As a leading industry commentator, propertyCEO’s comments and articles are published in many publications across the UK, in both property and business media as well as in the national press. Below are a selection of recent articles:

Why Turning Empty Shops Into Homes Is A Mixed Blessing For Struggling High Streets

Converting empty shops into homes has been heralded as a way to both tackle the housing crisis and revitalise town centres. However, critics fear that new legislation making residential conversions easier could have the opposite effect and kill off high streets rather than save them.

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Is 2021 The Year To Start A Property Development Business?

Could 2021 be the year of the small independent property developer? The last 10 months have seen more changes to the planning rules in England than the previous 10 years combined, as the government looks for a way to reach its target of creating 300,000 new homes a year…

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From Landlord To Landlord-Developer – The Top Investment Strategy?

Is property investment still a good long-term strategy, or has the taxation and regulatory reforms over the past five years made the prospect of property investment unviable for the investor looking to generate long-term capital growth and income?

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Some Investors Are Swapping Buy-to-let For Build-to-sell

There has been a loss of appetite for the buy-to-let investment model, and many people are considering something different. Small-scale property development offers something for various tastes, but if this is something you are thinking of trying, be careful not to bite off more than you can chew…

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There’s Money In Keeping Property Development Small

If you are considering property as a potential investment opportunity, career path, or part-time enterprise, there are a variety of options available. Small-scale development is one area that an increasing number of investors and landlords are moving into. It can be lucrative, and a lot less scary than many people imagine.

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How To Pick The Property Development Project That Is Right For You

A big attraction of property development is that a small project in industry terms can be quite literally life-changing from a personal income point of view. If this is something that interests you, be prepared to do a significant amount of homework.

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What Makes A Highly Successful Property Developer?

Landlords regularly play the role of Project Manager when they refurb or convert their rental properties. Let me tell you, as a Property Developer you really don’t want to be doing this. Instead, you want to be the CEO who hires a Project Manager to manage your projects for you.

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Trying To Finance A Property Development Project

A small-scale developer will use commercial finance to fund both the asset purchase and the development. the money is simply you hiree for doing the job. Here is how to acquire that tool…

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Opportunities Are There If You Want To Start A Property Company

We’ve seen many changes to planning rules in England during the past year. The Government’s plan is that our high streets will be transformed into centres of independent commerce, with empty stores and other properties becoming homes or new independent businesses. Increasing homes in town centres will increase demand for local shops and other amenities. With a wider, diverse range of independent retailers, restaurants etc., the high street will also become a leisure destination for visitors from further afield.

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Why Adding More Residential Properties To Town Centres Will Revitalise Our High Streets

The rise of online shopping has changed the landscape and we have redundant retail hubs in our town centres that need to be repurposed. According to Savills, around 12.5 per cent of retail premises in the UK are vacant, with 40 per dent of empty stores lying vacant for three years or more. Savills predict that retail vacancy will rise to 25 per cent by the end of the decade if no action is taken.

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Property Investment Can Be More Than Buy-To-Let

Back in 2016, George Osborne saw landlords as a soft target for beefing up the treasury’s coffers, and over the next four years, landlords’ buy-to-let mortgage interest and fees ceased to be tax-deductible. Then there was the introduction of a 3% additional stamp duty penalty for all second home purchases, including landlords purchasing buy-to-let properties.

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Queen’s Speech ‘One Of The Most Significant In Recent History For The Property Sector’

The long-awaited Planning Bill, which will introduce changes to the planning system in England, was featured in the Queen’s Speech yesterday, and it is likely to have a major impact of the property sector. Under the reforms outlined, residential properties and infrastructure should be delivered at a faster pace across the country.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Contractor

One of the significant differences between a refurbishment project and a small-scale development is the step up from having a jobbing builder to working with a main contractor. But how can you make sure you pick a good contractor? 

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4 Things You Need To Know To Get Finance For Your Property Development Project

A property developer hires the expertise and equipment required for each project. Money is merely another requirement to be hired for the job. A commercial lender will typically lend the development costs plus 70% of the asset purchase price, leaving the developer to find the remaining 30% of the purchase price. Do you need to bankroll all of your 30% deposit personally?

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Reversing High Street Decline – The Role Of Residential Property Redevelopment

With the increase in online shopping we find ourselves left with redundant retail hubs in our town centres. According to Savills, around 12.5% of retail premises in the UK are vacant, with 40% of empty stores lying vacant for three years or more. Savills predict that retail vacancy will rise to 25% by the end of the decade if no action is taken.

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Could This Be The Right Time For You To Get Into Property?

High street shops have been hit especially hard by the lockdown, pushing the few remaining stalwarts to shop online. And with free next day delivery and returns from many, there are fewer and fewer reasons to visit the high street.

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Can The High Street Be Saved By Residential Redevelopment?

Like many other things, the high street developed over time as small residential settlements became towns, with more people coming to live and trade with one another. Now online retail has arrived and removed the need for people to visit bricks-and-mortar shops. The likes of Amazon have changed the way we shop forever and there is no going back. We can now buy almost anything we want without leaving the house.

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Time To Get Off The Buy-to-let Bus

There was a time when being a landlord was a sure-fire way to make a good return on your money. Not only did you get reliable equity growth over the long term, you also had the benefit of rental income from your tenants while you waited for the value of your bricks and mortar to increase.

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Industry Reacts To Radical New Planning Reforms

The Queen has delivered her speech and set out the government’s legislative agenda in which the current planning system, barely touched since 1947, has been simplified to ensure that homes and infrastructure can be delivered more quickly across England.

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There’s A Growing Interest In Small-Scale Property Development

The term property development covers a lot of ground, and the smaller end of the scale is a lot less scary than many people imagine. Small-scale property development is an area that an increasing number of investors and landlords are moving into. And it can be lucrative.

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Make Sure You Choose The Property Development Project That Is Best For You

Building a hundred units is not ten times the work of building ten, but it can produce ten times the profits, if not more. But with greater scale comes greater complexity and risk. If your project gets unexpectedly held up, would you prefer to be paying interest on a few hundred thousand or on tens of millions? For the new or inexperienced developer, choosing the right project is the first of many challenges.

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4 Tips For Financing For Your Development Project

There’s a standing joke in property development circles that the only thing that turns up on-site if a lender were to advance all of the money for a project in one go is the developer’s Porsche. So, no one is going to give you one massive lump sum, but you can finance a project with (mostly) other people’s money.

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