Former Hull City midfielder Kevin Stewart set to make millions as a real estate developer
A former Hull City midfielder is set to make millions as a real estate developer.
Life after football can be tough for some, but Kevin Stewart is determined not to let that happen to him.
The 27-year-old has already had a decent career fulfilling his childhood dream of playing for Liverpool and taking the same pitch as Lionel Messi as the Argentine was at the peak of his career.
Now the midfielder has worked hard during his time away from football learning the art of real estate development.
Its first project, a 48-unit student housing block in Birmingham, is quickly turning into a gold mine as recent estimates put the building in a profit of £ 1.8million upon completion .
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Stewart, who left City at the end of last season before joining League 1 rivals Blackpool, is looking to make it a long-term project that would earn him a healthy monthly income.
Financial struggles can be a burden for most footballers when they hang up their shoes, but Stewart has made it his mission to prepare for life after the game.
“The statistics are frightening,” he said. “As a professional player it is extremely important to prepare for life after football.
“There are a lot of ways to make money, but I think owning property is the best way to build wealth.
“Some of the returns you can get are huge and they get paid monthly. There are many different strategies you can learn. “
Once described as Liverpool’s best tackle by Jurgen Klopp, Stewart joined the Anfield Tigers for £ 4million in 2017.
He made 71 league appearances for City, scoring three goals, but after being relegated to Ligue 1 last season, he was released and went in search of a new club.
It will be until January for Stewart to find his new home on the West Coast, joining Blackpool who could join City in the league next season when they face Lincoln City in the Ligue 1 play-off final on Sunday.
Stewart’s interest in real estate development flared up just over a year ago, while he was recovering from foot surgery.
After watching hours of informative online videos posted by self-made millionaire and Property Investors founder Samuel Leeds, Stewart began a crash course for real estate investors the day after his transaction.
“I never thought I would be able to do a class like this because I still play football,” he said. Then an injury occurred and I found a positive element. The kick-off of the course has started all for me.
“I sat in the front row and really started to find my bearings and understand how the real estate world works and opportunities work together.
“I would say being there that day was my best time on property – in football you have to play for Liverpool against Barcelona at Wembley. Messi was playing for them and we won 4-0.
Stewart later became a full member of the Leeds training academy and stumbled upon his future business partner on the entrepreneur’s YouTube channel. His father and cousin also caught the virus from the property and joined the academy with him.
Although not sure where to start, Stewart quickly gained the skills and confidence to invest in a major downtown development.
He said, “I’ve learned that a big deal can also take a lot less energy than having lots of buy-to-locations scattered around.
“Samuel helped me calculate the elements of risk and I knew it was going to work out well. I’m pretty fearless when I focus on something.
Several footballers have also turned to Stewart for advice on real estate investing.
“The best advice I can give them is to stop being afraid to meet new people and contact them,” he said.
“The world of football can be very secretive, and players often stay in their own way and only hang out with footballers. The biggest thing I have learned is to show myself off and network to build relationships.
“I think sometimes the fear of looking stupid or being judged is what keeps a lot of players from immersing themselves in something different.
“Football is a very short career, but for me, ownership is something that I will do forever after I’m done playing.”
Stewart’s business partner Samuel Leeds believes the former Tigers midfielder is destined for great things as an entrepreneur, saying: “I think Kevin will continue to make more money as a developer than he is. ‘he didn’t even do it while playing for Liverpool.’