Case studies – home buyers

“Smart investing = great retirement”

Property Wizards found Brian & Cynthia Starcevich an ideal investment property that gave them great peace of mind for their retirement.

“We want to keep investing in property and look forward to being able to retire within the next five years. This is our primary goal, as well as having a comfortable retirement where we don’t have to worry about money. Working with Property Wizards was a beneficial experience. It was great having the systems there to find the right property for growth. It eliminated stress – especially at the time we bought – as we had a lot on our plate and would have struggled to find out for ourselves how to achieve what we did.”

SECTOR: Residential, Home Buyers

CHALLENGE: We are baby boomers and very aware that the current pension is not sufficient for us to enjoy a good lifestyle upon retirement. We don’t want to have to count our pennies.

“I don’t mind counting dollars, but I don’t want to have to worry about counting the cents”.

To ensure a comfortable retirement with financial freedom, we started considering buying property.

Our financial advisor said we should buy an investment property for tax benefits, and recommended Property Wizards.

We engaged Property Wizards and asked them to find something we could buy and hold for the long term, so it would give us maximum capital growth.

SOLUTION: Within a few days of signing up with Property Wizards, they found a great property for us. Within four days, we signed the offer and acceptance, and within two months we owned the property.

It was a very fast process and definitely worth the money as we didn’t have to spend days and weeks scouring the paper and internet looking for the right property.

OUTCOME: The property is central to schools, shops, the railway line and the beach. We have had a tenant in the property for over two years. Less than three months after settlement the property had gone up in value by about $50,000.

That is incredible growth – just for buying at the right time in the right place.

In today’s market, the property, which is on a 700sqm block, would be valued at a growth of around $100,000 – and that is in a buyer’s market!

We are looking forward to the next property market growth phase to see the value increase, especially with all the development that is occurring in the area at the moment. The area is really progressing, this can only mean good things for us.

“We want to keep investing in property and look forward to being able to retire within the next five years. This is our primary goal, as well as having a comfortable retirement where we don’t have to worry about money. Working with Property Wizards was a beneficial experience. It was great having the systems there to find the right property for growth. It eliminated stress – especially at the time we bought – as we had a lot on our plate and would have struggled to find out for ourselves how to achieve what we did.”

Brian & Cynthia Starcevich – Padbury, Western Australia

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“There’s no place like home”

Property Wizards helped UK-residing Brian and Sally find a wheelchair-friendly home and relocate to Australia to enjoy a better lifestyle.

“There is no way I could’ve achieved this. It would’ve been very expensive and I’m sure it would’ve taken a lot longer as I don’t know the market at all. We’ve also been fortunate to’ve had tenants in our property for most of the time since our purchase, allowing us to earn off our investment. It is not only the perfect home for our needs but provides a great financial asset for the future.”

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SECTOR: Residential, Home Buyer

CHALLENGE: After living in the UK for many years, we decided to return to Perth where two of our daughters were born.

Warmer weather is good for my wife, Sally, as she has Multiple Sclerosis. She is wheelchair-bound and I am her primary carer.

Looking for a wheelchair-friendly property from the UK was going to prove very difficult. Both scenarios that allowed us to look would be difficult and expensive – either I leave Sally in the UK, unsure who could care for her 24/7, to come to Australia to spend weeks – maybe months – looking for a new home, or we both fly to Australia, which would be difficult, expensive and draining.

SOLUTION: This prompted me to look for properties online, and at least do some research. When I saw an ad for Property Wizards, which said they were buyer’s agents, this sounded like the answer to my prayers. I called and had a chat with Trevor and told him my situation. Although it was a difficult brief he was sure he could help us, so we signed up.

It was great because they knew exactly what we were after and set about doing all the work for us. It took about three months to find the perfect property, which had everything we needed from the space to accessibility for a wheelchair, even down to lots of trees and shade for Sally to enjoy the outdoors.

OUTCOME: The home has a huge verandah overlooking the garden, and the train line is not too far away. We bought the property for $580,000 – it was originally on the market for $625,000, so Property Wizards saved us nearly $50,000 off the market price.

We are looking forward to seeing our new home and starting our new life in Australia. It is so nice knowing when we get on the plane we will have no worries or concerns upon our arrival, the transition will be stress-free as Property Wizards has done all the work already.

“There is no way I could’ve achieved this. It would’ve been very expensive and I’m sure it would’ve taken a lot longer as I don’t know the market at all. We’ve also been fortunate to’ve had tenants in our property for most of the time since our purchase, allowing us to earn off our investment. It is not only the perfect home for our needs but provides a great financial asset for the future.”

Brian and Sally – UK

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“Our dream home in the suburb we wanted”

SECTOR: Residential, Home Buyer

Property Wizards found Mary and Emmanuel Chanda’s dream home in the suburb they wanted.

“I cannot imagine how we would’ve purchased our perfect home without Property Wizard’s responsiveness and guidance. We bought the right property in the right area and experienced great capital growth. The process went so smoothly that we will continue to purchase more investment properties and add to the security of our retirement.”

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CHALLENGE: As we were living in Kalgoorlie, but moving to Perth in a few years, we decided to sell our family home in Kalgoorlie and buy a property in Perth. We has a suburb in mind – Atwell. It is in a good position, close to Perth without being in the city, close to schools, shops and other amenities, including the train line, which is planned to extend to Atwell in the next few years.

We thought it’d be wise to buy sooner rather than later so we could buy where we wanted, in a good position, where we could enjoy good capital growth in the years to come. And, we weren’t sure how long it would take to find the perfect home.

We searched online for help as we knew that it’d be impossible to buy while in Kalgoorlie, especially as the market was hot and we wouldn’t be able to attend home opens. As we weren’t property buying experts and had limited knowledge of the Perth market, this added to our dilemma.

SOLUTION: We found Property Wizards’ website as well as another buyer’s agency. We emailed both – the other one didn’t respond but Property Wizards contacted us immediately.

We discussed our situation. We had the right budget. We wanted a 4×2 home, with a nice back yard, ideally in Atwell. We signed up with Property Wizards and they were off and running. They communicated with us the whole time, telling us what they were looking at, what they had viewed, why certain properties weren’t suitable and what was next on the agenda. We were constantly informed, so much so that it felt like we’d been doing the research (minus all the hard work!) as we gained so much information from their search process.

Trevor soon found us a great property, but unfortunately it was not meant to be as we were outbid. The funny thing about that was how devastated Trevor was – it was like he had lost his perfect home! That was when we really knew Property Wizards took their business seriously, and to heart – we were sold on their service.

Two days later, a home a few doors down came onto the market – and it was even better than the first! Property Wizards had steely determination to make sure we did not lose out on this property.

OUTCOME: We secured the house within two weeks of signing up with Property Wizards, in the suburb we wanted, within our budget, $8000 under the market price – an added bonus!

As we weren’t planning to move for a few years, we wanted to rent the property out, which we have done, providing us with extra income.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience. The amount of information we received was incredible, made the process so much easier and gave us confidence buying the property without seeing it. We had the property valued about a year ago and it had increased by over $150,000 in just a few years – another added bonus.

“I cannot imagine how we would’ve purchased our perfect home without Property Wizard’s responsiveness and guidance. We bought the right property in the right area and experienced great capital growth. The process went so smoothly that we will continue to purchase more investment properties and add to the security of our retirement.”

Mary & Emmanuel Chanda – Kalgoorlie, WA

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“We got our dream home”

SECTOR: Residential, Home Buyer

Property Wizards not only found Narelle Morrison & Louise Jackson their dream home, but improved their commute and lifestyle.

“We are so happy living in our dream home – the ambience is absolutely perfect. I have left the rat race and secured a job 10 minutes down the road, which I get to on my scooter. Louise and I are ecstatic that our dreams have come true. The best part of all is that since we purchased our property its value has significantly increased. Not bad, considering we made money while living our dream! We are looking forward to working with Property Wizards again come to buy an investment property.”

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CHALLENGE: We were living in Rivervale, near the city, in a 3×1 on two busy streets. It wasn’t our ideal living situation – too much hustle and bustle, and there was nowhere to go to really chill out. My dream was to live where I was raised – in the hills east of the city. After living here for a few years, we ended up with some really undesirable tenants next door – this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was time to move. We wanted to find our dream home where we could settle forever – a place we could grow old together.

Having been through the house hunting process before, I have found it a stressful, emotional ride. There had to be a better way. Then I remembered Trevor.

SOLUTION: I had met Trevor when I was a trainer for mortgage brokers. After seeing one of his presentations, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism, and his property buying processes.

I contacted Trevor and he came to our house and sat with us for half a day to talk about what we wanted – as individuals and as a couple – to make sure the property would be a dream home for both of us. He put so much time and effort into something that was important to us – this made us feel really good about working with him. He coached us through the process, when doing the inspection, and about how to keep our cards close to our chest. We learnt how to be the perfect inspectors!

OUTCOME: Property Wizards’ processes and systems saved us from potentially buying a dud property that might’ve looked good on the surface, but had issues we wouldn’t’ve known about. We found our dream home, but it was under offer. As that offer fell through, we checked it out and fell in love with it – both of us. It was so perfect – nestled on the side of a hill, with city views, and a lovely verandah, perfect for lazy afternoons and entertaining friends.

It was priced slightly above our budget. Property Wizards worked within our budget and used all factors to negotiate a price, particularly as the owners were living overseas. We purchased it for $30,000 below the asking price, and within our budget.w

“We are so happy living in our dream home – the ambience is absolutely perfect. I have left the rat race and secured a job 10 minutes down the road, which I get to on my scooter. Louise and I are ecstatic that our dreams have come true. The best part of all is that since we purchased our property its value has significantly increased. Not bad, considering we made money while living our dream! We are looking forward to working with Property Wizards again come to buy an investment property.”

Narelle Morrison & Louise Jackson

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“Laughing all the way to the bank”

SECTOR: Residential, Home Buyer

Property Wizards helped young home buyer Sean Win ShWe and his partner buy their first home.

“I didn’t think we could afford something so nice, in the area we liked, within our budget, in today’s market. We paid $40,000 less than its listed price, and it was Property Wizards’ knowledge of market prices and negotiation that enabled us to get the price down so much.”

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CHALLENGE: We bought our first home when I was 22, which is really young, but I knew we had to buy sooner rather than later and that property prices were just going to keep going up.

It was important to me to invest right the first time as I didn’t want to learn any unnecessary lessons the hard way. I educated myself about buying property, and then looked for someone to help me.

SOLUTION: I looked at all the buyer’s advisers in Perth, but felt Property Wizards really knew what they were talking about. The content of their website alone made me feel comfortable. Then I sat with them and they answered all my questions (I had a lot!). They were patient in answering every question, which made me not only feel comfortable with the buying process, but allowed me to increase my knowledge as well.

It was very comforting working with Property Wizards as we knew they were looking after US and representing OUR needs, rather than those of the seller. This relieved a great deal of stress.

OUTCOME: Within two weeks of signing up with Property Wizards we found a brilliant home that not only fitted our criteria, but exceeded our expectations. I didn’t think we could afford something so nice, in the area we liked, within our budget, in today’s market. We paid $40,000 less than its listed price, and it was Property Wizards’ knowledge of market prices and negotiation that enabled us to get the price down so much.

Even though it cost me to work with professionals to find my property, my First Homebuyers Grant went towards the Property Wizards cost and it was offset by the savings I gained by purchasing the right house at the right price, as they did all the negotiating and research for me.

The other advantage of working with the Property Wizards is that I could tap into the abundance of information Property Wizards provided to increase my knowledge of investing, and strategies for finding the right property.

In the short term I had to make some sacrifices and I had a few more costs from using a buyer’s agent, but I am 100% certain this is the best way to go. My partner and I are still very young and ready to invest again. By doing it the right way, we can avoid costly mistakes and continue to grow our portfolio in years to come, eventually placing us in a very comfortable financial position in life.

“I am very happy with the steps I have taken to purchase my home as I have been able to ride out the property cycle due to smart planning. My home has increased in value, and while the price may have fluctuated with the market, I am comfortable with this, as I know that in the long term prices only ever go up in the property market.”

Sean Win ShWe

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“We doubled our investment”

SECTOR: Residential. Home Buyers.

Property Wizards helped Phil & Leanne Jefferys double the value of their property.

“A huge advantage of working with Property Wizards was having their knowledge and experience at hand to help us make the right investment decision. Knowing all the processes, they moved very quickly to secure the property for us.”

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CHALLENGE: We’d been researching the market and spent about 18 months looking for a property. We wanted to buy in or around West Leederville, where there was the kind of space we were after. Because we were working within a price range, properties that fitted with all of this didn’t come up for sale very often.

It was an intense time for buyers – the market was very competitive, so there was no time to waste.

SOLUTION: We contacted Property Wizards. We wanted to have someone on our side with the benefit of their wealth of property knowledge and experience, and to learn from seasoned investors.

OUTCOME: Within a week of signing up with Property Wizards, we found a house in West Leederville we wanted to buy, and in no time at all it was ours.

A huge advantage of working with Property Wizards was having their knowledge and experience at hand to help us make the right investment decision. Knowing all the processes, they moved very quickly to secure the property for us.

Property Wizards also put the property through all their systems and checks, which guided us through the processes that followed the sale and the lead up to settlement.

We bought our house at a great price and we estimate it has more than doubled in value since. We are now living in Melbourne and the house has been perfect as a rental property.

On top of this, we have a house to move into in a suburb we love when we return to Perth. We’ll also be able to work with Property Wizards again to use the equity we’ve built in the years we’ve been away to buy an investment property. Property has been a great wealth creation tool for us and the gains we made by buying the right property have certainly helped to set up future investing.

Phil & Leanne Jefferys – Melbourne

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