Planet Property

“What a cracking book” David Sleath, SEGRO chief executive.

Planet Property  details the inner workings of the UK commercial property, residential development and rental markets. This first major book on the topic for 20 years maps these sectors between 1997 and 2013: covering the ten-year boom to 2007, the 2008/9 financial crash and four years of slow recovery. Learn how developers and investors made and lost debt-fuelled fortunes.

Author Peter Bill explains the roles and relationships between those who fund, develop, own, trade, broker, manage and provide professional and legal advice on offices, shops, industrial property as well as new-build homes. A gallery of major figures have given interviews for Planet Property, making the 250-page book an informed and lively tale, filled with insights and sparkling with anecdotes.

Planet Property is the first full guide to the £400 billion sector. The fast-paced book will appeal to insiders as well as outsiders seeking insight. Students in pursuit of knowledge have dedicated chapters explaining the world of property, its history, inhabitants – and how and why so much money can be made and lost. Planet Property provides a plain account of how planet property spins.

Peter’s 11-year editorship of Estates Gazette and his weekly column in the Evening Standard City pages for seven years gave access to a gallery of leading politicians, bankers, investors, agents as well as the foremost developers of the era.