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We first visited Alex at Destiny Sydney in August 2008. Our aim at the time was to develop a financial plan, other than superannuation, and become less reliant on full time employment. We also wanted a plan we could stick to and which would not hinder our day to day lifestyle. Alex discussed with us the opportunity to build a property investment portfolio using the equity we had in our own home.
I had read lots of property investing books from various authors but I wasn't convinced that their methods were for us. However, after reading every Margaret Lomas book, I felt comfortable with her philosophy and systematic approach to creating wealth.
In the beginning, we found it difficult to settle on a region to focus on. The thought of making those first calls to agents was also daunting. After lengthy investigation online in different areas, we purchased our first property in January 2009 followed by our second in April 2009 - both sight unseen. Illness during the next 12 months hindered our progression. However, we're now back on track and have just signed up for our third property.
Diversification has been part of our strategy. Our first property was an 8 year old, 3 bedroom plus study home in Mildura, regional Victoria. The second was a new 4 bedroom plus study home in Point Cook, a suburb of Melbourne, and our latest one is a 3 bedroom townhouse off the plan in Oxley, a suburb of Brisbane. This will be a new experience for us.
We changed tact slightly from our original plan of buying more properties at lower value, as two of our investments are new. However, our total borrowing is similar. Our aim is to have a balanced portfolio of both positive cash flow properties with some high growth investments whilst ensuring we can service the loans. A key factor of this strategy is obtaining tax variations from the ATO. We look forward to continuing to grow our portfolio with the help of Alex, Sandra and the team at Destiny Sydney.
My name is Roz and I live in Albany with my husband Graham and our three teenage children. We joined Destiny about a year and a half ago after a family member recommended them to us. My husband and I wanted to create a way to provide for our retirement down the track and allow us to be able to eventually retire from our upholstery business. Being self-employed in a small business, we found there was not a lot of 'extra' income to put into a super fund. We knew we had to do something else to give us an enjoyable retirement. Maybe property investing was something that we could learn, do the research and ultimately become really good at?
We initially looked at another property investing group/club but it didn't take us very long to feel like the process was being taken out of our hands. They didn't make it easy for us to understand the whole process and we weren't comfortable with the system that they use. After reading one of Margaret Lomas' books, some through investigation and the recommendation of a family member, we found and started with Destiny.
We could see that our investment goals were well aligned with the Destiny program. We armed ourselves with as much knowledge and understanding as possible, and although it was a really hectic and busy time for us, we soon bought our first property which was a small block of units! I was very keen and wanted to surround myself with other like-minded people so I joined the Perth branch. The support from the team there has also been great!
We are currently finalising our second investment property in NSW and we are enjoying the challenges and learning curves of property investing.
My name is Adrian Fiorito. I'm 24 years old have worked for the past three years as a Radiographer. I also have an extra part-time job in the same profession. My second job is intertwined with my investment goals, as I saw fit to work hard while I can, and reap the benefits later.
I have been interested in property for as long as I can remember. I keep an open mind about investing, and therefore I am not afraid to endeavour into all aspects of it, but I took a liking to property investment because it seemed less subject to volatility than other asset classes. However, one thing that concerned me was liquidity. This is a concern that Destiny helped me understand. Many young or inexperienced investors get drawn in by promises of capital growth and rent returns. Few do adequate research into the area to discover sound growth drivers or calculate real returns. Destiny helped me to realise both. While my investment knowledge is still in its infancy, the Destiny team have also nudged me forward to research into areas that really interest me, like the macro-economy and Reserve Bank policies.
I look to the future with one word in mind - Liberty. The liberty to work when I want; the liberty to invest when I want; the liberty to do what I want to do, and when I want to do it. In order to achieve this goal, I must stay active as an investor, stay motivated by supportive people and become financially literate.
I am disturbed by my generation - that is generation 'Y' of today's times. Most will never realise the benefits of securing financial freedom by saving and investing. Most instead prefer to spend and consume; a practice that without doubt will never result in the future I aspire to. Most young people today look to cars and lifestyle, ignorant they are to what tomorrow may bring.
Fortunately I did some research before selecting investment advisers - Destiny proved to be the best in philosophy, research, and support by far in comparison to other companies in the field. I thank Destiny for the revision of my original investment strategy, from one of relying on projected capital growth and risk, to one of cash flow and security. As a result of this I have secured my first two investment properties in less than a year, and currently looking for more property to help to march towards liberty.
Marg and I joined Destiny in 2005 as Virtual clients. When Beresfield branch opened in July 2007, I transferred to Annette and her team at Beresfield and have progressed enormously. I have read Margaret's books and could see the real benefit of creating an income for life. I have always had an interest in real estate, and in later times so has Marg, but this was going to take that interest to a new level.
What always took our interest with the Destiny programme was that nothing was ever very expensive. The books and the seminars that Margaret runs around the country are very affordable when you compare to other so-called educators. I have always believed, and still do, that Margaret's focus was to to keep the education affordable so many people could access the information. Marg and I are both shift workers and enjoy the outdoors; holidaying and spending time with our 3 children aged 26 to 20.
After receiving our initial projection my comment was "Yeah so where do you find properties like that showing those returns" even though it stated that they were real examples.
Initially we did a lot of research and little else. One must actually put the plan into practice if you wish to achieve your aim of creating that income for life. When I look back on those original projections knowing what we know now, I must admit that they were absolutely achievable.
Our first property purchase after joining Destiny was in Woodridge Qld. We did some research and found a property that looked OK so we just went for it…we took action even though a little blindly in hindsight. The result has been great. Between 2005 and mid July 2007, we purchased 2 properties, then after transferring to Beresfield, we have purchased another 4. Today we have 6 properties and the majority of these have been recent purchases with the support of Annette and her team at Beresfield. We are presently doing a small duplex development in Victoria. Our time with Beresfield has enhanced our knowledge and confidence, which has resulted in us testing out some other property strategies. Your Destiny team are so willing to help you develop your portfolio and Marg and I definitely plan to continue to achieve our goals.
Get involved and stay involved. If I had my time again I would definitely get the education as early as possible, then take action and always use the amazing support vehicle that you have at your local Destiny Branch. In our case, as long as Annette gives the property a tick of approval, then we are both sure that it will be a positive move.
It is like most things, the more effort and time you put in, the better the result. At Destiny, you are mixing with like-minded people. Get the education, use your Destiny team and simply follow the principles. Anyone can do it. Just get out there and do it!
If you take action now, the results can be amazing in a short time, even if you do have a long term plan.
Mark and Lynette like many other couples wondered how they were going to meet their financial goals. Mark is a Diesel Fitter and Lynette a part time Psychologist and mother.
It was 2007 and I was on 12 months maternity leave with our second child, I wanted to find a suitable investment means for further cash flow. On one wage, is near impossible. How could we meet our goals: a new car in a few years; an overseas holiday for a white Christmas in 10 years; Mark to "get off the tools" by the age of 40... Prior to children we had two wages and could pay cash for these items, but I could see in the future this was not going to be the case.
I have always had an interest in real estate and day-dreamed of owning property (in addition to our own home) - I just didn't understand how to go about it. On discussing our need for further cash flow and my interest in property, our accountant said he thought Margaret Lomas' principles were perhaps the most sensible in the property investment industry. After then reading a few of her books, I tended to agree. From there, I contacted the Destiny Virtual Branch and haven't looked back - we have been clients since February 2008. Mark Rossiter and the team have provided great support. I am receiving the mentorship that I was seeking. Initially we were reluctant to tell family and friends of our investing plan, as everyone has their own opinion of the 'right' investing option, so we wanted to steer away from any negativity. Hence, the professional mentoring offered by the Virtual Branch has been greatly appreciated.
Our first property purchase was in May 2008, followed by a second purchase in September 2008. Now we are about to have our third child and contracts are signed for properties 3 and 4. My plan is to have about 12 months off from looking for any further property, but I think I will get itchy feet and won't able to stop myself searching for properties 5, 6.... My personal goal is to eventually purchase over 10 properties. We still need that new car and now having our children, we want the flexibility to work a little less and spend more time with them. We don't necessarily want to be wealthy, but to be able to create opportunities for an interesting and adventurous life. We have set our goals for the next 20 years and displayed it in poster format on the wall. This is great motivation for us to keep on purchasing those investment properties!
Hello. Our names are Lorraine and Mark and we'd love to briefly share our story with you.
I had always felt there was some way for us to live a better lifestyle and provide for the future. The past 20 years has seen us try multi-level marketing and share trading. But it wasn't until we became one of those unsuspecting couples who bought an interstate (Queensland) property after being flown in and treated like royalty and ushered through the process all in one day, that I realised that I liked this game, and decided to give it a go. Mark is an avid supporter of our desire to accumulate property, and he is most willing to put pen to paper when the documents need signing. I am the 'gofer' and enjoy the thrill of the property hunt!
So that was in 2000 and although it took some time to realise that we had, in fact, been one of those unfortunates who had over-paid for an under-researched property, it was not enough to put us off. I believe in learning from experiences - the good, the bad and the ugly - and moving on. We still hold that property and it is now doing very nicely.
In 2002, we engaged the help of a buyers advocate which resulted in the purchase of our second property (Victoria). That same property manager's company still manages that property for us today. So, like the first property, we felt the need to have help in finding and making our property purchases.
Then in 2005, wishing to learn more about property investing, I joined a group called Wildly Wealthy Women and it was through this network that we ended up purchasing our third property in Western Australia. At this point in my learning I was realising that I am the sort of person that likes constant contact with like-minded people so I can seek advice and keep motivated.
I had visited the Destiny office in Footscray in about 2003, but in our lack of wisdom at the time (hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it?) decided it was not for us. However, I have learned from that experience that if you find something that feels right and suits your needs, run with it.
Receiving the Destiny VIP Newsletters via email, I learnt that a new office would be opening in Bayside in 2008. Brilliant! We went to meet the delightful Louise and were blown away with the friendliness and professionalism of the team at Bayside. With our now (slightly) better understanding of finance and desire to move forward, the joining fee was no longer a barrier and we became part of the Destiny Melbourne 'family'. I cannot recommend their Focus Group enough (yay! I had a group!), and love going to the various workshops to hear from guest speakers, and catching up each time with people who are becoming better friends each time we meet.
Last year we bought our fourth property (Victoria) through Destiny and we were totally impressed with the support and assistance we received from Louise and the team. They are so helpful and willing to answer your questions (no matter how silly you might think your questions are!) Thank you Team Melbounre. Our only regret is that you weren't in Melbourne five years ago!