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Essential guide to invest

An overview of how to become a property investor in London.

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Arrange finances

Releasing equity in your home or existing investment can help fund new property purchases

  1. Investment potential?

    Your buy to let mortgage lender will also want to establish whether the property you are buying is a good long-term investment.

    Buy-to-Let mortgages are typically arranged based on the investment potential of the property, not your salary.

    Interested in finding out more about buy-to-let mortgage? Call 08000 38 37 36 to speak to one of the leading London property market mortgage advisers.

  2. How much deposit will I need for a buy-to-let property?

    You will be required to put down a deposit for buy to let mortgages and this will be typically larger than for a standard residential mortgage - it will likely be 15 - 25% of the property's value.

    How much can I borrow?

  3. How much rent should I charge for a successful property investment?

    Your expected rental income must exceed your buy to let mortgage repayments by a certain percentage - for example, your mortgage lender may require a rental income of 130% of your monthly mortgage payments.

    How much rent should I charge?

Find property for investment in London and Surrey

Invest in London property to see capital gains as well as a steady monthly income.

What do investors buy in London and surrounding areas?

With some feeling that with the perceived lack of performance in pension funds and the incredible growth in property prices seen over the last 10 years many people see buying an investment property in London and Surrey as the way to future financial stability.

Investors typically buy via a number of clear channels - their formulas are often tried and tested however professional investors tend to concentrate more on Capital Growth rather than straight Rental Yield. It is not uncommon, therefore, that some buy-to-let investors are prepared to buy properties that will give back little or no monthly yield.

Case studies: what do property investors buy

  1. New Homes

    Purchasing a New Home in London or Surrey as an investment is a popular option for property investors (particularly overseas landlords) as they typically come with the peace of mind of an NHBC or similar insurance.

    Some London and Surrey property developments also offer the option to buy property off plan. Buying off-plan means buying a single unit or a large proportion of a development before the show flat has even been built with the aim of picking up the best units. It is not uncommon to buy off-plan around 18-24 months before completion of the site takes place.

    Whether you prefer to buy multiple properties, take a small portfolio of homes in one development or diversify the type of property and area, follow the links below to browse current investment opportunities in London and Surrey.

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  2. Unmodernised

    Property investors often buy properties that they can develop themselves, often in the hope that they can replicate their 'ideal' rental formula and create the perfect lettings flat that will never suffer void periods. Property developers also perceive that as they are modernising the property themselves they therefore know their own portfolio inside out. London and Surrey offer numerous opportunities for unmodernised property development opportunities.

    View properties with major refurbishments required

    View all large-scale development opportunities

  3. Tenants in situ

    Property investors want to maximise their rent and minimise their void periods. The epitome of this is buying single units or portfolios with tenants already in situ. The advantages are that you know who your tenant is in advance, as well as how much they are paying, when they plan to leave and ultimately the rental yield from day one.

    Contact us for more information about properties with tenants in-situ

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Find tenants

18,750 tenants registered each month with Foxtons in London and Surrey

  1. Magnet for tenants

    Foxtons is one of London's most recognisable brands attracting thousands of tenants every month.

    Our advanced technology systems allow us to market your property to suitable tenants across our entire network of offices.

  2. Access to Corporate tenants

    Hundreds of the world's most respected companies use our specialist corporate lettings team to find a wide variety of accommodation for their employees.

    With a diverse range of requirements, including both long and short term lets, corporate tenants are often prepared to pay a premium for the right property.

  3. Longer opening hours

    Foxtons first introduced longer opening hours in 1982 in response to the demands of living and working in London.

    Foxtons offices and phone lines are open Monday to Saturday.

To find tenants call 0800 369 8667

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Manage property

Foxtons manage around 6,700 properties in London and Surrey

  1. Peace of mind

    Only you know how much time you can spare to deal with your tenant's telephone calls and the resulting work.

    Our comprehensive Property Management service is designed to give you peace of mind and relieve you of the commitment of being a full-time landlord, which is why we look after over 6,000 properties on behalf of local and international landlords in London and around the world.

    Property Management

  2. Professional 24h service

    More and more tenants request managed properties as it allows a more professional service, removing the emotion from both sides.

    Our fully trained team are highly experienced in prompt rent collection and credit control as well maintaining proactive relationships with tenants. Our London and Surrey Property Management package includes services such as collecting rent, handling administration as well as assistance with more complex issues and the provision of a 24-hour emergency helpline.

  3. My Foxtons online account

    As a Foxtons landlord you can securely sign, view and download your statements and rental documents through the My Foxtons online management system, offering added convenience, where everything can be seen at the touch of a button.

    Visit My Foxtons

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Or call 0800 369 8667

Evaluate

Based on capital growth or rental yield values, find out how your investment is performing

  1. How much equity?

    What is your property worth?

    Property valuation

    Find out how much your property is worth

    Online valuation

  2. Re-assess rental income

    What could your property rent for?

    Rental valuation

    How much rental income could your property achieve?

    Online valuation

Grow portfolio

Release equity to expand your portfolio

  1. Re-mortgage

    Once you have found out how much equity you can release, it is time to speak to an independent mortgage advisor to determine the best buy-to-let mortgage options available to purchase more properties.

  2. Re-invest

    Reinvesting this equity in additional properties is the next step. We can help you decide whether it would be best to invest in one or more properties.

    Research how London and Surrey areas are performing now

  3. Expand portfolio

    Growing a property portfolio can be a slow process with long term goals. Speak to our expert consultants to help put those goals into reality.

    Call us now on 020 7973 2020 or fill in our online form.

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