15 March 2017

More than 40 property investors attended the Surrey Buy-to-Let event in Guildford’s County Club, designed to improve the commercial performance of their portfolios and provide access to experts in the industry.

Leading accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, hosted the event in partnership with Seymours Estate Agents and Complete Mortgages. Each presented an opportunity to discuss any unanswered questions relating to property investments. These were carried out face to face and on a one-to-one basis with an expert in the field of taxation, property finance and lettings.

Some of the discussion topics included how to secure the right property, managing void periods and understanding capital gains and stamp duty land tax.

Steve Hoare, Tax Director at Wilkins Kennedy’s Guildford office and one of the experts on hand at the event, said: “It was interesting to see the range of questions that people had, particularly relating to tax relief and SDLT as well as what the future may hold for property investment. This demonstrates that there is a need for more information available to the sector and we were pleased to be able to provide it.”

Richard Stovold, Director at Seymours added: "It was lovely to see so many people attend the event, some of our existing clients with a portfolio of rental properties and some needing help on what property to purchase as their first investment home. With all the changes in the buy to let market place, this type of event bringing everyone together under one roof in central Guildford certainly proved popular to our clients."

Mark Finnegan, Director at Complete Mortgages, concluded: “Despite recent changes to the buy to let market, the event’s success highlights that there is still a huge appetite when it comes to property investment. Providing a steady flow of information in order to meet this demand and ensure that existing and prospective property investors have everything they need to build a successful portfolio is crucial, not just for the South East economy, but also the UK economy in general.”

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