Welcome to Investing in International Real Estate For Dummies, and thank you for choosing me to guide you through the process of building a successful real estate portfolio. I’m so excited to be sharing this journey with you!
If I were a betting man, I’d wager that you’re drawn to real estate because you want the chance to create financial security — and, over time, real wealth. You love the idea of working for yourself, of being in charge of your own destiny, of being liberated from the boring, 9-to-5 routine. You want to feel excited about what you do every day.
Those were certainly the things that attracted me to real estate more than 15 years ago. Back then, I had a good, grown-up job at an investment bank in the City of London. I was earning fantastic money for a young, single guy. I was doing all the things I thought I was supposed to do with my life, the way I had been taught and the way that society suggested. But I was miserable. I was desperate to escape it all and work for myself. Real estate seemed a tangible, achievable way to do that. I wasn’t wrong.
I started small, renting out a room in my own house to start with. Then I rented out another room after that. Then I converted the garage to make another room, until I’d maximized that first house. Then I took on another rental property, and another after that. Pretty soon, I was expanding into other real estate strategies — and that was when things started to get really exciting. Within ten years, I’d built up a diverse, robust real estate portfolio worth more than £20 million (or more than $25 million), and I was running my own group of successful real estate businesses transacting many millions worth of property each and every year.