PROPERTY: Successful Investing from Abroad + Auction Property Tips With John The Expat Property Guy

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Published Aug 14, 2022, 11:00 PM

In this episode, Rob sits down to speak with John – The Expat Property Guy who is also known as the Banksy of podcasting. He is based in Hong Kong but invests in UK property. 

John talks about the highs and lows of his journey of investing in property, from abroad. He and Rob discuss HMOs, new builds, the buy-refurbish-refinance model, SA, holiday lets and student accommodation. John also explains how using auctions you can buy wholesale rather than retail.



  • Be careful to double-check what your financial advisors tell you. John´s was giving advice that was in his own interests rather than theirs.
  • When done right, selling at an auction can be lucrative.
  • You need to dig deep when doing your research.
  • Find out why the property is in an auction. Ask, what is it that they are trying to hide?
  • You need a decent team in the UK to handle everything for you. 
  • Ask for 4 or 5 references and call them all before hiring someone.
  • Buying off-plan in the UK usually means you pay more than you should.
  • Setting out the expectations of what you want from the people who you work with is particularly important when you are working at a distance.



‘We made the classic expat mistake of looking at new build properties, a terrible idea.

‘There are unscrupulous people out there and they will take advantage of you.’

‘It’s all about obtaining things for wholesale prices rather than retail prices.



Hear how John gets on at

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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.

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