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Checklist for getting started with real estate investing

If you are thinking of investing in real estate for the first time, you need to understand the basics first. Luckily, there are many currently available tools on the market to help you find and secure the right property – and speed up the whole process. Find out which tools can be helpful for you in the very first stages of real estate investment*.

1. Analyse the market:

Analysing the market in the smart way could potentially cut your search time in half – if done well. The basic search includes visiting Rightmove and Zoopla, as well as calling local estate agents with generic market-related questions.  The next step is to view expert-assesed recommended deals in the area. Visit to find deals on properties in Canary Wharf,  Nine Elms, Bloomsbury but also Reading and Queenstown. Each deal includes a breakdown of estimated financial returns, tenancy income and capital stack. See a preview below:

Have a look at the capital:

The capital gain increases the value of a property that is the monetary difference between the purchase price and the sale price, which increases according to a specific location and property’s features. 

Check most recent and historical price comparison of area:

When buying a home, location is perhaps the most important thing to consider. A good location will remain an asset regardless of fluctuations in the property market in the future. You can make an ugly house attractive, but great location will always bring you largest returns.  Here’s when Zoopla’s historical pricing tool will come in handy – just open the page and pick the postcode you’re interested in. 

Check your eligibility for loans

Think about what you can realistically afford. Therefore, you must plan your budget and take all the necessary strategies to obtain the most suitable property within the limits of your financial possibilities. The easiest way?  Speak to a mortgage advisor, and use houzen’s deal portal to look for properties within your deposit amount and mortgage % – it will save you many hours of property search work!


*Our publications do not offer investment advice and nothing in them should be construed as investment advice.  Our publications provide information and education for investors who can make their investment decisions without advice.

The information contained in our publications is not, and should not be read as, an offer or recommendation to buy or sell or a solicitation of an offer or recommendation to buy or sell any securities.  Our publications are not, and should not be seen as a recommendation to use any particular investment strategy. You should carry out your own independent research before making any investment decision.

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