Dec. 28, 2020

#009 A look back at 2020 in the Property business, PLUS: Ian's Rant!

#009 A look back at 2020 in the Property business, PLUS: Ian's Rant!

Welcome to this end of the year edition of Property on Fire featuring, not one but TWO guests!

You'll hear a quick chat with Saif Derzi, about his property businesses and a review of a year that's certainly been "challenging" for us all!

Ian and Saif also look forward to the year ahead, and offer a golden piece of advice to other property investors.

Ian has a quick rant about the nation shutting down for two weeks - but is he correct? Let him know via twitter @propertyonfire or on Facebook

Ian also catches up with Julie Hogbin, who's passionate about investing in, and managing HMO's. She chats about 2020 being a very mixed year for her properties, with a lot of it depending on the area they're in. Julie's had time to do some creative thinking over the festive period, so has some interesting thoughts that may be relevant and apply to your property business also. Julie's a published author, and links to her books are below.

Pease send your questions on any property related subject to - he and his highly experienced guests will answer these questions for you on an upcoming episode.


URL's for this episode

Here is the link to the companies Saif runs and talks about on the episode:

Here are links to Julie Hogbin's books she spoke about on this episode:

STRESS the Reality : Amazon link

The life changing magic of setting Goals : Amazon Link

GOAL SETTING : Amazon Link


A regular podcast from your host Ian Walmsley. Join him every week for a dynamic podcast with Ian and his guests on how to seize the opportunities out there before others do! 

You will learn about planning from a developer’s eye, you will benefit and learn together from the mistakes that Ian makes. He is very grateful for the opportunities that he has had and would love to share these with you.



Ian Walmsley  is a third-generation experienced developer who loves Planning. Referred to as a ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’ by a mentor he developed a passion for planning in 2015 having got fed up with inaccurate information on some websites as to what was possible with property or land that he was looking to develop.

In 2017 he set up the site ‘Planning Geek‘ as a way to inform others as to the possibilities of using permitted development rights on both domestic and commercial property. This has now grown to cover many other aspects of planning, giving plenty of ‘wow’ moments. To the best of our knowledge, It is now the largest planning website in the UK, apart from the national planning portal.

He now speaks around the UK at both property meets and with mentorship groups as a developer/planning geek.

As a developer with his company, Leading Homes, he has 40 dwellings under construction with a further 50 plus in legals or pre-construction.

The one thing he is not is a Planning Consultant – he is a Planning Geek – although a chartered town planner said ‘Ian knows more about planning than most planners!’. He is simply ‘A developer who loves planning’. As a result he has nothing to sell from his talks, which is always a refreshing change!



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Saif Derzi

SDGB Properties
Property Buyers Today
Let-Co Property Management

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Julie Hogbin

Business Talks and Workshops