Vastavam web: An Indian-origin teenager has become one of Britain’s youngest millionaires after his online estate agency business got valued at 12 million pounds in just over a yearAkshay Ruparelia, at just 19 years of age, juggled his school work with negotiating property deals for his no-frills business that offers to sell properties for a fraction of the cost charged by established high street estate agents.Ruparelia claims to have already sold 100 million pounds worth of properties since he set up his business.
The north London-based schoolboy was able to sell the property and land within three weeks, which set the ball rolling.He started his company with 7,000 pounds, borrowed from relatives and now employs 12 people.In the initial stages of his business, he hired a call centre to answer calls coming in to his work while he was at school and would return the calls after his classes.
The teenage tycoon believes his model is set to turn the property selling market away from agents in flashy suits.”Quite rightly people trust mums. Every mum who works for me will be honest and tell the truth. It is important. For the majority of people selling their home is the biggest financial transaction of their lives,” he told the ‘Daily Mirror’.The schoolboy is now well on his way to support his two deaf parents, who he says are very proud of him.
His father, 57-year-old Kaushik, is a care worker and mother, 51-year-old Renuka, is a teaching assistant for deaf children and a support worker for deaf children with Camden Council in London.