• £10,000 per month from property: is it achievable?

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    It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time for reviewing your goals and planning what you want to achieve in the year ahead. (Call me boring, but I’ll take a good sit-down with a spreadsheet over a Morecambe & Wise re-run any day.)

    The goals you set need to be SMART (that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound), and in this post I’d like to focus on “Achievable”- which I think are the hardest to pin down.

    How do you know if you’re setting an ambitious goal that will push you to do your best, or just indulging in a pipe dream that’s guaranteed to end in disappointment?

  • 7 things I’ve learnt from setting up a letting agency

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    It’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly, and that’s largely because I’ve been setting up Yellow Lettings – a nationwide letting agency and property management company. Turns out that’s not an easy thing to do. Who knew?

    Now I’m finally emerging from the chaotic early days, I thought I’d take a breather to share the lessons I’ve learnt – which you can apply to your own property business if you’re a self-managing landlord.

  • Which is the best investment: shares or property?

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    As private investors, there are two main types of investment that capture our imagination as tools we can use to compound our wealth: stocks and property.

    I obviously bang the drum for property loud and often, but have I ignored another asset class that good be just as good – or better? In this article, I’m going to put property head-to-head against stocks across eight different factors to see if we can pick a winner.

  • What is your property investing target?

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    If you talk to me about property investment for more than five minutes, I’m almost certain to bring up the subject of goals.

    That’s because goals are important in all areas of life, but especially in property investment: it’s a scary prospect, it’s not easy to visualise the whole process, and you’re trying to fit it in around all your other work and family commitments. So without a motivational target to aim for, it’s all too easy to end up doing nothing at all.

    With a good goal, you’re aiming for something very specific – and when you get there, you can decide whether to sit back or keep going.

  • Episode #27: The realities of property management, with Nick Stott

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    Nick Stott runs an estate and lettings agency, as well as being a property investor himself.

    He bought his first property with his student loan whilst at university, remortgaged it, and bought four more properties. When the property bubble burst, Nick began running his own estate agency and now manages 150 rental properties as well as building up his own portfolio.

  • Episode #26: A “straightforward” approach, with Damien Fogg

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    Damien Fogg grew up around property, and knew he wanted to do it as a full-time career – so he set himself the 4-year goal of getting all the training and experience he needed to make a success of it. With his goal now achieved, he’s planning to step things up by doing at least 5 deals in 2014 – and as of the end of February, he’s already 3/5 of the way there.