Neil Singer, Singer Vielle & Click To Purchase
Following on from the success of our most recent event, which was first in a series of Proptech debates, we thought it would be a great opportunity for CREation members to find out a little more from one of our fabulous speakers Neil Singer. If you missed the event, Neil gave us a great insight into Blockchain in the property industry and his role as CEO at ClickToPurchase.
Thanks for taking the time to speak at our event last week, and taking the time to speak to us today. Could you please begin by telling us about your journey in the property industry.
I graduated from Reading University 1983 and got my first job the following year at Jones Lang Wootton (as was) now JLL. I then moved to Singer Vielle in 1993 and opened clicktopurchase in 2009.
In your opinion, what is an important development or theme that will shape the future of the property industry?
Technology. The industry has been very late in realising the impact, considering technology as a threat instead of embracing as an enabler.
Before a meeting I always… Make sure I am wearing a tie
What do you wish someone had told you at the start of your career?
To stay at Jones Lang Wootton longer than I did and also to take the opportunity work in the Far East.
What advice would you give to a young person starting their career in the industry?
Think how technology is rapidly changing the role of the professional and position themselves to be best placed to adopt the changes and the way the role of the surveyor will change. Eg brokers will disappear.
Making mistakes means you are trying. The trick is not allowing a mistake in your career to be a setback. A successful entrepreneur is someone who knows how to deal with failures as well as successes.
How would you describe the current property industry in three words?
Behind the curve
Who is a person that really inspires you and why?
My swimming coach, Paul Dillon, as he always makes you feel good about yourself at the end of a training session.
Thanks for speaking to us Neil!