Rags to Riches

By Kristi

RAGS TO RICHES

Property can help you build wealth, but can this happen if you’re starting from scratch? If you have no cash, no credit or no job history, can you still invest in property? If you lose everything through business fraud, bankruptcy, or personal crisis, how would you even begin to recover? Vivienne Kelly speaks to seven investors from across the country who have bounced back from adversity

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“I celebrated turning 50 with a massive physical and mental breakdown,” says Bernadette Janson. “As it turns out, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.” 

In her 20s, Bernadette gave up a career in nursing to take care of her four children. To keep herself challenged and motivated during this time, she started doing small renovations, and as time wore on she took on more ambitious projects.

“I got more and more daring. I had a go at everything: renovating, development, subdivision, heritage work, until eventually I bought a run-down business to renovate,” she says.

The corporate café and catering business had everything: staffing issues, long hours and temperamental chefs.

“I should have been suspicious when the two owners before me walked out in despair, but I don’t give up,” Bernadette says. “So I kept at it until finally I dragged it kicking and screaming back into the black.

“It took me two years to get it singing, but the problem was I stopped singing. I knew I wasn’t coping but it was such a great business that I couldn’t let it go – until finally I had a meltdown.”

Bernadette’s mental struggles were then compounded by a cancer diagnosis.

“I was slapped by the reality of what I was doing to myself,” she says. “I was filled with grief for the time I had not been present and what that cost me. I resolved to spend the second act in my life on my terms.”

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A softening market can be a difficult time for a property investor with finance approval tightening and property capital growth slowing, and while many real estate agents are also feeling the squeeze McGrath Brighton Le Sands' Bill Tsounias claims it is simply the market returning to normal.

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In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, Bill joins host Phil Tarrant to share his thoughts on the current Sydney property market, and to share the shifts that he has seen in house and unit sale prices following their worst quarter in the past decade.

Bill will unpack why properties are spending longer on market, share what he believes property investors are doing wrong when trying to sell their properties and share the secrets to getting the best out of a real estate agent and an auction in the current softening market.

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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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