CURB APPEAL/ Heres yesterdays find for you.

Spotted it on the way to a party and had to take a snap for the grid.

I literally had shrub envy!
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#frontgarden #topairy #shrubs #curbapeal #hove #hoveactually #gardeninspiration #gardengoals #britishgarden #housebeautiful
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BY ECK THEY DONT MAKE EM LIKE THIS ANYMORE / Jumped out the car whilst in queuing traffic the other day to snap this end of terrace house.

Ignoring the glorious mathematical tiled front; it could be perceived as just an average end of terrace house.

But just look at those oh so subtle curves! The work that went into that would have been sooooo much more than just squaring the building off.

Indeed the cost would have been MUCH more too.

We love little details like this on period buildings. 🤩
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#housebuilding #periodhome #terracehouse #passion4property #endofterrace #propertyinvestor #propertyportfolio #eastsussex #lewes #sussexlife #sussexliving
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LETS BUY A BANK! / We viewed this bank the other week.

We didn’t put an offer in as it wasn’t right for us, but it was worth going along as the kids really enjoyed taking it in turns to play at being the customer/bank worker! 😂

(Well it was all fun until the eldest went and shut the little one in the safe that is!! 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️)

Fun days out for the Sparks family often includes property viewings, or scouting out buildings! 😂😂

We love taking the kids along to viewings or to our sites. I really do think it’s educational for them. Getting real life experience is in someways something that’s missing from schooling. But then that’s what parents are for I suppose!

Our eldest at 10 is already showing entrepreneurial skills, flipping things he buys at car boots on Facebook marketplace. He bought a chair for £2 the other week and we sold it for him for £35!!

He’s on a mission to buy an ant habitat you see! (Yes you heard right! 🐜🐜🐜)

Of course we could just buy him one; but we want him to feel that sense of achievement that only comes with doing something you at first thought was impossible.

We want him to understand that things don’t just happen from a young age…

Tough love, or good move?
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#parenting #propertyinvestor #propertydevelopersuk #propertyuk #ukproperty #propertynews #landlord #teachemyoung #teachthemyoung #minientrepreneur #buisnessgrowth #bankrestoration #commercialtoresidential
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PROJECT LOWDOWN / If you are intrigued by what it takes to restore a listed building; please register to join Steven tomorrow night (15th March) as he takes us through the recent transformation of The Crown, Lewes.

You will see some interesting historical photographs of the buildings evolution; learn the story behind why we bought the building and of course see the process of turning a dilapidated former hotel into a building with new purpose!

Its free to anyone that would like to listen, so please register with The Friends of Lewes to receive the zoom link (link in bio)
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#property #propertyprofessional #propertydeveloper #propertyinvestor #propertydevelopment #buildingrestoration #listedbuilding #oldbuilding #renovationproject
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PERFECT PASTEL PATINA! / Look at this gorgeous cottage that I spotted this weekend.

I would never think to paint my house that colour, but I absolutely love it!

It’s a little rough around the edges; but I actually like that. Not everything beautiful has to be pristine and perfect don’t you think?
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#cottage #englishcottage #englishcottagestyle #cottagegarden #quaintlyuk #ukproperty #ukpropertyinvesting #cottagestyle #propertydeveloper #propertyinvestor #passion4property
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INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION / If you didn’t already know this; both Steven and I both independently started our property careers in Estate Agency.

Yesterday, we were thrilled to be asked to go and talk to the students at Brighton Met (who are all studying towards a level 3 in Estate Agent and Property Services, with a NCFE Certificate in Principles of Customer Service and Introduction to Residential Property ……that’s a bit of a mouthful!!)

This is the first time ever we have presented like this, so feel pretty proud of ourselves for not chickening out!!

We hoped that we got across that a career in agency is a great place to start as a young person. The skills you learn within the industry can be transferred over to so many other jobs; if you don’t catch the property bug like most do that is!

Were they inspired by our talk?

Who knows, teens are a tough crowd to crack 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ However these are the things we hoped we left them with:

✅ You can achieve anything you put your mind to no matter what background you have, or how good you were at school.
✅ There’s no such thing as getting rich quick, you HAVE to put the work in. You can’t go from 1-10 without doing all the steps in between.
✅ Things you see on social media is generally exaggerated or just showing the best. It’s not a true reflection so don’t get too hung up on it.
✅ Invest in yourself now it will pay off in the future.
✅ Learn that rejection will happen, and to not let it snuff out your fire.
✅ Education is not only what you learn in a classroom.
✅ Don’t turn your nose up at the thought of working from the bottom up; you learn so much that way, and will be better in business for that.
✅ Try to think about your “Why” early on and expect that it will change over the years.

Best question of the day….”Have you ever owned a Lamborghini?” 🤣

Cue me explaining the difference between assets and liabilities, that you need to work on those assets before you even think about the liabilities! 😂😂😂
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#brighton #educatingteens #estateagency #estateagents #passion4property #propertyuk #propertyeducation #landlord #propertydeveloper
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? / So these are the newel posts and banisters at our next project.

To be honest we have had a lot of conversations about them 😂

They are a bit “brown” so we though paint them….but they are in such great original condition that it really would be a shame to do that.

Then we thought maybe paint the balusters, the riser and tread (have carpet runner) leaving the newel post and rail alone 🤔

Now we are thinking just to leave them as they are!

What would you do?!
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#painteranddecorater #interiordesign #staircase #propertydeveloper #propertydevelopment #periodhouse #oldhouse #victorianhouse #victorianhallway #renovation #renovationproject #renovations
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CURB APPEAL/ Look at this gorgeous house we spotted today!

I can’t imagine how long it took them to plant all those purple crocus bulbs 🤩

Isn’t it just so pretty?
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#edwardianhouse #crocus #curbappeal #periodhouse #frontdoor #frontdoorgoals #passion4property #propertydeveloper #eastsussex #lewes #frontgardengoals #brickhouse #victorianhouse #sussexlife
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SATURDAY INSPO/ The Boat House.

Architecture by @maguiredevine Photography by Adam Gibson
Styling by @thisvacantspace
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#architecture #darkinteriors #view #propertydeveloper #window #boathouse #propertydeveloper #propertydevelopment #interiorstyling
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ACCOUNTABILITY / I see this word mentioned so much in my feed….

I’ve got to be honest, the word sends shivers down my spine.

The thought of being in an accountability group more-so.

A group of people checking that I’ve done what I said I would, urgh no thanks!

As someone that is very self motivated, and likes to get on with it on their own; that scenario sounds stressful……

The meaning of accountability has words associated with it such as answerable, liability, blameworthy, expectation, indeed Wikipedia says “being called to account for one's actions"……..

Maybe I’m over thinking this, but I don’t want to be held accountable by anyone other than myself (apart from Steven as my partner, and our tenants who we have a duty of care) Isn’t that one of the benefits of having your own business? Being the master of your own destiny….what you get out of it, being what YOU put into it…..

Although recently, I am wondering if I’m missing the point. Am I missing out for running a mile when the word “accountability” in a group sense is mentioned 😬

So educate me and tell me the positives.

What do you get out of any accountability relationships?
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#accountability #property #portfoliolandlord #investmentproperty #propertydeveloper #propertyinvestment
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