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PROPERTY: How to get started in Property Development and how to work with commercial agents - with Sam Murphy of Highfield Investments

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In this episode, Rob speaks to Sam Murphy of Highfield Investments, in the first of a two-part podcast series. He has worked in the field of property development and finance for many years. During this time, Rob has gained experience in every aspect of acquisitions and disposals for all types of buildings. Highfield Investments has handled over a £ billion worth of deals.

In this episode, they talk about how Sam established Highfield Investments. Including lessons that he learned on the way that any entrepreneur can benefit from as well. They also discuss, how a beginner can learn about and get involved in property development, raise capital, and approach agents with deals.


  • Always be learning.
  • If you don´t know, don´t be embarrassed. Just ask.
  • Even when you can do all of the work yourself, it is still worth employing a team. Sam explains why he has done that, in the podcast.
  • Networking and being around people you can learn from are extremely important.
  • For someone they have not lent to before, the banks expect to see a large % of the money being put up by the borrower.
  • There are ways to get started with property developing even if you do not have a lot of upfront money. Sam shares some examples.
  • Understand who owns the building and who owns the money.
  • The auctions are a particularly good place to learn and meet people who can educate you.



‘We did 72 deals the year before Brexit and they ranged from 142 units down to a garage.

‘Cut your teeth on the smaller stuff, and then gradually build yourself up.’

‘Back things up in writing. Always create letters, after phone calls.’



Rob Smallbone the host of The Property Nomads Podcast, is on a global mission to guide your success. Success can happen in many ways, shapes, and forms. Think about what success means to you. More properties? More clients? Financial freedom? Time freedom?

Rob wants to make a huge difference to people around the world. He is here to guide your success in property, business, and life and to inspire you to achieve your goals, dreams, and visions. He's travelled, explored, and invested. And he's not planning on stopping these activities anytime soon.

Buckle up, sit tight, and enjoy the ride that is life.



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