Hi, I'm Peter Jones, Chartered Surveyor, author and property investor.
I've been involved in property for over 30 years having graduated from the College of Estate Management, Reading University, and then qualifying as an Associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1983, before becoming a Fellow in 1992.
I rose to the dizzy heights of being a 'salaried partner' in a respected firm of surveyors in the West End of London dealing with large commercial properties but, with the onset of the recession in the 1990's, I found my skill sets and knowledge were no longer needed.
With limited savings and working only part time as a consultant, I realised that things needed to change, so I started to put into practice the principles of property investing that I'd learnt whilst advising others in my professional role as a surveyor. Starting with virtually nothing, and using little of my own money, in a relatively short time period I managed to build a substantial property portfolio with significant equity and a positive cash flow.
Between 1995 and 2007 I started and ran two property companies, specifically dealing with residential rented property in the UK. I sold one company in 2007 at the peak of the boom and now retain the other which currently owns 61 letting units in the UK.
I have also bought, held and sold properties in the Czech Republic.
Over the last few years I have changed strategy slightly and, rather than buying to hold, I now mainly buy to renovate and sell-on. At any one time I usually have 3 renovation projects on the go.
Along side of all of this I love writing about property and sharing my thoughts and observations with others. I regularly contribute to Property Auction News/Hot Property Alert and post the occasional blog on my main website, www.peterjones-online.com.
I've also written a number of books about property investing. The first, An Insider's Guide to Successful Property Investing, was first published way back in 2000 and, as far as I am aware, was one of the first, if not the first, books available dealing specifically with UK buy to let.
On the back of its success I was invited to be a guest writer for Property Secrets, and wrote Spanish Property Secrets, French Property Secrets, and Portugal Property Secrets.
I've since written a number of other successful titles dealing with UK property investing and buy to let including 63 Common Defects in Investment Property and How to Spot Them, the highly acclaimed The Successful Property Investor's Strategy Workshop www.strategyworkshop.co.uk and The Successful Property Renovator's Workshop www.propertyrenovationprofits.co.uk .
I certainly don't consider myself to be a 'Guru' as I know that there are many investors whose achievements far surpass my own, but I am an enthusiast and I guess that over 30 years experience must count for something.
The last few years have certainly been an exciting adventure. However, the principles I have used are not "rocket science" and I have been happy to share how I went from owning nothing to being a successful property investor with thousands of other investors and aspiring investors, through my books and newsletter articles.
I will continue with my quest to de-mystify property investing and to make it simple, if not easy.
Here's to successful property investing.
Peter Jones B.Sc FRICS
Chartered Surveyor, author and property investor