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If you’re considering using the team at Metropole Property Strategists you’re probably keen to see some independent reviews about our level of service.
And that’s fair enough.
So in this article, I’m going to share some of the common complaints we hear from property investors, a number of recent reviews by clients of Metropole plus links to Google where you can find hundreds of reviews so you can learn what others think of Metropole.
Otherwise, let us also tell you about the most common complaints we hear at Metropole.
I’ve often said that most property investors “fail.”
Fifty percent of those who buy an investment property sell up in the first 5 years and A.T.O Statistics show some interesting numbers for those who stay in the game:
The latest Australian Taxation Office statistics tell us that there are 2,207,893 property investors in Australia, this means around 20% of Australian households hold an investment property and 80% don’t.
Here’s how many properties investors hold:
- 1 investment property – 71%
- 2 investment property – 19%
- 3 investment property – 6%
- 4 investment property – 2%
- 5 investment property – 1%
- 6 or more investment properties – less than 1%
In other words, most Australians who get into property investment never achieve the financial freedom they aspire to, and worse still…
Fact is…Many property investors lose a heap of money and lost opportunities along the way…
6 recent Metropole Property Strategists reviews
We recently had the pleasure of working with Ameila from Metropole as a buyer’s agent who purchased one of our properties for her client. Amelia was friendly, professional and always looking out for her clients best interest. We would have no hesitation in recommending Amelia to anyone looking for a buyers agent.Roxanne Paterson Team, QLD
We dealt with Leanne and Amelia in buying our family home and we couldn’t be happier with the result. It was our first time using a buyers agent and even though we were hesitant to invest a chunk of money in the service we are extremely glad we did! Such a good investment, I would do it again and again. Leanne and Amelia are very professional yet warm and understanding. They didn’t push us to any particular property, if anything, they said NO to more properties than we can remember. They reassured us that when the right home came up we would know and when it did we knew! The process for us was pretty much hands off, they took care of everything. We can now confidently say that even though we bought a PPOR, it is in an investment grade location and if in the future we turn it into an investment property, it would do well. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Leanne and Amelia. Thank you to both of them, what a great result in such a tough market!Andres Czajkowski, QLD
Last year, we had the pleasure of working with Tracey Ajaka from Metropole Sydney for the purchase of an investment property in the Inner West of Sydney. Our experience was nothing short of excellent. From the outset, Tracey demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication and energy. She was highly motivated, constantly liaising with property sales agents, and tirelessly driving to numerous suburbs for both public and private inspections. Her commitment to finding us the right property was evident in every step she took. One of Tracey’s most impressive qualities is her deep knowledge of the Sydney property market. Her insights into property types, suburbs, and even specific streets are remarkably accurate. She often provided us with estimates on selling prices, which turned out to be scarily true. This expertise was invaluable in our search and decision-making process. Despite us being closely outbid at an auction, Tracey’s focus and energy never wavered. She continued the property search with the same zeal, eventually leading us to a successful off-market purchase. Throughout this journey, Tracey kept us well-informed with phone calls, messaging posts, photos, video walk-throughs, and she managed the entire purchase closing process seamlessly which was of huge benefit given our residence is outside of Sydney. Working with Tracey and Metropole was an absolute pleasure. Her professionalism, market knowledge, and unwavering dedication to the buying process makes her an outstanding choice for anyone looking to purchase property in Sydney. We highly recommend Tracey Ajaka for a property purchase experience that is both effective and enjoyable.Scott Hemmings, NSW
We were able to secure our first Metropole property purchase in Sydney after we have done our property strategy planning session back in September. Our buyers agent Tracey Ajaka and the team at Metropole have made the buying process easy (and swift in this market environment!). The team was able to take away all our stress from down selecting, attending auction to finalising and negotiating with sellers. The experience the Metropole team has brought in gives amateur (and busy) buyers like us a boost in confidence as well as making sure we are at least in the same level of playing field when competing with more experienced buyers and negotiating with sellers agent. Thanks again to the team and we look forward to executing our subsequent purchase in the future.Jun Lee, NSW
Firstly, big thank you to Kate who has been our property strategist and trusted advisor for over 7 years. Your insights and guidance have been invaluable in helping me navigate the real estate landscape. Secondly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding services provided by David (as my vendor advocate). His expertise in the real estate domain led to the successful sale of my property at a remarkably favorable price point. What truly impressed me was his consistent reliability; he upheld my trust through transparent communication and strategic guidance. Thirdly, huge shoutout to Veronica who has been managing the property exceptionally well, and provided her assistance throughout the sale process, whilst keeping the tenant happy 🙂Khanh Quach, VIC
We have used Metropole for at least ten years now for all of our property related work, from finding and buying, to renovating and then managing our investment properties. We find they provide excellent service in all of these areas, particularly in property management. We have found Katie Reynolds, Property Mgr in the Melbourne office, to be reliable, responsive and hard working – we would highly recommend her to anyone needing their property managed.Astrid Giezen, VIC
11 complaints we hear the most at Metropole
Why isn’t my property growing in value?
Why am I missing out on the capital growth other investors are enjoying?
Is there anything Metropole Property Strategists can do to help me?
These are some of the common complaints we hear when prospective new clients approach us to see if we can assist them.
There are many other common complaints we hear from property investors who’ve not experienced the success they hoped for and turn to Metropole to help them fix their problems, but before I share those it’s worth reminding you that…
When many new or prospective clients come to Metropole for advice they bring a litany of complaints with them about their previous experiences.
And since we can all learn from such experiences, I thought it would be worth sharing some, so here are 11 of the common complaints we hear from property investors…
1. I’ve made a poor property selection
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One of the big complaints we hear at Metropole Property Strategists is about having missed the recent property boom because they owned the wrong properties and didn’t get sufficient capital growth at a time when, in general, property markets are booming around Australia. Some of these investors have bought off the plan and overpaid for their property. Others bought in regional Australia where property values didn’t increase as much as in the “big smoke.” Sure…some regional cities performed strongly during the last few months, in light of some changed lifestyle preferences due to Covid. I know some “experts” recommend investing in regional Australia, but I generally don’t invest in property. Jobs growth is slower there, unemployment is higher, wages growth is generally lower and there is no shortage of land. And this obviously translates to lower population growth, less demand for property and few growth drivers which lead to capital growth. At Metropole, we strongly advise against investing in regional areas, and certainly not in boom/bust locations like holiday spots and mining regions.
2. I’m not handling my money correctly – Poor cash flow management
Another common complaint is they had difficulty holding on to their properties because they hadn’t organised their finances correctly and didn’t have a cash flow buffer in place to cover the negative gearing shortfall. In today’s low interest rate environment, holding onto an investment property is cheaper than it ever has been, but sound cash flow management is still important. My preferred financing solution to allow you to own high growth properties and service the cash flow shortfall by having a cash flow buffer set aside in an Offset Account. Then use this facility to fund your property portfolio cash flow shortfall, such as the interest on the property investment loan, or for property expenses and importantly keep it as a “rainy day financial buffer” to buy you time if the markets turn sour. However, it’s important that you set up your structures correctly to ensure you can claim the tax deduction, so it’s critical to seek professional advice.
3. I bought my property in the wrong ownership structure
Others have complained because they’ve come to realise that they own their investment properties in the wrong entities because they didn’t seek structuring advice prior to the purchase. It’s important to begin with the end in mind – what will your property portfolio look like in 10 or 15 years time? Will you be working then, or won’t you? Do you want to pass your legacy on to your children? In what entities would you like to own your properties then? It’s important to think these things through before you buy your properties and then purchase them in the correct entities.
4. I’m running out of time
A complaint that is all-too-often heard is people who have left their investment run late (often because of fear) and who are now approaching retirement age and suddenly realise they haven’t built enough of a nest egg. The worrying reality is that more than half of Aussie baby boomers currently believe they’ll run out of money and need the aged pension, while many others will have to significantly scale back their lifestyle. Clearly, superannuation isn’t going to be enough for most Australians, and it seems like the government isn’t going to be able to fund the type of lifestyle that most Australians want in retirement. That’s why I think more baby boomers should use the equity in their homes to invest in residential real estate, rather than just trying to pay off their home loans. Of course, they need to buy the right type of property, which is one that has a level of scarcity, in the right location, at the right time in the property cycle and for the right price. And to achieve this it would be a good idea to access impartial advice.
5. I’ve missed the boat
Others come to us complaining they weren’t sure where to turn and have sat on the side lines through this latest property boom. Most of these people didn’t invest because of information overload – analysis paralysis – trying to time the property cycle or waiting for conditions to be “just right.” The problem is that the property cycle isn’t easy to read. The various phases of property cycles aren’t clearly defined nor is the length of each cycle and the various stages varies from cycle to cycle. Cycles don’t occur simply because a certain number of years have passed, they occur because of a combination of macro and micro economic factors and the interplay of several social and political issues. But even if you feel you’ve “missed out” on buying over the last year or so, the beauty of Australia is that we have a number of capital cities that are worth investing in and each are at different stages of the property clock. Of course, you must do your research of course and understand the relevant markets, or perhaps engage an independent property strategist to guide you.
6. I’ve got “Off-the-Plan” woe
Another common complaint we see at Metropole Property Strategists is from investors we see is from investors who’ve bought a property off the plan from a property marketer that hasn’t achieved any capital growth or rental growth in the past five years. Do I believe that buying off the plan makes good investment sense? The answer is usually no. While a few investors have made money buying off the plan, the landscape is littered with many more who have regretted their purchase. Frequently they’ve found the value of their property on completion is considerably less than they paid and some will have to wait for over a decade before they see any capital growth. In general, they would have been much better off buying an established apartment rather than a new one.
7. Unfortunately I believed the hype
Many unfortunate investors bought the wrong property because they looked to the next hotspot. While they may have enjoyed some short-term capital growth, since then property values have dropped as have rentals and they now have negative equity – especially those who bought in mining towns. Many of Australia’s worst-performing property markets over the past few years have mirrored the ups and downs of the mining sector and many investors have been burned by following the advice of the “hot spotters” who recommended them. Most qualified experts generally don’t recommend investing in one-industry locations, such as mining towns, because they lack multiple growth drivers and they’re dominated by investors rather than owner-occupiers who bring stability to the market.
8. I’ve got depreciation confusion
Then there are those investors who didn’t maximise their tax position because they hadn’t obtained a depreciation report. For investors, depreciation deductions can make a real difference to reducing your taxable income and also make a property cash flow positive sooner.
9. I’ve got property management problems
Another regular complaint I’ve seen is from those who’ve tried to save money by using a cheap property manager or by self managing their properties and running into trouble. A good business owner recognises that they can’t do it all themselves. They hire a good team of professionals to help them effectively manage their interests and generate the best possible profits. The same should apply for property investors. Employing an experienced property manager who intimately knows the area your property is in will be of great benefit in the long term.
10. I got caught out by spruikers
The internet is littered with stories of investors who succumbed to property spruikers’ tactics including high pressure sales tactics characterised by rushed decision-making and contract signing and the payment of fees (including discounts offered to seminar attendees who sign up on the day.) Other tactics can be claims of strong capital growth rates that may not be independent or credible, or pandering to those who haven’t got sufficient funds with claims of “no money down”. Similarly, those who bought from property or project marketers who were working for the developer often lost out because the advice they received was far from independent.
11. I haven’t built a great team around me
Successful investors build a great team around them. They realise they don’t have to be an expert in every field if they develop a good network. In fact, they know that if they’re the smartest person in their team they’re in trouble. This network includes a good finance broker, a smart solicitor, a property savvy accountant and a knowledgeable property strategist such a Metropole Property Strategists.
There you have it – 11 common complaints that we’ve heard at Metropole Property Strategists from property investors. I guess that’s why I often say property investment is simple – but it’s not easy.
So what’s the alternative?
Clearly, many property investors fail to achieve the financial freedom they desire so the answer is not to do what the majority of property investors do, and instead invest strategically like that small group of successful investors do. True wealth through property is built in stages, as I see it these are:
- A wealth success mindset – this is the most important layer because it is the foundation for your wealth. If you don’t get your head “right”, then anything else you do will suffer. Your wealth success mindset with consists of your beliefs, your habitual thoughts and your habitual actions in regards to money and wealth.
- Skills and knowledge – most of us are not taught how to invest, but finding the right mentors will speed up your journey.
- The correct property investment strategy – many investors fail because they follow a flawed strategy. In my mind residential real estate is a high-growth, low yield investment and to try and invest in real estate for cash flow leads to failure.
- Risk management – strategic property investors protects their assets by owning them in the right ownership structures, having sufficient financial buffers in place to buy themselves time through the ups and downs of the property cycle, insurance is to protect themselves and their assets and surrounding themselves with a professional team of advisers.
- Cash flow – while I believe it’s essential to invest for capital growth, I recognise the importance of cash flow management through rental returns and financial buffers. While capital growth gets you out of the rat race, it’s really cash flow it keeps you in the game till you’re ready to get out.
- Asset growth – this is really the aim of the game – to build a sufficiently large asset base that will one day give you sufficient cash flow to replace your personal exertion income so that you can go to work because you choose to not because you have to.
What’s next for you?
If you’re looking for independent advice, no one can help you quite like the independent property investment strategists at Metropole. The multi-award-winning team of property investment strategists at Metropole have no properties to sell, so their advice is unbiased. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned property investor, we would love to help you formulate an investment strategy or do a review of your existing portfolio, and help you take your property investment to the next level. Click here to organise a time for a chat. Or call us on 1300 20 30 30.