7:42 AM, 6th March 2013, About 10 years ago
I am a Surveyor with a small portfolio of around 20 properties.
My philosophy is that my tenants are my customers and that as they pay my income in return I provide a service to them. I try to keep issues arising within a 9 till 5 time frame and to pre-empt this I contact them on a regular basis,but recognise and accept that issues may arise outside those times.
I find that this approach develops a relationship with my tenants and they begin to see me as more than just a ‘money grabber’, which can often be their pre-conception and experience they have of previous Landlords and I welcome tenants from all backgrounds and financial situations.
I am proactive in developing professional characteristics of Landlords in North Ayrshire by being involved in a working group forum with the Local Authority and advise on their private sector development and strategy team.
I also am a qualified to carry out Domestic EPCs which I carry out on a regular basis within Ayrshire which brings me into direct contact with Agents, Landlords and tenants, and enjoy meeting with them and listening to and discussing pertinent issues concerning property related matters.
In a previous life (1980 to 2000) I carried out mortgage valuation reports, constructed, repaired and extended residential, retail and commercial property so I have reasonable knowledge of the property market, including having run a local estate agency all within a partnership of surveyors.
In my spare time!! I enjoy eating out,cinema,skiing, golf ,church and holidays with my wife and family.
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