Like many business owners, Raffi was no stranger to the world of investment; but after an influx of singular factors caused huge fluctuations in global markets (inflation, rising interest rates, an energy crisis made worse by Russia's war in Ukraine), Raffi was keen to turn to lower-risk investment opportunities that could be used to provide a more certain and secure future for him and his children.
Turning his eye to the world of property investment, Raffi came to Smarter Rent with a clear brief: to buy an investment property that would generate a passive income stream (yielding the highest return possible with minimal effort), while doubling as a holiday home for him and his family.
With a lot going on and no idea where to start, Raffi found Smarter Rent online: “I needed a professionally managed structure run by trustworthy people to allow me the freedom to focus on the craziness of my own world.
For me there wasn’t a second choice when I met the Smarter Rent team. I knew it was about working with someone trustworthy - and when speaking to Adrian, it was clear he was someone I could trust. I didn’t need to look any further.”
Raffi was specifically looking for an investment property that could double as a holiday home; within 1.5 hours of London, but far enough away that it could become a tranquil escape for him and his family.
“Adrian went above and beyond; he got on flights to Dublin to find me a perfect investment property. And when I suggested a second home for family holidays, he went through 20 properties in the Cotswolds until he found the perfect place for me and my situation.
The single biggest thing for me is that my interests were ahead of our co-profit. So, I immediately felt I could really trust his advice.”
“Working with Raffi was a great experience,” Co-Founder Adrian explained. “He was looking for a property that would achieve excellent yield from the get-go – but he was also looking for the same things we pride ourselves on for our renters. A fully-furnished, beautiful property that someone would want to write home about.
Working closely with the investment team, we all looked at Raffi’s needs together. Collectively, it was clear that a holiday let would be the ideal solution for him and his family, so we got to work on the searches – keeping him and his family abreast every step of the way.”
Raffi’s home has now been fully renovated, and is let out to guests throughout the year.
“It’s absolutely no hassle. The team at Smarter Rent do everything - checking in guests, housekeeping, making sure everything is perfect for my family and visitors. We can even book in when we want to – we book in advance just like our guests.
Now, my kids now have a pool, access to nature, and a country cottage overlooking a lake. The house is fully booked up. I earn thousands every month, and I barely have to lift a finger.
I just wish I’d done this sooner!”