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Beyond The Bricks: The inside story of how 9 everyday investors found financial freedom through property [Kindle Edition]

Rob Dix
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What does it take to be a successful property investor? How can you start with nothing but a very ordinary level of savings, and amass a portfolio that means you'll never need to work for anyone else again?

Beyond the Bricks is a window into the lives of 9 UK-based investors who've done exactly that. Through long-form interviews with them we learn exactly how they did it, what their lives are like now, and what they recommend to anyone just starting out.

Of course, "success" is a relative term. During the book you’ll meet people ranging from Mark, who amassed a portfolio worth millions, to Serena, whose few houses saved her family from financial ruin. And along the way you’ll meet Kim, who was unstoppable prior to the credit crunch, nearly lost everything, and found an innovative way to stay afloat.

The day-to-day life of a property investor isn’t necessarily what you’d expect either. Fast cars and exotic holidays are represented... but so too are sprinting in pursuit of rent cheques, pottering around in a dressing gown all day, and helping a tenant with cancer by driving her to hospital appointments.

This book is less of a “how to” than a “how you could”. It won’t give you one formula for success, but many practical ideas and inspiring examples that you can use to craft your own property investing story.

With all jargon clearly explained, this book will be an educational and entertaining read for those who are yet to get started, as well as a rich source of new ideas for more experienced investors.

Praise for "Beyond The Bricks"

"Put this on your list of property must-reads"

- Property Tribes, Book of the Month

"A compelling read"


"These stories will entertain and inspire you all the way through to the end"

- Your Property Network magazine

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About the Author

Rob Dix is a property investor, author of "Property Investment for Beginners", and co-presenter of the UK's most popular business podcast, The Property Podcast. With a background in psychology and neuroscience combined with an obsession with property, Rob became fascinated by the traits of successful investors. He spent a year travelling around the UK meeting people who’ve taken radically different paths to success in property investment, and Beyond The Bricks is the result. He blogs at and

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IGMR81I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rob is an investor, writer, and complete property geek. In fact, he's the founder of where you'll find his blog and podcast about all things property.

He's also the co-presenter of the UK's most popular business podcast, The Property Podcast ( and co-founder of - a community of thousands of UK property investors.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It takes you through the lives of 9 successful property investors, cataloging how they got started and the problems they had to deal with along the way.
Whilst it is not a beginners guide, it does give a short 'lessons learned' section at the end of each chapter/case study, which goes some way to helping you understand the mindset of these successful investors.
The book has loads of tips on how to make money from owning property, and it is all valid, as the people in the book are successfully applying their strategies even now.
Even if you have no interest in making money from property, Beyomd the Bricks is a very entertaining read. The book is written in an easy going style that makes it hard to put down. It is always interesting to find out how successful people have made their lives, and Rob Dix brings brings out the essential qualities that each of his subjects has brought to bear within their lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By nzbelle
This book provides true inspiration for anyone interested in property by detailing the stories of 9 different property investors from all walks of life.

The life stories are fascinating, hugely motivational and demonstrate that there are many routes you can go down to find success.

Nice and easy to read, I particularly liked the lessons at the end of each chapter which broke down the strategies that each investor had used.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for motivation, I've already suggested it to other friends to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Kylie
Absolutely love this book – the stories, the relaxed writing style, the lessons and the passion that comes across from both interviewees and author.
I couldn't put this book down, and read it straight through in one evening.

Each of the investors has found success in a completely different manner and this gives the book great depth in relaying what is possible in the property investment field.
Ideal for any investor who wants to be very hands-on but also for those who want to sit back and run their portfolio more like a business.

I loved the lessons section at the end of each chapter – a good summary of all the important points of each case study.
The most brilliant lesson that comes from reading all the stories is that property investment is a long game and not a get rich quick scheme.
Gone are the days of the Property Ladder style success, now it’s all about strategy, good deals and hard work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone. 17 Feb. 2014
A good book. I didn't find all the stories of property successes equally compelling - but, some are really instructive and of course, it is a matter of "each to his own". There is a wide variety of experience laid bare within the life histories and property deals discussed. The writing is clear and (relatively) concise and it is obvious that a lot of work went into it.

If you are interested in property investment, whether buy-to-let, buy-to-sell, or stages in between, I think you will find some guidance and inspiration somewhere amongst the "life stories" in this book. Rob Dix is an experienced investor himself and generous with his own, well researched advice. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rob changed my life. I heart Rob! 24 July 2014
I never review books, but I felt inspired to after all that Rob (& Rob) have done for me. Their solid 'shark free' advice has given me sound education on property, which has honestly changed my life. Without Rob & Rob my aims would still be to own one BTL unencumbered in 10 years time and have it contribute to a basic pension....1 year on, 2 successful property projects later, my personal financial position is significantly different and I'm ready to go into property full time, with a toolbox of techniques to build diverse streams of income.

Anyway, to the's great, a real inspiration to read how other regular people have done it, and you can too. I share my copy with friends to inspire them, and point them to Rob's podcasts as well. Thanks for a great book Rob!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 for investment book 28 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic little book. I was unsure whether I would get bored too easy with this, but it was a great read.
So many British books have a section or chapter in this type of book asking 'Do I have what it takes to be a property investor/landlord' or 'Am I the right type of person to be a landlord/entrepreneur' or whatever. I mention British, because American books say 'You can do it no matter what!'. This book however, doesn't ask that question. In fact, it shows you that there is no right or wrong type of person for being an investor and/or landlord. The people whose stories the author is sharing with us are all very different types of people, all doing this for very different reasons, and are all doing it very differently. It will help you identify what type of investor you would like to be - hands-on or hand-it-over, it will help you decide whether you want HMO's or family homes. Help you see that people in the same situations as you, are making this work for themselves, so you can make it work to.
If you are considering buying an investment property, then read this book first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rob Dix has done a great job of getting behind a group of some well known (to various property websites) and lesser known property investors. It gives their background and how they have fallen into or planned to get into property investing and being landlords. I found it particularly interesting to better understand their journeys both long and some quite short so far, as well as contrasting their different approaches to handling tenants.

This is a great read and helps to keep the motivation up for others on a similar path.

Keep it up Rob and maybe start planning 'Beyond the Bricks 2' with another group?

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Very interestig, clear and straight. Suggested to anyone that is new and interested in real estate market
Published 17 days ago by Fabrizio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanstastic idea for a book!
Rob Dix's book - essentially 9 case studies of property investors - is a hugely insightful book.

With other sources out there which can provide an introduction to the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by eod
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Very very inspiring. Doesn't provide you with any detail on how things were done but gives a good insight into successful investors lives and examples on yields of different types... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nfs2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is a 'typical' property investor? Read this book and be amazed!
Rob Dix has written one of the best books out there on how to become a property investor (Property Investment For Beginners). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr G
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy writing style to read and I enjoyed the fact ...
Thoroughly enjoyable book for anybody looking for inspiriation as to what makes a successful property investor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr AC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for first timers
This book has got the interesting side where there are a few investors with different attitude and background when it comes to property investment. All in all a good read.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book proved incredibly influential in defining and refining my approach to property investing.
Published 5 months ago by L King
4.0 out of 5 stars Property investing
Great book for anyone with interest in building their own property portfolio.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I listen to Rob on his podcasts ...
Great book, I listen to Rob on his podcasts and heard about the book here. What is really different about this book compared to other property books is that it interviews 9... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Clair M
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful tool to learn from other peoples success
Very interesting read of how people have become a landlord. Each person is so different from the other in what they've done and how they've become successful, it is thoroughly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Clayton
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