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Intercounty Staff Spotlight - Richard Durrant, Lettings Director

October 16th 2015
By: Natasha
Intercounty Staff Spotlight - Richard Durrant, Lettings Director

At Intercounty we are really proud of our people and want you to know who they are. Some of you may regularly speak to members of our team, but may have never met them. As such, we thought it would be nice to share with you a quick interview spotlight with a member of our team a month.

In the hot seat is Richard Durrant Lettings Director.

What I like best thing about your job?

Every day is very different, no two properties, clients or problems to be solved are the same.

 

What's the best piece of advice you could give a landlord?

Have a plan or goal on what you want to achieve with your rental property and stick to it, the market will change, property values will go up and down but it is only relevant at the point you want to sell.  I don’t know anyone who at the point of paying their 25 year mortgage off has not at least doubled what they paid for the property. I don’t believe capital growth is appreciated as much as it should be. Also you must detach yourself from the property emotionally.

 

What's your favourite pastime/relaxation activity?

Lie-ins and lazy Sunday mornings, with 4 children anything after 7am is a luxury now.

 

What did you want to be as a child?

I wanted to be a mechanic but whilst doing work experience at 15, an estate agent dropped his Red XR3i in for a service and my mind was made up, 2 weeks after leaving school I was an estate agent (well tea boy and leaflet dropper).  19 years later and I still haven’t got my XR3i! 

 

Last holiday?

Villa holiday in Jávea, Spain.

 

What is your favourite website?

The ARLA (association of residential landlords) members website would probably list highest in my internet history due to all of the changes in compliance recently.

On a personal level I love Pinterest but my inner geek loves www.wolframalpha.com

 

Are you by nature a pessimist or an optimist ?

Definitely an optimist.

 

What's the best book you've ever read?

I read a lot of business books but my favourite author is John Grisham who writes legal thrillers. In terms of a best book, Steve Jobs autobiography has to be up there

 

What part of your job didn’t you expect before you started?

The satisfaction of helping someone achieve a goal, whether it be a staff member passing an exam, a client securing their first investment or assisting an experienced landlord to achieve their exit strategy and their success becomes yours.