ticket now!   And this week’s Hub Extra is a book that Rob D is claiming to be the most inspiring book he’s read all year, and that book is Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. It goes on to tell his story of turning 40, being out of shape, a recovering alcoholic and going on to being one of the fittest men in the world.  It even documents how he had a challenge with a friend to run five Ironman triathlons in a week! Who even thinks that’s a good idea?! He’s also got a very popular podcast too, which is also well worth checking out. We actually included this book on one of our Hub Extra emails a while back after Rachel in our invest team recommended it - The Property Hub book club is in full swing guys!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
31/10/1933m 5s

ASK210: My property's gone up in value -– should I pull out as much equity as possible? PLUS: Do I need an extra insurance policy for my flat?

Rob & Rob are back again to answer two more fantastic questions sent in by our Hubbers. Martin from Birmingham has got in touch this week. He’s had a property for a few years and has remortgaged a couple of times and changed his mortgage rate.  It’s coming up for renewal again soon and he’s not sure if he should withdraw some of the equity, or leave it in the property so he can get a better loan-to-value rate on his mortgage. So what should Martin do?  Well first and foremost it all depends on where Martin is currently at in his investment process, but Rob D has some excellent advice as always.  Our next caller has a question about insurance. She’s a landlord of a leasehold flat and only has building insurance.  She’s become a little bit worried thinking of the what-if scenarios. What would happen if something went wrong? Would the tenant be liable for damage? Would building insurance be enough to cover her? Also, should she be taking out other insurance policies?  Tune in to find out what Rob B has to say.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
29/10/195m 36s

TPP345: Rich Dad Poor Dad Revisited: 5 essential lessons, and 2 important warnings

They still hear it all too often ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad changed my life!’ So this week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are going back and taking a revised look at the book and sharing the lessons that they took away from it, and what they just don’t agree with.  In today’s episode you can expect to hear what the five key lessons are that you should take away from this book, but also the two things that you should be very careful of. This beloved motivational book is now 20 years old! But it still seems to have a huge impact on people’s lives. So Rob & Rob are going to explore why this book is so influential, their experiences, recap key lessons and let you know what they think of them now with the benefit of hindsight.  Here are the five lessons Rob & Rob learnt from the book: Be in control of your finances - Your employer or government will not. Passive Income.  Good debt vs bad debt. Pay yourself first. Keep your job and invest. And what don’t they agree with?  You’ll have to tune in to find that out.   This week’s news story is a 22 page report from HomeTrack on the current rental market, which is a quarterly report. Luckily the BBC website has summarised the report and what the key take away points are.  There’s a number of cities where the rents are up, and wage growth has been relatively strong this year too. So even though there’s plenty of locations where rents have increased, there’s only three UK cities where rents have risen faster than wages, resulting in renting becoming less affordable. These locations are Nottingham, Leeds and Bristol.  Looking at the report, there’s an odd mix of locations that are put together, but on the whole, it seems that Rob & Rob were right at the beginning of the year when they pegged certain cities as places to invest this year.    In other news (and just in case you missed it!), yesterday we had a new YouTube video go live! You can now head over there and find out how to invest £50,000 - a question that The Robs get asked all the time. So head on over, give it a watch, and don’t forget to subscribe.    You won’t be surprised that this week or Hub Extra recommendation is in fact the Rich Dad Poor Dad book, but as an added bonus, we’re also recommending Rich Dad Poor Dad 2: Cashflow Quadrant. These are by far the two strongest books that you need to read, so go grab a copy and let us know what you think of them.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
24/10/1930m 2s

ASK209: What should I do as the property cycle reaches its peak? PLUS: I'm an expat – can I get a mortgage?

Rob & Rob are back this week for another episode of Ask Rob & Rob and this week they’re offering advice on releasing equity and purchasing property as an expat.  Our first caller of this week’s episode has a question about one of Rob & Rob’s favourite topics, the 18 year property cycle.  He wants to know what you should do at the height of the market? Essentially, should you release equity from your portfolio to purchase more property after the crash or should you sell up completely and then start again post crash?  If you need to refresh your mind on the 18 year property cycle, head on over to Property Hub University and take a look at our free online course. Rob B tackles this question head on - ultimately, it all depends on if you plan to be an active property investor after the crash. He answers this question in two parts so it’s certainly worth listening to.  The second question comes in from a chap all the way from Dubai.  His current situation is that he’s living off his rental income which is through a limited company, however his broker has now told him that he won’t be able to purchase any more property through that limited company.  Is this true and should he look for another way to invest in UK property?  Tune in to find out.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
22/10/196m 45s

TPP344: Most asked questions for Property Hub Invest

As you can imagine The Robs get inundated with questions day in, day out on all our different platforms. From social media to our Property Hub forum, they get questions fired at them from all directions.  But one of the places that they get asked lots of questions is through Property Hub Invest. So this week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are answering the most asked questions for you all to hear.  On a daily basis our Property Hub Invest team talk to clients who are at different stages of their property journey and everyone has a different question to ask, but nine times out of ten they’re all similar.  So what better way to answer all these frequently asked questions than to compile them all into a podcast episode. Here are some of the questions you can expect to get an answer to: How to get a deposit together… How to find an area to invest… Where to invest and what returns should be expected? Is capital growth better on flats or houses? Is 1, 2, 3 etc bedrooms better?  There’s even more questions getting answered in this episode. Maybe one of them has been circling around in your mind. Or if you have a completely different question, make sure you get in touch with a member of our Invest team.  Our news story this week comes from Property Investor Today and the headline is ‘young Brits are on the move in the UK, and here’s where…’ For once this is a news headline that The Robs actually agree with. Although some aspects seem a little questionable, the overall stats seem to be pretty spot on - city centre living is on the up.  The Robs have discussed this previously on the podcast and they talk all about the secret trend that nobody else is seeing, so you should definitely go and give that episode a listen. And finally, the Hub Extra comes with a warning this week…  it might just depress you a little bit at just how old you are. It’s a website called ‘you’re getting old’, which basically shows you all different stats about how old you are.  You simply enter in your date of birth and the site will show you things like how many days you’ve been alive, how many candles will have been on all your birthday cakes together as well as some interesting milestones throughout the years and how old you were at the time. It’s all a little bit of light hearted fun.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
17/10/1934m 44s

ASK208: Can you invest in too many places? PLUS: How much do I need to spend on furniture?

The Robs are back again this week for another round of Ask Rob & Rob, and this week they’ve got two cracking questions that they’re about to answer.  Our first caller is a very enthusiastic property investor who unfortunately didn’t leave her name.  She’s fortunate enough to have three property investments in three different locations, which at the moment is working pretty well for her and she’s happy enough being a remote investor.  However, she’s wondering if there’s such a thing as investing in too many cities?  So what do Rob & Rob think of this? Are there both pros and cons to investing in a number of locations?  Next to get in touch is Lindsey who’s just completed on an apartment in Manchester.  Her letting agent has told her that she should let out this apartment on a fully furnished basis.  So what Lindsey is wanting to know is, should she be spending a lot more money on brand new furniture or would second hand be okay? Also, she’s questioning if the furniture will need safety checks before she can move any tenants in? Rob D offers some different options for Lindsey, depending on what her budget is.  Tune in to hear the answers to this week’s two questions.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
15/10/196m 18s

TPP343: What happens after spending thousands of pounds in a property course?

Just like we promised, The Robs are back this week and once again joined by Mike Winnett who’s going to share just what happened after he bought everything he was offered.  He’s giving you the insider knowledge to those ‘get rich quick’ courses that you’ve had your eye on, so you can save yourself the money and put it to better use.  Just to recap, Mike sold his company for a substantial amount of money and used the cash to go on a bit of an adventure. He decided to click on all those adverts that you see on the internet and social media that promise you a formula to get rich quick. Does he think they actually work?  If you’ve been considering paying for a property course, or maybe even a mentor, then this is an episode you’re going to want to listen to before you hand over any money.  Or, if you’ve already attended one of these courses and ploughed cash into them, then this might rub salt into the wound, especially if said course didn’t do what it said it would.  So give it a listen and let us know your thoughts. Do you agree on what Mike had to say about property courses and mentors?   In the news this week, Property Wire is backing up what Rob and Rob have been saying for months, ‘property investment surge could come after Brexit, new poll suggests’. According to this recent data, 55% of people have paused their investment plans over the past six months as they await the outcome of Brexit, 60% are waiting for the budget and 37% have taken a property off the market because of a slow down in activity.  So despite a slowdown in transactions, there’s still plenty of deals to be had with what is currently on the market, it’s just knowing where to look, and planning it around the 18 year property cycle.    This week for Hub Extra, we’re still sharing the love for Mike Winnett because his latest video is just phenomenal.  It’s very entertaining and the ultimate anti-marketing video for a pretty big event in Birmingham that you can attend and see some of these big wig entrepreneurs live on stage.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
10/10/1931m 31s

ASK207: What do I do if I can't get a limited company mortgage? PLUS: Should I buy on the crossrail route?

We’re back again this week for another Ask Rob & Rob. Our first question this week comes from Dorian. His question is around income tax for buy-to-let properties, with the new Section 24 rules.  Dorian and his wife are looking at investing in their first buy-to-let and they’ve been told that a lot of lenders won’t lend them the funds through a limited company because they’re first time landlords. Their other thought was to purchase as individuals which will then result in the income from the property being fully taxed on.  So Dorian wants to know if there’s a way around this? Can they own the property as individuals and put the income through a company, or is that not doable?  Rob B clears up the speculation on what Dorian has already been told and what he can do.  The second question comes from Esmarelda who wants to know if she should invest her £230,000 in an apartment in Plumstead near the Crossrail or a house in Luton?  We gathered from her question that she may want to be sticking to investing in the south, so Rob D pinpoints some areas that would be best to consider if the south is at the top of her checklist.  Tune in to find out where he suggests.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
08/10/198m 1s

TPP342: The contrepreneur formula exposed: An interview with Mike Winnet

This is the podcast that most people and businesses in the property industry WON’T want you to hear.  As you know, we’re strong on education. We firmly believe that education is how you can arm yourself with the right information to make informed decisions.  We’re often asked for our thoughts on property investment courses that charge you to attend, and also what we think about the free courses that hook you in, only for the host to spend the entire event enticing you to part with your cash. That’s why we’re joined today by Mike Winnet - who’s become somewhat obsessed with exposing these ‘Contrpreneurs’. If you haven’t seen Mike’s video on the Contrepreneur Formula Exposed - watch it here! (It’s also our Hub Extra pick for the second time, because it’s just too good not to watch it again!) And listen to the reason why this video was BANNED, and why it’s now reappeared! Mike is an ex Sales Manager, and what started off as him marketing himself as a joke parody Business Guru on Linkedin - a ‘demotivational’ speaker - has quickly turned into a full on exposure of these so-called ‘financial gurus’ that we’ve all seen across the internet. He’s not just making assumptions - he’s become a get-rich-quick ‘ad-clicker’ - he basically takes every course and buys everything they try selling to him. Every single thing he comes across that promises to get him rich quick, he’s trying and reporting his findings. He’s literally putting his money where his mouth is! On today’s Property Podcast you’ll find out: What prompted Mike to ‘out’ these businesses? His thoughts on why these businesses are preying on vulnerable people The uncomfortable theatrics at these events and the manipulation of these environments Where the idea of the ‘Contrepreneur’ came from The magic formula: the back stories, the tactical pricing, the results - the lot! The shaming tactics he’s had to sit through This is a must-listen for everyone. We want to believe we can achieve great things, but what these people do is pretend there’s a shortcut to getting there. There aren’t any secrets - it’s hard work to make a success of anything, not just property.    We’re not just stopping at this episode. Join us next week to find out what happened after Mike bought everything he was offered - is he now £6 million richer?    And in the news this week, we’re talking about Airbnb as an auctioneer highlights Airbnb opportunity for UK investors. This auctioneer has been through the catalogue and highlighted the lots he reckons are suitable for short-term lets.  There’s no doubt there’s been a rise in the popularity of short-term lets, but are investors approaching it in the right way? Rob D shares his thoughts on where investors are going wrong. Also, it’s Meetup night tonight, so head on over to our events page to reserve your spot.  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
03/10/1929m 4s

ASK206: How important is parking? PLUS: How much can I remortgage for?

Ask Rob & Rob is back for another week to answer all your burning property investment related questions.  First up this week we have Charlie. Charlie is based in Manchester and wants to know how important parking is. He almost invested in a 2-bed apartment with his sister but pulled out due to the owner selling the parking separately.  Did they do the right thing by walking away?  Is this a yes or no answer, or are Rob & Rob right down the middle with this one? One thing is for sure… Rob B dishes out some really valuable advice today, and gives listeners some tips on how they can make a yes or no decision on a property like this.  The second question today comes someone who didn’t leave their name, but they’re wanting to know about adding procurement costs after refurbishing a property.  Today’s listener is using the example of purchasing a property for £80,000, and spending £10,000 on refurbishment. Can he add another £5,000 towards procurement? In other words, can he remortgage for £95,000 to allow funds for  stamp duty and conveyancing?  Is this possible or will he hit a roadblock? Rob D is looking at this example from a different perspective rather than what’s actually been spent on what. Have a listen and find out exactly how much our listener will be able to remortgage for - and the answer might just surprise you.    Don’t forget to tune in next week for another two questions on Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
01/10/195m 9s

TPP341: Strategy September - Refurbs

This is the end! Well… it’s the end of Strategy September at least. And we have a great one to finish off on, because today we’re covering the refurb property strategy. And to help us, we’re welcoming Ian back to the Property Podcast.  Ian’s no stranger to our shows; he’s been on the podcast twice before and he has years of experience with building and construction, not to mention the fact that he’s a property developer and investor himself - so what better episode to have him share his practical knowledge and experience... Today you’ll learn: What a refurb actually is The varying types of refurbs The advantages of a refurb strategy How you can add value to a refurb The disadvantages of a refurb  How to keep your budget in check So there you have it - everything you need to know about the refurb strategy; made even better by Ian sharing some words of wisdom with us. Have a listen and let us know if the refurb strategy is for you.     Now, if you've followed Strategy September, hopefully you’ve found the right property strategy for you. We’ve covered: Buy-to-let HMO Flips   But if you haven't found the right one, don’t fear. We’ve got you! You can book a free goals call with one of our team by clicking here. Our team can help you get clear on your goals, identify what property strategy is likely to be right for you and more importantly, help you discover how you can get started and hit the ground running. And we’ll say it again…. It’s completely free.  Hit this link and pick your date and time.   And in the news this week, we’ve got another political story. Now don’t all shut down your computers at once, because it’s actually a pretty positive one. It’s a press release from the government: PM renews drive to give more power to Northern regions.  Typically for the government, there’s not a lot of detail here, but there are a few pleasing aspects of the release - particularly for Scotland. There’s a fair few things in here that have made Rob B smile, so listen to hear what he thinks of this latest update.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
26/09/1926m 20s

ASK205: How many mortgages can I apply for at once? PLUS: Should I invest in Scotland?

We’re back with another episode of Ask Rob & Rob, and the first question this week is from John. John would like to know how many mortgage applications he can have on the go at any one time. He’s looking at buying 3 buy-to-let properties but is concerned about the effect that 3 different buy-to-let mortgage applications could have on his credit file.  Is John right to be wary of multiple applications? Will these multiple marks on his credit file make a difference to his applications - and more importantly, could it cost him the mortgage product he’s wanting to go for? Listen as Rob B talks through what is likely to happen and find out how John can manage the impact of multiple mortgage applications.  The second question came in from someone who didn’t leave her name, so we’re calling her Pauline.  Pauline has recently been inspired by Mark who’s gone from 0-10 properties in 5 years. She loves the podcast but would like Rob & Rob to have more of a focus on Scotland, which is where she’s interested in investing.  We have previously done a whole episode on investing in buy-to-let property in Scotland where The Robs talk through the best places to invest and cover the property buying process - which differs vastly from those in England.  But what other nuggets has Rob D shared with Pauline about investing in Scotland? You’ll have to listen to find out. And don’t forget to tune in next week for another two questions on Ask Rob & Rob.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
24/09/196m 44s

TPP340: Strategy September - Flips

It’s the penultimate episode of Strategy September and this week Rob & Rob are covering flips. Now flipping is probably the most glamorous property strategy there is. There are dozens of TV shows you can watch and it’s a good way to make a decent profit quickly.  However, there are a number of risks involved that you should consider and The Robs are going to cover them in today’s episode along with: How much capital will you need? What are your finance options? Where do you want to be looking? How do you do your numbers? How do you work out your refurb cost? What other expenses do you need to allow for?  How do you know what you’re going to sell for?  So before you rush into flipping properties, thinking it’s as easy as it looks on Homes Under the Hammer, you might want to give this episode a listen first. And, after you’ve given it a listen, make sure you go and take our free course over on Property Hub University and really test out your knowledge on flipping properties.    And in the news this week, we’ve got (another) negative headline. Apparently property investors make on average just £2,000 net return each year after ‘hidden costs’ are taken out. Now considering an average property is £183,000, that kind of profit seems hardly worth it.  So we might as well all give up and pack it in.  Or should we? Luckily, in the article they’ve listed these different hidden fees so we can see where they’ve got their figures from. We’re not quite sure where they’ve plucked them from, especially on an average priced property, but nevertheless, we think you’re pretty safe for the time being.   And to give you that extra bit of value, this week’s Hub Extra is another fitness site called Nano Workout. Now this might seem like a bit of a prank because when you think about it, it is actually quite funny. But this site has come up with different exercises that you can incorporate into your everyday life.  So there’s things you can be doing while you’re sitting at traffic lights, sat at your desk, and even ones you can do whilst you’re sat on the couch watching TV. If this sounds like something that could help you get into fitness, let us know what you think of it.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
19/09/1923m 25s

ASK204: Will these areas benefit from the ripple effect? PLUS: How much should I keep aside for a rainy day?

This week we’re talking about the ripple effect and also seeing if there’s a certain amount of cash you should be putting to one side for a rainy day.  Kicking us off on Ask Rob & Rob this week is Kevin. He’s listened to the podcast for over a year now and is interested in investing in the north. He’s obviously heard us bang on about our top city locations such and Manchester and Leeds, but he’s curious about the surrounding areas.  He’s particularly interested in Barnsley and Chesterfield.  He’s done some searching and thinks that both locations have all the right fundamentals - but will they benefit from the ripple effect of Sheffield and Leeds?  Listen as Rob B gives his two pennies and lets Kevin know what he thinks about the potential investment options a bit further up north.  The next question is from Graham who has a question about backup funds.  He started his buy-to-let journey two years ago and currently has three properties, with the aim of buying another two in the next six months. So Graham is wondering if there’s a general rule of thumb for putting a certain amount of money aside in the event of an emergency? He’s also wondering if this should change in-line with the more properties you purchase.  Is there a specific formula Graham should be considering? Listen as Rob D offers his advice on what Graham could do to save for the inevitable.  And don’t forget to tune in next week for another two questions on Ask Rob & Rob.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
17/09/196m 34s

TPP339: Strategy September - HMO

We’re back for part two of Strategy September and this week we’re talking about HMO’s.  The Robs have talked about HMO’s numerous times on The Property Podcast, but they wouldn’t consider themselves experts.  So this week they’ve brought in another Rob who knows pretty much anything and everything about HMO’s. Enter Rob from Maygreen Investments who, along with his wife Sarah, has built up a portfolio of HMO’s that are absolutely beautiful. You can have a nosey here.  Here’s a little taster of what you can expect The Robs, and Rob, to cover: What is a HMO? And an example of one The advantages and disadvantages of a HMO Who should be looking at investing in a HMO? Some great tips from Rob if you’re looking at a HMO strategy This is a jam-packed episode, so make sure you’re listening carefully and have a pen and paper at the ready.    And in the news, we’re elaborating on an article we included in last Friday’s Hub Extra email - yes, we’re talking about politicians again. The article comes from The Daily Mail and it reads, ‘John McDonnell is to declare war on buy-to-let landlords by giving tenants the chance to purchase their property at a DISCOUNT price’.  We might need to apologise in advance before you listen to this episode as The Robs get a little political on this topic. It’s not with the intention to offend, but quite frankly it’s all a bit ridiculous. We can’t blame them for voicing their opinions on something so bizarre. Have a listen and let us know your thoughts on the matter.    And in this week’s Hub Extra, we’ve got a new podcast for you. This one is called ‘Land of the Giants’ and the concept is that in each of the series they’re going to focus on one of the tech giants like Google, Apple, and other similar businesses. The first series is on Amazon, and each episode explores how Amazon has got to where they are today and how it’s not only evolved but changed the world as well. It’s a great podcast on the businesses that we just can’t seem to live without.    We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
12/09/1919m 41s

ASK203: How would you spend £500k in the North? PLUS: Should I pursue a serviced accommodation strategy in Manchester?

This week we’re back to normality and The Robs are answering two fantastic questions that have come in from our Hubbers.  First up, we’ve got another Rob. He lives in Dubai and he’s got a whopping £500,000 to invest! He’s looking to invest his cash in the North of England and his strategy is to generate an income.  Obviously being in Dubai, viewing properties is a little tricky for Rob, so he has no idea what kind of property he should be investing in or where he should ideally be looking to generate that income.  Essentially, he’s asking Rob & Rob, if they had £500,000 to invest in the North of England, where and what would they buy? So how would The Robs invest half a million pounds? Tune in to find out.  Next we have Amy from Hastings. She and her partner are looking to invest and are in the process of releasing some equity from their residential property.  To begin with they’re looking at buy-to-let properties in either Manchester or Leeds, but just off the bat, she wants to know Rob & Rob’s thoughts on Airbnb or serviced accommodation in general.  She’s not run the numbers on it yet and before she wastes her time doing so, she’s wanting to know if it’s a good strategy to go with?  Would Rob & Rob approve of a serviced accommodation strategy?  Hit the play button to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
10/09/198m 15s

TPP338: Strategy September - Buy-to-let

We’ve got something exciting for you over the next few weeks. We’re bringing you ‘Strategy September’ and going back to basics discussing all the possible strategies that are out there. They’re going to be talking about flips, HMO’s and refurbs. This week The Robs are kicking it off with buy-to-let and here’s what they’re going to cover in today’s episode: What is buy-to-let? Examples of buy-to-let properties  The advantages The disadvantages  Who is it for? Tips for finding the perfect deal Plus, you’ll get to hear The Robs get personal and tell you all about how and why they got started in property in the first place, over 10 years ago. Make sure you tune in, it’s going to be a good one!   This week our Hub Extra is an app called ‘Seven’ and it’s a seven minute workout app. Rob B came across this app after Jack Dawsy mentioned it when explaining how he plans out his week so he thought he’d give it a go.  It basically gives you a seven minute workout and it’s been proven that if you do a high intensity workout (HIIT) that’s the minimum amount of exercise you need to do each day. So no more excuses not to go to the gym now!  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
05/09/1926m 56s

ASK202: HS2 to be scrapped? An Ask Rob & Rob special

This week we have one question that’s taking centre stage. But it’s one that A LOT of you have been talking about... so here’s Vicky asking the question on everyone’s behalf.  Her question is about the HS2. Since Boris Johnson came into power there have been a number of mixed messages floating around: “It’s going ahead…” “It’s not going ahead” “It’s over budget…” “It’s only going to serve the north…”  The list is endless. Vicky is wanting to know what The Robs think of it all and what impact they think it will have on the likes of Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Rob & Rob are big fans of HS2, so tune in and have a listen to what they really think of all these mixed messages.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
03/09/195m 53s

TPP337: The winning mindset behind rapid portfolio growth

We’re back with Property Podcast listener Mark Ward who last week told us how his strategy helped him to grow a double digit portfolio in just five years.  This week The Robs are delving into how Mark managed to change his mindset to that of a winning one which was the driving force behind the growth of his buy-to-let portfolio. He’s focusing on the strategy of buying below market value, refurbishing and refinancing. While he’s been using traditional mortgages and a little bit of bridging too, Mark’s also been doing a couple of really unique things. When you consider some of the bonkers things Mark has done - which goes far beyond the usual ‘putting in an offer without viewing it’ - (go here to listen to how he’s purchased in a known flood zone, done some intense refurbishing and entered the terrifying world of bridging finance) it makes you question just how Mark actually made this all work to his advantage. Mark might knows exactly what he’s looking for and where he wants to go with it, which is great! But ultimately, a lot of this also boils down to his mindset.  And that’s exactly what we find out more about in the second part of this interview with Mark and Rob D.    In the news this week, a dramatic headline from The Express, ‘Brexit property WARNING: Sell your house after this date to avoid losing money’. In a nutshell, the article basically says if you’re looking to sell your house, wait until after the 31st October, which is when we’ll apparently know what’s happening with Brexit.  Even though we’ve heard this a number of times throughout the year, even Rob B admits that he’s noticed a decline in the number of new properties coming to the market in his local area. For once, even The Robs agree with this headline and think that you probably shouldn’t sell your property before the 31st October. However, if you’re looking to buy a property, you should 100% be focussing on buying before it.    This week’s Hub Extra is in-keeping with today’s episode and it’s a simple but effective quote from Benjamin Franklin; ‘well done is better than well said’.  Which reiterates what The Robs are always saying, it’s all about taking action! It’s all well and good talking about your goals and what you’re planning on doing, but you won’t reap the benefits until you put those words into action.  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
29/08/1919m 39s

ASK201: Am I too late to be excited about Manchester? PLUS: Can I avoid paying Stamp Duty on my holiday let?

We’re back after a long weekend with two more fantastic questions from our listeners. This week we’re answering questions on one of our favourite cities - Manchester -  as well as trying to avoid stamp duty. First up, we’ve got another Rob! There’s just no escaping them. Rob is new to property investment and after securing two properties in London where he lives, he’s looking to start his property journey up north.  After he listened to Boris Johnson’s speech, the growth potential of Manchester and the Greater Manchester area really excites him, but he’s wondering if the market is now saturated or if the long term potential is here to stay?  He’s also wondering how familiar he needs to be with the area before he considers investing?  If you’ve listened to The Property Podcast for a while, you’ll know how much The Robs love talking about Manchester and could spend hours giving Rob advice on investing in the area.  But they won’t keep you all day, they’re just dishing out the top tips on how to go about investing in property in Manchester.  Next we’ve got Tim. He’s got a couple of properties already, one being serviced accommodation and the other a standard buy-to-let. He’s just retired and is looking to make property his full time income to make himself financially free. He’s been listening to a number of podcasts and webinars, one of which has said that he can avoid paying stamp duty if his property is being used as serviced accommodation.  So is it true or not?  Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
27/08/196m 52s

TPP336: 0 to 10 properties in five years – one listener's story

Forget location, location, location - we’re talking about education, education, education. And today we have a guest who’s put ALL our property education into practice. Today we’re kickstarting a two-part series and talking to Mark Ward who has taken all those property lessons and built himself a double digit portfolio in just five years! Impressive stuff. So settle in and get ready to listen to what Mark has achieved and just how he did it. Who knows, this might just give you the kick start you need.  To give you some back story, Mark got in touch with us over on Instagram. Like many Property Podcast listeners, his journey started out accidentally - so for all you accidental landlords out there, this is an episode for you! Mark has bought two properties per year at below market value, he’s then refurbished and refinanced them to release some cash. And in just 5 years, he’s got a pretty sweet, double-digit portfolio on his hands.  Rob D caught up with Mark to have a little chat about his journey so far. It’s definitely an episode you’ll want to listen to, no matter what stage of your property investment journey you’re at.   The Robs are also discussing the latest Hometrack price index in this episode. Once again Liverpool is top of the list, closely followed by Nottingham, Leicester, Manchester and Birmingham. Just behind them are Sheffield and Leeds which are all locations we tipped for big things at the start of the year.  This month, the report has looked at the amount of stock coming onto the market compared to the number of sales that have been agreed. In Manchester the ratio of sales to new supply has increased which is a signal that Manchester is likely to continue to grow in house prices - phenomenal considering how much Manchester has already grown in the past few years!  If you’re wanting further info on these hotspot locations, you can find our useful location guides over on the education section of our website which will certainly help you with narrowing down the areas you’d like to invest in.    Our Hub Extra this week is a new podcast recommendation! Don’t worry, The Robs haven’t started another podcast - not yet anyway. This podcast is called Heavyweight from Gimlet who produce a lot of great podcasts, but this one takes someone back to a moment in their life that they regret or keep thinking back to, and he helps them resolve that situation and move on.  It’s not ‘heavy’ in the tone of voice, it’s actually quite comical and really entertaining. So this is a good one for you to unwind with.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!  If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
22/08/1919m 41s

ASK200: Are new builds overpriced? PLUS: Can I use my Lifetime ISA to buy an investment property?

It’s our 200th Ask Rob & Rob episode! Can you believe it? So what better way to celebrate than continuing to do what we do best and answer your property questions! This week’s first question comes in from Steve. He’s seen some new build properties that look slightly overpriced compared to other new builds in similar areas. So he’s wanting to know from an investor perspective whether Rob & Rob reckon he’s better off investing in a new build or maybe purchasing something a little older? Rob B points out that he does indeed think new builds can be overpriced, but then again, rightly highlights that any property can be overpriced. In true Rob B style, he has some winning advice that Steve can take on board. So listen carefully if you have your eye on a new build buy-to-let purchase in the future.  The next question is from Brogan. He opened up a lifetime ISA when he started his graduate job to help him buy his first property. Since then he’s found our wonderful podcast (good man!) and had his eyes opened to the buy-to-let world.  Now Brogan wants to use the money in his ISA to purchase his first buy-to-let property. However, the T&C’s of a lifetime ISA state that you have to use this scheme to purchase a property to live in.  Is there any way to get around this? Tune into this week's episode to find out what Rob D suggests.    Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).    Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
20/08/198m 3s

TPP335: Manchester v Leeds: Let bat

This week The Robs are looking at more listener deals but this time they’re taking on the challenge of helping Nathan decide between two deals. He’s torn between two properties and doesn’t know which one to go for. Should be invest in Leeds or Manchester?! Two fantastic cities and two very different deals. So which one do The Robs think he should go for? Settle in as Manchester and Leeds battle it out to win Nathan’s investment. First up we have a two bedroom flat in the middle of Manchester on Princess Street for £240,000. It’s pretty central and close to two main train lines and was converted around 15 years ago. Certainly move in ready.  He thinks he’ll be able to achieve £920 pcm after taking off his management fees. Once other fees have been deducted, he’s looking at a net profit of just under £200 per month, giving him an ROI of 3%. A 3% ROI isn’t exactly going to get you excited, but Nathan said he’s in this for the long run and capital growth is more his long-term plan. So should this be the property he goes for? The second option is a two bedroom flat in the middle of Leeds at Westpoint for £245,000. It’s pretty much the same as the Manchester deal in terms of central location and rental price of £1,000 pcm. It just has a slightly higher ROI of 4.1% which is the equivalent of about £60 a month, so not life changing amounts. Compared to the Manchester conversion, this property is a high-end new build. It’s got a huge balcony and whereas the Manchester apartment was 600 sqft, the Leeds apartment is over 900 sqft!  So does this make it a no brainer and Nathan should be going for bigger and newer?  Tune in to find out what The Robs have to say and which property they think Nathan should go for.  And if you want to find out more about whether you should invest in Manchester or Leeds, we have some handy resources for you right here: Click here to find out why you should invest in Manchester Click here to find out why you should invest in Leeds   This week’s news story isn’t coming from one of our beloved tabloids, we’re reading an open consultation from the government. So this lengthy headline of ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants’ is actually worth reading as it’s to do with the appeal of section 21. Everyone pretty much lost their minds a few months ago when section 21 came into play, but what are they hoping to do about it now we’ve all had a chance to digest it?  Are there changes ahead?  Have a read and listen to what The Robs think on this week’s episode.    This week’s Hub Extra is a book called ‘The Ultimate Blueprint for an Insanely Successful Business’ which is highly recommended by Rob D about accounting. Now don’t switch off just yet, we know accountancy isn’t the most exciting of topics, but this book will become more appealing to you the bigger you grow your business.    Even Rob B picked this as one of his holiday reads! So give it a read and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Propert
15/08/1925m 48s

ASK199: Are repossessed properties mortgageable? PLUS: Are you sure there won't be a post-Brexit crash?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we have the B word again - and the R word. So if you’d like to know more about Brexit or repossessions, this is the podcast episode for you!  First up we have Christiano. He’s wanting to know if he was to go ahead with a repossessed property, will it be mortgageable once he’s bought it? He’s also wondering if Rob & Rob have any advice on what tactics he should use when looking to get the best deal on a repossessed property.  It’s good news for Christiano! Listen as The Robs explain why mortgages shouldn’t be an issue with repossessed property as financial issues sit with the previous owner - not the property.  However, if he’s looking at bagging a cracking deal, it might not be all plain sailing. The vendor has a duty (to the lender) to achieve the maximum price they possibly can - so does that mean that getting a great deal is dead in the water?  Find out what Rob D has to say.  Our second question comes in from Baz who’s still concerned about Brexit and is contradicting The Robs’ views. Baz is seeing quite a steep rise in house prices in Birmingham (which doesn’t seem consistent with the growth he’s been witnessing over the past four years). He’s putting it down to the fact that there’s not a lot of choice on the market and he’s being significantly outbid by owner occupiers on properties he’s been looking at.  So now he’s being cautious about buying any property within the next six months. Ultimately, he’s wanting to know how confident Rob & Rob are that there won’t be a market crash the minute we get a deal with the EU.  It’s a great question, and probably one which many other listeners will want to know the answer to. Tune in to find out what The Robs have to say.  Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
13/08/197m 46s

TPP334: Rob & Rob critique your deals

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are back by popular demand, evaluating your listener deals live on the show.  These episodes are ones that The Robs absolutely love doing, and this week we’ve got three cracking deals to get through.  So grab a brew and settle down as we listen to how Rob & Rob scour Rightmove and offer advice to our three lovely listeners Tim, Sarah and Ahmed.  First up we have Tim who has been looking at three bedroom terrace house in Worthing. The property was on the market for £325,000 but Tim managed to get a cracking deal and had an offer of £285,000 accepted. Kudos to you! He reckons that realistically the rent is likely to be £1,150 pcm, however this valuation won’t pass the stress test criteria and Tim will have no choice but to go for a 5 year fixed term mortgage to be able to get the full 75% loan to value rate.  After running some quick numbers, it looks like Tim will potentially end up with a net yield of 1.5% and about £400 in his back pocket each month. Would The Robs choose this deal to add to their property portfolio?  Rob & Rob also take a look into Sarah’s two bedroom apartment in Didsbury that she bagged for £205,000 and Ahmed’s three bedroom terraced house in Birmingham that he got for £13,000 below asking price, but needs a lot of work doing to it!  So which of these three deals would Rob & Rob be most likely to invest in themselves?  Tune in to find out and listen to what advice they guys have to dish out. In the news this week, Boris Johnson is in our good books again as he’s now announced a new railway link between Manchester and Leeds.  Transport for the North proposed this a while ago, but Boris has blown this right out of the water and is moving for a bigger and better plan! Not only will there be new connections from Manchester to Leeds, but also Manchester to Liverpool and Sheffield.  Hopefully this isn’t just a pipedream and Boris will actually follow through with it - we’ll just have to wait and see. This week’s Hub Extra comes in from one of our Hubbers, David. It’s a website called Get The Data and it’s a site where you enter the postcode and it pulls loads of information about that location from a number of different sources.  It will give you everything from the nearest public transport stop to the food hygiene ratings of local restaurants and takeaways. So this is a great resource to use if you’re looking to invest in a new area and are wanting to get clued up on any particular location.  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
08/08/1924m 22s

ASK198: What will Boris Johnson as Prime Minister mean for property investors?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are only answering one question because it warrants a pretty comprehensive answer.  AND it’s a question that’s on everyone's lips right now... What impact will Boris Johnson have on property investors now that he’s our new Prime Minister?  Thanks for the question Becky - let’s dive right in! Boris has already made noises that he’s going to make changes to stamp duty, and if you didn’t read last week’s Hub Extra, we actually included this story. Surprisingly, it’s not as doom and gloom as you might think.  He wants to move the threshold of where stamp duty becomes payable to £500,000 - which is a big difference to the current £125,000 and will make a huge difference to buy-to-let property investors and homeowners.  There’s also considerations that stamp duty will be payable by the seller rather than the buyer. Now, this isn’t something he’s officially made a comment on, but if it goes ahead it will have a bit impact on the market. However it looks like the 3% surcharge for buy-to-let properties isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Bah! Rob & Rob have talked about stamp duty numerous times on The Property Podcast and we even explain in depth what it is and how it works in this article. But what do The Robs think of Boris Johnson running our country altogether?  Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out their opinion. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
06/08/197m 21s

TPP333: How to recycle your capital and supercharge your portfolio's growth

This week we’re going to teach you how you can recycle your capital and grow your portfolio at speed.  This might seem like a daunting topic and you might be thinking it’s going to take you at least another two years to build up your deposit pot to be able to buy your next property.  But fear not! We’ve got mortgage expert Dave Cookson on the show this week who’s going to demonstrate how you can build your portfolio at a pace you probably didn’t think was possible.  Just by listening to Dave you can tell how passionate he is about helping people finance their properties and chances are, some solutions he suggests you might not have thought of yourself.  And believe it or not, Dave reckons that the financing is the easy part, it’s finding the property that’s the hard part!  Here’s what The Robs and Dave are going to cover: Recycling your cash for deposits  Adding value Funding the purchase and cost of the works Finding the right property  Anticipating the risks. You’re definitely going to want to grab a notepad and pen for this episode.  In the news this week, London’s first high-end build to rent homes. When you think of a build to rent scheme you’ll often picture a block of apartments that have been designed for that specific reason with dedicated communal facilities. Well not this development. Essentially this development in St Johns Wood is just five houses.  Now don’t get us wrong they’re very nice houses, but do you have a spare £5,500 a week to live in one of them? Oh, and you’ll need your own furniture too as that’s not even included in the price!  In a nutshell, once again headlines are being incredibly misleading and this development is essentially a buy to let scheme, which as we all know has been around for a long time.   This week’s Hub Extra is an audio book that both Robs have thoroughly enjoyed. It’s called The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre and it’s a story about a spy in the cold war and the effect it had on his own life. So if you like a thrilling, gripping book and one that also educates you in history, then this is definitely a book for you.  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
01/08/1921m 2s

ASK197: How can I use a survey to negotiate a discount? PLUS: Can my agent hike their fees?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are dishing out advice on how to best handle homebuyer surveys whilst using them to your advantage, and what to do when your letting agent adds in new fees to your contract.  They’re certainly two questions that probably 90% of investors will come across at some point in their property journey, so this is definitely an episode to bookmark!  Our first question comes in from Cassie. She wants to know how you can use a home buyers survey to negotiate a price.  She’s previously had one done that says a property needs a lot of repairs doing to it. Can she use this survey along with the property valuation to her advantage to negotiate a better deal? Rob B explains the different levels of homebuyer surveys you can get and advises Cassie on what she should do, with one potential outcome being to walk away from the deal.  Rob D points out that Cassie is in an even better position than she was at the beginning now that she has this additional information. Ultimately, it’s her choice what she does, if she can get a better deal, great!  But if the numbers aren’t going to stack up, then as The Robs mentioned last week, sometimes walking away is the best possible option. The second question is from Matt  who’s having a bit of a dispute with the letting agent for one of his properties. The current tenant has just given notice to leave and the letting agent is now saying that due to the new tenant fee ban, they need to charge Matt to get new tenants in. Is the letting agent allowed to do this? Can Matt dispute it and within his rights to avoid paying for it or is he going to have to suck it up and take on the new agreement? Matt certainly isn’t alone in this situation, there’s numerous letting agents who are implementing these new charges so that they’re not out of pocket.  So what advice do The Robs have for Matt? Should he stick with his current letting agent and accept the fees, or should he start to shop around for a new agent?  To make life easier, he could just head on over to Property Hub Lets, but tune in to find out what Rob & Rob suggests. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
30/07/198m 33s

TPP332: Why we'd walk away from a deal

This week The Robs are talking about what it takes for them to walk away from a deal. Usually you’ll hear The Robs talking about taking action, but there are inevitability times when it’s better to walk away. There are certain deals that need a firm ‘no’.   So what does it take for The Robs to walk away from a deal? And how should you decide whether a deal is really the right one for you?  Here’s what Rob & Rob are going to cover on today’s episode: Price Fundamentals Rental potential  Neighbours  Leasehold houses Leases with doubling ground rent This is an episode that you will benefit from no matter what stage of the property investment process you’re in.  So hit that play button and let us know what you think of this week’s episode. In the news this week, we’re looking at Wirral Waters, one of the biggest regeneration projects in the country. When it’s complete, the money invested into the area will top over £1 billion, if not more!  Peel Group have teamed up with developer Urban Splash to bring a £55 million scheme to Wirral Waters. As you’ll know if you’ve listened to The Property Podcast over the past few months, The Robs are big fans of Urban Splash and everything they do - Tom Bloxham MBE even appeared on a few episodes. This is a development of 337 modular homes, which are factory built and something that Urban Splash are renowned for.  And in other news… it’s nearly Meetup week! These seem to come around so quickly, but next week we’re back! Some of our more popular locations like London are already sold out, but we do have some tickets left. So be quick and grab yours here.  This week’s Hub Extra is something the whole team at Property Hub has been using over the past month. It’s a little app called Count.It which encourages you to get up and get fit with a little competitiveness thrown in for good measure.  You can do this with your colleagues, friends or family and set up a league table to find out who’s the most active. So download the app, invite your competitors and get walking!  We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
25/07/1922m 41s

ASK196: Should I sell now or wait for the boom? PLUS: Could new tax bands change my strategy?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering two questions that are affected by current and ongoing situations from property booms to increasing tax bands. This week’s first question is from Lee -  he has a clear strategy and wants to use property to increase his regular cash flow so that eventually he can be financially free. He’s roughly 60% through this process but his next property might allow this to happen a lot faster.  He has a 3-bedroom property in South London and the property price has grown 50% since he bought it back in 2010 - happy days! Lee thinks he’s got about £120,000 worth of equity in the property and has considered selling up and purchasing two properties to double his income - but this is where he gets a bit stuck.  Should he sell up now, or hang on and wait for a property boom and hopefully get more money than what the property is currently valued at? Tune in to find out what The Robs think he should do.  Our second question comes in from Chaz who’s wanting to know if a change in tax bands, dependant on who our next Prime Minister is, could result in him needing to change strategy?  It’s a bit of a tricky one because how many politicians actually follow through with what they say they’re going to do? But nevertheless, Rob & Rob give their opinion to help Chaz and his future strategy. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
23/07/198m 6s

TPP331: The property calculation you’ve not heard of, but need to use

This week The Robs are talking about an important calculation. They’ve never talked about it before, but it’s one you need to start using.  That’s right, they’re talking about how you can make money from property and the different ways you can achieve this.  There’s a popular debate on whether you should optimise your goals based on the monthly rental income you need or the capital growth potential. But what they’ve not really talked about in detail is the total return that you’re going to make from property over time. So this week, The Robs are covering the total return that you can make from your property investment, including how to calculate it and ultimately, why it matters.  Want to know how you can work out the return on investment for your potential property? Tune in to listen to how The Robs break it down.  In the news this week we’re looking at the latest figures from Hometrack and the House Price Index for May 2019. When you look at the top cities in the country, The Robs are pretty pleased that they tipped four of the top five as ones to invest in this year. Especially Liverpool with prices being up by 5%!  The report looks at the most affordable cities as a first time buyer and no surprise that London, Cambridge and Oxford were at the bottom of the list. But what was surprising was that the most affordable location in the UK for a first time buyer is Liverpool! Now this is fantastic news as it sets the indicator that the growth Liverpool is currently seeing is set to continue and has the furthest to grow, even though it’s a current hotspot.  Check out the report and see what other cities tick the affordability box.  We’ve also got ANOTHER new video up on YouTube for you. This time The Robs are talking about using a limited company as a buy to let investor, and if they’re really necessary. Head on over to our channel to check it out, leave us a comment on what you think about limited companies (and if you use one), and don’t forget to hit that subscribe button. And finally, this week’s Hub Extra is a Google Chrome extension called Just Read. Essentially it strips all of the rubbish out of a webpage so you can read it properly. If adverts and pop ups drive you mad, this extension will be your new favourite tool! You’re welcome! We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
18/07/1919m 7s

ASK195: How can I cut down the amount of time I have to save up for? PLUS: Is there a limit to how many mortgages you can have?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob we’ve got two great questions that we’re pretty sure most investors will want to know the answers to. Especially if you’re just starting out or trying to grow your portfolio. Our first question this week comes in from Ian who’s been a Hubber for well over a year and an avid podcast listener.  He feels like he is clued up on the educational side of investing and is ready to take the plunge, but the financial side of things are holding him back.  His goal is to be able to replace his income with property through buying and refurbishing below market value properties.  At present he could realistically afford to save £1,000 per month, which is a decent amount to be putting away each month, but still means he’s roughly two years away from starting his investment journey.  So Ian is wanting to know what strategy would The Robs suggest for someone who has a low amount of capital to start off with, and are there any ways of raising the finances other than a traditional mortgage lender?  What advice can The Robs offer Ian to bring that start date that little bit further? Have a listen to find out. The second question comes in from Justin who has just exchanged on his fourth buy to let property - congrats! Two of his properties are in his personal name and the others through a limited company.  Justin has ambitious plans for the next few years in growing his portfolio and now he’s wondering if there are a limited number of mortgages that an individual can get?  Are there issues and more hoops to jump through for accessing mortgages with the more mortgaged properties you have and the bigger your portfolio gets? It’s good news for Justin, there are no limits to how many mortgages you can have. Hooray!  But there are some certain criteria that any investor should have a look into before applying for another mortgage. Tune in as Rob D explains all. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
16/07/197m 0s

TPP330: Brutal truths about property that no-one else will tell you

The Robs aren’t holding back on this week’s Property Podcast. They’re telling you the brutal truths about property investment that you won’t hear from anyone else. That’s right, they’re dropping some truth bombs and showing you how slick marketing can lead you astray [sorry marketers!]. You’ll also learn about the (many) things that can go wrong and the (many) frustrations that come with being a property investor.  But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. When starting out on your property investment journey, you’ll only ever hear about the positives and how much money you can make from property. You know the type - the “get rich quick” type. But many of these businesses are only in the property game to make money. They’ll tell you about the results, but not the process and where things can go wrong.  90% of the time, Rob & Rob have nothing but positive things to say about property investment, but it’s also important to be realistic and talk about the things that can, and more than likely will go wrong.  Property can be a bumpy ride. Having a goal and a clear strategy in place will stop you from making a fair few mistakes. And if you don’t know where to start with this, you can take us up on a free goals call where you can have a chat with a member of our Invest team and become a bit clearer on what your goals are and how to execute them. For free.  You can also take our free goals course on the Property Hub University in the meantime. So buckle up, and tune in to listen to the property truths Rob & Rob are dishing out. Trust us, you won’t get this type of honesty from many others in the property investment industry.  And if you’ve experienced any of the issues mentioned today, or you’ve been in a situation we’ve not covered, we want to hear about it. Or maybe you’ve been in a sticky situation and managed to get yourself out, we want to know how you did it - make sure you get in touch.  Our news story this week comes from Property Investor Today which is looking at the ‘Best UK university towns and cities for property investment’. They’ve ranked them based on yield and capital growth, so no surprise that Oxford and Cambridge were at the bottom. But the location at the top spot came as a surprise - The Robs haven’t really spoken about this city much. Newcastle didn’t make The Robs’ hotspot list this year, but it’s certainly a location to watch in the years to come. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
11/07/1920m 55s

ASK194: Is it a good idea to get into student lets? PLUS: How can I improve an EPC rating?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got another two great questions for you about student accommodation and EPC ratings. Our first caller is Dawson who is looking at investing in student accommodation. She’s based in the south but has a clear understanding that yields are better in the north. She’s looked at Manchester and Liverpool but she’s finding that they’re getting quite saturated with a lot of properties left empty - she thinks this is mainly due to the new rules and the amount of new developments becoming available. So where would Rob & Rob recommend she look for a good student let with a high yield? Or is this market not worth getting into?  The next question is from Thomas who has been looking at a property to buy up north in Barnsley.  He’s had the EPC come through showing a rating of 9, which has obviously sparked concerns of how much it’s going to cost to get the property up to standard so they can rent it out.  Do Rob & Rob know the best way is to get this improved? Are there any grants or funding that Thomas can apply for to give him a helping hand? It’s safe to say that Rob B is absolutely baffled by such a low rating but answers Thomas’ question regardless and gives him some guidance.  Tune in to find out what he suggests. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
09/07/196m 59s

TPP329: Rob and Rob's Brain Hacks

Have you ever wanted to step into Rob and Rob’s shoes and know what it’s like to be them for a day? Well now you can. This week on The Property Podcast The Robs are sharing their top seven brain hacks with you.  These aren’t just brain hacks that The Robs are dishing out from other people. They both live by these day in, day out. If you implement them they’ll make a huge impact on your life too. So what are the seven brain hacks that Rob & Rob live by religiously? Habit stacking Practice gratitude Finding the positive Give yourself a reset Dedicated worry time Visualisation Tracking habits to keep them They go into a lot of detail explaining why they live by these rules so it’s definitely worth a listen.  Who knows, in 30 minutes time you could feel more motivated than you have in a while and have completely changed your mindset.  So if you decide to implement any of these brain hacks and improve your way of living, make sure you get in touch and let us know. We want to hear all about it. Brace yourself, we’ve actually got a positive news story! ‘Property market bounce back? Demand from buyers and sellers increases as Brexit fatigue fades, estate agents claim’.  Granted it is based on self reported data so who knows how true it is but the National Association of Estate Agents have surveyed their members and found that there’s been a 16% increase in the last month of new buyers registering with them.  There’s also been an increase in supply. Nothing significant has changed to cause this, so give the article a read and see what you think. Keeping in theme with today’s podcast, our Hub Extra is an app called Strides, which is a habit tracking app. So if after listening to today’s episode you’re feeling a surge of motivation and wanting to take action, go ahead and download it. Meetups are next tonight! Most events are sold out but there’s a couple with tickets left. If you’d like to attend, you can find your nearest meetup venue here on our website. Or register early for next month! This week on our YouTube channel we published a new video on finding the right accountant for your property business. Now obviously we have Property Hub Tax who are amazing at what they do (not to blow our own trumpet) but they might not tick your boxes. So go give it a watch and let us know your thoughts. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
04/07/1922m 6s

ASK193: How do I get the ball rolling with a joint venture? PLUS: What is a safe loan−to−value percentage?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering another two cracking questions sent in by our Hubbers.  First up is Mike. He’s an avid Property Podcast listener and after just four or five months he took the plunge and invested in a great Liverpool buy-to-let deal we launched just a few months ago.  Mike is wanting more information on joint property ventures - particularly on how he can get the ball rolling. Now that he’s made his first investment, he’s got the bug and wants to see how he can secure his second property without having to wait too long to release some capital from his first.  Can an individual go into a joint venture with a limited company? A pretty decent question if you ask us. So what’s the answer? And are The Robs a fan of joint ventures? Our second question comes from James who’s wondering what a sensible loan-to-value ratio is. Do The Robs think having a portfolio at a 75% LTV is a risky move? Rob D explains that a 75% loan to value is pretty standard these days and for it to be a bad idea, the market would have to drop more than 25% overnight.  But there’s much more to be said on this topic. So tune in to find out what else Rob D has to say about loan-to-value ratios when investing in investment property. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).  Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours.  Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
02/07/198m 4s

TPP328: The investments you must avoid in the coming property boom

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are discussing the investments you should be avoiding in the upcoming property boom.  No, they’re not psychic. Nor do they have a crystal ball. But the property boom will come, and when it does, it’s important to know the potential risks and how to avoid them.  If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, you’ll know that Rob & Rob believe we’re currently in the mid-cycle wobble, and after the wobble comes the boom.  Quite often in a boom, people start to get excited and you could be sold something that could lose you a vast amount of money. The perk of the property cycle is that you know what’s coming next. So you can look at the last property boom and see what type of investments people were making that went horribly wrong... and avoid them.  So what are the investments you should be avoiding in the next boom? Overseas property No money down (NMD)/highly leveraged Investments that cost you to own it (Always) student pods and hotel rooms Parcels of land There are a lot of issues and warnings in this episode but it’s not just us scaremongering, you genuinely need to be aware of these issues and take them seriously.  If you’ve had a bad past experience with one of these investment types or you were affected by the last property boom, then we want to hear from you. Get in touch over on Facebook, Instagram or even the forum. And in the news this week, The Robs have found another headline that isn’t actually news - it’s more misleading. It comes from the BBC and the headline is ‘flats out of fashion with first time buyers’. According to the article, first time buyers are going straight for houses which is causing a fall in the cost of apartments.  So that’s it. Investors should stop what they’re doing and we need to go back and revise the podcast we did on city living.  Wrong.  Yet again, the media is blowing a simple comment made about the London market completely out of proportion. One comment about one city and naturally that means it’s the same story for the rest of the country.  Our Hub Extra this week is for MacBook and iPhone users, sorry Android. It’s an app called Soulver, and it’s essentially the same as the notepad app but it’s designed to work with numbers in a more natural way.  It’s incredibly useful if you’re trying to take notes and make calculations at the same time. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Meetups are next week! Some events are sold out but we do have some tickets left for others. Although they’re selling fast. If you’d like to attend, you can find your nearest meetup venue here on our website.  If you haven’t yet checked out our YouTube channel then what are you waiting for? One of our most popular videos is our UK hotspots one and people have been questioning our choices. So go give it a watch and let us know your thoughts. Don’t forget to subscribe! We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.
27/06/1923m 33s

ASK192: Is this HMO over-priced? PLUS: Should I get planning permission before I buy?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, the guys are answering two very different questions on the topic of HMOs. The first question comes in from another Rob who’s got in touch for some feedback on a potential HMO in Stoke-on-Trent. The property is fully tenanted and has five double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. On the face of it, the property seems like a pretty good deal. The monthly gross rental income is £3,870 on a purchase price of £335,000 - that’s a gross yield of over 13%! However, his concern is the bricks and mortar valuation. The property was purchased for £95,000 at the back end of 2015 as an office with a much smaller HMO above. Rob is finding it hard to believe that the refurb price would have cost more than around £130,000 - £150,000 considering house prices have probably only risen by about 15% over the last 4 years. His other concern is the lack of local comparables for him to do a true bricks and mortar valuation. He’s worried that the property is overvalued as a stand alone asset. So what would Rob & Rob do in this situation? Our second question comes in from Mahlia who’s looking to purchase more HMO properties in Manchester and Leeds, but has been put off by article four which requires planning permission to change residential property to a HMOs. Should this be a real concern or should she still proceed with the aim of getting planning permission? Rob D’s response is pretty clear on this one. Tune in to have a listen. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
25/06/197m 17s

TPP327: 7 property tips you can start using today

This week on The Property Podcast, we’re giving you seven property tips that you can start using today, because we want you to start taking action! You’ll know by now if you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while that we love doing the big picture, philosophical and mindset episodes but now we want to give you something actionable. So on today’s podcast we’re going to cover everything from before you buy a property, through management, through to your exit and how you run your business. The seven main tips Rob & Rob have for you are: Account for your time Become a Rightmove power user - look back at episodes 235 & 14 for more info on this Think about your exit from the start Make sure your mortgage broker is experienced in working with investors Hold block viewings Consider pets Run your investments like a business Tune into this week’s episode and see how many of these tips you’re already doing and which ones you can action today. Our news story this week comes from the BBC, just for a change. The headline is ‘soaring second home ownership is hitting young people’. Apparently the number of people who own a second home or a buy to let has doubled since 2001 and 1 in 10 people now own an additional property. The report claims that this is hitting young people and making property unaffordable and home ownerships for young people are falling. Now unsurprisingly the report hasn’t looked into all the facts and figures, so this is where Rob & Rob clear things up and set the record straight. We also want to say a big thank you to everyone who has already subscribed to our YouTube channel. This week we hit 5,000 subscribers! We’re consistently pushing out more content on our channel with the aim to bring you a new video every week. So if you haven’t subscribed yet, we’d love it if you took this opportunity to do so. Meetups are back again in a couple of weeks time and we’ve still got spaces available for the majority of our locations. Our meetups are a great way for like minded property lovers to meet each other and talk about everything property related and discuss your goals and strategies. If you’d like to attend, you can find your nearest meetup venue here on our website. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
20/06/1922m 18s

ASK191: Does it make sense to sell up before a crash? PLUS: Should I worry about my tenant staying too long?

The Robs are back again for another fantastic episode of Ask Rob & Rob where they’re talking about property crashes and tenants staying too long. First up we have Pete who has a question about the 18-year property cycle. He’s clearly been listening to our podcasts and taken the university course, as he’s correctly identified that we’re about 7 years away from the next property market crash. Pete already has two properties that he bought for around £100,000 each and is hoping that in the next 7 years they’ll have pretty much doubled in value. If this was just before the next market crash, would it be wise for him to sell up pre-crash? For Pete, his properties are all about the monthly rental income, however he doesn’t want to miss out on that potential capital growth. So should he sell up and pocket the capital growth? Or should he keep hold of his properties but run the risk of being back to square one? Find out what The Robs have to say on this topic. Next up we have Bartholomew who wants to know if he should be worried about his tenant staying too long. He has a tenant who’s been in his property for the last seven years and is wanting to know if this tenant has any long-term tenancy rights. He’s also looking at purchasing a property that’s had the same tenants for the past three years. If they decided to stay long-term, do they qualify as sitting tenants? So what should Bart do? Should he try and evict these long-term tenants? Or should he see it as a blessing that they’re dependable who haven’t caused him any issues for the past 7 years? Find out on today’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
18/06/198m 0s

TPP326: Are rental prices out of control?

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are talking economics and looking at data to see whether rental prices really are out of control. It’s certainly an episode worth listening to because we’ve got something exciting coming up... Yes, we’re going to be those people who tease you about something coming up next week and make you wait a whole 7 days to see what it is - sorry! What we can tell you though is that it’s very exciting and it’s exclusively for you - our podcast listeners. So whether you listen to The Property Podcast regularly or you’re only a few episodes in. Make sure you tune in next week when we reveal all! In recent headlines, it’s been said that renting is unaffordable, and action is needed. Maybe even rent controls. But is this true? Zoopla has recently brought out a really interesting report. They’ve taken their own rental data, compared it with average wages and looked at the period between 2007 and 2018 to see how affordability and rent levels have changed over that period. The conclusions are actually quite surprising, so The Robs dig right in on today’s episode. The three main topics Rob & Rob discuss today are: The raw rentals Rents compared to earnings Regional breakdown So tune into this week’s episode as Rob & Rob see whether renting really is unaffordable. Give the Zoopla report a read and let us know what you think. And in this week’s Hub Extra, Rob D is recommending something he uses regularly. It’s a meditation app called Waking Up, developed by a guy named Sam Harris. Sam is a neuroscientist, philosopher, author, podcaster and an all-around interesting guy. This app is a series of guided meditation and lessons - which isn’t dissimilar to other apps, but for Rob D, it’s Sam’s approach that has been the gamechanger. So if you’ve been struggling to make meditation stick or can’t seem to get into it, give this one a try and see if it helps. And in the news this week, The Robs are loving the headlines from The Daily Express. The one which caught their attention is ‘Corbyn’s garden tax: ‘DISASTROUS’ for property market and will hit families and pensioners’. Rob D voices a bit of an unpopular opinion on this. But both of The Robs don’t think it’s half as bad as the media are making out. Essentially it’s just a rebranding of council tax. In fact it might make things fairer! However it was also announced that Labour are proposing that landlords pay tenants’ council tax bills. Needless to say, this sparked a bit of a heated debate, especially over on our Instagram. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
13/06/1918m 14s

ASK190: Help! My property isn’t making a profit! PLUS: Is there a minimum value that makes sense for a buy-to-let?

The Robs are back again for another fantastic episode of Ask Rob & Rob. After a few weeks of mortgage questions with Dave Cookson, the trio is now back to a duo! First up we’ve got Horatio who’s in a bit of a pickle. He made an offer to purchase a buy-to-let investment property in Birmingham about six months ago and has recently completed. However, he’s run his numbers again and has realised that his investment property isn’t even making £50 a week! A situation no investor wants to be in. So how does Horatio get out of this sticky situation? Is there a way out? Could a change in strategy make him a small profit at least? Second up, we’ve got Nick. He wants to know if there’s a minimum purchase price to look for when purchasing a buy to let property? He’s wanting to know which works better for a portfolio; having six properties valued at £100,000 each or 12 at £50,000 each. Ultimately there are a number of variables to consider and, as always, it also depends on your goals. So how low should you go when you want to buy cheap buy-to-let investment properties? And does cheap always mean it’s an instant money saver? We’ve all heard the phrase “buy cheap, buy twice”... Find out on today’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
11/06/198m 54s

TPP325: 6 lessons from a hard mofo: David Goggins

This week on The Property Podcast, The Robs are doing something a bit different and talking some hard truths. Which, if you implement them, could be a complete game changer. On today’s podcast The Robs are passing on six lessons from one of the most impressive (and possibly insane) individuals, David Goggins. Rob B has hailed David Goggins’ book ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ as his book of the year, after a recommendation from Rob D. For those of you who don’t know who David Goggins is, he’s a former Navy Seal, an ultra marathon runner, a distance cyclist, an endurance athlete, a tri-athlete, a motivational speaker and now an author. He’s certainly one-of-a-kind and quite possibly like no one you’ll have ever met or heard of before. Today we’re going to take six lessons from David Goggins that you can implement in your life, and we reckon it’ll help set you apart from everyone else. Here’s the six lessons The Robs will go through on today’s podcast, complete with quotes from David Goggins himself: To grow in life, be willing to suffer Don’t let your mind hold you back Self-talk and visualization are the keys to fighting negativity If you choose to do something, attack it Use the accountability mirror Create a vision in your mind This week’s podcast will get you raring to go - so be prepared for a flurry of self-activity afterwards. You’ve been warned! For this week’s Hub Extra we’ve got a great video for you that’s done the rounds here at the Hub It’s called The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed and is done very nicely by Mike Winnet. Mike has attended several wealth creation seminars, and highlights what exactly goes down at these events and reveals how they’re very cleverly designed to separate you from your money. It’s a fitting tale considering The Robs have been vocal in their dislike for courses that charge you the earth and promise you’ll get rich quick, yet fail to deliver. Mike’s formula works for whatever seminar you attend. Go give it a watch, it’ll be well worth your time. The Robs are extremely jealous they never thought of doing this themselves! In the news this week, The Daily Express is revealing the areas of the UK with the best recovery from the financial crash. The City of London has seen the best recovery over the past 10 years, where house prices are up 143%. What’s interesting is it shows the areas that are still yet to recover, which could be a good insight if you’re planning on investing in these areas. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
06/06/1924m 51s

ASK189: What would happen to my mortgages if I die? PLUS: How should I “interview” a mortgage broker?

Once again, our favourite mortgage broker, Dave Cookson is back. He’s joining The Robs to answer your mortgage questions on today’s Ask Rob & Rob. First up we’ve got Rita who wants to know what would happen to her property portfolio should she die, and how can she protect her family? She has interest only mortgages on all her properties at 75% LTV. So she’s wanting to know if she died, would her husband be forced to sell the properties and pay off the mortgages? It’s not a question that comes up very often, but it’s an important one that the majority of property investors should be asking themselves. Find out what advice Dave has to offer and listen to how insurance can play a key part in this! The next question comes from Adam. He’s wanting to know what kind of questions he should be asking a mortgage broker before he works with them, to find out if they’re any good. The Robs always bang on about the importance of working with a good mortgage broker and how it can make your life easier. So what questions does Dave think are the most important to ask? Tune in to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
04/06/196m 51s

TPP 324: Is buy-to-let dead?

This week on The Property Podcast, buy-to-let is dead apparently. So will this be The Robs last ever podcast?! Firstly, before we get into today’s podcast episode, we want to say thank you for all the lovely and positive feedback we’ve received over the last couple of weeks in terms of Property Hub Mortgages. And on the back of that, Rob D would like to give a special shoutout to his mortgage broker, Amy at Keys Mortgages, who recently got him out of a sticky situation. She’s a prime example of what a good mortgage broker looks like, so give it a listen to find out just what Rob D had gotten himself into. Now onto this week’s episode, recently there’s been a lot of click bait headlines on the internet stating that buy-to-let is dead, but having nothing to back the statement up in the articles. But this week, Money Week brought out an article headlining; ‘the death of buy-to-let property’ and it actually had a bit of substance to it. So we thought that we needed to address it. And that’s exactly what we do in this episode. So, is buy-to-let really dead and is this goodbye? Tune in to find out... For this week’s Hub Extra we’re bringing you Freetrade. It’s an app that’s available on both Apple and Android and allows you to buy and sell stock shares for free. Usually investing in shares involves a hefty commission fee when you buy and sell which can wipe out any gains you make. So if you decide to have a dabble, let us know if you’re successful, but remember to be sensible with it, we’re not liable for your actions. In the news this week, not a news article, but a gentle reminder that the lettings and landlord fee ban comes into play at the end of the week! It’s already had an effect with some letting agents shutting down and some landlords saying that their fees have gone up to cover the loss. Someone got in touch and said that their fees have changed by a huge £500 per month! We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week!If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
30/05/1926m 12s

ASK188: Can I roll all my mortgages into one? PLUS: Do I need one company per property?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got Dave Cookson joining the guys again to answer even more mortgage related questions. Maybe we should have dedicated this month’s ‘ask’ questions to Dave. But nevertheless we’ve got another two cracking mortgage related questions that you may never have thought to ask before. So let's get started... The first question comes in from Stuart who has more than one buy to let property in his personal name. He’s wanting to know if there is a mortgage product where you can combine all of your BTL mortgages into one and effectively just have one lump mortgage that covers all of your properties. Turns out it’s a pretty common question and one that Dave gets asked quite frequently; ‘can I have one lender that supports my portfolio in a limitedconpany?’ You’ll have to tune in to find out the answer… Our second question comes from a listener who is wanting to know if he needs a limited company for every property that he purchases. He’s heard of some investors using this strategy but is wondering what’s best in terms of mortgageability. What’s Dave’s opinion on multiple companies and what advice does he give? Hit the play button to find out. Tune in next week when Dave will be back once again to answer more mortgage questions. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
28/05/195m 41s

TPP323: Rob B mentors two investors - live

This week on The Property Podcast we’ve got a special episode for you - and it’s one that The Robs have been wanting to do for a while. [Drum roll!] Today, you get to listen to Rob B mentoring two lucky podcast listeners - LIVE! Avid listeners will know that strategy is key, and today we’re revealing just how important we think this is by putting Rob on the spot to offer his advice. Now don’t worry, this isn’t just specific to Ruth and Christian’s investment plans,(who are the two lucky listeners by the way) there’s so much information given out in today’s podcast that you can apply it to your own property investment strategy. So it’s well worth the listen. The Robs (and the team at Property Hub Invest) have spent years helping people with their property journey. Many they speak to don’t even have a strategy. But that’s OK, because that’s where we excel. And we’re all for sharing knowledge. The first lucky listener is Ruth from Dorset. Ruth and her husband Dennis have already started investing in property in South Wales and have a couple of buy-to-let properties. Alongside their two buy-to-let properties they also have a holiday let. Running alongside their investments, Ruth and Dennis have an interest only mortgage on their residential home. Their goal is to have £3,000 net income each month from their buy-to-let properties so that when their mortgage expires in 2023, they can service a new mortgage. There’s a lot of numbers flying around in this one, but with their combined investments, the profit they’re currently making is around a quarter of the way to their £3,000 goal. So what should they do now? Rob B steps in with a strategy that will help them reach their goal by the time they’re due to remortgage. Next up we have Christian. Christian is already in a nice position with his property investment portfolio. His goal is to increase his cash flow so he can continue to invest and build a pension pot, and have something to hand down to his kids. Christian already has a standard buy-to-let property in London which produces a decent £16,000 per annum, along with 2 HMO’s. He’s now on the lookout for his next investment in the north. At the moment Christian is weighing up his options as to when the right time might be to purchase another property, and what kind of property he should be looking at. On the plus side, he was worried about the effects of Brexit, but after religiously listening to The Property Podcast, he’s confident he can still purchase in the next few months. So what type of property does Rob B think Christian should be looking for ‘up north’, and what should he be focusing on to achieve his goals? Tune in to find out. Then head over to our social channels to let us know what you thought of today’s episode. For this week’s Hub Extra we’re giving you the gift of time. No, we’ve not got a new invention, we’re simply giving you advice on your goals - for free! You’ve just spent the last 20 minutes listening to how Rob B helped Ruth and Christian with their property goals, and now it’s your turn. You can register for your free goals call with one of our Invest team. On the call you’ll go through your goals to determine whether they’re realistic [very important!] and look at ways to help you achieve them. It’s probably the best call you’ll have all year! Slots are limited, so book an appointment sharpish. In the news this week, Letting Agent Today has reported that landlords selling up made an average gain of £80,000 in 2018. This isn’t what surprised The Robs though, it was the fact that this is an average figure which means a huge 15% of landlords have made a loss! This news story certainly ruffles a few feathers. If you’re in this situation and thinking of selling, this episode is well worth a listen as it could change your mind and offer you a helping hand. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
23/05/1928m 44s

ASK187: How do I get the funds to develop my properties? PLUS: How much income should I show to maximise my mortgage choices?

On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob, Dave Cookson is back to answer more mortgage related questions. Mortgage broker Dave has appeared on The Property Podcast numerous times and most recently busted some of the most common mortgage myths in conjunction with the launch of Property Hub Mortgages. And today he’s back to answer your mortgage related questions. The first question is from Rob (yes, another Rob!), who has two properties in his portfolio - both are based in London and have development potential. He’s pretty confident that if he does these improvements, both the rental and resale value will increase. But how does he raise the initial funds to crack on with his plans? Both of his properties are on a standard 75% LTV mortgage and the lenders are not allowing any further advance. Does Dave know of anything Rob can do? The next question comes in from Hannah. Hannah runs her own business and has the choice of how much income to take in the form of dividends, whilst leaving the rest in the business to avoid paying more tax. She owns her home outright so doesn’t have many outgoings. But she’s heard somewhere that lenders want to see a minimum amount of personal income. With this in mind, Hannah wants to know how much she needs to start paying herself from her business to maximise her mortgage options? She’s also been told that lenders don’t count rental income as personal income. Is this True? Tune in to find out what Dave has to say... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
21/05/195m 58s

TPP322: 6 mortgage myths busted!

The property world suffers a lot of noise. Everyone (mostly) considers themselves to be an expert - you’ll hear a lot of“you can do this”or“you can’t do that”- but quite frankly, a fair bit of it is rubbish. So today on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are putting six mortgage myths to bed. And what better way to tackle this subject than to get mortgage expert Dave Cookson, from Charles Louis on the show with The Robs today. The three musketeers go on to clear up six mortgage myths that might either be steering you in the wrong direction or holding you back altogether. But we know for a fact that they’re not true. Tune into this week’s Property Podcast to find out what these six common mortgage myths are and what the guys have to say about them. In the news this week, mortgage products for expats are improving after being ignored for so long. TML (The Mortgage Lenders) are launching the first expat buy-to-let mortgage product range. Also in the news, Precise Mortgages are making slicing available across its entire buy-to-let range. Rob D pretty much hits the nail on the head with describing what slicing is, so give it a listen. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channelwhere we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
16/05/1930m 28s

ASK186: Should I self-manage or use an agent? PLUS: What can I do if my flat is slow to let?

This week we’ve got one lucky listener Lisa, who’s having both of her property investment related questions answered. First of all, Lisa wants to know if she should manage her new buy to let property herself or whether she should be working with a lettings agent? She already has one property in the south that’s fully managed by a lettings agent, so she’s wanting to know if she should stick with that for her second investment property or just give it a go herself. Whilst Lisa’s second property is in Manchester and she lives locally, Rob B doesn’t feel that she should self-manage just because she lives nearby. It’s completely Lisa’s decision but Rob’s happy to chip in with his reasoning from a personal perspective. Secondly, Lisa is looking at buying another flat this year and has her eye on Manchester and Liverpool. However, she’s noticed a lot of properties on the market waiting to be rented out. So Lisa wants to know if The Robs have any advice on what she should prepare herself for, and what she can do to rent out her property quickly. Can Rob D provide some reassurance and a firm reason where there are so many properties on the market in two large (and very popular) city centres? Of course he can. Tune in to find out! Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
14/05/198m 26s

TPP321: Two youngsters discuss property research

This week on The Property Podcast we’re bringing you a blast from the past and going back to episode 31, way back in 2013! The Robs are discussing the topic of how to search for a buy-to-let investment property. Why are we going back? Because no matter how much Rob & Rob bang on about how important research is, people are still getting it very wrong. The guys will also be giving you a pretty solid framework to follow. Not everyone goes back and listens to The Property Podcast from the very beginning, so this is a great opportunity to listen to what The Robs have been saying since the very early days of The Property Podcast. Fundamentally, research will not only make you money, but will also save you a lot of money too. So tune in and join Rob & Rob on a trip down memory lane and see what research tips you can pick up and use to your advantage. It could just be the starting point you need. Rob & Rob are also covering their news story of the week. They’re discussing the slowdown of the property market in light of the current political situation. Whilst residential properties appear to be much harder to sell right now, it opens up a fantastic gap for investors. Have a listen to what Rob & Rob think. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channel where we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
09/05/1929m 0s

ASK185: How should I invest £200k? PLUS: What are your thoughts on mentoring?

This week the dynamic duo are back together after Rob B left Rob D to fly solo last week. On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got two listeners who are asking The Robs their advice on how best to invest their lump sum of cash and what they think about mentors. First up we’ve got Tom. Tom has joined his family business and they have £200,000 sat in their current account and he’s wanting to know how best to invest the money. He wants to find out where he should invest, how much he should invest in each property and how many properties he should stretch his money across. Rob B confesses that Tom shouldn’t be looking at investments right now. A bizarre move considering that’s what the Property Hub is about, but he has a pretty good reason for it. Hit the play button to find out why Rob B is advising this. Next we’ve got Danny who is wanting to know what Rob & Rob think about mentoring. How much should it cost, what should it include and what are the key aspects to look out for? Rob D advises there are two types of mentoring to look out for. One being somebody who has followed a specific strategy and succeeded, the other is the kind of mentor that you want to just check things along the way. The Robs aren’t the biggest fans of mentors who charge extortionate prices, because why would you want to pay for something you can get for free right here at the Property Hub? But nevertheless, Rob D explains what to look out for when choosing a mentor. Take a listen and let us know what you think. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
07/05/199m 14s

TPP320: The power of focus (Listener journeys: Part 4)

This week on The Property Podcast we’ve got an action packed episode for you as we revisit some of our listeners success stories. Today we’re catching up with three Hubbers who started their investment journey just one year ago. First up we’ve got Sarah who started a flipping company in Sheffield and bought two buy-to-let properties. Sarah also teamed up with Simon, her project manager, in a joint venture (which we know a lot of you Hubbers are interested in) so this one will be worth a listen. Next we spoke to Iain who started off with a two-bed house and then went on to convert his HMO into two houses. Not content with stopping there, he’s also  building a third property onto the end. Iain is used to the developer side of things, but he’s now also dipping his toe into the world of leasehold, mixing up his strategy. But what will the outcome be? Will he stick to developing or will he eventually become a lot more hands off? Last but not least we’ve got Steve. When we last spoke to Steve he’d been investing for 5-6 years and had four buy-to-let properties. So what’s he been up to over the past 12 months? Steve is big on doing his research and has that much experience under his belt now, he could almost do it in his sleep! Tune in to hear about how Steve has successfully built his property portfolio. So there we go…   three Hubbers, all who are doing incredibly well with their investment journeys, and all with completely different strategies. If you have a success story, we’d love to speak to you! Have you landed a deal, finished a refurb or simply taken your first step onto the buy-to-let ladder? Let us know! We love hearing about how you’ve taken action. You can find us on the socials (facebook, twitter, instagram) @propertyhubuk or on the forum at propertyhub.net/forum In the news this week, the most recent Hometrack report headlines ‘northern city house prices storm on as south succumbs to Brexit slowdown’. We hate to say it, but we saw this one coming from a mile off. The report also shows that Liverpool house prices are up 5.5% annually, just one of the hotspot locations we mentioned at the beginning of the year. This week for our Hub Extra we haven’t got a tool for you, but more of an inspirational quote. ‘You can have anything you want… But not everything you want’. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. Make sure you’ve liked and subscribed to our brand new YouTube channelwhere we upload new content every week! If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
02/05/1933m 0s

ASK184: Am I better sticking with my pension instead of property? PLUS: What does “commonhold” mean, and should I steer clear?

Rob D is flying solo on Ask Rob & Rob today whilst Rob B is enjoying his holiday. So this week we’ve got two very interesting questions - and one is on a topic we’ve never covered before. That almost never happens! First up is Marcus: He’s in full time employment and paying into a company pension scheme. He isn’t satisfied with how his pension pot is looking for when he retires so is looking at turning his hand to buy to let property. After doing some research, Marcus found out that he could get 40% tax relief on any extra money he puts into his pension. So is he better off investing in property or putting the extra money into his pension fund? Rob D completely agrees that pension tax relief schemes are fantastic and even better if your company matches your contribution. However, if you’re thinking of retiring early you won’t be able to access this cash, so you’ll need a back up plan. He’s no tax expert so you definitely should speak to the professionals, but have a listen to what else Rob D has to say about pensions. The second question comes from James - he’s found a flat that he likes the look of. It’s two years old and in a new development but it has a commonhold tenure. So, what is a commonhold tenure and what should James do? Tune in to find out.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
30/04/1910m 34s

TPP319: How to transform your life by changing your inputs

Welcome to another episode of The Property Podcast and today Rob & Rob are discussing how to transform your life by changing your inputs. Succeeding in property is so much more than viewing properties and crunching the numbers - it takes a “can do” attitude and a positive mindset. So this week, The Robs are focusing on techniques, tactics and tweaks that you can use to block out the unhelpful, and focus on what you need to do to succeed.   Listen as The Robs cover: Social media: How can you tame it? How can you block out negativity and the dreaded topics you just don’t want to read about?   If you’re looking for the links Rob & Rob discuss on today’s podcast, look no further. You can block the Facebook newsfeed with this handy Chrome extension and use Nuzzel to extract just the links from Twitter.   Reading: What should you be reading, and how can you make the best use of your time? Also, how can you save the content you’ve found valuable? Listen as Rob D explains how he uses Readwise to highlight important snippets of information to come back to later - a very handy tool!   Phone usage: We’re all guilty of excessive phone usage, but it’s what you do with your phone that can make all the difference. Rob B confesses that he’s guilty of wasting time on his phone, but your phone can become a huge asset if used in the right way. He’s changed his home screen to only display the apps that are actually useful to his life, something he highly recommends. Listen as he shares his other tips on limiting life distractions so you can focus on the things that matter.   Listening: Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to soak up information - but what about radio? Why does Rob D recommend you block out passive soundwaves? The content you consume can massively affect your mood, so you can either arrive to work fired up and ready to go, or sit at your desk ready for an 8-hour stint with the weight of the world on your shoulders. We know which one we’d choose!   People: The people around you really shape your life. Listen how Rob B tackles negativity from people and how he goes out of his way to find and spend time with positive ones. Not just in his life, but with the team at Property Hub too. There are no exceptions to the rule - so watch out world!   YouTube: A video platform that has very quickly taken over the world. It’s changed the way we consume content - you don’t have to stick to a TV guide, you have the whole world, in video form, at your fingertips. You can consume what you want, when you want it. BUT, you do need to control what you watch, and be careful not to get sucked down the rabbit hole that YouTube’s clever algorithms tend to send you down. And whilst you’re here… it’s about time we told you about our very own YouTube channel. That’s right… head on over to the Property Hub YouTube channel so get your video fix of exclusive content. The content you’ll find on the channel is entirely different to what you’ll hear on The Property Podcast, or anywhere else for that matter, so make sure you head on over and hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out!   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
25/04/1917m 46s

ASK183: Can we claim our 3% stamp duty back? PLUS: Why is the rent on this auction property so low?

And we’re back… welcome to another episode of Ask Rob & Rob. First up this week we have Matt from Birmingham. Matt has read an article about a couple managing to avoid paying the 3% stamp duty on a derelict building they’ve purchased. Naturally Matt is wondering if there is any evidence on landlords now being able to claim back the 3%. Rob D is familiar with this story and is aware of the court battle between this couple and HMRC, so listen as he delves into some of the facts. But before you start to swamp HMRC with claim-back requests, listen carefully at some of the pointers and areas of uncertainty. A very interesting one to keep an eye on. Our second question is from Aseeb who wants some tips on auction property. He’s seen a potential investment property where there’s a regulated tenancy in place, but the rent is half the expected amount on a property of this size and type in the area. Listen as Rob D talks us through what a regulated tenancy is and what makes it so unusual - and why a Section 21 notice wouldn’t be any help at all. Another very interesting question this week, so hit play and have a listen. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
23/04/198m 4s

TPP318: How to research an investment in a brand new city

On today’s Property Podcast, Rob D is looking at how you research a buy-to-let property investment in a brand new city.   Rob & Rob have talked extensively about the joys of investing in cities, but what should you do if you don’t know any of them that well and you don’t live close to them? That’s exactly what Rob D is covering today, and he’s using a real life guinea pig (and by that, we mean Dan), to explain how he approached being in this exact situation. If you’re an avid Property Podcast listener, you’ll know that The Robs covered their 2019 property investment hotspots earlier this year, and off-air were hit with questions from Dan whilst he was doing his research. Dan had been looking at a city that’s brand new to him, and today he shares his journey and the process he went through to understand what the city offered and whether it would help him meet his buy-to-let property investment goals. He’s got Nottingham and Manchester boxed off already, and is happy with the steady cash flow his investments bring in. But now he’s ready to switch strategy and is looking at properties for growth… and he’s decided that Sheffield is on his hit list! What research did Dan do? What type of properties did he look at? And what made him throw certain properties in the junk pile? Today you’ll get to know his first impression of Sheffield as a complete outsider, what he thought of the properties he saw and the tactics he used to get to know the area and the local community. You’ll also hear how he stayed sane, tried to avoid ‘property blur’ and built a great rapport with the agent on the 16 viewings he booked! To paint the full picture, you can see links to a few of the properties Dan was looking at in Sheffield below:   Property 1 - which has a sitting tenant Property 2 Or there’s this one which is slightly more high-end Then there’s this one in Manchester   Listen as Dan and Rob D have a chat about Dan’s Manchester vs. Sheffield dilemma, and see what you can take away from Dan’s experience of investigating a brand new city to invest in buy-to-let property. In the news this week, you’ll have noticed a huge story! No-fault evictions are to be banned in England. This is a big change and effectively an abolition of the Section 21 procedure.   It’s not an enormous shock but it has come a bit out of the blue in terms of timing. So what should you do? It’s just a proposal right now so there’s a lot of time to adjust and plan. If you fancy a deeper delve into what Rob D thinks of this, you can hear more on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob where they covered what the Section 21 ban would mean for landlords. And we’re back with another Hub Extra resource. This week we have Workona - a tool if you’re one of those people who have multiple browser tabs open! It’s an extension for Chrome and is completely free - it allows you to arrange your tabs into different workspaces, so you could have one for personal, one for location research and one for official work duties. If you dive into one group, it hides all the others - a seriously great piece of kit to help you stay organised. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
18/04/1921m 54s

ASK182: What does the news about the Section 21 ban mean for landlords?

Happy Tuesday! And welcome to another episode of Ask Rob & Rob. As always, The Robs are on-hand to answer any property investment related question you’re dying to know. It’s an important one today, as Sarah from London is asking about Section 21. She’s seen the headlines (as we’re sure most of you have), and has seen that no fault evictions are likely to be banned in England. Sarah wants to know exactly what a Section 21 ban means for landlords and what impact this is likely to have. As you can imagine, this is a pretty big deal. If you missed the BBC headlines, you can sort that right out and read all about the no-fault eviction ban proposal here. If you weren’t aware already, a section 21 is a no-fault eviction procedure. As a landlord you can ask a tenant to leave your property at the end of their fixed contract or when they’re in a periodic tenancy without any reason. And because you don’t have to prove fault, this has been the quickest and most efficient way of evicting someone. So what now? Landlords still have options - and Rob D covers them all in detail on today’s episode of Ask Rob & Rob. And even though Sarah didn’t ask for Rob D’s opinion, she’s going to get it - because we just couldn’t hold him back! Should landlords be panicking? And how much time do we have to prepare for this change? Sit back and hit play to find out! Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
16/04/197m 15s

TPP317: The buy-to-let towns you should be investing in

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are unveiling the 5 buy-to-let property investment locations you should be keeping an eye on. The Robs have talked extensively about their buy-to-let hotspots of 2019, but where should property investors be looking outside the major cities? Sit back and listen as The Robs talk us through their top 5 buy-to-let towns you should be investing in: Warrington: What’s not to like? Connectivity is unrivalled - there are direct trains from London (taking just 1 hour, 45 minutes), it’s also perfectly placed between Manchester and Liverpool. The motorway networks are also great. Now, the town needs some work - but that’s what’s most exciting about this location. Listen as The Robs talk through the plans for Warrington and how you could take advantage of this. Doncaster: They’re doing some interesting things in this town - they’re savvy enough to turn their weaknesses into strengths. There are many positives for Doncaster, such as the road network, that have made this town ideal for logistics businesses which is bolstering the local economy. This is fast becoming a key buy-to-let town to watch in 2019. Preston: This is actually a city that’s snuck its way onto the list but we couldn’t ignore the prospects this location has. The Preston City Deal is set to transform this area: a £430 million investment will severely boost the economy and drive thousands of jobs here. Investment alone isn’t enough to drive Preston onto the list, so listen as The Robs talk us through some of the other reasons they’re so excited about this city. We’d say this is a very worthy contender if you’re scouting the top fundamental locations to invest in. Wakefield: Not only is Wakefield one of the most accessible places in the UK, it’s benefitted from the ripple effect of Leeds. The local economy is worth £6.5 billion - a real powerhouse of an area - and it’s a commuter hotspot for those working in Leeds which really sweetens the appeal. Crewe: One word: transport. More trains go through Crewe than any other station in England, highlighting just how well-connected it is to other towns and cities in the north, as well as London. Crewe is great now, but when the HS2 station arrives there, it’ll be a gamechanger for this area - London alone will be reachable in under an hour. Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds will also be under an hour, which is incredible. There are also many large-scale employers that have chosen Crewe as their homes, so listen as Rob & Rob talk through the several other reasons why this town deserves a place in their top 5 buy-to-let towns to invest in.   In the news this week, research shows that one buyer in six pulls out - is this more fuel for reforming the entire property buying process? We already know how bonkers the property buying process is in the UK, and this just demonstrates how broken the process actually is. If you take a look at the reasons, you’ll understand the frustrations that most vendors go through - 24% was because the buyer couldn’t raise the funds! Have a read through the article and let us know what you think over on our social channels.   And we’re back with another Hub Extra resource. Before you drift off, take a look at it. It’s called Build Your Stax: click here. Think of it as a Monopoly for investors. Rob & Rob were hooked, and it quickly outlines how your wealth can increase significantly when your tactics are right. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
11/04/1918m 16s

ASK181: How do I find a hotspot? PLUS: What should I buy to achieve £4,000 per month?

Welcome to another Tuesday Ask Rob & Rob - your weekly dose of property advice about investment matters you care about the most. Our first question this week is from a listener who has recently discovered The Property Podcast and has been racing through the episodes to catch up to the present day. She wants to know what exactly makes a good area to invest in property and what research should she be doing to find these golden buy to let property locations. She’s discovered our list of 2019 property investment hotspots, but she wants to know how she can spot these areas herself. Rob B is quick to dive into one of the most important things when looking at property investment hotspots, and that’s fundamentals. Not just one or two of the boxes need to be ticked… they all need a huge tick in the box. Just having a few alone is simply not enough. There are a load of other ways to spot a property hotspot too - and Rob B shares a great tip for anyone who’s in the same position. There’s also a great podcast on using the ‘ripple effect’ to find the next buy to let property hotspot which is well worth a listen.   Our second question comes from an avid lover of The Property Podcast and she is half way through putting a plan together. She has over £400,000 to invest but isn’t sure on what property she should be investing in. She has a goal of generating £4,000 in rental income but wants advice from Rob & Rob on exactly what she should do and how many properties she should look to buy. Rob D wastes no time clearing up a few simple strategy principles that many investors tend to miss, focusing attention on the wrong things. If you have a fairly aggressive yield target like today’s listener, this is the episode for you. There’s some diamond advice here that you can take away and apply to your own property investment journey. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
09/04/198m 47s

TPP316: The "smart money" secret trend revealed

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are giving away some top secrets. Just a couple of decades ago, city centres were considered no-go places to live, and those who were deemed “successful” were the ones who escaped to the suburbs. How times have changed!   Now, city centre living has never been so popular. To throw a few stats out there, the population of central Birmingham has grown by 163% since the millennium and Liverpool has grown by a whopping 181%. In today’s episode, The Robs are answering a number of questions around this topic: What’s changing the sentiment of city living and are places like Manchester and Birmingham in danger of suffering loss of confidence like London is currently? As an investor, is this a trend you should be trying to take advantage of? Is this a short term trend? And is there a bubble that may burst? Tune into this week’s Property Podcast to find out the answers to this ‘secret trend’. In the news this week, research shows that generation rent are wanting to live in city and town centres. This shouldn’t come as a real shock considering it’s the same generation that has practically been priced out of buying. But what was surprising was that 91% of them said that’s exactly where they want to live - certainly good news for both the high street and if you’re a landlord of city and town centre properties. Good news! If you’re a Property Hub Magazine subscriber, the next issue will be landing on your doorstep in the next few weeks. The cover story is about the UK’s return to urban living. So, if you’re not a subscriber, head on over to our website and subscribe to receive the next issue. Our Hub Extra resource this week is an attempt to get you out of the city and into the countryside, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful nature, wherever you are. Go Jauntly is the perfect app if you’re wanting to get out of the house and be at one with nature but you either have no idea where to go or you fancy trying somewhere new. Simply log into the app, click on your location and the app will bring up walks near you. So all you've got to do is pack up the car, get your walking boots on and enjoy the sights.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
04/04/1921m 28s

ASK180: How should your own home fit with your investments?

This week on ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got two Hubbers who have both asked questions on the same topic: how should your own home fit in with your investment plans? Without attempting to dish out life advice, The Robs answer Claire and Azar’s questions in the most informative way possible. Rob D points out one thing to remember: your home is your home and your investments are your investments. Sometimes they work in perfect harmony, and sometimes one takes priority over the other. From Rob B’s point of view, both Claire and Azar need to be very clear about what they want first and foremost. Each person's situation is different, what works for one person might not necessarily work for the other. Tune in to find out what The Robs think you should do if you’re undecided on buying your own home or buying an investment property. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
02/04/197m 48s

TPP315: Painful lessons and expensive mistakes: stories from our first development

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are getting personal. Property development is no easy task, and this week The Robs open up about everything that’s gone wrong, and what lessons can be learnt.   If you’re an avid Property Podcast listener, you’ll know that the development in Crewe is the first site to come out of the ground for Property Hub Homes. While they’d have liked for the process to have been a walk in the park, sometimes things just don’t go to plan. And whilst the finished result looks pretty darn amazing (if we do say so ourselves! - Rob B has shared some pictures on Instagram) there’s been a steep learning curve for all involved. So if you’re interested in diving into the world of property development, this is the podcast episode for you. Tune in to hear all about why they chose Crewe, what process they followed and also to find out what went wrong... In the news this week, it appears that tenants can now sue their landlord directly if their home is unfit for human habitation. However it isn’t half as bad as it sounds, as Rob & Rob explain on the podcast. Plus, there’s a strong argument in saying that if your property is in such a bad condition, should you really be a landlord in the first place? So a lot of lessons are to be learnt from this week’s Property Podcast. And although things could have been done very differently and had a different outcome, The Robs firmly believe that ‘if you can dream it, you can do it - Walt Disney’. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
28/03/1932m 28s

ASK179: Is there an ideal time in the cycle to renovate your properties? PLUS: Should I invest in derelict properties?

This week on ask Rob & Rob we’ve got another two cracking property questions from our listeners. First up we’ve got Andrew who is wanting to know if there is a particular point in the property cycle when it’s best to renovate your property? He’s wondering if there’s a key point where you can both minimise your costs whilst maximising your profit. Rob D explains that the prime times to renovate your property are early and late on in the cycle. When it comes to having the renovation work done, the best time is early in the cycle, ideally just after the crash when nobody else is going to be doing it. Whether you’re wanting to flip a property to sell or keep it as a long term investment, Rob D delves into the detail on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Second up we have Kiki. Kiki is wondering if derelict properties make a good investment? This isn’t a typical investment option and Rob B talks us through what a derelict house actually is and how people usually get their hands on them. If you’re after Rob B’s thoughts on derelict properties, this is the episode for you! Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
26/03/196m 43s

TPP314: Your top 10 Brexit questions answered

This week on The Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are answering your top 10 Brexit questions. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking Brexit. Are we staying, are we going? Who knows! In episode 312we heard from some Hubbers who were determined to not let Brexit scupper their property investment plans, and Rob & Rob backed this up by sharing their thoughts on the current state of affairs. Since then, we’ve been inundated with your Brexit questions and this week, Rob & Rob tackle them head on. Tune in to find out: Will the market crash? Will prices go up or down? What effect will this have on owner/occupiers? How will Brexit affect the long term property market? What should I do next? And In the news this week, we have a bit of positivity for once! The Halifax House Price Index shows a huge property price increase of 5.9% in February - adding more than £13,000 to the average house price in just one month! Rob D is a bit dubious about the report, so tune in to find out what he has to say. In Hub Extra this week, The Robs are talking about something that you’ve possibly heard of before - and that’s Monzo. Monzo is an online bank account that gives you instant spending notifications, so no more waiting for those pending transactions to appear on your statement. Do you have a Monzo account? Get in touch and let us know what you think of it or, if you end up signing up to it, let us know how you find it.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
21/03/1920m 17s

ASK178: Will Sheffield’s ripple effect extend to Doncaster? PLUS: Am I locked in if my property loses value?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob we’ve got another two cracking property questions from listeners. First up we’ve got Scott who is a first time investor looking to purchase a property in Sheffield. Sheffield is a great option but he’s also looking at properties in Doncaster as they’re slightly cheaper. Naturally Scott’s question is whether Doncaster will experience any capital growth. The neighbouring city of Sheffield has been pegged as one of Rob & Robs hotspots for this year, but will Doncaster benefit from a knock on effect? With the amount of public and private investment being ploughed into the area, you may well think so.   Listen as Rob B gives his opinion and reiterates the importance of fundamentals when investing in property. The Robs covered this last monthso be sure to have a listen if you missed it. Our next question comes from Adam. After listening to the episode on leveraging, Adam wants to know what would happen if his property decreased in value and he lost his initial 25% deposit (therefore having no equity in the property). Would he be tied into his current mortgage product and unable to switch to a better product? Tune in to find out what the outcome is and what advice Rob D has for Adam... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
19/03/196m 35s

TPP313: Brexit and how to handle the mid-cycle wobble

Everyone has gone a bit Brexit mad this week, so Rob & Rob are here to discuss what’s going on, how they feel about it and what you should be doing. If you tuned into The Property Podcast last week, you’ll have heard some of our Hubbers giving their views on Brexit.But today, it’s Rob & Robs turn to tell it like it is. Before they dig in, it’s worth taking a look at the media hype we’re dealing with right now:  UK property market at weakest since 2012 as Brexit takes toll UK property market at its weakest for six years, says Rics UK house prices take pre-Brexit hit, says Nationwide Brexit gloom to hit housing market into 2019, says RICS Birmingham and Manchester benefit from Brexit blues UK house prices make surprise 5.9% rise in February, Halifax says If you’re familiar with the 18-year property cycle (if not, you can learn more here) then you’ll know that we’re heading into the mid-cycle dip. And today The Robs will be sharing exactly where they think the market will head post-dip. So, if you fancy a bit more Brexit madness - tune into this week’s Property Podcast. We promise, it’s a good one! In the news this week, and sticking with the Brexit theme, the BBC have released an article explaining what the 7 possible outcomeswould be if the government was to get an extension on Brexit. What would each potential scenario mean? And whilst we’ve got you, make sure you sign up to become one of our Hubbers and receive our valuable (weekly) Hub Extra emails. Create your free account here. We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
14/03/1919m 9s

ASK177: Should I be worried about my off-plan purchase? PLUS: Is it crazy to buy a HMO as my first investment?

On this week’s ask Rob & Rob we’ve got two very good questions that will definitely apply to you no matter where you are in your buy-to-let property investment journey. Our first question comes from Spencer in Bath. Spencer is wanting to know if he should keep his off-plan purchase or get rid of it. Due to the build being severely delayed and his 30% deposit not being protected, a few concerns have been raised. Rob B gives some insight on the potential reasons why a build might be delayed and offers some lessons to be learned for all investors, not just ones in similar situations. He also demonstrates how off-plan property has the potential to be the most profitable type of investment. You can learn more about off-plan property on our course over at Property Hub University. The second question comes from Adam who’s a new investor and has decided that yield is the most important factor to him. He’s wanting to know if a HMO for a first time investment purchase is a good idea. So is a HMO as a first investment a good choice? Or should Adam stick to a single investment option and play it safe, sticking to the normal strategy? Tune in to find out what advice Rob D has to offer... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
12/03/199m 59s

TPP312: Real life investors talk Brexit

This week on The Property Podcast we’re discussing a topic that everyone has an opinion on - and we’ve got opinions from multiple property investors. We’re talking Brexit! We’ll be talking to Sarah, Iain and Steve who are all keen to share their thoughts on the current biggest political topic. First up is Sarah, who has been refurbishing and flipping properties in Sheffield. She hates the ‘B’ word but it’s the uncertainty of it all that concerns her. She tells us how the Sheffield market is currently performing. Next is Iain from the South East who has been dabbling in all kinds of property developments. He thinks that this is a prime time to be investing in property and is feeling pretty optimistic. Lastly we have Steve. Steve has been working on vanilla buy-to-lets over the past five years. He’s a firm believer that if you’ve got the deposit sat in the bank now, you definitely should invest it. He bought his last buy to let property six months ago but wishes he’d held on a bit longer to get a potentially better deal. Tune in to listen to this much debated Brexit topic and don’t miss next week where The Robs go hell for leather on what they think of it. In the news this week there’s been a great little update for landlords as landlord checks are potentially due to be bannedas it’s been identified as a potential breach of human rights. It’s not in place just yet, so in the meantime you do still need to carry out these checks. Also, sticking with the Brexit theme, according to an article in the BBC, struggling towns are set to receive a £1.6 billion boost post Brexit. Just have a listen to how much this ruffles Rob B’s feathers! Our Hub Extra this week is something similar to one we mentioned a few weeks ago. Braveis a web browser tool which has an ad blocker and tracker built into it which means makes surfing the internet both safer and faster. It might take you half an hour to get set up but it’s sure to make an impact.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
07/03/1920m 56s

Ask176: How do I raise the money to invest in property? PLUS: Is the limited company mortgage market going to disappear?

This week on ask Rob & Rob we’ve got two listeners who are questioning mortgage products and funding buy-to-let properties. First up we’ve got Jay who is wanting some tips on how to raise the initial cash required for investing in buy to let property. Rob D starts off by pointing out the difference between making money and growing money. Although property can be tailored to both, it is more suitable to the latter. But how do you benefit from either of the methods mentioned by Rob D and how do you make it happen? Next up we’ve got Helen who wants to know if the limited company mortgage market is going to disappear after a conversation she had with her mortgage broker. Rob B pulls no punches with this one. Did you know 80% of the buy-to-let market is made up of limited company mortgages? Listen as Rob B tells it like it is.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
05/03/1910m 25s

TPP311: What type of property investor are you?

It’s the last episode of ‘Fundamentals February!’ In this week’s Fundamentals February podcast episode, it’s all about YOU. The Robs are giving you the tools to help you discover what type of investor you are, and what you can do with that knowledge. When trying to figure out where you want to be going, you need to know who you are, what your situation is and what you want to achieve. You need to have goals! The Robs reiterate how important goals are and why they’re a necessity in becoming a successful property investor. Discovering what type of property investor you are will help you determine your strategy - how you’re going to achieve your goals and stay on the right track. All of this (and much more) is covered in today’s Property Podcast and it’s a really vital episode. So give it a listen and let us know what you think. We have some great news to give you too - Property Hub Meetups are back in 2 weeks time! To find out where your nearest one is, head over to our events page. And in the news this week, Phil Spencer is clearly a listener of the Property Podcast. He’s been discussing the dreaded topic that is Brexit and been echoing what The Robs have been saying for months… that the main impact of Brexit has already happened. Maybe he’s after a slot on the podcast… who knows. For our Hub Extra this week Rob D has discovered a little tool that’s going to up your Netflix watching level. Netflix classic is a chrome extension that gets rid of everything that Netflix wants you to watch by suggesting it at the top of the screen. So you can get back to watching what you want and get suggestions based on what you’ve already watched. Happy binge watching.   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
28/02/1921m 18s

Ask175: Is this flat a good investment for me?

On this week’s ask Rob & Rob we’ve got a bit of a cheeky person who’s jumped the que. Our very own podcast Dan has a burning question for the Rob’s and they just couldn’t not share it. Dan Has recently reached his cashflow goals and wants to change his strategy. He’s now looking more towards a property for the capital growth factor, rather than refurbishing a property and releasing the equity. A number of people may be in this situation and are looking how best to add to their portfolio. But what do Rob & Rob think of this 2-bed apartment in Stockport? Have a listen to find out... Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
26/02/195m 40s

TPP310: The real reasons why property goes up in value

This week The Robs are continuing with ‘Fundamentals February’. They’ve already covered leverage and inflation, but today they’re discussing the real reasonswhy property goes up in value. It’s a topic that many people brush over because they think it ‘just happens’. But this is where the majority get it wrong. In this week’s Property Podcast, Rob & Rob will help you understand house price increases and explain how you can use it to your advantage. The 18-year property cycle is also a large aspect in this week’s episode. So why not put your knowledge to the test and take part in ourfree property cycle course? The Robs also announce some very exciting news. Yes - Property Hub Meetups are back! To find out where your nearest one is, head over to our events page. In the news this week, Your Move announced that they will be closing 124 Reeds Rains branchesin order to boost profits. Rob B has said it for years, but could this really be the start of the death of the high street agent?   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
21/02/1924m 25s

ASK174: Why are these Liverpool flats so cheap? PLUS: How do I avoid becoming a mortgage prisoner?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, you’re in for a whole load of cracking advice off the back of two great questions from avid Property Podcast listeners, Wilson and Val. First up we have Wilson who’s keen to ask Rob B a question about a location that’s very close to his heart - Liverpool! Wilson has noticed that certain property prices in Liverpool have dropped in value since they sold back in 2007. Naturally, Wilson wants to know if the next phase of the property cycle is likely to improve these prices. Without being too biased, Rob B admits that Liverpool is massively underpriced at the minute, one of the main reasons The Robs pegged it as one of their 2019 property investment hotspots. But he offers some sound advice on thorough due diligence when looking at less popular areas and what to expect. If you’re looking for a great location to invest in this year, this is a great podcast listen for you! The second question this week comes from Val who is concerned about falling into the trap of becoming a mortgage prisoner. Listen as Rob D takes charge, reiterating some basic points that were covered in episode 308 of the Property Podcaston getting a mortgage. Why should Val stick to a 75% loan to value mortgage? What other actions would The Robs recommend Val take to avoid being a mortgage prisoner? Hit play to find out. If this week’s property investment knowledge bombs weren’t enough for you, head over to the Property Hub Universityand take part in the free online courses we have available. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on013 808 00035 and leaving a messagewith your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forumyet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
19/02/199m 38s

TPP309: Inflation: The hidden force that will build – or destroy – your wealth

Rob & Rob are back this week with part 2 of ‘Fundamentals February’ and this week they’re discussing the crucial topic of inflation. The Robs have talked about inflation in the past, but it’s still a topic that gets overlooked regularly. Today they’re going to prove why inflation is one of the most important parts of the property process. In this week’s episode The Robs discuss: What is inflation? How does it work? How can it affect you? Ultimately, inflation can either make you very rich if you adapt with it, or, if you choose to do nothing, it could break you. Year-to-year you barely notice, but over time it’s huge! So, now you might be thinking: Why does it happen? What does it mean for you? Tune in and all will be revealed. You’ll want a pen and paper to hand for this one. In the news this week, the government have been a busy lot! We’ve got a triple whammy of announcements: Electrical checks are now mandatory every 5 years Landlords now have to be a part of a redress scheme Only 1 in 10 landlords have their property fully managed   We’d love to hear what you think of this week’s Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
14/02/1927m 1s

ASK173: How badly could a Labour government affect landlords? PLUS: How do I extract equity from my off-plan gains?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob we’ve got Ben who phoned in to ask The Rob’s two cracking questions! Ben starts with a controversial property question asking if a Labour majority government would have a negative effect on landlords? Politics can be a touchy subject for most, so listen as Rob B treads carefully to provide a neutral and informative answer. The silver lining that Rob D so kindly pointed out is that whatever happens, it won’t be forever. Ben’s second question was: what’s the quickest way to release equity from an off-plan investment? Is there such a thing as a quick equity extract? Or should Ben be in it for the long haul? Listen as Rob D tackles this property question head-on. If you’re wanting to learn more about off-plan property, head over to the Property Hub University and take part in the off-plan property course. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over on the Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
12/02/198m 46s

TPP308: Leverage: A property investor’s secret weapon

This month we’re bringing you ‘Fundamentals February’, and Rob & Rob are kick starting it with the ever popular topic of leveraging. If you’ve been listening to The Property Podcast for quite some time, you’ll have heard The Rob’s discuss the power of leveraging on a number of occasions. But that doesn’t mean you should skip over this one. Whether you’re a new or experienced buy to let property investor, today’s Property Podcast is going to help you understand how you can use leverage to your advantage. Many successful investors have built their portfolios using this powerful method and accelerated their income. Today’s Property Podcast episode will cover: What is leverage? Why people use leveraging What effect does it have? How can leverage benefit you? As always, The Robs also chat about a headline that’s grabbed their attention this week: Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019. A pretty well-timed article considering the subject of today’s podcast. There’s also the referral fee ban, which now finally has a date - but what does this mean for property investors? Hit the play button to find out more. We’d love to hear what you think of our big news over on over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
11/02/1926m 46s

TPP308: Leverage: A property investor’s secret weapon

This month we’re bringing you ‘Fundamentals February’, and Rob & Rob are kick starting it with the ever popular topic of leveraging. If you’ve been listening to The Property Podcast for quite some time, you’ll have heard The Rob’s discuss the power of leveraging on a number of occasions. But that doesn’t mean you should skip over this one. Whether you’re a new or experienced buy to let property investor, today’s Property Podcast is going to help you understand how you can use leverage to your advantage. Many successful investors have built their portfolios using this powerful method and accelerated their income. Today’s Property Podcast episode will cover: What is leverage? Why people use leveraging What effect does it have? How can leverage benefit you? As always, The Robs also chat about a headline that’s grabbed their attention this week: Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019. A pretty well-timed article considering the subject of today’s podcast. There’s also the referral fee ban, which now finally has a date - but what does this mean for property investors? Hit the play button to find out more. We’d love to hear what you think of our big news over on over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.   
07/02/1926m 43s

ASK172: I’m retired – should I still use leverage? PLUS: Is the bank telling me the truth?

On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob we have Pat who’s got in touch wanting to know if he should still use leverage now that he’s retired, or use his savings to buy more buy to let property outright. Pat already has two buy to let properties and is wanting to increase his cash flow but doesn’t need the rental income to live on.  Second up we've got Natasha who has a residential property with a consent to let from her mortgage provider.   She’s now wanting to remortgage but oddly the bank is now telling her "no". She wants to know what Rob & Rob would do. If you’ve been wondering if it’s best to buy investment property with cash or a mortgage, or have been having issues with your mortgage provider, this is an episode you’ll want to listen to. Press play and tune in to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
11/02/1910m 33s

ASK 172: I’m retired – should I still use leverage? PLUS: Is the bank telling me the truth?

On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob we have Pat who’s got in touch wanting to know if he should still use leverage now that he’s retired, or use his savings to buy more buy to let property outright. Pat already has two buy to let properties and is wanting to increase his cash flow but doesn’t need the rental income to live on.  Second up we've got Natasha who has a residential property with a consent to let from her mortgage provider.   She’s now wanting to remortgage but oddly the bank is now telling her "no". She wants to know what Rob & Rob would do. If you’ve been wondering if it’s best to buy investment property with cash or a mortgage, or have been having issues with your mortgage provider, this is an episode you’ll want to listen to. Press play and tune in to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
05/02/1910m 32s

TPP307: The Property Hub is dead...long live Property Hub!

The time has finally come. We’re finally letting the cat out the bag and telling you our big news!   If you’ve been listening to The Property Podcast over the past few weeks, you’ll have heard Rob & Rob banging on about something exciting that the team has been working on for well over 12 months. And now… it’s time for The Robs to spill the beans.   The Property Hub is dead, and Property Hub has been born!   There are loads of exciting changes revealed in this week’s podcast - and rather than spoil the fun and tell you about it here, you’ll have to tune in to find out what all the fuss is about!   Amongst all the excitement, Rob & Rob are still sharing their news of the week - shock fall-through figures show almost 50% of sales collapsing. Should people be worried? What do Rob & Rob think?   We’d love to hear what you think of our big news over on over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do.   If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
31/01/1917m 12s

ASK 171: Should I flip down south or buy-to-let up north? PLUS: I’m over 40…is it too late?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got Megan from Bournemouth who’s wanting a bit of advice on if she should stick to her hobby of flipping residential properties in the south, or, move on to buy to let properties in the north. Rob D delves in to the pros and cons of flipping properties and whilst the cons are certainly manageable, they aren’t always for everyone. However, Rob does discuss one huge factor that could save you a serious amount of cash. Femi also got in touch wanting to know if he has left it too late to start investing in property now that he’s hit 40. You’ll have to tune in and listen to find out what Rob B’s answer was. If you’ve been considering flipping a property or are just getting started on your property investment journey, then you won’t want to miss this. Press play and tune in to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
29/01/1910m 52s

TPP306: Roundtable Predictions

You’re in for a treat this week as Rob & Rob are sharing the mic with some great figureheads from the property industry. But first, they’re talking about their hand-picked news story of the week - click here to read. Is London a ‘sick’ market? With transaction levels slumping, this certainly seems to be the case. We’ve got some great guests joining us this week: Richard Blanco - he’s the London representative for the National landlords Association. Ed Meade - a well-seasoned property and media commentator; you’ve probably read many of his columns in various newspapers. Lawrence Bowles - an Analyst in the Savills Residential Research team. The information produced by his team is fascinating. Richard Beridge - a Build-to-Rent sector specialist and his firm focuses on institutional residential investments. Jeremy Leaf -  an estate agent and also the former chair of RICS. He’s been an industry spokesman for over 20 years. We’re sure you’ll agree, Rob & Rob are in great company on this week’s Property Podcast. The team actually got together for an upcoming feature in The Property Hub Magazine but we’ve decided to give you a snippet of an interesting discussion we recorded just for the Property Podcast: What advice would they give to a property investor today?   What are their property predictions for 2019?   Tune in to this week’s Property Podcast - it’s a great listen and full to the brim with useful property investment information.   Hub Extra: This week’s Hub Extra resource is basically Airbnb for cars. So if you’re off searching for new locations, this resource is well worth a consideration. You can find out more here.   Get involved: We’d love to hear any feedback on our Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.
24/01/1927m 13s

ASK 170: Did Rob D REALLY lose £16,800?

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, we’ve got a cracking question. So good in fact, that the guys have dedicated a whole episode to it. Referring back to a previous podcast about Rob D’s biggest mistake back in December, Jeffery wants Rob D to go into a bit more depth about his £16,800 loss. And this week, what Jeffery wants… Jeffery gets.   Rob D opens up and explains why he did what he did with this particular property investment. He also gives useful examples of how the initial cash could have been used differently for a more positive outcome. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the head of Rob D, this is your chance. Press play and tune in to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
22/01/199m 21s

TPP305: 2019 Hot Spots

This week we’re talking about the 2019 property hotspots. So if you’re investing in property this year, this is the Property Podcast episode for you. But first up, Rob & Rob start by sharing a really interesting article - click here to view. It’s been put together by Who Owns England and has uncovered that a shocking 15% of freehold land in England and Wales is unregistered. So if you’re wanting to find out who owns these pieces of land - it’s tough. Access denied. There’s no telling who the owner is. There are some other really interesting insights too, press play and listen as Rob B talks you through them. The main Property Podcast topic this week is 2019 property hotspots. Rob & Rob have done their research and compiled this year's location hit list. So if you’re planning to invest in buy to let property this year, grab a pen & paper and have a listen as The Robs walk you through the top locations you should be watching out for. The Robs are also talking about Manchester city centre, the “ripple effect”, regeneration and of course, the 18-year property cycle. Did we also mention that there’s a course on where Rob & Rob are investing in 2019 too? It’s yet another jam-packed Property Podcast! Hub Extra: Jot is our resource of the week - click here for more information. It’s a Chrome extension which allows you to replace the ‘new tab’ page for note taking. You can literally jot down your notes, goals… whatever takes your fancy. It’s a great resource, so give it a try and let us know your thoughts.   Get involved: We’d love to hear any feedback on our Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    Love the Property Podcast? It’d be great if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention.   Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
17/01/1925m 27s

ASK 169: Should I worry about ROI if I’m buying for growth? PLUS: Which landlord organisation should I join?

We’re back for the second round of Ask Rob & Rob year, and our listeners are firing some cracking questions over to us. In this week’s episode the guys are going back over a topic they’ve covered a number of times after one of our Hubbers, Philippa, asked if she should worry about ROI if she is buying for growth. In the past, Rob B has said that you should be focussing on an ROI of around 10%. But is this still the case if you’re in it for the long haul? Should you be looking at instant income in addition to (or instead of) growth? Is it actually possible to have it all? Tune into this week’s Ask Rob & Rob to find out. The next question is: Which landlord organisation should I join? Rob D tackles this one head on. It’s not often that a landlord organisation is at the top of a landlord’s to-do list, so listen as Rob runs through the reasons why you should join and also listen out for a little wild-card he throws in! Press the play button to find out more!   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
15/01/1910m 12s

TPP304: 2019 predictions

After reviewing last years 2018 predictions and being pretty spot on with what they said at the beginning of last year, The Robs are hoping to do the same again. But before they delve into the main Property Podcast, The Robs discuss their top news story this week which covers everyone's favourite subject - UK house prices. Click here to see if the value of your home will change in 2019. So, onto the main topic - 2019 property predictions. What have Rob & Rob chosen as their top hotspots? Have they played it safe or have they really delved into some interesting and undiscovered new locations that buy to let investors should be considering? Have they thrown a curveball and included any southern locations? You’ll have to hit the play button to find out. Hub Extra: As always, we’re delivering you extra value. And this week, our helpful resource shows you how much time you spend online - quite insightful (or terrifying) dependent on your online habits. Click here to give it a go.   Get involved: We’d love to hear any feedback on our Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    Love the Property Podcast? It’d be great if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention.   Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
10/01/1919m 36s

Ask 168: Should I turn my flat into serviced accommodation? PLUS: Are all leasehold houses bad investments?

We’re kicking off 2019 with a bang on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob.   Our first question is from regular listener Neil who wants to know if he should turn his flat into serviced accommodation. Here’s an overview:   2-bed apartment in Slough city centre It’s currently on an AST with a 6 monthly review Achieving around £1,000 per month in rent Because of management fees and service charges biting into profit, he’s considering trying a new form of investment in serviced apartments   Neil reveals what info he’s already found out about serviced apartments but is still unsure as to whether it will be the right move for him financially. Rob D delves into the pros and cons of serviced apartments but does he think it’s a good move? Listen to find out what the final outcome was.   The second question is from Ben who wants to know if ALL leasehold houses are a bad investment. Rob & Rob have covered the leasehold topic countless times but you’ll have to listen to find out if Rob B’s opinion has changed since we last covered this subject.   Press the play button to find out!   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
08/01/198m 52s

TPP303: Review Of 2018 Predictions

Happy New Year! We’re starting 2019 off with a bang and are reviewing the property predictions we made last year. This is quite possibly the most nervous part of the year for Rob & Rob! Did they get their property predictions spot on, or should they keep quiet next time? Let’s find out... Last year Rob B predicted Liverpool would be in the top 3 cities for growth this year. Was he right? Did his other two choices make the cut? And what about growth? The Robs had different perspectives on what they expected from the 2018 property market - did either of them get it right on the money? There were also bold claims made about the London property market too, with Rob D predicting that it’ll be outperformed by every other region of England (excluding Scotland and Wales). It’s no secret that London has taken a hit over the past 12 months, but each time Rob D has made this prediction, the capital has continued on an upwards trend. Have the tables finally turned? The Robs didn’t stop there either. Rob B also made comments about mainstream lenders entering the limited company market. Are there more of them? Or have they not opened their doors just yet? If that wasn’t enough, they also covered Bitcoin and the stock market. So if you listened at the start of this year, sit back and hit play to find out just how right (or wrong) The Robs got their predictions. If 2019 is the year you want to start (or make the most of) your property journey, join Rob & Rob on their Discovery Webinar in January by clicking here.   Get involved: We’d love to hear any feedback on our Property Podcast over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You might even have a topic you’d like us to cover - if so, pop us a message on social and we’ll see what we can do. If that wasn’t enough, you can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    Love the Property Podcast? It’d be great if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
03/01/199m 17s

TPP302: 2018 In Review

Welcome to this week’s Property Podcast where we’re reviewing what’s happened in 2018. It’s been a busy one, particularly for property investors, so we’re using this time to reflect on the property market and also our year too. Firstly we take a look at Brexit - this was a hot topic at the start of the year and remarkably it’s still unresolved! We’ve also had the letting fee ban and the budget where pretty much nothing happened for property investors - which is always a good thing! So where we thought 2018 would be a big year for change, is 2019 looking likely to steal the limelight? Listen to find out what Rob & Rob think. We also take a look at 2018 trends on this week’s Property Podcast. What happened this year that Rob & Rob predicted a while ago? And why have property investors flocked to The Northern Powerhouse? People have finally started waking up to certain locations which could prove to be a very wise move. Also, what have the media reports done for the property industry throughout the year? Negativity? Conflicting stories? All of the above? Rob D feels the media have been somewhat confused this year with many mixed reports. Does this mean we’re in the mid cycle property wobble? Hear what Rob & Rob think and hit the play button.   Finally, this year has been great for Rob & Rob, and the team at The Property Hub. 2018 was the year for Rob B’s first development and both Rob & Rob have previously talked listeners through the investments they’ve made this year. But it doesn’t stop there - there have been new businesses formed and some major changes happening, which we can’t share right now but will be unveiled at the start of next year. We’d like to wish all our listeners a very happy and prosperous 2019! And if you’d love to know what Rob & Rob do outside of the Property Podcast, you can join them on their Discovery Webinar in January by clicking here.   Get involved: Do you have a property topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
27/12/1811m 4s

TPP301: Resources Of The Year 2018

It’s nearly Christmas! This is one of our favourite times of the year… not just because of the mince pies, but also because we get to reflect on all things property investment related. We’ve got a cracking Property Podcast for you this week as we’re looking at all the best resources you can use to help you, not just on your buy to let property investment journey, but also with your life and business in general. It’s a good one!   Listen as The Robs navigate through some of their top picks this week. We’ve listed them below, but tune in to find out why the following will be incredibly useful for you: Podcasts Ask Mr Wonderful Masters of Scale Without Fail Business Wars That Peter Crouch Podcast The Pitch Wolverine Teachers Pet Dirty John Books The Ascent of Money Scott Adams - How to fail at almost everything and still win big James Schramko - Work Less, Make More John Carreyrou - Bad Blood Thinking in Bets Apps/Tech Zero - Created by Kevin Rose Instagram/YouTube Life Cake Waze Property Log   So there you have it - our best resources of 2018! Hit that play button now! Hub Extra: If you’re not signed up to Hub Extra, we highly recommend you do so right now! It’s the most valuable email you’ll receive all week, and it’ll hit your inbox every Friday for FREE! Get yourself over to The Property Hub website to sign up. And if you’d love to know what Rob & Rob do outside of the Property Podcast, you can join them on their Discovery Webinar in January by clicking here. Get involved: Do you have a property topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
20/12/1823m 33s

ASK167 - What gift can I buy a property investor this Christmas?

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit here at The Property Hub, and who better to have on this week’s Ask Rob & Rob than Santa himself? Let’s hope The Robs made the ‘nice’ list this year and gave Santa the answer he needed. Santa asked probably one of the most frequent property questions we get at this time of year - what gift can you get a property investor this Christmas? Obviously it’s out of the question to help a property investor out by purchasing a buy to let investment property (as amazing as that would be!), but there are a fair few gift ideas which Rob & Rob suggest for either aspiring or experienced investors this year. Find out what they’d recommend by hitting the play button now. And whilst we’ve got you, we’d like to wish all our listeners a very Merry Christmas. The year may nearly be over, but we’ll be back with more Ask Rob & Rob in 2019. If you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob, you could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. Our Property Podcast will be continuing throughout Christmas so make sure you hit the ‘subscribe’ button so you don’t miss an episode during the festive break. And if you can’t wait for the next episode of Ask Rob & Rob, head on over to The Property Hub Forum and get involved with our online community. If you have a burning property question, there’s a friendly bunch waiting and willing to welcome you with open arms. So head on over and introduce yourself today!
18/12/183m 48s

TPP300: Episode 300! The 5 most important property lessons we’ve learnt

Welcome to episode 300 of The Property Podcast - what a huge milestone! Today we’re giving you aspiring and experienced buy to let property investors the 5 most important property lessons we’ve learnt over the years… and that you should have learnt too. As always, we’re kicking off today’s Property Podcast with the news. This week’s story comes from Letting Agent Today where they reveal where to find the highest buy to let rental yields. So, if you’re looking for the hottest locations to invest, hit the link and listen to today’s Property Podcast to find out. As the title suggests, today’s topic is the 5 most important property lessons Rob & Rob have learnt: Going too early - particularly with predictions. Switching strategy. Never selling a property… sort of. Standards are low EVERYWHERE in property. The podcast win is a win.    And to deliver you some extra value this week, here are the 5 most important property investment lessons we hope we’ve given you: The importance of goals - take a trip back to TPP 015 The 18 year property cycle - a topic so good, we covered it twice - here and here. North/South divide - click here and here. Trust us, location matters! Expert advice - top tips here. If you’re looking to set up your power team, this is a must listen. Education is free - but you need to take action too. What should you do, and what should you avoid? Click here and here to explore. You’ll need to tune in to hear The Robs talk through these lessons and to find out just how important they are, no matter where you are in your property investment journey. Hit that play button now! Hub Extra: If you’re not yet signed up, what are you waiting for? This is the most valuable email to hit your inbox every single Friday. Head on over to The Property Hub website to register. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Get involved: Do you have a property topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
13/12/1822m 2s

ASK166 - Should I re-finance or sell? PLUS: When will London pick up?

We’re back again with two great questions on this week’s Ask Rob and Rob podcast. Andrew’s question is first up and he asks Rob & Rob whether he should re-finance or sell his two properties. Here’s the details: Two properties, one worth £300,000 and the other worth £200,000 Outstanding mortgage: £100,000 on each with £300,000 total equity available One rents for £1,000 pcm and the second for £750 pcm 15 year repayment mortgage on both Andrew explains how he just breaks even each month and that his properties aren’t achieving a good ROI. However he has made £100,000 in capital growth over the last 5 years, so it's not all bad! Should Andrew re-finance both to interest only mortgages and release about £100,000? Or should he sell one or both and have up to £300,000 to invest on more sensible investments with a higher ROI? Listen to find out what Rob and Rob think… The next question is from Scott, who wants to know whether he should be investing in Northern Powerhouse cities, or whether London is still a good place to invest. Rob & Rob discuss the best time to invest in London based on the 18 year property cycle. Press the play button to listen! Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
11/12/1810m 53s

TPP299: How to review your property portfolio (plus free checklist)

Would you like to save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds? If you’re a buy to let property investor and answered “yes”, then this Property Podcast is for you. But before we dish out some valuable property investment information and handy resources, we have our news story of the week - click here to read. It’s highlighting the tough economic conditions coming to an end in Aberdeen. This is an interesting article as it delves into one of the toughest and most volatile property markets in the UK. There’s a good reason for this volatility which Rob & Rob talk us through this week. This market is highly influenced by one main factor which affects the market massively. Listen to find out. The main Property Podcast this week could potentially save property investors a lot of cash - and who doesn’t want that, right? Many people switch off at this time of the year and begin the Christmas holiday countdown, but should you be using this time more wisely? This week’s podcast is about reviewing your buy to let investment properties and making sure you take the time (at least once a year) to review where you are, what you want to achieve and set some goals for the year ahead. The Robs will talk you through: Rent Growth (or negative growth) Mortgage reviews Insurance Problem properties Your power-team Major work Tax implications Keeping up to date … and much more Hub Extra: This week’s Hub Extra is a resource of our own - it’s a handy checklist of everything Rob & Rob have touched on in this podcast to help you do a comprehensive review of your buy to let investment property portfolio. Click here to download the checklist. We’re always sharing great resources each week in our Hub Extra emails which hit your inbox for free each Friday. If you’re not signed up yet, head on over to The Property Hub website to register. It’s the most valuable email you’ll receive all week.   Get involved: Do you have a property topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum.    We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
06/12/1816m 6s

Ask 165: Should I get help with this auction purchase? PLUS: What’s happening with HMO regulations?

Welcome to another week of Ask Rob & Rob - this time with two new questions from Mark and Ben... The first question this week is from Mark. Several properties have caught his interest and Mark has attempted to review the legal pack himself. However some are more complicated than he thought! Would Rob and Rob recommend seeking professional legal advice prior to purchasing at auction? Do Rob & Rob know of any specialist firms to recommend to Mark to help with purchases and provide due diligence? Find out in this week’s episode. Next up we have Ben who’s asking the question on behalf of his Dad who runs a couple of student buy-to-let properties in Surrey. Ben wants to dispel the myths about the house of multiple occupancy (HMO) rules and asks Rob and Rob for the facts!   Hit the play button and enjoy this week’s Ask Rob & Rob.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
04/12/187m 51s

TPP298: Rob D’s £16,800 mistake

On this week’s Property Podcast, we’re helping you learn from Rob D’s very expensive mistake. The Robs have been in the property investment game a long time, so things can and will go wrong from time to time. Before we give you the details of this week’s Property Podcast, we have our property story of the week courtesy of the Guardian. They’re criticising the Help to Buy scheme, highlighting it as a government subsidy where the only winners are the property developers. As a developer himself. Rob B shares his thoughts on this, and whether he feels that money could be better spent elsewhere. Tune in to listen. The main topic of this week’s Property Podcast is Rob D’s £16,800 mistake. The aim of this episode isn’t to get everyone to feel sorry for Rob D, it’s purely so listeners can hear how important strategy is - something The Robs have touched on quite regularly. There are many property strategies in property but this week we’re concentrating on two: growth and cashflow - both of which The Robs explain in detail. Which is right for you if you want to give up your job and work with property full time? Should you be chasing yield or should you be chasing growth? Listen to this week’s podcast to hear a painful example of where Rob D got his property strategy wrong. When exactly did the failures in Rob D’s strategy happen? Was it a change in circumstances? Was it a failure to regularly review his investment strategy? Nobody is born a property investor, so it’s important to make sure you continue learning and regularly review your activity to stand the best chance of smashing your property investment goals. Even though this episode covers capital growth versus income chasing, it’s important to remember that cash flow is incredibly important no matter which property investment strategy you choose. There are many tips you can take away from this week’s Property Podcast so make sure you hit the play button to listen.   Hub Extra: This week’s Hub Extra is a cracking resource if you’re a big reader, particularly if you read online. It’s called Readwise - and if you frequently highlight key snippets to come back to later, this is definitely worth a look. You sync it to your account and each day it emails you a small selection of things you’ve highlighted in the past. We’re always finding great resources and share them each week in our Hub Extra emails which hit your inbox for free each Friday. If you’re not signed up yet, head on over to The Property Hub website to register.   Get involved: Have you ever made a property investment mistake? Do you think you’ll learn from Rob D’s expensive mishap? We’d love to hear from you over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also join our active property community on the Property Hub forum.    We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
29/11/1820m 0s

Ask 164: Should I sell or keep this Manchester flat? PLUS: Am I legally liable for the previous landlord's mistake?

Welcome to another jam-packed Ask Rob & Rob - that time of the week where you fire your property investment questions at us and we fire our opinions straight back at you. The first question this week is from Sean. He’s been listening to The Property Podcast for over a year (thanks Sean!) and has been loving the content so far. Sean is 28 and in June 2015 he purchased a 2-bedroom apartment in one of the most prestigious buildings in Manchester city centre, complete with a balcony and parking. Fast forward a few years and Sean has purchased another property which he wants to live in.   He has a bit of a dilemma: he wants to keep his old Manchester city centre property as a buy to let but isn’t sure. Here’s the rundown: Value: £370,000 Outstanding mortgage: £280,000 35 year repayment mortgage quote approx. £1,000 pcm Service charge: £400 pcm Rental forecast: £1,400-£1,500 pcm   Sean believes that capital growth in Manchester has a fair distance to go and would like to keep hold of the apartment but isn’t convinced this is the right thing to do. Would an interest only mortgage bring the costs down? Should he rent it out and subsidise the losses from his own pocket? Is it worth him keeping the apartment for 10-20 years or should he cut his losses and sell up? Listen as The Robs crunch some numbers and give Sean some factual advice which may swing his decision.   Next up we have Jamie who’s in the process of purchasing a buy to let investment flat with an EPC rating of F. The energy efficiency changes came into force back in April and the current owner has clearly granted a tenancy knowing his property doesn’t comply. Jamie rightly wants to know if he’s likely to be held liable for this error when he purchases the investment property and the lease is changed into his name. Listen to find out what Rob & Rob would do in this situation - and why Rob D has had to dig down into the legislation to help Jamie out. Hit the play button and enjoy this week’s Ask Rob & Rob.   Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
27/11/189m 7s

TPP297: Things That Have Gone Wrong For Us In 2018

We’re a very positive bunch here at The Property Hub, however we know that  not everything always goes to plan - particularly when investing in property. So on this week’s Property Podcast, Rob & Rob are giving us an insight into what’s gone wrong for them in the world of property investment and development this year. Before we delve into the podcast, check out the news story of the week - click here. There’s some quite shocking numbers here, one being that a whopping 35% of deals fall through within just three weeks of the seller receiving an offer. And if you thought that was bad, just listen to what happens within four weeks! But it’s not all negative news, as this could spin into an incredibly positive outcome for property investors. Tune in and listen to how Rob D would use this to his advantage! You can also find out more about Rob & Robs tactics for next year at our webinar on the 26th November. They’ll both be sharing details on where they’re both personally looking to invest in 2019. So if you’re looking to find out where the next property hotspots are, this is your chance. The webinar is FREE so click here to reserve your spot. As The Robs turn their attention to 2019, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s Property Podcast to reflecting on 2018 - and specifically on what has particularly gone wrong this year. Has the world of property development been plain sailing for Rob B? What have been the main challenges for the team whilst trying to get his development out of the ground at Crewe? Rob B talks us through how he’s navigated certain problems with his property development journey and what’s he’s learned from the process. And it’s not just Rob B who’s had issues at site, Rob D has had his fair share of problems and talks through his frustrations with the council, their slowness and needing to meet planning conditions - which ultimately put them behind schedule. Aside from the bureaucracy and endless paperwork which comes as part of being a property developer, The Robs share and discuss other property investment issues they’ve ran into this year: Non-paying tenants Damaged property Disappearing tenants Maintenance problems How do Rob & Rob manage to keep their cool (and stay positive) when faced with all these hurdles which are out of their control? If you’re unsure whether you’re cut out for the world of property investment and property development, tune into this week’s Property Podcast to find out. Hub Extra: We’re giving you a fantastic quote this week from the legend that  is Elvis Presley: “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.” Listen to see why Rob & Rob have fallen in love with this particular quote and also look out for it in this week’s Hub Extra email which will hit your inbox on Friday. If you’re not signed up yet, head on over to The Property Hub website to register for FREE! Get involved: You can reach us over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let us know what you think about this week’s property podcast or let us know about any future topics you’d like us to cover. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum. It’s full of like minded people chatting all things property related. We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
22/11/1822m 54s

Ask 163: My property's been down-valued! Did I do the wrong thing? PLUS: How do I get a job in property?

Here we are with another Ask Rob & Rob - your weekly source of property investment information.   This week we have Greg, an avid Property Podcast and Ask Rob & Rob listener who is keen to start his own buy to let property investment journey. He’s made a great start by purchasing his first buy to let property in Manchester. He bought this at an auction house and the solicitors have already set the wheels in motion. Greg was told he needed a survey on advice from his mortgage broker to secure a mortgage. There were three levels of survey to choose from and Greg chose the most detailed report. Unfortunately this detailed survey revealed a number of high defects and has resulted in the surveyor down-valuing the investment property as a result - to the tune of £6,000! Greg is now questioning whether he did the right thing and is wondering if he should have gone for a lower survey which might not have found anything untoward for the purpose of his mortgage. Now, the issue here is that as Greg bought his buy to let investment property via an auction, he’s already committed to the price. A tricky situation to be in if you don’t have the additional funds to make up the shortfall. Rob & Rob have some sound advice for Greg, but more importantly, this advice could save another listener thousands of pounds by not making the same mistake. Tune in to hear some top tips from The Robs on buying investment property at auction.   The second question this week is from the many emails we’ve received asking how you can bag your dream job in property. We’re on a huge recruitment drive right now and most of you will have seen emails, social posts and Linkedin updates from Rob & Rob, and the rest of the team here at The Property Hub. We’ll let you in on a secret - take a listen to this podcast. We’ve had thousands of CV through over the past few months and many of them have been rejected. To put this into context, our marketing team have rejected over 500 CVs alone recently! What exactly are we looking for? And what exactly can you do to stand out and bag your dream job in the property industry? Listen to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob and head on over to our jobs page to find out more.      Do you have a buy to let or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
20/11/187m 52s

TPP296: Listener Deals 2018: Pt 2

We’re back for another jam-packed Property Podcast with Rob & Rob and more importantly, we’re reviewing listener property investment deals… again! Before we dive in, we have this week’s news story which is complete with fancy graphs, courtesy of the BBC. This shows the cost of renting in the UK in seven charts. While most of the charts state the obvious, there are some interesting findings which buy to let property investors will find particularly useful, and of course Rob & Rob delve into these facts on the podcast and share their opinions on the newly unveiled data. But before we get into our main topic of listener property deals, we’re letting you into a secret happening on the 26th November - mark this in your diary now! Rob & Rob are going live and will be sharing details on where they’re both personally looking to invest in 2019; not just for buy to let property, but also from a property development perspective too. The Robs are always inundated with questions on their personal approaches to property investment and this is a chance for you to hear first-hand what they plan on doing in 2019 and where. It also gives you the opportunity to get ahead of the game and to do some research ahead of next year to see which locations are likely to outperform others. The webinar is FREE, so click this link to reserve your spot. The main event this week is a round 2 of listener deals. These 3 deals have been selected for Rob & Rob to review live on the podcast so sit back, hit play and hear their thoughts as they review each deal live on air. Deal 1 - click here to view This first property investment deal has come from Neil and is located in Rob B’s hometown of Liverpool. The purchase has already been agreed at £76,000 and Neil thinks this will rent at around £550 per month. However, he’s concerned about the amount of money it would cost to bring this property up to a rental standard. He’s also questioning the capital growth potential in this area too. Would this be a deal Rob & Rob would fight over? Or would the interesting choice of carpet send them running for this hills? And would Rob B tip this location for significant capital growth? Listen to find out. Deal 2 - click here to view The second deal has come from Darren, is located near Milton Keynes and is a beautiful 5-bedroom detached property with a decent price tag at £700,000. This isn’t the type of property Rob & Rob usually see buy to let investors looking at, but Darren has a plan. He wants to purchase the property and split the plot (just take a look at the huge garden!). He wants to improve/refurbish the house for around £50,000 and sell it for £650,000. It might sound like he’s making a loss, however he’ll have gained a nice little plot of 0.2 acres for £100,000 in an area where land is extremely rare. He could also fit another similar 5-bedroom property on the plot which could fetch up to £800,000! Is this a viable plan or just plain crazy? Deal 3 - click here to view Our third listener property deal is from Sam and is in Leeds city centre. The purchase price of this buy to let property is £94,000 and it’s currently tenanted, achieving a rental income of £615 per month - a very decent return on investment. Rob B knows this area well and has some slight concerns with studio apartments, so tune in to find out why this is this case. Would Rob & Rob invest or are they on the fence with this one? Tune into this week’s podcast to find out. Hub Extra: We’re giving you a great resource this week and it’s a perfect match for this podcast episode. Property Log is an extension for Chrome and is a fantastic tool, (past lovers of Property Bee take note!) giving you all the price changes on the particular property you’re interested in. Click here to download - you won’t regret it. Listen and find out how Rob D uses this in practice to help with price negotiations. If you love discovering new resources on everything property related, make sure you’re signed up to Hub Extra; the most valuable email that’ll hit your inbox each week. Get over to The Property Hub website to sign up for FREE! Get involved: You can reach us over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let us know what you think about this week’s property podcast or let us know about any future topics you’d like us to cover. You can also join our friendly property community on the Property Hub forum. It’s full of like minded people chatting all things property related. We’d also love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
15/11/1825m 55s

ASK162: Should I pull out of this deal? PLUS: Is it a good idea to wait for the Brexit dip?

We’re back with two property investment related questions from our wonderful Hubbers this week, after deep-delving into the one (but very detailed) question relating to off-plan investments last week. If you missed it, you can catch it here. On this week’s Ask Rob & Rob, James tells us how he inherited a property which was then sold to buy his residential property. He had a sum left over to invest in a 3-bedroom, end-of-terrace property in Northampton where he’s been stuck in the conveyancing process for 6 months! It’s not James’ fault - there are issues further up the chain. However, whilst he’s been sitting tight for 6 months, he’s also been soaking up all the information on our Property Podcasts (wise move, James!) and has been thinking about whether this property investment is the right one for him after all. Should he continue with his property purchase or should he pull out, cut his losses, have a rethink and put his new-found buy to let knowledge into practice with a different property in a different location? Perhaps somewhere where capital growth is likely to be stronger and the rental returns higher? As listeners will know, the Robs aren’t huge fans of the conveyancing process, so James isn’t alone with his frustrations. The buying process is painful and this does give buyers plenty of time to think and reflect on their buy to let property investment purchases. But would the Robs continue with the property or would they pull out of the process if they thought something better was around the corner? Find out in today’s episode. The second question comes from Rob (yes, another Rob!). He wants to know if he should invest in buy to let property now or hold off because of Brexit. He believes that a “no deal” will likely result in a huge market dip - but is this really the case? If you listen back to the Brexit episode, you’ll hear our thoughts on Brexit and how the Robs think it will affect the property market, but in this episode we expand a tad further. The Brexit negativity is here and now - all markets are assuming the worst. The media is doing a damn good job at making investors question their investment decisions, but should you let them steer you? Is now the time to retreat? Or is it time to stand firm and be brave with your buy to let investment plans? Hit the play button to listen.  Do you have a buy to let or property related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on the next episode by giving us a call on 013 808 00035 and leaving a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? Our online community is friendly, informative, and the members are waiting to welcome you with open arms. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
13/11/189m 4s

TPP295: The Future of UK Property with Property Legend, Tom Bloxham

Last week we learnt how to build a £100 million property development company with none other than the legendary Tom Bloxham MBE, co-founder and Chairman of Urban Splash. This week we’re back with Tom to discuss the future of the UK property market. But as always, first we have our news story of the week which you can find by clicking here. It’s a report undertaken by Generation Rent - a non-profit organisation that campaigns for private renters. Over the last few years since the tax changes were introduced, we’ve had numerous reports of landlords exiting the sector and rents getting pushed through the roof, punishing tenants and leaving them out of pocket. However, this new report makes for interesting reading. Tune in to find out why Rob D thinks this is a pretty sensible piece of property research and also find out what exactly made Rob B laugh out loud. It’s also worth taking a look at the graphs and charts too - the whole thing makes for a very interesting read indeed. Now, what exactly is in store for the property market? We’re with Tom Bloxham MBE once again to discuss the future of the UK property sector. At the top of Tom’s list is modular housing - something which hasn’t hugely taken off in the UK yet, but it won’t be long before it does if Urban Splash has anything to do with it. In this episode we learn why Urban Splash made the bold move to modular housing - was it the huge number of people shunning new build houses? Was it the need for quality and design combined? The ability to completely configure a home to an individual's requirements has slowly started to catch on, as has being able to make internal changes without altering the structural integrity of the building - a win-win. Tom takes us through his vision to reinvent modern housing; from investing in factories to develop greatly designed structures, to allowing customers to personalise every detail and make each property completely bespoke. It’s not all plain sailing though, as modular housing hasn’t taken off in the UK in the same way it has elsewhere like the USA. What does Tom think is the barrier? Is it attitude, personal preference or the steeper price point? We also delve into what excites Tom - what is it about a city or town which captures his attention in a bid to reinvent it the Urban Splash way? Does he want to make communities where pedestrians are more important than cars? Does he want to make sure kids can be safe playing on the streets again? We really delve into what makes a great location for Urban Splash to make their next mark. We also discover that political drivers are a consideration for Tom and his team. He also gives us his insight on what’s in store for the rental sector and why he thinks more of us are renting - a trend which he doesn’t see changing any time soon. If that wasn’t enough, Tom fills us in on his plan for a residential fund so people can co-invest in residential markets. He also shares his thoughts on what traditional buy to let landlords can do to compete with institutional players who are entering the residential property market. This is a fantastic insight into Tom’s world and a great listen. We certainly learnt a lot! Make sure you tune in - it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss. Hub Extra: As always, we’ve dug out a handy resource for Hub Extra this week; it’s another cracking video which you can access here. There’s a backstory to this, so listen to the podcast to find out why the Robs are recommending this, this week. If you’re not signed up to the most valuable email you’ll receive every Friday, head on over to The Property Hub website to sign up for FREE! Get involved: As you know, we love to chat. If you’re on social media, join us and get involved in the conversation over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let us know what you think about this week’s property podcast or let us know about any future topics you’d like us to cover. You can also join our property community on the Property Hub forum. It’s full of like minded people chatting all things property related. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
08/11/1826m 46s

ASK161: I have an off-plan investment property that’s gone wrong. How can this be fixed? Can I get my deposit back?

In a bold move this week, we only have one property investment related question on Ask Rob & Rob. No, that’s not us being lazy. That’s just us wanting to dedicate time to expand on this one, off-plan buy to let investment question with the level of detail that’s needed. We get many questions relating to off-plan investment property each and every week, but none as frustrating as this. So hit the play button to hear Trevor’s story and listen to what Rob & Rob would do in this situation.   Trevor in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire is having a tough time with an off-plan investment property in Liverpool. He exchanged contracts in November 2017 with completion due around June 2018 with a long-stop date of August 2018. Fast forward to February 2018 and Trevor was still nowhere near completing on this property. In fact, when Trevor visited the site, work hadn’t even begun on his buy to let investment. Skip to June 2018 and still nothing had progressed. Since then, Trevor has been back and forth with the developers who have since offered him three alternative plot switches (one of them with a hefty additional cost of £20,000), but has also discovered other amenities which are now no longer included within the build or have been moved elsewhere. Not ideal when purchasing an off-plan investment property. If he chose to stick with his original off-plan apartment, the developer had changed the plan so the bedroom no longer had a window and no natural ventilation - something which would possibly affect the rental potential of the property. So, Trevor has decided to call it a day and the developer has 28 working days to return his deposit. Is it likely to be plain sailing or can Trevor look at exploring breach of contract? In a twist of fate, Rob & Rob did some research on the property developer in question and you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why the Robs chose to walk away from their deals. But the Robs do have some handy information for those who want to safely invest in off-plan property. Should you look for a good track record, protected deposits or both? Make sure you grab a notebook and pen as Rob & Rob take you through a checklist for investing in off-plan property safely. Do Rob & Rob think there’s a chance for Trevor to get his deposit back? Listen and let us know what you think of this week’s podcast. Enjoy this week’s Rob & Rob.  Do you have a property or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? If you’d like to feature on the next episode, give us a call on 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? If you love property chit chat, this is the place for you. Our online community are a friendly bunch, keen to share their knowledge and experience. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
06/11/1811m 36s

TPP294: How To Build A £100 Million Property Development Company: The Urban Splash Story

You’re in for a treat this week, as we learn how to build a £100 million property development company. And we learn from the best in the business - Tom Bloxham MBE, chairman and co-founder of multi-award-winning property development company, Urban Splash. But first, we have our news story of the week which you can find by clicking here. You may remember our landlord survey a while back - the results were interesting and we’re pleased that the findings have hit the property press hard and fast. How will landlords react to Brexit? Will it scupper future property investment plans or will it create a wave of opportunities for investors to capitalise on? Hit the link and let us know what you think of the research. Now, our main event this week is the story of Urban Splash - a business that’s doing phenomenal things in the property industry. At 25 years old, Urban Splash has continued making a splash across towns and cities throughout the UK with their large regeneration and design-led schemes, which have won them a huge amount of awards - and rightly so! A true champion in the property development industry, Tom talks us through the difficulties of taking old, derelict and listed buildings, and restoring them to create functional homes to suit today’s modern needs. And more interestingly, their recent move in to modular housing which is set to transform the housing industry significantly over the years. How did Urban Splash grow from two men in a shed to building a multi-million-pound business? Tune in as Tom walks us through his first, very ambitious project in Liverpool where the true power of design and placemaking was revealed. If you’re unfamiliar with Urban Splash, they are the true pioneers of urban living and have made the challenges of regeneration appear effortless. However, Tom and the team have had many years to perfect this. And while each project has elements which they’d have done differently, they follow our very own mantra of ‘constant improvement’ to make sure lessons are learned and that the next site is better than the last. If you're an aspiring property developer, this property podcast is a must listen for you as Tom also takes us on a journey through site acquisition, competitive bidding and the design process where architects and consultants are pushed to get the most out of each and every site. Once you have a product - what’s next? There’s no secret that Urban Splash are incredible marketers - they’ve won a host of awards for that too. So what’s their secret? How have they created such a huge demand for their properties? How did they go from being a multi-million-pound business to being worthless almost overnight? How did Manchester’s Northern Quarter get its name? And what tips would Tom recommend to those who want to follow in his property footsteps? Tune into this week’s incredible property podcast to find out. Hub Extra: We’re squeezing more value into this week’s property podcast, with another handy resource discovered by Rob & Rob. In fact, there’s $10,000 worth of content here, all for free, courtesy of author, business owner and social media personality, Gary Vaynerchuk. The insights you can take from this video are practical and incredibly informative. If you’re not yet signed up to Hub Extra, head on over to The Property Hub website to sign up for FREE! This handy email will hit your inbox every Friday morning. Meetups - yes, they’re tonight! If you haven’t got yourself registered yet, what are you waiting for? They’re free, educational and more importantly, they’re supportive. Click here to find your nearest one and we’ll see you there! Get involved: As you know, we love to chat. If you’re on social media, join us and get involved in the conversation over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let us know what you think about this week’s property podcast or let us know about any future topics you’d like us to cover. You can also join our property community on the Property Hub forum. It’s full of like minded people chatting all things property related. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
01/11/1822m 36s

ASK160: What does the 2018 budget have in store for property investors?

Today we’re breaking away from the traditional Ask Rob & Rob to bring you a 2018 budget special. Did the Chancellor have any nasty surprises for property investors? Are the Robs likely to have a wobble at what else Philip Hammond is throwing at the sector? There’s no doubt that property investors have taken a hammering over the past few years so understandably, there was every reason to be a tad nervous as the 2018 budget aired across the UK. Even if you listened to the 2018 budget live as it happened, there were a few property related items which didn’t make the main agenda. But, the Robs have delved deep into the detail to fill you in on this 2018 budget special of Ask Rob & Rob. On this special, Rob & Rob will cover: A new stamp duty update which widens the net of people who benefit. And it’s being backdated, A housing infrastructure fund which will help property developers create an additional 650,000 new homes Lettings relief - reducing the capital gains tax you need to pay News on Help to Buy   It’s short and sweet this week so grab a coffee, hit the play button and enjoy this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a property or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? If you’d like to feature on the next episode, give us a call on 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? If you love property chit chat, this is the place for you. Our online community are a friendly bunch, keen to share their knowledge and experience. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
30/10/183m 43s

TPP293: Is It Time To Be Buying In London?

London’s calling in this week’s property podcast. Is is game over for the London property market? Or is it a property investment opportunity that you need to grab with both hands? As always, we’re starting this week’s property podcast with a news story that caught our attention. Here’s the link that prompted some colourful language off-air from Rob & Rob this week. The chancellor is apparently weighing up a tax break for landlords who sell their investment properties to long-term tenants (tenants who have been in their rental property for at least three years). In a nutshell, if this new plan came to fruition, the capital gains tax, usually paid by landlords when they sell a property, would all disappear and be split equally between the landlord and the tenant. From the tax that would have been paid, 50 percent would go to the tenant and the remaining 50 percent would be removed from the landlord’s tax bill. It may be a brilliant vote winner but it’s certainly rubbed the Robs up the wrong way. Has the thinktank seriously thought this through? Listen to this week’s property podcast to hear more. On the subject of tax - let us remind you of our dedicated tax service specifically for property investors and landlords. It’s been in demand since we launched it and believe it or not, there’s a waiting list. The good news is that we’re about to open up new slots very soon. Join the tax priority list today to get your consultation booked and have all your questions answered by someone who completely understands what property investors are all about. Now, London... Should you be selling up investment property or are the future prospects brighter than we thought? We start with a recap which brings some interesting insights before looking at where we are today - high prices and stretched affordability. Here’s a stat for you: the average property in London costs 14 times the average London earnings. That’s not the only stat in this week’s property podcast either, but you’ll need to tune in to find out more. Whether you want to purchase property in London as an owner or an investor, this episode is well worth a listen. What’s making investing in property so difficult in London? Can we balance the negative factors with all the opportunities available in the city? If you’re firm on investing in London, Rob D has some snippets of information which will be of interest to property investors, sticking with those key fundamentals needed to be considered when investing in property. He also shares his own experience with his London investment property which may resonate with listeners in a similar position this week. Is another crash on the horizon? Find out and tune into this week’s property podcast to hear more.   Hub Extra: We’re back with another resource discovered by Rob & Rob this week. It’s something the Robs discovered a while ago but it’s had a little refresh so it’s worth sharing with you. It can help assess areas and potential for growth - click here to explore. A very handy tool indeed. And if you’re not signed up to Hub Extra, what are you waiting for? It’s the best email you’ll receive all week. Head on over to The Property Hub website to sign up for FREE! Meetups - yes, it’s that time of the month again. They’re next week, so if you haven’t got yourself registered yet, what are you waiting for? They’re free, educational and more importantly, they’re supportive. Click here to find your nearest one and we’ll see you there! Get involved: As you know, we love to chat. If you’re on social media, join us and get involved in the conversation over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let us know what you think about this week’s property podcast or let us know about any future topics you’d like us to cover. You can also join our property community on the Property Hub forum. It’s full of like minded people chatting all things property related. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
25/10/1822m 56s

ASK159: Will this tax loophole be closed? PLUS: How much value will planning permission add?

Welcome to another Ask Rob & Rob - that time of the week where you send in your property investment questions and the Robs give you the answers. First up we have Adam from London. He already has a 2-bedroom buy to let investment property in Cheltenham which is performing well. He’s looking at purchasing a second buy to let property and wants to know if the current loophole on the restriction of mortgage interest relief for limited companies is likely to close any time soon. Naturally Adam doesn’t want to go through the trouble of setting up a limited company if this property loophole is likely to get closed - so what do Rob & Rob think? Should he save himself the hassle of registering a business and make his buy to let property purchase personally? And is it actually a loophole Adam is referring to? Rob D has some interesting thoughts on this. Listen to the podcast to hear more or click here for information about Property Hub Tax and join the priority list. Second up we have Danny from Portsmouth who wants to know if gaining planning permission will increase the value of his investment property. Danny has recently purchased a corner plot and has a plan A and plan B. Should he put a dwelling on the end or change it to a 4-bedroom house, adding two bedrooms via an extension? He wants to know if there’s a tool to show you what you could increase values by if he was to sell his investment property with agreed planning permission. Now, Rob B has some top notch advice here, utilising his wealth of property development knowledge. Make sure you jot some notes down for this one as it’s a great question and the answer isn’t quite as straightforward as you may think. Enjoy this week’s Rob & Rob. Do you have a property or property investment related question for Rob & Rob? If you’d like to feature on the next episode, give us a call on 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? If you love property chit chat, this is the place for you. Our online community are a friendly bunch, keen to share their knowledge and experience. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
23/10/1810m 32s

TPP292: Listener Deals 2018: Pt 1

We’ve got a treat for you on this week’s property podcast. Back by popular demand, we have a whole podcast featuring our listener deals - so tune in to hear Rob & Rob reviewing three property investment deals which were sent in to us. But first, we’re talking about a property headline that’s grabbed our attention (and wound Rob B up!): Where does rent hit young people the hardest? There’s no surprise that the answer is London. And there’s also no surprise that people in their 20s who want to rent their own home have to pay an unaffordable amount. It’s not unusual for someone to pay around 30% of their salary on rental payments, and this is a figure used quite often now. However, in London a whopping £51,200 salary is needed to afford a one-bedroom rental property - much higher than the average across the whole of England which is just under £25,000. Now, there are a few things in this property and rental report which Rob B just wasn’t happy with. You’ll have to listen to this week’s podcast to find out. Click here for the full story on BBC news. Whilst we’ve got you - let’s talk about tax. The Property Hub Tax is something we launched because we had to - we were simply inundated with tax enquiries and since launching, we’ve been unbelievably busy. However, we’re about to increase capacity. Great news for you - but bad news if you’re not on the priority list. You could be missing out on valuable, tax advice which could save you thousands.   We’ll be opening new slots up very soon, so make sure you join the priority list by clicking here. Now, let’s get down to business. It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed your investment deals and after our shout-out for deals to review, you literally bombarded us! We’d love to have gone through all of them, however we’ve chosen three of the best to run through on this week’s property podcast. Deal 1 is from Agi in Ipswich. It’s a 2-bedroom end of terrace property with a classic buy-refurb-refinance strategy which Agi is considering. He’s concerned about his offer and the likelihood of acceptance - this is in addition to a £17,000 refurbishment. Will this be enough? Would the Robs consider this to be a healthy refurb budget? Listen as Rob & Rob take us on a journey, tackling research, key indicators and the all-important comparables. Is there lots going on in the area or is it a ghost town? Follow their conversation as they consider surveyor valuations along with their ultimate verdict on whether this property investment has potential or whether they’d walk away. Deal 2 is from Adam in Little Paxton, St Neots. This property needs a lot of work - listen to the podcast for the lovely description given to us by Adam! But despite its condition, does this investment deal have potential? With a wide range of executive homes in the area, is it best to raise the standards with this one and give it a healthy refurb budget? Or simply do the bare minimum to bring it up to standard? Whether Adam wants to flip the property or hold and rent it out, the numbers need looking at closely. If it’s the numbers your interested in, hit the play button to hear Rob B run through the calculations and find out whether Adam’s property investment deal would pass the ultimate stress tests. Finally we have Deal 3 from Sunny who is based in London but considering buying this rather lovely property in Whalley Range, Manchester. Once Rob & Rob stop quibbling over who’s likely to move in (just take a look at the pictures!) they get down to the all-important financials. Whilst an investment property needing no work doing to it is a major bonus, the numbers still need to stack up. The Robs investigate capital growth, lack of transport and also agent tactics and the fact that they’re not allowing Sunny to make an offer. This deal is an interesting one as we listen to pointers on leasehold arrangements and service charges - the devil is most certainly in the detail. Listen now - it’s a good one. We promise. Hub Extra: This week’s top resource is a great tool to help you find a deal using the property portal, Rightmove. It’s a feature that’s slightly tucked away, but once you know it’s there, you can use it to narrow down your property criteria and deliver the search results you really want to see. We’re always sharing great tips - particularly in our Hub Extra email which will hit your inbox every Friday if you're signed up. And if you’re not, you can do so here.   Get involved: Are you on social media? We’d love to hear from you, so get following and message us your thoughts on this week’s podcast. And if you have any topics you’d like us to cover on future property podcasts, let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also get involved with our property community by joining us on the Property Hub forum. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other listeners find us and we always read a selection out on our podcast too - so you could get a mention. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
18/10/1834m 0s

ASK158 When will prices go up in the North East? PLUS: Am I going to get taxed twice?

We have another two cracking property questions this week on Ask Rob & Rob. The first comes from PJ who wants to know about the ripple effect of northern cities. With property prices in the South East still way below their 2007 figures,  PJ wants to know when the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough will see any capital growth after the mid-cycle wobble. As you know, Rob & Rob have form for accurate property predictions, so listen to Ask Rob & Rob this week to discover how they think these areas will play out. Will they see capital growth or are they not worth bothering with? Is there a trick PJ is missing out on with a location that Rob B is keeping a very close eye on? Is growth on the horizon or is it just too early to tell? Have a listen and let us know what you think.   The second question comes from Pete who’s a fairly new listener but has been loving the property podcasts so far (thanks Pete!). He has four investment properties in his property portfolio. He owns two outright and the other two have 50% mortgages against them - plenty of equity. Pete is worried about the tax changes for buy to let investment property and is concerned he’ll get taxed twice if he chose to invest via a limited company. Pete’s question isn’t an unusual one and if anything, highlights the need to have a basic understanding of tax so you can make sure you’re investing in property via a method that’s best suited to your needs. Luckily, Rob & Rob are clued up on tax and have some general pointers for Pete, so hit the listen button to hear what they have to say. We also have The Property Hub Tax - a dedicated team who fully understand what property investors want. Tax is complex and it’s never been more important to make sure you get the right advice. Sign up to the priority list today by clicking here.   Do you have a property question for Rob & Rob? If you’d like to feature on the next episode, give us a call on 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply).   Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined us over in The Property Hub Forum yet? If you love property chit chat, this is the place for you. Our online community are a friendly bunch, keen to share their knowledge and experience. So get yourself over and introduce yourself.
16/10/186m 4s

TPP291: Expert’s Guide to Commercial Property

Following on from last week’s property podcast, this week we have super landlord, Phil Stewardson, helping us deliver the expert’s guide to commercial property. Before we dig in, we’re covering this week’s news story which is about house price growth. Property prices rose the fastest in the North West, with London suffering the biggest fall of 0.7% year-on-year. Take a look at the links which give you a further analysis, and listen to the property podcast to hear what Rob & Rob have to say. The main property podcast event this week is the appearance of our super landlord, Phil Stewardson, who was kind enough to join us for another session. Phil talks us through the commercial property types he started his journey with back in 2001, when the market for buying residential property was extremely tight. His first commercial property deal was a pub in 2002, taking full advantage of the decline in pub establishments at the time, between 2002 and 2005. What was it that attracted Phil to pubs? The returns? The large space? The sheer amount of potential? And what exactly forms part of Phil’s commercial property portfolio? From chip shops and convenience stores to petrol stations - there’s not much more to add to Phil’s ever-growing portfolio. You’ll also learn about what makes Phil tick from an investment point of view. Is it a good spot on a busy road, or is it a combination of other factors? And does he always go into an investment with a firm plan of action, or does he have a plan B or even a plan C? As well as the advantages of commercial property, Phil also shares his not-so-great experiences. Despite all commercial sites working well for Phil, it’s not all been plain sailing. He’s navigated through a range of issues and overcome a number of obstacles which you’ll learn about in this episode. The ultimate burning question from many listeners is likely to be “how can I make the move from residential to commercial property investment?” Is it a natural progression? Phil and Rob & Rob share their thoughts on the best route for those of you who are interested in making the move, and Phil very helpfully delivers some key nuggets of information that can help you make strong commercial property investment decisions. What does the future hold for commercial property? And is Phil worried about the future? Find out in today’s property podcast. Hub Extra: This week’s top resource is a great podcast recommendation from Rob & Rob. It’s an interview Tim Ferriss held with Howard Marks - and it’s well worth a listen! Click here. Howard Marks is the co chairman and co founder of Oaktree Capital Management which has more than $120 billion in assets. He talks about market cycles and finances in an incredibly simplistic way. He really gets into the nitty gritty of business and this is definitely one to download and absorb. And if you haven’t signed up to our mailing list to get Hub Extra - the most valuable email you’ll receive all week, you can do so here. Get involved: Are you on social media? We’d love to hear from you, so get following and message us your thoughts on this week’s podcast. And if you have any topics you’d like us to cover on future property podcasts, let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also get involved with our property community by joining us on the Property Hub forum. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Aside from making us smile, your reviews help other podcast listeners find us. We also give each one a shout-out on the property podcast, so yours could be next to feature on an upcoming episode. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
11/10/1823m 58s

ASK157: How can I sell this property? PLUS: Should I learn these skills myself?

Welcome to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. First up with a property question is Mark. He has a HMO in Southampton which is mortgage free and has been self managed for over 20 years. Mark has now moved north but finds the travelling and cost of upkeep is just too much. He wants to sell the property and reinvest the funds somewhere closer to home, however he’s hit a few snags. He’s failed at getting planning permission to alter the property in the hope it would add value, and he’s also considered selling the HMO to both investors and property developers which hasn’t been plain sailing. The developers say the rental income wouldn’t make the money back if they were to rebuild. And unfortunately Mark doesn’t have enough capital to see through a void period whilst he refurbishes the property himself. Remortgaging isn’t an option either. So, what should he do? The Robs have some advice for Mark which covers everything from pricing, refurbishing and also the possibility of an assisted sale. If you’re not aware of how an assisted sale works, tap the play button to find out. Callum has also called on the Robs this week. Callum is 21, from Nottingham and has been avidly saving for his first investment property. He’s been reading, watching and listening to every resource he can find and wants to know whether it would be better for him to learn the trades or go in to project management. Again, from people who have been there, done it and bought the t-shirt, the Robs talk Callum through ways he can get the most value from learning and how they’d approach things if they were in his position. Would the Robs grab a paintbrush or plastering trowel? Or would they leave it to the professionals? There’s also a good few resources shared this week on how Callum can get started - so make sure you tune into this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Would you like to feature on the next Ask Rob & Rob? If you have a property related question, simply call 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Do you love property and are keen to connect with likeminded people? Head over and join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. Our active Hubbers are talking property on a daily basis - from breaking news to sharing hints, tips and some very interesting progress journeys. Pop over and introduce yourself today.
10/10/187m 11s

TPP290: Beginners Guide to Commercial Property: Part 1

Welcome to this week’s property podcast which is a beginners guide to commercial property. But before we dive in, we’re discussing the new stamp duty tax announcement which the government announced at this week’s Conservative party conference. The Tories now want to tax overseas property investors between one and three percent on top of the existing stamp duty charges. And in a potential political-winning move, they want the additional funds to go to the homeless.   Now, details are pretty limited in terms of how they intend on defining a ‘foreign investor’, and we’re not yet sure how this move will affect expats investing through a limited company. The Robs have some thoughts, so make sure you tune in this week to listen and send us a message on social to let us know what you think. You can read more about the story here. This week’s property podcast is the beginners guide to commercial property. It’s a hot topic, and we get many questions over on the forum asking what it is and what’s the best way to invest. The Robs cover everything this week; from defining what commercial property is, to looking at how they’re ‘classed’. They also look at why many confuse commercial property with buying a residential property using a commercial mortgage. There are also some surprising stats on the ownership of commercial property which Rob & Rob are sharing this week, and they delve into which is far more vulnerable to the economy - residential or commercial? Lease lengths, void periods, valuations and future cash flows - it’s all covered on this episode. The podcast is jam packed full of all the commercial property basics that you need to know. And once you’ve soaked up all this valuable information, Rob & Rob share the best places to get started with your purchase. It’s a good one, so make sure you tune in. Meetups: Have you been to one yet? These are our free property events held across the country where you can literally chat property all evening long. There’s no hidden agenda, just a friendly group of people discussing all things relating to investing in property.   Click here to find your closest meetup and book your place. Hub Extra: This week’s top resource is a great read called Planet Property Written by Peter Bill who was the long-time Editor of the Estates Gazette, this book delves into commercial property in interesting detail and comes highly recommended. And if you haven’t signed up to our mailing list to get Hub Extra - the most valuable email you’ll receive all week, you can do so here. Get involved: Are you on social media? We love to chat, so get following and pop us a message. And if you have any topics you’d like us to cover on future property podcasts, let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you. You can also get involved with our property community by joining the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. Advice is shared by both new and experienced investors on a daily basis, so get yourself over there and introduce yourself. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Aside from making us smile, your reviews help other podcast listeners find us. We also give each one a shout-out on the property podcast, so yours could be next to feature on an upcoming episode. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
10/10/1820m 54s

ASK156 - Should I take a risk on this location? Plus: Where should I be setting money aside?

Welcome to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Liam starts things off by asking about Crewe.  By using the 18 year property cycle he can see that at this point in the cycle last time Crewe enjoyed explosive growth.  Should Liam take the risk or should he play it safe in Manchester or Liverpool? Rob and Rob are happy to help - especially when they get to chat about property cycles. This is something many of us will be wondering as we enter this phase of the cycle. Manchester and Liverpool are performing really well at the moment but does that also mean that there is no capital growth left? HS2 is also a massive factor to consider as Crewe is going to benefit in a major way.  Crewe is set to be one of the most well connected cities in the country. Would it be foolish not to get in now? There’s a lot to consider! Next is Liam who’s been practising what Rob and Rob preach.  He’s been putting away 10% of his rent for voids and repairs, but he’s unsure where to put that money. Does keeping everything in one place make it easier or harder to keep track of? Hit the listen button and enjoy Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a property related question for Rob & Rob? Whether you’re a first time investor or a seasoned pro, you could feature on our next episode. Simply call 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Do you love property and are keen to connect with likeminded people? Head over and join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. Our active Hubbers are talking property on a daily basis - from breaking news to sharing hints, tips and some very interesting progress journeys. Pop over an introduce yourself today.
10/10/187m 25s

TPP289: Rob B’s First Investment

This week Rob B is taking a look at his first and slightly unexpected property investment of the year. But first, we start with a quick rundown of the latest property news, which is a report on the private rental sector done by university academics. Whilst many results were what we would have expected, there were some interesting findings, particularly around the arguments property investors and landlords have been making for quite some time. Were they in favour of banning Section 21? And what do they think should be standardised across the property industry? Click here to read the report. Now, this week’s main event is a special one as Rob B shares a personal journey and takes a proper look at his first property investment this year. In a city that’s the driving force behind the Northern Powerhouse initiative, this is not just any old investment in an ordinary building. You can see this skyscraper from pretty much every point in the city. Rob B’s move to invest in this deal may surprise some listeners, as you’ll know that property development has been his sole focus so far this year, but listen to what made his head turn in this week’s show. Was it the location of this property investment or the facilities that changed his mind? Or was it the fact that this is not just going to be the best property development in the city, but in the whole of the UK? At over 200 metres tall, it’s certainly going to be a corker. He delves into reports of the city’s reported ‘over-development’ and shares his thoughts on whether he’s concerned about the property market or whether now is the right time to be taking stock of these opportunities. Also, what due diligence did he do for this off-plan investment? How much cash did he put down and what are his expectations on the way this property investment deal will perform in the future? Hit the play button to listen. Meetups: If you’ve not got yourself to one yet, what are you waiting for? There are free events across the country where you can meet like minded property investors and share experiences. There’s no selling, just a friendly group of people all with one interest in common. Click here to find your closest meetup and book your place. Hub Extra: This week the Robs are sharing a top resource: Work Less, Make More by James Schramko. Rob D gives us a very quick overview this week on the author’s enviable lifestyle and how he’s built it. If you’d like to see how you could earn more or do less, this is definitely one for your reading list. And if you haven’t signed up to our mailing list to get Hub Extra - the most valuable email you’ll receive all week, you can do so here. Get involved: Are you following us on social media? We’re pretty active across all our channels, so if you have any topics you’d like us to cover in future property podcasts, pop us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you. You can also get involved with our lovely property community by joining the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. There are new topics started by our Hubbers on a daily basis and a whole wealth of advice shared with both new and experienced property investors. Get yourself over there and introduce yourself. And if you haven’t done so already, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Aside from making us smile, your reviews help other podcast listeners find us. We also give each one a shout-out on the property podcast, so yours could be next to feature on an upcoming episode. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
10/10/1824m 57s

ASK155: Can I release equity to invest in property? PLUS: My solicitors are ignoring me, what can I do?

Welcome to this week’s Ask Rob & Rob. Daniel kicks us off today by asking us about his options for releasing equity on his family home. He’s lucky enough to own it outright and wants to start purchasing buy to let investment properties. He’s contacting mortgage brokers but isn’t sure whether he should be looking at one property in London or a few properties in Manchester. Luckily Rob & Rob are on-hand to give Daniel some pointers on getting his first investment property wrapped up. Should Daniel remortgage 95% or 70%? And is it better to walk away with the whole amount or get an offset mortgage and draw down on it as/when required? Also, what are Daniel’s goals and why should these be determined before considering locations? If you’re looking at refinancing your home to kick start your property investment journey, this week is a corker for you. Second up we have Lauren who is frustrated with the solicitors recommended by her lender. Her purchase has nearly fallen through twice and her mortgage offer is due to expire very soon. What can she do when nobody can seem to make contact with them? The Rob’s have always made their feelings about the conveyancing process crystal clear. Whilst this isn’t an uncommon situation, that doesn’t make it right. What should Lauren’s first move be? Listen to what Rob & Rob would do to try and push the purchase through. Buying investment property shouldn’t be painful, so it’s important to find a decent mortgage broker and conveyancing solicitor to help move the process on. Hit the listen button and enjoy Ask Rob & Rob. Do you have a property related question for Rob & Rob? Whether you’re a first time investor or a seasoned pro, you could feature on our next episode. Simply call 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Do you love property and are keen to connect with likeminded people? Head over and join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. Our active Hubbers are talking property on a daily basis - from breaking news to sharing hints, tips and some very interesting progress journeys. Pop over an introduce yourself today.
10/10/1810m 11s

TPP288: What has Brexit done to the UK property market?

That’s right, Brexit discussions have become the nation's new favourite way to fall out with your friends and family. It’s not just a hot topic around dinner tables, it’s got the conversation flowing across our Hub members and on our social channels. Let’s take a look at what Brexit has done to the UK property market and what’s going to happen in the event of a deal, no deal, some other deal or another referendum. But first, we kick this week’s podcast off with some news stories. The main headline was that house prices were likely to fall by 35%. Did Mark Carney actually predict this, or was this the media attempting to stir us into a frenzy? There’s likely to be many property investors interested in this prediction, so it’s important to know where these facts came from and if they’re actually true. The main topic today is Brexit and its impact on the UK property market. And whilst the Rob’s don’t have a crystal ball, they share their thoughts this week on how Brexit is likely to affect UK property. If you’re a property investor, should you sit it out and hold off buying your next investment property or should you look for the opportunities that Brexit could present? Based on history and some fundamental principles, the Rob’s delve deep this week. So brace yourselves for a great podcast! This week Rob & Rob attempt to strip away the emotion and focus on the core facts that could lead to Brexit severely impacting the UK property market - or not. Should we be nervous? Should we take stock of the negativity surrounding the market? Or should we be embracing the buying opportunities that this could present to property investors? Hit the play button to find out. Hub Extra: Don’t forget Hub Extra which hits your inbox on a Friday if you’re a Hub member. It’s a good one! Make sure you subscribe if you’ve not already. It’s the most valuable email you’ll receive all week. Get involved: Are you following us on our social channels? Let us know if you have any topics you’d like us to cover. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you. Also, have you joined our lovely property community yet? Join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. We’re happy to keep the Brexit chat going over in the community but you’ll also be able to chip in on a number of property related topics to help you on your property investment journey. Our Hubbers are a great bunch of people and very helpful, so get over there and introduce yourself today. Whilst we’ve got you, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other podcast listeners find us. We also read out every single one of them on air, so head on over and we could be reading yours out on the next episode. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
20/09/1820m 13s

ASK154: How can I use my pension to invest in property? PLUS: How much do I need to earn from property to leave my job?

Pete Matthew from the Meaningful Money Podcast joins Rob & Rob again this week as we delve into some personal finance questions relating to property investment. Penny from Orpington wants to know how she can use her pension to buy property. It’s a question that crops up many times and this week, Pete shares his wisdom on whether this is possible or not. Can she invest in residential property or should Penny consider putting her money into commercial property? Also, Pete shares some advice on SIPPs, PAIFs and REITs - and if you don’t know what these are, make sure you tune into this weeks Ask Rob & Rob with Pete to find out more. Our second question this week comes from Rich in Romford. Rich owns seven properties and has dreams of leaving his job and live comfortably off the rental income from them. He wants to know how much he should be earning for him to quit his job when he’s currently bringing in around £2,000 per month before tax. As Pete has told us previously, cashflow underpins everything - money in versus money out. There’s some great advice for Rich this week as Pete talks him through short term debt, contingency plans and the importance of having a ‘cushion’ for those unexpected things that crop up. We recommend tuning in to hear more. And if you’d like to hear more from Pete, you can head on over to his podcast or purchase his book by clicking here. This book contains everything you need to know about personal finance with no confusing fluff - just honest and super-practical advice to help you take control of your money. Hit the listen button to hear this weeks invaluable advice from Rob & Rob… and Pete. Do you have a property investment related question for Rob & Rob? You could feature on our next episode. All you need to do is call 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead. The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. Have you joined our community of like-minded people discussing all things property? Head over and join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. Whether you’re new to property investment or have decades of experience under your belt, the forum is loaded with helpful insights on all things property related. Head on over and introduce yourself.
18/09/189m 12s

TPP287: 13 powerful ways Rob & Rob maximise their time

Podcasts, forum, magazine, meetups, free courses, books, multiple businesses, managing a team of 50+ - are Rob & Rob superhuman?! NO! They’ve mastered the art of productivity and in this week’s property podcast they spill their secrets to maximising time. Rob & Rob reveal the best techniques on how to organise your week, from to-do lists to calendar events. Why regularly setting and reviewing goals and setting your tasks in relation to achieving your goals, is so important (we have a great free course on goal setting, click here to view!). Plus why you should resist doing tasks you don’t enjoy (yes that’s right!). Most importantly don’t forget to download our resource of the week, Rob’s Reflection Template to help you effectively evaluate yourself and your week. Want to know how you can join our thriving property community? Join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. From property newbies to experienced buy-to-let investors, this is a place where you can connect with others and get some really helpful advice. Whilst we’ve got you, we’d love it if you could head over and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews help other podcast listeners find us. We also read out every single one of them on air, so head on over and we could be reading yours out on the next episode. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts here. Not sure how to leave a review? This video shows you how to review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
13/09/1836m 44s

ASK153: How can I get the rental income from my investment property under control? PLUS: How can I prepare for the worst?

We have a treat for you today. It’s not just Ask Rob & Rob. It’s Ask Rob & Rob and Pete. Pete Matthew from the Meaningful Money Podcast joins us today and answers your personal finance questions relating to property investment. First up we have Lynsey from Brighton who is getting confused with the finances relating to her investment property. Should she use spreadsheets, apps or something else to make the whole process less overwhelming? Pete is right on the money with the advice he gives. Mastering the art of budgeting, particularly with investment property, can often be a challenge. Hopefully his advice today will send Lynsey on her way to having her property income streamlined and her feeling more in control. In another property related question, Tim from Cardiff has two investment properties - one in his name and the other he purchased via a limited company. We all know insurance can be a minefield, but what insurance do landlords actually need? Pete talks us through the three main events: early death, critical illness and being unable to work. With some sound advice from Pete and our very own Rob & Rob, this podcast covers the need-to-know information for both new and experienced property investors. Protection is key. Hit the listen button to hear this weeks invaluable advice from Rob & Rob… and Pete. And if you’d like to hear more from Pete, head on over to the Meaningful Money Podcast or go to petesbook.com If you have your own question about investment property you’d like answering, you just need to call 013 808 00035 and leave a message with your name and question (normal UK call rates apply). Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.  The next question on Ask Rob & Rob could be yours. In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about investing in buy to let property from like-minded people, join the conversation over in the Property Hub forum. It’s full of people just like you, hungry for more property investment information, so head on over and introduce yourself.
11/09/1810m 38s