If you are considering buy-to-let as a serious investment, then you’ll probably want to know one thing: is there real money to be made? Well, the simple answer is yes there is. It’s just you have to put in time and effort – and hone your research skills.

Some people dip their toe in the water by buying one investment property and try to manage it while holding down a demanding day job and soon realise that in spite of a strong market for rentals that it’s too much hassle. But, on the other hand, there are plenty of private landlords who own hundreds of properties, who make money and have no intention of selling – one recently told us his largely Manchester-based portfolio is worth £1 billion.