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The Inside Property Investing Podcast | Interviewing Inspiring & Successful Property and Real Estate Investors

The Inside Property Investing Podcast is a regular interview show, sharing the stories of the most inspiring and successful property investors and entrepreneurs. We discuss their backgrounds and how they got started in property investing, where their business is now, their future goals and plans to get there, as well as advice for those of us looking to start investing or take our property business to the next level. We explore investing strategies like Buy to Let, HMOs, Serviced Apartments, and build to sell/build to let, among many others.
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Now displaying: March, 2021
Mar 29, 2021

Today I'm delighted to be joined by Richard Nicholls, founder of The Property Advantage which as far as I can tell is the larger specialist HMO brokerage in the UK, helping landlords by selling HMOs they no longer want, and investors buy ready-made income-producing assets.

Richard's approach is to view every HMO the company sells, so with hundreds of transactions completed he's probably got a better insight into what makes a good HMO, and as importantly, what makes a bad one than virtually anyone else in the UK. 

So why's he on the show today? Well, his business partner Jessica contacted me a few weeks ago and we had a good chat about the HMO industry and their unique insights into it. I explained that we were opening our Inside HMO Investing Programme at the end of March and that I'd love to present his story to show an alternative exit route for HMO landlords, as well as his general views on what is and isn't working with the properties he views and the HMO market generally.

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Mar 22, 2021

Today, I'm delighted to be joined by Dave So, probably the most humble investor I've ever come across but do not let his laid-back approach fool you. Since buying his first student HMO in 2013 he's gone on to buy and renovate over 300 rooms in his home city of Nottingham, adding to his own portfolio and on behalf of other landlords and investors.

The crazy part of all of this is he did most of this whilst holding down a full-day corporate job as well, which he finally decided to step away from 12 months ago. 

Along the way he's diversified his income by growing a letting agency business, he's employed several members of his family and close friends to scale the business, and he's been able to continue the portfolio growth despite being in a strict article 4 area.

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Mar 15, 2021

Today I'm delighted to be joined by Sarah Watt, one-half of Alt Street property along with her husband Andrew. This is our second episode as part of our 2021 HMO month where we're focussing on the strategy that allowed Victoria and I to leave the corporate world behind and talking to investors who have used HMOs to achieve similar results in their own lives.

Sarah started investing in her early twenties in Sydney, Australia and continues investing to this day alongside her busy day job, albeit now in the slightly colder climate of Northampton. 

Since joining our HMO challenge in 2019 she's added three HMOs to her portfolio, going against the conventional approach of major renovations allowing them to get properties up and running and income-producing in record time.  During today's interview, we talk about what drew them into the world of HMOs, the biggest challenges they've faced in growing their portfolio, and the numbers behind one of their typical HMO deals.

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Mar 8, 2021

Today you're stuck with me I'm afraid as I'm digging deep into our own HMO story to share some insights into the investment strategy that helped us escape from the corporate world.

We've obviously shared some details of our story before in our monthly updates, but never have we looked at the HMO aspect in isolation, and whilst we've expanded our focus in recent years, HMOs got pretty much all of our attention between me leaving my day job, and Victoria then being able to do the same several years later. 

They are without any doubt in my mind the highest consistent income that can be achieved from residential rental property, and I know what you might be thinking, it's easy for us because some of the first deals we did were quite a while back when property was cheaper and competition was less intense, but towards the end of the episode you'll hear about our most recent HMO project which we completed this year, and we've got plans to do many more.

So if you take one thing away from this, let it be that there are still phenomenal opportunities to invest in the HMO market.

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Mar 1, 2021

Rosie and Allan Charles of Arch Investments – I'll be totally honest, I've spent the past two years thinking of them as Ark investments every time I see them on social media, thinking it was some abbreviation for architecture. But, of course, after asking the question I now know that it stands for Allan & Rosie Charles – but at least now you'll remember to look for them next time you're on Instagram.

Anyway, getting back to what this phenomenal couple has achieved in a few short years… They started investing by breaking all the rules – sourcing deals hours away from home and focussing on the humble single let instead of being distracted by shiny objects and new-fangled strategies. It's clearly worked for them, replacing Rosie's income and allowing her to step into property full time whilst Allan focuses on the strategy for the business and making sure that all of his toys were constantly being tossed from his pram.

You'll hear more in today's interview about how they've built a successful portfolio through consistent efforts and constantly putting themselves in challenging situations that they were forced to find solutions to, as well as the numbers behind their best and worst deals, how they split the responsibility of their business, and why investing in education gave them the accountability they needed to succeed.

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