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Gavin Barry is an experienced property investor & developer who has been investing in property since 2001. He is currently Managing Partner at Prosperity Capital Partners, a private equity real estate firm based in London.

Prior to founding Prosperity Capital Partners he ran a property investment, development and management company sourcing and developing high yielding investment property in the North West. In addition the business sourced prime investment opportunities throughout the UK for investors throughout the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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  • Gavin Barry is an experienced property investor & developer who has been investing in property since 2001. He is currently Managing Partner at Prosperity Capital Partners, a private equity real estate firm based in London.

    Prior to founding Prosperity Capital Partners he ran a property investment, development and management company sourcing and developing high yielding investment property in the North West. In addition the business sourced prime investment opportunities throughout the UK for investors throughout the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

    Since 2007 he has sourced, traded and managed hundreds of residential properties for investor clients throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia, and at the same time developed his own portfolio with a particular focus on student accommodation.

  • In 2005 he worked as Operations Director for a residential and commercial investment company specialising in a range of investments and developments including office, retail, leisure and residential properties with a balanced portfolio and net assets in excess of £150m.

    In 2003 he directed a start-up strategy for a new property development and investment company based in Liverpool focussing on small residential renovations, land planning gain and converting large properties into self-contained flats.

    Gavin also operates a residential property investment consultancy which helps first time investors and developers establish a strategy, raise finance, source opportunities and structure deals.

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  • Gavin has been investing with joint venture partners since 2004 and his belief is the more capital you have to invest the more opportunities you can take advantage of.

    He has an excellent track record of sourcing and securing below market value opportunities, developing and adding significant value and either re-financing to retain or selling for profit. He has previously raised more than £20m from private investors to fund such transactions either on a fixed return or joint venture basis.

  • Perhaps you don’t have the time to invest or develop or you are just looking for a superior investment return. Either way Gavin is always looking to raise finance for joint venture projects.

    Please contact him at Prosperity Capital Partners for details on joint venture opportunities.

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"Gavin is the consummate property professional; knowledgeable, focussed, experienced and both gracious and generous with his time and his reputation is well deserved. I can highly recommend him as a business partner."

R. Stone, Leeds.

"I found Gavin to be professional at all times, and in my opinion, he possesses an excellent ability to source good investment opportunities, he knows his market very well and is well connected to both agents and landlords alike. Not only can he source and manage development opportunities but through his letting agency and management company he offers a very reliable proactive management service, something very reassuring when one lives far from their investments."

O. Dudley, London.

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Gavin, who is a member of the Professional Speakers Association, is a regular speaker at various property events throughout the UK and is also a guest lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University where he lectures on property investment and entrepreneurship.

He currently hosts the London Blackfriars Property Investors Network (pin) meeting which is a monthly property networking meeting designed to help support local property investors, share ideas, knowledge and experiences. The meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month, details can be found at blackfriarspin.co.uk

If you are interested in Gavin speaking at any of your events please Contact Us.

See a list of events where Gavin is speaking throughout 2014 and 2015.

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"Just a quick note to say that I loved the presentation on Thursday. Your passion for what you do is inspiring and it would be good if can do something together."

A. Ludlum, London.

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When investing in property, like business, it’s important to have a coach or mentor to accelerate your route to success. Having a coach or mentor ensures you continue on course, remain accountable and stay focussed on the end goal whether that be starting out with the acquisition of your first investment property or restructuring your entire portfolio.

Gavin has helped many investors establish and develop their property investing portfolio or business at a fraction of the time had they attempted it on their own. Please contact him and request a Mentoring Brochure and find out how he can help you short circuit your route to success. You can also find details and testimonials of past and present clients through his Linkedin profile.

"We've learnt so much over the last few sessions and our confidence has grown so much, this whole journey has completely changed our lives and made us much more focussed, thank you so much for that."

R. Stuart, Newcastle.

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Gavin regularly contributes articles to the various property investment magazines including Property Investor News, Residential Investor and Your Property Network Magazine.

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The Mindset and Skill Set Required as a Full Time Property Investor

Property Investor News, Sept 2013

The Mindset and Skill Set Required as a Full Time Property Investor

I recently attended the Institute of Directors annual convention where, among others, Sir Richard Branson and Jack Welch, the former Chairman of General Electric, were interviewed and questioned about what it took to start and build a business. Not surprisingly both talked about the sheer hard work it took and the ability to constantly overcome obstacles and problems with an unwavering focus and vision to realise your dream. Successful full-time property investing is no different.

I meet lots of aspiring full-time investors, some just starting out and others who have been doing it a year or two, and what I seem to find quite common with these individuals is a lack of vision for the bigger picture. They are more focussed on doing a deal and quitting the day job rather than building a successful business.

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Know Your Market

Property Investor News, Sept 2013

Know Your Market

With the recent surge in popularity in rent to rent and lease options it seems that more investors are turning single dwellings into HMO property. I appreciate the country needs more housing to accommodate a growing population but are we in danger of over supplying a particular type of housing in HMO property and if the HMO market is teetering on an oversupply what do investors need to do to ensure that their investment generates the returns they originally calculated.

The UK has a retail property investment market like no other in Europe. There are now many hundreds of thousands of buy to let investors in the UK, and until late 2007, we had banks seemingly throwing money at borrowers not only to purchase the property but also to renovate with investors, in some cases, putting none of their own money into these deals. Markets have short memories and some say similar times are not too far away.

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Property cock ups! Blind Ambition!

Your Property Network, Sept 2013

Property cock ups! Blind Ambition!

I have been investing in and developing property since 2001. I currently own Hugo James Property Ltd which is a property investment and management company focussed on sourcing and managing high- yielding property investments in Merseyside and the surrounding areas. I’m also developing in London and the North West. Since 2007, I have sourced, developed, traded and managed hundreds of properties for investor clients throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, and at the same time developed my own portfolio with a particular focus on student and other multi-let properties.

In 2005 I worked as Operations Director for a large residential and commercial investment company specialising in a range of investments and developments including office, retail, leisure and new-build residential properties with a balanced portfolio and net assets in excess of £150m. Prior to that in 2003 I directed a start-up strategy for a new property development and investment company based in Liverpool focussing on small residential refurbishments, land planning gain and converting large properties into self-contained flats.

When I decided to invest in property I was living and working in London. I remember reading the Times’ Rich List and seeing that the majority of wealthy people in the UK had either made their money from, or were preserving their wealth in, land or property. That was very powerful and was enough for me to want to invest and build my own portfolio. The most appealing element for me was the recurring income which can be generated from eventually owning debt-free, appreciating assets.

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The Mind-set Skills Required to Manage a HMO

Property Investor News, July 2013

The Mind-set Skills Required to Manage a HMO

Property investing is hard in any market but particularly challenging in the current environment. After all it's a business. Full-time property investing is a business and should be treated as such. There are numerous variables which can contribute to why a property investor fails or quits but in my opinion the one reason why most investors fail to achieve what they want or quit when the odds are stacked against them is their mind-set, or rather a lack of the correct mind-set.

Let's face it we all want property. We all aspire to owning our own portfolio, generating our own passive income, leaving a legacy, replacing an income, supplementing a pension etc., but I believe too many people fail as they don't appreciate how hard the road ahead can be when starting out.

As a result of a property boom for many years and television programmes like Homes Under the Hammer and Property Ladder where inexperienced 'developers' were seen making money from renovating and renting their properties, I believe there is a perception that property investing is easy and as such people start investing without a clear strategy or any idea of where they will end up or more importantly no idea of what's required to succeed. Anybody can make money from property in a rising market. A falling or stagnant market is very different and requires a clear strategy, hard work, perseverance and focus; a positive mind-set.

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Does Bigger Mean Better?

Property Investor News, June 2013

Does Bigger Mean Better?

Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) have received much more press coverage in recent years and many investor-landlords now seem to want to own such properties due to the cash flow which can be generated if they are set up and managed properly. During a period with limited prospects of capital appreciation the HMO 'income' strategy is an obvious one, however the big returns, particularly substantial cash flows, are usually left for larger HMOs and it is these properties which can be challenging not only to buy but also to manage.

HMOs evolved when it became uneconomical for some people to live on their own and so they shared houses and with it also shared the expense of running the house making it more affordable to live in particular parts of a city which might ordinarily be out of their budget.

Since the introduction of buy to let mortgages, in the mid 1990s, and with it the start of the buy to let boom, managing HMOs was a strategy which did not get that much attention. Capital appreciation was the deciding factor when investors were compiling their acquisition criteria; surplus cash flow was an afterthought, at best. However, since the market crash in 2007/08 the focus has switched to cash flow and with it the trend of buying into HMOs.

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Dry Rot Horror

Your Property Network, June 2013

Dry Rot Horror

What happens when your refurbishment goes £70,000 over budget and how you get the bank to absorb part of this cost!

Based in Liverpool and the North West, he has been in the business of property for over 12 years and is now one of the UK’s leading experts on multi-let properties, particularly the student sector. He has a wealth of experience in several aspects of property including development, lettings and sourcing deals.

Combined with his successes, he also feels passionately about making it clear that things are not always rosy in the property business. Things do go wrong – sometimes spectacularly – and resilience is an important trait to develop if you want to succeed. In our chat with him, he explains how he encountered a major challenge in one of his properties and how he dealt with what might have been to some an insurmountable problem.

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Control V Ownership; Benefits V Risks

Property Investor News, May 2013

Control V Ownership; Benefits V Risks

It was John D Rockefeller, the American industrialist and philanthropist, who claimed we should control everything and own nothing. Was he right In a climate when capital growth is scarce, apart from London, sensible investors should be investing for cash flow and not relying on capital appreciation and if the focus is cash flow does it really matter if we only control the asset and not own it After all if you buy a property with a mortgage do you actually own it or are you just in control of the property until you pay off the bank Stop paying the mortgage and see what happens.

I am an old fashioned investor, in that I like to pay down debt on the properties which I own. I like to own my assets so I'm in total control and not reliant on the market appreciating to benefit or at the mercy of any lending institution who decides to call in any loans if the market collapses as it did in 2008.

This debt repayment and asset ownership strategy is in stark contrast to the common belief of many modern day buy to let investor-landlords who will re-finance everything as capital values increase with the market, take out the tax free cash and then rack up even more debt in the hope that the market continues to rise. Of course like them I also hope the market rises but I'm not relying on it, and it will be a bonus if it does but then again if it falls I'm not that worried either as my debt levels are well balanced and always reducing. What's important to me is the cash flow and Return on Investment (ROI) from day one.

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Deals. The lifeblood of an investor

Property Investor News, March 2013

Deals. The lifeblood of an investor

As a full time professional investor for twelve years the one thing which remains constant, in an ever changing property market, is the ongoing challenge of sourcing good deals. Whether you’re investing, buying to hold, or developing, buying to refurbish or build and sell, the ability to source good deals can determine how successful you are.

With new financing strategies and creative ways of acquiring or controlling assets there are more and more investors out there searching for opportunities, possibly now more than ever So being one step ahead of the competition is key if you are to succeed.

Prior to the crash in 2007-8 there were more “traditional investors” in the market – where one acquires a property either through debt or equity finance – as opposed to some of the latest strategies such as lease options or instalment contracts. At a time when banks were throwing money at you it was difficult not to be approved for a mortgage particularly with lenders such as Mortgage Express in the market, who pioneered the instant same day re-mortgage. Today, in a market with less finance available, other creative strategies have emerged to allow deals to flow.

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The realities of HMO management

Property Investor News, February 2013

The realities of HMO management

We’re all agreed HMOs can be a fantastic investment. If you chose the right territory which has sufficient demand most HMOs can generate great returns however ascertaining your appetite for management involvement and how your type of tenants performs throughout the tenancy can be just as important as the numbers stacking up.

Some investors prefer to have hands off approach to their investment, striving for that passive income, while others prefer to carry out the day to day management, maintenance and repairs, which is probably more akin to being a landlord than an investor. Whatever your preference the management of HMO property is a challenge and depending on what your appetite for management is may determine the type of HMO you should invest in.

I have acquired and managed many HMO properties in my investment career and together with my management company, Hugo James Property, I currently have responsibility for about fifty HMO properties which include student and Local Housing Allowance (LHA) properties as well as young professional and working tenanted HMO properties.

Just because an investor has engaged the services of an agent to manage their HMO does not mean they will have a hands off experience.

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Enter PIN for financial security in the long term

The Irish Post, January 2013

Enter PIN for financial security in the long term

Gavin Barry of the Liverpool Property Investors Network (PIN) tells Fiona Audley that more and more people are purchasing property they hope will provide a return when they retire

Property investment is a lucrative alternative to pensions for those hoping to secure their future in retirement.

According to Irish businessman Gavin Barry, host of the Liverpool Property Investors Network (PIN), the organisation is witnessing an increase in people eager to make the most of their spare cash by investing in bricks and mortar — hoping to see a tidy return when they hit their pensionable years.

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Running a HMO property business

Property Investor News, January 2013

Running a HMO property business

Without doubt the buzz word in the property market within the last couple of years has been HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation) and probably more of late has been lease options and maybe you could do a lease option on a HMO. The Holy Grail if you will.

HMOs, where you rent out rooms individually as opposed to one house which can sometimes triple the rental income, have seen a substantial increase in demand since the market turned in 2007/8. The reason being with very little, if any, capital growth in the market investors are looking for income and HMOs can provide that income, if done correctly.

I’ve been investing in the HMO market since 2006 and have witnessed a gold rush like scenario towards HMOs from aspiring investors over the last few years and I’ve also witnessed investors get it horribly wrong with some projects and investments.

There are four main HMO markets; professionals, workers, local housing allowance (LHA) tenants and students. Depending on your area some tenant types work better than others for example professional HMOs work exceptionally well in London, student HMOs work very well in Liverpool, LHA HMOs are fantastic in Milton Keynes yet time after time I see investors trying to make their HMO work in the wrong market.

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The seven most common mistakes student property investors make, and how to avoid them

Your Property Network, October 2012

The seven most common mistakes student property investors make, and how to avoid them

The student property market can be a risky investment if you don’t know what you’re doing, not to mention the financial catastrophe if you get it wrong. Buy to let student investors need to tread carefully if they want to maximise their returns and ensure their experience in this market is as good as it can be.

I believe the student accommodation market is changing and, in my opinion, existing investors need to raise their game if they want to continue to rent to students and ensure their properties are let every year, particularly in the light of the recent increase in tuition fees.

I see hundreds of student properties every year, whether that is through sourcing suitable investment properties for our clients or through the new properties we take on for management for local landlords and it never ceases to amaze me just how bad some of the accommodation is by existing “investors”. How they think they can get away with it is beyond me. Usually it’s a landlord who wants us to let and manage their property for the new academic year and when we ask them why they’re changing agents it’s usually “the other agent couldn’t rent it!” I’m not surprised and in reality we end up turning away that sort of business. There are some landlords out there who get it right and will reap the rewards this sector has to offer.

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Schools out for Summer

Your Property Network, July 2012

Schools out for Summer

In this editorial Gavin gives a brief snapshot of why he thinks student properties make such great investments, how to assess if your deal stacks up, how to choose a student town to invest in and....

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Retire on 5 properties or less

Your Property Network, March 2012

Retire on 5 properties or less

Many of us “get into property” with the idea of replacing the “day job” income whether as a long term pension provision or to be able to quit the rat race early and enjoy more free....

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Difficult markets

Residential Property Investor, March 2012

Difficult markets

Starting the New Year in 2012 as a full time residential property investor doesn’t hold much joy for me, an investor who has been investing since 2001. The markets in which I operate have received extensive negative column inches in previous months and the outlook, depending on you listen to is grim, however there are opportunities to be had.

In addition, in this age of austerity, banks do not want to lend to experienced landlords but instead find lending to inexperienced landlords more comforting. So for experienced landlords, particularly with large portfolios, obtaining any finance in the year ahead will be difficult.

I have been a property investor for more than ten years now investing predominantly in Liverpool. Essentially my strategy is a long term buy to hold model holding large Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) properties, either student property or self contained Local Housing Allowance (LHA) units, where I can maximise rents and pay down debt sooner than I might with single lets. You could say I’m a little old fashioned in my approach to pay down debt in an era where property investing was all about interest only and waiting for the value to double in five years. I will also buy distressed properties and renovate to sell for cash flow in addition to sourcing properties for other investors for a fee, usually properties which are excellent investments and can be purchased at a discount to market value but just don’t suit my strategy.

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Successful investing with student lets

Property Investor News, January 2012

Successful investing with student lets

There has been much written recently in the press and media about the impact of the introduction of tuition fees in the wake of the Brown Review of the Higher Education system.

Scare stories abound claiming tuition fees will kill off the buy to let investor with some commentators claiming doomsday is approaching for the student investor with “Ghost Towns” emerging around the country and young people deciding to brave the workforce instead of acquiring expensive further education. However in reality nobody really knows what will happen and in my opinion such stories are typical of the sensationalist world our media subjects us to.

However other, more informed commentators, such as Ernst & Young, anticipate that the changes will have minimal impact upon student numbers and there has even been conjecture that students’ disposable incomes may be higher during their university years given that repayment of tuition fees will be deferred until the student is earning £21,000.

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It’s both what you know and who you know

Your Property Network, January 2012

It’s both what you know and who you know

How good are you at networking They say your net worth is equal to your network. Can the modern day buy to let investor succeed in today’s market without a mixed group of contacts who both compliment and challenge you

Networking is becoming more and more important if you want to succeed in this industry for many reasons. You might be a hard worker but if you are not good at networking and making new contacts outside your comfort zone you will struggle in this market.

I started investing in property in 2001 when I purchased a two bed apartment in Sheffield city centre. Sitting here in Lake Como, Italy, that seems a generation ago when I think of the how far I’ve come in my investment career, the strategies I employ in the current market and the knowledge I now have in relation to residential property investing. I can safely say networking has had a huge impact on my business.

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What does the future hold for landlords of student properties

Your Property Network, November 2011

What does the future hold for landlords of student properties

With more and more students attending Universities, coupled with a disastrous and worsening economic climate, the demand for student property is increasing however is this demand sustainable with the recent reforms to the higher education system

Investing in student property can generate fantastic returns and its popularity has grown so much that it has become a separate asset class in itself generating attractive rental yields. With the instability of the markets in recent years, in particular the property sector, investors, both institutional and private, have taken refuge in student property.

Following the Government’s review of the higher education system in 2010 universities and colleges will experience sweeping changes to the funding system. Universities can now charge between £6,000-9,000 per annum in tuition fees. So can the private buy to let investor expect similar growth and returns or is it the end of a good run for the student property investor

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Success Story

Your Property Network, April 2011

Success Story

I have been a property investor for more than ten years now investing predominantly in Liverpool and specialising in HMO and LHA property.

While living and working in London I decided my future lay in property, although I had never worked within the property industry, didn’t know anyone who worked in property and didn’t know how I would start in the industry. With prices too high and returns too low in London I decided to purchase a buy to let property in Sheffield in 2001. After my initial purchase I undertook a research study of all major cities north of London including Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool, to identify an area which I could focus on my next investment.

In my opinion Liverpool offered the best long term potential in terms of capital growth and lettings potential. At that time Liverpool was in receipt of substantial European Objective One funding which specialised in regenerating areas. The local average house price had some catching up to do with the national average and with the City’s three universities demand for student housing was very strong. Soon after I made my decision on Liverpool the city was awarded the accolade of City of Culture for 2008, an award which not only attracted further investment but more importantly put a timeline for infrastructure improvement and regeneration.

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Opportunities Abound in 2011

The Edge Business Magazine, Feruary 2011

Opportunities Abound in 2011

What does 2011 hold for the buy to let property investor Some may say more frustration, more confusion, less lending and potential interest rate hikes. Where will the housing market he at the end of the year Opinion ranges from 5% drops to 5% increases in house prices, depending on location. Add to the mix the recent government cuts, to Local housing allowance (LHA), and you may be right in thinking 2011 will be more of the same or possibly worse!

In my opinion Liverpool offered the best long term potential in terms of capital growth and lettings potential. At that time Liverpool was in receipt of substantial European Objective One funding which specialised in regenerating areas. The local average house price had some catching up to do with the national average and with the City’s three universities demand for student housing was very strong. Soon after I made my decision on Liverpool the city was awarded the accolade of City of Culture for 2008, an award which not only attracted further investment but more importantly put a timeline for infrastructure improvement and regeneration.

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