323: How getting creative with mixed-use properties has helped Kath Gibb to create a £10,000 p/m rental income in only 2 years




Today I’m delighted to be joined by Kath Gibb, an investor who has put her and her husbands previous business experience towards a focus on commercial to residential conversions that have enabled them to create a monthly rental income in excess of £10,000 in only 2 years.

Their approach is one that I find fascinating, and her detailed breakdown on the individual deals that they’ve worked on gives you a real insight into both the ups and the downs of this strategy.

It’s either going to make you sit up and think “Yes, that’s exactly what I want to be working on!”, or it will rule out commercial conversions for you, as with the increased upside also comes increased risk and stress.

Whichever side of the fence you’re on by the end of the interview, I’m sure that you’ll agree that it’s yet another great example of how to profit from property investing and I’m sure it will give you inspiration and ideas to apply to your own business.


Listen to this episode below:

Here’s a sneak peek at what we discussed this time:

05.27 – Kath’s reflections on the benefits of local investment, Stockport as a rising star town and the potential to be found in the North.

10.53 – From Kath’s corporate London life, and her husband’s entrepreneurial background including a bar/restaurant in Andorra, Kath discusses life before property.

18.11 – Kath’s first foray into property, a 600m² French chateau.

 “I’d got a bit disillusioned with the corporate life.”

22.43 – From business changes in Andorra, experimenting with joint ventures and the eventual sale of the chateau, Kath discusses the circumstances that led to a few quick flips and pursuing property full time.

26.22 – How Kath realised she needed a strategy with less stress and a better return on investment, and how she discovered the benefits of holding property instead of flipping.

“We saw the opportunity that if you hold a property, refinance it and increase the value of it, then you can get quite a large chunk back out, and a monthly income.”

30.43 – Kath’s first experience of a mixed-use buy-to-hold project, adding real value.

40.48 – A closer look at the project figures.

42.42 – Kath’s next project, a leasehold property in need of heavy renovation.

“Leasehold can be tricky, because you’re not in control of everything – you have to have balls of steel!”

49.46 – A bad experience with a zero valuation, and Kath’s reflections on how specific lenders and surveyors feel about residential above commercial mixed-use properties.

57.35 – Kath’s current project, an old social club, and how every deal has the potential for negotiation.

“You need to know what the seller’s motivation is.”

1.07.35 – How COVID-19, and a connection with someone working in supported living, changed Kath’s exit strategy for the project, and the property adaptations that were required to meet it.

1.18.48 – How an existing pot of money, and taking on more ambitious, creative projects, have got Kath to where she wants to be.

1.22.31 – Kath’s plans for the future.


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