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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Delancey Press Ltd; 1st edition (9 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953911985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953911981
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.4 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brett Alegre-Wood is a property expert, property investor, opinion leader, blogger, educator and entrepreneur. His first book "The 3+1 Plan: The Insider's Way to Achieve Financial Freedom with Just 4 Properties" reached No. 1 on Amazon in Personal Finance within weeks of publishing and won "The People's Book Prize" 2010 in the non-fiction category. The book's overwhelming success has largely been due to providing an answer to the current pension crisis: that people don't have to rely on failing pension schemes or the government, instead they can fund the lifestyle they want when they retire with just 4 properties.

Born and educated in Australia, Brett now lives and works in London. His passion for education has led him to build the largest free property investment education website in the UK www.YourPropertyClub.com, sharing insider secrets and time-proven strategies to tens of thousands of investors throughout the world. Brett is a trusted source of property investment tips to create secure and thriving portfolios. He writes an educational blog and weekly newsletter for his clients, presents numerous seminars and makes regular media appearances. He has been interviewed about his property outlook by GMTV, national British press and institutions such as The London Stock Exchange. Brett's second book Successful Property Investment: How to make money from buy-to-let property without the sleepless nights is due out at the end of 2010.

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About the Author

Brett Alegre-Wood is a property expert, property investor, opinion leader, blogger, educator and entrepreneur. His first book The 3+1 Plan: The Insider s Way to Achieve Financial Freedom with Just 4 Properties reached No. 1 on Amazon in Personal Finance within weeks of publishing and won The People s Book Prize 2010 in the non-fiction category. The book s overwhelming success has largely been due to providing an answer to the current pension crisis: that people don t have to rely on failing pension schemes or the government, instead they can fund the lifestyle they want when they retire with just 4 properties. Born and educated in Australia, Brett now lives and works in London. His passion for education has led him to build the largest free property investment education website in the UK www.YourPropertyClub.com, sharing insider secrets and time-proven strategies to tens of thousands of investors throughout the world. Brett is a trusted source of property investment tips to create secure and thriving portfolios. He writes an educational blog and weekly newsletter for his clients, presents numerous seminars and makes regular media appearances. He has been interviewed about his property outlook by GMTV, national British press and institutions such as The London Stock Exchange. Brett s second book Successful Property Investment: How to make money from buy-to-let property without the sleepless nights is due out at the end of 2010.

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139 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Green on 20 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
I have updated my view of this book to reflect its readership. It is clearly a title and concept that has attracted people and Brett writes in a way that clearly inspires people to want to invest in property which in current conditions is clearly a leap of faith, so I applaud Brett for exciting that faith. I applaud the number of write-ups this book has had and so, whilst my reservations remain, it would be petty of me to ignore the following that this book has generated, although I would be more impressed where reviewers have a breadth of comparable reads. I try in my reviews to serve the reader and not the writer. Probably half of the books I have read have followed reviews and recommendations of others and I regard reviewing as the collective teamwork of enthusiasts.

Note 21/10/14. I have been amazed at how much interest this review has caused and humbly offer some book suggestions to broaden your interest in property. This facility wasn't available when I originally wrote the review. I get how an exciting cover, a simple concept well explained and a passionate author has led to high book sales and property is such an important investment that the money you spend on a handful of books is time and money well spent.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By disappointed on 15 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
After reading this book i was compelled to write my first ever review. I cannot stress how much of a waste of money this book was. There is a ridiculous amount of repetition. The book talks about the '3+1 plan' and 'set and forget'. Well quite simply its use leverage to buy a first property. Hope the house rises in value so you can remortgage and withdraw equity to put down as the deposit for the next mortgage. Rinse and repeat till you have 3 rental properties and 1 house to live in. You pay a management agent to manage the properties to 'set and forget'. This book is padded to 160 pages when 5 pages could do.

What drove me to write this review was that on page 161 there is the 'set and forget' basic checklist. This has gems such as - 'upgrade your status at the bank', Mortgage cost averaging, 'meeting your bank manager and getting what you want' and 'knowing who to call during 'one of those' moments'.

wow. I'd buy a book that had such useful chapters. But this book does not cover these items despite being in his checklist for success. It figures that the author talks at one point about running 'millionaire property seminars'.

Wast of money and waste of time reading.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on 23 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
Overall a very enjoyable read but short on detail. The underlying concept is very simple: Buy To Let property is a much better long term investment vehicle than anything else, & it advises how you should best take advantage of this for long term portfolio growth.

BUT....once I read the book I found it hard to think back about many new facts I'd learned from it.

Eg.
Set and Forget philosphy - spot on concept, but the check lists are brief and not properly explained. Less marketing and sales pitch, more tips and facts please. I guess this bit is a taster in the book to get you to join the website so you become a potential customer of the author's company.
Several 'strategies' - 7-10, 3+1, 1-2-stop, 5 and hold - but they are a bit brief and 'back of the envelope'.
The free Software to track your portfolio could be better
There's almost nothing about practicalities of choosing the right property for BTL, about property development, maximising yield, minimising your tax liability

Be prepared for regular e-mails and even a phone call when you register your details on the website.

If you are thinking about property investment and still making your mind up, this is a good book to get you started & worth the money. It it convinces you to go for it, I would suggest doing a bit more reading before you actually take the plunge
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on 29 Dec 2012
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I've just finished reading this book and feel I must forewarn other potential buyers of a few things. Firstly, the author is offering to email you this book free from his website (definitely worth a quick scan before purchasing a hard copy!), secondly, the whole premise of this book is that the UK property market will double it's worth over the next 7 to 10 years, and double again 7 to 10 years after that, if you feel this presumption is too much for you to accept, then this book isn't for you. Thirdly, the author discusses the fact that rental income is unlikely to provide a profit, so money needs to be set aside to cover the shortfall, this fact alone has pretty much scared me off, so back to storing my savings under my mattress I think! Finally, I was surprised by all the positive reviews, so I've looked over them again, my findings are curious, does anyone else think it odd that 62 out of the 94 four and five star reviews were written between 26th Aug and the 5th Sep 2010?
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