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This article first appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of our Cwtch Magazine. Please click on the thumbnail above to read it as it appeared in the magazine.

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Rhys OwenThis issue

Why Cardiff property investors have Rhys Owen on speed dial.

Name: Rhys Owen
Job Title: Lettings Manager
Works at: Woodville Road, Cathays
Contact: 02920 668585, rhys.owen@cpshomes.co.uk

Getting to know you

I moved to Cardiff from Bala in North Wales 14 years ago. I met my wife, a fellow North Walian, here and we have two fantastic but ‘busy’ young children. How she saw past my love of cars and five-a-side football, I’ll never know.

The day-to-day

You could say my job is being the ‘go-to guy’ for landlords looking to buy new investment properties. It’s important I take time to get to know each client – both new and existing – as I need to find a property that will suit their situation. I keep tabs on the local market, which means they can be first in with an offer when the right house or flat comes along. I work alongside local developers/builders when clients want to buy a ready-to-rent property and ensure it’s fully-tenanted on completion. Often that means renting off-plan, which has its own challenges

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I’m in a pretty privileged position as I have the time to get to know people really well, and it’s great to see properties I’ve recommended working well for them. I always enjoy suggesting improvements, like new layouts, to clients with existing rentals in order to maximise their rental income. They’re often amazed at the difference small changes can make to the look and feel of a property.

Are all your clients local to Cardiff?

No, far from it. We have a real range of landlords. We have clients who live in Dubai or Hong Kong who have never stepped foot in their properties, so they rely on our e-mail updates and trust us to a large extent. Those that live around the corner like to pop in and get an update over a cup of tea.

We always look to accommodate everyone’s preferences because, let’s face it, we’re all different – so there’s no blanket approach.

You’re in Cwtch’s Little Black Book. Why should our readers add you to theirs?

Ha! I’m flattered. I believe we offer an unrivalled wraparound service for both seasoned investors and those who are new to buy-to-let. We give existing rental properties a thorough performance MOT, which includes everything from internal layouts to regulatory and rental checks, so as to ensure your investment is working for you. And we’re only local to Cardiff, so when we say we specialise here, we really do!

CPS Homes offer landlord packages that include:

  • Free rental portfolio assessment – including rental performance MOT. Is your property working for you?
  • Free local sales market check – for those looking to buy a rental investment property. We search beyond Rightmove
  • Free agent switch service – for those already with a rental agency. A no-fuss transfer of existing tenancies
  • Free legislation advice – covering everything from HMO licensing requirements to Rent Smart Wales registration

27 December 2017

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