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    New Members Introduction ... help us create a property wiki

    Please introduce yourself here.
    Help us create a property wiki. With no commercial posting allowed, together we should be able to create a powerful guide to all aspects of property investment and landlord skills.
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    general operations director, site owner and moderator - propertytribes.com

    Nick Tadd.
    I created this forum to enable the community to generate it's own wiki. There are many different ways of getting involved in property and I like to learn as much as I can without being bombarded with sales spam.
    As Seth Godin states people subscribe to a tribe (it used to be called a Guru, but that's now dead), with a tribe you can learn from many but be controlled by one ... you.
    You control the forum and as long as you want ethical answers and discussion without mis-leading sales hype, then you will stay with the tribe.
    The future of the internet and the way consumers purchase will rely on this form of "clarity". Consumers will choose whether they wish to do business with you or not by the way you carry yourself on sites and forums just like this one.
    I look forward to seeing you here ...
    Nick

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    general operations director, site owner and moderator - propertytribes.com

    John Corey here.
    US born RE investor who started investing in San Jose, California back when I was working in Silicon Valley (1983). After a few positions in the tech sector (Hewlett Packard and NeXT [today's Apple] Swiss Bank Corp moved me and my family to the UK. I spent 5 years with SBC working in the investment bank and supporting the London office of the private bank. Yes, a Swiss private bank with all that that means in terms of private banking clients. I was in the technology department in a bank where the traders thought some of the best and brightest were in the IT department. Granted many of the best traders had a technology degree from their university days. Trading then was all about fast computers and esoteric math. Financial Engineering at its best.
    In 1994 I bought my first property in the UK. Later I started investing here in what we now call the BTL sector. I am mostly a Buy and Hold investor looking for value when I buy but focusing on the long term. Similar to value investing in the Warren Buffett style. I do not try to market time as it largely can not be done. If you think it can be done then you believe you can predict the future. You would not be on a property forum is you ability to predict was better than the masses (mostly wrong most of the time).
    Here is a non-prediction. Assuming that the population in a specific community does not fall and people continue to have jobs house prices will rise over time. The logic is inflation still exists over the long term given a fiat currency. People who are in a job would not expect to be earning exactly what they earn today if they still had the exact same job for 30 years. They would expect their income to rise over that period and they would call it a cost of living adjustment. Prices always go up, money worth less, etc.
    To conclude I will end with a story. A fellow US investor once said it was the only sector where you could buy at 100,000, hold for a period, sell for 50,000 and still show a 'profit'. I was baffled until he explain. If you want me to explain let me know. We can start a separate thread.
    John Corey
    https://www.ChelseaPrivateEquity.com/blog
    https://www.Twitter.com/John_Corey
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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.

    Gail Nelson
    Property investor for just 5 years and bookkeeper for 35 years.
    Every day there is something new to learn about being a landlord. Every day brings a fresh challenge. There is no other business quite like this one.
    very pleased to be here.
    Gail
    partner, Property Bookwork
    https://www.propertybookwork.co.uk
    https://www.twitter.com/JGailNelson
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    Hi Nick and Vanessa,
    What an excellent idea! As you both know we will support you
    and those principles you stand for all the way!
    Best wishes,
    Dennis
    https://www.renovationriches.com
    https://www.hampshirepropertyclub.co.uk
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    Hey, I'm Deon Terblanche of Terblanche Total Property Solutions in South Africa. I see I'm currently heavily outnumbered by the Brits on this forum, but that's ok.
    I'm the owner and manager (or, as they call it here, the Principal) of an estate agency in the Western Cape in SA. I'm also the senior partner of a law firm, Terblanche Incorporated so get those lawyer jokes ready. The two businesses function separately (on arm's length basis) but obviously complement each other. Since we only really started a year ago we are still young, but we are growing exponentially. I'm actually looking to open up three more branches, Lord willing, before the end of this year.
    We started out as property managers. As such, we look after individual owners' property assets in our area as well as sectional title (communal living) schemes. To deliver a quality, integrated service we invested heavily into our personnel and back-office systems. Of course, the law firm handles legal matters such as collections, contractual matters, sectional title rules and so forth. The property owner and tenant get a seamless experience.
    Despite the current state of the property market, we also spread our wings and appointed some great sales consultants a few months ago. Although not to the same extent as the UK, SA is also going through a slump in the property market. However, we've been focusing on specific growth areas and our sales leg is definitely picking up nicely. Property sales are expected to provide the bulk of our income within the next two months.
    I share the sentiments of this forum's stated objectives and hope to be able to contribute in a meaningful way.
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    Hi Deon it's great to have you here. It makes no difference where you are and by the way I spent a lot of my 20's in SA, moreover, J Bay on a surf board ... fantastic place.



    Deon Terblanche said:
    Hey, I'm Deon Terblanche of Terblanche Total Property Solutions in South Africa. I see I'm currently heavily outnumbered by the Brits on this forum, but that's ok.
    I'm the owner and manager (or, as they call it here, the Principal) of an estate agency in the Western Cape in SA. I'm also the senior partner of a law firm, Terblanche Incorporated so get those lawyer jokes ready. The two businesses function separately (on arm's length basis) but obviously complement each other. Since we only really started a year ago we are still young, but we are growing exponentially. I'm actually looking to open up three more branches, Lord willing, before the end of this year.
    We started out as property managers. As such, we look after individual owners' property assets in our area as well as sectional title (communal living) schemes. To deliver a quality, integrated service we invested heavily into our personnel and back-office systems. Of course, the law firm handles legal matters such as collections, contractual matters, sectional title rules and so forth. The property owner and tenant get a seamless experience.
    Despite the current state of the property market, we also spread our wings and appointed some great sales consultants a few months ago. Although not to the same extent as the UK, SA is also going through a slump in the property market. However, we've been focusing on specific growth areas and our sales leg is definitely picking up nicely. Property sales are expected to provide the bulk of our income within the next two months.
    I share the sentiments of this forum's stated objectives and hope to be able to contribute in a meaningful way.
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    general operations director, site owner and moderator - propertytribes.com

    Hello, I am Sally and I have worked in Lettings and Property Management for 16 years. From running lettings offices to property management centres, client accounting teams to being a marketing manager for a franchising company. Its fair to say I have done practically every job in the Lettings Agent capacity!
    I am a Fellow member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. I am passionate about property and property investment and our family have a small portfolio of property that is let out.
    Everyday is different, there are always new challenges and there is so much involved - there is always something to learn. From keeping on top of current legislation to finding new marketing solutions the business like no other - and I love it!!
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.
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    Hi all !
    I'm new member Trevor Dennington. I'm 64 now, feeeling more like it every week (!), and the founder and principal of Land Planning Associates based in Suffolk, a planning consultancy which has provided planning services throughout the UK, but mostly throughout England & Wales, since 1989.
    I have a strong dislike of jobsworth bureaucrats - probably the result of having to deal with so many of them at over 350 planning authorities in the country for 20 years - and take exceptional pleasure in beating them and winning at planning appeals planning permissions that they were unjustifiably denying to our clients.
    Over the past 20 years we've won just about every type of profitable planning permission available, including gravel extraction and landfilling, the two most difficult of all to pull off.
    I am seriously considering starting a land investment consortium and showing how it's REALLY done to the numerous "landbanking" scam merchants selling ridiculously-priced investment "plots" in the middle of open countryside or Green Belt and where they'll meet Elvis on the moon before they ever win planning permission for residential use !
    (Yes, I hate liars and dishonesty. Another bee in my bonnet. And I seem to get more of them as I get older !)
    Looking forward to exchanging information and ideas without the Get Rich Quick schemes promoted incessantly on - erm - another forum that I could, but won't, mention :-)
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    Hi, I'm Karen Tennant and I've just joined property tribes and reasonably new to online networking and discussions.
    I'm an interior designer and run my own business based in Cranleigh near Guildford, Surrey. Most of the projects I get involved with at the moment are for residential clients, from designing and having a simple pair of curtains made to a full room or property redesign, designing and ordering everything and project managing the installation with all the trades.
    Prior to this I had an established career in marketing and worked for large financial services companies, but my desire to work in interior design eventually got the better of me and now I'm doing what I really love.
    I've joined 4wallsandaceiling for two reasons. Firstly, I would like to get involved with helping holiday let investors who are looking to furnish their properties to a high standard and create a 5 star luxury retreat that their visitors will want to rave about. And secondly, I am serious about becoming a property investor myself and making the equity we have in our home work hard for us, probably starting out with a holiday let.
    Being new to this game, I'm hoping I will pick up lots of tips and advice from all of you as well as being able to share my knowledge of interiors.
    I look forward to speaking to you all at some point and possibly meeting some of you at the next property event in Guildford on 19th April.
    Until then.....
    All the best
    Karen
    https://www.karentennant.co.uk
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    Hello All,
    Just signed up. Name is (as the profile says) Toby Hone. Been investing in property for 10 years, last 3 in the Uk (initially in South Africa - 2 very different investing arena's). Started in the UK 3 years ago with a handful of change (the South African Rand doesn't do too well when converting to pounds) a new baby and a desire to learn. First met Nick at Gatwick at a seminar and he was telling me all sorts of things self-certification, best way to keep hair up etc and I did my first investment 2 months afterwards. Now have 30 properties, done everything from refurbishments, conversions, developments, new builds, gifted deposits, straight residential purchases, lease creations, freehold splits etc etc. Now actively manage my portfolio, still acquiring and have set-up my own website on the back of some books i have had published. Very excited by property still and believe there are always opportunities around - just have to know where to look and adapt. p.s. Deon - nice to have another south african on the forum!
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