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Hi MPW, and welcome to the tribe!More prescriptive advice could be given if you could give a bit more detail.For instance, are you a new or experienced landlord? Are you based near Liverpool? Are you just using cash to buy, or do you have access to BTL finance? Why are you on investing in the "relative short term" and how long is that?As a general comment, certain postcodes in Liverpool are so over-saturated with HMOs that some lenders are refusing to lend there.You need to be an expert at due diligence and do a great deal of research to ensure that you do not end up buying a pair of pups!What research have you undertaken so far?
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Welcome to PT, great response from Vanessa and hopefully I can help slightly.
I'm approached with a similar goal in mind quite often (income maximisation) but I always like to dig a bit deeper to determine if that is the right goal for the person's situation. Ie are you retired or close to retirement and do you have sufficient income from elsewhere and/or a sufficient asset base elsewhere for income to be the main goal. My concern when I hear that income is the main goal is that a lot of people fail to recognise that without a substantial asset base, it's going to be very difficult to get the income required to live comfortably. Therefore when the asset base still needs to grow to generate sufficient income, then growth is just as if not more important than income. Income doesn't grow income, it's often fixed (as a yield on the asset) so the only way to grow income when investing just for income, is investing more cash, a slow way of doing it. Also be very wary "paper yields" in cheap areas which often have higher vacancy rates and lower quality tenants which can result in much lower reality.
So, in short, my first question would be, is "income maximising" actually the best goal for you and your financial situation? If the answer is unequivocally yes, then we can move onto the strategy and location most suitable
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Welcome to Property Tribes!
I’d agree with Vanessa a bit more information is needed about you circumstances and area.
May I ask why you would choose HMO over a standard BTL, and what is drawing you to L6/7 area?