Location aside, one major thing to watch for is that the utilities in the units are separate. You will be much better off having tenants pay for it, as utils in the winter are high. Makes a huge difference in the your margin. Also, don't touch (whether sep utils or not) electric heated units.As most of the homes are built early 1900s, as soon as you purchase one, check whether the external walls have insulation; it's not very expensive to blow some in if there isn't. Then, take a summer fix stuff, remodel, and to get to know the house/units and all the little issue and meet your prop manager who has been working hard to manage this--not always an easy thing (either tenant wise or house issue wise), which isn't apparent when you're an absentee landlord. Good luck. Not a bad idea IMO with such a strong pound, but wait for rent growth to resume only after the US recession which may last ~1 to ~3 yrs depending on how strong global growth is.
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