10 Questions with Lee Carling of Dragonfly Property Finance

10 Questions with Lee Carling of Dragonfly Property Finance



He wants to be invisible, doesn’t like fibbers and has a long list for Room 101...Brendan Simpson talks to Lee Carling, the newly promoted Credit Support & Servicing Manager for Dragonfly Property Finance...


1. How long have you been in the industry and how did you get to where you are now?


I have worked in finance for most of my working life but I joined the mortgage industry in 1999. I have worked at Igroup, Enterprise and Money Partners. I worked with Matt Smith (our Head of Credit & Servicing) for most of that period. Following redundancy from Money Partners in 2007 I started my own broking business (not the best time) and when Matt phoned me to join him at Dragonfly it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. 


2. What is the most significant difference you see between your first and most recent days in bridging?


The pure volume of business that we complete. We never see a quiet day at Dragonfly and it is a very enjoyable place to work.



3. Which sports team do you support, if any, and why?



Manchester United. My Dad is a Manc, so like most boys I followed my Dad’s team.


4. If you could change one thing about the sector, what would it be?


Customers who tell fibs.



5. If you could have one superpower, what would you choose and why?



Invisibility, for all the wrong reasons.



6. What was the last film you saw and what did you think of it?



I took my kids to see the new Planet of the Apes film and loved it.



7. What would you put in room 101 if you had the chance?



I would fill it up. My first delivery for the room would include Bad manners, people that spit in the street, litter droppers, people who smell on the train, Formula 1, Big Brother, vegetarians, Sunday drivers. My list is endless.



 8. What’s your favourite book?



Anything by Mark Billingham. I love his Tom Thorne detective novels. They are a great beach read.



9. What do you expect to happen in the bridging finance industry over the next 12 months?



Bridging has seen a massive increase in its popularity over the past years and with the activity we are seeing at Dragonfly I expect this will continue. One thing will be interesting to see will be how a lot of the new entrants deal with issues that arise and loans not performing. As they say, anyone can lend money- its getting it back that is the key. I am looking forward to ensuring Dragonfly’s refinances continue at the pace at which they are right now!



10. If you could do anything you wanted this Sunday, what would it be?



I would have a long lie in and only get out of bed to eat a full English breakfast followed a long walk with my dog over the local woods. I would then have a few cold pints in my local whilst watching the football and then walk home to enjoy a traditional roast dinner and a little sleep on the sofa. Bliss.


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