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Tuesday 2nd July 2013
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Where to start? I suppose at the beginning but I don’t want to bore anyone who might chance to read my profile!
I’ve been involved in property since about 1985 initially owning and managing a successful property maintenance and renovation business with my now ex; along with a property cleaning business whilst also renting out (at that time) my one and only rental unit. Around 1990 sales slowed down and properties remained unsold and this was having a knock on effect to our property renovation business. Subsequently I suggested to our largest LL that I should furnish and rent his unsold properties for him for a small fee. A year later with seven units under my belt I was invited to do exactly that full time for him; so without much debate or discussion I was employed as a property manager and over time this portfolio grew to 180 units in and around Fulham that I managed, organising renovations, repairs, furnishing and lettings and I absolutely loved every minute of it (well mostly)! I must have been doing something right as the income grew to 1.8 million with less that 2% rent arrears at any time.
It was during this time, when I was sourcing furniture for each unit that I decided I should buy second hand furniture, initially sourcing ex-hotel stock and going to car boot sales, auctions and antique trade fairs buying what I called the poor man’s antiques! So was born my love of antiques and up-cycling (as its called today), buying old blanket boxes for use as coffee tables and singer sewing machine bases (you know the treadle type) to paint and use as dining table bases etc. I painted, rag rolled, stencilled, decoupaged anything and everything. Of course Ikea didn’t exist in those days! Aside of that I much prefer the individuality provided by what I call independent shopping…. As for the curtain exchange I practically lived there!! It’s a great source for curtains if you need to dress large windows in a hurry, time as they say is money……
In 2000 unfortunately I divorced and everything had to go…. As a hands on property manager I decided I knew enough to be a consultant and I certainly threw myself in; yet again at the deep end. Cutting a long story short I ended up managing a charitable trust where they’re properties were stuck in the 70’s, with bad tenants and bad debts. I certainly enjoyed transforming the trusts property, sorting out the tenant issues and gaining knowledge about charity administration along the way; early on they employed me and I only left them after 10 years to return to Ireland for a year to help my mother who wasn’t well but also my father who became very unwell whilst I was there.
Along the way I have bought and sold many properties, all initially needing renovation. I prefer to buy the sad, lost and forlorn property so that I can re-invent the space available. I’ve re-designed and project managed over 230 properties since I started working in property including seven properties of my own.
I’m looking to start a new chapter in my life; a year living near the coast in Ireland has galvanised my thoughts of living by the sea and I’m currently in the process of selling to move and open my first retail unit over looking the ocean in Kent and hope to concentrate on antique/up-cycled/craft items; I would also like to invest in a couple of properties close by; perhaps a mixture of commercial and residential?
Along the way I became a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (I allowed my membership to lapse), took various courses via the NAEA as well as oodles of arts and crafts courses, took antique retail space in St. Albans for a time, shipped and auctioned antiques in Ireland, exported antique silver to America and traveled the world. Oh and I should also add my very first job after college (fashion design) was as a prison officer for three years in HMP Holloway. Strange how you can start out with one type of career and end up doing something entirely different!!!!