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CLIENT PROFILE

Name:

Ages:

Work:

Atul and Kalina Shah

50 & 48

Supermarket distribution & Mortgage crime prevention

Location:

Family:

London

1 daughter

SERVICE RATING
RESULTS

Purchase Price: 

Refurbishment: 

Funds Required: 

Gross Rent: 

Cash Flow: 

Rental Return:

£87,000

£9,494

£42,499

£7,140

£4,203

9.1%

CLIENT PROFILE

Name:        Atul & Kalina Shah
Ages:         50 & 48
Work:         Distribution /  Crime Prevention
Location:   London
Family:       1 daughter

SERVICE RATING
RESULTS

Purchase Price:        £87,000
Refurbishment:        £9,494
Funds Required:      £42,499
Gross Rent:               £7,140
Cash Flow:                £4,203
Rental Return:         9.1%

"We’ve worked so hard for so many years and obviously we don’t want to keep on working till the day we die.

We want to be able to enjoy our retirement and ideally, we’d like it to be stress free. For us, property provides something to fall back on and a bit of security."

Atul Shah

Atul & Kalina Shah Client photo | Lifestyle Property People
OVERVIEW

Kalina got in touch with us in 2017 after finding us on Facebook. Kalina and her husband didn’t own any existing buy-to-let properties, but they now have a 3-bed semi-detached property in South Leeds, which was sourced, purchased, refurbished and rented by Lifestyle Property People.

We asked the couple about their decision to invest in the Leeds property market.

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They aren’t looking for your money; they’re trying to make you successful

OVERVIEW

Kalina got in touch with us in 2017 after finding us on Facebook. Kalina and her husband didn’t own any existing buy-to-let properties, but they now have a 3-bed semi-detached property in South Leeds, which was sourced, purchased, refurbished and rented by Lifestyle Property People.

We asked the couple about their decision to invest in the Leeds property market.

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They aren’t looking for your money; they’re trying to make you successful

WHAT WERE YOU TRYING TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS INVESTMENT?

We’ve worked so hard for so many years and obviously we don’t want to keep on working till the day we die. We want to be able to enjoy our retirement and ideally, we’d like it to be stress free. We love going on holiday, eating out and socialising and we don’t want that to stop all that once we eventually cut down our working hours or stop working altogether. For us, property provides something to fall back on and a bit of security.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE RETURNS?

We can see our profit at the end of the year is much more than what we would get from the bank in interest. Now that we’ve got the property, we’re thinking about using the profits to buy another one.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY PEOPLE APPROACH?

They held our hands every step of the way and it was such a smooth ride. Any questions we had were answered promptly and they never tried to blag the answer – if they didn’t know, they would tell us that and then go and find it out.

WHAT 3 WORDS OR PHRASES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY PEOPLE?

1. Professional

2. Courteous

3. Loyal

WHAT WERE YOU TRYING TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS INVESTMENT?

We’ve worked so hard for so many years and obviously we don’t want to keep on working till the day we die. We want to be able to enjoy our retirement and ideally, we’d like it to be stress free. We love going on holiday, eating out and socialising and we don’t want that to stop all that once we eventually cut down our working hours or stop working altogether. For us, property provides something to fall back on and a bit of security.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE RETURNS?

We can see our profit at the end of the year is much more than what we would get from the bank in interest. Now that we’ve got the property, we’re thinking about using the profits to buy another one.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY PEOPLE APPROACH?

They held our hands every step of the way and it was such a smooth ride. Any questions we had were answered promptly and they never tried to blag the answer – if they didn’t know, they would tell us that and then go and find it out.

WHAT 3 WORDS OR PHRASES WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE LIFESTYLE PROPERTY PEOPLE?

1. Professional

2. Courteous

3. Loyal

WERE YOU EVER HESITANT ABOUT INVESTING IN' A PROPERTY SO FAR AWAY FROM HOME?

Yes, at first, we were anxious about the process, but after speaking to one of Lifestyle’s existing clients, and also talking everything through with the team, we felt reassured – and to be honest, we haven’t had any stress at all. We later even realised that one of our nephews also invests with Lifestyle – what a small world!

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT US?

I had seen a post on a Facebook group asking for help with buy to let investments and a lot of people were recommending Lifestyle Property People. Their name kept coming up again and again and the reviews were excellent, so we decided to get in touch.

WHAT ELSE MADE OUR SERVICE STAND OUT?

Lifestyle are professional and they’ve got a friendly approach. They built our trust from day one. They aren’t looking for your money; they’re trying to make you successful. Even now, three years down the line, if we ever have any questions they’ll help us.

When you’re working it isn’t easy to take time out to do the research, source a property and do it up, so we’re glad we had Lifestyle there to do it all for us. They’ve given us the confidence that we can be property investors.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE

Before going ahead with the Leeds property, we had been pretty scared to invest in anything because we didn’t know how to go about it, and because we didn’t want to lose our hard-earned money. Investing in London was out of the question as it was completely out of our price range, but the lower property prices in Leeds made us think again.

HOW ELSE WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM THIS INVESTMENT?

To tell you the truth, I missed out on seeing my daughter take her first steps and say her first words because I was out at work most days in our family business. I’d be out from the crack of dawn and wouldn’t get back till 10pm most days, so I haven’t really been present for my wife and daughter as a dad/husband should be.

Now that I’m in a different place, I’m trying to make up for lost time and the passive income provides a good cushion for us – Kalina calls it a security blanket. We had also started thinking about what we could pass down to our daughter in the future, and property seemed like a good asset for her to have. As a worst case, if she needs money to help while she is at university or needs help with the deposit for her first home, we could always sell it.

WERE YOU EVER HESITANT ABOUT INVESTING IN' A PROPERTY SO FAR AWAY FROM HOME?

Yes, at first, we were anxious about the process, but after speaking to one of Lifestyle’s existing clients, and also talking everything through with the team, we felt reassured – and to be honest, we haven’t had any stress at all. We later even realised that one of our nephews also invests with Lifestyle – what a small world!

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT US?

I had seen a post on a Facebook group asking for help with buy to let investments and a lot of people were recommending Lifestyle Property People. Their name kept coming up again and again and the reviews were excellent, so we decided to get in touch.

WHAT ELSE MADE OUR SERVICE STAND OUT?

Lifestyle are professional and they’ve got a friendly approach. They built our trust from day one. They aren’t looking for your money; they’re trying to make you successful. Even now, three years down the line, if we ever have any questions they’ll help us.

When you’re working it isn’t easy to take time out to do the research, source a property and do it up, so we’re glad we had Lifestyle there to do it all for us. They’ve given us the confidence that we can be property investors.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS INVESTMENT EXPERIENCE

Before going ahead with the Leeds property, we had been pretty scared to invest in anything because we didn’t know how to go about it, and because we didn’t want to lose our hard-earned money. Investing in London was out of the question as it was completely out of our price range, but the lower property prices in Leeds made us think again.

HOW ELSE WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM THIS INVESTMENT?

To tell you the truth, I missed out on seeing my daughter take her first steps and say her first words because I was out at work most days in our family business. I’d be out from the crack of dawn and wouldn’t get back till 10pm most days, so I haven’t really been present for my wife and daughter as a dad/husband should be.

Now that I’m in a different place, I’m trying to make up for lost time and the passive income provides a good cushion for us – Kalina calls it a security blanket. We had also started thinking about what we could pass down to our daughter in the future, and property seemed like a good asset for her to have. As a worst case, if she needs money to help while she is at university or needs help with the deposit for her first home, we could always sell it.

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