Philip John Edward Spencer Spencer|
11 December 1969
Littlebourne, Kent, England
Location, Location, Location|
Love It Or List It
Philip John Edward Spencer "Phil" Spencer (born 11 December 1969) is a British media personality, television presenter and journalist, best known as the co-presenter of Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location along with its spin-off Relocation, Relocation between 2004 and 2011 alongside Kirstie Allsopp.
Spencer attended London South Bank University.
Having studied as a surveyor in the early 1990s, Spencer decided that the housing market was heavily biased towards the sellers in terms of professional support available, and saw an opportunity to set himself up as a home finder. He founded property search company Garrington Home Finders Ltd in 1996. He describes himself as not the first to see this opportunity "but I was probably second or third, and Kirstie [Allsopp] was the fourth." The company entered into liquidation in early 2009, a victim of the credit crunch that followed the financial crisis of 2007–2008. It was eventually saved by one of Spencer's former office managers.
He remains an active property investor and landlord. He is director and shareholder of Raise The Roof Productions, a company which describes itself as the largest "true" independent production company in Scotland and one of Channel 4's biggest suppliers.
In 2017 Spencer set-up Move iQ, an online resource providing impartial, professional property advice for anyone moving home in the UK. The website addresses the imbalance in the UK property market, whereby it is usually only the seller or landlord that is professionally represented. Move iQ puts all Spencer's advice in one place for anyone buying or renting a property.
He is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Spencer has maintained his reputation as a UK property expert and in early 2010, Spencer partnered with co-host Kirstie Allsopp and launched a new independent production company called Raise the Roof with colleagues from IWC Media.
Spencer has also continued his writing career and in April 2010 his book Adding Value to Your Home was published.
Another book by Spencer, How To Buy Your First Home was published in 2011, along with How To Buy A House which he co-wrote with Kirstie Allsopp in 2014.
On 2 January 2012, he presented a special edition of The Million Pound Drop Live as part of Channel 4's 'Mash Up'. Spencer returned to the game show on 15 June 2012 with Kirstie Allsopp, to play the game for their chosen charities.
He continues to present Location, Location, Location, Phil Spencer: Secret Agent and Secret Agent Down Under on Channel 4. He and Allsopp present Kirstie and Phil's Love It or List It, which began in April 2015.
Spencer grew up in Littlebourne, Kent and now lives in Hampshire, with his Australian wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Jake and Ben. He is an Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages, Action Medical Research and Ellenor Children's Hospice at Home. He is a patron of Mungos, a London homelessness charity., Estate Agent Giving and Just Springers Rescue. Spencer is keen on shooting live game and has made his support for field sports known.
Phil Spencer was interviewed by The Times in May 2018 about his own move and the launch of Move iQ where "he hopes to help people through the process and answer some of the questions most commonly asked".
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