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Estateducation Blog

Welcome to our Blog! We’re so passionate about what we do on a daily basis that we love to blog about it as well as address key subjects either affecting or potentially affecting the property market in the United Kingdom. From tax-efficience purchase structures through to refurbishment project management there's something for everyone to benefit from within this blog. 

Whether you’re a new or seasoned property investor, developer or landlord, we believe one never stops learning so we recommend you make yourself a brew and enjoy the read! 

If you’d like to contribute and post your own article on this page then please send an email to hey@estateducation.co.uk. We'd be happy to share your knowledge, experience and positive results with our community. 

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Should property investors use a Ltd company to buy?

If you are looking to establish a portfolio of investment properties, holding them within a limited company is the best way to reduce your tax bill. If you own buy-to-let properties personally then the rental profits you receive are taxed at your personal tax rate. This could be as high as 45%, depending on other income you may receive.

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The New Stamp Duty Charge... How To Play The Game!

As most of you know already the UK Chancellor, George Osborne announced an incremental 3% stamp duty surcharge for Buy-To-Let property purchases and those buying 2nd holiday homes from April 2016.

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What effect is George Osborne’s Proposed Buy-to-Let taxation change going to have?

It is being proposed that Tax relief for the UK's buy-to-let landlords will be cut from April 2017, meaning landlords will no longer be able to claim tax reliefs on their buy-to-let mortgage payments. Instead, over a four-year period, 25% each year will be reduced on the maximum tax relief ultimately leading to 0% tax relief on interest payments by 2021. In a nutshell, this means a landlord will be taxed on the gross income rather than the net income irrespective of whether a profit is generated. Such action will result in many landlords being financially unable to hold the ownership of those properties and a supply of properties will hit the market.

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What’s the new Help-to-buy ISA introduced by George Osborne?

The Government is offering first-time homebuyers up to £3,000 to put down as a deposit on a home through the new Help-to-buy ISA.

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What are the pitfalls and downfalls to buying property at auction?

Buying at auction carries the same legal implications as a signed contract and that contract binding as soon as the hammer falls, unlike a normal purchase where the buyer and...

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What’s the lowdown of the changes to the private rented sector taking place on 1st October 2015?

From 1st October 2015, landlords are required by law to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.

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