Location: East London // Type: Personal Property (40% Shared Owner)
Strategy: Rent a Room (Lodger) // Property: 2 Bed Flat (+Gym & Concierge)
This is my personally owned property in London, with the spare room rented out this also generates a healthy rental income to cover the high costs of a London flat.
Location: South Yorkshire // Type: Light Refurb & Buy to Let
Property: 3 Bed Semi-Detatched // Purchased Using: BTL Mortgage (Own Capital)
This is a great little project, in the middle of a really hot market. I purchased this property for £106k after a light refurbishment and costs it returned £15,000 profit on day 1 and a 31% return on investment. For this particular project, I purchased using a standard BTL mortgage rather than a bridge with an intention to hold the property for 2 years for capital growth, the downside of this is locking in funds however is planned and intentional due to the property being in a great location near 2 primary schools and a street away from the main secondary school. If I was to bridge this, refurb and sell it then the project would be 20% return on cost and 6% return on GDV which is quite low, so the decision to hold onto it for 2 years drastically changes these figures.
Due to the hot market, after a few months of renting the property, the value and sold comparables are around £165,000.
Due to the original financing strategy used for this without a bridging loan, this was put onto a 2-year fixed deal and will be refinanced due to the large uplift in property value. This will leave about £5000 of my original money in the deal and the rest is pulled out.
Understanding and managing risks is crucial when working on any investment. By understanding the risks, I appropiately try to mitigate each of them to lower the chance of a risk materialising into an issue during the project which will help ensure the success of the end to end project. This is important as I look to work with investors in the future, I can ensure my experience can help keep investor money as safe as possible on each project.
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The lender may believe that the property is not worth £130k Gross Development Value after the initial refurb.
Take advantage of the hot market at the moment and lock in the funds for 2 years, this reduces the reliance on a refinance after the small refurb and enables the project to grow over time after the initial uplift. If the GDV is correct, anything above this over 2 years is pure profit.
As a new property investor, my figures may be slightly off or I may not account for everything required during a refurbishment.
This is a small project to minimise risk meaning that room for error is smaller. A 10% contingency has been added to the project with additional money available incase of larger issues. The project also has a 20% return on investment (cost) on day 1 meaning any additional spend on the refurbishment can be covered by lowering the profit & ROI.
Property prices may not grow as strongly in the area as anticipated over the 2 years. The current prediction is circa 4% a year. This would have an expectation for the property to be £140k in 2023.
A down valuation versus the expectation in 2 years would eat into potential profit, however the total project over 2 years is expected to return 62% on the initial £41k investment. So any down valuation would still return a very healthy profit.
The property on initial viewing and purchase requires an estimated £8500 – £9000 light refurb, most of the work is cosmetic however a new bathroom is required and the kitchen can be salvaged. However once work begins on the property, additional problems may be found which incur additional cost which may exceed the refurb budget.
There is circa £8500 profit after the refurb assuming a GDV of £130k meaning there is room for overspend with the project still making a profit. Secondly, with the intention of holding this for 2 years to increase the return over time, this would absorb any overspends in the project. An independent level 2 RICS survey is also being undertaken prior to purchase to rule out any larger issues that may be costly and destroy the budget of the project.
As the property is not being bridged during the refurb, the lender will only allow circa 4 – 6 weeks to complete the refurb before giving a nil valuation. The property isn’t in a terrible condition to begin with, however it’s of a very low standard which needs improving. The lender could down-value the property or give a nil valuation if they didn’t think it was suitable for a Buy-To-Let.
The lender is aware that a £10k refurb is planned at the start of the property, taking a few weeks to bring the property up to a livable and high standard for a family. This includes new carpets, paint, re-skimming some walls, new bathroom and refreshed kitchen to bring it up to a high standard for the area.
If issues arise with the lender, then the backup option is to bridge the property during the refurb.
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