Christopher Keen and Corporate Director at CDD Check Ltd…

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?

Christopher Keen and Company Director

What is the “company name” and what is it used for?

CDD Check Ltd. We help real estate agents comply with AML regulations at a very advantageous rate.

What services do you offer and how do you work with real estate and rental agents?

We offer CDD/AML checks mainly to the real estate agent sector. They use us to verify PEP, s and Sanction databases and to monitor transactions. Simply put, we make sure they don’t get fines from HMRC!!

What makes your product different and how does it benefit agents?

Cost!! We keep things simple. Nor do we believe in complicating the CDD cycle for real estate agents. That’s why we have over 1000 customers across Europe using our services. Quick, easy and effective checks that don’t cost an arm and a leg!!
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What is your greatest achievement in your current role and what made it so special?

Launch of the UK side of the business. We are part of a larger group based in the Netherlands and it has been a long and sometimes bumpy road in terms of development and timelines. The reception we’ve had in the UK market has been nothing short of spectacular.

What is the most satisfying part of your job?

Talking daily to estate agents who are not knowledgeable about HMRC AML guidelines and seeing their faces, or more often these days hearing their voices as they find out how easy and cost effective it is to comply.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing real estate and rental agents right now?

On the realtor side, its demand simply outweighs the supply. The frustration levels are huge and I feel for them.

What is your property prediction for the rest of 2021

The extension of the stamp duty until June 30. The extension of the furlough scheme until September and the mortgage guarantee scheme and the roll-out of the vaccine lead me to believe that property prices will continue to rise for the remainder of 2021.

Country house or city apartment?

Villa

Trendy roof terrace or traditional English garden?

Trendy roof terrace

Do you prefer to be a free tenant or a sedentary owner occupant?

Owner occupied

What is your favorite room in your house?

Bedroom I like to sleep.

Houses under the hammer or location, location, location?

Location location location.