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Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's Time, Money and Experience Paperback – 21 Aug 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Ecademy Press Ltd; 4th Revised edition (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908746475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908746474
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Simon Zutshi is a financially independent, professional property investor with almost two decades of experience investing in residential property in the UK and overseas.Simon started investing in 1995 when, as a first time buyer and a recent graduate in debt, he found a strategy to purchase his first property (his home) using none of his own money. By renting out the spare rooms, he was able to cover the mortgage payments and effectively live for free! Caught by the property bug, Simon started to buy more property and, by the age of 32, he was financially independent due to the passive income generated from his property portfolio. Since an early age, Simon has been interested in the art of magic. He started to perform professionally at the age of 15 and became a member of the world famous Magic Circle in his early 20’s. Simon has often said that investing in property draws many parallels with magic, in that once you know the secret, what seemed impossible before is simple to achieve. As with any magic trick, knowing the secret is not always enough, and in order to become truly successful, you must practice and apply your knowledge with skill.In 2003, Simon founded the Property Investors’ Network, which is now a nationwide organisation, to provide a supportive environment for investors to learn more about investing, with the aim of maximising their return and minimising the risks.Simon now spends most of his time helping and educating other investors by sharing his ‘hands on experience’ gained over many years as a successful investor. He is one of the few property speakers in the UK who is a member of the Professional Speakers Association. As such, Simon is regularly invited to share his residential property investing strategies at the large property exhibitions and entrepreneurial business conferences in the UK and around the world.


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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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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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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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Really useful book. I bought it after going to PIN meeting and being the only person there who hadn't read it! Lots of useful info and tips and very well-written, very easy to read and clear language. Many thanks!
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Despite all the excellent reviews, I'm more critical about the book. Firstly, I would definitely recommend someone else to buy it as it is not too expensive and is a nice introduction. When I started reading the book, I really liked it and would have given it 5 stars. Simon's writing style makes this an easy read and he's good in explaining.

After a while, I started to see the book more critical. The book has a couple of case studies which are said to come from real property investors. The investor explains how money was made with a property deal. Suspiciously, almost every author mentions how he attended Simon's Mastermind workshops and how it helped him/her to get into property investing. It becomes fairly annoying towards the end, as the author (to an almost embarassing degree) promotes his seminars in each case study. While I was waiting for more content and more real life examples to come at the end, the content turned into common sense advice. The point where I disliked the book is where I was presented with 11 pages of advertisement for the author's Seminar's in a 167 page book. This annoying self promotion is enough to loose 1 star in the rating. The author states clearly that you should use your time efficiently so you have enough of it to get involved in property investing. I wonder why he puts so much effort in his seminars which raises the question whether teaching what to do may actually be more profitable than doing it.

The second star I have removed is for the super optimistic presentation of the whole subject. Simon rarely mentions the worst case scenario, everything sounds so easy and "magic" to speak in his own words. He teaches to build up property portfolios and mentions that some people (including himself) have portfolios worth over a million.
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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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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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