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Alan Waxman: How I Found Success In London Property

The general consensus of property development is that increasing square footage the most important selling factor. However, at Landmass we think differently. Let me tell you how I went from a small flat in Elephant & Castle to where we are today – developing and designing £30million bespoke Prime Central London properties. At Landmass we firmly believe in increasing the sense of 3D space; our trademark is what I call ‘Volumetric Design’.  For us, a dream project is a dark and dingy property that we can open up,…

Rob Moore: How I Went From £50,000 In Debt To Multi-Millionaire Property Investor

When I started in property, I was almost £50k in consumer debt. I’d tried my hand at a few businesses; art, architecture and pub landlording, but none of them were a real passion for me. My university debt compounded and times were hard. A gallery owner who was hanging out at my work invited me to a property networking event. I kept turning him down because I said “I don’t have any money”, and “I don’t know anything about property”. He said “every master was once a disaster”, and that “most people on the rich…

Richard White: How To Raise Funds From VC’s – Think Big And Ask For Advice

You’ve got to be prepared to pitch investors anywhere you find them. When I first met Oliver Samwer, Chief Executive of Rocket Internet, he asked us to jump in a cab down the road with him as he was short of time. We had 10 minutes with him and now he’s one of our biggest backers. My company Goodlord supplies software to estate agents and tenants that takes away the administrative headache and form-filling that is typically involved in renting a home. We started building Goodlord’s early incarnation with our own money. It…

Martin Skinner: How I Became a £500m Property Developer – Taking Micro Steps

My first experience of the challenges faced by young people living in London was as a student and then a young professional living in a poor quality (and tiny) bedsit in Wimbledon. With rents and house prices rising year-on-year I was desperate to buy a property of my own as early as possible. Not long after leaving university, I set up a web design business which I sold a year later – still in my early-20s. That and a £10k loan from my mum gave me the deposit to buy my first property, a three-bedroom house in North…

£300Million at 30: Hotshot Developer Gary Linton Claims Huge Sales Pipeline

In 2010, aged 25, Gary Linton founded The Linton Group, a company specializing in the acquisition and development of residential and mixed use property in central London. Five years later when he turned 30 he claimed the total development pipeline of The Linton Group was in the hundreds of millions. DMZ takes a closer look at the rapid rise of the fresh-faced developer and how he dragged his business from his living room to a Belgravia Boardroom within 6 years. With a family background in property, Linton graduated…