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Sarah Beeny’s Price the Job

Sarah Beeny's Price the JobSarah Beeny’s Price the Job is a handy little guide for the new/fairly new property investor or developer (or even just a private homeowner) who wants to understand how to undertake small development work, such as replacing a kitchen or bathroom, and assumes the reader has little or no knowledge of the building game. Dealing with builders and tradesmen can often be very frustrating if you don’t talk their language — this book attempts to right that and give you a sense of confidence when working with the trades. Continue reading

The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success, Angela Bryant

The Complete Guide to Property Investing SuccessAngela Bryant is a one of the understated stars of our industry and, with her husband David, built a successful portfolio of over 80 property worth over £11,500,000 since 1995. The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success takes you through every aspect of building a profitable and sustainable portfolio from scratch. Angela focuses strongly on finding great deals first and spends a lot of time discussing all the different ways you can buy property — if you thought that property is only bought through estate agents and auctions, then think again! Most of the best deals are done direct with the vendor and this book will teach you how get in front of private individuals who are motivated to sell you their property for a keen price. Continue reading

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich: The Original ClassicThink and Grow Rich is an inspirational classic that explains the tools you need, and how to use them, to achieve whatever you desire (‘wealth’ is often misunderstood as simply ‘money’ and Mr. Hill argues that money is far too simplistic a metric). Continue reading

Small is the New Big, Seth Godin

Small is the New Big: And 183 Other Riffs, Rants and Remarkable Business IdeasI’m a big fan of Seth Godin, an ex-executive at Yahoo!, and I regularly read his insightful blog. Small is the New Big: And 183 Other Riffs, Rants and Remarkable Business Ideas handily captures some of his very best blog posts in one binding that you can take out and about with you. (I used to read books on the tube when going to work in London, this was before iPads and Wi-Fi really existed in any big way — and I still rather like ‘real’ books today, over eBooks and websites.) Continue reading

Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough, Clive Hamilton

Affluenza: When Too Much Is Never EnoughOne way to speed the journey to financial freedom is to ‘spend less than you earn’. Obvious, I know, but it seems as though most people in this country don’t even give lip service to the idea! It’s hard to be frugal in the short/medium-term whilst everyone around you seems to be living it up [albeit on credit]. Continue reading

The Millionaire Fastlane, M J DeMarco

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!Without a shadow of a doubt, The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! is my number one book of all time. The expression ‘never judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t ring any truer than here. The cover is awful (eye-catching, granted [update: the new version here has a much better cover!) but the contents are pure dynamite. MJ DeMarco, the author, made his money through limo.com and shares his a no-holds barred approach to creating wealth, dispelling the myths and fluff (distractions) along the way. It’s a real eye-opener: if you only read one book on mindset, then let this be it. Continue reading

Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor DadThis is the book that started off a chain reaction of thoughts and events within me, all those years ago. It’s quite likely that you’ve already read it so I won’t prattle on too much, but if you haven’t read it — what are you waiting for?! Continue reading

From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years, Steve McKnight

From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 YearsSteve McKnight, the author and founder of PropertyInvesting.com, is an Australian investor. I picked up his ‘sequel’ to this book on my travels. Confusingly, the book that I read was called “From 0 to 230+ Properties in 7 Years” (and is not available in the UK, where I live and invest) but “From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years was updated in 2010, so this is the one to read. Continue reading

Successful Property Letting, David Lawrenson

Successful Property Letting: How to Make Money in Buy-to-letDavid Lawrenson’s Successful Property Letting is the book that started me off on my property investment journey towards financial freedom. It has become the UK’s bestselling book on property letting, and for good reason. Continue reading

Housebuilder’s Bible, Mark Brinkley

Housebuilder's Bible (9th Edition)The Housebuilder’s Bible explains everything you need to know about managing a build, be it a new build from scratch or refurbishment/renovation of an existing property. It’s written by a builder using simple easy-to-understand every day language and doesn’t assume any previous property development experience. Continue reading