Happy Birthday Monopoly!

MonopolyDid you know that Monopoly is 80 years old? Well, if you want to be really pedantic it’s a bit older than that (1903 in fact) but the current format first went on sale on 7 February 1935. Is there anyone out there who has never played Monopoly? More to the point for investing folks, is there anyone out there who wasn’t inspired to own chunks of London real estate? Continue reading

The 4 Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss

The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy FerrissWould you like to work less but still earn enough to have a terrific lifestyle? The answer to that for many of us is going to be yes. I say “many” not “all” because there are plenty of people who are fortunate enough to love what they do and how they live and have no desire to change it. Continue reading

Boost Your Pension and Income from Property, Kam Dovedi

Boost Your Pension and Income from PropertyKam Dovedi is a successful investor based in London, and he is ready to share that success through his property-based services, i.e., through joint ventures; sourcing, purchase and lettings; mentoring, and so on. He has also chosen to share a) what he has done and b) how you can invest successfully, in this book. Continue reading

100 Property Investment Tips, Rob Dix & Rob Bence

100 Property Investment TipsThis cracking little book should be part of every investor’s library. It is a compilation of, as the title says, 100 short and easily digestible tips about property investing. Regardless of what point you’re at on your property journey, you might well find something helpful in here. Continue reading

Cold, Ranulph Fiennes

Cold by Ranulph FiennesHow on earth can this be relevant to property investing, or to the property industry? Well, you might be surprised. Although uncertain about how Cold might be relevant when I started reading, there are several parallels that we can draw from what it takes to mount an expedition to one of the Polar Regions, and apply to reaching our own goals. Continue reading

Why Property Works, Hazel de Kloe

Why Property Works by Hazel de KloeDo you know why you want to or already invest in property? What is the motivation that will keep you going when times get tough? These are the sorts of questions that Hazel de Kloe tackles in Why Property Works. Continue reading

Mayhem, Murder & Multi-Lets, Francis Dolley

Mayhem, Murder & Multi-Lets by Francis DolleyAnd now for something completely different … well, sort of. Author Francis Dolley (along with daughter Emily) is well known for his work with multi-letting and the rent-to-rent strategy, but Mayhem, Murder & Multi-Lets turned out to be much more than the theory of rent-to-rent that I expected. It is a thoroughly entertaining read, and one that might well have you laughing out loud at times and cringing at others. Continue reading

The Essentials: HBR’s 10 Must Reads

The Essentials: HBR's 10 Must ReadsTime to take a step up in the business and academic stakes with a title from the Havard Business School. The Havard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads – The Essentials appears on John Paul’s selection for the Property Tribes Essential Book List. Continue reading

Fish! Lundin, Paul & Christensen

Fish!Not a pescatarian cookery book, but one about creating an energetic, positive workplace. This is another of John Paul’s favourites in his selection for the Property Tribes Essential Book List. A combination of mindset and business principles, Fish! takes a fictional manager through the process of turning an unenthusiastic team into one that is energised and effective, thus transforming the working environment. Continue reading

Customer Mania! Ken Blanchard

Customer Mania!Another book from Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, which are also included on the Property Tribes Essential Book List. This is another of John Paul’s favourites and carries a similar message to Raving Fans – that a great business is down to superlative customer service. Continue reading