Auc­tion show’s ac­tion man even im­presses Bond

Homes Un­der the Ham­mer host and sea­soned prop­erty in­vestor Martin Roberts is of­fi­cially li­censed to thrill.

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He moved on to an ex-lo­cal author­ity semi that was vir­tu­ally derelict and then to his grade two listed home near Bath, where he has lived for the last 25 years. He has stayed put, he says, be­cause he’s a typ­i­cal Cance­rian who doesn’t like change and loves home com­forts along with lots of clut­ter.

His wife Kirsty and son Scot de­spair at his hoards, which in­clude the notes he had univer­sity be­cause “such a lot of time and ef­fort went into them”. He also col­lects an­tiques and “old stuff” from car boot sales.

He in­dulges his in­ter­est in home ren­o­va­tion and in­vest­ment through a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties he has bought to let. Most are in strik­ing dis­tance of his home but he also has stu­dent prop­erty in Ply­mouth and in­vest­ments in Derby.

De­spite his pun­ish­ing work sched­ule, he gets down and dirty do­ing them up.

“I am busy. In the last 18 months we have made 160 pro­grammes. We film at auc­tion and then fol­low some­one to look at the prop­erty and then we go back to see what it like af­ter they’ve done it up, but I love it and I love prop­erty.

“I’ve just been at one of my houses sand­ing floor­boards with an in­dus­trial san­der and then I’m go­ing back to var­nish. I’d get some­one in but do­ing a prop­erty up is part of the fun for me. I am to­tally hands on, even though it is knack­er­ing, be­cause I en­joy it. I love see­ing the end re­sult.”

He passes on all he has learned in prop­erty train­ing cour­ses.

“I made a few mis­takes and the idea is that other peo­ple cam learn from them but I am con­vinced by prop­erty as an in­vest­ment. Any­one can do it with the right ad­vice.

“The let­tings mar­ket is boom­ing now and that can means yields of up to ten per cent. Sav­ings rates are one or two per cent.

“How­ever, you do have to be care­ful about what you buy and you have to buy at the right price.”

Prop­erty at auc­tion gen­er­ally starts off at a tempt­ingly low guide price and thanks to HUH it is now seen as ac­ces­si­ble to all. Be­fore the se­ries started, auc­tions were largely the do­main of sea­soned in­vestors. Now, there are novice bid­ders.

“I think we de­mys­ti­fied it. We show real peo­ple buy­ing at auc­tion and some have given up their jobs to buy and ren­o­vate full-time.

“It’s given them fi­nan­cial free­dom to give up the nine to five. It re­ally has changed lives.”

Visit www.Martin Roberts. for more prop­erty ad­vice and de­tails of Martin’s forth­com­ing prop­erty train­ing course in Leeds from Novem­ber 16 to 18 and oth­ers around the coun­try. You can fol­low him on Twit­ter @TVMart­inRoberts

Martin Roberts. Above. Daniel Craig is a Homes Un­der the Ham­mer fan. Bot­tom left: Un­der the ham­mer soon: this house on Brad­ford Road, Guise­ley, guide price £175,000, www.pugh-auc­ or Dale Ed­di­son, tel: 01943 873613. Bot­tom right: this flat at Mor­ton Works, Sh­effield has a guide price of £55,000, www.ed­dis­


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