Chris is one of the three directors at The Property Buying Company and he’s been at the company since it started back in 2012, joining Karl & Jonny on their mission to become the largest quick house buying company in the industry.
Chris brought with him a wealth of experience in the cash house buying industry, having founded one of the first companies of its kind in the early 2000’s after a chance meeting with a surveyor during a car parking based argument (long story…).
This experience and knowledge over the years has proved crucial to The Property Buying Companies success and is one of the main reasons we can say that we are a market leader in our quick buying house sector in the UK.
I might show my age a bit here, but really I’ve been in property for as long as I can remember, and if I was to put a figure on it then it would have to be 25+ years.
I actually started out in a completely different sector of property, working in the construction industry, this experience was invaluable though as it led me down the cash house buying path. Along with my business partner, I branched from construction into buying properties on the open market, refurbishing them and selling them for a profit.
After years of flipping properties, I had a chance meeting with a surveyor who had this idea of building a website and advertising to bring customers who are looking to sell their homes directly to us, as previously we had just been scouring local estate agents for deals.
And just like that, one of the first cash house buying companies was born. Everything was going well until the 2008 crash, which made for an extremely turbulent property market which unfortunately essentially ended our business at the time. I took a lot from that experience, which has helped us in tougher times at The Property Buying Company.
In my day to day role, I’m in charge of overseeing the selling, progression and HR teams within the business, each of those teams regularly reports to me and I provide my input and strategic view as and when it’s necessary.
Aside from working within those teams, I also manage our ongoing stock and carefully assess the assets that we own, working with my fellow directors to manage what actions we take with the properties we are holding.
My role is crucial to the business because I’m responsible for making the final decision on our stock, and ultimately that has a significant effect on how the business performs. As well, I also like to think my years of experience in various aspects of property lends itself across the departments I oversee.
It’s something that I think a lot of people would say, but navigating through the COVID period was extremely difficult but massively rewarding. It was a tough situation, the property market essentially ground to a halt and estate agents stopped operating, with upwards of 70 houses we owned at the time you can imagine just how challenging it was, furthermore we had several properties we had been set to complete on but no way of actually getting the keys to customers.
Getting through that period was one thing, but we also managed to do it without making a single redundancy, something I’m personally extremely proud of, especially with the previous experience of the 2008 crash.
Well, I think it goes hand in hand, the most rewarding time was also the most challenging, COVID-19 & the lockdown that followed. We had to find a solution for the properties we owned and ways of continuing to operate during one of the most testing times, something we managed successfully to do.
On my days off you’ll often catch me in my driveway working on a van, it’s a hobby of mine I’ve been doing for a little while now and really enjoy, I purchase standard large vans and turn them into camper vans.
When I’m not doing that I’m spending time with my wife and son, either on a weekend getaway or at the boxing gym with my 15-year-old son, a hobby we both share.
Honest, understanding, methodical.