My father has always said that there are three kinds of people in this world: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened! Right from when I was a child, I knew that I was a “make it happen” girl.
My other great mentor was my grandfather. “Buy a house when you’re young,” he advised, “and you will get 10 steps ahead.” He left me a small inheritance, which I put toward my first investment property when I was 21 years old. I was on my way.
Before I sold my first property, my father suggested I use the equity in it to borrow for a second home; that way I wouldn’t need a deposit. So at 23 I bought my second house on a duplex block by a lake. I renovated the house, subdivided the land and sold the two properties for a fantastic profit.
There began my renovating and property development career; it started as a hobby and ended up becoming my world. I had a natural flair for it—I could see the potential value of a house and picture how it could be transformed from “now to wow” in an instant. Juggling my hobby with a demanding day job meant that I had to develop an exceptionally fast renovation strategy so I could squeeze in makeovers during my annual leave.
I continued to renovate my own homes for 16 years while working in the corporate world, primarily as a marketing and advertising executive. I used the income from my day job to fund my purchase of properties, and I renovated an average of three homes per year, moving from principal property to principal property for fantastic, tax-free financial rewards. I was a millionaire before my 30th birthday.
Then came an epiphany that transformed my life. I realised that the rapid renovation system I had developed could be used to help others achieve their property renovation dreams.
I launched my business, Million Dollar Makeovers, at a building tradeshow on 4 June 2009, and success was immediate! The world was in the midst of a financial meltdown, governments were pressing the panic button, and there I was, a single mother holding down a full-time job and project managing several renovations
I absolutely love and adore what I do with a passion that is sometimes difficult to put into words. I get a huge sense of accomplishment from my success and turning many ugly ducklings into beautiful swans, helping my wonderful clients achieve their property and lifestyle dreams.