Property Investment Advice

Property Investment Advice

17:24 PM, 18th May 2011, About 13 years ago 5

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Quality Property Investment Advice isn’t easy to come by.  There are plenty of self proclaimed experts and guru’s who will be keen to take your money off you in return for a promise to teach you a variety of strategies or help you build a portfolio but BEWARE, many of their strategies are illegal.

There is no substitute for experience but there are also ways to avoid making common mistakes, one such mistake can be paying for mentorship.  There is no one size fits all in property investment so research is key.

I’m in the process of documenting my property investment strategy and it’s available to read for free. I’ve been in the business since 1989 but rarely does a day go by when I don’t pick up another nugget of information. also has a You Tube channel and is in the process of adding a variety of video interviews sharing tips and information about the property investment business and how to minimise risks and maximise returns.  One such example can be found below and there’s more information below the video too.

Read about other peoples strategies, join a forum (my personal favourite is Property Tribes) and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Twitter is another good source of information.  Join your local landlords association and take time to be sociable and make friends with the people you want to be like.  Visit property investment shows and exhibitions and book yourself into the free seminars.

Always remain on guard.  Sadly the property investment business is shark infested waters.  There’s always somebody with an agenda to take your money off you, whether that’s by selling you an expensive course or offering you a packaged investment deal.  The sharks play on laziness and naivity.  They are very clever at making it look as though they will make life easy for you.  They rely on you trusting them to do all of the checks that you should be doing for yourself.  Please don’t get caught out.  That’s where the forums are excellent.  If you are new to the business and you suspect something is a bit too good to be true ask other people to share their experiences.  Make sure you check out the people who are answering your question.  See when they joined the forum, Google search their name and see what comes up.

Another way to avoid being shark bait is to do a Google search on any company that you want to check out by typing into Google the Company Name or the names of the owners or key people followed by the words scam or complaints and see what comes up.

Other free services include:-

Property Investment Calculators
Property Investment Tax
Property Investment News

If you have a business that provides services to property investors we are very keen for you to take a free listing in our Business Directory.

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To learn more about my property investment strategy please read the following posts in this order:

  1. The Roots of my Property Investment Strategy
  2. What you shouldn’t do with your buy to let mortgage
  3. How I maximise the returns on my liquidity fund (cash in the bank)
  4. Sell or hold after completing a refurbishment?
  5. Buy to let strategy – in this article Mark Alexander explains the 20% liquidity reserve rule of thumb
  6. What’s more important, cashflow or liquidity? Mark Alexander reports
  7. Is your property portfolio ownership structure optimised to enable you to pay the minimum amount of CGT, income tax and IHT?
  8. The history of No Money Down and Instant Remortgages since 1992
  9. How I minimise rental voids
  10. How I choose my tenants
  11. How I minimise property management issues
  12. Are YOUR tenants YOUR best ambassadors
  13. Due Diligence
  14. My 1000th post on my favourite property forum
  15. Property management advice
  16. (You are Here) |  Property investment advice

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8:11 AM, 8th July 2011, About 13 years ago

Hi, just read through my first Property118 newsletter. I must say I thought it was absolutely brilliant. Well laid out, jargon free, easy to follow and very sound impartial advice. Look forward to reading more. I am in the early stages of building a small buy to let portfolio and this sort of advice is very helpful. Thanks Kevin Share

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

8:20 AM, 8th July 2011, About 13 years ago

Thanks Kevin

You may also find this link below useful and if you haven't registered on you may wish to do so in order to access our Number Crunchers to analyse your deals. Membership is free.

Andrew Craig

12:38 PM, 3rd December 2011, About 13 years ago

What an excellent informative service you have given Mr Alexander.WeI have just read all your links and with a small but growing portfolio (15) it was great to read about things we are doing correctly or not so well. Although we do not have a specific business plan/model , most of your advice is spot on and the methods we have infact adopted ourselves very much mirror how you run your business. Its just good common sense. Your financial strategies are very good, We tend to try not to refinance but to save each deposit, but see the benefits you refer to from refinancing at the earliest opportunity.
Our properties have been bought individually although we are married, this has been a worry to ourselves as we were unsure whether this was best practice. Reading your article on selling each property to the other to avoid CGT and release equity makes perfect sense.
Thanks for your FREE advice. I believe in you REAP WHAT YOU SOW and reading your article so do you. Thankyou again

Reza Ansari

13:12 PM, 4th December 2011, About 13 years ago

I am a investor.I read my first P 118 NL.It was realy helpful.
Can you tell me your take in investment in commercial properties.
I have a mix residential and commercial portfolio.
I started 2009 property investment with my brother. Thanks

Mark Alexander - Founder of Property118

20:19 PM, 4th December 2011, About 13 years ago

Hi Reza

I'm probably not the best person to advise you on commercial property as I've not made any money on them yet. Mine have been offices, rented back to my own companies, one of which has downsize dramatically duriung the Credit Crunch. They were purchased with pension funds which was incredibly tax efficient but the downside has been re-letting them during the recession. Long void periods and having to pay council tax on void properties isn't fun. I much prefer residential personally. I wish you well though and hope you will share your successes with us. Thanks for introducing yourself.



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