How do you start to invest in property now, with confidence? Can you enhance your current portfolio during uncertain times? Expert opinion and conventional wisdom may conflict, or no longer apply.
To get hands-on information about putting your money into bricks and mortar, one of the best places to look is an active investment property forum. Thousands of investors are available every day to answer your questions and share their experiences.
Here are some of the internet’s best investment property forums, where you can pick up some tips and join the discussion.
Property Tribes is a site to hang out on for very candid opinions about the vicissitudes of chasing profit in real estate. The forums cover every aspect of investment property you can think of – from HMOs and student accommodation, to REITs and auctions. To keep you up to date in the current crisis, there is a topical board appropriately named ‘CoronaNomics’.
The forum at Property Hub is a friendly place for new investors to meet, and learn the ropes. Pluck up the courage to post in the ‘Introduce yourself’ section, and begin networking. Get stuck in on any topic at the ‘General property discussion’. The members of Property Hub have created a homely atmosphere, where you can share your goals and progress. There is always help available, particularly on the ‘I need advice!’ board.
Property Forum aims to provide “the world’s leading online property investment community”. A very comprehensive resource indeed, there are investment property forums for every continent on the globe, except Antarctica. Based in London, Property Forum is very much “the place to talk property” in the UK, too. As with many forums, you have to register just to lurk, but it is free to take part.
An active source of know-how for anyone involved in the nitty gritty of letting residential accommodation can be found at LandlordZONE. There are also discussion boards for commercial property, land and agriculture. Experienced owners provide expert info on legal conundrums, and practical difficulties. Conversely, it is also a revelation for renters as a place to learn their rights. There is a finance and investment forum, too, which raises the conversation above plumbing problems and tenant troubles.
Thinking about becoming a landlord long term? Membership of the RLA could be one of your best investments. The Residential Landlords Association is an organisation dedicated to property interests, and it hosts a forum where you can get to know other members.
Lay My Hat is a delightful investment property forum to browse, whether you are an investor in the holiday sector or not. There are members with vacation properties all over the world. The editor, Paolo de Paolis, boasts that “the forum is so user-friendly that even my mother can use it”. Sign up to the newsletter, which is free, for tips on marketing and managing a holiday letting business. This is a specialised forum, for and by holiday rental owners. With the future of residential buy-to-let difficult to predict, Lay My Hat is the place to think further afield. Contributors can link to their website, so you can dream about your next getaway!
It could be a smart move to dip into a general investment forum before making any big decisions. Most – like Lemon Fool, for example – have a board for investment property, to compare with chats about other ways to maximise returns. That way you can consider your options in full, and make the right decision for the future.
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