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To be still active in the [mostly] London property market after 40 years is remarkable. During that time I’ve worked for amazing agencies run by some very impressive people. I’ve learned from the best and now reckon there are very few people out there with as much knowledge and grasp of what’s going on in the property market. I am also now a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. I can now add three years of advising and dealing with PropTech issues. Much has changed and it's been fascinating understanding the range of issues different agents, auction companies and property managers face.
Having literally grown up in the London property market, at some point over the last 40 years my capacity to talk openly and honestly was noticed by the press. I’ve happily written columns over many years for both the Sunday Times as their property expert, and The Telegraph as their Agent Provocateur , as well as many other publications and websites. I’ve done two TV series for BBC2 (Chelsea Tales and Estate Agents), many interviews and panel appearances, and now have a regular Talk Radio Slot with James Max as well as a column on well known trade website www.propertyindustryeye.com .
I left Douglas & Gordon as Executive Director ato co-found an outsourced viewing service for estate agents, www.Viewber.co.uk, which seems to have caught the industry’s imagination and occupies a fair bit of my timehas grown rapidly over the last three years. It's now moving into areas we didn't foresee and the workload is getting bigger - not smaller as I mistakenly imagined it might!
Other responsibilities, which give a varied view of the world, include being a non exec director at Douglas & Gordon, on the Industry Forum of The Property Ombudsman and a Trustee of The Hep C Trust, as well as being married with 25 year old twins both now out in the World - one in Berlin and the other making her way as a commercial artist.
Best ways for me to relax include fishing, motorcycling (day to day as well as continental and UK ventures elsewhere), doing absolutely nothing in the Country, walking the dogs, and generally seeing people I want to. Long may it continue.