Product Name: UK Property Alerts
Product Author: Iain Maitland
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Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Get UK Property News, Views & Opportunities – Sign Up Today With UK Property Alerts”
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What Do You Get?
– An email newsletter detailing UK property investment opportunities and other related news and information.
Where To Buy: www.ukpropertyalerts.co.uk
UK Property Alerts is a free email newsletter run by long-term property investor Iain Maitland. It includes information about new property investment opportunities in the UK, together with other news and information that may affect property investors.
What’s It All About?
UK Property Alerts is a free email newsletter compiled and distributed by Iain Maitland, a professional property investor.
It is aimed at people who are interested in investing in UK property, and have reasonably substantial sums available to do so.
In the newsletter Iain sets out details of property investment opportunities he has unearthed, including some that he has negotiated personally. Readers are typically asked to email Iain if they would like more information on the opportunity concerned.
UK Property Alerts also includes other general news and information about social, economic and political developments that may be of interest to property investors.
Do I Need Experience To Make This Work?
No special experience is required, although you should of course do your own “due diligence” before investing in property.
How Much Money Do I Need To Get Started?
The newsletter itself is free but most of the opportunities do require a fairly substantial investment, a minimum of £30,000 to £50,000 being typical.
Recently a lower-cost “crowdfunding” opportunity was featured as well. Even here the minimum investment was £15,000, though.
How Much Money Can I Make?
These are, of course, investments rather than business opportunities. It’s difficult to give exact figures for the returns, as terms vary considerably from one project to another. Typical annual returns quoted on recent opportunities in the newsletter range from 6 to 12 percent. That might not sound like a fortune, but it is of course a great deal better than most banks and building societies are paying right now.
How Much Time Will I Need To Make This Work?
This is not a time-consuming opportunity in itself, although you will of course want to research any potential investment carefully before putting money into it.
Still, Iain does a lot of the important preliminary research himself, and he organizes introductions and (in many cases) site visits for members who are genuinely interested in particular opportunities.
Will I Need Any Equipment To Do This?
Just a computer with an internet connection.
Value For Money?
As the newsletter is free this doesn’t apply.
Does It Live Up To The Claims In The Promotion?
Quality of Customer Service:
This is good. Iain responds to emails promptly and helpfully, and is happy to go the extra mile to assist any member who is seriously considering whether to invest.
I should maybe start with a spot of disclosure, which is that I have known Iain as a writing and editing colleague for a number of years. At one time I used to write for a (print) newsletter that he edited on behalf of a major UK business opportunities publisher. That doesn’t affect what I have put in this review, of course, beyond the fact that I can personally attest that Iain is a genuine guy who is in this for the long term and not out to rip anybody off!
The UK Property Alerts website at www.ukpropertyalerts.co.uk sets out what the newsletter has to offer in a straightforward and generally hype-free way. If you want to sign up, it’s then just a matter of entering your email address in the box on the right. It’s the usual double opt-in system, so you will receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription request by clicking on a link. Once that is done, you can expect to start receiving updates almost immediately.
Emails are sent once a day. They typically include one or more news items about matters affecting property investors. Many also include information about specific investment opportunities that are currently open (or will be shortly).
Here’s a typical one from a recent issue…
UK Nursing Home 8 per cent assured return for 7 years Developer deferred payment options Limited availability 125 per cent optional buy-back after year 7 Built and operational since 1989 Purpose-built nursing home Currently achieving 100 per cent occupancy One of seven homes operated by a family business with over 35 years of experience in the sector Purchase price – £80,000 Cash input – £40,000 Developer deferred payments – £40,000
Following these basic details, Iain wrote: “Care homes have always proven popular with UKPA members; all our allocations have always sold out. We have been looking at nursing homes for some time now and think this one fits the bill. (You do, of course, have to do your own due diligence and use your own lawyer just as you would for any investment opportunity). Interested? Email back for more details.”
As well as the daily email updates, subscribers also receive a glossy monthly PDF edition. This includes a number of more in-depth articles about property investment and a round-up of current opportunities. Some investment opportunities outside the UK are also mentioned in the PDF.
Speaking of which, I should mention that Iain runs some other free property investment newsletters and news services as well. These include International Property Alerts at www.internationalpropertyalerts.co.uk, which I have also reviewed for More Money Review. He also oversees the weekly e- news services at www.francepropertyalerts.co.uk, www.lifestylepropertyalerts.co.uk, www.spainpropertyalerts.co.uk, www.americapropertyalerts.co.uk, www.investmentpropertyalerts.co.uk, www.londonpropertyalerts.co.uk and www.hotelpropertyalerts.co.uk.
You might wonder how Iain makes any money from offering his newsletters and news services for free. The answer is that he receives commission on sales from developers and agents. He also occasionally charges finder’s fees, but tells me that this is relatively unusual.
Obviously, UK Property Alerts is not going to be of interest to all readers because of the substantial sums required for most of the opportunities mentioned. If you do have the necessary funds, though, and are interested in investing in UK property, I’d have thought signing up would be pretty much a no-brainer.
There is obviously no obligation, but it’s a great way to find out about new investment opportunities and other relevant news and information on the UK property market. Iain and his team also source best-buy deals for their members. He tells me, “We recently brokered a 50/50 profit-share joint venture between 10 UKPA members and a small developer. We also offer a crowdfunding deal at the same site in Cheltenham – 9 per cent for a £15,000 investment, paid monthly, one year term.”
In conclusion, I am pleased at last to have found an opportunity that after reviewing it I can recommend without reservation.