Retire On One Property Deal, Barry Davies

Retire On One Property Deal goes some way to addressing such questions. I have known the author Barry Davies for a few years and can vouch for the fact that he has been downright, brutally honest about the pain and downsides of investing, ie when things go wrong, as well as about the huge upsides. Only by overcoming the former in many cases can we achieve the latter, and so it has been for Barry. The book starts with a painful personal tale of a deal that went horribly wrong and the fallout that went with it, then goes on to showcase how grit, determination and know-how can lead to a spectacular recovery.
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The Secrets of Buy to Let Success, Nick Fox

This book covers the essentials of property investing, going from preparation and setting a strategy, to making sure the numbers work, and on to the very important part about letting, maintaining and managing the property after you have bought it. Continue reading

Millionaire Property Author, Stephanie Hale

This is one for all you budding property authors out there. Millionaire Property Author does pretty much what it says on the tin, and it is definitely worth getting hold of a copy if you are thinking of putting pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) to get your own message out there. Continue reading

The Property Triangle, Graham Kinnear

The Property TriangleThe Property Triangle is a quiet, unassuming but very sensible and down-to-earth guide to investing in property. Targetting new investors who want to build an ongoing income or realise capital growth, there are no ‘get-rich-quick’ approaches in this book, just plenty of solid advice for buying, renting out and/or selling property. Continue reading

Property Investment for Beginners, Rob Dix

Property Investment for BeginnersBrand new property investors – start here! This is a short, entertaining and excellent introduction for anyone who is new to the game. Think of it perhaps as a ‘primer’ before you start your research. Continue reading

Flow, Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi

FlowHow do you know when you are happy? That’s a big question and one that the author addresses in this seminal work on the subject. Flow is his detailed and substiantiated argument that we find happiness when we ‘lose ourselves’ in tasks that demand a degree of skill, but not so much that we are overwhelmed. Continue reading

The Landlord’s Friend, Shamplina & Faulkner

The Landlord's FriendIf you’re a landlord, you need this book in your life. The Landlord’s Friend is a summary of what you need to know if you rent out residential property. It covers preparataion, legislation, best practice, warnings – in other words, a whole stack of essential information. Continue reading

Stairs for Breakfast, Patrick Souiljaert

Stairs for BreakfastA few months ago, I and several others in the property investment industry passed on the word about helping Patrick Souiljaert get his book published. I’m delighted that he has succeeded in his mission – as he has with so many other challenges he has set himself in life – and more than that, am both honoured and privileged to have been sent an advance copy to read. Continue reading

How I Bought a House for £1, Freddie Rayner

How I Bought a House for £1How I Bought a House for £1 combines Freddie Rayner’s own story, investing history and case studies with a bit of how-to guidance on the subject of lease options. There are references to more traditional buy-to-let models as well though and it’s a useful sprint through the very basic principles for new investors. Continue reading

Property Investor Toolkit, Richard Brown

Property Investor ToolkitToday (5th March) is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate than by talking about a brand new property book. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a preview read and I have to say – it’s the property book I wish I’d written myself. It’s an essential addition to the bookshelf of any prospective or new investor, or any investor re-evaluating their strategy. Continue reading