A beginner from West Yorkshire and the Japanese knotweed industry

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I don't usually post introductory messages on forums and would usually be classified as a "lurker". That said, given that i am going to create a life for myself inside the real estate industry I thought this would be something worth changing.

Im Ben, 26 years old and I'm originally from near Cambridge in the UK. Four years ago I moved to Wakefield which is where i will be investing upon my return to the UK. I have no experience in real estate as such, but have been working in a loosely related field for the past 6 years. The company i worked for specialised in eradicating Japanese knotweed from UK development sites. I personally looked after our biggest clients which include the majority of the big national house builders and councils.

I am currently working my way to Australia and am writing this from my hotel room in Laos. I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking about what i want to do with my life on my return to the UK. I read somewhere that you should decide what you would do if you won the lottery and proceed to work towards that anyway. If I won the lottery I would begin investing in real estate, so here i am. FYI - I'm yet to win the lottery - ill keep you posted.

I intend to use the remainder of my free time travelling to learn as much as i can about the real estate industry and prepare myself for my return to the UK.

My ultimate goal is to invest in large commercial developments, initially i will be looking to flip small residential properties.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.


Oh and as a side note, if anybody would like free impartial advice about any Japanese knotweed problems then please do get in touch, I would be happy to help.

@Ben Fisher

Welcome. While in other countries look out for private money sources.

Locate and attend 3 different local REIA club meetings great place to meet people gather resources and info. Here you will meet wholesalers who provide deals and rehabbers (cash buyers). Find them through Google and meetup.com You can interact via phone until you come here.

Two Great reads, I bought both J. Scott The Book on Flipping Houses, The Book on Estimating ReHab Costs http://www.biggerpockets.com/flippingbook

Consider checking out HUD homes for small multi's owner occupied gets first crack.

Download BP’s newest book here some good due diligence in Chapter 10. Real Estate Rewind Starting over


Good Luck


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