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How to build a multi-million dollar property portfolio from scratch

Over the past 5 years many of my clients have built multi-million dollar property portfolios investing solely in ‘growth suburbs’. I have done the same without spending a dollar over $360,000 on any of my land purchase’s.


The question to ask yourself is do I believe in the growth of Melbourne long term, with relation to - Population - Economic prosperity (more work) - New infrastructure


If the answer is yes, then here is what you can also be certain of; the largest quantity of home purchasers are going to be driven willingly or otherwise to the least expensive suburbs in Melbourne for one simple reason: there are more people in this household income cohort than any other!

The below images show Melbourne’s least expensive and most expensive suburbs expressed as a % of household income required to service a mortgage

Check out these stats for Melbourne

  • All private dwellings - 1,832,043

  • Average people per household - 2.7

  • Median weekly household income - $1,542

  • Median monthly mortgage repayments - $1,800

  • Median weekly rent - $350

*Source: 2016 census data.


Something to consider when selecting a location to invest in, is your margin of safety:

1. Do you want to invest where there are the greatest number of buyers?

2. When would you prefer to buy a property, when property prices have risen $50,000 or when they have dropped by $50,000?

The answer to the last question should be obvious!


Here is another real-life example of two different types of property

Option 1

2BR Home in Toorak – Value $1,400,000 | Rental $680 p/week

Option 2

4 x 2BR Homes in Roxburgh Park – Value $1,400,000 | Rental $1,440 p/week


Which would you prefer in a flat market?

If your plan is to buy and hold, growth areas are an amazing option because:

a) They are present a lower entry point.

b) They have the largest cohort of potential buyers

c) Their value can significantly increase over time as infrastructure and the community expands.


So number 1 tip on how to build a million dollar+ investment portfolio, is to just get started and get in the market! Sitting back and watching from the sidelines will not add any money to your bank account!

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