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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: HometimeBooks.com (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956050107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956050106
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What Steve doesnt know about marketing, systems and the running great house shares probably isnt worth knowing! --Mark and Rob, Progressive Propety

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This book is a great insight into `systems' and `time' and how the House Share Hero has used the former to gain the latter.

Its easy to make the mistake of thinking that just buying a big house with lots of rooms and renting them out is an easy way to make money but many landlords suffer problems, voids, arrears, lost sleep/money and burn out pretty quickly.

It's a skill, an art and only with the right mastery of house shares does the content live up to the headlines.

All the best sports stars, business people and world leaders have coaches and role models, so consider letting the House Share Hero be yours.

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A good read - I've always wanted to buy to let but was put off as I didn't have the right information to be successful. This book helped me understand what potentially can go wrong and what I need to do to get it right. Loved the bits about the tenants, very funny!
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This book in both extremely informative and highly entertaining.
I own a HMO/House Share in quite a working class area and have always found it a real slog. I wrongly thought that bad tenants, bad payers etc were just a way of life for this type of letting.
Using the some of the techniques in the book has made my life much easier. My property makes more money that ever before and both my tenants and I are happier.
Although it's mainly aimed at HMO's, many of the techniques, especially choosing and managing tenants can be applied to single lets.
The book is written in such a way that I felt the content was taken in first time and it's the first property book I have read that made me laugh out loud.
It's harder than ever to make money from property these days but this book makes both possible and a lot easier. Well worth a read.
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Great book. If only there were more business books like this out there. This was recommended to me by a friend as a must read & I couldn't agree more. Loads of practical advice about how to be a successful landlord, as well as some superbly funny stories about some interesting tenants! I've really been inspired by the book & have started using some of the strategies with great results.
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A very informative book written in an interesting humorous style. Living in a house share, I am starting to save to get my own place. I worry about not being able to pay for my mortgage therefore, want to learn as much as I can about renting rooms out myself. The book gave me useful insights into property investment and potential ways to increase my wealth - I am now confident that I too can start in this business! I would highly recommend this book.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend. And although I don't usually get much time for reading, I did it as a favour. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as it did not read at all like the boring 'estate agent' stuff that I expected. In fact, it was just like having a chat with a mate down the pub.

I am a home owner and have never bought-to-let; I have always firmly believed that homes should be bought to live in. But I also have sons and daughters who, in the current market, would have no chance of living anywhere if it were not for 'House Share Heroes' who offer decent accommodation at affordable rents.

There is also another underlying message in this book - not just for landlords, tenants or home owners, but for everyone who has ever been a victim of the 'credit trap'. Read it and find out.
Bob Morris
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I have been in the building trade for a number of years and have looked on in interest as those around me have made a living from owning properties rather than just working on them. I really had given up hope of getting into the buy-to-let market, particularly after the recent bad press relating to the economy. However, since reading this book, I have spent a good deal of time considering what I plan to achieve as opposed to wondering if it could be achieved. My research and planning begins now! Thanks to the author for the inspiration it has given me.
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With the property market in the shape it is at the moment NOW is the time to read this book
If you want to get into HMO property letting & ownership, this will set your learning curve on the right path so that you will be ready to roll as things sort themselves out.
Not a book for GET RICH QUICK merchents but solid practical advice, warts and all,from someone that has not just been there but is there.
So don,t waste your time sitting around waiting for things to get better. Get on the learning curve now
Thanks Steve I hope to get to know you one day
Chris
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This is a genuine review; I have no connection with the author.

If you want a step by step guide on how to do be a good HMO landlord, this is not it.

The author sounds like a nice guy and there are some anecdotes in there that give you a flavour of what can go on in rentals and a few good ideas. However, I find it rather a glamorised version of being a landlord with everything in garden rather a little too rosy. It's more about his style of operation, than an organised account of the nitty gritty of doing it well.

Some of the financial aspects described are common to non-HMO letting ; my view is that the author should have concentrated much more on the HMO aspects as there are no book publications to my knowledge that cover this area at all well.

It does not give a realistic view about HMO standards in housing which Local Authorities expect, and letting law aspects that people need to be aware of. For example, the scenario he describes near the beginning of the book regarding the tenant swiping the deposit back could have ended up with him being prosecuted for illegal eviction, at least the way he described it. So use the book with caution. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
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