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Steyn du Plessis - London
Calculating Residential Investment Deals
The calculating residential investment deals were really informative & easy to follow at a time that suites me. Being online meant one could always refer back if you missed anything or need for it to be explained again.  Very good in order to avoid burning you fingers when considering a new deal and making the right financial decisions. Steyn du Plessis - London
 
John Deutsch - DBN
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

When I started the Calculating Residential Deals course I started with a mind set that the only good investment is one that has capital growth. The course has clearly shown me how over many years how a property is really an investment and can make me and my children money if I keep it for long term. Needless to say I am now restructuring my strategies completely. John Deutsch - DBN.

 
Bernard - Stilfontein
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

Thank you for the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course. I found it helpful and informative. I would recommend it not only to beginners but also to experienced Estate Agents. Although I have many years of business experience and I was expecting the course to be basic and not worth the time and effort, categorically I was wrong, the basics were refreshing and well worth the time spent, but there were many ideas that where new to me. I am looking forward to continuing my education at the first opportunity. Bernard - Stilfontein

 
Cindy Johnson - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

I attended the Calculating Residential Investment Deals because I wanted to learn more about the ins' and outs' of property investing. As a property investor I constantly look to learn more to enhance my strategies. What I found and have to say about the course is that it exceeded my expectations. For a two week course, I thought it will be pretty superficial, but I found quite the contrary. It is very in-depth, it takes the thought process from the beginning of financial understanding and puts together many ideas on how to look at the properties when purchasing them. I know that this course has helped me avoid in the future bad purchases and helped me search for properties that suit me financially. I am now looking forward now to do the Letting course on PIN.  Cindy Johnson - JHB

 
Eugene Pienaar - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals
I did the initial Calculating Residential Deals workshop and refreshed my knowledge with the online course.  The course was well presented and the course materials up to date and informative.  It eased me into understanding the key financials behind decision I had been making instinctively.  Upon completion of this course, I now knew not just which numbers to calculate or how to calculate them, but more importantly, I knew how to read and understand them.  This basically gives the rounding off to your gut feeling when deciding to buy an investment property or not.  We often hear people say that you need to fall in love with the numbers/financials of an investment and not the unit itself ... well, without this course I would not have been able to do so.  I am now able to make sound financial investment decisions as I actually understand what I need to look for or where I need to change my offer to ensure a desired outcome.  

Probably the most important part of all of this is the fact that my understanding of the numbers/financials now give me an opportunity to put together a much better request for finance document for the banks than I could previously do.  Once you can show a bank, in their own language, why something is a sound investment, you won't struggle as hard to get financing and support.  All in all, I think it the course was value for money, filled with good content and ultimately, and a necessity for any property investor. Eugene Pienaar - JHB

 
Richard Fouracres - Ladysmith KZN
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

Having recently completed the above course at home, I enjoyed being able to do the course at one's own pace. The audio and visual impact of the presentation was effective, improving my concentration. Manipulation of the variables entered as lumpsums and additional monthly payments was most insightful. Generally there were many useful tips and facts given by the tutor and this was also enlightening and helpful. Richard Fouracres - Ladysmith KZN

 
Pierre vd Berg - Heidelberg, Western Cape Province
Calculating Residential Investment Deals
I found this online course very helpful. I am now much more comfortabile with terms like balance sheet, etc. The feasibility calculator is a wonderful tool to compare potential deals, and to realise what information is important when evaluating the purchase of a property. I now understand for the first time the relevance of research on certain criteria, what these criteria all are, and the importance of accurate information, before a decision can be made regarding the potential of the property deal. Pierre vd Berg - Heidelberg, Western Cape Province
 
Joanne du Plessis
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

As a relative newbie to the property market - from a purely investment point of view; I found the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course very informative and easy to follow.  I am wanting to get involved in the rental  / development market and feel that I am getting better equipped to do this as a result of learning and expanding my understanding. Joanne du Plessis

 
Brent Schwalm - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

I have been on PIN for a while now, and I feel my learning has been put on steroids. Since I joined PIN some 10 months ago my entire perspective about property investing and real estate in general has completely changed. This course in particular has hit home again, one of the main things I have learnt that there is a massive difference between speculating on real estate and investing and the entire system calculations and considerations have to be significantly different when employing these different strategies. I can also say that this is just the beginning for me and the more I learn the more I see my passion for property grow.  Brent Schwalm -  JHB

 
Demitri Giannais - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

Anyone who seeks to venture into the world of property investing should definitely not miss the opportunity to register for the ‘Calculating Residential Investment Course ‘ . Wow what a learning curve for me . I thoroughly enjoyed  the examples used – which were so practical -and the various scenarios presented in every example and how that impacted on a particular investment . To go along with that the inside info provided was great . It certainly opened my eyes wide open and also the confidence as to what I need to know , ask and look for in a particular investment deal . Thanx for a great course . Demitri Giannais - JHB

 
Okkie van Greunen - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

I consider this course to be, easy to understand and to the point. Everyone should know this information when considering buying property. The information in the course is vitally important for any property investor, whether it is your own home or property for investment purposes. The voice used is clear and easy to follow. Okkie van Greunen - JHB

 
Jason - Gary's Real Estate
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

I really enjoyed the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course! It was very well constructed.

Overall I feel I grasped the main idea behind the course of how to work out and calculate a property to determine whether a property would be a good buy long term or in the short term, in real financial terms. Jason - Gary's Real Estate

 

 
Jessica Huston - CT
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

The Calculating Residential Deals course was excellent, outstanding, clear and very well presented. I can now see the difference between an investment property and a home ownership property so clearly. Jessica Huston  - CT.

 
Joshua S. - JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

Thank you for the Calculating Residential Deals course, it was a real eye opener for me, I wish I could have taken this course some 3 years ago when I made some pretty bad buying decisions. Now I will try to sell those properties and start investing in properties that will make me money. Joshua S., JHB.

 
Theuns Schoombee - Susan Deacon Properties, George
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

I attended the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course to help me and enhance my ability to give advice to customers in the real estate business. I found this course very helpful and informative and it has equipped me with the knowledge I was seeking to help my customers. In the end the course has achieved the goal that I was seeking it was very helpful and informative. Theuns Schoombee - The Letting Specialist Susan Deacon Properties, George

 
Alex J. - Cape Town
Calculating Residential Investment Deals

Before I took the Calculating Residential Deals course, I was pretty active in the search and buying residential property. I was spending at least 10 hours a week just on this activity. After the course, I was stunned at the time I was wasting to find just one property. It has helped me focus my searches to areas and properties and suit me and qualify and disqualify a potential property by the numbers in just a few minutes. Alex J. - Cape Town

 
Michaela Nubert, JHB
Calculating Residential Investment Deals
I would like to thank you for the Calculating Residential Investment Deals, I have also done the Letting Workshop and now that I think of it, I should have done the Calculating Residential Investment Deals first. For me it was a huge eye opener in residential buy to let. I have attended other seminars and what I found is that this course was the only one that was very helpful and full of actionable information to make the right decision when buying a residential property for investment. Michaela Nubert - JHB
 
Gina Hamlyn (Property Broker) - Gina Hamlyn Properties, KZN
Calculating Residential Investment Deals
I would like to thank you so much for putting this course together and making it available to the public.  I have been selling property for a number of years and I still learnt so much from this course!  It is invaluable.  I highly recommend any Estate Agent to take this course to enhance their property knowledge even further.  Gina Hamlyn (Property Broker) - GINA HAMLYN PROPERTIES, KZN
 
Eugené L. Pienaar - JHB
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials
As a matter of fact ... of the 3 places where we've used the new contract and new practices that we were taught, we have yet to receive a late payment (or non-payment) on the rent or experience any problems with the tenants. - Eugené L. Pienaar - JHB
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Johan van den Berg – JHB
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

The biggest lesson is that you need to use the correct lease agreement and perhaps even more importantly, you need to UNDERSTAND your lease agreement.

The workshop helped me understand the lease agreement and how I can use it to my advantage, especially when it comes to cancellations and terminations. I have avoided many headaches by attending the workshop because it gave me a clear idea of what you can or should do when a tenant is not paying the rent. And as a bonus it’s also really interesting stuff!. Johan van den Berg – JHB


 
Luke Wollenschlaeger – Cape Town
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

Thanks for a great day of learning. I flew up from CT and it was definitely worth the ticket.

I have started using the lease agreement and found my tenants to feel secure in dealing with a proper lease agreement. They can see that I am being fair and totally above board and this puts them at ease and me in a strong position. The detail in the lease covers me from things I did not even know existed or that is relevant to a lease. A big thanks to you and your team for a day well spent in time and money. Luke Wollenschlaeger – Cape Town

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Ebrahiem Kammies - Joburg
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

What I derived from the course was the interaction with the other course participants, which one can learn from and also network with in the future. The course itself is an eye opener especially if you want to run with the letting process from start to finish yourself. The legal aspects I found very much as the most important part of the course.

The detail of the course also spells what to do on a step-by-step basis to reduce the letting process risk to a minimum though there is no guarantee that your investment will be looked after by the tenants. Ideas on where the letting market is and how to go about dealing with your tenant, was also of great value. The course however needed more time in order to digest the nutritional value of the workshop. Keep up the good work. -  Ebrahiem Kammies

 

 
Elaine Fike - Durban
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

I have had 4 tenants over a period of 10 years. I was very fortunate in that they were all good, reliable tenants. I had however seen a few of my colleagues go through absolute hell with bad tenants. I’m talking about really BAD tenants. While searching the internet for a lease agreement I stumbled upon the PINN webpage and signed up for their “Investor Letting Workshop “

It was the best choice that I have made in a long time. At the end of the day I was more confident in my role as a landlord as I had just learnt. Don’t end up like my colleagues whose experience was so stressful that they sold their properties. Rather arm yourself with knowledge that will make letting a win – win situation. Take the opportunity to learn, I am truly grateful that I did - Elaine Fike

 
Alex Nicolaou - Joburg
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

I found the rental workshop very informative. I am a registered real estate agent with a franchise group and I was amazed how many legally protective clauses were inserted in your agreement. I have used many rental agreements before and not one of these agreements was adequate in this respect. Karen I find your agreement 100 % complete and your knowledge on the subject is unsurpassable. Your lease agreement is in daily use in my property rental portfolio. Thank you. Alex Nicolaou - Registered Estate agent in Edenvale.

 
Pierre van Den Berg - Cape Town
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

The letting workshop had double value for me, both as a landlord and as a tenent.. I am now making use of a rental agent with houses I am renting out in Bellville and Swellendam (W.Cape). Your lease agreement is excellent, and gave me a lot of confidence to continue the process without a rental agent.

On the other hand, I was also renting myself, a farmhouse in the Heidelberg (W.Cape) district. After all the practical information I learnt in the letting workshop, I realised that my landlord was trying to take me for a ride. With the information I was able to confront him with legitimate and up to date information - on which he had no answer, and lost his "case" against me. - Pierre van Den Berg

 
David Shadford - Cape Town
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

In life you come across all sorts of people offering to help you out, at a fee. Most offers just aren’t worth it and you leave feeling cheated. But once in a while someone comes along with something that’s value for money and exceeds your expectations; I found that in Karen and Sean Wheller when I did their Investor Letting Workshop. Their combined knowledge on the subject is extensive, current and PRACTICAL, they are passionate about property and teaching. I would not dream of getting a tenant in place without using their rental agreement.  - David Shadford

 
Brennan Carey - Durban
Investor Letting Workshop Testimonials

I attended the Letting workshop down in Durban, as a full time property investor whos business is property I learnt a lot from this workshop. It is full of "meat and potatoes" facts and tools to make our lives as Buy to Let property investors a lot easier whether you manage your tenants yourself or you outsource to a letting agent. Worth its weight in gold! - Brennan Carey

 

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I attended the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course to help me and enhance my ability to give advice to customers in the real estate business. I found this course very helpful and informative and it has equipped me with the knowledge I was seeking to help my customers. In the end the course has achieved the goal that I was seeking it was very helpful and informative. Theuns Schoombee - The Letting Specialist Susan Deacon Properties, George

 
I would like to thank you so much for putting this course together and making it available to the public.  I have been selling property for a number of years and I still learnt so much from this course!  It is invaluable.  I highly recommend any Estate Agent to take this course to enhance their property knowledge even further.  Gina Hamlyn (Property Broker) - GINA HAMLYN PROPERTIES, KZN
 
The calculating residential investment deals were really informative & easy to follow at a time that suites me. Being online meant one could always refer back if you missed anything or need for it to be explained again.  Very good in order to avoid burning you fingers when considering a new deal and making the right financial decisions. Steyn du Plessis - London
 
As a matter of fact ... of the 3 places where we've used the new contract and new practices that we were taught, we have yet to receive a late payment (or non-payment) on the rent or experience any problems with the tenants. - Eugené L. Pienaar - JHB

My partner and I attended the PIN Investor Letting Workshop in Feb 2008 with no expectations as we already considered ourselves to be rather knowledgeable in the art of letting property.  We have a few properties on our books and have been using standard contracts and 'gut feel' screening to place tenants and manage the properties.  Needless to say, we were in for quite a surprise on the day. 

Within the first 15 minutes, we realized that we had better start taking some notes as we clearly had LOTS to learn.  We started the session going through the legalities of renting properties out ... I was amazed at how many things I did not know pertaining to both landlord as well as tenant privileges.  It was not long into this session that we also found out that the advice we have received from other guru's in the property market would see us lands us in trouble if followed and done in the matter they advocate.

Karen and Sean then shared some 'nuggets of wisdom' on how to find and screen the right tenants, how to manage them and how to evict them legally if they become non-performing tenants.  We received some key contact information and most of all - we were given AND taken through (step-by-step) a legally sound contract for residential letting that favors the landlord and empowers him to deal with all types of issues.

We walked out of the seminar feeling that it was money well spent and have recommended it to our friends that are currently dabbling in property investment.  We then sat down and went through our letting agencies methods, contracts and administration.  We ended up giving them notice as we felt (after discussions with them) that we were better equipped to handle the letting process than they were.  I was, in fact, getting a huge kick informing them of issues that they were not aware of. 

As a matter of fact ... of the 3 places where we've used the new contract and new practices that we were taught, we have yet to receive a late payment (or non-payment) on the rent or experience any problems with the tenants. 

I can recommend this course as the one course you MUST do before renting out your own or someone else's property (rental agents ... take note!).  It is money well spent and the support received from Sean and Karen on the PIN forums after the course rounds off the total package rather nicely.  All queries were answered within 24 hours (or less!).  Well done Sean and Karen.  Keep up the good work and keep the education coming!". Eugené L. Pienaar - JHB

 

The letting workshop had double value for me, both as a landlord and as a tenent.. I am now making use of a rental agent with houses I am renting out in Bellville and Swellendam (W.Cape). Your lease agreement is excellent, and gave me a lot of confidence to continue the process without a rental agent.

On the other hand, I was also renting myself, a farmhouse in the Heidelberg (W.Cape) district. After all the practical information I learnt in the letting workshop, I realised that my landlord was trying to take me for a ride. With the information I was able to confront him with legitimate and up to date information - on which he had no answer, and lost his "case" against me. - Pierre van Den Berg

 

I really enjoyed the Calculating Residential Investment Deals course! It was very well constructed.

Overall I feel I grasped the main idea behind the course of how to work out and calculate a property to determine whether a property would be a good buy long term or in the short term, in real financial terms. Jason - Gary's Real Estate