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    ASK399: Should I sell one to pay down the other? PLUS: What can I do with £20k?

    enSeptember 26, 2023

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    • Managing Property Portfolio During Rising Interest RatesConsider potential capital growth, rental income, and long-term investment goals before making decisions on managing a property portfolio during rising interest rates.

      Key takeaway from this episode of Ask Rob and Rob is that property investor Tim is seeking advice on how to manage his portfolio during rising interest rates. With two investment properties, one in Brighton and one in Worthing, Tim is concerned about the financial viability of both properties as their 5-year fixes expire in 2024. Currently, the Brighton property is vacant, and Tim is considering selling it and reinvesting the capital into Worthing to pay down the mortgage or selling all his properties and waiting with the cash pot to see how the market evolves. Rob acknowledges Tim's thoughtful question and expresses gratitude for his appreciation of their content over the years. While Rob doesn't provide a definitive answer, he encourages Tim to consider various factors, such as potential capital growth, rental income, and long-term investment goals, before making a decision. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of adaptability and strategic planning in property investing during periods of economic uncertainty.

    • Weighing income and capital growth when buying a second propertyConsider both income and potential capital growth when deciding to buy a second property. While ensuring income covers expenses is crucial, long-term investors should also assess growth potential to make informed decisions.

      When considering whether to buy a second property despite potential increased mortgage costs, it's essential to weigh both income and capital growth. While ensuring income covers expenses is crucial, long-term investors should also consider potential capital growth on both properties. This could result in stronger growth, even if cash flow takes a hit. However, the decision ultimately depends on individual circumstances and goals. Another factor to consider is the relative growth potential of the properties compared to other investment opportunities. For instance, if your current location has experienced significant growth in the last decade, you may believe that future growth will be limited. Therefore, it's vital to assess these factors carefully before making a decision.

    • Should I sell or hold my property investment?Consider local market conditions, affordability, yields, and personal goals when deciding whether to sell or hold a property investment. For beginners, saving up a larger down payment or seeking alternative financing methods may be the best route.

      When deciding whether to sell a property or hold onto it for more growth, investors should consider various factors such as local market conditions, affordability, yields, and personal goals. It's impossible to know for sure which decision is the right one, so it's essential to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that aligns with your financial situation and comfort level. For those starting in property investment with a limited budget, the best route may be to save up a larger down payment or seek alternative financing methods, such as using an Individual Savings Account (ISA) or finding a co-investor. It's crucial to research potential investment areas carefully and assess the long-term growth potential before committing your funds. Ultimately, successful property investment requires a strategic approach, a willingness to learn, and the ability to adapt to changing market conditions. Stay informed, stay patient, and remain committed to your long-term goals.

    • Alternative ways to invest in propertyConsider investing in a fund, joint ventures, or keep saving and investing to build up a deposit for property investment.

      There isn't a quick fix or magic solution to saving enough money for a deposit to invest in property. However, there are alternative ways to gain exposure to the property market. One option is to invest in a fund. Another is to consider a joint venture with someone else who also wants to invest in property. This comes with its own set of challenges, so it's important to carefully consider the risks and potential issues. A third option is to keep saving and investing, whether through a fund, stocks and shares ISA, or even a savings account with a good interest rate. While it may take time, consistently adding to your savings can help you build up a deposit. Remember, the first property is often the hardest one to acquire, but with persistence and careful planning, it's an achievable goal.

    • Navigating the first real estate investment with limited fundsBuild a fund, seek joint ventures, or continue saving to invest in real estate, but beware of scammy property courses.

      Starting your real estate investment journey can be challenging, especially with limited funds. The first property may be the toughest, but over the long term, it will get easier as you build a snowball of savings and rental profits. However, beware of property courses promising quick and easy solutions with little or no upfront cost, as many are borderline scams. Instead, consider building a fund, seeking a joint venture, or continuing to save and invest. While each option has its pros and cons, avoid property courses that may leave you feeling motivated but lacking practical knowledge. Keep sending your questions to propertyhub.net/ask for future episodes.

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