Friday 21 December

How To Be A Property Developer
Friday 21 December, 8.30pm

Property developing is a British national obsession. Everyone thinks they can make a fortune wheeling and dealing in the property market, if only they had the cash to start – but is it really that easy? Are there particular skills and abilities needed to make a profit from buying and selling houses? In How To Be A Property Developer (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE), two couples are given the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes, as they become property traders – with the sole aim of making as much money as they can.

Property developer Gary McCausland follows the progress of the couples who have been lent £250,000 each, and given a year to make money from buying and selling a minimum of three properties.
McCausland says, “I made a few mistakes in my career but I also made lots of money from some great property deals.” Throughout the series, McCausland will be showing viewers how to avoid classic pit falls of property developing, while watching the amateur couples try and make a fortune.

Using a fly-on-the-wall approach, McCausland observes the teams, giving them advice, watching how they use it and, in the last programme, informing them of their most clever and not so clever moves. He is a no-nonsense property man who tells it like it is – and there’s no shortage of opportunity for him to deliver his often scathing verdicts in this series.

Viewers will see how successful the pairs are at increasing the value of the properties, watch them as they negotiate with builders, try their hand at stripping floors, seek out bargains at salvage yards and chance their luck at auction. Is it as easy as they think to make a quick profit, or will they make some horrible – and costly – mistakes along the way? There’s a lot to be gained – if they’re successful, they’ll get to keep the profits.

Episode one sees plenty of drama as both couples rush to buy their first properties at auction. In Brighton, best friends Heather and Jayne bid way over their price limit and end up with a property they don’t even want. While in Manchester, husband and wife team Ed and Annie get a nasty shock when they try to bid for a dilapidated riverside cottage.

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