Opportunities do not come gift wrapped. Of course, it would be nice if they did. Many believe they never come at all except to the lucky few. But I believe we can all make our own opportunities.
I grew up in a household that believed in saving for a rainy day, not spending or investing. And let’s face it, there are many rainy days in England. Life in the safe zone… Safe it may be, but there were no thrills, no excitement.
But I learnt I had to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I saw the possibilities to change my future. I took a leap from business development for the legal sector, to property development for myself. I learnt to negotiate, buy, build, renovate, manage, develop and sell properties. My world took on its own colours, and I have chosen four of these to showcase my brand.
My property journey didn’t start with a mentor. So, following a second purchase at auction having made untold mistakes it became clear, a mentor would be extremely useful. As it happens the group my business partner and I joined for property support afforded us some great connections and the mentoring helped us to navigate around costly mistakes because of the combined experience of the mentors.
A mentor can save you time, money and give you the confidence to do things you might otherwise be stopped by.
Property can be challenging because of the high risk involved and often people listen to those around them, many of whom will provide conflicting advice. A mentor helps you to figure out YOUR direction, stay on track and holds you accountable to deliver the goals you set out at the start of the process. Without doubt one of the best ways to feel confident in property and accelerate your progress is to instruct a mentor with the right experience to work with you to deliver your end goal and ultimately your dream.
If you’re looking to dip your toe in the water and start your journey be that from a refurbishment project; to an auction purchase; or developing ground up, I could be right for you. Please get in touch.
“Lorraine is very patient, knowledgable and inspiring when it comes to development and investment.
She’ll take you under her wing and really teach you the ins and outs of property without the up-sale whilst allowing you to emerge independently as a property investor.
It’s a no brainer, I would highly recommend Lorraine as a mentor. She’s a great support no matter what stage you are at in your property journey.”— Melvin (Property mentee)
Clients look to Lorraine’s wide-angled View within the property sector. They look for someone who can help them on their property journey by growing in confidence on the job. She believes that education in property comes through doing and that’s why Lorraine offers half a morning once a month to handhold her mentees on a project alongside their weekly accountability call.
This is one of the most exciting, invigorating and financially rewarding ways to prosper within property. High risks but high rewards and both are shared. View From My Window looks for partners, personalities and an ethos that matches. Whatever your experience.
The full View and nothing but the View. Property coaching is offered when clients want quick, sharp focus on a short-term task orientated project. It could be with a view to buying at auction or refurbishing a room.
Peace of mind as View From My Window takes control of your project on site taking away that day to day headache of co-ordination for your refurbishment, renovation or extention project. Keeping an eagle eye on budgets, spend & compliance through to completion.
Named in the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 list for 2020 as one of the 100 businesses led by women in the UK.
Lorraine Thomas is a giant thinking, risk-taking visionary. She took a leap from a successful career in business development for the legal sector to property development for herself. Not a path she chose. It was a path that chose her. Today she’s on a journey where others are welcome who want to maximise bricks-and-mortar opportunities and realise the view from their window.
Is to make property investment reachable and a real possibility for anyone with gumption and drive.
The colours we choose often reflect our personalities. The colours I have chosen do exactly that, they reflect warmth, confidence, drive and a playful side.
Embolden Emerald | The envy of all others, daring not doubtful. Clients often say, “I wish I had done this sooner…”
Precious Plum | Rich and regal. We know that not everyone was born with a plum in their mouth and/or had wealth handed to them on a silver platter that is why my vision is to make property accessible to many, not just the elite few. It is not where you start but where you finish.
Tantalising Tangerine | Bold but not brassy, muted but not understated. Today or Tomorrow, Tuesday or Thursday, Bitter or Sweet, the tangerine is tempting and with its rich shiny colour and easy to peel skin it is a must to try like property.
Major Mustard | a sunny and spicy hue that adds a rich tone to any space. Fun but never silly. Dignified, but never aloof. Sometimes we all need a kick and mustard just has it. Let me kickstart your property dream.
If you’re about to embark on your property journey or are a seasoned property investor or developer I would love to link up to see if we could share a property journey together. Daily I see the dazzling view from my window, and I want to share that with you. I’d like to show you the possibilities offered that many simply never see. You could work with me as a shadow on the sidelines, or as a full-on partner in the front line. Join me, Lorraine Thomas, and discover your own view from your window.
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