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On forecasting and market insight

Just over ten and a half years ago I was working as a land agent specialising complex tax valuations, when I received a call from one of Savills’ head honchos asking me if I would like to go to his house on a Sunday morning for a cup of coffee and a chat. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse, a move across to the intoxicating world of residential property research. And so I began my conversion from humble chartered surveyor to supposed housing market guru. Fast forward to 2017 and it would... Read More >

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Digital map showing key features of a neighbourhood Five golden rules for investing in a successful buy-to-let purchase Residential investment specialist Ben Keating shares his top tips
Further to last month’s article I am following this with specific local factors to look out for when investing in residential property. Once you’ve done your homework on the precise area you are targeting and the amount you can invest, Read More >
Skeleton key hanging on wooden door Be careful what you wish for: the unintended consequences of political intervention in the ground rent market Paul Winstanley explains the dilemma the government is currently facing
I, like most people, detest seeing people get ripped off, especially so in the residential property industry. While I am proud to be part of an industry who, through organisations such as the BPF and ULI, genuinely wants to raise standards, Read More >
A typical Victorian residential building in London Developers should consider style as well as substance How can developers appeal to buyers who don’t want just another new build?
Should you buy new or used? A mattress – always new. Appliances – new if you can afford it. Furniture – new unless it is a nice antique piece. A home? Who wouldn’t want the brand new, well-proportioned, well-insulated two-bedroom Read More >
Houses by the sea seen from above Location, gentrification, population The key factors you need to consider when buying a property to let
As I touched upon in my last article, long term out-performance is the principal aim for a residential investor in our era of lower returns. Residential investment is a completely different mindset from choosing your own home to live in. It is Read More >
Close-up of stacks of pennies Which property makes the best investment? Ben Keating explores good decision-making now the 'easy money' days of residential investment are over
In my next few articles, my aim is to guide readers through typical investment decisions and options, hopefully shedding some light on interesting angles and ways to increase your returns. The buy-to-let market is currently a difficult place. Read More >
Creative designers listening to a presentation in bright creative office Build to Rent: right time, right product? Our resident(ial) investor Ben Keating looks at a new trend in property investment
Ben is a highly regarded residential property investment and development expert. He has a reputation for creating superior investment returns with a considered approach, borne out by the success of his own property portfolio. In this column he Read More >

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