Meet a businessman who says you can profit from rental properties even if you don’t own them
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He may once have enjoyed a spell as a magician but a millionaire businessman is now out to show people what it really takes to conjure up success.
Property guru Samuel Leeds was just a boy when his dad taught him how to do magic tricks. Sometimes he joined him on the local market stall where he sold his wares to curious passers-by, intrigued by some illusion or slight of hand.
It was certainly an unusual and fun thing to do and Samuel enjoyed their stints together. Perhaps showing early signs of entrepreneurial flair, he began selling tricks to his school friends to top up his pocket money.
But a more traditional trade beckoned for the working-class boy from West Midlands and he decided to train as a plasterer after leaving school.
Limited earning capacity
With just a few qualifications to his name, Samuel admits he was no academic so a practical job seemed to make sense. But he also realised that his earnings might be limited and there could be other ways to make more money.
With that in mind, and encouraged by his stepfather who had started to invest in houses, Samuel decided to find out more about the property sector.
While still a teenager, he enrolled on a business course at night school, read stacks of books about investments and began the initially uncomfortable process of donning a suit to network with professionals.
He also started managing properties for people free of charge to gain hands-on experience before eventually feeling confident enough to request a fee.
Life certainly didn't change overnight for the novice investor but his efforts, along with support from family, gradually led him to buy his first property and then a second thanks to a loan from his grandmother which he says was repaid with interest.
He eventually moved from his home-based office into separate premises and named his new company Buy Low, Rent High Ltd.
Sharing tips and knowledge
Before long he was giving talks around the country and sharing tips with interested parties, regularly attracting hundreds of potential property investors.
Throughout it all, many more deals have been struck and life has changed a lot for Samuel and his family. Still in his 30s, he drives a luxury car, lives in a desirable area and makes regular trips overseas, both for pleasure and charitable purposes.
His extensive property portfolio includes accomodation both here and abroad and he has written several books. He also runs a training academy that he says has led to successful careers for numerous students from all walks of life.
One of his main missions now is to spread the word and encourage people to follow his example no matter what their background or situation. Crediting property investment as transforming his life, Samuel is adamant that others can do the same.
He also insists that people don't need money to spare or to own a property before they can make a start. According to Samuel, numerous multi-million pound businesses succeed on that principle and he cites the examples of Uber not owning its own taxis or Airbnb not owning its accommodation.
Sharing his knowledge is all part of an ongoing goal to help people learn effective techniques and use property as a means to become financially free.
Crash courses cost £1
The businessman will be providing more food for thought when he hosts several crash courses as part of a UK tour this month. People can attend the day-long events for the modest fee of just £1 to hear about his favourite strategies and the other training opporunities he offers.
On Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, he’ll be in South Kensington with a course that focuses on how to manage and profit from rentals and will include showcasing live deals on the day.
Among other things, it will also cover legislation around multiple occupancy accommodation, how to choose a profitable area and give tips on forging relations with landlords and agents.
Book places online
They events will be held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, 4-18 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4LH. Tickets cost £1 (although late cancellation/no show fees apply) and can be booked online
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