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  • Buy-to-Let

    Sitting tight ...... but it’s boring



    Hi all,

    My chosen investments are doing well, however with yields in my area nowhere near what I was buying for a few years back (due to capital growth) and with the obvious problems at the moment I’m sitting tight.

    im currently @30% ltv And can clear it all, however I just find that boring.

    i can achieve 6% return but can’t justify this with extra stamp duty etc.

    i also don’t fancy buying further away.

    does anyone else find it hard to just sit back whilst being driven?

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    Release some funds and do something different, I’m trying to persuade my Mrs that buying some woodland would be a good diversification strategy, but mostly I just want some woodland

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    Hi Toby

    i have funds sitting in the bank already, I’m always looking for alternatives but I’m yet to find something as good as btl.

    what sort of return do you receive from woodland?

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    Return on woodlands depends a great deal on what is growing and how long before it is ready for felling.   I bought some medium-age woodlands but fortunately I found that there was a lot of spagnum moss growing under the trees, so I am able to harvest and sell that to a wholesale garden centre every couple of years, and that has completely paid for the woodlands already.  If you are growing Christmas trees you can take out a return every 5-7 years, Sitka Spruce every 20-25years, other varieties a lot longer.   Machinery these days is suited to tall, thin trees more than thick trees, so thinnings are not much needed.   Fencing can be an expense, and clearing windblown trees, so you can have ongoing costs.  You can also take an income from shooting rights, depending on situation.

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    I'm in a similar position too. No idea which direction to take.

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    Depends on scale and type of woodland - at the small end letting to forest schools, bushcraft and green wood enthusiasts etc - at the big end proper forestry. My purchase would be mostly an emotional one though I must confess and woodland in the South East is painfully expensive per acre

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    Hi Andrew,

    I understand what you are saying completely.

    We have not bought anything since 2009.  All our properties are tenanted and trundling along.  Our holiday lets are going great guns.

    I do miss the buzz of acquisition so have to live vicariously through reading Property Tribes. Smile

    With Section 24 and all the challenges, I do think it is a time to sit back and patiently wait to see how it all pans out.

    Patience is bitter, but the rewards are sweet.

    Nick and I have regular talks about selling everything now, paying the CGT, and then buying a croft on a Hebridean island.  It does seem tempting!  We saw an island for sale recently with a house on it for £300K!

    I guess it takes courage to make drastic changes.  

    I sometimes feel like I am treading water i.e. not moving forwards.  When I look back over 14 years, it has gone so fast and so much has changed.

    But I don't feel bored.  There is too much going on, too many inputs, too much to keep up with.

    Property Tribes is on a mission to educate landlords.  A mission cannot be boring!


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    An island...great idea.

    It’s only been six months since my last purchase and I’m already struggling not buying.

    Just st relax I tell myself ...... relax.............. ah what about holiday let’s ?

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    If any of you seasoned landlords are bored and missing the buying property buzz feel free to join me for some viewings in Liverpool, all assistance most welcome Smile

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    What area of Liverpool are you researching. ?

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    Good Friday and Easter Weekend viewings taken.

    2 Bedroom MidTerrace for Sale -See Marketplace Listing.

    Great yield.

    Hi, at the moment I’m focusing on an area that covers Old Swan, Huyton, Netherley, Woolton, Childwall and Dovecot. Woolton and Childwall the numbers don’t work so well for me but the other areas are looking good. Trying to avoid the bottom end of the market

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