Are Concrete Houses Un-Mortgageable?

A very common question, and indeed a misconception amongst the public is that ‘all concrete houses are un-mortgageable’ . The simple answer is that this is incorrect! Council right to buy mortgage broker cardiffThere is a very wide variety of concrete construction properties, all with individual merits, coupled with an ever increasing broad spectrum of open minded lenders. You will find these houses in many different forms, known differing  terms – most were built post war, as there was a massive demand for fast construction and pre-cast reinforced concrete construction was introduced.

The common problems with concrete construction that is not limited just to houses, but also commercial buildings, structures, bridges etc is commonly known as concrete cancer – this is where the steel reinforcements begin to corrode and expand, causing the structure to crack and degrade. Please check each property individually, as many have had remedial work and refurbishment to eradicate the associated problems.

If considering a purchase or financing of a concrete or ‘non traditional’ construction property, the key is information and education. Firstly gather as much information conctrete home mortgage broker cardiff south walesabout the property as you can. This can be from the selling agents, the vendors, the neighbours, the library, local builders and trades people, the local authority and of course the internet. Use these to educate yourself as to the pro’s and con’s of this particular property and indeed consult a professional surveyor or conveyancer for opinion as to potential problems. Once you have these facts, you can use them to establish the feasibility of sourcing a suitable mortgage. The mortgage market has changed drastically of late and is consistently evolving. What may be unfit yesterday, could fit today – parameters and criteria are constantly being adjusted.

A very important factor that may influence the value and onward saleability of a property is the ability to obtain a mortgage secured against it. This is where an experienced whole of market broker could be invaluable. If the general consensus is that the property is ‘unmortgageable’, this will have a massive effect upon the current and residual value. However if by using a broker that can access every lender available in the UK, you can secure funding, you have achieved two things; 1) a property that will benefit from capital appreciation and will have no re-sale issues, 2) A potentially great value buying price due to the lack of interest from word on the street about the availability of financing.

At Harvey Bowes we believe in going the extra mile to ensure we can give maximum service in cases like these – please call us for further information: 029 2067 6716


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Property Investors Network pin meeting Cardiff – February 11th 2014

Are you a property investor? Then why not come to the Property Investors Network meeting. The Cardiff pin meeting is an educational and networking event for property investors. Whether you are a seasoned or new Landlord it is an ideal way to share ideas, learn more about the topics currently facing the industry and rub shoulders with like-minded people.

The meeting is 11th February 2014, we always hold it on the second Tuesday of every month. This month we are at the Park Inn by Raddison, Cardiff North. More details can be found by clicking the link:

If you register more than 24 hours in advance you can be entered into the monthly prize draw – and if you are visiting us for the first time, please register using the Voucher Code: “BOWES” as this will get you into the meeting courtesy of your host Howard Bowes and pin. This saves you £20.00 on the entrance fee cost.

If you would like to know more about the event, please contact Howard on 029 2067 6716

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