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Alexandra Thur

Alexandra Thur

Head of Investment & Development

Castelnau Estates

Greater London, United Kingdom

Ground rent investor and international real estate investment and business development strategist, skilled at sourcing investment opportunities and establishing rapid-growth real estate investment startups.





Castelnau Estates Ltd

Head of Investment and Development

➡ Strategise and oversee business growth and operations for one of the UK's fastest-growing residential ground rent portfolios
➡ Effectively target, value and acquire residential freehold ground rents and off-market development opportunities whilst providing lease structuring and valuation guidance
➡ Collaborate with institutional financing providers and private lenders, educating investors on the low-risk, inflation-hedged ground rent investment sector
➡ Establish and expand strategic company business partnerships with freeholders (landlords) of all sizes, real estate developers, lawyers, property managers and estate agents


Independent Real Estate Business Consultancy

Freelance Real Estate Investment & Business Development Consultant

➡ Direct and manage development of in-depth investor pitch decks, marketing strategies and communications materials for entrepreneurial real estate investment funds, developers, private equity firms and finance brokerage start-ups
➡ Establish sales growth strategies and strategic business partnerships with alternative financing sources for a new nationwide real estate financing brokerage in the U.S.
➡ Develop referral partner and broker program for national real estate investment lending platform, outlining processes and automated systems, creating and managing all legal agreement documentation and writing marketing content


B2R Finance

Chief of Staff & Vice President

➡ Identified multi-billion dollar gap in U.S. real estate financing market to develop the business plan that resulted in the Blackstone Group’s investment in B2R Finance, the real estate financing provider that pioneered the U.S.’s first multi-borrower single-family rental securitiszation
➡ Relocated from London to New York to manage company development and acquisition of staff from sole U.S. staff member to 170+ team
➡ Directed data analysis for business development and strategic partnership proposals to provide exclusive customer financing to major online marketplaces
➡ Defined performance metrics, set department goals and structure incentive programs to expedite loan closings


Invitation Homes

Chief of Staff

➡ Invited by Regis Group Chairman to join Blackstone's first startup venture, having an active first-hand role in the founding and formation of America’s largest owner-manager of single-family rentals and the first ever U.S. securitization of single-family rental homes
➡ Collaborated with Chairman and CEO to establish deployment schedule and market expansion strategy, growing 15 person team to 2,000+ in order to rapidly acquire, renovate, lease and manage 50,000 homes across 14 markets
➡ Served as Chairman and CEO's proxy for important internal and external meetings and decision-making
➡ Delivered first branding strategy, media communications plan and website launch as acting Chief Marketing Officer, directing all contracted talent


Regis Group Plc

Senior Analyst, Acquisitions

➡ Sourced historic investment properties suitable for renovation or development, identifying maximum value-add potential for one of the UK’s leading private ground rent investment companies
➡ Modeled financial viability of potential developments, conducted planning research and drafted redevelopment design plans
➡ Developed new development feasibility and valuation models, explaining methodology and presenting conclusions directly to Director of Acquisitions
➡ Proactively conceptualized and created ground rent valuation reference and training guide


University of Cambridge

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Urban Planning, Growth & Regeneration

➡ Courses included: Real Estate Development, Spatial Economics, Economic Development, Land Use Policies
➡ Accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Activities and Societies:
➡ Graduate Welfare Officer for Homerton College (elected post)
➡ University Entrepreneurs Society
➡ University of Cambridge Wine Society


Mercedes/Berk Ltd.

Summer Real Estate Associate

➡ First Summer Associate at firm to coordinate, manage and host client property showings
➡ Properties responsible for included two listings at 15 Central Park West and six Upper East Side residences
➡ Co-managed firm’s online and print marketing strategy, learning corporate relocation sales pitching


University College London

Mentoring Program Manager for Urban Planning, Design and Architecture Departments

➡ Reduced dropout rate by over 75% by strategizing and managing launch of mentor support network for first year Bartlett students
➡ Expanded mentor network in second year to three departments (Architecture, Urban Planning & Design, and Construction Management) while supervising all mentors
➡ Developed training sessions and interactive exercises to support students’ understanding of architectural drawing, urban design and real estate development


University College London, U. of London

BSc, Urban Planning, Design & Management

➡ Courses included: Land & Property Development, Urban Regeneration, Advanced Urban Design, Computer-Aided Drafting, Transport Policy & Planning, Business Management
➡ Accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

Honors and Awards:
➡ Bartlett Sessional Prize recipient as student with highest grades
➡ 2010 UCL Volunteer of the Year

Activities and Societies:
➡ Class Representative (elected three out of three years)
➡ Student Ambassador for the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
➡ Representative of intercollegiate student halls of residence (elected post)
➡ Investment Society, Volunteering Society, Photography Society


University of Melbourne

BSc (Term Abroad), Architecture and Planning

➡ Proactively made arrangements as first Bartlett student to study abroad at Australia’s top university