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The Complete Guide to Investing in Property [Paperback]

Liz Hodgkinson
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3 April 2010

Despite the current volatility in housing markets around the world, property ownership continues to be seen as safer and more reliable than many other types of investment. However, property investment remains a complex business - for example, what type of investment is best for a portfolio? Has every single expense been accounted for in renovating that 'bargain' property? What exactly are the implications of the credit crunch and the sub-prime market for the average property investor?

The Complete Guide to Investing in Property looks at all aspects of generating money from property - whether that be by renting out spare rooms to lodgers, property development, buying land, holiday rentals or becoming a landlord. Fully updated for this fifthedition, it takes a fresh look at investing in the social housing market and using property as part of a pension plan, as well as providing commentary on the latest legislative developments governing landlords and tenants.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page; 5 edition (3 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749456248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749456245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Covers some essential ground… nitty gritty information that you really need. --World of Property

Liz Hodgkinson is a seasoned property professional with a skill for tackling the thorny issue of how to make money from investing in bricks and mortar. --New Vistas

Entertaining as well as informative anyone contemplating entering the investment market would benefit from hodgkinson s vast knowledge. --Hot Property

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For anyone looking to make money out as the property market starts to recover, The Complete Guide to Investing in Property covers all investment aspects - from property development and to buy-to-let, to buying abroad, holiday rentals and investing in commercial property.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for serious investors 10 Aug 2008
"This book is written in the belief that for the person who wants to attain financial security, and have some fun, excitement and flexibility in the process, property makes the best kind of investment". These are the book's opening words. Unfortunately, the book does not explain what justifies that belief.

The book's most serious shortcoming is that it does not systematically explain the economics of various types of property investment and what the variables are that are likely to make a difference between a good investment and a bad one.

The book speaks in generalised terms and does not give the reader the tools necessary to assess any particular investment opportunity. The case for investing in property is largely based on the recent historic boom in property prices and there is little balanced consideration of the downside risks, particularly with respect to leveraged investments. The only readers likely to be convinced by the arguments are those who already hold the vague belief that property "makes the best kind of investment".

The author does occasionally stress the importance of "number-crunching" but the book does not set out sample budgets or specimen profit and loss accounts to help the would-be investor to understand all the "hidden" costs and do the basic number-crunching. Checklists of things to consider in relation to any investment would have been helpful, but are lacking.

Up-to-date and unbiased information on trade suppliers would have been useful but this probably would have been incompatible with the fact that a sizeable proportion of the book is given over to advertising by third parties.

Information on tax matters is light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a meaty read 4 Nov 2010
By Blondie
I am a property investor with three properties and planning to buy lots more. The book has given me many ideas to mull over. the section on holiday lets was excellent and I was able to read a chapter on investment in commercial property which was not full of jargon, and succinctly made the case for and against commercial property investment. My only gripe is that woodland was not covered, and I would have thought that that came under 'property'.
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