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Property market buoyant as lending booms

In 2016, mortgage lending hit its highest level in 8 years, which can mainly be attributed to low interest rates.

Proving that the property market remains buoyant, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has confirmed that with a lending total of £246m last year, lending has increased by 12% on the total amount lent in 2015. Mortgage approvals for both purchasing property and re-mortgaging rose in December 2016, showing that this trend is likely to continue into 2017. In fact, since 2008, remortgaging has grown year on year by 30%.

Therefore, despite Brexit and higher stamp duty for buy to let investors, many people have clearly been taking advantage of low interest rates to move up the property ladder. However, despite banks being keen to do business, in some areas, there is an ongoing shortage of properties on the market nationally and house price growth is expected to slow.

Manjit Virdi, Managing Director of Redstones explains, “We’ve got off to a very busy start in 2017 across the board, in terms of both property sales and lettings. We have a very high quality supply of properties right now too.”

He continues, “The positive situation with mortgage lending means that this could be the ideal time to buy your first home, move up the property ladder or continue expanding an existing property portfolio. We’re finding that for many people, it makes sense to start the new year by strengthening property investments.”

We offer innovative services in both sales and lettings such as Switch Agent and Redstones Platinum Total Care, which are very popular with our landlords.

Find out more about the great service Redstones has to offer.

Redstones West Midlands House Head Office

Centre of Operations

This new office will be the centre of operations for the companies expanding lettings and estate agency franchise, as well as serving landlords, tenants and property sellers and buyers in the Willenhall and Walsall areas.

Manjit Virdi, founder and Managing Director of Redstones, said, “It is an exciting time for our company. As well as moving to our new Willenhall base, we will be revamping our website and online presence. We feel we can utilise our online platform to spread the reach of our service, and give an even more cost-effective service to our customers.”

“We have continually sought to be innovators in the UK property letting and management industry. Our Platinum Total Care Service, which guarantees rental income to landlords, and our Easy Switch Agents Scheme are two examples of that innovative spirit. 2017 promises to be our best year, and I am excited at what we will be delivering for our customers.”

Redstones services include residential sales, lettings, and property management. The nature of the property market is developing, with over 80% of all property searches now carried out online. Redstones utilises this to present property in the best manner, including 3D floor plans, providing a  “walk through” experience.

Whilst fully embracing the internet, and the latest technology, Manjit Virdi feels Redstones have a particular advantage in the property industry. “We never forget that this business is about people,” he says. “Although we may be dealing with bricks and mortar, at the end of the day we are helping people. That may be taking the pressure off a property owner by managing their property and tenants, or getting the best possible price for someone selling their property.”

“Our people make the difference too. We call ourselves the ‘local’ property experts, and the knowledge we have of our communities and the local property markets, means we can add extra value for our customers, that some of the big box agents struggle with.”

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Maximising your property portfolio

For landlords, we always advise that a diverse investment portfolio that takes into account your lifestyle requirements, age and risk profile, as well as contrasting which investments are likely to yield the highest returns are central to an effective investment strategy.

Property is a great option for investment, especially when you consider that interest rates are currently far below 1%. The time is now to consider adding property, or further property, to your portfolio.

Diversifying is so important because when it comes to property investment, it makes sense to avoid putting all your eggs in one basket should something unpredictable occur in regards to a particular investment.

There are many factors that will determine what sort of investment is right for you, such as whether you require income or capital growth, long or short term investment or how hands on you want to be. Also, do you want your money back quickly?

Diversifying by location is another way to diversify your property portfolio, although some argue that specialising in certain areas provides greater expertise and better results. Always conduct extensive research and target areas where property prices will grow due to their good location or through new businesses opening in the area.

Of course, risk and affordability is key. If you feel that your investment will become less profitable, always get out when you can.

Another consideration is how hands on you want to be when it comes to property management. At Redstones, your time is precious to us and we take all the hassle out of property management for landlords, whilst helping to advise on your next property investment.

In conclusion, diversifying your property portfolio is certainly an attractive course of action and Redstones are here to help you make your property investment ambitions a reality.