Ben Bianchi to assist expansion of single-family BTR platforms

Single-family build-to-rent specialist Gatehouse Investment Management has strengthened its acquisitions team with the recruitment of Ben Bianchi as Acquisitions Assistant.

In the new role, Ben will be assisting in the identification and analysis of expansion opportunities for the single-family BTR portfolios managed by Gatehouse IM. He joins from a family office, where he was an analyst across real estate, venture capital and public equities asset classes.

Gatehouse IM currently manages two single-family BTR platforms: DifRent, in partnership with the Kuwait Investment Authority; and Start Living, a joint venture with TPG Real Estate Partners. To date, it has acquired over 1300 homes for these portfolios, with further acquisitions actively targeted.

John Coles, Head of Acquisitions at Gatehouse IM, said: “With capital to deploy in the immediate term across a range of platforms and strategies, this is an incredibly busy period for the team. Ben’s arrival will enable us to target new single-family BTR acquisitions even more effectively.”

Gatehouse IM launched its first single-family BTR platform – the Thistle Portfolio – in 2014, with the UK PRS portfolio, operating under the DifRent brand, established a year later. The joint venture with TPG Real Estate was formed in 2021, with the Start Living platform formally launched in spring 2022.

Ben can be contacted via email (ben.bianchi@gatehouseim.com) or at Gatehouse IM’s London office: The Helicon, One South Place, London, EC2M 2RB.

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