One woman's property empire, and it all started in a caravan

One woman's property empire, and it all started in a caravan


She didn’t grow up in a house but now she now owns over twenty of them. And it’s her fascination with property – which spurred her on to buy her first house at just 20 years old – that has earned Tammy Silcock her latest accolade; The National Landlords Association’s North West Property Woman 2010.

Part of the Silcock Family Funfair Group, as a child Tammy grew up in a caravan and not a house. She told the Warrington Guardian: “When I was about 11 or 12 I used to read the Warrington Guardian every Friday night and look through the property pages because I didn’t live in a house.


“I bought my first house on Orford Road in 1993 when I was 20 and then I moved to Wigan with my husband Billy, aged 43. But we moved back to the same house before eventually selling it in 2000 and got into property from there.”


The mum-of- two is now the landlord of 27 properties, on building such a substantial portfolio she said: “We would move into one property and renovate it but things started to slow down when the property market collapsed and we found we couldn’t sell them on so we rented them out instead.”


“From there we have taken our portfolio to shops, flats and businesses in Warrington.”


The property pro’s inspirational story follows our recent report about

30 year-old multi-millionaire, Sean O’Connor, who began his property portfolio with his graduate loan.


The National Landlords Association says it was her efforts at “going beyond the call of duty” that won her the award. The regional winner was credited for the extra help she gave her clients which included finding bigger properties for them, helping them with paperwork, and even reuniting one woman with her family after they had been apart for twelve months.


On winning the award she said:  “We try to always have a good relationship with our tenants. One was having his house repossessed so we ended up buying it and were able to keep the house and his family together.”


But apparently being a landlady isn’t enough and Tammy now plans on moving into the restaurant business, with plans of opening up a cafe called Silcock’s in Leigh – and she’s already thinking about the franchise too – proving her business acumen to be as strong as ever.


The National Landlords Association

is a trade body that seeks a, “fair and regulatory environment for landlord and tenant”, whilst actively lobbying the government on behalf of its members.

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