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How will Trump’s Presidency Affect the Real Estate Market?

It’s the question everyone has been asking me this week, so I decided to take a stab at an answer. Trump (and Clinton’s) campaign were both characterized by rubbishing the others reputation and determinedly avoiding any kind of policy detail. So we now have a President of the most powerful nation on earth, who actually doesn’t have any set in stone ideas, policy, or overarching philosophy. Donald...

What Options Do UK Buy to Let Investors Have?

The UK government has, for reasons unknown, been using UK buy to let investors as whipping boys for years now, but of late has really stepped up the assault. Landlords are seen, at least by the media, as bad, exploitative people for simply providing a service that people want, need, and are willing to pay for. We’ve taken it lying down to date, because its usually tax on what was in the past a...

Cawdor Property Management

As the longer time readers and friends will know, I’m now a US resident and living in Buffalo full time. It’s enabled me to improve the quality of service to investors, and that’s now become better with the introduction of our new full service Property Management Option. We’ve listened to investors issues and expectations and while we now provide a free snagging inspection for every house purchase...

Bank Lending, Yields and Real Values

Every now and then it’s useful to take a step back from the daily grind of finding good investments and look at the larger trends developing in the world. The rise of non-establishment populism; the continuing next to nothing interest rates; the larger economic and social issues that seem to loom over our shoulders like the four horsemen of the apocalypse. One larger trend that...

2nd Tier Cities Attracting Techie Value Hunters

  I’ve been noticing a long-term trend of couples waiting a longer time before buying their own homes. This is having a marked effect on the rental market across the US (and, indeed similarly in the UK as people are priced out of the market for longer). Demand for single family home rentals in cities like Buffalo is at an all time high, as families remain in rental accommodation for longer...

IBM’s plan to expand Buffalo Niagara’s tech sector

IBM plans to add 500 more jobs to the Buffalo Niagara region, as it sees an increase in local client demand. The technology sector is one of the fastest-growing parts of the economy, with 7,200 IT jobs added in January 2016. The government has agreed to co-invest $55m in IBM's plan. Recruiting is a key consideration for IBM, as the company is planning to approach nearby universities for talent...

Why We Started Investing in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland is a great place to live and work. It combines a solid and diverse business infrastructure with numerous education centers, a thriving entertainment scene and an affordable cost of living. We chose Cleveland as our next investment location based on 1. The current health and prospects of the metro area and 2. What we can bring in terms of added value and expertise. 1. Why invest in...

Buffalo Rent Prices Increase in Light of Population Shift

The positive population shift we identified in our May newsletter is starting to materialise. Young professionals and graduates have been eyeing the job growth that was kick-started by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and have thus started moving from the wider metro area to Buffalo. The hiring boom started with the 13,000 jobs created over the last year for the construction of SolarCity, HarborCenter...
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