Karl is one of the founders and CEO’s of The Property Buying Company. He set up the company back in 2012 with his best friend and co-CEO Jonathan Christie with a vision of becoming the largest quick house buying company in the industry and taking the service into the main stream.
Karl’s drive has propelled The Property Buying Company to the forefront of house selling solutions and instilled a culture of creativity, compassion and collaboration within the organisation.
Since it’s inception, The Property Buying Company has spent over £180,000,000 on property purchases and facilitated over 3,000 sales through various arms of the business, making it the market leader in the quick house buy sector in the UK.
I actually got into the property industry by complete mistake — when I was about 15, my mother had a house on the market and was struggling to sell it.
My friends were over and I actually managed to sell the house to their parents, and it ignited my passion for property. I’ve seen the swings from all sides really – since I began my career before the financial crisis, I’ve seen first hand how quickly the market can change.
I am one of the Chief Executive Operator’s here at The Property Buying Company and I’m responsible for heading up the marketing arm of the business and working closely with all departments to increase lead generation and sales.
Well, as CEO, I like to work head to toe with everyone in the company – we’ve got a fantastic team, and my day to day working life is just a case of working on strategy with the marketing team, thinking of creative ideas. We are constantly trying to find new ways to help our customers and how we can transform the property buying world really.
We’ve had plenty of proud moments over the years, and there are a few which are up there.
The new office launch in 2018 was one of our proudest moments, moving from a small compact office that we’d been working in for seven plus years to creating this beautiful space for the team.
Being able to provide a really nice gym, indoor bar and the facilities to allow them to relax and have a fantastic working environment for everybody. Yes, it was costly but just being able to create a space for our company to grow.
I think Brexit and Covid-19 really affected the housing market due to uncertainty, which has been pretty challenging to overcome. The nervousness created during Brexit and Covid, meant that people were worried and just had to sit around and wait to see what the market would do next.
A good example of the uncertainty in the market is during Covid and the inability to transact, the drawing back of sales and the over inflation of prices off the back of the Covid market.
Honestly, I try to spend as much time with my young daughter and fiance as possible, even if it's a couple hours after in the evening playing with the little one. Other than that, I enjoy going on long walks in the morning to get the lungs going and clear out the mind.
Enthusiastic, Charismatic, Creative