20 Years of Being in Lincoln!
Paul Collins and his wife Sharon are the owners of the Belvoir office at 450 Highstreet, Lincoln. This week they celebrated 20 fantastic years in business!
When Paul retired from serving over 20 years in the RAF, the lettings industry couldn’t have been further from what he was used to. However, after countless industry awards, including the award for Best East Midlands Agency at our 2016 Belvoir award ceremony, it is safe to say that the Lincoln office has grown to become one of the largest in the city, as well as one of the largest in our 200-strong network!
On his amazing milestone, Paul told us “Leaving the security of a career in the armed forces and building a business from scratch into the size of business we have today is our proudest achievement.”
Paul instilled his strong military values and belief in fairness into his business, saying “It’s very important to give our customers honest and objective guidance –even if that means that sometimes we do not secure their business. We have had prospective clients come to us and, after discussion, we have advised them to seek further advice from other specialists in wealth management before going down the buy- to- let route.”
At the end of his first year with Belvoir, Paul had secured over 50 properties onto his books and has watched his business develop and change ever since. His original market of landlords that wanted income from a property they couldn’t sell then changed to investors that were using the property as a pension savings scheme. After the University of Lincoln moved their campus to Lincoln, Paul saw a new opportunity in the local market and started to develop his knowledge and skillset in student property.
After being both a tenant and a landlord himself, Paul knew exactly what standards were expected of his business – therefore he makes sure his team deliver exemplary service to every individual client.
With an ever-changing industry as well as the face of the local Lincoln market changing constantly, Paul says he looks at the future of Belvoir Lincoln with optimism, “there is the potential for a medical teaching hospital linked to the University that will bring more people to the area. And as more changes in legislation are imposed on landlords, we believe that many who currently self-manage their properties will perhaps start to consider passing the increasing responsibility to professional agents such as ourselves.
“With a general housing shortage, an increasing UK population and on-going difficulties in getting onto the property ladder, we believe that more and more people will choose to rent, rather than buy, as they do on the continent.”