Introducing : Kirsty Darkins

Kirsty Darkins

I am a Chartered Surveyor by profession, starting in property in 1999 at an independent firm Innes England in Nottingham. During my career I have worked for blue chip companies including Boots, CBRE and Hammerson. I have a broad range of property and business experience having managed multi million commercial and residential property portfolios across the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. Over the last 6 years I have built my own consultancy business and portfolio of commercial property investments including retail, office and mixed use properties. 

I took a career break in 2014, travelled in Europe and did a lot of self-development education. This was the beginning of my transition from property professional to property investor. Having achieved my professional goals I knew that working for someone else exchanging time for money was no longer what I wanted to do. In 2016 I set up my own property consultancy and began investing in apartments on a Rent to Rent basis in Nottingham running them as Serviced Accommodation. I also launched Progressive Property Network, a monthly network meeting in Birmingham and have built a strong investor network and contact base as a result. 

Today I have a twin focus, my commercial property consultancy KD Commercial and building my own commercial property investment portfolios with my business partners Jamie MacPherson in JK PropCo for commercial investments and Jon Ballard in Wem Commercial for commercial and mixed use developments. I have also transferred my pensions to a SIPP investing jointly with other SIPP investors in commercial property flips. 

KD Commercial sources commercial property for a small number of investors and provides education and mentoring for private investors on a small group basis tailored specially to those who want to learn how to invest in commercial property themselves and build a portfolio. 

My own goal is to build my commercial property portfolio to provide the level of passive rental income and financial freedom I want and live a flexible lifestyle that allows me to fulfil my passions of travel and helping others.

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