Dear {:firstName},

When you start out in property, you are your greatest risk.

Make no mistake, what you don’t know, will hurt you.

Your lack of knowledge, experience and skill is as great as it will ever be.

If, however, you are fortunate enough to have or seek out a wise mentor at the beginning, and be smart enough to listen… hopefully you’ll avoid many mistakes for the unwary, or as I say, 'dodge many bullets'.

I was not so fortunate.

My first property I bought in 1994 went well enough. It was a 2-bed, 1-bath, plus car space unit in Cronulla for $152,000. I had just started my gym in Cronulla with my brother, and we lived in this property for a long time. We cosmetically renovated this unit many years later and sold it for $382,000 around 2009.

Not a bad result, all things considered, for my first go.

During that time, around 2001, I also bought my first investment property, two in fact. I bought them brand new, through a slick ‘mum and dad’ property investor ‘club’ that was little more than a two tier marketer in hindsight.

I paid $299,000 each for both of these 2-bedroom, 2-story apartments in Parramatta, off the plan at the time. They ended up being severely negatively-geared, well over-priced and I sold them more than 10 years later for around $307,000.

What I didn’t know, hurt me. I didn’t do my homework; I didn’t know what homework to do; I trusted people unworthy of my trust. They even got a $16,000 per property marketing fee to sell them to me.

I lost money when I bought them (paid too much).

I lost money while I held them (rent didn’t cover interest and outgoings).

I lost money when I sold them (after agent’s commission, marketing fees etc).

Not to mention the opportunity costs over those 10 years!

And you know what, I am so grateful for that experience! It’s one of the main reasons why I do what I do today. :)

And, if I was starting out again, here’s what I would do:

  • go for lower priced properties regardless of what I could afford. If I couldn’t afford my own area, I’d shift areas.
  • go for properties at or below the average price for that area.
  • go for established properties in established areas (less risk, more certainty).
  • go for houses, not units (land appreciates, buildings depreciate).
  • go for properties selling below market value (if I couldn’t, I wouldn’t buy).
  • go for properties I could cosmetically renovate at first, structurally renovate later, or in fact, subdivide.
  • I’d repeat that, over and over again.

For first-time, or even seasoned investors in these very interesting economic times, buying a well located, established, but cosmetically tired property that you can cosmetically renovate is a smart, lower risk and potentially very rewarding investment to make.

When you’re starting out, you are your greatest risk. Do your utmost to eliminate that risk. Here’s how…

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Let Australia’s Renovation Queen and TV Celebrity Renovator, Cherie Barber share with you many of the tips and tricks of successfully making money through property investment and renovations.

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But don’t delay. Due to Cherie’s TV commitments both here and in the US I can’t guarantee that you’ll get a second shot at this dedicated event…

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Also, check out this month’s video tips below from our experts as well as a special interview I did with Therese Kerr on your greatest from of wealth - your health.

Get educated now.

To Your Success,

P.S. You may also want to forward your April newsletter to a friend.


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