What does your job at Pam Golding Properties-Kenya entail?
I do real estate valuation, research, property management and investment appraisal. I also advise clients on landlord and tenant laws, international real estate market trends and general real estate development. In addition, I undertake business assets, stock and equipment valuations for debenture financing purposes.
What was your childhood dream?
Like all boys, I wanted to do something thrilling. At one point, I wanted to be an astronaut, a safari rally driver then I read Gifted Hands and I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. The beauty of being a child is that you can dream as wildly as you can.
Where did you study?
I was admitted to the University of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree, but due to a mix-up in the course codes, I found myself in the Geology class. I quickly realised I was not cut out for that, hence, the switch to Land Economics. I graduated in 2008 with a BA in Land Economics. I am set to do my MSc in Real Estate Finance and Investment from Reading University, UK or an MBA in Finance from the University of Nairobi. The one I choose depends on time constraints.
Do you think it is important to go to school to do what you do?
Absolutely! Not only does valuation demand one to be highly skilled in specific disciplines, but in today’s world, acquiring knowledge is of great importance. If you wish to progress, you must struggle to acquire as much knowledge as possible.
Is this your first job?
I did my internship at the valuation and estate management firm Hectares & Associates, which absorbed me after graduation. I later moved to Mohamed Samji & Co and finally to Pam Golding Properties-Kenya.
What do you love about your job?