For property investor and developer Paul Hastings, the move into property was not triggered by a job that he didn’t enjoy, terrible bosses or poor salary; he loved his job! What ignited a spark for Paul was the realisation that he had no choices and no opportunities, should that change. All too aware of how fragile employment can be, he needed a plan!
“I knew people were making money out of property so my first step was to learn as much as I could about property and speak to other people who had taken a similar path”. That led to attending PIN meetings and Paul’s first encounter with Simon King, Senior SSAS Pension Advisor at The Landlord’s Pension.
Paul’s first project was to use some of his savings to loan to another investor, as part of a joint venture, in return for an overview on their process and ‘a real-life education’. That move afforded him favour later on when, having invested in his own single let property, he found he needed a reciprocal loan to refurbish the property and prepare it for letting.
“Investing in my first property was truly exciting”,
…but Paul reveals, “I quickly realised that if I was to achieve my longer-term goals, I needed to look to more than one-off, single lets”. This led back to Simon King, whose words had resonated with Paul at the PIN. “I remembered how amazed I had been when Simon talked about taking control and starting a SSAS”. Paul realised that moving to a SSAS pension, even though he wasn’t yet 55, would give him access to the funds to make his own decisions and invest them in property.
Having spent his working life in banking, Paul had the traditional view that you should put your money and your trust in banks and pension companies, believing they would tirelessly look after it and make the right decisions for you. It had very quickly become clear to Paul that his goal of a comfortable retirement and financial freedom was not going to be achieved if he held onto these traditional notions. That wasn’t Paul’s only concern; “What if I died, just after I retired?” he began to ask himself. Paul was not prepared for his hard-earned pension money to just disappear. “To know that my pension would not then go to my family is unthinkable.”
“Moving my pension to a SSAS has been absolutely pivotal to achieving my goals”
Paul had two goals; 1, to give himself choices and opportunities and 2, to ensure his family would benefit, should he die; “I wanted to build a legacy”. Not only has he achieved this in under 8 years, but there are the added tax benefits, which again, are totally unique to the SSAS pension.
So what advice would Paul give to someone starting to look at their own property investment future?
“Be clear and honest about your goals and timescales, before you start looking at how to achieve them.”
“Look at your skills, and choose a route that you enjoy, can understand and that suits your skills”.
“Education and advice are essential. Speak to the experts. Property is not just about buildings, it is about people and choices; The Landlord’s Pension were the key for me”.
The world of property investment needs more people and companies with strict values. “I genuinely only have positive things to say about The Landlord’s Pension and believe 100% that Simon King is the reason I am where I am today. I have achieved what I set out to achieve and have a plan for a very comfortable retirement and a legacy”. Paul now hosts the Sheffield PIN and meets and advises others. “Ethically, I totally believe I should actively promote SSAS pensions and spread awareness. It is a game-changer and people really do need to be made aware of this vital tool for property investment success. “Just don’t fail to be aware of the SSAS pension is what I advise. Talk to someone, find out what a SSAS is and what it can do for you and your business. Speak to the experts”.
The Landlord’s Pension offer FREE, no obligation advice in this niche sector of financial planning. “Even now, having started my SSAS, The Landlord’s Pension are always at the end of the phone. They don’t tell me what to do, but give me the confidence to make my own decisions. Simon and The Landlord’s Pension are a sounding board between myself and my appointed professional trustee, offering good advice and knowledge and the confidence to keep doing what I am doing, and doing well”.