Man has £2.8m property empire – thanks to his commute to work

A man now owns a property empire worth £2.8m – and it is all thanks to his commute to work.

Ian Pattison, 46 used to get up at 5.15am every morning to get the train down to London for his job as a senior safety advisor.

However the dad-of-three’s work life was putting a strain on his marriage, and he never saw his young sons during the week.

According to Leicester Live he would end up spending five hours a day on the train and some days would not return home until 9pm.

And making matters even worse, Ian was also hit with the threat of redundancy and he developed diabetes.

He said: "No-one else has diabetes in my family, or any history of it, so it was a bit left-side. I think it was sitting down all day and not exercising that probably caused that.

"I didn’t have any time and I was fed up with the long hours. I’d spend the weekends just trying to recover and sleeping.

"When I was put at risk of redundancy, I realised my job was no safer than anyone else’s. No matter how much you’re earning, as soon as that stops you’ve got nothing to rely on. I needed to do something different that I could rely on."

He then decided to make the most of his commute down to London by trying his hand at property investing.

As well as listening to podcasts and reading books, he would also look at house deals to try and make some money.

He tried multiple ways at first, including buying properties and then immediately trying to sell them at a profit, as well as buying property ‘off plan’.

Of buying property off-plan, Ian said: "I didn’t know how to do it and I wasted a lot of money, although I did get back my deposit on the fourth one."

He decided to get some help and went on a property investors course, run by Samuel Leeds, a multi-millionaire with a lot of experience in the area.

Following the course, Ian has had a lot more success and now has a property portfolio worth nearly £3million  – as well as a lot more time to spend with his family.

Ian and his wife both gave up their jobs because the venture has proved so lucrative.

He said: "I can now have breakfast with the kids, go for a run during the day with my wife, go to the gym when I want and go to visit my mum during the week."

Samuel Leeds, chairman of Property Investors UK, said: "What Ian has achieved for himself and his family has been incredible.

"Out of the thousands of students who have attended the Property Investors Crash Course, Ian stood out as one who would go particularly far. He picked up the investment strategies very quickly and was highly motivated to gain a better life."

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