Angie has a varied, mostly corporate background from banking, to the bright lights of the Casino Industry as a (very good) cashier and (not so good) croupier, to sales and marketing and regional manager in construction related industries (glass, aluminium windows, and profiled steel roofing), and has experienced the other side of the selling process as the procurement officer for a large civil engineering company.
The casino industry afforded Angie the opportunity to travel and she spent some time in America and lived and worked in South Africa, Antigua, Curacao, Latvia and Russia – and even though she couldn’t speak a word of Russian, found ways to communicate without a translator – proof that if there’s a will, there’s a way!
Angie bought her first buy to let property in South Africa while working at Sun City and the least said about her first experience as a landlady the better. . . It was a financial disaster with one of those ‘lovely’ tenants from hell. Angie opted to study and obtained the Certificate in Estate Agency (a prerequisite in South Africa) just as she was promoted . . . (what timing!). She accepted the challenge and her problem solving abilities were called upon in her new role more often than she would have liked and a near fatal accident got her thinking….
It was time for change and when presented with an opportunity, Angie invested and relocated to join a business (with a ‘friend’) as a major shareholder. The ‘friend’ misappropriated the funds (on a family holiday) and Angie lost all of her lifes’ savings. Another hard lesson learnt.
No job and no money focusses the mind as to what’s really important. Family! Suddenly moving back to England was an easy decision for Angie because it wasn’t overshadowed by other ‘excuses’ or commitments . . .
But Angie had a rude awakening when she got to England. Despite having loads of experience and quality references, the absence of a current customer base meant she had no intrinsic value . . . and no j.o.b offer either.
Not to sit on her laurels, Angie started up her own business – a branded top quality range of dog and cat food (available online and via Amazon) and an embroidery business trading from a market stall in Winchester three days a week up until Christmas 2013 In hind sight, Angie says she must’ve been mad – not just because markets meant working long hours in extreme weather conditions but because there was ZERO leverage in the embroidery business model, that she was just trading time for money.
Angies’ passion for property was re-ignited and through property networking meetings discovered you could ‘buy’ property with none of your own money, that you could even acquire property at no cost at all through adverse possession . . . and there was such a thing as good debt! (thanks to Robert Kiyosaki). Angie invested in herself and her education and has since attended many training courses run by property professionals including Rob Moore and Mark Homer who founded Progressive Property, Simon Zutshi, Peter Hogan, Trevor Cutmore and Simon Grace to mention just a few. She had the knowledge but it was still a bumpy start trying to do everything herself, the old-fashioned way. It wasn’t until Angie took networking seriously that she began to meet and work with other investors and property investing became a reality for her.
She has sourced and currently project manages residential conversion projects where properties are converted into self-contained units and are sold or re-financed as new leasehold flats through the process of title splitting. Angie says it’s a great strategy (though not without its’ challenges) as it allows her to get all the invested money (plus profits) out in a relatively short space of time, giving investors the flexibility to re-invest in other projects if they choose.
Having raised the bar, Angie is now actively involved in sourcing and developing larger commercial properties. Her love of old, beautiful and character buildings seems to be drawing her towards Grade II listed properties and this is certainly an avenue Angie would like to explore and specialise in going forward.
Looking back at where her property journey started, Angie says knowledge is really important, but at the same time acknowledges that her property journey would have been a whole lot different without the help and support of all the special people and the special friendships she’s made along the way through networking.
Angie says, ‘The saying ‘Your network is your Networth’ is just so true – if you want to increase your networth you just need to network better! ‘
Property really is a peoples’ business. People help make this an amazing journey and Angie wants to help bring people together (both those new to property investing as well as the seasoned investors) in a really friendly and supportive environment where everyone can learn and help each other….. and have loads of fun too! Many special friendships and joint venture partnerships begin at these meetings and Angie says the bizarre thing is that they all start with a smile and one tiny, little word . . . . HELLO!
Angie and the team would love to meet you and look forward to welcoming you to PPN Portsmouth on the 3rd Monday of every month, launching on 16th November 2015 at The Langstone Hotel, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NQ – networking from 6pm, meeting from 7pm – 9pm followed by more amazing networking at the bar afterwards.
Any queries please contact Angie on 078 5134 6145