Finance advice

The ‘light-bulb moment’ that helped these property investors shift strategies

By Bianca Dabu
Lightbulb

When they began their property investment journey together seven years ago, Lena Lindley and Lauren Curren focused on flipping properties and generating quick cash from renovation, but soon after acquiring their first two properties, they have realized that a strategy for the long-term is vital for achieving ultimate success in property investment.

The couple started thinking about shifting strategies during one of the few moments that they disagreed on an important investment decision.

“We had this apartment… It was beautiful," Lena shared, "It’s in an old 1920s building that used to be a hotel. It was stunning.” Like the properties they purchased before it, the apartment also underwent renovation before being sold.

“We did renovate it and I wanted to keep it. I thought that there was a lot of potential in this and Lena, of course, wanted to sell it. That’s probably been the first and one of the few times where there’s been quite a big difference of opinion… We still ended up selling it, but I still believe we should [have] kept it,” Lauren added.

Had they been able to hold the property longer, it would have added more value to their portfolio, according to the property investors. From then on, the couple decided to educate themselves about other strategies that they can employ to continue creating wealth through property, as well as the benefits of being surrounded by field experts and professionals who can guide them through their journey.

“For us, that was the light-bulb [moment]... That’s kind of my go-to point when we’re having those conversations about where we’re going next. We sit down and we go, ‘Look, we learned a lesson here. Where can we go from that?’ ” Lauren said.

“We [decided that] we were going to start paying people to find us positively-geared properties because I just couldn’t [on my own]. There was just so much information out there and you don’t know how to filter that, you don’t know who to listen to. We decided on a buyer’s agent… and we move forward—that’s been the last 18 months,” Lena added.

The couple’s advice to property investors is to think long-term when investing in properties and never be afraid to ask for help.

“As soon as you get past that initial thought of the cash in the bank as opposed to the equity that you see in the property … flipping is just not a good plan for a long-term strategy. It was good in the beginning because it generated quick cash for us to be able to spread out,” Lena explained.“

You get advice from people and some people say one thing, [while] some people say another. Until you surround yourself with the right people with the right information and all the right knowledge, you just don’t know.”

Tune in to Lena Lindley and Lauren Curren’s episode on The Smart Property Investment Show to know more about how the pair managed to build an impressive portfolio— what they have done wrong, what they have done right, and what they are most proud of.

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If Mark Hodge’s face looks familiar to you it could be because of his time working as a professional entertainer which saw him working with the Australian ballet, appearing on multiple seasons of Dancing with the Stars and touring in musical theatre for 17 years. What you may not know is that Mark is also heavily involved in the short-term property rental marketspace.

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Mark joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss his transition from entertainer to investor, a journey pushed forward by dance related injuries and even a hit and run which saw him needing to find alternate methods to bring in an income. Mark shares how bad long-term tenants and a gang member guided him to the short-term rental market, and how this pushed him into helping others to realise the same benefits.

Mark will also address the common concerns, discuss what his company Maisonnets specialise in and unpack how they are making the process of filling short term rentals easier for investors.

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.

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One of Jillian's daughters joins in briefly to discuss the value in educating children about money, and how another is just about ready to purchase her first property - while still at school! They also reveal how Jillian encourages her children to grow wealth in a move that many kids might not be too happy about.

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Buying off-the-plan can be lucrative in the long run, if you can get over the risk factor. If you want to minimise the risk and maximise your chances at profitability, these suburbs might be just what you’re looking for.

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Outlined in The Australian Off The Plan Sentiment Report, published by Investorist, Domain’s data scientist Dr Nicola Powell has outlined where in major markets investors should focus their efforts when purchasing property off-the-plan:

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The south-west region of Sydney has seen an increase of interest in new developments, with Leppington, Austral and Edmondson Park, as well as Marsden Park, which all offer the widest variety of developments available to buy into, according to Domain data.

Sydney was also the most popular capital city for off-the-plan interest, with Domain recording over 2 million views for the property type.

Brisbane

The increased number of new developments has impacted on price growth in the unit market with supply stronger than demand, yet off-the-plan listing prices remain higher than listing prices for all new developments.

The full extent of the market however is yet to be seen, as it is adjusting with the fall of new development commencements and completed developments slide from the peak. Boutique developments in the inner city, targeted towards owner-occupiers, have the potential to show signs of improvement amid underperforming inner city Brisbane units.

Canberra

The key area in all of Canberra is Gungahlin, which according to Dr Powell contains numerous opportunities for buyers, as the area has seen a “significant transformation”.

Gungahlin currently is Canberra’s fastest growing area, seeing its population double in the last 10 years, there is a light rail project under construction and the first commonwealth government agency is scheduled to relocate to the area. Moncrieff is the most popular Gungahlin suburb, with the most development listings and views according to Domain data and has continued to remain popular even with other developments undergoing construction in Throsby, Taylor and Kenny.

Melbourne

Out of all the property types, new house and land packages topped Domain’s list for Victoria in 2017 with 1.8 million views, showing there is high demand for them due to employment opportunities getting stronger and affordability hurdles getting lower. There is also a solid chance for growth, as the strong demand saw prices for new house and land packages rise over 2017.

West Melbourne was the most popular region for off-the-plan supply and demand with the most listings and views, with popular suburbs including Tarneit, Werribee and Rockbank.

Perth

Demand for new house and land packages were proportionally high, making up 87.5 per cent of all listing views, with the majority of listings stemming from south-west and south-east regions of Perth, with the suburbs Baldivis, Piara Waters, Wellard and Hilbert ranking at the top.

There was also strong demand for listings in the north, which include the north-east suburb of Morley and the north west suburb of Doubleview.

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