Roland Symonds Property Podcast

303: Roland Symonds is bucking the trend with his growing London HMO portfolio




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Today I’m delighted to be joined by Roland Symonds, a full time HMO investor living and investing in South London. During the interview we get to explore how Roland has created 32 HMO rooms in a little over a year, his views on the three biggest objections we get about investing in HMOs in London – that it’s too expensive, that article 4 has made it impossible, and that there’s too much competition, and what he’s learned between his first house and his most recent one.

3:37 Sharing his back story, working in consultancy and then Investment Banking.

11:21 Leaving the Corporate World and what came next

13:42 Property as a new business makes more sense when it comes to raising finance, because there are assets vs just ideas.

18:17 A passion for property & design.

20:11 Picking a strategy suitable for London. A focus on income instead of just capital appreciation.

21:18 His First HMO – An 8 Bed in London. Why Roland jumped straight into such a large project.

25:20 Why London?

28:40 Planning & Article 4 – What does it mean for HMOs in London

35:55 A look at Roland’s portfolio so far. 32 Rooms = 4 x 8 Bed HMOs. His approach to planning.

40:46 Biggest Learning from the first project to now. En-suites!

47:00 Looking forward to what comes next.

51:12 Sharing advice for people wanting to get started

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Links Mentioned

Instagram – @bricks_and_daughters
LinkedIn – Roland Symonds
Website – Sanctum Homes

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