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Confessions Of A Property Developer: The 10 Most Popular Articles Of 2014

17 Dec

merry xmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my readers!!

2014 has been another great year for What Sam Saw Today!

I would like to thank all of my readers and followers who have taken the time to read my blog, post comments and email me.  Your contributions mean the world to me and I really appreciate all your support and feedback.  I’m also really grateful to those of you who read my property auction book and property investment rules.  And if you haven’t yet – there’s still time to order from Amazon! (more…)

Property Investment For Beginners: How To Start A Buy To Let Empire

10 Sep

This is the story of my first time.  

Make a coffee or grab a beer this is a l-o-n-g post with occasional fruity language.  You have been warned.


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“I guess I’ll learn whether to sink or swim…alternatively the shit will hit the fan and it’ll be a mess”.

Words from my leaving email I sent to a colleague 10 years ago. (more…)

9 Tips To Finishing A Property Renovation Ahead Of Schedule

7 Aug

I cannot think of a time in my life when I have completed a property renovation and said:

“Well, that didn’t take as long as I thought it would”.


And I cannot believe I am saying it now.  But I am.

This project was run differently to my norm, so I thought I’d share with you what I did to achieve ahead of schedule success!  And just in case you’re wondering – I thought this project would take at least 6 weeks to complete with additional workers and actually took just 5 weeks – with LESS workers!!

So how did I do it? (more…)

Is The Property Industry Sexist?

12 Jul

Men and Women
Image Credit: Brian Henry Thompson


That’s the question I pondered to myself, as I sat in an early morning trades people traffic jam.  White vans rammed to the rafters with men surrounded me.  In my mind, I was sat atop a shiny black Toyota Hilux with chrome spots.  Obviously.

Bleary eyed with the early start, dressed in clothes a tramp would feel proud of, and days old dirt and paint ground into finger nails that no amount of Cillit Bang will remove.

We all looked the same really.

Apart from one difference. (more…)

5 Surf Inspired Property Investment Tips

24 Jun

surfing tips

I may be at Surf camp this week – but that doesn’t mean I can’t “pop-up” to share some property investment tips – surf style!

Watch the waves

Be aware of the changing market conditions around you and adapt as necessary.  HMO’s may be fashionable now – but what about when market conditions change?  Be alert to the waves of change rippling all around you. (more…)