houzen launches instant investment analysis; leaves human valuations and rent calculations far behind

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houzen launches instant investment analysis;
leaves human valuations and rent calculations far behind

Summer usually slows companies down – but not us! houzen’s tech and investment team have just launched property investment tools never seen in the UK before.

Here’s what a global institutional investor, and an early-adopting user says:

“houzen’s computer vision led Sale and Rental Yield data is accurate and comprehensive. We have an ambitious investment mandate in UK residential, hence we evaluate multiple strategies: development or forward funding of sustainable, single-family, student, blended Private Rent Sector+For Sale. We spend so much time trying to collect and collate data to underwrite assets, or market analysis. houzen’s investment analysis quickly gets us to a go/no-go decision, and the quality of reports is unmatched in the industry. We easily see these tools becoming our competitive edge, as we look to deliver 10,000+ units in the UK.”


Computer Vision enables the computer to “see” pictures, floorplans, and “read” all digital content on millions of homes in minutes; then (i) identify rooms, (ii) identify amenities and appliances, (iii) rate the quality of a home’s interior and exterior.

Visit https://deals.houzen.co.uk/ and click on any property – when you hover over the orange circles, you will notice that the computer identifies rooms, amenities and quality of amenities.

 

The computer converts the (i) visual and readable info into quant data, and marries this with (ii) houzen’s proprietary data on recently closed sales and rents in the area, (iii) last 12 months list price vs land registry data, and (iv) yield and sales price predictions from other data sources. A comprehensive machine learning AutoML model is run to create comps and reduce error rates. Finally, two math equations for valuation and rent per square foot are created based on an exhaustive list of factors (e.g. rooms, amenities, quality), and a dynamic weightage is attached (e.g. intrinsic value and latest market demand for the respective factors). E.g. in Covid times, homes with large gardens have received a price bump.

 

Single-Family Rentals, Build To Rent, Student, Private Rent Sector, Buy To Let, Flipping/i-Buying, Sustainable/Energy efficient homes, Long Yield, New Developments.

We are looking to deploy our tech stack into more pioneering residential investment funds and operators now. Please get in touch: we love a healthy geeky debate 🙂

Also, we are raising £1m+ in equity to deliver our immediate tech roadmap and urgent tech deployment requests from prestigious clients. If you would like to support our cutting-edge Tech and Investment Data roadmap and be an early investor in the next global PropTech, please get in touch with Joe: joseph@houzen.co.uk.

4 solutions making real estate more sustainable in 2021

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4 solutions making real estate more sustainable in 2021

Proptech is the latest tool in the battle to become more sustainable within the real estate industry. The impact of sustainability on the bottom line of properties has never been more obvious to owners than it is right now, as property stakeholders increasingly care about ethics in building and operation. Real estate experts say proptech and sustainability are likely to have a major impact on the future of the sector. 

Source: “Better business, better world”, Business Commission Sustainable Development, Jan 2017

New players emerging on the sustainability horizon

We have listed 4 upcoming real estate solutions that focus on providing not just fast and accurate services, but ones that provide sustainable solutions during planning, development and sales processes. 

By combining 3D modelling and data analytics, VU.CITY provides tools for city planners and developers to model their proposals and immediately verify them against accurate surroundings. With the platform, people can visualize, analyse, and collaborate on future built environments so that better decisions can be made.

 

The Digital Construction firm Modulous designs, manufactures and delivers sustainable affordable housing projects across the UK using a software platform. Using Modulous’ software platform, the construction sector is able to streamline design and overhaul inefficient logistics. A precision-engineered apartment product is part of Modulous’ software that allows high-quality, affordable, and sustainable homes to be designed by computer and delivered to a specific price.

This platform can be used to design modular buildings. By using this, developers and housing groups can specify the kind of building that they want, receive a detailed view of the local planning regulations and quickly generate detailed cost estimates. Each building component is mapped within the system so that the carbon footprint of every building can be monitored and measured on a mass scale.

 

Kreo Software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly generate building design options at the concept design stage. Companies can test more environmentally friendly solutions both in terms of cost and aesthetics from day one of planning.

houzen’s most recent digital product is designed especially for property owners who are keen to improve their homes in terms of sustainability. Reports are created by AI – which scans property photos, “reads” them and summarises the current state of “green” solutions present. Then houzen’s in-house analyst takes over and drafts a plan of proposed improvements, together with cost sheets and contacts to recommended service providers. The sustainability report is an action-based solution for those property owners who care not only about their home’s comfort and design, but also its future impact on the environment. 

 

4 online tools for data-oriented property investors in the UK

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4 online tools for data-oriented property investors in the UK (plus bonus!)

Real estate investment is still considered one of the safest and most attractive asset classes in the UK. However, it’s not for everyone and there are some major barriers and issues that potential investors face. According to “UK Residential Property: Institutional Attitudes and Investment Survey 2020” report published by IPF research, there are multiple issues faced by investors. Major ones include:

  • Difficulty to achieve scale
  • Lack of liquidity/insufficient market size
  • Income yield too low
  • Unattractive pricing 
  • Too difficult / management issues

Online tools to the rescue

Many of these issues, however, can be mitigated by using data-based online tools available for property investors – they help in making faster decisions, provide added certainty, automate communication and allow to pick properties with the highest yield. We’ve picked a set of great tools for investors in the UK  to use on a daily basis.  Here they are:

In part, the Property Detective website is designed for people who are not investors but are buying a property. That does not mean investors are not able to use it, however.

The site provides you with a range of detailed statistics about the area you are interested in. Just enter the postcode of a property you are thinking about buying.  It’s a fantastic first step if you are considering purchasing a property outside of your city or area.

You can use this information to help you determine the type of tenant you are likely to attract and how best to re-market the property on re-sale. You will find school reports, crime data, local demographics, flight paths, etc.

To get started, you just need to enter a postcode on the Property Detective website.

 

 

We at houzen are huge advocates of data-driven decision making – and Property Data is a nice little tool that can empower any investor to look at a comprehensive real estate data in a new way.

By evaluating local market performance, comparing areas that interest you, and benchmarking rental rates, the platform can help you identify where to invest.

If you’re serious about investing, it’s well worth a go. Visit Property Data website here.

 

 

The Rated People have you covered for any work that cannot be handled by you directly.

Over 50,000 local tradespeople on the site cover the whole of the UK, so you can find someone who is capable of doing the job you need done, at a fair price.

A tradesperson’s profile will display any reviews for past jobs they have completed, so you will know they can be trusted with the work you need.

Rated People is by far one of the quickest and easiest ways to hire tradespeople to work on your property portfolio.

 

A simple browser plugin that could make a huge difference in your property sourcing process. While using Zoopla or Rightmove, you can only see current listing pricing. But what if there was a way to see all the pricing history, including potential discounts? This way, your negotiation power increases and you know much more about the property’s sales journey. This is exactly what this plugin provides. 

The price records are crowd sourced and shared between all users of the browser extension so you’ll often find history already exists when first viewing a listing.

You can quickly gain more data for your property investment decisions by installing the browser extension.

Register for Property Prospector to receive alerts when the asking price changes or when a property comes off the market. You can also compare all investment properties you’re considering in Property Prospector, such as yield, ROI, and more

 https://www.patma.co.uk/page/property-tools-browser-extensions/  

houzen’s AI valuation tool analyses any UK property based on a Zoopla or Rightmove link, and provides a recommended valuation created using Computer Vision. 

It’s a first of its kind fully automated process that takes into consideration over 200+ factors: including size of rooms, quality of furniture, garden quality, neighbourhood safety and sustainability. You will be provided with a suggested price within just 5 seconds, and it can become a powerful negotiation tool for any investor.

Give it a try by clicking the banner below:

AI Valuations: can computers assess cars, jewellery and properties?

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AI Valuations: can computers assess cars, jewellery and properties?

In just 2-3 years, artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed from an emerging technology to an essential one. AI companies raised a record $33 billion in equity funding in 2020, according to CB Insights data, and businesses that identify as AI extend beyond the tech sector. 

AI tools: overhyped or worth it?

While AI is still young, many consider it an overhyped piece of technology and are striving to find the “next big thing.” The problem isn’t with the technology itself however, it is with the application.

AI is frequently overlooked and misjudged; however, the fact of the matter is that most modern products would benefit in some way from machine learning (ML) or artificial intelligence, but we often don’t prioritise this due to perceived lack of time, budget or ideas on how to apply this technology.

How could AI help?

AI answers the most common questions related to products and purchase process:

  1. Do buyers understand exactly what capabilities they’re getting?
  2. Do buyers have an effective process in place to evaluate and leverage the technology?
  3. Do buyers, especially those outside the tech sector, really know how to assess the value of a potential AI acquisition?

We’ve picked 3 tools helping you make better decision in assesing jewellery, card and properties – and you can test them yourself!

 

 

The Diamond Pro experts have created the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) tool trained to help you find an eye-clean diamond based on your personal budget, shape, setting preference and desired metal type. Ringo’s  AI technology can spot inclusions – a particle or flaw visible to the naked eye. When inclusions or flaws are not visible to the naked eye, a diamond is considered eye-clean. Ringo’s AI model is trained to use human-like visual perception to determine if each diamond is eye-clean, once the diamond is placed in a ring setting of the buyer’s choice. This was accomplished by running several thousand eye-clean or not-eye-clean decisions by The Diamond Pros through Ringo’s AI engine.

 

 

Brego uses artificial intelligence to predict the depreciation and ownership costs of cars. You can search for a car by the manufacturer name or by its’ features and then view the depreciation graph and ownership costs on the car page. Brego runs several lists of cars that meet certain criteria to show the power of our search engine, so you can see cars that have over 300bhp but cost less than £30,000. Brego’s AI models derive from those used in financial services to predict investments that were tailored  to fit the automotive market.

 

 

Houzen’s AI Valuation is based on multiple historical and real-time data sources gathered together to train AI and computer vision models. These sources comprise of UK’s real estate marketplaces (such as Zoopla, Rightmove), property data aggregators and statistics providers (such as PropertyData, Land Registry). 

All you need is a link to a Zoopla property listing – provide it on the houzen Deals page and in just 3 seconds you will get a full property analysis, together with houzen’s AI valuation. It’s the easiest way to spot an undervalued property for your next investment.

 

What does it mean for you?

If you decide to value your property using houzen’s Valuation tool, the Computer Vision will assess everything that’s visible on your property’s pictures and take them into consideration for the final price recommendation – even if it’s not mentioned in the written description. This makes houzen’s valuation much more precise and complete than a classic or instand valuation.

4 new real estate solutions created using computer vision: 2021 edition

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4 new real estate solutions created using computer vision: 2021 edition

Computer vision obtain data and information, also enables a machine or computer from multi-dimensional data sources to transform into valuable insights. Image recognition systems based on computer vision technology are being tested in many industries – and real estate is one prime example.

What is the basic meaning of computer vision?

Computer Vision is a field of artificial intelligence associated with video and image analysis that enable computers to “see” the extract information just like human eyes would see them – or rather even more precisely than human eyes would. It’s based on specialized software that identifies and classifies objects. In addition, computer vision can analyze images (photos, pictures, videos, barcodes), faces and emotions. Millions of pieces of data are collected to isolate features and combinations of elements to identify similar objects further.

Leading Computer Vision Startups

Computer vision is perfect solution to propel real estate’s growth – it speeds up processes, analyses areas that are difficult for humans to reach physically, or check the interior through 3d vision. Real estate sector slowly adapts to the world of data-focused decision making, and Computer Vision is a tool to make it happen.

 

Matterport’s Cortex artificial intelligence is a deep learning neural network that creates robust 3D spatial data from a wide variety of capture devices including Lidar cameras, the Matterport Pro2, 360 cameras, and even smartphones. Cortex enables a host of powerful features to enhance the value of your digital twin. These include: automatic measurements for any room or object in the room, automatic 2D-from-3D HD photo gallery creation, auto face blurring for privacy protection, custom videos, walkthroughs, auto room labeling, object recognition, and so much more. 

 

 

Zillow has recently launched 3D Home, an AI virtual viewing service application in the United States and Canada. Buyers can use Zillow’s application to view the house in a 3D tour. For sellers, 3D Home uses the iPhone camera. Zillow says it’s now leveraging computer vision to improve the accuracy of its Zestimate appraisals. The Seattle, Washington-based real estate management and listings company launched a new benchmark that considers homes’ visual highlights in tabulating property prices and then adjusts those estimates for locations on the market to account for real-time sales data.

Zestimate now leverages AI models trained on millions of photos from sellers, listing agents, and homeowners. It’s tuned such that highly desirable and in-demand features, like new granite countertops and remodeled bathrooms, have a greater pull on a home’s estimated market value. Even natural light and curb appeal make a difference, according to Zillow, as do touches like high-end finishes, fireplaces, remodeled kitchens, updated fixtures, and well-manicured lawns.

 

 

Tractable develops artificial intelligence systems for accident and disaster recovery. Working with a leading global insurer based in Japan, Tractable will soon help homeowners recover faster from a typhoon by allowing them to submit photos and obtain an AI-accelerated claim payout. With AI property, insurers can immediately assess the extent of damage from photos or videos sent via a smartphone app.

No time is lost waiting for an appraiser to visit the property. Policyholders have the reassurance of being served straight away, insurers can bring speed and precision to every claim, and urgent cases can be prioritized for swift settlement and repairs.

 

Houzen’s AI Valuation is based on multiple historical and real-time data sources gathered together to draw inferences and train AI and computer vision models. These sources comprise of UK’s real estate marketplaces (such as Zoopla, Rightmove), property data aggregators and statistics providers (such as PropertyData, Land Registry). Further, Houzen’s proprietary closed deals data, collected over the years, plays the role of secret sauce in price prediction analysis.

Computer Vision collects billions of features and amenities data points from the property images that facilitate feature engineering. Houzen firmly believes that highly accurate data is the key to an accurate AI prediction model. Amenities, floor area and location details are fetched and aggregated through language preprocessing techniques. The aggregated data is structured, analysed, preprocessed, cleaned and feature engineered with precision before feeding to machine learning algorithms. Periodically, the models are updated with latest property data to capture all ongoing trends in the market.

 

What does it mean for you?

If you decide to value your property using houzen’s Valuation tool, the Computer Vision will assess everything that’s visible on your property’s pictures and take them into consideration for the final price recommendation – even if it’s not mentioned in the written description. This makes houzen’s valuation much more precise and complete than a classic or instand valuation.

Starter: investing in real estate checklist

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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 www.deals.houzen.co.uk 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.

3 ways in which AI makes real estate better in 2021

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3 ways in which AI makes real estate better in 2021

The COVID-19 business transformation has been sadly quite deadly for certain industries, however it also sped up the unavoidable digital transition for many old school practices. Amid the crisis, companies scrambled to create new services for remote workers and students, beef up online shopping and dining options, make customer call centers more efficient and speed development of important new drugs. 

The AI industry even broke records during the global uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, with artificial intelligence startups raising $33 billion in 2020, according to CB Insights. 

The change has also touched the ever-slow real estate industry. With a sudden spike in interest in virtual property viewings, better CRMs and online property management services, we have noticed a couple of UK players boldly offering new services based on Artificial Intelligence. 

Why AI in real estate?

Simply said, AI and Big Data solutions bring an added data-based certainty to investors, buyers and tenants. Instead of relying on manual research on Rightmove and Zoopla, these solutions combine data from multiple sources and customise the output to who the user is. The result? Much simpler and faster rentals and property investments. The real estate sector, like many others, is slowly but surely adapting to the “data-focused” world and making some progress in defining use cases for artificial intelligence utilization. Quietly, tech-savvy CEOs and development managers are educating themselves on the application of data analytics to gain a competitive edge.

Who are the 3 UK providers of AI solutions in real estate?

halo.rent

halo.rent automates operations and communications with AI and makes the entire process stress-free and transparent. The company just launched its tenant engagement platform to make renting faster and easier. Now, the platform is open for all after field testing with leading UK property managers. Also, it bagged £1.25 million pre-seed funding from angel investors and the European Commission.The app aggregates all the individual service providers, including existing property management systems, smart deposit services, utility switching companies, credit checks, and referencing into one engaging and intuitive platform. As a result, agents benefit from a whopping 90% reduction in administrative tasks. 

 

Orbital Witness

Launched in 2018, Orbital Witness aims to modernise and accelerate the legal due diligence process with a platform to access and organise property information from HM Land Registry and local authorities, facilitate quick document review and flag risks automatically to lawyers and underwriters. Will Pearce, Co-founder and COO at Orbital Witness, explained: “We’ve built a system for clients to access documents from numerous important sources and provide an easy way to provide risk assessment and insights quickly. Now, we’re using that expertise and technology to reimagine property and land risk for today, to make transacting real estate less time-consuming, arduous and inefficient.”

Avasa AI

Avasa AI was formed from the slow, tortuous and frustrating rental search experience of its founders in 2016. The company aims to revolutionise the rental experience for tenants, putting tenants’ needs at the heart of the process and bringing it into the 21st century.

It does so by combining smart technology, deep industry know-how and thoughtfulhuman interaction. Avasa’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled search engine and Natural Language Processing (NLP) chatbot, built with the assistance of hundreds of tenants, deliver a uniquely seamless, efficient and transparent experience for tenants. Avasa’s AI and NLP technology, combined with an end-to-end ‘search and finalise’ platform, significantly cuts down time spent on finding the home that fits tenants’ lifestyle needs.

 

Keen to see AI in action? Visit houzen’s real estate deals portal and see how AI analyses a property for you in just 5 seconds. 

 

Top 3 investment strategies for real estate investment in 2021 in the UK

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Top 3 UK investment strategies for real estate investment in 2021

Property investment is a personal affair – the strategy that one might pick depends on multiple factors, from risk aversion to funds available. If you’re thinking of investing in real estate in the UK in 2021, you will probably do own research* – we strongly encourage so- however, to help you out,  we have picked 3 strategies that we have set our bets on for this year.  

We have so much certainty in these – and the data to back it – that we have built 3 unique tools to help you get started. Explore our signature AI-based Refurbishment ReportSustainability Report and AI Valuations.  If you’re interested in finding out more, just ping us on the chatbot – and explore more in the post below.

High Yielding Properties

2020 lifestyle change has shaped the real estate landscape in a huge way. With office employees working remotely, locations traditionally viewed as “too far” were suddenly in demand. Average yield in the UK currently averages 5.2% (as reported by Zoopla), with highest yields seen in Scotland and Northern England. However, London and outer London continues to offer fantastic opportunities: properties in Barking, Dagenham, Newham and Havering could land an investor a solid 5% yield this year. 

For numbers-oriented investors, we recommend using houzen’s AI valuation tool, which scans listing photos, data and historical sale prices in the area, and provides the most accurate price prediction in the market. Visit the valuation tool here

 

Sustainable Homes

Over 20% of UK’s carbon emissions originate from domestic buildings – and investors and owners become more and more aware of the impact homes have on the environment.  With the government offering various schemes supporting responsible homes, and tenants stating that sustainable improvements play an important role in accommodation choice, sustainable homes are here to stay. 

Solar panels, ground source heating and batteries and other sustainable tech solutions are starting to reach production economies of scale and become economically viable, leading to the emergence of exciting new possibilities.

With an ever-growing public desire to be living in a sustainable home, property investors need to be aware that properties with good eco-credentials are likely to attract higher interest from tenants and house hunters. The market is starting to see a long-overdue increase in the number of eco-friendly homes, driven by developers who are putting emphasis on sustainability in response to the government’s Future Home Standard.

If sustainable improvements in a new investment are important to you, our Sustainable Reports will help you and keep the costs under control. 

Refurb & Flipping

In 2020, the proportion of homes in England and Wales that have been bought, renovated and sold again within a short period has hit a 12-year high, with Burnley in Lancashire topping the list of properties most commonly “flipped”.

So far this year, one in every 40 homes sold were bought and sold within 12 months, according to research from estate agent Hamptons International using Land Registry data, the most since 2008. In Burnley, it was about one in 12.

Flipping is an exciting (yet risky) strategy, but what if you could get started on your first refurbished investment with a help of Artificial Intelligence? 

We have spoken to over 100 UK residential investors and it became clear that flipping is the most time and resource-consuming strategy. We decided to fix it, by involving AI and our experts. The result? You can now request a Refurbishment Report on houzen. As the first stage, AI scans all the photos of the property and marks them as “good” “premium” or “needs fixing”. Then our analysts view full listings together with the AI report and produce and action-based list of improvements with largest impact on the property price. It comes with checklist of costs and contacts to our trusted contractors.  Sounds interesting? Give it a go.

*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.

5 must-listen property podcasts for real estate investors

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5 property investment podcasts recommended by
team houzen - 2021 edition

Looking for a couple of easy to digest, short podcast episodes filled with real estate investment knowledge? We love to catch up on podcasts during the commute (although some of houzen’s team members also enjoy listening to them… in the bathroom – well, each to their own). We’ve gathered 5 good quality podcast channels for you to pick from – let us know if we should add any of your favourites to it as well!

*since we are focused on the UK property market (and we love it!), we have picked mostly UK podcasts for this list – stay tuned for an international edition!

EG (Estates Gazette) Podcast

If there’s one good resource that you should sign up for, e recommend EG’s newsletter – it’s full of news highlights, but also invites for webinars and podcasts about real estate. For quite a while, EG journalists have been recording and publishing interviews and debates dedicated to recent hottest topics in the industry, or in-depth discussions about the future of it. Podcast guests include PropTech gurus, legal experts, property developers and consultants and specialists in property management, sales and the rental sector. 

The podcast’s most recent episodes have covered topics such as risks to the real estate loan market created by Covid-19, approaches to sustainability and a spotlight study of the future of Birmingham.

Listen on iTunes | Listen on PodBean | Listen on Podomatic

Honest Property Investment Podcast

Natasha Collins talks about a broad scope of topics related to investments – and she does it in her signature, honest manner. Just view her “About Us” section to get a feel of how straightforward she is – if you’re looking for a podcast that talks more than just typical cliches, you might enjoy this one. Even though she is now based in the US, Natasha’s knowledge is mostly based on UK properties – both commercial and residential. Recent topics include “25 ways to find the money for the deposit”, “Pros and Cons of Residential Property Investments” and “How to avoid disasters in commercial real estate investment” . 

Listen on Anchor FM

The Property Nomads Podcast

This is more of a “wholesome” real estate podcast. Focusing on the human side of properties, covers anything from how to buy your first buy to let to exploring historical buildings and the impact they’ve had on civilisations, to the impact of climate change on your portfolio. 

Most recently, the podcast has explored ways in which you can grow your property business despite Covid-19, top book recommendations and the topic of matching up developers with investors.

Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher 

 

Inside Property Investing Podcast

Mike & Victoria Stenhouse, manage their podcast and website professionally – on top of chats with guests, introductions into new tech solutions, you will also find some checklists and materials to download and help you with your first investment. It will strive to be your single resource for news, advice and inspiration to help you succeed on the property journey.

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Your Property Podcast

Your Property Podcast is brought to you by Your Property Network Magazine, the UK’s leading magazine for active property investors. hosts Ant Lyons and Angharad Owen will be talking to some of the UK’s most knowledgeable property investors and discussing hot topics each month giving you the knowledge and inspiration to become a successful property investor and entrepreneur.

Listen on SoundCloud

 

 

About houzen 

houzen is an AI and data-driven platform that recommends the most investable homes, to maximise returns. Houzen delivers certainty in investment returns, by offering a digital investment infrastructure which till now was only available to large funds. Buyers and sellers can now fast track property transactions with confidence:

  •  by using instant financial analysis on all UK homes, 
  •  accurate valuation and rental analysis,
  •  sustainability ratings for the climate minded,
  •  refurbishment analysis to identify flipping opportunities,
  • sourcing off-market and discounted homes

The AI platform also works with the best performing local agents in UK and Asia to optimise the sales and leasing process for homeowners

Visit www.houzen.co.uk 

 

Inclusive design and social inclusion in real estate – interview with Mei-Yee Man Oram

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In April 2021, houzen’s Sustainability Lead, Eashita Saxena, has conducted an interiew with Mei-Yee Man Oram, an expert in inclusive design. Making properties more “green” and sustainable means also making sure they are fit for any tenant – hence making a property “inclusive” might sometimes require some surprising improvements. Here’s a short summary of our interview with Mei-Yee.

Q- What’s your incusive design journey been like so far?

A: I studied Arts and history and architecture at the university. The thing which was of particular interest was the social aspect of architecture and how architecture can integrate people,connect people- help enhancing their relationships. That was of particular interest, which is why after graduating, the role of inclusive designer in the industry- 1of the key thing is really pulling it back, user centered considerations to know about who we are designing for, thinking about, not only thinking about current populations but thinking about how the demographics are going to change that we should be taking into consideration as well to make sure who we are designing for, what we are designing is suitable for people from different generations as well and throughout the lifetime of the building. Recognising the fact that within every community we have got such diversity of different age groups, different gender identities, different cultures, different races, different access requirements from physical perspective, from sensory perspective as well, just trying to think perhaps making sure we think about all of those requirements, making sure that’s captured within any stakeholder engagement that we adopt as well to make sure that the design and proposals are really reflecting the people that we are representing.

 

What would you say the role of a community advisor is?

A: Within WELL advisory, I joined community advisory, with bringing the expertise of inclusive design, my role has essentially been to look at the work WELL building has been doing in relation to new features relation to updating existing materials ( guidance, documents, collaterals) very much with inclusive design lens, see how we can expand further and how to maximize the opportunities and initiatives to encourage people within the built environment to encourage them to do good things.

 

What do you think about social value? How do you see it from the perspective of existing housing stock in the UK?

A: From the inclusive design side of things, integral to what we do as a team, everything that we are doing, advising clients and design teams with the objective of improving things, society as a whole, medium audience within the building and also future opportunities that might lead to as well. From a design perspective, I am very focused on inclusive design. That’s probably the biggest area where on a day to day basis and that’s where the biggest impact is. As a firm generally we get involved with other things as well which include reaching out and working with local communities to see how schemes can benefit on a wider scale, outreach programs to local communities, schools to provide education, to offer opportunities and to get people involved and encourage them to get into the profession as well in the engineering profession- a wide range of initiatives that happen across the firm.

 

In terms of housing, what measures can be taken to enhance social value and create a better environment to live?

A: In relation to housing what comes first to my mind is when looking at now, there is a big gap in terms of what is currently been provided and what is required, if we look at social housing as an example, still gaps that currently in place that need to be addressed, if we look toward the future, some things are emerging such as population is aging, correlation between aging and disability, future projection that are emerging, we really need to start thinking about it and access if the current housing stock is suitable for those future generations? There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the balance, during the pandemic, there’s a lot of people that are working from home at the moment, so going forward, whether those patterns are likely to become much more normal, day to day? Again how we have been designing residential housing whether that needs to change to reflect the work patterns as well. There’s been discussions about 15-20 minute neighbourhoods and how that can be designed on a much more broader scale to reflect some of those behaviour changes that people might be expecting going forward.

 

Do you see any emerging trends in the industry?

A: Pandemic and its impact on the industry, huge impact from inclusive design perspective as well. People are much more aware and willing to spend time how they can be better in the inclusion and diversity sphere as a result of pandemic. Going forward, I am hopeful, positive changes building more flexibility to accommodate those changes in terms of how people use the space? Being more considerate about the diversity of people and how that can be balanced within a single building or single area and having much more flexibility in terms on how spaces are used generally is going to be a big thing. Again the pandemic has proven people can work remotely and they don’t have to be in office so going forward this will affect how the future of office and homes is going to look like has to reflect that.

 

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