Buying

How to make an investment strategy for the whole family

By Bianca Dabu
Family

Mitchell Burge has built a 13-property portfolio since he started his property investment journey when he was 29. While this may already spell "success" for many, he and his partner are still planning to continue investing to achieve financial freedom and security for themselves and their future children.

The couple is running an air conditioning business at the same time that they are growing their property portfolio, and what they plan to do is spread liability to further secure their earnings.

"We've got just about 20 staff now, but it's taken years to get that to there... I separate the portfolio as a different company and that's a different company. We don't mix the two at all," according to Mitchell.

"I’ve found in business, this can be demotivating because you can do a lot better in this than you can flogging yourself 10 hours a day, five, six days a week, but I love business, so I can't help it... [Our] portfolio is actually going to overtake the business this time next year — we're looking at the figures — with not much work."

Mitchell and his partner are working harder every day to provide a better future for the big family that they want to have.

"The goal is now financial freedom, [and] stability. I was brought up quite poor, [by a] single mother, [attending a] public school. I've seen a lot of friends follow the wrong way down the tracks and fall apart. I don't want my kids to be brought up poor, or their kids," he shared.

"My partner, she's been really positive in helping me and supporting me over the time. I now can't do the portfolio, it's too big... I'm now branching off more into the business and she's taking over the portfolio. As she's getting better and getting more trained in it, she's going to keep growing it."

The couple has trusts and subsidiaries set up, and they plan to "create a trust and put a house in that trust" for every child they have to set them up for life as soon as possible. According to them, all their efforts are directed towards setting up a secured future for their kids and their kids' children.

"Now, we're now putting properties across into her name. You need to spread liability. We've got trusts and subsidiaries set up," Mitchell said.

"We're planning a big family, [and] every child that we have, we're going to create a trust and put a house in that trust, so they're set for life. This isn't just us. We're going to set this up for our kids and their kids.

"We've now pulled back a little bit because there's not that much in [the market]. We're paying down debt, which most people aren't doing and we're reconvening and calculating the next move."

Tune in to Mitchell Burge's episode in The Smart Property Investment Show to know more about his journey as a property investor and how he plans to acquire 10 properties in 10 years—or even more.

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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.

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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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