I'm excited about 2012. A little unusual for someone so heavily involved in the property industry at such a dire time, granted, but it's true. Throughout 2011, house prices have fallen, buyers have been sparse on the ground as banks giving out mortgages and notable industry names have fallen by the wayside, so anyone would... Continue Reading →
Let the festivities begin… with a Fishy Christmas Pudding!
The Christmas festivities officially began last night at Moregeous Mansions with the first of what was sure to be many nights of over-indulgence! Thought I'd share a couple of images as in between serving up drinks & food for friends, I was playing with my new Canon lens, a 50mm f1.4 which will (hopefully) let me... Continue Reading →
Going that extra ‘step’, or 50?!, as a landlord
So, it's the week before Christmas and everyone's trees are up, lights are sparkling and baubles are bouncing. Hmmmm. Everyone's except mine. At the end of last week a huge tree, which used to be way higher than the building you can just about see, fell over in the storms next to my house, leaving... Continue Reading →
A spot of guest blogging for Interiors UK 2012
As an annual January visitor to Interiors UK at the Birmingham NEC I'm honoured to have been asked to be one of their four official bloggers for 2012. The show's aimed at retailers, interior designers, architects and property developers, with me representing the latter. I'm in esteemed company, with (from left to right) retail blogger Karine... Continue Reading →
TV chef Simon Rimmer switches on the West Didsbury lights
Last night's Christmas lights switch-on was a lovely event on Burton Road, with children from local schools singing carols and local restaurant Green's owner & TV chef Simon Rimmer hosting the official power up. He does look a wee bit chilly on the photo above but it wasn't as cold as last year when there... Continue Reading →
We’re landlords, we don’t allow pets. Do we?
It's been a given for many years that smart landlords do not allow pets. Why on earth would we.... It may not be house trained = messy poo floors Pets can be a bit stinky and could make your property smell They may scratch the floors & damage the furniture If not cared for they... Continue Reading →
Handcuffs, rust & some tasty snacks, just a regular landlord’s week
It's been a rollercoaster of a week this week, more so than most, with an exciting interview trip to London, two flats to sort for new tenants, a battle to come off extra strong pain killers for my bad back, an attack from a free-falling wok, a big 'do' to get ready for this weekend... Continue Reading →