Buying

How this investor started with 1,000 Telstra shares he received for his 13th birthday

By Bianca Dabu
Jeremy Iannuzzelli

Start young—this is one of the fundamental lessons always shared by successful property investors, and this it's the same principle that propelled 26-year-old Jeremy Iannuzzelli to success.

At a young age and with only a modest income as an accountant, Jeremy has already built a nine-property portfolio worth around $2.5 million.

According to him, it all started with the good influence of his father.

"It stems through from an early age, obviously. I loved saving money, I loved working, especially as a young kid. I had a first job at a pizza shop as most young kids do, earning my $7.50 an hour and refereeing soccer games on the weekend for a little bit of cash money, so it all helped," he shared with Smart Property Investment. 

"[I] was just getting towards that age of 17 and 18 years of age and I saw my father—[with] him being an accountant as well. It was stemmed through us that we need to invest, save your money, put your money into a property. [It's been] a bit of a solid foundation at an early age... I saw successful people and what successful people were doing and that was putting their hard-earned savings into investment properties."

The property investor's father started educating him about money and how it works as early as when he turned 13 years old. To celebrate his birthday, instead of getting him the latest toy or gadget, Jeremy's father gifted him with 1,000 Telstra shares.

"It was a fantastic present looking back when I was 21, when I was able to sell them at a good price, but back [when I was] 13, you think ‘What a waste of money a piece of paper is.’ Those are the type of things he'd done for me as a young kid to really instill to me that saving is an integral part of growing up and a dollar today has resulted in many, many dollars after many years. Very fortunate to have that guidance and influence," Jeremy said.

After many years, Jeremy moved to educate himself by being a hands-on learner — by actually going out and looking at properties and talking to the right people instead of just sitting around with a pile of books and other resource materials.

While he describes going to auctions and bidding for properties at 20 years old as "daunting," the effort definitely paid off as he learned to become a smart investor by learning the entire investment process.

"As all 19, 18 year old kids are, if you put a book in front of them, they more tend to just throw it aside and maybe get on the internet or Facebook. I was very hands on, I thought that’s was the way to force myself to really progress. I got out there and I looked at properties... getting a feel for the market, getting a feel for how it worked," Jeremy shared.

"Getting myself familiar with the process was huge. Getting myself familiar with how real estate agents work, that's another benefit as well—what makes them tick, how to work out whether or not you're getting the right deal or not... I was hands on [from] the start, for the initial property, the first one I bought, and then it got more data-oriented to really understand where the yields are, where the growth is, where the prospective growth is, what a council was doing, what a state government's doing."

His advice to budding property investors: All it really takes to succeed in property investment is perseverance and determination.

"I want to encourage people to really get on board and use myself as an example and say, 'Look I didn't necessarily have the golden spoon or the silver spoon, it was through hard work and a lot of research and you can achieve it as well,'" Jeremy concluded.

Tune in to Jeremy Iannuzzelli's episode in The Smart Property Investment Show to know more about how he built his portfolio even though he wasn’t raking in the cash, how many risks he’s willing to take, and where he hopes his portfolio ends up.

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Property investors are now able to identify and bid on auctions remotely using a new live-streaming functionality launched by Gavl.

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Called “Request an Auction”, the new functionality enables users to watch and bid on any Sydney or Melbourne auction remotely.

Through Gavl, prospective buyers are now able to register to bid on their preferred auction. The platform will obtain permission from the listing agent and confirm within 48 hours.

Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

Co-founder Joel Smith said that auctions streamed on Gavl attract 47 per cent more viewers than traditional ones.

He said that Request an Auction will be valuable for remote buyers.

“Buyers are able to have Gavl attend any auction they nominate, so they will never have to miss out on an opportunity due to logistical complications in physically attending the auction.

“Vendors, too, have the opportunity to directly book an auction with us, so they can open up their event to buyers all around the world. With more potential buyers, they’re giving their property the chance to receive more bids and maximise their sales result.”

Mr Smith said that prior to the Request an Auction app, buyers were limited to what they could achieve through the Gavl technology.

Gavl is a live-streaming and bidding platform for real estate auctions.

Mr Smith said that it has streamed more than 6,000 auctions, which have achieved 3.5 million views from 50 countries.

Gavl’s Request an Auction function is currently being offered in Melbourne and Sydney only.

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Having to split her time between Hong Kong and her original base of Sydney has not slowed Julia Tita’s goal of building a high-performance Australian property portfolio. Instead the resulting alterations to her strategy have positively impacted her investing success.

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Having recently purchased her 6th property, Julia joins host Tim Neary to discuss her journey, share her ups and downs over the years, and reveal her thoughts on why some properties are better than others.

Julia also explains why she no longer makes a move without the help of a buyer’s agent, why working with a strong team of specialists is extremely important and discloses her long-term property ambitions.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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The practice of property investment firms sharing undisclosed kickbacks among the supply chain involved in development sales will be outlawed in NSW on 1 July this year under the Real Estate Reform being handed down by regulators in NSW.

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Property commentator and valuer, Suburbanite’s Anna Porter, said the reform will address conflicts of interest.

She said they arise when a mortgage broker, accountant or financial planner receives part of the commission from the property firm, who receive their fees from the developer or seller.

“This puts the broker into a position by which they are being paid on both sides of the fence,” she said.

“Until now this has been a grey area and there was nothing stopping this practice.” 

Ms Porter said this has been a common practice in the industry.

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She also said this process has been going on for decades.

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Ms Porter said the Property, Stock and Business Agents Amendment (Property Industry Reform) Bill 2017 will be in force from July this year, and will prohibit this practice unless the broker or referring partner also holds a real estate industry license.

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Mr Porter said where a referrer holds a real estate license, and receives a part of the sale commission, they may find themselves in breach of the ethical requirements under the act.

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