With the current state of supply and demand in the private rental sector you might think that you don't have to worry about making your property appeal to tenants. But thinking with a tenants' mindset both when you select an investment property and when seeking new tenants can shorten void periods and net you better quality tenants.

Providing for professional landlords

Professional landlords play an important role in the Private Rented Sector, owning a majority of the UK’s rental property and, according to research by Paragon Mortgages, have an average of 13 properties in their portfolios. But where can they go to get good mortgage deals?

Secret Agent – the unmanaged letting contract

One of the choices facing landlords is whether to let agents manage their properties or do the management themselves – there are pros and cons for both. But in another of our occasional tales from our secret agent we hear about a third option – you pay for a managed contract but do it all yourself!

The big sell-off – the Wilson's are unloading

Last year we reported that Fergus and Judith Wilson, probably the best known private buy-to-let investors in the UK, had announced their intention to sell off their portfolio, probably to a financial investor. Since then we've heard nothing, until now. Should other landlords be getting out?

Buy-to-let abroad – is it still too risky?

Before the credit crunch, UK buyers had spent two decades using equity in their homes to buy property abroad, but the house market crash and corruption, in Spain in particular, put potential investors off. Is it safe to put a toe back in the water?

Where are the top ten places for BTL investment?

Two surveys recently revealed the top ten places in England for buy-to-let yields but do they agree? And if they don't, where are the differences? We compared estate agent Savills' survey in the Telegraph with HSBC's in the Express to find out.

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