I had been attending a few networking events for a
while and my business partner and I realised there
were going to be quite a few people out there like
us who were going to be scratching their heads and
wondering what to next. We also realised just how
little we actually knew about making money from property.
We invited some investors that we knew to sit down
round a table and write down on a piece of paper how
much they had spent on property courses, seminars
and such like. The figures ranged from £4,000
to over £70,000.
Given that what we knew was pretty much impossible
to do anymore we also realised that there were many
people out there who knew how to make real money out
of property whatever the market was doing. Perhaps
we could use their experience and stories to inform
other investors, we could share stories and ideas
so that everybody could learn from each other. Instead
of charging thousands of pounds for a property course
why not charge just a few pounds and put all of the
information into a magazine format aimed at people
like us – people who want to learn different
strategies to find a niche in their local market to
Two years on we now have 12,500 readers across the
UK (and a few overseas) and the magazine has grown
from 16 pages to 62.
Every month we are submitted hundreds of property
stories from our readers, we bin all of those that
are just trying to sell something and feature interesting
and innovative strategies from real investors who
have done real property deals. It’s a bit like
watching property ladder but aimed at a more experienced
audience. We don’t really write about overseas
property because in truth we can’t get our head
around it! The core of the magazine is how to make
money from property in your local market.
readers range from those just starting out to investors
who have personal portfolios well into the hundreds.
My job is to ensure that every month we have at least
half a dozen articles that are of interest and the
strategy can be implemented or adapted by our readers.
Some of the strategies require the investor to have
access to funds, others are more suited to those who
do not have a big pot of cash to start with.
of the magazine we do not undertake any kind of property
education, we really feel that for £3.90 per
month there is no better way of keeping up to date
and finding out different ways to make money from
property. Thankfully our readers seem to enjoy the
magazine, they tend to pick and choose the bits that
are relevant to them and so far 12,500 seem to like
what we do.
own property knowledge has increased dramatically
over the past 2 years and I have personally moved
from straightforward below market value deals into
small scale developments the most recent of which
was a house that we purchased and split into flats.
In total we spent approx. £130,000 and when
finished the 2 flats valued at £86,000 each.
I’m just looking at my first self build project
and trying to find the land and finance to make it
have met some fascinating people through running YPN
including Sarah Beeny, Kevin Green (Channel 4’s
property secret millionaire), Martin Roberts (BBC’s
homes under the hammer) and Dolf De Roos (Property
Billionaire who works with Donald Trump). Perhaps
more relevant to most of our readers we have published
over 500 case studies of real investors who have found
a niche and built a profitable property business.
These range from commercial property developments,
land deals, buy to let, refurb and development, HMO’s,
lease options, buy to sell, tenant buyers and niche
market letting (such as letting residential properties
to commercial tenants). Before we publish any editorial
piece it’s read by our full team (all 3 of us!)
and we decide whether it’s relevant and interesting.
We attend a few property networking events each month
and it’s always nice to get ideas and feedback
for future magazines.
running the magazine takes up a lot of time and thereby
I have less time to spend on my own property business
(I added 5 properties to my portfolio last year) it
has meant that the deals that I actually do are far
better than those we purchased prior to the credit
own investment criteria are as follows
I want to be able to get any capital I invest back
out of a deal within 6 months. Any money left in a
deal I want paid back out in rental profit within
1 year. After
re-mortgaging I aim to make a minimum of £150
per month rental profit on a single let property.
I really hate it when I meet people who say “It’s
alright for them – they have got loads of money”,
these kind of people are just making excuses. The
truth about property is that absolutely anybody can
make money from property it’s just that 99%
choose not to do so. This does not mean that it is
easy and there aren’t risks, there are but by
and large those who end up losing their shirt do so
out of negligence, greed or naivety. The vast majority
of people that I have met who have money made it from
This investor made nearly £400,000 profit from
1 commercial property deal.
Trading properties without mortgage finance:
How to find motivated sellers and secure properties
using option agreements to sell to first time buyers
making an average of £12,000 on every deal trading
1-2 deals per month.
Introduce new income streams to your property business:
Finding it tough living off rental income, how to
use the skills you already have to boost your revenue
by £5,000 per month.
This investor started out with £75,000 and has
bought and sold 17 properties in 5 years for a total
profit of £500,000 and has also built a personal
portfolio of 16 buy to let properties.
what you do
My own portfolio now generates a sufficient rental
profit that I could live off it without having to
work. I love what I do in running the magazine with
my business partner Mike. We feel that we put quality
information out there to those people who are active
in property now or are looking to get into property.
We love the fact that the magazine is by and large
written by our readers for our readers so we know