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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Property
Very good reading and I am sure my son will like it for Christmas. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in property buying or selling.
Published 8 months ago by Mr G Shirtcliffe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 'Planet Property' is indeed from a different planet
Planet Property is written by Peter Bill, the former editor of the weekly property industry magazine, Estates Gazette. This book sets out to take the reader through the lead-up and immediate aftermath of the world economic crisis, banking collapse and recession of 2008 and its impact on the UK property industry.

The book is perhaps too niche to appeal to anyone...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life on Planet Property, 9 Dec 2013
This review is from: Planet Property (Paperback)
Planet Property, the eagerly anticipated exposé of the UK property industry from 1997 to 2012 by former Estates Gazette editor Peter Bill, lives up to expectations. A well-honed journalistic talent, together with a ringside seat from which to observe the inhabitants of Planet Property at close range over a key period for real estate, make for an incredibly informative and entertaining read. The experience is enhanced by the author's irrepressible humour laced with a dose of irreverence. This volume - I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down - should most definitely be prescribed reading for anyone involved in UK real estate.

Prescient Leaders
The book is a cracking good read. Even more so when you know some of the characters involved. Interspersed with the narrative are many of Peter Bill's Estates Gazette leaders which, seen in context and especially with the advantage of hindsight, are in many cases particularly prescient and give a real insight into sentiment in the sector at the time. Peter charts the build-up to the biggest property crash in history

Insights and information
Planet Property contains a wealth of insights and information for real estate aficionados including an invaluable breakdown by Tony Key of Cass Business School of the UK's 385 billion commercial property. One chapter is devoted to `politics, planning and taxes' and gives a most illuminating overview of the machinations of government. It makes you wonder how anything actually happens. There is so much more packed into Planet Property so get your copy and start reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Property, 6 Dec 2013
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Very good reading and I am sure my son will like it for Christmas. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in property buying or selling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, 25 Feb 2014
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A well written, succinct and accurate overview of the UK commercial property market. Essential reading for anyone interested in this as a career, or broadly for their own knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planet Property, 21 Dec 2013
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What a cracking book! A must read for anyone starting out on a career in commercial property. Explains how the industry works, who's who and the story of the last great property boom and bust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 14 Dec 2013
This review is from: Planet Property (Kindle Edition)
As a student of planning I found this book to be an invaluable insight into a fascinating period for the property industry. I would highly recommend it to other students studying this subject area. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent record of a momentous period, 10 Dec 2013
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'Planet Property' spans a tumultuous era in UK real estate history.
Peter Bill's unerring journalistic eye and ear have captured the key events of the boom, bust and recovery and especially many of the characters involved.
It is a book you won't want to put down and it's a must-read for anyone seeking the essence of the UK real estate scene over the past 15 years.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 'Planet Property' is indeed from a different planet, 2 Dec 2013
This review is from: Planet Property (Kindle Edition)
Planet Property is written by Peter Bill, the former editor of the weekly property industry magazine, Estates Gazette. This book sets out to take the reader through the lead-up and immediate aftermath of the world economic crisis, banking collapse and recession of 2008 and its impact on the UK property industry.

The book is perhaps too niche to appeal to anyone outside the real estate industry or real estate undergraduate students. But, working in the industry, I considered it a must read and pre-ordered a copy and was looking forward to its arrival.

In a sentence, I was disappointed. The book is underwhelming from almost the off. The format does not help, as it has a strange and quite disjointed mix of period press cutting from Estates Gazette and commentary from, in reality, a very small, quite predicable and repetitive roll call of industry players.

It's not the easiest book to read as it really drags in parts and is quite lumpy. However, its worse crime though is that it is very lightweight. Look upon it as the Jilly Cooper lite of property books and you will not be disappointed.....!

Planet Property suffers from a lack of any real insight in the industry. This is perhaps not surprising as it is written by a journalist whose understanding of the sector is shaped by what people with a very vested interest have told then, largely on its social circuit, rather than being based on any substantive practical industry experience.

Planet Property is consistently poor in detail and manages to very superficially skate over lots of key issues and events. It certainly does not have intellectual thought or analysis of the other key property industry books, led by `Bricks and Mortals' by the late Alastair Ross Goobey and `The Property Boon' by Oliver Marriott.

Don't expect to finish Planet Property and think I learnt a great deal, you won't. Certainly, it can't be seen as an academic real estate industry text, and it's not easy or enjoyable enough to read to be a by the pool on holiday read.

Planet Property manages that rare skill of, on one hand, being sycophantically arse licking towards some real estate personalities, whilst ignoring and overlooking some of the industry's biggest stars. For example, there is no mention in the whole book of the Livingstone Brothers who went from zero to a billion net asset value in under twenty years and were one of the few real estate tycoons who used structured leverage to its greatest success and survived the crisis with their reputation and wealth largely intact. In the book the brief bio's of a very small and unrepresentative sample of some players is almost laughably lightweight and more akin to something you would expect in a tabloid newspaper.

When you consider the role that property plays in our everyday lives and how it shapes how we all live, work and play, and the massive and yet to be played out implications of real estate bankers incompetence and greed in over lending and government's economic mismanagement, this book really is a missed opportunity.

People in the industry will probably buy Planet Property to see who is mentioned or more likely who isn't, but this book does not deserve to become a seminal text in the way of `Bricks & Mortals' or `The Property Boon'.
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