Welcome to the February issue of Velocity, which is all about property. Our profile is Sarah Beeny, who found fame as the presenter of the TV programme Property Ladder but actually started out as a property developer at the age of 22. She now has her own online estate agency, a matchmaking website and a huge mansion in Yorkshire that she and her husband renovated and now run as an award-winning wedding venue.
We also look back to the heady days before the big bust, when buying property was so easy, and reveal how can we make sure the current mini property boom doesn’t turn into a bust again. This issue's entrepreneurs all prove that you can still make it in the property world. Andrew Gardiner created Property Moose, a property investment company that allows people to build a property portfolio without investing large amounts. Ex-estate agents Adrian Sutherland and Alex Sullivan set up Be Street Smart to offer an alternative way to sell, buy, let and rent property, while husband-and-wife team Arnaud Bertrand and Junjun Chen set up HouseTrip, now the largest site in Europe of its kind.
We also travel to Antwerp, Belgium's second city and the country's capital of cool.