(ex) Chartered Surveyor, Author and Property Investor
Dear Friend and Fellow Property Investor,
Many thanks for visiting me at my website, and many, many thanks for taking the time to find out a little more about me. I guess you are here because you are interested in property investing and making money in property but before we get into that let me tell you a little bit about myself. In this day and age, when anyone can post absolutely anything on the internet, it’s wise to know a little about who you are listening to.
So Who Am I?
I guess this is really the story of how I went from ‘broke’ to living on my ‘passive income from property’, and how I did it.
But let’s start at the beginning.
I come from an unremarkable back ground. My parents weren’t rich, but they were comfortable, although I’m sure they had their own struggles along the way to get to that point.
I had a good education and you could say that I have been in property all of my working life because I went to university to study property and then, a few years later, I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.
By the way, that was a really mixed blessing and not as helpful as you might first think – I’ll explain why a little later.
During my twenties and thirties I went through a number of jobs, both in the private sector and the public sector until, in 1995, I reached the pinnacle of my career. I was a Salaried Partner in a well known and respected firm of Chartered Surveyors in London, dealing with large corporate and multi-national clients, mainly advising them about their commercial property investments.
I was on a good salary, in a pension scheme and had a reasonably generous allowance for a car.
I Hated My Job!
But here’s where the second major problem kicked-in. Because of the recession of the early 1990’s commercial property took a hammering and my specialization was no longer required. That meant that I, also, was no longer required. So I was made redundant, a month before Christmas, and with just enough redundancy money to keep us afloat for around 6 months, and only then if we were careful and cuts costs to the bone.
I needed to do something and to do it fast!