Episodes

ASK67: Can you double your money with Airbnb? PLUS: Has the 18 Year Cycle gone mad?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, A Listener...

Asks Rob & Rob –  Can you double your money with Airbnb? PLUS: Has the 18 Year Cycle gone mad?

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

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Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

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TPP194: Rob Rob analyse listeners deals  

This week's podcast is one we've never done before. We're going to analyse your latest deals, and thank you to all of you who have submitted details to us. If this is popular then we'll do it again in a few weeks as we have lots to get through! If you'd like to submit a deal for us to look into in the future, then you can do so right here.

Meetups are tonight!

Before we get started, a quick reminder to head along to your nearest Property Hub Meetup this evening. It's your last chance this year to come along, so we hope you'll be there and bringing some Christmas cheer with you!

Rob B is going to be heading to St Alban's and you'll find Rob D at our South Essex Meetup, so if you'd like to say hi then you know where to find them.

Resource of the week

A serious resource this week but a great one if you're concerned about safety when out and about viewing properties. The PanicGuard App has a host of safety features that can help you feel that bit more secure.  You can choose a contact to get alerted if you activate the alarm. You can also have contacts track your journey, and set a timed alarm that only you can deactivate

News this week

Philip Hammond announced his Autumn Statement last week and the biggest headline appears to be that he’s scrapping the custom all together! There was some news for Landlords and Tenants though - what do you think the impact will be? Discuss this over on the forum.

Join the conversation

What did you think to the three deals discussed on the podcast today? Would you have been tempted by Bradford, opted for Bedford or would anyone have had a different take on the Bristol investment? For future reference, we'd love to see your potential investments for towns that don't begin with B too!

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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ASK66: Buy now or wait out the wobble? PLUS: How do you use equity in your own home to buy more properties?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Sylvia...

Asks Rob & Rob –  Buy now or wait out the wobble? PLUS: How do you use equity in your own home to buy more properties?

 

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

 

TPP193: Major infrastructure projects you should know about  

This week's podcast is all about the major developments in the planning that you need to be aware of.

HS2 route 2 announced

The second phase of this development has now been announced and there are some unexpected winners (Wigan and Crewe, we're looking at you) and some potential losers. Not just for train geeks (like our very own Rob B), this link demonstrates just how commutable these northern cities are - 55 mins from Crewe to London, anyone?!

Heathrow Expansion - Not just big news for London

The Airports Commission have estimated that Heathrow expansion will create up to 179,800 jobs and up to £211bn in economic region benefits across the UK by 2050.

Crossrail 2

Overcrowding on the Tube is forecast to double by 2041, and National Rail services will face similar challenges! Crossrail 2 would increase central London’s rail capacity by more than 10 per cent. You can check out the submission to the National Infrastructure Commission right here

Northern Hub Rail improvements

A £1 billion pound project to electrify railways in the northwest, slashing journey times and increasing capacity (not to be confused with HS3). This also includes station upgrades, new and improved lines. It will increase the number of passenger train services across the region by 40%. Journey times will fall between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

The Multiple Billion Pound Projects in Manchester

Piccadilly Station - HS2 Hub.

Read the details on this one here.

Manchester Airport

Said to be the biggest single construction project ever to take place in Greater Manchester, the 10-year scheme will more than double the size of Terminal Two and link it to an improved Terminal Three.  Doubling the number of airport jobs to 40,000 within 30 years and adding 10m annual passengers in just a decade, the move bolsters Manchester’s battle for the government to recognise the true worth of regional airports and underlines Manchester Airport’s place at the heart of The Northern Powerhouse. 

Manchester Place (£3bn) 

10,000 new homes being built over 150 acres

Paradise Project in Birmingham

HS2 and banks relocating aren’t the only thing getting the headlines in Birmingham. Paradise Project is considered one of the biggest city centre regen projects outside of London. £500m will be spent on shops, offices and improving the layout of the city centre.

 
ASK65: Can a sourcing company stop me from dithering? PLUS: What does it mean to invest through a SPV?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Ruth & a mystery person...

Ask Rob & Rob – Can a sourcing company stop me from dithering? PLUS: What does it mean to invest through a SPV?

 

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

 

 

TPP192: Our latest property deals  

Bizarrely, the Robs are asked all the time if they invest in property themselves. The answer is yes they definitely do! This week's episode is all about finding out more about the recent deals they have been working on.

Rob B talks about his new Bradford investment which is looking at producing some very impressive figures indeed, and about a new deal he is working on in a super-prime location in Manchester, which should be brilliant for capital growth.

Rob D's recent investment news hasn't quite gone to plan, but you'll have to listen to the podcast to find out what happened there - needless to say, true to form, he managed to find a positive to take away from the situation.

 

ASK 64: Where should an overseas investor spend £100k? PLUS: How will the market perform in the next 10 years?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Bryan & Louise...

Ask Rob & Rob – Where should an overseas investor spend £100k? PLUS: How will the market perform in the next 10 years?

 

TPP191: How to run a successful letting agency  

This week we're talking about how to run a successful letting agency. It's something many landlords with growing portfolios think about doing, and also a potential way to get into the property industry by starting your own business.

We've built up an agency of our own (Yellow Lettings) over the last couple of years, and we talk about what we think are the key drivers of success – including:

Getting qualified (the NFOPP property management qualification is the one we chose) Getting compliant (joining an ombudsman scheme, having the right insurance and protecting client money) Deciding on your USP or market niche Building the right systems (recommended book: The Checklist Manifesto) Hiring your dream team Knowing what to measure to track your success

We've put together plenty of episodes on lettings and management, so if this is something you're interested in you should check out:

How to prepare a property to let How to handle a nightmare tenant How to manage a property yourself How to let a property yourself How to get your property let fast Lettings law you need to know Lessons learnt from running a letting agent

 

ASK63: How do I get my kids interested in property investment? PLUS: What kind of surveys should you get on a property?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Mick & Dave...

Ask Rob & Rob – How do I get my kids interested in property investment? PLUS: What kind of surveys should you get on a property?

TPP190 Winning Mindset  

If you're a Property Podcast listener you're already a winner, but in this episode we discuss how to cultivate a winning mindset to push yourself to even greater levels of success.

In property as with anything else, what separates the high-achievers from the rest generally isn't technical ability or knowledge – it's having the attitude to spot and capitalise on opportunities, and overcome the inevitable challenges.

We get into:

What we can learn from top athletes and business people How to turn yourself into a happy and positive person The importance of self-awareness Why we go to ridiculous lengths to avoid negative influences Tweaks you can make to your communication to influence your worldview The woo-woo bit: why we both have a gratitude practice

Along the way we mention:

Rob B's favourite meditation app Coach.me – the tool Rob D uses to track daily habits A Chrome plugin for blocking websites A classic mindset book, The Magic Of Thinking Big

 

ASK62: Buy gradually, or go all-in? PLUS: Should I only invest in nice places?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Nadia & Tony...

Ask Rob & Rob – Buy gradually, or go all-in? PLUS: Should I only invest in nice places?

Another two answers from The Robs this week, and another two informative answers!

ASK YOUR OWN QUESTION TO ROB & ROB!

Don't be shy! All you need to do is leave a message with your name and whatever's on your mind.

Just pick up the phone and call 013 808 00035 (normal UK call rates apply).

Or if you prefer, click here to leave a recording via your computer instead.

TPP189: Alternative ways to invest in property  

This week our friend Pete Matthew is back, guiding us through alternative ways to get exposure to property – without owning it directly.

We discuss different types of "collective investment" vehicles (such as REITs, OIECs and a whole bunch of other acronyms) as well as investments that track property rather than holding it, such as ETFs. During our chat we get to the bottom of:

Why it's useful to look at alternatives to holding property directly All the different options, and how to tell them apart The pros and cons of these types of investment How to research the prospects of different opportunities

If you enjoyed this episode, please check out more of Pete's fine work at Meaningful Money

ASK61: Should I overpay my mortgage? PLUS: How should I approach estate agents?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Simon...

Asks Rob & Rob – Should I overpay my mortgage? PLUS: Joceline asks how should I approach estate agents?

Another two answers from The Robs this week, and these would definitely feature in a property FAQ list.

TPP188: The Ultimate Property Resource  

This week's episode is just a quick update, but wow are we excited:

The Property Hub website has been completely re-built!

In this short episode we explain:

Why it was high time for an overhaul Improvements we've made to create better conversations in the forum The improved podcast listening and discovery process How we can guide you to the most relevant content for you if you're new

Check out the new site here!

Normal service will be resumed next week, when Pete Matthew returns for an in-depth exploration of different ways to get exposure to property...

 

ASK ROB & ROB EPISODE 60  

Ahmed & Drew - My tenant has left me, what should I do? PLUS: Using crowdfunding to buy property...

 

Hear what Rob & Rob have to say in this weeks episode. 

TPP187: A busy week in property!  
We need another 1.8 million rental properties, says RICS Landlords have lost their legal challenge over the Finance Bill Perhaps as a result of the same changes, 63% of new mortgage applications are for limited companies And mortgage applications are only going to get more arduous: the Bank of England have set out their new underwriting requirements, with tougher stress-tests and requirements for portfolio landlords Finally, it's more tough talk from another new government with the announcement of a £5bn fund to provide 25,000 new homes. Will it come to anything? Who knows...

There was plenty to talk about, so take a listen and see what you think!

 

ASK59: How much of my net worth should be in property?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Bjorn...

Asks Rob & Rob –  How much of my net worth should be in property?

The Rob's are possibly not unbiased on this frequently asked question, but they do try to give a balanced take on the well publicised adage that you shouldn't keep more that 10% of your net worth in bricks and mortar.     Listen to this week's episode and let us know your thoughts on this one over on the forum.   

 

TPP186:  Property investment around the world  

Grab your passport and join us as we head off around the world of property investment, investigating whether you should be hopping on a plane instead of into a car to research your next acquisition.

We look into:

The reasons why investing abroad is attractive to so many people The prospects for popular investment spots like Spain and the USA The risks and opportunities in up-and-coming locations like Eastern Europe The "wildcard" locations for if you're feeling particularly brave What to watch out for to make sure your the only risk of losing your shirt is if the airline misplaces your baggage

If you'd like to learn more, we've also got a huge feature on investing overseas in the next issue of the Property Hub Magazine – with more detail on the areas we mention, plus other countries tipped by overseas investment experts.

ASK58: Never sell a property?  

This week on Ask Rob & Rob, Mike...

Asks Rob & Rob –  Should I never sell a property? 

Rob D admits this is something you hear a LOT from everyone, including from The Robs. However he also says that his thinking has changed a little in recent year. If your property price is increasing a lot faster than the rent and your yield has fallen, you could take the view that you have had the majority of your gains and you could sell now and buy a property elsewhere where there's more growth in it. There's no right answer, and there is a logic in both approaches.    Rob B says his attitude has changed too but only slightly - and that still feels that never selling is a decent principle. There's a time and place to take stock and maybe move some units on though - for example if you have a dud property that just hasn't performed as you expected, or was one of your earlier purchases and you made some mistakes on it, or you have had a constant string of bad tenants that have cost you a lot of time and money; then you should be prepared to walk away and move on to something else.    Rob B continues by saying that as he believes in the 18 year property cycle, he will be inclined to move properties on when we're at the top of that cycle (which we are a fair way away from just now).    So it's not quite a 'never sell a property' answer, and there is definitely a bit more to it than this, depending on your situation, your longterm plan, and where we are in the cycle. 
TPP185: Setting up your personal finances - with Pete Matthew  

This week we're lucky enough to be joined by Pete Matthew from the Meaningful Money podcast, who talks us through how to set up your personal finances for property investment.

Having Pete on the show allowed us to cover some topics that we've not devoted enough attention to in the past, including:

The importance of life insurance if you have mortgages Where to keep your money while you wait to invest What kind of emergency buffer you should have on hand How to view property as part of a wider investment portfolio ...and Pete shares the biggest personal finance mistake he sees people making

If you need more Pete in your life – and frankly, who doesn't – make sure you're subscribed to Meaningful Money

Resource of the week

Thank you to Matt Chan for pointing us towards Mubert – a site that generates sounds designed to help you concentrate.

We've covered similar in the past, but it's always worth checking out another – and if you're going to be looking into insurance policies and bank account comparison tables, you'll need all the help you can get...

News this week

The northern powerhouse powers on – as Theresa May confirms that it's not going to be scrapped along with the chancellor who coined it!

Buzzword or not, investing and looking at policy to rebalance the economy geographically makes nothing but sense – and is good news for anyone with investments anywhere near the areas that are set to benefit.

It's meetup time again!

The first Thursday of the month is almost upon us, which can only mean one thing: MEETUPS!

Again there are more than 30 across the country – and if you're in London, you can attend the launch of our brand new Waterloo meetup.

View the full list and book your place here

Join the conversation

What other steps have you taken to secure your personal finances?

Any other questions you'd like Pete to answer for us?

We’d love to know, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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