From novice investors to buyer’s agents, Lisa and Brian Happ share their inspiring story – Ep.88
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This latest episode of the Geared for Growth podcast will resonate with every property investor, whether aspiring or a little more seasoned. Mike is joined by Lisa and Brian, successful property investors turned Buyer’s Agents, who share their story from the early days of property seminars and cookie-cutter kit homes, through to the thriving business they enjoy today.
In a no-holds-barred conversation, Lisa and Brian lay out their journey in honest and relatable detail, and walk the listener through some of their personal investments, even sharing locations of their projects from Torquay in Victoria up to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. They explain why they made the decisions they did and talk through the lessons they learned along the way.
Brian’s “Longboard Theory” will have you looking at lifestyle factors in a new light. From positive cashflow properties to rooming houses and commercial assets, Lisa and Brian’s matter-of-fact delivery downplays the impressive portfolio they have amassed and it’s easy to see why they’ve built a business as mentors for others to follow in their path.
This episode is as informative as it is inspiring, and is sure to leave you feeling that anything is achievable if you just keep learning and growing, and putting one step in front of the other in your property journey.
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Mike is joined by Lisa and Brian, successful property investors turned Buyer’s Agents, who share their story from the early days of property seminars and cookie-cutter kit homes, through to the thriving business they enjoy today.
What we cover in this episode
How Lisa and Brian went from investing in property to helping others achieve the same results
Cautionary tales about property seminars
An honest account of early mistakes
Brian shares his “longboard theory”
Finding undervalued pockets driven by lifestyle factors
The value in the community housing model and the yields they bring
Top tips for finding a guru or mentor
Commercial property and how it differs from residential
How Lisa and Brian work to understand their clients and tailor their services to suit
“Would you buy a unit now, would we encourage people to buy one in that sense and the answers probably no unless you know the reasons for going into it and what your stepping stones are moving forward” Lisa 5:40
“We’ve done really well out of this little ‘find undervalued pockets around where people as they mature like to surf’ and now we call it a lifestyle driver” Brian 10:34
“Your mentors need to make you feel slightly uncomfortable and get outside your comfort zone but also will be pushed back and challenged as you learn more be able to challenge what they’re actually saying and make your own decisions” Brian 15:12
“I allow it about a 25% cost for operating this is a rooming house that you pay your the Internet the power the water you pay generally a higher management team naturally it’s a higher insurance costs” Brian 17:36
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The Geared for Growth property investing podcast was created by Mike out of a desire to provide value to his property investor clients. The idea is to source Australia's leading property investment experts and find how they and their clients are achieving exceptional results. The podcast is open to anybody interested in learning how to invest and the strategies you can apply to achieve exceptional results. You'll hear from buyers agents, mortgage brokers, strata managers, accountants and other professionals all sharing their insider knowledge.