Thursday, 29 June 2017 11:11

It's no holiday...

Written by 
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
It's no holiday...

I pass a neat row of large BMW motorcycles lined up outside and enter the communal Kitchen of Blue Star House where 6 handsome young German men are tucking into a hearty lunch and chatting about their weekend ahead at Goodwood. They tell me about their drive form Germany and ask about local parking. In rooms upstairs are a student, a chef, a cocktail barman, and some weekenders visiting family. This weekend it’s a full house at the Serviced Accommodation.....

It is a year since I gave up my job as a teacher to go into property full time and the change has been astonishing. It all started when I was offered the opportunity to joint-venture (JV) on a project here in Southsea. The numbers looked good so I set about re-financing my rather tired single-let portfolio that had been my companion since my 20s.

I thought that I should get up to date so I started networking. Negotiating phrases such as ‘your network is your net worth’, ‘my property journey’, ‘no money-down deals’ and avoiding the pushy salesmanship of the property ‘gurus’ came next. I have been hovering on the fringes of property education courses all year picking up as much as I could without committing any hard cash. This has been fun and educational and I now network about once a week. The same faces appear, friends are made and, with luck, business will be done. Being a landlord can be a lonely place so tapping into a reservoir of fellow property entrepreneurs in this way has been really worthwhile.

Read 485 times Last modified on Saturday, 29 July 2017 09:16
Charlotte Walker

Charlotte Walker has been a Southsea Landlord for 20 years, with a range of flats let to students and young professionals. Two years ago, fed up with working, Charlotte started investigating the Serviced Accommodation property strategy. A year on the resignation was in and a new property career was born.

Charlotte now manages short-let flats and rooms for business and holiday guests.

Login to post comments

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the site's essential operation have already been set.   See our Privacy Policy.