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Marc is a part time landlord who built up a residential buy to let portfolio in London with his wife Rochelle.
Having sold his previous business to BUPA, he wanted to keep the management of his portfolio relatively hands free, so along with past Inside Property Investing guest David Cummin, they decided to build Arthur Online, a complete property management solution for investors, landlords and letting agents.
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Marc and his wife Rochelle spent 15 years building up a buy-to-let portfolio in and around London. Their focus throughout this time has been on buying properties that deliver strong cash flow which has allowed them to weather a few storms along the way and set them up nicely for future retirement.
They’re no longer actively buying property (and in fact have sold a few recently to take advantage of the heated London market) because they are now at a stage where they are happy with the income they’re generating and understand that property is the means to an end, rather than the end itself.
Continuing to expand their portfolio would require additional borrowing, higher leverage, and more work – none of which they need given they’re achieved their cash flow goals already.
Every building Marc has bout has been a freehold purchase they he’s been able to add value to. One pub in Lewisham stands out in his mind as his biggest development to date. The landlord was struggling to make a success of the business, so Marc and Rochelle purchased it with the intention of converting it to residential.
They applied for and were granted planning permission for 15 flats, and set about the development work. Marc admits that whilst he can look at a property and visualise the potential, he’s not a natural developer/project manager yet despite problems with builders throughout the project, it turned out to be a very profitable deal.
Marc thinks back upon two properties as slight mistakes on his part, but with his very pragmatic outlook on life you don’t get the feeling he dwells on them too much.
The first was a property he purchased through auction without fully reading the legal pack. Between exchange and completion he realised there was a clause in the auction pack about a charge on the property which would be transferred with title, meaning he would be liable for clearing the debt.
Pulling out of the deal cost him £20,000, but the potential downside had he proceeded with the sale could have bee a lot worse.
The second mistake he discusses in the show was regarding an interest rate swap on an existing loan. Interest rates were looking as though they were going to increase, so Marc agreed to a 10 year swap which effectively fixed the rate he was paying. Shortly after this the interest rates dropped significantly.
Despite knowing what his payments would be when agreeing to this product, had he not done the swap he reckons he would have been better off to the tune of a seven figure sum over the course of the 10 years.
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