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    Hi to all Property Tribes

    I have signed on today and was hugely impressed with the frank open discussions, so much that uncharateristically I have been responding to so many threads. Sorry for not introducing myself from the start, I realise that is what I should have done !!  ~Soryy :(Ok, where do I start. I am 54 years old. I trained as a psychologist/paedagogist, practised as a social worker  in children and young people in Belgium and  in the UK, and worked the last 12 years as an independent social worker and cultural consultant with the family courts -
    whilst dabbling in property and refurbs as a sideline.Refurbishing consisted in about seven refurbs over the years besides social work and raising my family. In the last year I have been reading and learning and practising so much in respect of being a landlord and property, that I felt it would be a waste not utilising this, and I have become more  passionate as I have got more into the property development business, sharing with some of my friends and family the kind of things I have learned, and helping young people to get onto the property ladder, as well as finding ways to systematise the management of my student let and young professional let. My goal being that I will have the freedom to travel without things going to pots!. I am now leaving
    social work and family court work, and I plan to take my property portfolio to the next level, and to evolve hopefully  as a 'professional' rather than an 'accidental' landlord - and slowly substitute my previous income through the property business!! Finally, I am starting a business venture together with very longstanding close friends in the federal state of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which is the northern part of Iraq, which through the Iraqi constitution has a lot of autonomous power (own investment and tax laws for instance) and which has been relatively stable since I first went there, and which is now in full construction, with local people snapping up property , which thankfully  prevents it to turn into the horrors of the empty holiday ventures in Dubai and the costa del sol. A lot of research goes into this also, as I am intending to set up an investment club to raise 1/5th of the working capital needed during one or two years for the property development business in Iraqi Kurdistan to take off and be self-sufficient - and therefore I would also be looking for business information, new technologies in ecological building, networking, learning to use twitter, and the whole social media for personal, networking and business use, etc.  Gosh sooo much to learn, I feel like an 18 year old, with the enthusiasm of an 18 year old, but hopefully with some wisdom of the camouflaged greying hairs!My plans? To be financially independent in a number of years, travel between different countries to see hubbie, kids, relatives and friends (we are a bit spread all over!) and then to pursue further ventures I feel strongly about. Anyway, that's me, and I am looking forward to meet you all. Anne
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    Hi Anne,
    Welcome to the Tribe and thank you for sharing some info about yourself.
    You sound very driven and committed - two keys to success in property - and also open to new ideas - also an important attribute!
    At our Surrey Social Media Tribes event in Guildford on the 27th May, we will be talking about Twitter and how to build a targetted following. If you can make it along there, it would be great to meet you in person! Click >>> here for full details and to join us. Many Property Tribes members also attend this tribal gathering as many of us here are exponents of social communications and optimising the social web for business.
    You obviously have a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge to share, so I am looking forward to your contributions to the forum.
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    Anne,
    Great intro. Thanks for sharing.
    Welcome to the Tribe.
    John Corey
    Follow me on Twitter-> https://www.twitter.com/john_corey
    https://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
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    John Corey 


    I host the London Real Estate Meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month since 2005. If you have never been before, email me for the 'new visitor' link.

    PropertyFortress.com/Events

    Also happy to chat on the phone. Pay It Forward; my way of giving back through sharing. Click on the link: PropertyFortress.com/Ask-John to book a time. I will call you at the time you selected. Nothing to buy. Just be prepared with your questions so we can use the 20 minutes wisely.

    Hi Vanessa, thanks for your kind comments, and thanks for the invite - I love to come if I can.. Rei, thanks for your welcome and for your generous answers on the questions I am posting. Anne
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    Anne,
    Do you ever get to Yorkshire at all?
    I will be advising details of a Yorkshire based networking event very shortly.
    Regards
    Rob
    Sourcing genuine property deals in West Yorkshire
    Follow me on Twitter @walkerfox
    Read my blog https://walkerfox.wordpress.com/

    Anne Al-Jaf said:
    Hi Vanessa, thanks for your kind comments, and thanks for the invite - I love to come if I can.. Rei, thanks for your welcome and for your generous answers on the questions I am posting. Anne
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    i usually never get to Yorkshire, but will be in the next month a few times in connection with the last contract as an independent Social Worker Consultant. Not sure however how much time I will have. But thanks Rob, very kind of you. I might attend the East London Uni event that you put up, still needing to see whether to do it now or rather in Jul, as I am already signed up for an online social media course with Rob and Mark Homer - Daniel Wagner. Am now wondering whether I paid a lot of money for courses that I can access free or for little money, still it is done now and they do promise individual ongoing support with that learning process.
    Anne
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    Anne,
    No problem, would be nice to meet up for a coffee if you're passing through?
    I think that learning can be attained in five or so ways.
    1. Attending courses, seminars etc; Some even many but certainly not all of these events IMHO are geared towards attendees providing a source of income rather than offering a true service. These days, I wouldnt expect to pay any more than a nominal fee to attend an event unless there were exceptional circumstances.The delegates are also a captive audience for the further selling of other products.
    2. Purchasing literature; Again many of these "courses" are very expensive and can range from a series of flasy DVD's to something that is not much better than a pdf ebook. From what I have learnt, alot of the content can be outdated and smacks of another income stream in line with point 1 above.
    3. Own research; This can be time consuming, searching through libraries and more likely these days the internet for information which can often be conflicting in content due to say, motivating factors as mentioned in points 1 & 2 above.
    4. Own experiences; Often the hardest but most rewarding in the fullness of time. Really depends on your approach to risk. The more risk averse IMHO are likely to experience less over a given period of time than those who are more comfortable with higher levels of risk.
    5. Social media and networking; Forums and in particular non-commercial forums such as PT have so much to offer. As a new member who has obviously trawled through many discussion topics you will have an idea what I am talking about. As a meeting place for like-minded people it's second to none. The depth and wealth of information is phenominal on here and its also shared freely.
    Rob
    Sourcing genuine property deals in West Yorkshire
    Follow me on Twitter @walkerfox
    Read my blog https://walkerfox.wordpress.com/

    Anne Al-Jaf said:
    i usually never get to Yorkshire, but will be in the next month a few times in connection with the last contract as an independent Social Worker Consultant. Not sure however how much time I will have. But thanks Rob, very kind of you. I might attend the East London Uni event that you put up, still needing to see whether to do it now or rather in Jul, as I am already signed up for an online social media course with Rob and Mark Homer - Daniel Wagner. Am now wondering whether I paid a lot of money for courses that I can access free or for little money, still it is done now and they do promise individual ongoing support with that learning process.Anne
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    Hi Anne, welcome and thanks for such a comprehensive introduction. Good to meet you. You have great experience which will stand you well for the future.
    Kind regards,
    Jayne
    https://www.twitter.com/jayneowen
    Trading as Mozaique Property
    Buying, selling, renovating and letting property throughout South Wales
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    Jayne Owen @jayneowen

    Editor and Writer: Your Property Network magazine

    Investor: Mozaique Property, South & West Wales and South West England

    Occasional reviewer at The Property Bookshop (@Property_Books)

    Thanks to Rob for his very good explanation of what education to go for. And thanks to Jane and Rich for the welcome.
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    Jane i went to read the great thread you started on what not to do, great blog, well this being swept on the education courses craze is surely one of my more costly mistakes - we live to learn from our mistakes !! And loved the invite you did to a fellow Welsh investor, come in for a cup of tea - very homely.
    Rich, I am sure that there is some crossover (don't we use this word in another sense too?? - hm, maybe better not going there!)- it is a people's business after all, and then it all depend on personality I suppose. I heard of a social worker who became a property investor and build a reasonable portfolio quite succesfully, might this be Susanne, or maybe there are others. I enjoyed your blog on the pimlico flats website, the flat roof and rising damp are very informative, but not sure I could afford replacing the roof material with the first class material proposed, especially as it is so expensive.
    Anne
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    Anne,
    Offer not restricted only to Welsh investors - invite open to anyone who happens to come down this neck of the woods. We're a bit isolated over here in the far west and get very excited when we get a chance to talk to other people about property!!
    J.
    Anne Al-Jaf said:
    Thanks to Rob for his very good explanation of what education to go for. And thanks to Jane and Rich for the welcome..Jane i went to read the great thread you started on what not to do, great blog, well this being swept on the education courses craze is surely one of my more costly mistakes - we live to learn from our mistakes !! And loved the invite you did to a fellow Welsh investor, come in for a cup of tea - very homely.Rich, I am sure that there is some crossover (don't we use this word in another sense too?? - hm, maybe better not going there!)- it is a people's business after all, and then it all depend on personality I suppose. I heard of a social worker who became a property investor and build a reasonable portfolio quite succesfully, might this be Susanne, or maybe there are others. I enjoyed your blog on the pimlico flats website, the flat roof and rising damp are very informative, but not sure I could afford replacing the roof material with the first class material proposed, especially as it is so expensive.Anne
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    Jayne Owen @jayneowen

    Editor and Writer: Your Property Network magazine

    Investor: Mozaique Property, South & West Wales and South West England

    Occasional reviewer at The Property Bookshop (@Property_Books)