The creation of Real Estate Worldwide (REW) was not actually intentional. I had always been immersed in the world of property having ran an advertising agency in London for 20 years that specialised in the property and travel industries. This gave me insight to the property industry, which I always had a very keen interest in, as an investor myself.
Back in 2013 I was approach by a business associate who asked if I could help his developer friend promote and sell off-plan holiday homes in Devon to investors. He had 24 off-plan cottages and wanted to market them with an 8% yield for 5 years. After agreeing a commission, I went to work. Driving back home to Hertfordshire that evening I had the idea that effectively was the launch of REW. I partnered with a good friend of mine who ran a media agency – we launched the holiday homes to investors, very successfully through national media supported by a sales team that had an office in Southend-on-Sea.
Launching this first project and holding daily meetings with clients looking to invest, I was soon to realise a variety of investment options to suit different needs and budgets was required. So, through thorough due diligence and research, we introduced Purpose-Built Student Accommodation, Residential Buy-to-Let and alternative investments such as Care Homes, Hotel Rooms and Loan Notes. The developers were not selling directly to the public and our clients ultimately wanted to know what was the best-in-class to invest into – this is were we came in with the right options and solutions.
Fast forward 5 years and I have a team of experienced property professionals based in Southend and in early 2019 we are opening our London Office. We look forward to continuing our mission of being exceptional in our service, having a positive impact on the property industry and above all making a difference in the lives of our clients.