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May 22, 2009

The Tribe's guide on how to avoid becoming property "shark bait" ....

As we are all aware from the Get Rich Quick thread, there are many sharks in these property waters.

I therefore ask the Tribe's assistance in compiling the ultimate guide on how to avoid becoming shark bait.

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This thread was inspired by the increasing number of posts appearing on other forums of people describing how they have lost thousands of pounds to unscrupulous clubs, schemes, deal sourcers, etc.

If you yourself have lost some money, maybe you could let us know the psychological reasons why you parted with your hard-earned cash at the time. What was it about the marketing, presentation, or sales copy that disconnected you from your common sense?!

To get the ball rolling, here are my:

Top 10 Ways to know there is a shark in the water

1. BIG, BIG CLAIMS: "we've made hundreds of ordinary people millionaires, we're doing hundreds of deals, we're holding millions of pounds worth of property, we're doing 20 deals a week ....."

2. PROMISES OF GET RICH QUICK/NO EFFORT INVOLVED: "it takes no effort, become a millionaire in one year, it's No Money Down with £25K cash back, we do it all for you, all you need to do is sign papers Joe Bloggs started with £500.00 and now he has 600 properties ...."

3. A WEBSITE THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS KNOCKED UP AS PART OF A SCHOOL PROJECT: if the company is as wealthy and successful as they say, then surely they would have a professional website that reflected their brand?. Look for spelling and grammar mistakes as these are a major indicator of a non-professional organisation IMHO.

when asked to supply in-depth information, asked challenging questions, etc, these sharks tend to turn aggressive and try and bully you.

Many of these sharks change their story to suit whatever they happen to be doing, or whoever they happen to be preying on. Do due dilience on line and check that their story is consistent.

6. PROMISES OF "SECRETS", "A SECRET SYSTEM" : there are no "secrets" in property investment. All the information is freely available on line. There is no secret system for creating wealth from property other than hard work and educating yourself how to do so.

7. SPECIAL OFFER TODAY/EXCLUSIVE PROGRAMME/ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT: In the current economic conditions, no one can afford to turn down business. The above are just ploys to make you think that it is urgent to part with your money. Sharks often talk of you "missing out" if you don't book on, buy the deal NOW etc.

8. LARGE SUMS OF MONEY REQUIRED UPFRONT: You should never pay for promises. You should only pay for actual results. Be extremely wary of handing over large sums of money upfront. At the very least, the shark should get you vetted for lending purposes before taking your money. Once a shark has your money, it is very unlikely that you will ever see it again.

By law, all property transactions have to be transparent and subject to full disclosure. On that basis, you should be able to use any broker or solicitor.

With the transparency afforded by the Web, you can see who is "in bed" with who. Check out if the company is working with someone who has a bad/poor reputation. This reflects badly on them. See who's schemes they are an affiliate of, see who they promote or network with. These are all indications of the values of the company or person.

If you come across any of the above signs, my advice is swim like crazy!

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Join the discussion on Property Tribes here.

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May 20, 2009

Unleash the Blog Inside You workshop

Unleash the Blog Inside You workshop

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Have you ever fancied writing a blog but haven’t known where to start?

Do you find all this Internet technology overwhelming & it all leaving you behind?

Do you want to spend a day with two really knowledgeable & helpful chaps who will show you how to publish interactive & dynamic looking web pages?

Well, you can find out how to do this and much, much more the 1 day Unleash the Blog Inside You workshop.

Your presenters are Nick Tadd (Me), and Tom Evans, author and specialist in removing writer’s block & helping you tap into your creative muse.

In just one day you will not only learn how to self-publish your own content on the Internet but also find out how to create and maintain a blog that stands out from the rest. Nick and Tom will also show you how you can start to earn revenue from what you write in the form of articles, ebooks and even a publishing contract.

The day is divided up into easy to follow theory and interactive practical exercises.

In the morning you will learn:

  • What is a blog
  • Why is RSS so important
  • How to start a blog
  • How to navigate the ‘dashboard’
  • How to select a theme
  • How to add ‘widgets’ such as Twitter, events calendar, RSS feeds and free text boxes
  • How to write a ‘page’
  • How to write a post
  • How to tag a post
  • How to categorise a post
  • How to aggregate a post and a whole blog
  • How to publish their blog over multiple platforms
  • How to export an RSS feed
  • How to set up a Google Reader
  • How to import pictures using Flickr
  • How to import video using YouTube

Armed with this new knowledge, you will enjoy an fun and interactive afternoon session, where you will learn:

  • How do you find a great name for your blog and Twitter profile
  • How to write inspiring blogs that get readers and traffic
  • How to engage your reader in the first 10 seconds
  • How to clear any writer’s blocks
  • Creative blog titles & tagging
  • How to write a blog that becomes a book
What people have said about previous workshops:“Excellent workshop, Tom & Nick are funny, kind, warm and supportive. They makes their points clearly and packs in information. I highly recommend his workshops, I now know what I am going to do. Brilliant!!” – Deena O’Brien

“A very enjoyable workshop packed with loads of useful information, hints, tips and advice. Well paced and structured, they really knows their stuff.Many thanks for a lovely day.” – Jacqui Elliot

The next workshop is running in the Surrey Hills on the 25th June at the Hurtwood Inn Hotel, Walking Bottom, Peaslake, Surrey, GU5 9DN

MakeThe cost is £147 per person including VAT and includes teas, coffees and a sumptuous 2 course lunch. Tom and Nick will also be running a creativity netwalk in the Surrey Hills after the course. Note that fantastic accommodation is available at the hotel from £60 per person per night

About the presenters


Nick Tadd is a social media maestro and expert in blogging, Twitter and all things web 2.0 and web 3.O.  As a full time property investor, Nick has been able to dedicate the last three years of his life to understanding and engaging with social media to the extent that he is now the preferred social media training expert for the business networking site, ecademy.  Nick started his own blog three years ago, and has built it up to a readership of over 30,000.  With his wealth of experience and expertise, and his renowned teaching skills, he can show you how to make your web presence really stand out and speak to your audience, quite literally.   As a self-confessed gadget freak & Mac-aficionado, Nick has his finger well and truly on the pulse of the next trend that is going to take off.  In fact, he is most likely involved in creating it!

You can find out more about Nick & his work by joining his interactive community www.socialmediagraffiti.com

and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nicktadd

tomEvans_blogunleash Tom Evans is an author, bookwright and mind map master trainer who mentors other authors/bloggers how to unleash the books/blogs inside themselves. He specialises in removing writer’s block and helping authors/bloggers tap into unlimited creativity.

His 30 year career in the broadcasting and Internet industries has given him considerable commercial acumen as well as a deep appreciation and understanding of advanced technologies.  He has a knack for making these both simple to understand and empowering for others.

Have a browse around the reast of this blog site to find out how Tom uses it to disseminate information and follow Tom on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/thebookwright


May 09, 2009

The power of belonging ... or why I started my own Property Tribe ...

A few weeks ago, inspired by Seth Godin, and the fact that so many property forums are drowning in spam and commercial posts, Vanessa and I decided to form our own Property Tribe.  We wanted to provide a focal point for our property community where people passionate about property could share knowledge and experience and engage in authentic and valuable discussion with other like-minded individuals.

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I really rate the word "tribe" in this context.  According to wikipedia, a tribe, is a social group of humans connected by a shared system of values and organized for mutual care, defense, and survival beyond that which could be attained by a lone individual or family. Tribes are the most enduring and successful social survival system that has ever existed on earth. Tribes can exist within or without a state or kingdom and may or may not depend on the state or kingdom to endure, particularly true in the context of the world wide web.

In other words, there is strength in numbers.  There is also strength in sharing knowledge, opinion, and experience and aligning yourself with others who share your values - never more so the case than in the challenging market conditions we are all currently experiencing.  There is no need to work in isolation when you can join communities and networks of like-minded people, both on-line and off-line.

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one". ~ Jane Howard

All successful Tribes exist by agreeing to comply with certain tribal rules.  In the case of our property forum, these are simple:

1.  No spam.

2.  No commercial posts.

3.  No personal abuse.

In the interests of transparency, Web 2.0, and the desire to foster meaningful business relationships in our community, we encourage our members to use their real name and photo on the forum.  This keeps our tribe open and supportive, and our members can post in confidence without the fear of being shot down in flames by an anonymous poster, as is happening on so many other forums.

As the leaders of the Tribe, it is the job of Vanessa and myself to take you where you want to go, to prompt discussions, to provide a platform for you to communicate, and to connect you to one another.  However, it is not our job to "police" the tribe and ban members who's opinion we do not agree with.  The community will police the forum and challenge anyone that they do not think is adding value or being authentic or who has a questionable agenda. 

We see our Property Tribe as a valuable extension of our many social media activities.  Social media, in fact, is a basic human need, revealed digitally online. We all want to be connected, to make a difference, to matter, to be missed. We want to belong, and yes, we want to be led.

So I'm inviting you to join our Property Tribe - the fastest growing property forum on the web.  A forum where constructive and valuable discussion is the name of the game around the tribal camp fire.  A place where anyone with an interest and desire to succeed in property is welcome.  A place where advice and support is freely given.  Our tribal camp fire is burning brightly, so gather round!

Some of the current discussions to dive in to:

Options:  Over 74 replies to this thread about options, lease agreements, and seller financing.  A growing area of interest with the lack of good mortgage products currently available.

Still leafletting, placing ads in the paper?  You are wasting your time:  Over 30 comments on the subject of using social media in property marketing.  Whether looking for tenants, seeking out distressed or motivated sellers, you can find them on line for FREE.

Get Rich Quick: R.I.P:  Nearly 40 replies on the death of property clubs, "gurus", and get rich quick schemes and mentality.

How to be the last LandLord Standing:  How to raise your game in the current challenging market conditions and achieve maximum occupancy in your properties.

Tenants in worse debt since the ''80's and how this could impact YOU:  Forewarned is forearmed!

Join our Tribe at www.propertytribes.ning.com.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Contribute your views, knowledge, opinion and experience or simply post a question you would like answered or ask for help with a problem you're having.  We have many experts as members of our Tribe, including tax experts, accountants, mortgage brokers, lease options experts, holiday let experts, HMO experts, Landlord law experts, the list goes on. 

There is massive value for you being part of our Tribe, and, what's more, its free to join.


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