11:56 AM, 5th July 2017, About 5 years ago
I just thought I would write a brief post setting out what it is we do and what we offer clients who come to us for one to one advice.
With my one to one consultancy / coaching sessions, people can explore whatever area is of special interest to them, work out a particular buy to let problem or strategy, discuss an area they are looking at buying into or just get general or ad hoc but specific advice on residential property and letting as an investment.
My advice can be as wide ranging or as focused as people’s individual needs are!
The key thing is that it is focused on your needs.
Most seminar providers and supposed “experts” often make a lot of money from commissions on property, mortgage fees and tied in solicitors.
I don’t – we take no commissions or kick backs from anyone, so my advice is uniquely unbiased and independent.
If a property or an area is a “dud” I will tell you straight. If something you are thinking of doing is too risky, I will tell you this too.
I am a professional UK property investor and landlord myself and the author of the UK’s highest selling book on property, “Successful Property letting – How to Make Money in Buy to Let” (see links below).
For the last 30 years, all I have done in the work arena is invest in residential property. And in addition to my own knowledge, I constantly learn from other respected people too. (There are not many real experts, but we are pretty sure we know all the real ones and they all take my calls!).
So when you come to me for advice, you have the benefit not just of all my knowledge gained over all that time, but also all the knowledge of all the people that I have also learned from over the years as well. It is a huge resource.
As an independent commentator and respected expert on the private rented sector, I am also quoted regularly in the press. (See the link below showing where we have been featured in the media).
I have advised and spoken on private rent issues at the London Assembly and the Council of Mortgage Lenders, amongst other leading bodies.
And I have advised organisations ranging from property portals, such as Rightmove through to banks, building societies, institutional investors, housing associations and local authorities. Think tanks on housing such as the Resolution Foundation and the Rugg Review have often sought my advice on the private rented sector.
It is my view that no one needs to spend thousands of pounds going on courses to learn about property investment and /or how to be a landlord. (With a few exceptions, these courses are mostly run by charlatans promising the myth of fast riches / financial freedom through property. And they often promote high risk, unproven and dangerous schemes that do not work in practice).
You do not need to do this. And you don’t need to spend that amount of money either. But you do need real advice from real experts.
I always say, just consider doing a half day (3.5 hour) for a first consultation with me – for many people that may be all they need anyway. Often though, people will do an initial session and then arrange a follow up session or two a few months or even years down the line, as and when they need to.
My one to one (or one to two) consulting can be done either at a face to face meeting or, if distance is a problem, over the phone or by Skype. I have advised many clients from places as far afield as Russia, China, Singapore and the USA – mostly this is done via Skype.
Our full day or 1/2 day consulting sessions can be broken up into two or more sessions by arrangement, if that is what you want to do.
Feel free to bring one partner or a friend – there is no charge for this.
Longer term projects and ongoing mentoring can be negotiated separately after the first session.
Once we have spoken and worked out how I can help you, do please feel free to compare the cost of our one to one service with the cost of group seminars / courses arranged by most other providers. I think you will find it is quite good value.
And by tapping into me, don’t forget you have access to over 30 years of property investing and landlording knowledge
All work is invoiced and, depending on your tax position, professional fees for this kind of advice should be deductible from rental income in the UK as part of your landlords’ professional expenses.
Payment is required in advance. (Bank details for bank to bank transfer can be provided or payment by cheque.)
If you are interested, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I can call you back to find out a bit more about what areas of advice you are looking for.
If we go ahead, I may ask you to send a brief summary on a single word file (max 200 words) of any information you think is relevant ahead of any session we hold. This could cover your objectives, financial information or any matter you wish. If you do so, this is up to you, of course. But it tends to ensure we stay focussed in the sessions!
If you wish me to do any special research, we can discuss this during the session and I will evaluate how much time it will take to do and quote you accordingly.
Do feel free to have a browse around our site and blog.
Finally, to evaluate the success of our own marketing I’d be most grateful to know how you found out about us.
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