Real Estate Investor Magazine South Africa May/ June 2020 - Page 6
Opportunity in the
Time of Uncertainty
Wynand Haywood & Nick Morgan
NICK MORGAN & WYNAND HAYWOOD
ick Morgan and Wynand Haywood co-founded
Opportunity Private Capital 14 years ago sharing
a similar vision and combining their experience in
investment banking, property sales, marketing, project
structuring and development. This experience combined
with their perceptiveness and ability to adapt has led
to their success. Over the last 14 years this specialist
investment company has established a secure investment
structure for private individuals to earn high fixed returns
on capital investments to finance property developments.
With their secure investment structure their clients are
thriving and the Company is perfectly positioned to
identify and take advantage of the Opportunity the current
and future property market will offer, a distant concept for
many during lockdown.
Position: Co-founder & Managing Director
Company: Opportunity Private Capital
Years company has operated: 14 years
Marital Status/Family: Married with 2 daughters
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“We both agreed that the average middle-income Capital
investor had no access or vehicle to leveraging or extracting
the enormous value to be found from developing. There was a
gap to be explored in this sector.”
“Change is constant and
constantly increasing its
pace. You have to keep
your attention on it to stay
This is when they founded Opportunity Private Capital,
uniquely offering high yielding fixed asset-backed
investments to private individuals at a time when very few
such alternatives existed.
“Our experience led us to identify that the best way to
offer our clients ultimate security in financing property
developments was to continue without the use of institutional
financing. Our developments are financed solely by our
private clients. There is no institutional finance involved
therefore enabling our investors to hold all the security until
Life motto: Never, ever give up.
Wynand Haywood has always gravitated towards property
development. From 1994 he was an agent with Seeff
Properties, exposed to development sales. When he left
them in 1998 he ventured into various disciplines of property
development including virtual reality, marketing, investment
and development structuring, which all contributed to an
in-depth understanding of the many aspects which influence
“From 2004 I started to focus on developing projects
myself -it was at this time that Nick and myself met up and
Opportunity was born”.
Morgan spent almost a decade in the investment banking
sector, of which seven years he spent with HSBC Investment
Bank in London. He made the decision to leave investment
banking 15 years ago and go into the property sector, which
he had always felt an affinity towards.
Panic, uncertainty and economic hardships serve as
unwanted unifiers for the world currently. Despite this, history
has shown that opportunity is there for those that seek it. The
dynamic duo of Nick Morgan and Wynand Haywood continue
to offer investment stability, security and opportunity.
MAY/JUNE 2020 SA Real Estate Investor Magazine
“It’s being in this corporate environment that led me to get
increasingly frustrated with being part of a global juggernaut.
I wanted to be an architect for change. My drive was to be an
integral part of something that had a direct positive effect on
the market - to add value in an arena that I could exercise an
element of creativity and control.”
It’s at this time that he met Haywood. Both were frustrated
with the lack of access for individuals to participate in the “big
cash” arena of property development finance. “Being able to
participate in such opportunities was traditionally accessible
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Stay focused, become very knowledgeable in
a particular sector of the real estate industry &
2. Diversify within your chosen arena of knowledge
with combination of capital generating and asset
3. Don’t panic & allow herd mentality to influence
your actions in market downturns. Fluctuations
are part of the long-term cycle.
4. Property is a long-term investment. Never forget
5. The right time to buy property is when you can
6. Stick to investments in regions that can sustain
economic growth for the long term.
7. Always establish what security you have for your
8. Do the investments have a historically consistent
9. Are the investments located in high demand
areas of their sector.
10. Does the investment product have solid
fundamentals in place.
SA Real Estate Investor Magazine MAY/JUNE 2020