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5.0 out of 5 stars Your one stop property book stop.
There are quite a few property investment books out there which promise much, but after you've finished reading it realise actually gave you little and most of it could have been consolidated down into just a handful of pages. This is not one of those books! Written so concisely it could have been published by Oxford Dictionary, and as an added bonus its even an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how ethical it really is...
Although this book contained some interesting advice and suggestions for buying/letting property, his constant (somewhat desperate) assertion that his method was ethical left me feeling jaded. In some cases it seems fine to buy a property for below market value (P.62 where the half-converted property had been repossessed as there was no planning permission)and others...
Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Molehill


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure how ethical it really is..., 24 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
Although this book contained some interesting advice and suggestions for buying/letting property, his constant (somewhat desperate) assertion that his method was ethical left me feeling jaded. In some cases it seems fine to buy a property for below market value (P.62 where the half-converted property had been repossessed as there was no planning permission)and others where it seems exploitative and unpleasant (P.66 where the buyers managed to get an old ladies house for half its market value). I would have more respect for the author if he didn't keep asserting that his methods always culminated in a win-win situation. Profiteering from other people's misfortune and ignorance is not ethical no matter how many times you assert it is - and it certainly doesn't constitute the needy sellers 'winning'.
It is possible to use his method ethically, but you need to make sure greed doesn't cloud your vision.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common sense info ruined by adverts, 24 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
This book contains some good common sense information, but it is filled with adverts and plugs for the author's seminars and courses. It is a slim 170 pages long but only about 100 pages contain useful info. There is a 20 page section near the end exclusively devoted to the author's products he is flogging. Obviously he is not as successful in property as he makes out otherwise why bother with the course selling? All of the case studies peppered throughout the book always contain references to how they found XYZ tip, or met XYZ person at one of the author's courses.

Having said this, the book does contain some good common sense information about property investing. This can be summarised as:

1. Buy properties at below market value by looking for distressed sales, repossessions, etc.
2. Wait about a year, and then remortgage at full market value (remortgages are done on a valuation basis not on a price paid basis).
3. Use the resulting cash for a deposit for another property.
4. Repeat.
5. Let out your properties so the tenants are paying the mortgages.

There are no real methods of buying your first property without a deposit in the market today, so I question the subtitle of the book. I was especially sceptical about the chapter on "purchase options" - while they work in theory, I doubt many people have actually used this method in reality to buy a property without a deposit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your one stop property book stop., 12 Feb. 2015
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There are quite a few property investment books out there which promise much, but after you've finished reading it realise actually gave you little and most of it could have been consolidated down into just a handful of pages. This is not one of those books! Written so concisely it could have been published by Oxford Dictionary, and as an added bonus its even an enjoyable read as opposed to the stuffy tomes you find elsewhere! This guy not only knows what he is talking about, he walks the walk and if you even put into practice a tiny bit of what flows out of the pages to you, you will have more success than 99% of everyone else out there buying houses. Great for complete beginners with no property to their name and saddled by debt, and even suitable for those that have bought multiple properties and consider themselves old hands. A definite must for the bookshelf and at this price, quite simply a no brainer. Bravo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, 18 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
An easy read, with some interesting and helpful points made. It could give clearer and more specific up to date information regarding getting mortgages, or where to get accurate advice. We all know you can go to an independent mortgage advisor already, so tips and advice would be more helpful. However it is an easy read and will be helpful to novices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for UK property investing, 30 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
Having read a ton of books about property development and investment over the past few months and having Homes Under The Hammer (UK TV programme) on auto record for the past year, this is the best book to get you started on your road to financial success in the UK property game. Lots of strategies and lots of sound advice. Definately worth the investment. Be prepared, it will get your little grey cells working overtime considering all the possibilities that are out there.

Once you understand the BMV concept and how you can recycle your capital investment (Momentum), you will want to get started building a portfolio right away! You'd be a fool not to - then you will be considering the other strategies to maximize your time to increase your income and equity holdings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Property investing straightforward and honest, 25 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
Simon likes to make things simple and he acheives this in this great little book suitable for all people. As a primer for someone looking to get into property, a tool for giving to friends and family to help build understanding and as a reminder to the more experienced.

With case studies showing how other people have achieved success. Simple formulas and rules to avoid mistakes. Introductions to joint ventures, lease options there is something for everyone. Written in clear plain english to help understanding and backed up with clear examples.

I have lent my copy to friends who initially thought "property investing sounds a bit risky" and after reading want to discuss JV's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethical investing, 24 Sept. 2012
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This latest editon provides key updates from the edition that I first read several years ago. The advice is more relevant than ever following the credit crunch and less freely available finance. Simon Zutshi offers invaluable insights in an easy to digest format giving a comprehensive overview of the strategies that can be applied by the ethical investor to make some money, but making sure this is not at the expense of others.

I have applied some of the strategies in this book and am on my way to financial freedom, and all since 2008. I highly recommend reading this book to understand the power of property to make your dreams possible, even in today's market.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average book, 14 May 2013
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In summary.... find a motivated seller.... same old story, thought this would provide something more than that old story.

But wait... £500 to go on a seminar if you want and he is also providing DVDs and CDs... maybe if i also buy them???

Not impressed, two stars as well its got some intelligent aspects, but not worth the (done in a couple of days) casual read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Property Investing book you will ever need to get started, 25 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
If you are considering Property Investing then this book is essential reading, in fact you could start investing if you follow Simon Zutshi's instructions in this book.
This book is easy to read, short and full of tips and guidance on investing. Simon Zutshi is a highly successful investor himself and now coaches lots of people around the country. He knows what he is talking about and can totally demystify property investing like no-one else I have read. I only wish I had found this book years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read, 1 April 2015
This review is from: Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience (Paperback)
For anyone new to property investing, then this book is excellent.It will educate you in how to do your due diligence in researching property that you are buying to sell on or hold for the long term.It will show you other stratergies on how to purchase properties with little of your own money and other peoples money.There are case studies from investors that have used these stratergies and what thier results have been.I personally have read the book numerous times and always refer back to it.
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