HMO Property Investor, Host of The HMO Podcast, Founder of The HMO Roadmap
I've been investing in HMO properties for over a decade, and my property investing journey began in 2009 at the age of 21!
I qualified as a physio some time before this but quickly realised it wasn't for me, so I worked hard and saved as much money as possible.
As soon as I could afford to (and with the help of a small private loan), I purchased and refurbished my first property which I converted into a five-bed student house.
Of course, I quickly 'got the bug', and through my mid to late twenties, I did the same thing again and again and built a portfolio of HMO properties.
Fast forward to 2015, I wanted to take things to a new level, so I founded Smart Property, a specialist HMO property investment and management company. The business grew very quickly and in 2016 Smart Property was valued at £1.3m by Crowdcube after we successfully raised equity investment to feed our growth! I’ve since gone on to grow the business significantly and in 2019, we managed close to 100 HMO properties and have raised several million pounds of private investment to date.
When I was first starting, it was difficult to find the support I needed, and I found that building a HMO property business could be very challenging at times, but despite these challenges, I have remained committed to improving the standards of accommodation for young people in the UK.
I write as a regular columnist in different magazines about a variety of HMO topics. I'm the host of The HMO Podcast and I am the founder of The HMO Community, but I built The HMO Roadmap because I could see the industry was still broken.
You see, learning about how to invest in HMOs successfully had to cost thousands of pounds and there was no option to get everything you needed on demand! That’s why I built The HMO Roadmap.