It is a year since I gave up my job as a teacher to go into property full time and the change has been astonishing. It all started when I was offered the opportunity to joint-venture (JV) on a project here in Southsea. The numbers looked good so I set about re-financing my rather tired single-let portfolio that had been my companion since my 20s.
I thought that I should get up to date so I started networking. Negotiating phrases such as ‘your network is your net worth’, ‘my property journey’, ‘no money-down deals’ and avoiding the pushy salesmanship of the property ‘gurus’ came next. I have been hovering on the fringes of property education courses all year picking up as much as I could without committing any hard cash. This has been fun and educational and I now network about once a week. The same faces appear, friends are made and, with luck, business will be done. Being a landlord can be a lonely place so tapping into a reservoir of fellow property entrepreneurs in this way has been really worthwhile.