If you’re listening to this podcast, we’d wager that there’s a 99.9% chance that you’ve used Rightmove in the past. And probably a 90% chance that you’re moderately obsessed with it.

That’s why we decided to make this episode all about how property investors can use Rightmove more effectively. It’s not the only portal and we’re not getting anything in return for talking about it, but because it’s the one we used the most we’ve developed quite an array of tips for using it more effectively than your average house hunter.

In brief, those tips are:

  • Use Rightmove for basic research into current asking prices
  • Use its section about previous selling prices to see exactly what’s selling for what price at the moment, and even see it on a handy map view
  • For rental properties, you can see how long a property has been on the market (useful for getting a feel for rental demand in your area of choice)
  • Use the “SSTC” option to see what transactions are happening right now, without waiting for them to appear on the land registry
  • Use “map search” to draw the exact area you’re interested in: way more precise than relying on postcodes
  • Use RSS feeds to get notified about new additions instantly, without waiting for the daily digest. Put that feed into Feedly so you don’t have to keep going back to Rightmove, or put it into Blogtrottr to get an email the instant a new property is uploaded that matches your criteria
  • Sign up to the investors’ newsletter to get monthly bulletins with useful statistics
  • Use Rightmove’s “market trends” section to get instant information about a given postcode: average asking prices, selling prices, numbers of properties being marketed over time (not just transactions)…all presented with great visuals
  • Try Property Bee to see extra information that Rightmove doesn’t give you – find out about price changes, status changes, and more
  • Read the Rightmove Blog for highly entertaining posts about property in general

In summary, it’s all about information – as an investor, you can never have enough information about a local market in general and an individual property in particular. If you use it to its fullest, Rightmove brings a lot of that information to you all in one place.

Resource of the week

Almost everyone seems to suffer from email overload – but how do you stay in touch with everyone without it taking over your life?

Rob B might just be on your Christmas card list for the rest of your life for telling you about Inbox Pause. With this simple browser extension for Chrome, you can stop all incoming emails for whatever period you specify. Then, when you “un-pause”, you’ll get all those emails at once.

It’s great for avoiding distractions when you’re trying to get work done, or for preventing you from checking work-related email in the evenings when you’re trying to concentrate on property investment. In other words, as Rob D put it, outsource your willpower to technology.

This week’s news

As a bit of light relief from the heavy stories we’ve featured in recent weeks, we shared a story from the Telegraph that reported that attractive estate agents achieve higher selling prices than their less blessed colleagues.

We discussed the implications for investors (sort of), and Rob D made a bad joke that was almost a meta-bad joke.

This week’s mentions

First up, we announced the firm details of our Property Podcast Live episode on Thursday 27th June at 7pm. Find out if there are any spaces left by going to thepropertypodcast.com/live.

We gave shout-outs this week to Mark Alexander of Property 118, a site that we’ve mentioned many times before and will continue to do so. Follow Property 118 on Twitter. We’ve also been chatting about commercial property with Rachel from Rapleys, and you can follow Rapleys on Twitter too.

We also said hello to HMO Landlady, who’s confessed to listening to the podcast in the dentist’s chair. We’re unsure how to take the news that we function as a mild sedative…

As we were talking Rightmove, we couldn’t help but admit that our superfan status is nothing in comparison to @Rightmoveaddict on Twitter.

And finally, we both appeared on a special property episode of Pete Matthew’s excellent Meaningful Money podcas – take a listen here, if you’ve not had enough of us yet.

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Full transcript

Ric:                                         Welcome to The Property Podcast, the home of news and debate about building long-term wealth from property investment for beginners and experts alike. Now for your hosts; before I met them I thought BTL was a sandwich. It’s Rob and Rob!

Rob Bence:                         Welcome to The Property Podcast episode 14.  This episode is called “Right Move for Investors”.  And every week as normal I’m joined by talented co-host, Rob Dix.  Rob how are you today?

Rob Dix:                               I am really well thank you, Rob.  Yes, this week we’re going to be getting deep into some tactics you can use as an investor to get the most out of Right Move.  It’s our favourite tool and we figured out some ways to get the best from it that you might not be aware of.  And just to be clear, this is not an advertisement.  No promotional consideration has been paid [0:00:44].

Also, we’re going to be telling you how to pave your way to making sure you sell your house for the best price.  And if you stick around we’re going to give you a tool to liberate you from that most [0:00:53] email overload.

Rob B:                                   And as always, before we get into the meat of our show we’d like to acknowledge and applaud, I might add, our fantastic listeners who take the time to leave us such generous reviews.

And this week Rob is no different.  We’ve got some belters.  The first one is from Ruth in Glasgow and she says – well she was in Glasgow I should say.  She says, “I love it.  As an expert living in Dubai, we don’t get any pension provisions with our job.  So, buying property in the UK is a way to ensure we don’t starve to death when we retire.  I stumbled across this excellent podcast and it’s answered so many questions for me.  It’s funny,” thank you, “and educational,” thank you some more, “and difficult to balance to achieve but gracefully done by Rob and Rob.”  Well, thank you very much Ruth.

Rob D:                                   Thank you.

Rob B:                                   And Matt says, “I started to listen to this podcast this afternoon on current episode ‘Buy to Let versus Buy to Sell’.  In a few short hours after I found it, I’ve listened to all ten in succession and begging for more.  Really good insider information from guys who seemingly done it all.  And also the hosts keep a very personal relationship with the fans by their stellar presentation also with their ability to write in and have questions answered.  Just give some advice or suggest ideas for future episodes.  Thanks for the hard work guys.  The help you give is much appreciated by all who listen.”

That’s fantastic Matt and I’m glad you managed to tackle all ten so quickly.  We’re now on 14th so hopefully it’s keeping you satisfied.

Rob D:                                   This is amazing.  I wonder if this is going to become a thing where people are doing Property Podcast marathons like people used to do with 24 when that was on.  They’ll need a box set or something like that.

Rob B:                                   We could sponsor a listener to go for a 24-hours worth when we’ve done 24 of course.

Rob D:                                   So, Rob I know you’ve been talking to some people and been in touch this week with our listeners.

Rob B:                                   Yeah.  Two brilliant listeners actually.  First of all, Mark Alexander from Property 118, a website we mentioned before which is a fantastic tool.  You got to have a look.  He’s going to be writing an article and that we’re going to be covering in the show soon.  So, thank you Mark for getting in touch.

Also, we had a look at a few of his tools which we’ll talk about in the future episodes as well.  Thank you Mark, we look forward to working with you soon.

And also, Rachel from [0:02:58].  A commercial property company called me.  I had a great conversation with her, really funny lady, some great anecdotes about some of the stuff she does and how everything works.

Commercial property, Rob, isn’t our strong points.  It’s not what we do.  So, it’ll be interesting if we can bring her in for future episodes or at least her knowledge and talk about commercial property as well because I know there’s going to be a lot of people interested in that subject.

Rob D:                                   Definitely.  Neither of us really know about that so yeah, hopefully we’ll be able to get some guest experts into plugs and gaps in our knowledge and keep giving everyone a well-rounded property education that isn’t limited by our blind spots.

Talking of property education, Pete Matthew from “Meaningful Money” podcast who talk about quite often on this podcast, was nice enough to have us on his show.  He’s got a podcast called “Meaningful Money”.  He’s a financial advisor so it’s about financial planning, investments, that kind of thing.  And he didn’t know a lot about property as he freely admit.  So, he asked us to go in there and talk to his audience about how property as an investment class is something that might be worth looking at and what you should be considering when you’re doing.

That episode went up recently.  His website meaningfulmoney.tv in the show notes for this episode we’re going to link over to our episode so you can go and listen to us.  If you’re in the middle of doing a property podcast marathon and there is not enough episodes for us, you can get a bonus half an hour of us if you go over and listen to Pete’s podcast.  And you should subscribe to that, anyway it’s really great.

Also, I keep forgetting to give a shout out to Serena, the [0:04:23] landlady.  She’s got a boat called HMO such that she was a guest on my other podcast back in the end of last year.  But she wrote to me recently to tell me that not only does she listens to the Property Podcast while walking the dog, she also listens while she’s in the dentist’s chair. And apparently, it was the first time she’s not giving the dentist a load of grief.  Apparently, we’ve got soothing, possibly anaesthetic properties Rob.  I don’t know if that’s good thing or not.

Rob B:                                   We sent our listeners to sleep.

Rob D:                                   I think she meant it as a compliment.  But I’m not sure.

Rob B:                                   Well, thank you.  Thank you very much.  It’s, I think, kind words.

Rob D:                                   Yeah.

Rob B:                                   Rob we’ve got a special day coming up, haven’t we?   We’ve teased you and we’ve tempted you but now we’ve got something solid to give you.  We’ve talked about our live recording where you, the listener, can get involved.  We don’t know if this is a great idea or the downfall of our podcast.  Both on June the 27th, keep that date free, June 27th that’s 7 PM.  We like you, the listeners, to join us for a live episode.  We’re going to record it so any mistakes you’re going to hear, I’m sure there won’t be any but there maybe.  And as we go through, you’ll be able to ask us questions.  The whole episode is going to be around our listener’s questions.  So, we’re really excited about this.  It’s at 7 PM on June 27th that’s if you’re an international listener, it’s at 7 PM UK time.

Rob, we’re being brave but we think it’s going to be good

Rob D:                                   Pretty terrified.   But we should be able – we’re always trying to find new ways of getting more of a two-way kind of interaction on this podcast.   It would be great because it means we’re talking about something.

A question springs to mind while you’re listening based on something we just said, you can just type it in and we can respond to that straight away.  Whereas previously by the time you get around sitting in front of your computer or sending some email or something, you might have forgotten about it.  So, it would be really nice to get that interaction going.  And hopefully, we don’t destroy our credibility forever.

Rob B:                                   Here’s our fingers and toes crossed.  You’ll soon find out anyway. News of the week, we’ve done some pretty detailed topics.  We kind of went a little light hearted this week.  According to an article in The Telegraph everyone who sells property should start thinking a little bit more about their repairs, Rob.

Rob D:                                   There’s a reason why there isn’t a video option of this podcast.  So, it’s probably a good thing we’re not estate agents because according to a study in The Telegraph, attractive estate agents sell properties at higher properties.  It’s not the volume [0:06:45] hope if you’re not blessed in that department you can still get lots of transactions.  I love [0:06:50] but if want top dollar for your house, you want a looker.

Rob B:                                   Yup, that’s right.  Now, ladies and gentlemen, you can go out look at all your estate agents, go around different shops and judge them on their looks.  Comment to your respective partner on their beauty or lack of it and not get in trouble because you’re just doing the best for your financial situation.

Rob D:                                   I was going to counter and try to come up with a bad pun based on this but I didn’t have time so I thought I’ll just read out some words and let the listeners put together their own jokes.

“Well presented, original features, generously proportioned [0:06:50]” combined that with your own joke about estate agents attractiveness.

Rob B:                                   Rob, you didn’t warn me you were going to do that.  I think we should probably move on to the topic of the week.

Rob D:                                   Yeah, let’s do that.  Before you encounter an estate agent and start peering at them, leering through the windows, the step before that is often looking at Right Move.  Other online portals are available.  We’re not getting paid for this.  We just happened to really like it and it’s a mild addiction for us.

Of course, if you want to sell your home or find somewhere to rent, Right Move is a great place to that. There’s a good chance you have done that already.  But as an investor, you might not be aware of some features that Right Move has to make it easier to your search and unearth some properties you might want to take a look at.

We put our heads together and made a list of all the ways we use Right Move as investors and we’re going to run through them right now.  I’m pretty sure that even if you use it as much as we do, you’ll pick up something you weren’t aware that’s going to save you time or give you better data to work with.

So, Rob to start us off, as a general research we’re just going to go in there and browse through the current asking prices.

Rob B:                                   We’ll start something simple here.  When you start to research investment, one of the things of course you’re going to do is look at your local area, in this case Right Move and check the asking prices of properties for sale and properties for rent.  You can start to get an idea of what the properties in your area will be marketed for so you can see and establish if you’re getting a good deal or not.

And also, look at what the current rentals are achieving or being marketed for as well.  Have a look, type your postcode in, do some basic searches.  You can search within quarter of a mile, half a mile, three miles. Really, you want to narrow it down as smallest as possible when you’re doing your research so you can get real good comparables.

As a very basic start to this, that’s what you should be doing with your research.  If you’re not doing that as a basic of research, I’m worried for you.

Rob D:                                   The next step up from that is looking at the historical sold prices.  You can do this on the land registry as well.  But there’s a way of doing it from within Right Move so you don’t have to go anywhere else.  And they present it really nicely as well.

For that, you just need to type in the postcode you’re looking at.  Again, you can change your search radius and filter it down by the type of properties, attached, semi-detached and so on.  And you can then look at it on a map which can be really interesting and it can be quite illuminating to look at it that way.  Or you can look at it in a list, in that way you get to see all the sales that have happened and the price they’ve achieved.

Because it breaks it down by individual property, you can see at a glance how that price has changed over time.  So, I’m looking at a property right now where I can see that it was sold for 119,000 in 2005 then sold for 105,000 in 2013.  Over those eight years, the price has actually gone down of that property.  That might just be one of circumstance or it might be telling you something.  You can either look at lots of properties and decide whether that’s the case.  But it’s really interesting to see the history of each property at a glance in a little list there.

Rob B:                                   Now, digging a little deeper one of the things you can do is find out how long a rental property has been on the market.  If you type in your area, look at the current asking prices for rentals.  Go into the property itself.  It’s right on top.  It tells you “Been [0:10:31] for 7 days, 28 days, 60 days” however long it maybe.  Now, this gives you an idea of what the market’s doing.  You may contact the letting agents in the area you’re researching and they may tell you the market’s booming.  But of course, they’re likely to tell you that because they want your business.

By using that option, if they’re telling you everything’s great but all the properties have been on there for three months or longer and don’t seem to be going anywhere, you might want to question that feedback you’re getting from the letting agents.

On the other hand, if every listing you look at is only a few days and you can’t find anything much longer, then that may suggest that the market is pretty brilliant there and yes, properties are moving regularly.

So, all you have to do is click on the rental option, look at the listings, click into any individual listing and it tells you exactly how long it’s been on there for.

Rob D:                                   And then another tool which we’ll talk about in a minute which will let you go into a little bit more detail about that as well.

But let’s jump over to the sales side.  When we were talking a minute ago about checking these sold prices, there’s something to be aware which is because those premises are taken from the land registry, then they’re going to be about three months old because there’s a delay once the transactions go through before the details get launched with the land registry.

That’s still useful but you might want to know what’s going on right now in a particular area.  And that’s where you can look at on Right Move at something called “sold subjects to contract”.  That’s an option you get when you’re looking at a property for sale, you first of all type in the postcode that you’re interested in.  And when you click start search, it comes up with all your list, the options where you can filter it by property type, number of bedrooms, price range, that kind of thing.

There’s also a box that says “include under offer and sold subject to contract”.  That option isn’t ticked by default because if you’re a normal residential buyer who wants to have a house to live in, that’s not particularly interesting to you.  If there is something that’s already under offer, you probably not going to be able to get involved there and so you don’t want to even waste your time by seeing it.  But as an investor, it’s really useful because you can see what houses in the area are going through the process of being sold right now.

Some of them are going to end up coming back onto market because they won’t go through.  But some of them will go through and you’ll be able to see the price that they’re being marketed at.  What you can’t see is the price the offer that was actually accepted.  So, if there’s a property that’s sold STC at 175,000 that doesn’t mean that someone offered to pay 175,000 for it and that offer has been accepted.  That’s just the price it’s being marketed at.  But it’s still useful to know because it gives you some indication of the asking prices that are getting bids, offers of some kind.  And you can see that there are transactions occurring in that market that the area isn’t completely dead.

Rob B:                                   The next tool is really useful for investors.  Make sure this is part of your tool kit when you’re doing your research, something I do myself and I find it really useful.

What you can do with Right Move is you can go onto to the mark feature and draw your own boundaries.  That makes it very specific down to the street or maybe a city or a group of cities.  It depends on what you want to do.

But you can draw the boundaries on the map and then you state what type of properties you want.  It might be flats that are 70,000 and under or it maybe three bedroom houses that are 250,000 to 300,000.  You can really go into a lof of details.  There’s so much you can do and you can really narrow it down to find your perfect property for investments.

People will use this to find their dream home but actually it’s investors.  If you’ve got a very specific strategy and you want a very specific type of property, then this tool can work wonders for you.

Actually, I was talking to Rob about certain types of investments.  I’m looking for in liveable cities at the moment.  This tool, I have send me alert every single week.  You can set the option down to daily.  I prefer weekly just because I get so many emails.  But it’s really good.  It gives me a summary that anybody that come new to the market that have triggered my criteria.  It’s a really useful tool.

But Rob, you’ve got something to enhance that a little bit further, haven’t you?

Rob D:                                   You only want weekly updates because you don’t want to get overwhelmed with emails and information and that’s fine.  But there are situations where someone might want to know about the property that meets that criteria.  The instant that it appears on the Right Move so you can be the person to call the agent about that.

You can’t do that with the alerts down to the minute that way because with the alerts, you can set how often you receive them.  But the smallest interval is daily.  So, you get to send it at the end of each day.

But what we can do is grab the RSS feed for that search.  All you do is you do your search in exactly the same way as you normally do.  So you can either do it just by using the filters or you can go and actually draw in the exact area you want like before.  When you’ve done that, just above the map there’s a little button that says RSS.  That will give you a big long web address and you can stick that into what’s called a feed reader.  That means that without having to go back to Right Move, you will see those as soon as they arrive.  Google Reader always used to be the RSS reader.  That’s been shut down now.   I now use something called “Feedly”.

If you’re using Feedly, you can just get the RSS link by using the RSS button on Right Move.  Stick that URL into Feedly.  And then, every time something goes in Right Move as soon as it gets there it will populate your RSS feed.  You can then use a service that I’m going to link to in the show notes to email you as soon as a new entry in your RSS feed.

It sounds like a bit complicated process.  It’s really not.  Then once you go to setup effectively what it means that the second something appears on Right Move, you get an email about that.  That might be too much but if there is something you want, it means that you get to keep an eye on something permanently and you don’t have to keep going back to Right Move every five minutes to check it out.  That might be particularly interesting.

If you’ve got some really narrow criteria, there’s something very specific that you want so you’re not going to get bombarded with emails about it.  But if something comes on that does meet your criteria, you’ll find about that straight away and you can pick up the phone for the agent.

Rob B:                                   The next one, really simple tool but really useful again.  It’s the investor newsletter Right Move provides. It gives you a breakdown on an area that you’ve chosen each month.  It will tell you the average asking prices for rents on one bed apartments, two bed apartments, three bed apartments, two bed houses and so on.  You get the idea.  It gives you the breakdown on the rents.  It gives you the breakdown of the asking prices on the property values.  And it gives a bit of general overview as well.

It’s free to use provided by Right Move.  And if you’re an investor, you’d might not use it because it’s just a summary every month.  But it allows you to keep an eye on your chosen target area and keep in the loop of what’s happening in there.  All the big rises, all the falls, what’s happening from month to month.

As a quick summary on a monthly basis, it’s really useful.  You can sign up on the Right Move website.  We’ll put the links in the show notes and you can sign up for yourself.  But really useful, free to use and then every month you’re going to keep updated.

Rob D:                                   You can have that information without having to wait the newsletter by looking at the market trends on Right Move.  You can do this by the top menu, there’s an option for “past prices” and within that, there’s “market trends”.  And if you stick a postcode in there, you’ll get lots of really graphs that show you what’s been going on in that area.  So, you can look at the sold prices over a period of up to seven years.  You can filter that by the type of property.  As well, you can see the number of transactions that have happened.  That’s all really interesting.

Also, there’s an option for looking at marketed properties.  This will tell you within your post code and within whatever period of time you choose, you can see how many different properties have been marketed on Right Move broken down by whether it’s a one bed, two bed, three bed and so on.

That’s kind of interesting because it doesn’t tell you what those properties have sold or what price they’ve achieved.  But it’s interesting to look at the activity.  So you might be able to see that hardly any four beds are being transacted or being marketed in that area but loads one bed are for instance.  That’s the market trends within Right Move, really, really interesting to see.

Rob B:                                   Visually it’s very, very impressive marketing trend.  Have a dig around but it’s not dull, dry data that you just can get into because it works so well visually.  I think you’ll find it very accessible.

Rob D:                                   It’s always nice to get a visual representation of that if you’re not as quite into dry tables and charts as we are.

There’s another way you can get information about what’s happening with particular properties down at that level.  This is related to what Rob was saying a minute ago about seeing how long a rental property’s been on the market.  That’s something that’s a built in feature of Right Move.  But then you can also get that same information for houses that are for sale and you can get lots more of information as well about whether that price has been marketed for as changed over time and whether it has ever gone [0:19:14] before.

You do that by using a tool called “Property Bee”.  We featured this before in our resource of the week.  What it is is that it’s a browser extension for Firefox.  You need to be using the Firefox browser for this.  You can install that and use it alongside with whatever else you’re using.  We’ll link up to Property Bee in the show notes.  You install that add-on, then you don’t have to think about it again.  As long as you’re browsing Right Move within Firefox, you’ll get extra information about every property you look at.  So, as well as everything you normally get on Right Move, you’ll get an extra box that’s going to show you when it was first listed.  That’s kind of the equivalent of when the rental property went first [0:19:51] as well.

It also alerts you with any price changes that have happened. And it will tell you if the estate has changed.  So, if it has come off the market and come back on again then you’ll see that as well.

That’s really useful information to have if you’re looking at individual property and you’re going to be meeting an agent maybe to do a viewing.  You’re going to be armed with that kind of knowledge.  If it’s been on the market for a long time, you’ll know especially if it’s gone under before and gone back on you’ll they might be particularly motivated to sell it.  That’s not the kind of thing that an agent’s going to tell you because they’re going to want you to think that it’s as fresh in the market and it can be snapped up any minute and the vendor’s not that fussed.  But it’s really nice to have that information at your fingertips.

Once you’ve installed the Property Bee, you don’t even have to do anything.  It just comes to you.  So, we’re going to link to all that.

Rob B:                                   Finally, the last feature that we’re going to talk about Right Move, really simple one is their blog.  Loads of great articles in there.  Sign up with the RSS feed that Rob talked about a few times before or just dip in a hour when you’ve got spare five, ten minutes to kill and you just want to get up to date with what’s happening property wise and you already gone through our podcast of course and our own blog; you can check out Right Move’s blogs because it’s really good.  It’s really entertaining.  There’s lot in there.  Really accessible, not too heavy.  There’s something for everyone.

Have a look at that blog.  I often have a look at it and refer to it.   I think it’s a really, really good result that they offer as well.

Now, Rob, I have to say we’ve gone through a lot there and we clearly love Right Move.  We’re two fan boys of Right Move.  But we are outdone.  We can’t clean the title as their biggest fans because Andrea Morgan, lovely lady on Twitter, she’s called the Right Move Addict, that’s @rightmoveaddict.  If you call yourself the Right Move addict, you clearly win when it comes down to your devotion to this tool.  Check out her Twitter feed as well because she often refers to Right Move.  And I believe she visited the offices before and she’s [0:21:42] on her blog.  So, you might want to check out her blog too which we’ll link to in the sho notes.

As you can see, there’s tons that you can do there with Right Move, really useful tool and we use it all the time. I know Rob uses it for his personal investments.  I use it when researching the investments that I pass on to our investors.

Rob D:                                   It’s all information.  We talked about lots of different ways and we’ll summarize all these different aspects of it in the show notes at the propertypodcast.com/14.  But really all these ways about getting information because information is power and in property investing you just need to make sure you’ve got all the facts.

We’ve talked about ways of doing that at really high levels.  You can look at the trends for postcodes and whatever else.  We’ve talked about how to do that at the level of individual properties.  You’ve got Property Bee.  You’ve got checking how long the property’s been on the market and all that kind of thing.  We’ve looked at ways you can do that by going to Right Move whenever you want and looking at your information.  And we’ve looked at ways of using tools like RSS and let information come to you.

But however you do it, if you use Right Move the right way, there’s an absolute mine of information that you can get.  The more information you can get, the more effectively you can use that, the better your own investments will be.

Let’s getting move on then to the resource of the week.  Rob, you get a load of email.  I get a lot of email.  Everyone gets a lot of email.  So, while we’re still sending emails to each other in the first place, but also how can you just make everyone shut up for awhile and let you get on with things?

Rob B:                                   Now, of course this doesn’t refer to our emails from our podcast listeners.  They are our priority.  We not only like them, we welcome them.  However, this is a great tool.

Let’s give an example how you may use it.  You may have your day job and then in the evening you may have access to your work email through your personal email and you’re even can get quickly sucked up because your emails distract you.  When you get distracted and before you know it, it’s time for bed.  You got your hot chocolate and off you go.

Evening that you could have been researching property investment, wasted.  But don’t worry there is a solution.  There’s a free tool if you use Gmail.  I believe it also works on Outlook but I’ll confirm that.  But it certainly works on Gmail.  It’s called Inbox Pause.  It’s a tool by Boomerang.  Boomerang did some fantastic features already for various different things within Gmail.  But this is another free tool they give away.

It’s really simple. The top left of your inbox, there’s a button that says “Pause”.  And if you click pause on that button, it pauses your emails not just on that desktop computer you’re using but it stops sending them to your phone, to your iPad or any other computer you have.

Basically, you’ve got some free time away from your emails.  A great example would be, I read my emails late in the evening and really guilty for it.  It’s not healthy.  Straight away when I wake up, I try to discipline myself not to read any emails before breakfast.  But it’s hard.  So, what I’ve done over time is that some evenings, maybe finishing work, whatever, hit Inbox pause and don’t turn it on until the following morning.  In the following morning, I already set my day up so I’m not getting distracted [0:24:43] different emails that require my attention.  Not only do I have a better evening but I start the next day more focused on what I need to achieve as well.

Rob D:                                   I like to think of it as outsourcing your will power to technology.

Rob B:                                   Brilliant.

Rob D:                                   It’s not healthy to be checking emails over time but then it’s really, really hard not to because what if really something exciting happens?  If you kind of try and discipline yourself to do that, you’re going to have mixed results.  Once you’ve installed this, it just saves you.  You kind of click pause and then you don’t have to worry about self-discipline anymore.

I think your example is a really good one.  I use similar solutions in the past when I just spent a few hours really getting something done.  I can concentrate on my own priorities.  I can pause my emails so no more emails can come in that will kind of let other people choose my priorities for me because I won’t be able to resist responding to them.

It is really, really a great tool.  We’ve been talking a lot about information and how to get information in this episode.  Email is a great source of information overload.  So, it’s nice to be able to get back control of that a little bit.

Rob B:                                   That’s it for another week.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  We have.  It’s always easy to talk about things we love.  So, it’s been a great episode for us.  But before you go, remember to head over to the Propertypodcast/live. That’s the propertypodcast/live to register for our live event.

It’s limited to 100 people for the reason being if we have 1,000 people, we clearly won’t be able to answer everyone’s questions.  So, if we limit it to 100, then hopefully we can answer the majority of the questions that’s being asked of us.

If you’re interested, head over straight away to the propertypodcast.com/live and you’ll see the instructions there where you can register.  It’s free of course as the podcast is and we’ll hopefully be interacting with on June 27th at 7 PM.

Rob D:                                   Very much looking forward for that.  And then, next week we’re going to be talking about setting your property goals.  We tend to drop goal setting in just about every conversation we have because we’re both so obsessed with that.  We think it’s worth giving a whole episode over to setting your goals.

We’re going to be talking about the systems that we both use to set our goals and track them and make sure we achieve them.  We’re going to give you lots of ideas and lots of tricks you can use to make sure that you set effective goals as well.

Rob B:                                   Absolutely.  It’s not just going to be an episode of goals create and set them,  we’re going to take you step by step on how we set our systems up and both are different so you can find what works for you or maybe merge the two.  But it’s going to be an interesting episode.  I’m a massive, massive believer in setting goals.  And I really do think it’s what sets the people who just [0:27:14] along in life from the people who really deliver and achieve things.  It’s going to be a great episode.  You can obviously use it for property investment.  That’s why we’re doing.  But you can apply it to all areas of your life.

Rob D:                                   Good stuff for another great episode and looking forward to doing it all again next week.

Rob B:                                   Absolutely.  See you next Thursday everyone. Bye, bye

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Ric:                                         Welcome to The Property Podcast, the home of news and debate about building long-term wealth from property investment for beginners and experts alike. Now for your hosts; before I met them I thought BTL was a sandwich. It’s Rob and Rob!

Rob Bence:                         Welcome to The Property Podcast episode 14.  This episode is called “Right Move for Investors”.  And every week as normal I’m joined by talented co-host, Rob Dix.  Rob how are you today?

Rob Dix:                               I am really well thank you, Rob.  Yes, this week we’re going to be getting deep into some tactics you can use as an investor to get the most out of Right Move.  It’s our favourite tool and we figured out some ways to get the best from it that you might not be aware of.  And just to be clear, this is not an advertisement.  No promotional consideration has been paid [0:00:44].

Also, we’re going to be telling you how to pave your way to making sure you sell your house for the best price.  And if you stick around we’re going to give you a tool to liberate you from that most [0:00:53] email overload.

Rob B:                                   And as always, before we get into the meat of our show we’d like to acknowledge and applaud, I might add, our fantastic listeners who take the time to leave us such generous reviews.

And this week Rob is no different.  We’ve got some belters.  The first one is from Ruth in Glasgow and she says – well she was in Glasgow I should say.  She says, “I love it.  As an expert living in Dubai, we don’t get any pension provisions with our job.  So, buying property in the UK is a way to ensure we don’t starve to death when we retire.  I stumbled across this excellent podcast and it’s answered so many questions for me.  It’s funny,” thank you, “and educational,” thank you some more, “and difficult to balance to achieve but gracefully done by Rob and Rob.”  Well, thank you very much Ruth.

Rob D:                                   Thank you.

Rob B:                                   And Matt says, “I started to listen to this podcast this afternoon on current episode ‘Buy to Let versus Buy to Sell’.  In a few short hours after I found it, I’ve listened to all ten in succession and begging for more.  Really good insider information from guys who seemingly done it all.  And also the hosts keep a very personal relationship with the fans by their stellar presentation also with their ability to write in and have questions answered.  Just give some advice or suggest ideas for future episodes.  Thanks for the hard work guys.  The help you give is much appreciated by all who listen.”

That’s fantastic Matt and I’m glad you managed to tackle all ten so quickly.  We’re now on 14th so hopefully it’s keeping you satisfied.

Rob D:                                   This is amazing.  I wonder if this is going to become a thing where people are doing Property Podcast marathons like people used to do with 24 when that was on.  They’ll need a box set or something like that.

Rob B:                                   We could sponsor a listener to go for a 24-hours worth when we’ve done 24 of course.

Rob D:                                   So, Rob I know you’ve been talking to some people and been in touch this week with our listeners.

Rob B:                                   Yeah.  Two brilliant listeners actually.  First of all, Mark Alexander from Property 118, a website we mentioned before which is a fantastic tool.  You got to have a look.  He’s going to be writing an article and that we’re going to be covering in the show soon.  So, thank you Mark for getting in touch.

Also, we had a look at a few of his tools which we’ll talk about in the future episodes as well.  Thank you Mark, we look forward to working with you soon.

And also, Rachel from [0:02:58].  A commercial property company called me.  I had a great conversation with her, really funny lady, some great anecdotes about some of the stuff she does and how everything works.

Commercial property, Rob, isn’t our strong points.  It’s not what we do.  So, it’ll be interesting if we can bring her in for future episodes or at least her knowledge and talk about commercial property as well because I know there’s going to be a lot of people interested in that subject.

Rob D:                                   Definitely.  Neither of us really know about that so yeah, hopefully we’ll be able to get some guest experts into plugs and gaps in our knowledge and keep giving everyone a well-rounded property education that isn’t limited by our blind spots.

Talking of property education, Pete Matthew from “Meaningful Money” podcast who talk about quite often on this podcast, was nice enough to have us on his show.  He’s got a podcast called “Meaningful Money”.  He’s a financial advisor so it’s about financial planning, investments, that kind of thing.  And he didn’t know a lot about property as he freely admit.  So, he asked us to go in there and talk to his audience about how property as an investment class is something that might be worth looking at and what you should be considering when you’re doing.

That episode went up recently.  His website meaningfulmoney.tv in the show notes for this episode we’re going to link over to our episode so you can go and listen to us.  If you’re in the middle of doing a property podcast marathon and there is not enough episodes for us, you can get a bonus half an hour of us if you go over and listen to Pete’s podcast.  And you should subscribe to that, anyway it’s really great.

Also, I keep forgetting to give a shout out to Serena, the [0:04:23] landlady.  She’s got a boat called HMO such that she was a guest on my other podcast back in the end of last year.  But she wrote to me recently to tell me that not only does she listens to the Property Podcast while walking the dog, she also listens while she’s in the dentist’s chair. And apparently, it was the first time she’s not giving the dentist a load of grief.  Apparently, we’ve got soothing, possibly anaesthetic properties Rob.  I don’t know if that’s good thing or not.

Rob B:                                   We sent our listeners to sleep.

Rob D:                                   I think she meant it as a compliment.  But I’m not sure.

Rob B:                                   Well, thank you.  Thank you very much.  It’s, I think, kind words.

Rob D:                                   Yeah.

Rob B:                                   Rob we’ve got a special day coming up, haven’t we?   We’ve teased you and we’ve tempted you but now we’ve got something solid to give you.  We’ve talked about our live recording where you, the listener, can get involved.  We don’t know if this is a great idea or the downfall of our podcast.  Both on June the 27th, keep that date free, June 27th that’s 7 PM.  We like you, the listeners, to join us for a live episode.  We’re going to record it so any mistakes you’re going to hear, I’m sure there won’t be any but there maybe.  And as we go through, you’ll be able to ask us questions.  The whole episode is going to be around our listener’s questions.  So, we’re really excited about this.  It’s at 7 PM on June 27th that’s if you’re an international listener, it’s at 7 PM UK time.

Rob, we’re being brave but we think it’s going to be good

Rob D:                                   Pretty terrified.   But we should be able – we’re always trying to find new ways of getting more of a two-way kind of interaction on this podcast.   It would be great because it means we’re talking about something.

A question springs to mind while you’re listening based on something we just said, you can just type it in and we can respond to that straight away.  Whereas previously by the time you get around sitting in front of your computer or sending some email or something, you might have forgotten about it.  So, it would be really nice to get that interaction going.  And hopefully, we don’t destroy our credibility forever.

Rob B:                                   Here’s our fingers and toes crossed.  You’ll soon find out anyway. News of the week, we’ve done some pretty detailed topics.  We kind of went a little light hearted this week.  According to an article in The Telegraph everyone who sells property should start thinking a little bit more about their repairs, Rob.

Rob D:                                   There’s a reason why there isn’t a video option of this podcast.  So, it’s probably a good thing we’re not estate agents because according to a study in The Telegraph, attractive estate agents sell properties at higher properties.  It’s not the volume [0:06:45] hope if you’re not blessed in that department you can still get lots of transactions.  I love [0:06:50] but if want top dollar for your house, you want a looker.

Rob B:                                   Yup, that’s right.  Now, ladies and gentlemen, you can go out look at all your estate agents, go around different shops and judge them on their looks.  Comment to your respective partner on their beauty or lack of it and not get in trouble because you’re just doing the best for your financial situation.

Rob D:                                   I was going to counter and try to come up with a bad pun based on this but I didn’t have time so I thought I’ll just read out some words and let the listeners put together their own jokes.

“Well presented, original features, generously proportioned [0:06:50]” combined that with your own joke about estate agents attractiveness.

Rob B:                                   Rob, you didn’t warn me you were going to do that.  I think we should probably move on to the topic of the week.

Rob D:                                   Yeah, let’s do that.  Before you encounter an estate agent and start peering at them, leering through the windows, the step before that is often looking at Right Move.  Other online portals are available.  We’re not getting paid for this.  We just happened to really like it and it’s a mild addiction for us.

Of course, if you want to sell your home or find somewhere to rent, Right Move is a great place to that. There’s a good chance you have done that already.  But as an investor, you might not be aware of some features that Right Move has to make it easier to your search and unearth some properties you might want to take a look at.

We put our heads together and made a list of all the ways we use Right Move as investors and we’re going to run through them right now.  I’m pretty sure that even if you use it as much as we do, you’ll pick up something you weren’t aware that’s going to save you time or give you better data to work with.

So, Rob to start us off, as a general research we’re just going to go in there and browse through the current asking prices.

Rob B:                                   We’ll start something simple here.  When you start to research investment, one of the things of course you’re going to do is look at your local area, in this case Right Move and check the asking prices of properties for sale and properties for rent.  You can start to get an idea of what the properties in your area will be marketed for so you can see and establish if you’re getting a good deal or not.

And also, look at what the current rentals are achieving or being marketed for as well.  Have a look, type your postcode in, do some basic searches.  You can search within quarter of a mile, half a mile, three miles. Really, you want to narrow it down as smallest as possible when you’re doing your research so you can get real good comparables.

As a very basic start to this, that’s what you should be doing with your research.  If you’re not doing that as a basic of research, I’m worried for you.

Rob D:                                   The next step up from that is looking at the historical sold prices.  You can do this on the land registry as well.  But there’s a way of doing it from within Right Move so you don’t have to go anywhere else.  And they present it really nicely as well.

For that, you just need to type in the postcode you’re looking at.  Again, you can change your search radius and filter it down by the type of properties, attached, semi-detached and so on.  And you can then look at it on a map which can be really interesting and it can be quite illuminating to look at it that way.  Or you can look at it in a list, in that way you get to see all the sales that have happened and the price they’ve achieved.

Because it breaks it down by individual property, you can see at a glance how that price has changed over time.  So, I’m looking at a property right now where I can see that it was sold for 119,000 in 2005 then sold for 105,000 in 2013.  Over those eight years, the price has actually gone down of that property.  That might just be one of circumstance or it might be telling you something.  You can either look at lots of properties and decide whether that’s the case.  But it’s really interesting to see the history of each property at a glance in a little list there.

Rob B:                                   Now, digging a little deeper one of the things you can do is find out how long a rental property has been on the market.  If you type in your area, look at the current asking prices for rentals.  Go into the property itself.  It’s right on top.  It tells you “Been [0:10:31] for 7 days, 28 days, 60 days” however long it maybe.  Now, this gives you an idea of what the market’s doing.  You may contact the letting agents in the area you’re researching and they may tell you the market’s booming.  But of course, they’re likely to tell you that because they want your business.

By using that option, if they’re telling you everything’s great but all the properties have been on there for three months or longer and don’t seem to be going anywhere, you might want to question that feedback you’re getting from the letting agents.

On the other hand, if every listing you look at is only a few days and you can’t find anything much longer, then that may suggest that the market is pretty brilliant there and yes, properties are moving regularly.

So, all you have to do is click on the rental option, look at the listings, click into any individual listing and it tells you exactly how long it’s been on there for.

Rob D:                                   And then another tool which we’ll talk about in a minute which will let you go into a little bit more detail about that as well.

But let’s jump over to the sales side.  When we were talking a minute ago about checking these sold prices, there’s something to be aware which is because those premises are taken from the land registry, then they’re going to be about three months old because there’s a delay once the transactions go through before the details get launched with the land registry.

That’s still useful but you might want to know what’s going on right now in a particular area.  And that’s where you can look at on Right Move at something called “sold subjects to contract”.  That’s an option you get when you’re looking at a property for sale, you first of all type in the postcode that you’re interested in.  And when you click start search, it comes up with all your list, the options where you can filter it by property type, number of bedrooms, price range, that kind of thing.

There’s also a box that says “include under offer and sold subject to contract”.  That option isn’t ticked by default because if you’re a normal residential buyer who wants to have a house to live in, that’s not particularly interesting to you.  If there is something that’s already under offer, you probably not going to be able to get involved there and so you don’t want to even waste your time by seeing it.  But as an investor, it’s really useful because you can see what houses in the area are going through the process of being sold right now.

Some of them are going to end up coming back onto market because they won’t go through.  But some of them will go through and you’ll be able to see the price that they’re being marketed at.  What you can’t see is the price the offer that was actually accepted.  So, if there’s a property that’s sold STC at 175,000 that doesn’t mean that someone offered to pay 175,000 for it and that offer has been accepted.  That’s just the price it’s being marketed at.  But it’s still useful to know because it gives you some indication of the asking prices that are getting bids, offers of some kind.  And you can see that there are transactions occurring in that market that the area isn’t completely dead.

Rob B:                                   The next tool is really useful for investors.  Make sure this is part of your tool kit when you’re doing your research, something I do myself and I find it really useful.

What you can do with Right Move is you can go onto to the mark feature and draw your own boundaries.  That makes it very specific down to the street or maybe a city or a group of cities.  It depends on what you want to do.

But you can draw the boundaries on the map and then you state what type of properties you want.  It might be flats that are 70,000 and under or it maybe three bedroom houses that are 250,000 to 300,000.  You can really go into a lof of details.  There’s so much you can do and you can really narrow it down to find your perfect property for investments.

People will use this to find their dream home but actually it’s investors.  If you’ve got a very specific strategy and you want a very specific type of property, then this tool can work wonders for you.

Actually, I was talking to Rob about certain types of investments.  I’m looking for in liveable cities at the moment.  This tool, I have send me alert every single week.  You can set the option down to daily.  I prefer weekly just because I get so many emails.  But it’s really good.  It gives me a summary that anybody that come new to the market that have triggered my criteria.  It’s a really useful tool.

But Rob, you’ve got something to enhance that a little bit further, haven’t you?

Rob D:                                   You only want weekly updates because you don’t want to get overwhelmed with emails and information and that’s fine.  But there are situations where someone might want to know about the property that meets that criteria.  The instant that it appears on the Right Move so you can be the person to call the agent about that.

You can’t do that with the alerts down to the minute that way because with the alerts, you can set how often you receive them.  But the smallest interval is daily.  So, you get to send it at the end of each day.

But what we can do is grab the RSS feed for that search.  All you do is you do your search in exactly the same way as you normally do.  So you can either do it just by using the filters or you can go and actually draw in the exact area you want like before.  When you’ve done that, just above the map there’s a little button that says RSS.  That will give you a big long web address and you can stick that into what’s called a feed reader.  That means that without having to go back to Right Move, you will see those as soon as they arrive.  Google Reader always used to be the RSS reader.  That’s been shut down now.   I now use something called “Feedly”.

If you’re using Feedly, you can just get the RSS link by using the RSS button on Right Move.  Stick that URL into Feedly.  And then, every time something goes in Right Move as soon as it gets there it will populate your RSS feed.  You can then use a service that I’m going to link to in the show notes to email you as soon as a new entry in your RSS feed.

It sounds like a bit complicated process.  It’s really not.  Then once you go to setup effectively what it means that the second something appears on Right Move, you get an email about that.  That might be too much but if there is something you want, it means that you get to keep an eye on something permanently and you don’t have to keep going back to Right Move every five minutes to check it out.  That might be particularly interesting.

If you’ve got some really narrow criteria, there’s something very specific that you want so you’re not going to get bombarded with emails about it.  But if something comes on that does meet your criteria, you’ll find about that straight away and you can pick up the phone for the agent.

Rob B:                                   The next one, really simple tool but really useful again.  It’s the investor newsletter Right Move provides. It gives you a breakdown on an area that you’ve chosen each month.  It will tell you the average asking prices for rents on one bed apartments, two bed apartments, three bed apartments, two bed houses and so on.  You get the idea.  It gives you the breakdown on the rents.  It gives you the breakdown of the asking prices on the property values.  And it gives a bit of general overview as well.

It’s free to use provided by Right Move.  And if you’re an investor, you’d might not use it because it’s just a summary every month.  But it allows you to keep an eye on your chosen target area and keep in the loop of what’s happening in there.  All the big rises, all the falls, what’s happening from month to month.

As a quick summary on a monthly basis, it’s really useful.  You can sign up on the Right Move website.  We’ll put the links in the show notes and you can sign up for yourself.  But really useful, free to use and then every month you’re going to keep updated.

Rob D:                                   You can have that information without having to wait the newsletter by looking at the market trends on Right Move.  You can do this by the top menu, there’s an option for “past prices” and within that, there’s “market trends”.  And if you stick a postcode in there, you’ll get lots of really graphs that show you what’s been going on in that area.  So, you can look at the sold prices over a period of up to seven years.  You can filter that by the type of property.  As well, you can see the number of transactions that have happened.  That’s all really interesting.

Also, there’s an option for looking at marketed properties.  This will tell you within your post code and within whatever period of time you choose, you can see how many different properties have been marketed on Right Move broken down by whether it’s a one bed, two bed, three bed and so on.

That’s kind of interesting because it doesn’t tell you what those properties have sold or what price they’ve achieved.  But it’s interesting to look at the activity.  So you might be able to see that hardly any four beds are being transacted or being marketed in that area but loads one bed are for instance.  That’s the market trends within Right Move, really, really interesting to see.

Rob B:                                   Visually it’s very, very impressive marketing trend.  Have a dig around but it’s not dull, dry data that you just can get into because it works so well visually.  I think you’ll find it very accessible.

Rob D:                                   It’s always nice to get a visual representation of that if you’re not as quite into dry tables and charts as we are.

There’s another way you can get information about what’s happening with particular properties down at that level.  This is related to what Rob was saying a minute ago about seeing how long a rental property’s been on the market.  That’s something that’s a built in feature of Right Move.  But then you can also get that same information for houses that are for sale and you can get lots more of information as well about whether that price has been marketed for as changed over time and whether it has ever gone [0:19:14] before.

You do that by using a tool called “Property Bee”.  We featured this before in our resource of the week.  What it is is that it’s a browser extension for Firefox.  You need to be using the Firefox browser for this.  You can install that and use it alongside with whatever else you’re using.  We’ll link up to Property Bee in the show notes.  You install that add-on, then you don’t have to think about it again.  As long as you’re browsing Right Move within Firefox, you’ll get extra information about every property you look at.  So, as well as everything you normally get on Right Move, you’ll get an extra box that’s going to show you when it was first listed.  That’s kind of the equivalent of when the rental property went first [0:19:51] as well.

It also alerts you with any price changes that have happened. And it will tell you if the estate has changed.  So, if it has come off the market and come back on again then you’ll see that as well.

That’s really useful information to have if you’re looking at individual property and you’re going to be meeting an agent maybe to do a viewing.  You’re going to be armed with that kind of knowledge.  If it’s been on the market for a long time, you’ll know especially if it’s gone under before and gone back on you’ll they might be particularly motivated to sell it.  That’s not the kind of thing that an agent’s going to tell you because they’re going to want you to think that it’s as fresh in the market and it can be snapped up any minute and the vendor’s not that fussed.  But it’s really nice to have that information at your fingertips.

Once you’ve installed the Property Bee, you don’t even have to do anything.  It just comes to you.  So, we’re going to link to all that.

Rob B:                                   Finally, the last feature that we’re going to talk about Right Move, really simple one is their blog.  Loads of great articles in there.  Sign up with the RSS feed that Rob talked about a few times before or just dip in a hour when you’ve got spare five, ten minutes to kill and you just want to get up to date with what’s happening property wise and you already gone through our podcast of course and our own blog; you can check out Right Move’s blogs because it’s really good.  It’s really entertaining.  There’s lot in there.  Really accessible, not too heavy.  There’s something for everyone.

Have a look at that blog.  I often have a look at it and refer to it.   I think it’s a really, really good result that they offer as well.

Now, Rob, I have to say we’ve gone through a lot there and we clearly love Right Move.  We’re two fan boys of Right Move.  But we are outdone.  We can’t clean the title as their biggest fans because Andrea Morgan, lovely lady on Twitter, she’s called the Right Move Addict, that’s @rightmoveaddict.  If you call yourself the Right Move addict, you clearly win when it comes down to your devotion to this tool.  Check out her Twitter feed as well because she often refers to Right Move.  And I believe she visited the offices before and she’s [0:21:42] on her blog.  So, you might want to check out her blog too which we’ll link to in the sho notes.

As you can see, there’s tons that you can do there with Right Move, really useful tool and we use it all the time. I know Rob uses it for his personal investments.  I use it when researching the investments that I pass on to our investors.

Rob D:                                   It’s all information.  We talked about lots of different ways and we’ll summarize all these different aspects of it in the show notes at the propertypodcast.com/14.  But really all these ways about getting information because information is power and in property investing you just need to make sure you’ve got all the facts.

We’ve talked about ways of doing that at really high levels.  You can look at the trends for postcodes and whatever else.  We’ve talked about how to do that at the level of individual properties.  You’ve got Property Bee.  You’ve got checking how long the property’s been on the market and all that kind of thing.  We’ve looked at ways you can do that by going to Right Move whenever you want and looking at your information.  And we’ve looked at ways of using tools like RSS and let information come to you.

But however you do it, if you use Right Move the right way, there’s an absolute mine of information that you can get.  The more information you can get, the more effectively you can use that, the better your own investments will be.

Let’s getting move on then to the resource of the week.  Rob, you get a load of email.  I get a lot of email.  Everyone gets a lot of email.  So, while we’re still sending emails to each other in the first place, but also how can you just make everyone shut up for awhile and let you get on with things?

Rob B:                                   Now, of course this doesn’t refer to our emails from our podcast listeners.  They are our priority.  We not only like them, we welcome them.  However, this is a great tool.

Let’s give an example how you may use it.  You may have your day job and then in the evening you may have access to your work email through your personal email and you’re even can get quickly sucked up because your emails distract you.  When you get distracted and before you know it, it’s time for bed.  You got your hot chocolate and off you go.

Evening that you could have been researching property investment, wasted.  But don’t worry there is a solution.  There’s a free tool if you use Gmail.  I believe it also works on Outlook but I’ll confirm that.  But it certainly works on Gmail.  It’s called Inbox Pause.  It’s a tool by Boomerang.  Boomerang did some fantastic features already for various different things within Gmail.  But this is another free tool they give away.

It’s really simple. The top left of your inbox, there’s a button that says “Pause”.  And if you click pause on that button, it pauses your emails not just on that desktop computer you’re using but it stops sending them to your phone, to your iPad or any other computer you have.

Basically, you’ve got some free time away from your emails.  A great example would be, I read my emails late in the evening and really guilty for it.  It’s not healthy.  Straight away when I wake up, I try to discipline myself not to read any emails before breakfast.  But it’s hard.  So, what I’ve done over time is that some evenings, maybe finishing work, whatever, hit Inbox pause and don’t turn it on until the following morning.  In the following morning, I already set my day up so I’m not getting distracted [0:24:43] different emails that require my attention.  Not only do I have a better evening but I start the next day more focused on what I need to achieve as well.

Rob D:                                   I like to think of it as outsourcing your will power to technology.

Rob B:                                   Brilliant.

Rob D:                                   It’s not healthy to be checking emails over time but then it’s really, really hard not to because what if really something exciting happens?  If you kind of try and discipline yourself to do that, you’re going to have mixed results.  Once you’ve installed this, it just saves you.  You kind of click pause and then you don’t have to worry about self-discipline anymore.

I think your example is a really good one.  I use similar solutions in the past when I just spent a few hours really getting something done.  I can concentrate on my own priorities.  I can pause my emails so no more emails can come in that will kind of let other people choose my priorities for me because I won’t be able to resist responding to them.

It is really, really a great tool.  We’ve been talking a lot about information and how to get information in this episode.  Email is a great source of information overload.  So, it’s nice to be able to get back control of that a little bit.

Rob B:                                   That’s it for another week.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  We have.  It’s always easy to talk about things we love.  So, it’s been a great episode for us.  But before you go, remember to head over to the Propertypodcast/live. That’s the propertypodcast/live to register for our live event.

It’s limited to 100 people for the reason being if we have 1,000 people, we clearly won’t be able to answer everyone’s questions.  So, if we limit it to 100, then hopefully we can answer the majority of the questions that’s being asked of us.

If you’re interested, head over straight away to the propertypodcast.com/live and you’ll see the instructions there where you can register.  It’s free of course as the podcast is and we’ll hopefully be interacting with on June 27th at 7 PM.

Rob D:                                   Very much looking forward for that.  And then, next week we’re going to be talking about setting your property goals.  We tend to drop goal setting in just about every conversation we have because we’re both so obsessed with that.  We think it’s worth giving a whole episode over to setting your goals.

We’re going to be talking about the systems that we both use to set our goals and track them and make sure we achieve them.  We’re going to give you lots of ideas and lots of tricks you can use to make sure that you set effective goals as well.

Rob B:                                   Absolutely.  It’s not just going to be an episode of goals create and set them,  we’re going to take you step by step on how we set our systems up and both are different so you can find what works for you or maybe merge the two.  But it’s going to be an interesting episode.  I’m a massive, massive believer in setting goals.  And I really do think it’s what sets the people who just [0:27:14] along in life from the people who really deliver and achieve things.  It’s going to be a great episode.  You can obviously use it for property investment.  That’s why we’re doing.  But you can apply it to all areas of your life.

Rob D:                                   Good stuff for another great episode and looking forward to doing it all again next week.

Rob B:                                   Absolutely.  See you next Thursday everyone. Bye, bye

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