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10 years ago to the day, Property Tribes was experiencing its first day of publication.For those who do not know, Property Tribes was started by myself and my husband Nick Tadd in 2009 as we were struggling to find sources of impartial and authentic information to help us develop our property business and portfolio.As we had a circle of property investor contacts, and a small network of trusted property friends, we decided to start our own platform to generate and discuss the kind of topics and issues that we felt needed clarity bringing to them.From the original 30 members, some of whom still comment on the site, ten years later Property Tribes now has over 35,000 members which is comparable to the two main landlord associations which have been in existence far longer.Whilst our registered users are in excess of 35,000, this is not a true reflection of the number of people who use the site. Registration is only required if you intend to comment, so many users just consume the information and never actually post on the site.We never had a commercial intention for the site, but it grew so big and started to cost us significant time and money, so we decided to commercialise it through a transparent advertising and affiliate model, so that the site could be maintained as free to use.We have partnered with many leading and trusted industry names and stake-holders who “power” the education streams and conversations relevant to their product or service.Property Tribes’ mission is to educate landlords, thereby assisting in raising standards in the private rental sector and creating a more positive experience for all parties.Late last year, Nick and I were invited to London to meet with the special adviser to Housing Minister James Brokenshire, as he was interested to hear our views on what landlords are thinking and planning.This invitation came about as Property Tribes has been particularly successful in engaging the small “amateur” landlord with three properties or fewer – the “mass landlord market” – as according to Homelet, this represents 97% of landlords in the UK.These landlords are hard to identify as they are generally a professional person with a career and do not think of themselves as a landlord.On Property Tribes, these non-professional landlords are supported by the 3% – the portfolio landlords – who answer their questions and give input and advice.Throughout 2019, we will be championing the concept of the “Smart Landlord” as we believe that this is the profile of the landlord who will survive the challenges ahead as the PRS becomes more professional.
This video documents the journey of Property Tribes over the past 10 years and pays tribute to the real reason for its success - YOU - the PT community!
Nick is celebrating today camping up in the Cairngorm mountains and I am at home surrounded by my 3 beloved Bengal Tiger cats, so it will be a day of reflection and gratitude for both of us.Our mission is as true today as it has always been - while the site has changed 3 times in ten years - our mission has never wavered and will continue on. We have thoroughly enjoyed the Property Tribes business journey and it makes our day when people let us know how much Property Tribes has helped them move forward.Thank you to everyone who has supported Property Tribes over the past ten years, and also myself and Nick on a personal level. We appreciate it more than you know!SEE ALSO - Smart Landlord 2019 campaign - content indexUP NEXT - Welcome to 2019 on Property Tribes!DON'T MISS - Welcome to the "frustration" decade (and the decade of change) ....NOW WATCH:
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
Congratulations Vanessa and Nick, Always worthwhile checking into your platform.
Double figures eh!
Does this make PT a 'portfolio' site?
Congratulations Nick and Vanessa!
Great to see that Property Tribes has been going for so long and continues to get bigger every day! It is always wonderful to come onto the tribes and read all the insights and help everyone has to offer.
Well done PT & both of you! A fine help and source for landlords (and agents, tenants and anyone else with a passing interest in housing)!
Camping in the Cairgorms at this time of year? He's keen.....
Looking forward to the next 10 years!
Outstanding job, quite simply the best resource for anyone interested in property.
Happy 10 years to you both and to the PT community.
Thank you for improving my family's quality of life.
Thanks to all who took the trouble to comment. So glad to hear that PT is making a positive difference. That is what it is here for.
Well done Vanessa and Nick on 10 years at the helm!
I've learnt so much from this place and keen to learn so much more.
Here's to another 10 years.
Congratulations Vanessa and Nick! It's an impressive work and story, keep going!
Thank you for your kind comment Ellen and welcome to the tribe.
Congratulations N&V. You should be really proud, you have helped an incredible amount of people and done a huge amount for the reputable side of the industry.
Stewardson Developments Ltd.
Burson Land Ltd. & Jennings & Gilchreaste Ltd.
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