worked for one of the largest law firms in the City
of London for a number of years, I decided on a change
of career and lifestyle. I started investing in property
in 2003, when I purchased 6 residential properties in
one day. They said I could have a big discount if I
purchased 6 properties instead of 1 and I thought, why
not? Within 6 months I had quit my job in the City to
pursue my passion for property investing on a full-time
basis. I have never looked back; I love the freedom
of being my own boss and the autonomy this brings. Although
I am less keen on having to pay for any mistakes I make!
I am the Founder of Good Find Properties and have been
involved in developing properties as well as investing
in multi-lets and single lets.
believe in the power of networking and would like to
help others achieve financial independence through property
investing. I believe that Education, Mindset and Opportunity
are key to achieving this and that is why I have set
up Bishop’s Stortford’s first Property Networking
Club. One of my favourite quotes is “Luck is what
happens when Preparation meets Opportunity”.
attended my first property seminar in 2003. That is
how I had the courage to get started. One of the most
valuable things I learnt from the seminar was to surround
yourself by positive people, people that want the same
things as you. This makes a big difference, as there
are plenty of people out there that just want to put
you down because they are too afraid to ‘reach
for their dreams’. So how do you meet these people?
Property seminars certainly, but there are more economical
options. You guessed it – property networking
events. One of the main reasons I set up Stansted Property
Meet was that I got fed up of driving miles to attend
property networking events. I wanted an event in my
area, so that I could meet local investors to share
ideas and resources.
Property Meet held their first meeting in September
2009, so it is still in its infancy. However, the feedback
I have been getting is that the speakers are of a high
quality, the networking is invaluable, the venue is
excellent and the meetings are friendly and informative.
typical SPM Meeting
meet on the second Wednesday of each month at a charming
hotel in Bishop’s Stortford. 6:30pm register and
network in the comfortable bar, then 7pm to 8pm ish
we have the main speaker. Each speaker is chosen to
provide value, expertise, education, encouragement and
entertainment. The launch in September started with
Simon Zutshi so he certainly delivered on all 5 criteria.
After the main speaker, I usually have some free valuable
resources to give away and maybe even a free prize draw.
I also have a resources table where anybody that has
services to offer (especially if discounted) may leave
their materials, cards, etc. for anyone in the room
to take away if they so wish. For me it’s all
about introducing people to other people that may be
able to solve their problems. The outcome I am always
striving for is ‘win win’ for everyone.
At approximately 8:30pm we all go back downstairs to
the lovely bar or library to Network. My speakers have
always stayed behind to talk to people and answer any
questions they may have. This is an invaluable opportunity
that any serious investor would be mad to pass up on,
but surprisingly some do!
Tips from me
Invest in some reasonable quality business cards with
a good photo of you on it. It is not as expensive as
you think and I believe this has many advantages. People
who attend lots of networking events (often the ‘movers
and shakers’) get inundated with cards and I suspect
they may not always be able to remember the people that
gave them the cards. If you want to make a good impression
and be remembered then having a quality card with your
photo on certainly helps.
Try to solve people’s problems for them if you
can. Don’t look to get anything in return. It’s
strange how it works, but usually someone else helps
you out when you are least expecting it. Another plus
is when you are focussing on other people’s situations
you forget about your own nervousness or difficulties.
These are just my opinions, but I hope you find them
not come along to one of our meetings and check it out
for yourself. The cost is only £10 per person
if you book on-line and £15 on the door.
Good Find Properties