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What does Swansea’s £500m regeneration bid mean for the rental market?
What does Swansea’s £500m regeneration bid mean for the rental market?
Approval of the much anticipated bid for Swansea City Centre’s £500m regeneration was announced last week. The first phase includes developing the St David’s site into retail and residential accommodation, with office spaces and even a cinema. On the other side of Oystermouth Road, a 3,500 seat area will be built ...
Could your EPC stop you from letting out your property in Swansea?
Could your EPC stop you from letting out your property in Swansea?
Energy performance ratings will soon dictate whether you can legally put your property up for rent. The next set of legal changes coming into force in April 2018 affect properties with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) with ratings of F and G, and will mean it will be illegal to rent them ...
We have listened to your feedback
We have listened to your feedback
Last month, we asked our landlords for their thoughts regarding the rental market in Swansea and what they expected to see happen in the forthcoming year. The results of the survey were invaluable in helping us to better understand the hopes and concerns of landlords in Swansea, and in making ...
Rents slow in Wales after record growth for Swansea in 2016
Rents slow in Wales after record growth for Swansea in 2016
Last year, Swansea topped the charts of rental growth with an annual increase of 11.2% according to the annual Rightmove report. But with an oversupply of rental property since the stamp duty changes last year, and tenant demand waning due to Brexit fears, the first quarter of 2017 has seen ...
Case Study: Making more money from your property investment
Case Study: Making more money from your property investment
I recently mentioned in a blog about the importance of reviewing your mortgages ahead of the big changes to lending criteria coming into effect this year. By regularly reviewing your buy-to-let mortgages, you could save hundreds of pounds in unnecessary interest payments – or, to put it another way, make more ...
Get your receipts in order!
Get your receipts in order!
If you haven’t already started thinking about tax, now is definitely the time to do so. Surprisingly I still come across landlords who are unaware that rental income needs to be declared and, in most cases, paid tax on. All rental income must be declared by law to the Inland Revenue. There ...
How Stamp Duty is affecting Buy-to-Let decisions in Swansea
How Stamp Duty is affecting Buy-to-Let decisions in Swansea
This week, I was asked for my opinion on a property by a landlord looking to invest. She emailed me a link to the brochure online, and wanted to know if I thought it could be as good an opportunity as she did. Click here to view the brochure on Rightmove. The ...
10 Years Celebration
10 Years Celebration
In September 2006, 25 years old and with £1,500 in her pocket, Hannah McCartan set up her own lettings agency, McCartan Lettings. Ten years on, the company has won numerous national awards, and Hannah has herself received the prestigious Woman in Business Professional Services Award 2015.   “The main focus has always ...
What makes a good property investment?
What makes a good property investment?
A good property investment is one which completes on its objective - meaning, if you are buying a property to fund your retirement, then your investment has to be generating enough income to do that. Alternatively, if you are investing now to benefit from capital growth/appreciation later, you need to ...
Rents soar in Swansea - up 11.4%
Rents soar in Swansea - up 11.4%
According to the latest Rightmove statistics, rents in Swansea rose by 11.4% in 2016 - the highest annual rise in rents across the whole of the UK (outside London). Hannah McCartan, Director of McCartan Lettings, comments, 'This is great news for our landlords who have been waiting a long time for ...
The Budget 2016 and its impact on the Housing Market
The Budget 2016 and its impact on the Housing Market
In Phillip Hammond's highly anticipated first Autumn Statement, the new chancellor outlined some key changes for the property sector, some not as welcome as others.   Industry experts had been appealing to the government to review the mortgage tax relief and Stamp Duty rules to better attract investors into the private rented ...
No Excuses, say RSW Team
No Excuses, say RSW Team
With only twenty-four hours to go until the 23rd November deadline for all landlords and letting agents to be registered and licensed, the team at Rent Smart Wales say there are no excuses for non-compliance and missing the deadline. Enforcement officers will start working with local authorities from the deadline, initially targeting those ...
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