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Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 3 – The demise of Nathaniel Pig

Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 3 – The demise of Nathaniel Pig

So today, it was bank account day. The last time I opened a bank account was with NatWest.

I was about eight years old. In those days you were given a Nathaniel Pig money box. Once you saved over a certain amount of money, you were given another pig (no, I can’t remember all of the names) and eventually you ended up owning a whole little family of piggy money boxes, which apparently now, are worth a fortune.

Alas, owing to my inability to save money, I never made it past Nathaniel.

Because I am now a company director and soon to be property tycoon and thus financially savvy, I felt I would invest a little time researching into which bank is going to give me the best deal (by this I mean welcome gift).

If they were doing money boxes 30 years ago, perhaps now, one could expect to receive, I don’t know, an iPad or something. So I felt it would be worth doing a bit of research to see what I can snaffle.

Well, that was an eye opener!

When it comes to a business bank account (which I need for my limited company), the worm has done a U-turn of gargantuan proportions.

You get charged for EVERYTHING: Direct debits, writing a cheque, breathing, Oh! and my personal favourite – 0.5% charge on cash paid in or taken out. Hell, you have to pay for the privilege of having the damn thing, even if it’s sat there doing nothing. And…. AND no welcome gift. Rubbish.

So I have had a look at and and aside from being bored senseless, I am genuinely confused with who charges what and when.

So I have reverted back to doing what I do best – justifying my laziness.

On the basis that transactions through my account should be minimal – rent in, mortgage payment out (Oh Ho! Ho! Ho! Like it’s going to be THAT simple), the transaction fees are going to be nominal and so it’s not actually going to make much difference who I go with.

And there just so happens to be a NatWest branch in spitting distance from the office and you can register online…… so it’s the path of least resistance for me.

I think that’s enough business bank stuff for now. I will register the account tomorrow… Sound familiar?!?!?!

In other news, I have just found out that the vendor hasn't yet provided the selling agent with solicitors’ details. Why? Because they haven’t yet appointed a solicitor. Brilliant. We have until 31st March Mr Vendor and you have spent the whole of the last week doing… NOTHING. *taps toe*

Mortgage update due tomorrow. I may need to find myself a mortgage broker.


Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase

Follow Jeni as she recounts her experiences of becoming a buy to let investor for the first time.

Part 1 - It was that or a Range Rover

Part 2 - I've made £800 already and I haven't got the mortgage yet

Part 4 - Call off the dogs...

Part 5 - @***** bank account

Part 6 - Business bank account interview or Center Parcs?

Part 7 - Reality bites...

Part 8 - The method behind the madness

Part 9 - Join me in a buy to let fist pump?!

Part 10 - The silence is deafening  

Part 11 - Throwing toys out of prams

Part 12 - Stuck with the Mini... for now

Part 13 - Time is running out

Part 14 - The end of my sad little tale...

Part 15 - Just call me Peggy

Part 16 - A year on my buy to let portfolio grows by default

Part 17 - If Carlsberg made tenants - shame the same can't be said for the tax man

Part 18 - Always open the envelope

Part 19 - OMG EPC FFS

Part 20 - Buy to let mortgages and tenants are like buses


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