Derry Brown

Financial Adviser (Property)

To climb onto the investment property ladder I saved $500,000 in 6 years.

Yes, half-a-million. In 6 years.

This sizeable saving was also achieved on just a normal wage. I wasn't on mega-money. There was no 6-figure salary, and there was no additional cash injection from a rich Aunt who recently passed.

Instead, it was steadfast dedication from my partner and I, who agreed to sever our spending to see it happen.

Today, we control a property portfolio worth over $2.2 million. The properties won’t settle until 2022, but they are already gaining in value and neither of us have any intention of selling them for the next 20-30 years.

So you might be worried – If you work with me as a financial adviser, am I going to tell you off for buying shoes, coffee or power tools?”

I admit my savings theory of “slashing everything” might not be suitable to most investors.

But when the conversation comes up, this does mean I can give good advice if investors do want to save more.

Actually, most people don’t have to make such drastic changes to their lifestyle to save more. That’s if they aren’t being irresponsible with their money.

But my personal experience has shaped my ethos around how I want to help clients.

Working as a financial adviser with Opes, I help would-be investors acknowledge their potential earlier than if they did it on their own. Because, everyone, from all walks of life, can be in a position to invest.

Before joining Opes, I had “done a lot” of things, which saw me build experience for my current role helping Kiwis.

In 2010, shortly after the financial crisis, when nobody wanted or liked property, I was helping people invest in real estate.

It’s really gratifying to see those people have earned hundreds of thousands or more since then.

Later, I worked for Aspire Advisors, a property and mortgage expert firm. This was later bought out by Squirrel Mortgages in 2015 when I continued to work for the company.

Before coming to Opes in January 2021, I was the Chief Operating Officer of online fitness company, Josef Rakich Fitness.

I haven't done everything perfectly though. I've made a lot of bad decisions along my investment journey, and I know what it’s like to be broke and come out the other side on top.

In fact that’s one of the things I think makes me of most value to the investors I works with.

Whether the investor I sit in front of has little money, or a bit more, I've been in that situation too.

To me, building wealth is really simple. All you have to do is carve out a piece of your income and apply it to assets that tend to go up in value over time that won’t dilute.

The economic machine is designed to deflate the value of your money. So all you have to do is acquire assets that can’t be diluted, and hold on to them for the long term.

It sounds simple because it is.

Check out my featured episode on The Property Academy Podcast:

Episode 955 - Case Study Sunday: Under 30 and Buying Their 1st Investment Property ... How This Couple Are Doing It

Episode 1298 - Case Study Sunday: $140k Passive Income in 20 Years Through Property – How This Couple Will Do It


What's it like working with Derry?

Here's what Derry's investors say
  • 5/5 stars

    Very professional and made the process very easy

    Derry was a great help in developing our wealth plan and then assisting in the purchase of our investment property. The whole Opes team are very professional and made the process very easy.

    Dillon T18/2/2024
  • 5/5 stars

    Made the process of buying my first investment property a seamless and stress free experience

    Great experience working with Derry at Opes - he made the process of buying my first investment property a seamless and stress free experience, and was great at responding to all my questions and scepticism in a clear and timely manner. Great support from the team also. Highly recommend!

    Hannah Y31/1/2024
  • 5/5 stars

    Wealth of information you guys shared

    Thanks Derry and the wider OPES team for the wealth of information you guys shared and helping us navigate the process of finding (and purchasing) the right property for us! Really helped us to feel we were making a well informed decision.

    Jarrod A22/1/2024
  • 5/5 stars

    We will definitely be back to talk with Opes

    Derry Brown was our Property Partner at OPES Auckland and we enjoyed working alongside him to purchase our new build property in Rolleston. He was great at talking it through with us and sharing his own personal experiences as well as the pros and cons of the properties we were looking at. Some of the concepts took us a while to understand as we are new to property investment, but Derry worked with us through each of our questions and we were really happy with the outcome. We are looking forward to getting the keys to our new rental in Feb the house looks great and is coming along with no issues at all. We will definitely be back to talk with OPES and Derry on our next purchase. Thanks Team

    Shannon & Nick H13/1/2024
  • 5/5 stars

    His expertise and guidance was invaluable

    We had a great experience with Derry at OPES partners who was our first contact and advisor for our investment property purchasing journey. His expertise and guidance was invaluable, making what is a stressful process much more manageable. He took the time to understand our financial goals and situation and recommended a property that aligned with our objectives. Highly recommend Derry and also Olivia our client relationship manager who guided us through the remainder of the property purchasing process.

    James W16/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    I feel like talking to a friend with him

    I was very impressed with Derry and the team. They are good and best at what they are doing, very efficient and knowledgable. Derry is an honest man and very easy to talk to. I feel like talking to a friend with him. Will definitely recommend him and buy more from him again. Cheers.

    Piter K4/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Derry was there from the beginning

    We have had a great experience with OPES having just settled on a property in Auckland. Derry was there from the beginning with advice whenever required and Ella was superb at securing the finance for us through turbulent times. Loved working with them both and look forward to doing so again soon.

    The Webbs14/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    The quantity and quality of information gave me the confidence

    Derry and the team were great to work with. The quantity and quality of information Opes made available to me and their teams professional approach and expertise, gave me the confidence to follow their advice when selecting an investment property. Highly recommended. My Opes team are Derry, April and Olivia.

  • 5/5 stars

    Bring on the next property!

    We have been working with Derry for awhile now and have finally managed to go unconditional on our first property purchased through Opes Partners. We have valued Derry and the teams well-rounded expert advice and guidance. They really have their finger on the pulse and we feel so confident purchasing property knowing the skill and resources behind Derry and the team we have been working with. Bring on the next property!

    Vanessa H8/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    There was no question that they didn't know the answer to

    Derry and his team from the Auckland office helped us navigate the process of buying our first investment property from start to end. There was no question we couldn't ask, or that they didn't answer. Derry also helped us to make goals for our retirement and created a plan to help us achieve those. It was all so smooth and slick, we were very impressed with the company.

    Siobhan P11/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    The property was tenanted quickly

    Really happy working with Opes on taking the next step adding a new build property to our portfolio. Working with Derry to work understand the options for what worked for us and using Opes' awesome calculators, research and podcasts/youtube etc gave confidence we were making informed decisions. We were looking to move quickly and while the first place didn't work out, the second was quickly secured with Derry, Michelle and Olivia working hard to make it happen on our terms. The property was tenanted quickly and we're super happy with the process so far.

    Paul M1/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    will definitely be using them and the team at OPES partners again

    After helping set us up with our own wealth plan Derry Brown and Olivia helped us navigate through the journey of buying two houses, the process was made a lot easier with their knowledge and easy to follow procedures, will definitely be using them and the team at OPES partners again when we decide to expand our portfolio

    Matthew O28/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Tenanted on day 1 with above expected rental returns

    What a great experience, Derry Brown was fantastic to deal with and provided thorough answers to all our questions backed up with loads of data and information - it only took us a few weeks to go through the process and confidently buy our first investment property, which has valued well and was Tenanted on day 1 with above expected rental returns - definitely recommend this team!

    Debbie C17/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    The Opes structure was really helpful to go through as a couple

    We have worked with Derry as our Opes property partner. He has been easy to talk to and we felt we could ask any question. He also has a video to elaborate on anything we asked. He guided us methodically to the point of confidently buying an investment property. The Opes structure was really helpful to go through as a couple. I can honestly say we had zero arguments despite going into it thinking it would be stressful and difficult. Everything was made clear to us both and we were on the same page the entire way. We would definitely recommend Opes and Derry.

    Arvin G7/11/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Information was very clear and detailed

    Worked with Derry to purchase an investment property. Information was very clear and detailed. He has a lot of knowledge in this area which made the process very streamlined and easy. Look forward to working with him in the future. Also worked with other functions of the Opes group who were also very knowledgeable. Thanks Suzanne

    Suzanne P23/11/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    A hassle free journey

    Have listened to the Opes podcasts for years and decided to use them to help get into investment properties. Our Opes property partner, Derry Brown, was able to listen to our needs and formulate a plan tailored exactly for us. Derry and his team then made the selection, financing and settlement of a couple of New Builds seamless by guiding us and answering any questions or concerns along the way. Opes and specifically Derry & Olivia, made what could have been a scary dive into investing for our retirement , a hassle free journey. Thanks!

    Greg H11/11/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Delighted with the service and attention to detail

    Delighted with the service and attention to detail provided by Derry Brown at Opes Partners. His tenacity in ringfencing our property for us when the opportunity arose was much appreciated. Highly recommended and we look forward to continuing the partnership in the future.

    Oli C17/11/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    For novices like us it can be a scary and daunting process

    We worked with Derry and the Opes team to guide us through buying our first investment property. For novices like us it can be a scary and daunting process. But Derry and his team are so experienced and knowledgeable they made the process seem easy. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to buy there 1st or 5th investment property. We will definitely be working with them again in the future.

    Glen S11/12/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Derry give us all of the answers that we were looking for

    After sitting on the fence for the past 5 yrs, eventually listening to Wealth Plan and meeting Derry at Opes Partners give us all of the answers that we were looking for. We've always had these inner questions that have stopped us from making the leap these past few years. Derry made the process very easy for us to understand, including the team around him - which has been very smooth and a quick journey. Feels great to have finally purchased our 1st rental property and to have a plan/goals for our future. Hopefully this is the 1st of many! Craig & Suzanne

    Craig P26/11/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Derry has gone above and beyond

    We purchased an investment property with the help and support from Derry at OPES. The service has been outstanding. Derry has gone above and beyond to make sure we stay on track with our long term goal of a comfortable retirement. Would highly recommend Derry and his team if considering purchasing an investment property. Thanks Carolyn and Maurice

  • 5/5 stars

    Derry was extremely knowledgeable

    My husband and I had a fantastic experience with Opes. Derry was extremely knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. We are very happy with the purchase of our first investment property and will continue to use Derry and Opes for future investment advice.

    Alex B8/1/2023
  • 5/5 stars

    Really informative and supportive

    I have been working with Derry at Opes Partners since February 2023, to plan and create a property investment portfolio. Thanks to Derry and the team, who have been really informative and supportive, I have purchased a property which is currently under construction and on my way to achieving my financial goals. Highly recommend contacting Derry, if you are considering starting or growing a property portfolio.

    Andrea S7/12/2023