Our Story

We weren’t always this polished; we got to where we are today through hard-learnt lessons and a LOT of experience in property.

As a very young man, founder Chris Wood started his career in property lettings back in the early ‘90s, when he worked for a time as an office junior in a city centre agency. And, as for co-founder Ross MacDonald, he’s been doing great things in property for just as long, if not longer!

The very early days...

Both Ross and Chris built successful letting agencies which were eventually bought by larger companies.

Over these years they became friends and would meet up regularly to share the ups and downs of managing property – a sort of letting agents therapy session with beer!

Then in 2017, Chris had the idea for Portolio; an idea born from the lessons he’d learnt in property, and business.

Naturally Chris teamed up with his old chum Ross, and soon the Portolio vision soon came to life; a unique business geared towards helping landlords achieve their goals.

Chris and Ross from Portolio

Meet the team

Chris Wood
Founder and Managing Director

Chris is proud of the work he did for landlords and tenants in the nine years at the helm of the small letting agency he owned. When he left property for two years (2013 to 2015) he certainly realised how much he missed it.

He loves property and, in particular, the people in it.

When he’s not working, you can either find him camping on his own with inappropriate camping gear, golfing, going to the football or doing his favourite thing, spending time with his family.

Ross MacDonald, Mon, 20, August, 2018
Ross MacDonald MNAEA
Co-founder and Director of Sales

Ross graduated as a Building Surveyor in 2000, and went on to build a successful letting agency, help set up the Council of Letting Agents (CLA) and be involved with the Inside Letting magazine.

His passion for the private rented sector is evident in everything he does as a co-founder of Portolio.

When he’s not selling tenanted property, you’ll find him doing DIY chores around the house, playing football and being asked to fetch items from the top shelf in supermarkets.

The Landlord's Estate Agent

As you now know, we started life in 2017. However, what you might not be aware of is that we launched as a property portal – think Rightmove for tenanted property!

Then, after some great feedback from our clients, in 2018 we quickly changed to become the NAEA Propertymark-certified Landlord’s Estate Agent you see today.

And from that point, a number of great things started to happen;

  • The word started to spread about the results we were achieving for our delighted customers
  • We buddied up with the Scottish Association of Landlords, becoming an approved supplier in January 2019
  • We were accepted onto the RBS Entrepreneur Accelerator Program in April 2019

Where do we go from here? As the only Landlord’s Estate Agent in Scotland, we’ve set our sights on the top, and we’re continuing to spread our message to help people succeed in property and achieve their goals.

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