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Beginning of the end or new beginning?

In early September I received a call which changed the course of my property journey.

While I’d had some concerns about the time delays on projects, lack of accounts and the communications I had (and had not) been receiving, I was so caught up in untangling a 19 year relationship along with supporting my three young children that I’d pushed these niggling feelings aside. However the lack of transparency in the situation was completely at odds with my values. During that call the penny dropped for both of us that things were not as they seemed. Something was awry and we had a lot of work to do if we wanted to rescue the situation and engineer an exit for investors in the nine properties within the portfolio.

The situation took a personal toll. I went through the seven stages of grief simultaneously over three areas of my life – career, divorce and the complete upheaval of my family life. It was unfortunate that the time that my property investments needed me my family needed me more.

– Shock and denial
– Pain and guilt
– Anger and bargaining
– Depression
– The upward turn
– Reconstruction and working through
– Acceptance and hope

Now I flip between depression through to acceptance on a daily basis. But definitely with a lean towards the “reconstruction and working through” stage. I’ve set aside everything else, apart from family, just to focus on exits for investors.

If you are a stakeholder reading this please don’t be alarmed. A lot of work has been carried out at a high level since that fateful day in September. We are in a good place now but there is some mess left to clean up. Those in charge of the clearing up are more than capable and progress has been made.

For those hiding behind fake accounts and WhatsApp groups I pity you. It’s a shame that you are so frustrated in your own shortcomings and failings that you have to dwell on and even fabricate mine. Time will tell.

Thank you for the immense support I’ve received from so many places. When I’ve felt like quitting your messages and calls have kept me focussed. It’s amazing the support often comes not from those you expect but those you don’t. Thank you to the unexpected supporters 💙

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The waiting game: Modern Woman magazine issue 6

Brexit nerves have translated to demand outstripping supply in the property sales market and significant slowing in the rental market. Now’s the time to sit tight writes Nicole Bremner… Read the full article here.

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EP48: Katie Smith, multi-award winning bricklayer on a mission

“My mission is to let others see just how construction can change lives and lead you down a different path.” Katie Smith, bricklayer

My name is Katie Smith, I am 30 years old and I’m a multi award winning Bricklayer. I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world. My mission is to let others see just how construction can change lives and lead you down a different path. I believe there’s something for everyone and I think for people with backgrounds like me. Construction is the answer.

While working in construction I quickly realised that there’s a gap in the market for Womens workwear. So I did something about it and designed a range especially for the increasing number of women entering the industry. You can get involved over at my gofundme page here: www.gofundme.com/f/the-female-factory.

#thelifeofafemalebricky #togetherwecanmakeadifference

I have an Instagram account @the_female_factory_lc feel free to follow my journey and watch my love for bricklaying and helping others.

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EP47: Graeme Alfillie-Cook – Securing millions in an otherwise lacklustre property market

A good news story in an otherwise lacklustre property market. Graeme Alfillie-Cook, consultant, Apex Airspaces

In this podcast we discussed what it was that sets Apex Airspaces apart and how they’ve grown from a standing start to now a company with a heft delivery pipeline and millions of development funding.

Graeme is a senior real estate banker now working on a consultancy basis for Apex Airspace. He has helped the company put in place a £9m development financing with Homes England and more recently a £10m revolving development financing with the GLA to deliver 500 units across London.

Graeme formerly headed Lloyds Bank’s Developers team providing innovative client centric debt finance solutions and in turn helping customers deliver complex development projects. He has extensive real estate and structured finance experience having worked with Lloyds’ major real estate clients closing numerous high profile debt transactions as well as being active in the structured credit and securitisation markets. Graeme joined Lloyds Bank from the University of Exeter where he studied Economic and Political Development. He is married with two children, lives in Central London, and sits on the Executive Committee of Wasps FC.

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EP46: Adrian Cormican – Financing over £750m of property

“How do you get your investors? We just ask.” Adrian Cormican

In this podcast Adrian discusses:

– His unique property financing offering;
– Getting over his fear of public speaking;
– Being called a LinkedIn guru; and
– Turning around a development that starts going wrong.

Adrian has worked in the property industry since 2001. Initially starting in banking before setting up a property brokerage in 2010, Hallcroft Finance. Since then the business has assisted with the finance of over £750,000,000 worth of property to the market.

The business has grown alongside its clients into a lending business in its own right with both a second charge lending business and a joint venture arm which has been built on strong relationships created over the years.

For more information see: www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-cormican-80198a11/

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EP44: Martine Bridge – founder of property PR firm, Bridging London

Martine is the driving force behind Bridging London, her charisma and professionalism have enabled her to build one of the most significant networks in the Property PR industry. Martine and her skilled team have leveraged their considerable experience to create long lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships for all in her network.

Before starting Bridging London in 2013, Martine had a varied and extensive career in property and lifestyle communications, including five years with luxury developer Candy & Candy, where she has worked on iconic developments such as One Hyde Park, Chelsea Barracks and Fitzroy Place. Martine has also worked for luxury interior design firm Lawson Robb and branding and design agency Heavenly, on prestigious projects such as The Lancaster’s and Somerset Place at the Royal Crescent, in Bath.podcast propertyrealestatebusinessentrepreneurpublicrelationsPR

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EP1: Anthony Slumbers – Space as a Service

Nicole Bremner speaks to Antony Slumbers – 20th September 2017

For more information visit antonyslumbers.com

Antony has over 20 years experience developing and running online technology companies, primarily within the commercial office and property management sectors. He currently runs the office research site Cityoffices.net, the SaaS software company Glasnost21.com, blogs at antonyslumbers.com and writes a technology & real estate column for Estates Gazette. He consults widely with companies looking to leverage technology within the real estate sector.

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