6 Tips for Property Investment from James Norvill

James Norvill
3 min readFeb 13, 2023
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As a successful businessman in Newport, South Wales, I have had the privilege of investing in various types of properties over the years — you can learn more about my venture into property investment over at James Norvill Properties.

During this time, I have learned a lot about what makes a successful property investment, and I would like to share my knowledge and experience with others who are interested in investing in property.

Below you will find six of the most important tips that I have found to be effective in maximizing the return on investment from a property:

1. Research the market

Before making any investment, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of the local property market. This means researching the area, the demand for rental properties, and the current market conditions. This research should also include an understanding of the different types of properties available, their location, and the average rental prices.

2. Location is key

Location is one of the most important factors in determining the success of a property investment. Properties located in areas with good transport links, close to schools and shops, and with a high demand for rental properties are generally more likely to generate a higher return on investment

3. Choose the right type of property

The type of property you choose will also impact the return on investment. For example, properties with two or more bedrooms are likely to generate a higher rental income than smaller properties with less bedrooms. It is also important to consider the type of tenant you are targeting when choosing a property, as this will impact the type of property that will be most suitable.

4. Renovate and maintain the property

In order to maximize the return on investment, it is important to keep the property in good condition. This means renovating the property as necessary and ensuring it is maintained so that you minimise the risk of having to pay for costly repairs further down the line both on the inside and outside. Regular maintenance will help to ensure that the property remains in a condition that both you and your tenants are pleased with, which in turn will help to attract them sooner and retain them for longer.

5. Be aware of tax implications

When investing in property, it is important to be aware of the tax implications. This includes understanding the different tax laws in the area and taking advantage of any tax breaks and incentives available. Tax can be very complex so it may certainly be worthwhile discussing your situation with a tax professional — which I highlight in more detail in the next tip!

6. Seek professional advice

Finally, it is always a good idea to seek professional advice when investing in property. This could be in the form of a real estate agent, a property management company, or a financial advisor. These professionals will be able to offer help with each of the previous tips and can be invaluable in gaining local knowledge, particularly if you are investing in an area that you don’t know.

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Investing in property can be a great way to generate a long-term income, but it is important to approach it with caution and seek professional advice. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success and maximize the return on investment from your property.

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James Norvill
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Businessman and Entrepreneur, powerboat pilot and famous for building the world's fastest skip. jamesnorvill.co.uk