In this Landlord Spotlight, we are delighted to feature Jill Wall – our once first-time landlord now turned investment property developer.
The Letting People have been working with Jill since 2002, when she first contacted us to arrange for an appraisal of her house in Harbury. Jill was just preparing for her wedding and looking forward to moving into her new home with her husband-to-be.
Jill says “Becoming a first-time landlord gave me an insight into what prospective tenants wanted and needed to make a successful tenancy and I soon learned that having my property managed with The Letting People enabled me to get on with my new family life, and enjoy holidays to the full. I’ve also found that the best way to make any letting work is to be very flexible, build the tenant’s trust, and recognise the fact that the property is now the tenant’s home.”
Over 10 years and several tenancies later, the house is still let with The Letting People!
Little did we know that Jill was to catch the property investment bug. In 2009 she contacted us again to find another tenant for a stunning conversion she had quietly worked on for several months – turning a tired old bungalow into a spectacular, contemporary home with designer wallpapers and fittings, a superb high specification kitchen, and a beautiful extension.
Jill says “Buying and letting the bungalow was like turning an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan and this has now become my passion.” By talking through Jill’s aspirations for the refurbished bungalow, targeted advertising, and careful referencing through an insurance company, The Letting People were able to find Jill the ‘perfect’ tenants.
Four years’ later these tenants (a lovely professional couple) have become great friends with their landlord and they now often meet up with Jill and her family for events, parties and barbeques. The tenants love the bungalow so much they have continued to make improvements to it (with Jill’s permission) and really make it into their home.
In the future Jill dreams of finding another ‘ugly duckling’ in the form of a large period property she can wave her magic wand over, and restore to its former glory. This, she hopes, would become her primary residence as well as housing a tenant or two! The Letting People will be delighted to continue to work with her to support her to realise this dream and to meet all of her aspirations. We truly believe that Jill is the next Sarah Beeny!