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The coronavirus pandemic has touched everyone in the country, and many small businesses both inside and outside the world of property are feeling the consequences. In these regular free webinars, Ritchie and Ian offer some practical advice on what can be done to move businesses forward, and to help their owners get back in control, by creating a game plan for now and for the future.

These Open Door shows are completely free to join and open to absolutely everyone. You’re welcome to submit any questions you may have during the show and the guys will do their best to help. Check back here to watch recordings of previous shows, and to register for the next live show. We look forward to seeing you on the next one!

The next show will be taking place at 7.00pm on Thursday 5th November. To join us live, simply click the button below.


Watch our previous Open Door shows below:

Open Door #30

Would you like to become more productive, less stressed and more successful? (who wouldn’t!)

Well, that’s exactly what this week’s Open Door guest helps her clients achieve.

On this show we were joined by top leadership and mindset coach, Cara Moore, who helps business owners and senior executives create the life they want through the power of her coaching.

And as one of propertyCEO’s very own mindset coaches, Cara knows exactly what mindset problems get in the way of most developers and their success, and how they can be addressed.

Open Door #29

Let’s be honest, pensions aren’t always the most exciting of subjects – but that can all change when it comes to property development!

As a developer, do you know how you could tap into the significant number of people with pensions who are able to lend you money?

And have you ever wondered whether you could you use your own pension pot to invest in property development?

To answer these questions and many others, we’re joined this week by leading pensions expert Kevin Whelan from WealthBuilders.

Open Door #28

How can you find development opportunities? And how do you know when a deal is a good one?

Well it involves much more than searching through Rightmove, that’s for sure! Keep watching to find out how you can find and secure deals with some out of the box thinking…

Open Door #27

Finding development finance is one of the biggest concerns of any aspiring developer. But exactly how easy is it to get the funding you need? Here, Ritchie and Ian give you the lowdown…

Open Door #26

What’s REALLY happening in today’s property development market? We reveal all, including the opportunities presented as we enter a recession, and why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear…

We also answered more of your questions, helping you make the most of the opportunities that are out there.

Open Door #25

On this show we were joined by Dominic Perrin of Bey-Perrin Properties and he’s got one heck of a CV: from Bomb Disposal Officer for the British Army, to Airline Captain, to Property Developer – this was certainly an interesting chat!

Open Door #24

If you need funds to do development and want to know what’s happening right NOW, this is a must watch!

William Lucey, commercial finance broker at Luc Capital Limited, joined us to talk about sourcing development finance from commercial lenders, reflecting on the current market conditions and how he thinks it could affect developers going forward.

Open Door #23

Contamination can often be hidden from view, and many developers acquire contaminated land unknowingly. Yet all too often the dreaded c-word can halt projects and create long-term problems and liabilities for the unsuspecting developer.

So, how can you determine if land is contaminated before you buy it?

And what can you do if it is?

Back by popular demand, Alec Smith of top environmental services company Artisan Environmental joined us to explain how you can handle any nasty surprises and protect yourself and your profit.

Open Door #22

We’re back after a summer break and quite a lot has happened since the last show back in July, not least in the world of planning. People have been asking some important questions:
What’s the best way of capitalising on the new Permitted Development rights that have come in just this month? What opportunities are thrown up for developers by the changes proposed in the government’s new White Paper? And how can developers take full advantage?
With all these planning changes going on, what better guest to have on our first show back than our resident planning expert, Mr Colin Smith of CJS Planning Services.

Open Door #21

In the last show of the season, Ritchie and Ian reflect on what we’ve learned over the last few months in this rather surreal place we all find ourselves. And of course they speculate on what the future might hold for people looking to do small-scale development in 2021 and beyond. Don’t worry – we’ll be back in September to pick up where we left off!

Open Door #20

Ritchie goes it alone and answers your questions, from the right time to start making offers in the current climate, to the ideal first project for a new developer – he covers a lot of ground in this one.

Open Door #19

Auctions can be a great place to nab some property bargains, but they can also have a sting in the tail for unsuspecting developers. That’s why we grabbed auction supremo Russell Hartnell-Parker from Fox and Sons Auctioneers to tell us exactly how we should be going about things. Is the auction room really where we should be looking for deals? And if so, what are the tricks of the trade we need to know about? 

If you’ve ever thought that auctions sound a bit daunting, let’s see if Russell can put your mind at rest…

Open Door #18

Some seriously amazing content in this answer-packed session. How can you find development opportunities simply using Google Maps? What’s the best way of getting credibility with commercial agents? And what are the dos and don’ts of venturing on-site as a first-time developer – how should you behave in front of your team and make sure you garner respect from every quarter? All these and many more are answered by Ritchie and Ian during the show.

Open Door #17

As a developer, hiring an interior designer sounds expensive and possibly unnecessary. After all, how tricky can it be to choose carpets and curtains for relatively inexpensive flats? If that was your view, you’re in for a bit of a shock, as property developer and ex interior designer Jo Balston from New Light Property explains – instead of costing you money, your designer could actually make you money and sell your units more quickly. If only you knew how…

Open Door #16

Building a professional team can seem hugely daunting to many aspiring developers. How should they go about it, and how can they make sure they have the best possible chance of finding high-quality candidates? In this show, Ian reveals the key steps involved, plus we answer yet more questions from a knowledge-hungry audience!

Open Door #15

Asbestos and Japanese Knotweed are rarely at the front of every developer’s mind when it comes to planning a project, yet they can so easily catch you out. Alec Smith from Artisan Environmental gives us a fascinating insight into how these two nasties can derail developers, and critically, what you can do about it!

Open Door #14

The architect plays a critical role in all development projects, so it’s high time we got the low down on what makes them tick. Mike Sandhu from SC Architecture gets a grilling in this show and gives us a great insight into how we can get the most out of our design team on projects.

Open Door #13

In this show, we catch up with award-winning structural engineer and best-selling author Derek Mason of Super Structures Associates, who enlightens us on the essential role played by the structural engineer in a development project, plus the many pitfalls that can be avoided by asking the right questions.

Derek used to work for Ritchie in a previous life – but will he be dishing any dirt? There’s only one way to find out…

Open Door #12

Time is a pretty essential ingredient for getting anything done, but we’re not always that effective at using it wisely! In this show, Ritchie quizzes Ian on where most people waste time and what they can do to get some of it back.

We also consider whether pre-apps are a good idea, and why some commentators are predicting a relatively quick bounce back to the housing market despite the Bank of England’s dire ‘worst recession for 300 years’ message.

Open Door #11

The Party Wall Act can often have a sting in the tail for unsuspecting developers who don’t know their stuff, and it could easily lead to expensive delays. But a little knowledge can go a long way, and we’re lucky to have The Party Wall Guy himself, Dil Gujral from 1996 Party Wall Ltd, to give us the lowdown on what we really need to know as developers.

Open Door #10

The UK Government recently gave us a high-level overview of a radical overhaul of the planning system planned for later this year. They also gave us some clear pointers regarding the next wave of permitted development opportunities, which could prove extremely interesting for small-scale developers.

Who better than Ritchie and Ian to guide you through the key points, and zoom in on the golden nuggets!

Open Door #9

Contractors play a pivotal role in the property developer’s team, but what makes them tick? What are the mistakes that can catch new developers out, and how can they position themselves not only to find a good contractor, but also to keep the partnership working well once they’ve found one?

Who better to ask than leading contractors, CDM Group, and in particular their founder and CEO, Mark Legg. In this show, Mark fields some great questions – and gives some excellent answers – you really need to know this stuff!

Open Door #8

There are shirts. And then there are SHIRTS. And Paul Sams of top legal firm Dutton Gregory certainly wasn’t messing about on the sartorial front, when he gave us an amazing insight into what developers do wrong (or could do better) in this show.

See why Paul is one of the most in-demand legal briefs for top property developers, as he gives us the low-down on all things legal, and answers some great questions from the audience. Where else can you get award-winning property lawyers giving you their advice for free? Only on Open Door!

Open Door #7

Who said accountancy and tax is boring? In this great show, we invited entrepreneur, accountant, tax specialist, buy-to-let investor and property developer, Ray Khan from Fresh Accounting and Legal along, and he quickly proved that what he didn’t know about property tax and accounting wasn’t worth knowing!

Not only did we get some great questions answered, Ray also called out some of the key concepts that anyone involved in property should consider sooner rather than later.

Open Door #6

More great questions answered – like what are the five most common mistakes people make with their personal branding? And what are the challenges that face new developers seeking finance, and how do they overcome them?

There’s also a surprising yet entertaining gift from an allegedly anonymous source, and one of the presenters completely loses the plot and doesn’t know what day of the week it is.

Open Door #5

Getting funding is crucial for every developer, and for new developers in particular it can be an area they’re concerned about. On this show, we get to grips with CEO and co-founder of peer-to-peer lender Crowd Property, Mike Bristow, who explains not only why crowdfunding solutions are very friendly toward new developers, they can also offer a highly competitive and more customer-centric experience than commercial lenders.

We reckon Mike’s enthusiastic and compelling approach will be bound to pique your interest – both as a developer and an investor!

Open Door #4

Here at propertyCEO we critique every student’s website, and we’ve seen quite a few over the years. In this show, Ian reveals the five most common website mistakes he sees property people make, and explains why having a great website is so critical, particularly for someone who’s new to development. We also ask exactly how small is ‘small-scale’ development, and what sort of profits can you expect to make?

And, if that weren’t enough, we get a frankly alarming glimpse into the biscuit storage facility that currently doubles up as the propertyCEO recording studio.

Open Door #3

Yet another amazing guest on the show – this time it’s Duane Walker of commercial agents and valuation experts Primmer Olds BAS  If you want to know where the commercial, industrial and retail markets are heading, where the best opportunities are likely to be, and what’s the best way to get into an agent’s little black book of preferred buyers, then this is definitely the show for you!

As ever, some great questions from Open Door’s loyal followers, plus a behind the scenes glimpse of the petty squabbling that goes into the making of every Open Door show. Enjoy!

Open Door #2

There was no messing on this one – we were straight in with a very common question: what experience do you need to be able to do small-scale property development? And does it help if you’ve invested in property before?

We were also asked what influence the regional coronavirus ‘R’ values should have on what, when, and where we develop property. Was there some banter? And possibly a few low blows thrown by both the presenters and the audience? You’ll just have to watch to find out…

Open Door #1

What a start to the new and improved Open Door show! There were virtual sombreros, a suspicion of fake tan, plus Ian got an upgraded set to work in – almost no expense was spared in bringing you the most positive 45 minutes of property talk out there!

Ian also introduced us to Esmeralda – the story that amply demonstrates why small-scale property development is the perfect solution for landlords and property investors looking to supercharge their portfolio growth. Have you considered becoming a landlord-developer?

Back in the day, our Open Door shows were called Support Sessions – you can watch them all, below:

Session 14

An emotional moment as the guys host their last ever Support Session. Some more great questions, including what to do if you’re having difficulty getting started on a new business venture, and how can you decide whether a new venture is right for you.

But, like a phoenix from the flames, your hosts will be returning in the form of the all-new Open Door sessions, with more banter, biscuits, and of course, answers to all your questions.

Session 13

Meet Sam Beddoe, head of Revive Holdings and former frontline police detective turned property developer. Having successfully turned her hand to single lets, HMOs, and Serviced Accommodation, find out what made Sam embark down the property development route. What were the things she found hardest, and what advice would she give to anyone else thinking about getting into development?

In other news, things have escalated on the dog training front, as four-legged Clapson junior sets the bar high with his book promotion photoshoot. Can the inexperienced Child hound possibly rival that?

Session 12

Wow, we covered a lot of ground in this one! You asked us how to look appealing to commercial lenders and private investors – not always easy if you’ve never done it before. And should you use the services of an interior designer, even if you’re only building billy-basic flats? Tons of questions – and tons of answers.

Some seasoned viewers were also thrown by Ian and Ritchie sitting on opposite sides of the screen for this session (these guys really know how to mix it up). Just one of the many reasons you won’t be confusing them with Ant and Dec anytime soon.

Session 11

In this session, we look at a range of different issues. What can you do if you’re struggling a little with your self-confidence right now? What’s happening in the world of commercial lending, and could modular construction play a bigger role in construction going forward.

And a very topical one – how do you manage the current storm of emails, virtual meetings, networking sessions, Facebook groups, and other social media activity when there’s so much going on?

Session 10

Some great questions from a knowledge-hungry audience! Like what three things do you need to have in place before you start developing property? And how do you keep nervous private investors interested at a time when there’s so much uncertainty around?

These and many other questions are answered in a session which also included dog-envy, some hair-baiting from the audience, but refreshingly no mention of biscuits.

Session 9

A rare opportunity to get the inside track on what estate agents are thinking right now. What do they make of the market conditions, and better still, how can you get in their little black book and put yourself in the best place for learning about new opportunities before they reach the market?

Today the guys are joined by leading independent estate agent, Andrew Furnell of Taylor, Hill and Bond, who answers some challenging questions and gives us the low down on where the market might be heading and what could lie around the corner.

Session 8

Want to know the five biggest mistakes people make with their elevator pitches (and why it’s SO important to get it right)?

Ian also explains why development is a good fit for existing property investors and landlords and shines a light on co-living, while Ritchie explains why targeting the ‘need’ market rather than the ‘want’ market is such a good strategy.

Session 7

A great opportunity to get an insight into what’s happening at the coalface in property development, as Dan Stiles of DDS Consulting reports on what project managers and cost consultants are seeing in the industry, and how the future is likely to shape up.

In other news, Ian has a stab at predicting what sort of exit curve we’re likely to see for the recession, while Ritchie makes some unwarranted comments about haircuts and uses a marathon-running analogy that fooled absolutely no one.

Session 6

More questions and answers from the fascinating world of property development, plus Ian gives some great tips on how you can use your body to make yourself happier and more successful.

Ritchie also talks about the considerations when looking at projects in Special Protection Areas and other sites and areas with planning restrictions in place.

Session 5

What’s the future of planning? And where will the big opportunities be in small scale property development over the coming months and years?

In this session we’re joined by Colin Smith of CJS Planning Services who casts a light on all things planning-related, while answering some great questions from the audience.

If you need help with any planning questions, you can contact Colin through his website cjsplanning.com

Session 4

This session takes a look at how we can all be more productive now that we find ourselves cooped up indoors, working from home. We also share thoughts on what things you should consider if you’re thinking about doing your first project, and what you can be doing NOW to get a competitive edge.

There’s also a complete over-reaction from one of the presenters who seems to be a bit touchy in the follicle department, although you might not spot it.

Session 3

Are you up for taking the 1K Challenge? In this session, Ian shares some great practical ideas on how we can save some serious amounts of cash in these challenging times – better still, it only takes a few hours of your time to accomplish. Wearing his deeply suspect IT Director’s badge, Ritchie eventually manages to get a handle on the IT and invites Dan Stiles of leading project management company and cost consultancy, DDS Consulting, on the line to get some insight on what’s happening right now with development costs in the market.

And Ian makes a special effort to dress up for the occasion only to come in for some harsh criticism from the fashionistas in the audience.

Session 2

As we enter a recession what will happen to our town centres, and how does this present an opportunity for people looking to get into property development? Ritchie shares his thoughts on what will happen next, explaining why he thinks there’s a big opportunity on the horizon. In other news, Ian tells us what we can do to get ourselves in the best possible financial shape NOW, as we go through some really tough times, whether we’re business owners or employees.

The crowd got in on the act early on, with some predictable biscuit references and ‘which one’s Dec?’ comments. But, aside from a borderline-offensive Saint and Greavsie comment by a known troublemaker, the attendees were otherwise in fine fettle. 

Session 1

In this, the first of the propertyCEO Support Sessions, Ritchie talks us through some of the opportunities that are likely to be around the corner in the world of property development, while Ian shares ten great tips for making the most of the additional time we all now have as a result of the coronavirus lock-down, regardless of what business or job you’re in.

For some reason, there are also a number of biscuit references from what we assume were a fairly hungry audience.