Mike Frisby, host of the Regent’s Park Property Investors Network, introduces the organisation and explains how it has helped him to grow his property portfolio.
The Property Investors Network (pin) was established in 2003 by Simon Zutshi, who purchased his first property back in 1995 whilst working for Cadbury’s in Birmingham as a graduate trainee.
Over the years he continued to build his property portfolio to the point where at the age of 32 he was financially independent.
As a professional property investor, Simon was looking for a group of like-minded people who he could meet with to share knowledge, experience and contacts. Unfortunately, there was no such group, so — seeing a gap in the industry – he established pin.
Since then pin has grown to be the largest network of regional monthly property meetings with over 50 venues across the UK.
I have been a member of pin since 2007 and I am delighted to be the current host of the Regent’s Park Property Investors Network, which I have been since the start of 2015. We meet at 6pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Although our group has only been going for 8 months we get between 80 and 100 attendees to each meeting.
Prior to my involvement with pin and property investment, I worked for multi-national corporate companies, but became increasingly frustrated with the bureaucracy that stifled innovation and entrepreneurship, and with the length of time it took to get real results. When the company re-structured I took the opportunity to move on to pursue my passion for property investment.
Without pin’s support I am convinced that I would not be where I am today; since joining the network I have made invaluable contacts — and many are now very good friends — and I have been introduced to opportunities that I would never have had. Although I would say that I am a reasonably successful investor and developer, I still concentrate on sourcing properties by leafleting and dealing directly with vendors. I work with estate agents, convert freeholds to leaseholds, manage property refurbishments and use lease options.
Why join pin?
Irrespective of your portfolio or even if you’re looking to make your first purchase you will find that there is something for everyone at pin. The meetings take place in a vibrant and proactive environment, where everyone can meet new people, connect with colleagues and discuss new business opportunities, as well as sharing their experiences within a welcoming and positive atmosphere.
We invite two guest speakers per meeting and previous topics have included:
- How to achieve financial independence through high-end professional multi-lets in London
- How to make the leap from a small refurbishment project to a big one
- Representatives from Shawbrook Bank speaking about commercial finance
- How to get someone to invest in your deal instead of others
- How to find tenants – representative from Upad
- Inspirational talks from people who have left their full-time jobs to become financially free through property
- Using pensions to buy property
- HMO design masterclasses
- How to use lease options effectively
If you would like more information regarding our meetings, please go to: www.regentsparkpin.co.uk
You can become a pin academy member, which allows you to attend as many meetings as you wish for a monthly fee: https://property.isrefer.com/go/pinacademy/mikefrisby/ or you can attend an individual meeting — priced at £20.
Through Tony Houghton we’re able to offer anyone who hasn’t attended a pin meeting before the chance to come and experience it for free — you simply need to book via the Regent’s Park website and use the voucher code frisby.
I leave you with one of my favourite quotes: ‘Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it’.
I look forward to meeting you.