Sunday 21st January 2024

Max Hancock
2 min readJan 21, 2024
Photo by Gene Devine on Unsplash

Out the gates…

I can’t quite believe its been 4 weeks since I was here last — the excitement/anticipation of Christmas and the New Year is firmly behind us, and I’m welcoming in 2024 with a promising stream of new business.

I purposefully took time off over the Christmas break (not that much work gets done anyway), and I’m very much approaching this year under the ‘Aggressive Patience’ guise: patient long term, not so patient short term…(I read it in a book over Christmas). It still takes me moments to remind myself that the property business is a slow moving ship, mostly suffering from the oil tanker turning problem, and with a raft of stakeholders involved at all times, [external] decision making continues to be slow. But that’s alright.

Sadly, our development in the North West didn’t complete before the Christmas break — what was holding over from one our transaction solutions suffered the inevitable fate that most of 2023’s business did — no discernible money from the big institutions, and a complete drought as far as those ‘aggregators that came before’ are concerned. I’m hoping to rectify a lease with the original Freeholders.

We’re still under contract for our development in North Nottingham — all in good time.

In terms of January’s ‘news’:

  1. I’m viewing a specialist bungalow scheme in Derbyshire on Wednesday with one of our partners, holding over from arrangements made before Christmas;
  2. I have viewings arranged for a further two schemes: a neat block of 5 apartments, and a larger contemporary block of 8 apartments, both within 10 minutes of each other in North Nottingham;
  3. Details sent to a housing partner for 2 large dwellings schemes: 1 in the North West for 80 starter homes and 18 apartments, and 1 in the East of England for 130 starter homes;
  4. Awaiting HB feedback on a shared house in the South West, which we’re looking to purchase with cash from the existing landlord for speed, and ease of transition for the tenants;
  5. Development and investment planning for a turnkey scheme in Yorkshire, comprising 10 new build apartments;
  6. Successful viewings on a turnkey mixed-use investment in Derbyshire from a previous;
  7. Working on a long-term partnership with a developer in South West to provide a steady stream of new sites for Cornwall’s SSH cohort.

I have a small number of meetings ‘up North’ as part of my Asset Management role for a landholding client— firstly to negotiate and deliver a long term commercial lease, secondly to discuss an existing option with a Regional House builder.

Lots to do, and feeling quite good. 28 soon!



Max Hancock

I'm the founder of The Good Homes Project. We find and create homes for people who need them!