Founded in 2018
by Damian & Harold

Our aim was simple: We wanted to provide a way for property and landowners to be able to sell quickly - but still get a great price. We also wanted to provide a professional, efficient and level of competency so often absent in this market.

We work closely with homeowners and landowners to achieve the fastest possible sale at a great market price. Using our cash reserves and investor network we ensure a smooth and hassle-free sale or rental.

Select and Build

A century's worth of experience

Real estate is our passion. We believe that the property and land sales are often unnecessarily slow and stressful. Our local expertise and knowledge of the market means we can achieve sales far faster and with less hassle than traditional routes to market.

Our management team has amassed more than 100 years of business experience. During that time, we have raised significant early-stage business funding, private-equity venture capital and project finance for numerous property and business ventures.

We pride ourselves on being conscientious and fair-minded throughout. Today, as a small company of just four individuals, we remain eager to impress our clients and deliver exceptional service.

Thanks to our investor network we can always move quickly - and our word is always very much our bond.

We believe all of this gives us a massive competitive edge.

That’s why Select and Build should always be a consideration when you are looking for a hassle free sale.

Prior to starting Select and Build our team has...


Financed, owned, designed, project-managed, built and sold homes worth £70 million


Raised over £100m in project,
seed and growth funding


Invested to date

Damian McShane

2018 was a particularly memorable year for me. As well as starting Select & Build, I married my wife Fernanda. We had an unforgettable time celebrating with friends and family. Today, family is a huge part of our lives and we spend as much time with them as work allows.

I started out at Cubitt & West, the prominent Brighton estate agency.

After working in all 10 of its offices – and spells in west London and Dubai – I ended up running its flagship branch in the centre of town. That’s where I was head-hunted to buy property for a national company funded by FTSE 250 firm Close Brothers.

I then spent a decade working with innovative private companies from around the world to raise early-stage seed funding and project finance. In that time, I helped raise and place more than £50 million.

Now I want to make the most of my knowledge of property and finance background and my intimate knowledge of property and land in and around Brighton.


Harold Gittelmon

2018 was a big year for me too but for slightly different reasons.

A hip replacement finally forced me to retire from master’s football. But I’m still watching a lot of sport, going to the theatre - and skiing.

I have worked for many large financial institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including 3i, before starting my own small private-equity firm.

After investing in the duty-free retail sector, I became MD of Harding Retail, which operates on some of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines.

This business went from $10 million in sales to $200 million before we sold to Flemingo International.

Today I am an investor, chairman and mentor with a keen interest in the property sector. I’m part of a small partnership that owns five properties in London and Reading, and am also helping to build a portfolio in San Francisco.

Working with Damian is an opportunity to do what I enjoy doing and add value somewhere else.

We had a specific deadline to sell our home and we did that, it was such a relief. They were down to earth, honest and got on with the job. If we had to do it over again we would definitely use this company.

I was so impressed with how everything went – from the initial offer to the final sale being completed. I would like to thank the team for what they have done for me over the past few weeks.

I had read about ‘quick sale companies’ and the horror stories out there which made us very skeptical initially. It was really easy and stress-free and everything was done within 1 month of our first meeting with them.

They didn’t charge us a penny which was great. Damian was a friendly, straight forward guy who always did what the promised and got back to me when he said he would. We had been selling with another company and they kept stringing us along. The price we got was very fair and the sale was fast.

Great service. They explained what they were going to do, did it and gave regular updates. Thoroughly recommended!