So, you are interested in learning more about property investment? Then, look no further! We have put together a list of all the best options for those looking to expand their knowledge. Before spending lots of money on a pricey course, there are even some free choices to pursue first, and then it may be worth looking into the more expensive courses. Here, we have found six main options for you to check out, so please carry on reading!
1. Read A Book
Although this may seem an obvious option, reading a book is a great place to start before heading on to complete a course! There are loads of great options out there for both beginners to the world of property investment, and for those who are already somewhat knowledgeable. Not only is reading a fantastic way to learn more, but it is also a relatively low-price option. The Complete Guide To Property Investment is a great book, which will give readers all the necessary insight and information to successfully navigate the property investment landscape. How To Be A Landlord is an informative option, with loads of fantastic advice on how to let and manage rental property. It may also be worth checking out Beyond The Bricks and Property Investment For Beginners. Before forking out for a course with a hefty price tag, we would really recommend brushing up your knowledge with a touch of reading first. So, head on over to Amazon and see which books take your fancy!
2. Free Online Courses
Completing a free online course is another great way to learn all the necessary information required for you to succeed in the property investment world. Free courses are a brilliant way to learn the basics of the trade, and we would highly recommend a site called Property Hub University. This website has a huge curriculum of different courses that you can choose from. Some of the favourite courses available are The 18 Year Property Cycle explained, How property will make you rich in the long term and Property tax for beginners. However, there is a massive range of different options, and there is something for everyone on there!
And that brings us to the end of the free options, next we will be discussing the different types of paid property courses and how you can try and ensure you are spending your money wisely.
3. Formal Qualifications (Via Distance Learning)
Through distance learning, you can gain an internationally recognised qualification. In the UK, we have several accredited institutions, which offer property investment courses:
- The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- The Investment Property Forum (IPF) in association with the University of Reading
- The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
Completing a course like this may take a little longer to achieve (often upwards of 200 hours of studying), but you will gain an official credential which is recognised by employers and professional bodies within the property investment landscape. These courses can be pricey, but due to the high levels of accreditation, formal qualifications will provide students with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
4. Online Webinars
Live webinars are real-time, online classes where participants will join and interact virtually. There are quite a lot of reasonably priced options out there, and some webinars may even be offered for free. Property investment webinars have gained somewhat of a poor reputation, as many sessions will offer only a ‘taster’ and are actually more of a sales pitch for a proper course. If you keep this in mind; however, a 2–3-hour webinar could be a great choice to learn the basics or learn more about a very specific topic. Webinars would be a great interactive option for beginners to the property investment landscape.
5. Self-taught Courses
Online you will find a huge choice of self-taught courses, that use a fully automated course delivery system. Most courses consist of lots of content, automated knowledge tests and challenges. A self-taught course allows students to work at their own pace and to study the content at a suitable time. Another advantage is that the notes are already provided, so you will easily be able to look back through what you have learnt! A quick Google search will bring up several results for this kind of course.
6. Coaching And Mentoring
Coaching and mentoring is where a student pays for a continuous relationship with a teacher or tutor. Some mentoring may be offered for free as a follow-up to a course, so it would be well worth using this service if it is available to you! You can also choose to pay for an ongoing mentor, and each individual needs to weigh up if this would be a beneficial option for them. Mentoring can be a great way to learn from others who have been successful in the business and have a wealth of experience.
So, all in all, those are the 6 main ways to brush up your knowledge on property investment. If you are just a beginner, a great place to start is with a book or a free online course. However, if you are looking to gain a recognised qualification or accreditation or deepen your knowledge, it would be worth looking into a paid property course. Hopefully, you now feel more at ease to pick a suitable option and continue your property investment journey!