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    The Best Places to Buy in London

    London has long been a hotspot for property buyers looking to live and invest. Today, the capital is still the most popular investment opportunity with house prices predicted to rise over the next five years. But where is the best place to invest? Enfield and Dalston are growing districts but are there other areas with potential? Here we will look at some of the best places to buy.



    Bordering Hertfordshire and north of London, Barnet is quickly becoming a popular community for young professionals and growing families alike. Said to offer the best of both the city and the country life, Barnet features great open spaces and rolling fields, coupled with excellent transport links into London’s CBD. The area has a variety of properties, from pokey flats to gated mansions and is a desirable spot for many, with lots of room for growth.



    Another residential hotspot for twenty-something’s, Rotherhithe is the go-to for those who can’t afford the Shad Thames or Borough properties. And with a number of large-scale property developments in the area, there are plenty of opportunities for growth and investment. With the Thames foreshore on your doorstep and a number of public transport options in the area, this is another great place to buy.


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    Tower Hamlets

    Although prices seem a little high in this region, the price per square foot is actually incredibly affordable and can make a great investment with prices only looking to rise. The area is full of trendy warehouses, new flats and indulgent restaurants, known for its sought after properties. Right on the East London Line, the Tower Hamlets offer the proximity and price any investor will love.


    Forest Hill

    Known for its amazing views of London from Horniman Gardens and great local cafes and bars, Forest Hill is a popular spot for first home buyers and investors. An affordable area just half an hour from central London, Forest Hill is an investors dream, attracting families and young professionals as tenants.



    West of London, Ealing is commonly thought of as typical inner suburbia, popular among middle-class families who want luxury without the price tag. With detached houses and apartments available, there is something for any tenant or investor, with new developments on the up in recent years. The area is also along the proposed east-to-west London railway set to open in 2018.


    To find out more about these up-and-coming investment opportunities, including property prices and property management, talk to the experts at Carltone today.


    Contact us today on 020 7935 7125, or leave an enquiry with our simple form.

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    Seven tips for Buy-to-Let

    Investors who bought during the last housing boom, before 2007, struggled as mortgage rates rose, with a sizeable number thrown a lifeline when the base rate was slashed to 0.5 per cent. Rates will rise again but due to the huge increase in renters and improved mortgage deals, investors are beginning to be tempted again.


    Are you a potential investor? These seven tips are essential for successful buy-to-let investment.


    1. Research

    One of the most important things you can do before entering the investors market is research, which is likely what you are doing right now! For those new to buy-to-let, you need to ascertain if this type of investment is for you and what the process involves. Researching online and talking to someone in the industry can give you guidance and help you weigh up your options.


    1. Location, location, location

    This isn’t about cost. It’s about identifying a place that people find desirable. Usually, this means it is close to the City Centre, the shops, public transport, education and health institutions. However, this is dependent on who your customer might be, which bring us to the next tip…


    1. Identify your target audience

    Is the area popular with families? Or are there a lot of couples and young people? Or, maybe singles and students? Whatever the market, you need to find a home that suits at a price and location that is right for them. That’s why Carltone Property chose the Finchley Road Studios, for their close proximity to a cinema, shops and restaurants at the o2 Centre. A desirable area with the right home (think number of bedrooms and bathrooms) at a good price will fly out of your hands, both as a rental and to one day sell outright.

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    1. Don’t be afraid to haggle

    When looking for an investment property, don’t fall into the trap of overpaying due to lack of experience. Make low offers and don’t be afraid of losing a property. A reasonable offer will be considered seriously and if not – there are plenty more fish in the sea!


    1. Make rental income part of the ROI

    While your selling price will ultimately be the big one to win, your ongoing cash flow is also important. The rent you ask for should ideally more than cover the mortgage repayments to ensure it is servicing its own debt and covers for any rising interest rates or unexpected fees.


    1. Get insurance

    Not having insurance can have serious consequences, making it essential you and your investment are protected. Landlord insurance is a growing area, with an increasing number of specialist policies covering everything from standard building and contents risks to loss of rent, heating and other appliances.


    1. Have an expert by your side

    This was mentioned briefly previously, but for first time investors, professional help is like gold. They can offer advice, guide you in the right direction and even use their network to ensure you get the best deal and ROI.


    Buy-to-let can be a lucrative investment opportunity. For more tips or to see if this is right for you, have a chat with a representative at Carltone, one of the best high quality residential and commercial property developers in Central and North London.


    Call on 020 7935 7125 or enquire through our website now.

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