About Arlene Alegre-Wood

Arlene didn't start in property, she worked for the likes of Marks and Spencer, Harrods and her own consulting business in Food Technology. In 2009 she took over the chair of Ezytrac Property Group and has overseen its growth since then. Arlene conceived the famous 'Effortless Property' mantra and has been a big proponent of the constant push towards its achievement. Arlene is married to Brett, a fellow property expert and they have 4 kids.

Overcoming the challenges of managing portfolio properties

How do you know if a property management company is right for you? Increasingly, buy-to-let landlords are taking advantage of national rather than local investment opportunities, as they benefit from comprehensive property investment research from property investment companies with wider and deeper access to markets. However, some investors are missing out on fantastic opportunities because [...]

Section 11 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985: Landlord obligations

Abide by this law to keep your reputation intact In our series of articles about the rules for the buy-to-let landlord to evict nightmare tenants, I wrote about the help the law gives when you need to carry out an eviction. The law also bestows you with certain landlord obligations. For example, if you don’t [...]

Why 20% of your time will make 80% of your property investment returns

Using the power of Pareto to build a property portfolio Many investors with a property portfolio also have a full-time job, certainly, when the portfolio is at the early or growing stage. However, as the portfolio gets larger, and properties within it begin to mature, the property investor finds that Pareto’s Principle applies to property [...]

By |2018-06-22T05:50:18+01:00August 25th, 2016|Property Management, Tenant Management|0 Comments

Why is my property portfolio a full-time job?

Has your property investment warped into a property management business? As an investor with a property portfolio, you view the world differently. Whereas most people look at a house and see a home. You see a box that makes you money. An asset that offers the benefits of leverage and a return on investment that stock market [...]

By |2018-06-22T05:50:24+01:00August 23rd, 2016|Property Management, Tenant Management|0 Comments

What should you do if you can’t afford to move?

It’s time to think like an accidental landlord You’ve been offered a substantial promotion at work, or poached by a competitor for an exciting opportunity. There’s just one problem: the new job is 300 miles away, and you can’t afford to move. Your house is in negative equity, or home prices in the new location [...]

I’ve inherited a house − now what do I do as an accidental investor?

Life-changing options when you’ve inherited a house As parents, we hope to leave our children something substantial in our will. Something that will help them to become financially independent. For most of us, this is the family home. But what do you do when you have inherited a house and become an accidental investor? You [...]

By |2018-06-22T05:50:34+01:00August 16th, 2016|Property Management, Tenant Management|0 Comments

The cost of finding tenants when you’re a DIY buy-to-let landlord

It’s easy to get the wrong tenant when you’re a DIY buy-to-let landlord In my last post, I discussed how much easier it is to find tenants in the internet age. Unfortunately, it’s also easier for bad tenants to find you. A few months ago a DIY buy-to-let landlord told me a story about his [...]

5 tactics to minimise your risks of being a buy-to-let landlord

How to protect yourself and your property investment When you become a buy-to-let landlord, you take on a huge range of responsibilities, each with the potential to cost you money, time, and reputation. Faulty white goods and substandard repairs could end up with an injury to a tenant. Problem tenants that have all-night parties or [...]

The investor's guides to avoid bad tenants

The real cost of finding tenants for your buy-to-let investment property can be huge if you get it wrong. In fact, I’ve seen a bad tenant destroy buy-to-let landlords – especially those just starting out. As strange as it may seem, there are many ‘professional’ bad tenants. They move from home to home, paying no [...]

How to value your time as a buy-to-let landlord

Removing the emotion from your property investment In my last blog, I looked at the difference between being a buy-to-let landlord and a property investor. This post looks at something most buy-to-let landlords don’t appreciate: the value of their time. Only once you understand how valuable your time is. You can take the logical decision [...]