We have brokers in various locations around England.
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As well as our head office in Norfolk, we also have brokers located in Lincolnshire, Manchester and Leicestershire
Meet the Development Money Team
Esther’s property journey started in Suffolk working for a small independent Estate Agent with Karl Mitchell training her! She went onto a PA and Marketing post for a Home Improvement Group where she progressed into Management co-running a sub division of the Group based in Essex. Esther then went onto work in Commercial Lending having worked alongside
Lesia Chomiak for a National Brokerage for 12 years. It was within those 12 years that both herself and Lesia and introduced lending business to Mark Ellis at the Bank.
Esther has been a Landlord which progressed with some Refurbishment and Flips in Suffolk. When moving into Norfolk she challenged herself to an extension within PDR’s to include Heavy Refurbishment. That last project and her experience in lending led her to set up the Brokerage “Development Money”. Her most recent property challenge (Commercial to Residential) was her first major 10,000 sq ft Development which is now c. 7,000 sq ft to include a Conversion and New Build of 6 units in Norfolk. Successfully some units have been sold and some retained and let to private/corporate tenants that is managed in-house. This recent experience will take her into 2020 with 3-4 New Builds in her local area of South Norfolk.
Outside of work Esther is a Mother to two young children, loves sailing and travelling, eating out and continues to build her property investments to secure her children’s financial future.
Mark Ellis ACIB:
Mark has carried out his own Property Rearrangement on an HMO back to a Single Family Dwelling.
Mark has had 25 years of working in Corporate and Commercial Lending for several High Street Banks. His former post, Head of Real Estate saw Mark manage a team of 130 Business Development Managers and a Multi-Billion Pound loan book.
In Mark’s spare time he is a regular Gym member however his quality time is spent with his wife and young daughter enjoying and exploring new destinations around the UK and Overseas.
Karl started his property journey in Suffolk working for a small Independent Estate Agent. His first position was as a Negotiator progressing to Branch Manager after 10 years of service.
Karl had a career change moving into selling ‘Regulated Insurance’ products to the Army however after a few years he missed property so much that he came back into the Industry and trained in Property Finance to work with Development Money.
The best tonic for Karl keeping a clear head is taking out his dog Daisy for long walks which allows him to problem solve some of his most complex deals! Aside from this Karl likes to get away a few times a year to some of his favourite destinations.
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Grahame is our newest member to the Development Money team. His first exposure to property was at Greenwich University where he trained as an architect. In the last 10 years Grahame then went on to start his own Finance Business doing Residential and Commercial Mortgages, Life and Protection Insurance. During this time he also acquired some Commercial Investments that he still manages.
Grahame is based out of our Head office in Norwich and was born locally! His favourite pastimes are playing County and National Badminton, gymming and swimming and spending quality time with his new family.
Vicky had a career in the Airline Industry covering the London Airports and then relocated to Norwich in 1998. After taking redundancy from KLM she spent time raising her children. Vicky then went into Business Development and Recruitment in the Care Industry for 4 years.
Vicky joined Development Money in November 2017 as the Office Manager and PA to Esther.
Sarah-Ann began her career in Pensions working in London, Essex and Norfolk. She went on to start up her own business in 2005 selling children’s gifts and accessories and for 10 years dealt with the daily running of her business with all aspects from sales, marketing and accounts.
Sarah-Ann joined the Development Money Team in Summer 2019 and heads up their accounts department.
Sampson Homes Ltd
Had numerous dealings with Esther and her team. They have helped with Commercial refinancing and Bridging loans for our developments. Great communication, great service and great people!
“Just a mention and a massive thank you to Esther Bennett and her team today for the very inspiring meeting we had today. I cannot speak highly enough of her attention towards her clients in working out the best ways forward to allow financing of property purchases using creative finance. Thank you Esther, looking forward to working with you for the long term. Anyone else looking at Bridging and Development finance..... don't look any further!”
“I just wanted to drop you a line and say it's been a pleasure working with Lesia Chomiak. There was a delay on the vendors side but I must say the transaction was very simple and not overly complicated like other lenders! She is a credit to your team”
Mark Ellis … Many thanks for your time on the phone yesterday and I appreciated your honesty. I will definitely be in touch again when I have another project to fund.
“In one of my most stressed/testing times, Karl has been an absolute star. Could not be more helpful, and I have to say stands out head and shoulders above the other 3 brokers I have been dealing with.”
For the past 4 months I have been tirelessly working to refinance onto a Development finance package. Don't let anyone let you think it's easy! I have been more than lucky to have a great team of brokers, solicitors and friends and family behind me. So pleased today to hear it's all gone through as planned. Now the real work can begin. Thanks to Karl Mitchell, Esther Bennett at Development Money. (Testimonial taken from Development Money Bridging Finance, Development Finance and Commercial Finance Facebook page)
Mark Ellis … excellent staff member who talked me through my options. A credit to the Company.
“When the possible seems impossible, one phone call to Esther Bennett and her amazing team is all you need to do! Well done to the brilliant Development Money team!”
Lesia has extensive experience in Commercial Lending previously working for a Commercial Bank and National Brokerage. She has also worked for several lenders in their Administration and Complaints Handling Teams.
In her spare time Lesia enjoys Skiing, Country Walks, Dog Sitting, Property Refurbishment and is also a Landlady of UK and Overseas Property assets.