Military to Property: My Journey

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  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£12,500
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes

Sourced franchisee Rob reveals what drew him from the military to the property industry!

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I’m not from an estate agency or property background at all. I’m a military man. But a specific tour of duty saw me read “The 3+1 Plan” by Brett Alegre-Wood and that sparked my latent interest in property to such an extent that now, after a decade of service, I work full time in property in Greater Manchester.

Being in the military was incredibly satisfying but it came with many sacrifices. I lived in basic conditions in some inhospitable places like Afghanistan, the Falklands, Canada and Cyprus, while also previously travelling vast areas of the world on a shoe string, for the best part of 5 years. These nomadic years all formed part of my passion for property – and not just from reading that initial book, or the many others since.

The military life shaped my mentality.

Training and learning was a huge part of the job especially in the initial year of my military career at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Applying those lessons and taking action was central to army life. It’s something I’ve carried into property.

At some stage, everyone needs to take a leap of faith and mine was in the Buy to Let investment market – using my salary to finance deals along with help from my brother and his team of builders. I found the properties, he renovated andlocal letting agents managed them. I learned a lot from this, even hundreds of miles away, and the casual partnership between me and my brother quickly cemented itself into a stronger alliance and we formed a business together.

I continued adding to my skill-sets that were acquired abroad, while juggling full time employment with an interest that was to become my longer-term future.

Property, like the military, has its own language, its own set of specialist vocabulary. I had to learn about what STAs (Shorthold Tenancy Agreements), EPCs, deposit protections, gas and electrical safety, right to rent, inventories as well as the Housing Act of 1988.

I met the directors of Sourced at a local networking event and as we talked I realised that their franchise offering could be just the thing I needed to really take my property journey to the next level and allow me to become a full-time property professional running my own business with their support.

I had previously thought that the only way to gain success from property was by growing my own portfolio but Sourced showed me how I could earn money from property without owning it and by applying the knowledge and strategies that they teach I could help other property investors as well as grow my own portfolio faster. I really liked the people, they are successful, experienced and genuine so after some research I decided to go ahead and buy a franchise.

It’s not been easy but the support I have received has been amazing, and just like learning techniques in the army, what I have learned has had to be absorbed and put into action promptly. Which leads me to my final point: taking action, consistency and unwavering determination are key to achieving your goals.

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