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How a small team built a mighty portfolio

Even teams of two can cause big waves in the property development market, especially when they use planning constraints to their advantage.

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The hero

Living Smart blazed into the property industry in 2013, and show no signs of slowing down their development success.

Founders behind Living Smart are brothers, Ben and Tom Thorns. They've brought their experience as a Financial Consultant and Digital Marketer to the Greater Manchester property world.

They started as property investors providing professional letting management services, these two know what makes a great investment.

  • Making waves in the build-to-let market
  • Working team of two – a small number with mighty impact
  • Using LandInsight since November 2017

So what's changed?

Ben and Tom had big dreams of developing an incredible rental portfolio that included new-build and change-of-use conversion properties.

To do that, they needed to scale their business – and ultimately their processes – for growth.

That's when they found LandInsight.

How LandInsight's helped

By co-ordinating their processes and sourcing sites themselves, they started saving time and fees right away.

Sites Pipeline

Ben and Tom can save sites of interest into their shared Sites Pipeline, where they can access property data like ownership and sites plans, then track them through the stages of development.

By streamlining their processes, Living Smart have boosted their efficiency by 5 times.

Planning Layer

Planning history information is vital for Living Smart's conversion projects, as it helps them identify red flags just as quickly as it spots them hidden opportunities – which used to be a painstaking task.

Now, they can access all the information they need early and de-risk their developments in one place – the Planning Layer.

The result? A 100% planning success rate since adopting LandInsight.

Deep Search and Filter Functions

Like most SMEs, using land agents became a huge drain on Ben and Tom's funds.

Using the deep search feature within LandInsight, they can quickly self-source off-market deals while filtering for any deal-breakers like size, use class, and planning status.

That means a list of suitable sites in just a few clicks.

LandInsight is the perfect solution for us. We wouldn't have got to this stage without it.
Ben Thorns

The Impact

By bringing strategy and structure to their workflow, they can now make quick decisions on high-margin opportunities they might otherwise have missed, to boost their growing portfolio.

With the help of LandInsight, they've sourced a minimum 30% GDV margin on all their deals found through the platform.

  • See all property information and streamline workflow in the Sites Pipeline
  • Spot red flags just as easily as hidden opportunities with the Planning Layer
  • Source off-market sites with the deep search function, and filter out dealbreakers
  • 398 sites saves for individual assesment
  • 113 property searches to source by use case
  • 80% time saved sourcing and assesing sites
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