Just before Easter I attended The Property Investor Show at Excel London. It never ceases to amaze me how many companies touting new ways of making money from property and experts can all share the same space - and just how much you can learn in a few days by attending.
If you weren’t one of the 5,566 people who made it to the show, or you came, but didn’t manage to cram in all 117 exhibitors and 86 seminars and panel debates, here’s my summary of some of the show takeaways.
The event kicked off at 10am on Friday 12th April, and the first seminars were incredibly helpful for investors hoping to bag a bargain. Kevin Gilbert from Clive Emson Auctioneers explained how to buy or sell at auction, and for those conscious that another tax year is over and it will soon be time for the dreaded annual tax return, Sean Hughes from Comprehensive Tax Planning explained tax structures for property investors. Sean was “delighted by the response at both his stand and seminar”, so if you missed the chance to catch up with him, he’ll be back at October’s show on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October 2019, just before the next tax deadline!
Meanwhile, in another seminar room, the exceptionally knowledgeable John Howell, founder and editor of Guides Global, discussed where in the world it was worth investing, while Thomas Balashev, founder of Montague Property, explained the ‘Eight rules of a property billionaire’.
One of my first jobs of the day at the April show was to run the debate on “How future government changes to the way we own, buy, sell and let property impact on you” (the full version can be viewed on the show’s YouTube page). For those who don’t manage to catch up on property on a day-to-day basis, you would have been shocked to learn how much is expected to change in future when buying, selling, letting or leasing property. Although Brexit is taking up much of the government’s time, civil servants are working hard behind the scenes – alongside the industry – to completely change the way we own and transfer property, especially in England.