‘Those days of dancing around the living room unfortunately didn’t turn into a career’

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Debbie Range Hope Capital

In our latest Five Minute Interview, Tony Sanchez speaks to Debbie Range at Hope Capital.

Debbie is part of the Hope Capital Sales Team, a specialist short-term lender of loans of up to £5m for a term of up to 18 months.

Having over 15 years of experience in various specialist lending roles, Debbie can clearly communicate with both broker and borrower.

She will also keep her brokers updated on new products and any criteria changes. Debbie has worked on both broker and lender sides and prides herself on being able to understand their needs and is always available and supportive when needed.

What is the best thing about being in the bridging finance business?

I really enjoy that no two cases are the same and every day presents a different challenge and opportunity.

Every time I answer the phone, I don’t know what kind of deal is going to be waiting for me on the other end – it keeps my job really fresh and exciting.

I love the fact I am part of an industry which is growing rapidly and is being recognised as a leading solution for brokers and borrowers alike.

What keeps you focused?

The fact I want to do well, not only for our clients, but myself and for the Hope Capital team. This motivates me every morning to get up, show up and help to drive the business in the right direction.

What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?

Integrity, good morals and teamwork. I am very fortunate to be part of a team who share the same values as me and support each other to achieve success.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Definitely an optimist. I think having a positive attitude is extremely valuable, especially in a field where at times things don’t go the way you want them to.

What did you want to be as a child?

A little different to my job now, but a dancer!

Those days of dancing around the living room unfortunately didn’t turn into a career…maybe I had the wrong audience!

What will be the greatest challenge facing the bridging finance industry in the coming months?

As the country begins to bounce back, I think there will be lots of businesses, developers and so on turning to bridging finance as a solution to fulfil their investment and business plans.

It is therefore anticipated that the current volume of enquiries will continue to be received.

While this will put pressure on lenders, we have made it a priority at Hope Capital to ensure we can deal with the level of demand, provide an excellent service and stand out from the crowd.

Who or what makes you laugh?

Lee Evans – he never fails to make me laugh. My son also makes me laugh all the time!

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Never! What’s to dread when you have a job which you thoroughly enjoy and look forward to getting stuck into every day.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’m definitely an over thinker. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, as it’s only because I want to do the best job possible that I set such high expectations of myself, however I don’t think there is any harm to living in the moment and realising some things are out of my control.

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

Rod Stewart, Rod Stewart and Rod Stewart. Can you tell I like him?!