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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Platinum Partners Press (4 May 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0956364616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956364616
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Entrepreneurial flair surfaced early in Steve. At the age of 8 he was following stocks and shares and by 11 he was gambling pocket money on horses! But like many other highly successful entrepreneurs, the traditional education system failed him and he left school at 16 with no qualifications. By 30 he had made his first million.

From being an unqualified teenager, determination to succeed, a love of the outdoors and a natural flair for teaching others led Steve to an apprenticeship working in outdoor pursuits, where he started to realise his own potential. He moved on a few years later and set up his first business, Ropes Course Developments, which built all the high and low adventure ropes courses for Center Parcs, First Choice Holidays and the RAF in Europe, as well as courses in 12 other countries. Once that was established, he started another business providing management consultancy and development training, servicing a number of well-known blue chip and other high-profile clients including the British Lions, Microsoft and KPMG. Steve had a beautiful house on the south coast, a great social life and two successful businesses, but then, as with most eventually successful entrepreneurial journeys, he hit a major bump in the road.

In the economic fallout that followed the terrorist attacks in America on 11th September 2001, Steve's businesses were all but wiped out, and he was forced to sell his own home to avoid going bankrupt. He credits that period as being "the best worst experience of my life". In being taken back to virtually nothing, he was shown the power of owning underlying assets. If he had owned his business premises which, over a 7 year period, in a fast-rising property market, would have translated into a substantial asset base, he probably could have ridden out the storm, but his company only rented the buildings. Steve learnt from this fundamental mistake and made sure he rebuilt his fortune on the solid foundation of property. He now helps others ensure they do the same, through Platinum Property Partners.

Platinum Property Partners ("PPP") is an established, highly respected and successful property investment franchise that enables its Franchise Partners (PPP's term for franchisee) to quickly, safely and successfully build UK residential property portfolios as profitably as possible.

Launched in 2007 by Founder Steve Bolton, Platinum Property Partners is the world's first property investment franchise and is also the fastest growing premium franchise in UK history. There are currently over 130 Franchise Partners operating in 85 towns and cities across the UK. The company is an award-winning Landlord, a member of British Franchise Association and the UK's leading provider in this sector.

The tried, tested and proven business model enables PPP Franchise Partners to build property portfolios that achieve an average return on investment of 15%. After paying all costs (mortgage, bills, maintenance and voids), an average property will generate £15,000 gross profit per annum from rental income alone.

Platinum Property Partners help people who are frustrated with their current levels of income or pension provision. The tried, tested and proven business model has enabled many people to supplement, and in some cases replace, their existing income as well as provide for a more secure future.

Away from his business commitments, Steve is a keen sportsman: he has played tennis at club level and was once a semi-professional footballer. He enjoys fishing and working on his boat in Poole Harbour, flying helicopters, and always strives to be a better parent and husband. Thanks to the financial freedom he has achieved, he has chosen to take three months off every year since 2004 to spend quality time with his wife and family, travelling the world and helping them to get a varied and balanced education. Steve is also the President of the Patrons programme for Peace One Day - www.peaceoneday.org - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to achieving global ceasefire and non-violence for one day every year, September 21st.

Steve lives in Bournemouth, on the south coast, with his wife, Lucy, and four children - Nathan, Charlie, Ella and Jude.

For a list of events where you can meet Steve visit www.platinumpropertypartners.co.uk


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Review

"I trust this guy - Read this book - Do it now!" - Simon Woodroffe OBE, founder of YO! Sushi and YOTEL "I have known Steve for four years and have come to respect not only his knowledge of property investment but also his ethical, no-nonsense approach to business and his aim to ensure that all parties benefit from any deal. This book is a must both for old hands and novices to property investing alike." - Mike Withey, Founder, The London Property Network "Steve is a true professional, and over the past few years I have seen the results of the way he has developed the skill sets of a wide range of individuals, helping them build successful property portfolios. His enthusiasm to explore different commercial activities and strategies is matched only by the pleasure he gets from seeing success achieved by individuals he has mentored." - Nick Roberts, Blue Chip Financial "In today's uncertain world, business acumen and experience remain as important as ever, but without character and integrity they are worth very little. Steve combines them all. He reminds us that profit is not an end in itself, but is a consequence of a much wider and integrated picture. I hope that this book will help to develop many more truly successful investors." - Lionel Stock, General Manager, Jonathan Faith Investments

About the Author

Launched in 2007 by Founder Steve Bolton, Platinum Property Partners is the world's first property investment franchise and is also the fastest growing premium franchise in UK history. There are currently over 150 Franchise Partners operating in 85 towns and cities across the UK. The company is an award-winning Landlord, a member of British Franchise Association and the UK's leading provider in this sector. The tried, tested and proven business model enables PPP Franchise Partners to build property portfolios that achieve an average return on investment of 15%. After paying all costs (mortgage, bills, maintenance and voids), an average property will generate GBP 15,000 gross profit per annum from rental income alone. Platinum Property Partners help people who are frustrated with their current levels of income or pension provision. The tried, tested and proven business model has enabled many people to supplement, and in some cases replace, their existing income as well as provide for a more secure future. Away from his business commitments, Steve is a keen sportsman: he has played tennis at club level and was once a semi-professional footballer. He enjoys fishing and working on his boat in Poole Harbour, flying helicopters, and always strives to be a better parent and husband. Thanks to the financial freedom he has achieved, he has chosen to take three months off every year since 2004 to spend quality time with his wife and family, travelling the world and helping them to get a varied and balanced education. Steve is also the President of the Patrons programme for Peace One Day - a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to achieving global ceasefire and non-violence for one day every year, September 21st. Steve lives in Bournemouth, on the south coast, with his wife, Lucy, and four children - Nathan, Charlie, Ella and Jude.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on 17 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book having only a small amount of experience in property investment through the purchase of 2 houses to date.

Whilst the book is well written and informative, Steve does not shy away from telling the reader the pitfalls of property as an investment and the need to follow in the footsteps of someone who has been there and done it before.

He emphasises that to start you will require upwards of £300,000 and to be working closely with a mentor who has experience.

As the review above states, he focuses largely on HMOs to provide highly cash positive properties.

Whilst I found this book a good read, it is hard to relate to in places as I have no mentor, don't have £300,000 lying around and so am largely unable to follow his principles.

I hope to raise this money through starting small - property by property. At which point I am sure that this book will be invaluable to helping me push on towards financial freedom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OJM on 27 Jan. 2013
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I've previously read a few "how to buy property" books and this one has got some reviews, so I thought why not? Finished in about half a day of reading, the books reads easily and quickly. My main points:

+Easy and entertaining read
+3£ for Kindle edition, you can't really go too wrong
-It is not very informative: there are too many references to Steve Bolton's property club, referring to their courses
-The specific advice given (as also mentioned in another review here): obtain 300 000 pounds and find a mentor who can teach you what to do with them. If I actually had 300 000 in cash, Mr Bolton tells me that I qualify for one of their courses. Which mentor should I then choose?
+Good info on setting goals and getting (more) organised when it comes to your personal economy

Overall, this is an interesting read (for money paid). I just wish there were fewer references to Bolton's club, as it is a little bit too obvious what he is trying to achieve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4bsy on 5 Dec. 2014
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Steve comes across as an intelligent, streetwise and likeable person. He takes care to balance the pursuit of wealth with a smidgen of business ethics. Basically, the book combines traditional self help techniques of goal setting and visualisation with some principles of investing. The key points seem to be:
- to choose a high yield investment approach so that you can build a regular income and introduce some leverage but not be overly exposed to downturns. High end HMO seems to be his preference.
- don't fool yourself, you need a good chunk of accessible seed capital; £300k is his suggestion.
- be prepared to personally work at it initially and employ help as your income allows it.
- tap into the knowledge/ experience of a mentor, such as would be available by becoming a franchise partner of his

I believe that the opportunity is real and the returns appear good, although if there is a period of asset depreciation as we've seen in the past even this model would look disappointing. So, it still depends on where you think the property market in your target areas is going to go, but because of the high returns for HMO income would continue to come in throughout ups and downs if the market.

What isn't covered well in the book is how to find and market the right sort of property. Also, although Steve mentions exit strategy as being important he doesn't address the concern that HMO properties can be difficult to sell on and may need to be refurbished back into normal homes to be marketable if you want your money back out. So, assume you want to be in the business forever or stick some exit costs into your forecasts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Bedwell on 17 Oct. 2012
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The book presents a strong rationale around a property investment strategy and gives clear, practical guidance about how to approach it. The style is very accessible but content doesn't suffer as a result. It also debunks some myths and perceptions about what HMO's are about - well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John White on 20 Nov. 2012
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I Read his original in March 2011, on holiday in the Canaries Islands, we were doing our due diligence on Platinum Property Partners.
I have now read the updated version, the same frank openness still comes across from Steve Bolton.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating ( or so they say ) My Wife and I have now been Franchise Partners since April 2011, we now have three properties all fully let.
Steve Bolton is a well respected and honest person.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Brant on 25 Oct. 2012
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This book is an excellent and interesting read into property investing. It sets out clear steps and guidelines, providing an inspiring insight into how to go about earning a good income from investing in this area. And its all based on real life experience, not just theory. If you're thinking about putting money into property, this is well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sinclair on 3 May 2013
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I already have 10 properties, and I'm far from knowing it all. This book has changed my approach in property investing. So pleased I read this book. Easy to understand , a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George D on 27 Oct. 2012
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If you're thinking about investing in property this is a must read book. it will make you look at what you do with a different and more profitable perspective. Impact book !
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