The internet has managed to creep its way into nearly all facets of our lives. Anything and everything you can think of will have been affected by the online world in some way.
Take Blockbuster for example, a thriving and innovative viewing concept drowned by the behemoths that are Netflix.
The same can be seen in the music industry, CD’s were a phenomena some thought would be the pinnacle of technological advancements. Mp3’s begged to differ. Now, music in a physical form is unheard of (geddit “unheard of”), the domain is ruled by instant streaming and high speed downloads.
With so many fields being revolutionised by the internet, has the property sector held its own? Of course not!
All divisions sooner or later succumb to the overwhelming force that is the internet.
However, that is not always necessarily a bad thing. The online-verse while making some businesses redundant has drastically improved the consumer’s experience, and the same can be seen in property, particularly property investments.
Gone are the days, where investing in properties is heavily reliant on being well connected in the real estate or letting world. A time when a call from your friendly estate agent notified you of the hottest deals.
Property investments have dramatically changed in the past decade. Nearly every step of the investment process differs from its preceding method.
But what is actually different? Several online businesses have come to market that either assist or automate the way we can invest in properties, while the notion remains the same, it’s been made that much easier.
Here are a few platforms that have transformed the way we invest in properties.
In literal sense, crowdfunding is fundraising for a cause or project by a large number of people.
However, property experts on have put their own spin on things. In recent years sites have emerged which allow users to invest as little as £10 to become one of the many owners of a property. PropertyMoose, offer a scheme where investors are paid a monthly income when their property is being rented.
These systems have allowed anyone to become a property investor rather than the affluent few.
Online Letting & Estate Agents
While many investments include purchasing and letting a property, buying for a quick flip has seen to be very lucrative.
However, a rather imposing negative of selling the property are the extortionate commissions that estate agents take. This can sometimes cut into the profit you would be making on the sale.
This is another way the internet has changed the way we invest in properties. Online letting & estate agents like Door Steps, offer a one off fee usually £99 to list and promote properties on the market. This price is considerably lower than the 1.5% minimum traditional agents ask.
Over 90% of all property searches begin online and this is due to the rise of property portals.
With these companies gaining such popularity it has removed the need for an estate agent in the buying process. You’re able to find and purchase properties without the assistance of an estate agent.
Remember the days of phoning multiple car insurance companies to get the cheapest deal? Or even worse, just going with the first provider you call, which probably wasn’t the best deal.
Now just spending 5 minutes on Go Compare will get you the cheapest deal across multiple insurance providers.
Spending on insurance and management fees will eat into your investment so it is vital to get the best deal around.
For property investors looking to make profit in the rental market, getting the best letting agent in terms of costs and service is vital.
Rent Round is the Go Compare for the rental market. A free, no obligation search to find the best letting agent local to your property.
Even a small % save on letting agent fees over months & years will add up, so it is important to research potential letting agents before making a commitment.
There are courses, books published and weekly magazines all offering advice on property investments.
While these options are great, they’re not comparable to amount of resources that can now be found online and are usually completely free.
This had made it possible for the masses to be educated on the topic of property investment.