Spotlight series: Taryn Orkin

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As Assetline Capital’s go-to Property & Credit Analyst, Taryn Orkin balances her conservative instincts for risk management with a competitive drive. She shares how a proactive problem-solving approach helps our credit team make the right decisions – fast.

We asked Taryn to share a few things she’s picked up to balance her risk management and competitive drive working in credit risk.

Taryn Orkin

As Assetline Capital’s go-to Property & Credit Analyst, Taryn Orkin balances her conservative instincts for risk management with a competitive drive. She shares how a proactive problem-solving approach helps our credit team make the right decisions – fast.

We asked Taryn to share a few things she’s picked up to balance her risk management and competitive drive working in credit risk.

Taryn Orkin
What attracted you to work in property finance after studying business in South Africa and property economics in Sydney?

When I moved to Australia I quickly saw how property is a cornerstone of the Australian economy. I wanted to be exposed to it, and as my interest grew I found myself pursuing a career in it. I’ve always enjoyed crunching numbers and my passion for property aligns with this.

I love the fast-paced nature of working at Assetline – pushing myself to turn things around within tight timeframes to get results.”

What do you enjoy most about working at Assetline Capital?

Assetline has a professional, personable and driven team. Although we’ve experienced rapid growth, the business maintains a personal touch with its employees, brokers and borrowers. I also love the fast-paced nature of working at Assetline – pushing myself to turn things around within tight timeframes to get results.

How would you describe your role – what difference do you make for borrowers and brokers?

A large part of my role is protecting the business. Because the asset is a key part of our credit decision, we focus on ensuring the underlying security is adequate, and that means undertaking extensive due diligence. I consider risks, liquidity, market activity and development pipelines when assessing property values. And then, I will consider sponsor quality, debt serviceability and exit strategy to work out an appropriate assessment and LVR. There are a lot of moving parts, and it needs to happen quickly. The most important thing I can do is identify risks early on in a piece so we have time to present recommendations and workshop potential solutions.

What do you expect to consider in the year ahead when assessing property valuations?

The risk of rising inflation, its impact on interest rates and by extension, property valuations. With the international borders reopening, I believe we will see an influx of potential buyers. I also expect to see foreign investors and international students return to the market which will hopefully help reactivate those inner-city areas.

How have your family values shaped the choices you’ve made in life?

I was always taught to assume responsibility. My parents urged us to take initiative and create our own opportunities. That has certainly guided me throughout my life and career, and steered me towards working at Assetline. As a fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial mindset, there’s a lot of opportunity to find fresh ways to solve problems and run with your ideas.

How would your colleagues sum you up in three words?

Driven, energetic and dependable. I bring a positive energy to an already motivated team. I’d say I’m pretty competitive, and not afraid to have a hard conversation.

Those traits play out for me in my personal life too – I love team sports and will challenge myself by getting into the ocean for a swim or a surf.

If you’re interested in discussing a deal or opportunity with our team, please get in touch.

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