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Sydney woman Liz Roughan shares her experience of attending a seminar run by the DG Institute.
That’s the only way to describe how I felt as I walked into the room on the first day of the Real Estate Rescue– one of DG Institute’s most popular property development seminars.
The three-day seminar was billed as a way to learn the secrets of building a property portfolio by identifying so-called ‘distressed properties’, negotiating with the owners to buy them, and then selling later for a profit. But on that first morning, all I could think was that I was a big fraud and that while the other people were entitled to be there, I wasn’t.
Two months earlier, my husband Mike and I had had our lives torn apart by a bolt from the blue. An unexpected family court decision meant that our financial security and house had been ripped away from us and we were now a couple of hundred thousand dollars in debt and heading south fast. Desperate for a way to claw back some financial security, I scraped together the fee to attend one of the most advanced property investment seminars hosted by Dominique Grubisa, founder of DG Institute.
Looking around the room on that first morning, I realised that most of the other people there were probably better off than me and had found it much easier to attend. And when they got started in their property investment careers, they would have much more money behind them than me.
But as the days and the seminar went on, I began to feel much better.
For one thing, the seminar material really resonated with me. It was so simple, yet seemed really effective. You just used the tools provided to you to identify property that could be bought at a good price, you put in the hard yards and negotiated, and hopefully you made some decent money at the end.
I loved the way that the focus was on helping people who were in mortgage distress or needed to sell for other reasons, rather than ripping them off for maximum profit. For someone whose own financial state was not great, it was very reassuring.
I also loved the way that we got to meet and hear the stories of graduates of the course who were now doing really well. In the Real Deals section, various past graduates got up on stage and explained how they found a property, how they negotiated with the owner, how they added value, what the sale price was, and, of course, how much they made on the deal. It was inspiring stuff.
I also learned that while I might have been behind the eight ball in terms of finance, I had other things going for me. While some people said they would be devastated if they approached an owner and got yelled at or rejected, I realised for me that was nothing. We all had different strengths and skills.
After I finished the course, life presented a few other challenges that prevented me from getting started straight away. But with the help of my new negotiation skills, I’ve managed to get the family finances back into the black and I’m ready to get rolling on my property career in earnest.
I’ve been writing letters to property owners, and just this week I’ve had three responses. One in particular looks really promising. I’m confident that I’ll shortly be buying my first distressed property since doing the course and I look forward to building my property career.
Course name: Real Estate Rescue Masterclass
Aimed at: Australian property investors and aspiring property flippers
Duration: 2 hours
Take-aways: Learn to find undervalued properties in Australia – even in this hot market!
Copy: Our Real Estate Rescue Masterclass is a FREE, monthly online webinar often attended by 1,000+ Australians per event
At the Real Estate Rescue Masterclass, you’ll gain cutting-edge insights and data into the Australian property market, you’ll hear from some of our students and see how they are achieving significant results through strategies that we’ve taught them, and you’ll also learn some of those strategies yourself.
Course name: Real Estate Rescue Webinar
Aimed at: Australians looking to generate income through property investing
Duration: 2 hours
Take-aways: Learn powerful property investment strategies in Australia.
Copy: Our Real Estate Rescue Webinar is a FREE, on-demand property investing seminar where you’ll gain insights into the most effective property investing and property flipping strategies that you should employ in 2022.
Course name: Real Estate Rescue Program
Aimed at: Australian property investors who want to take their journey to the next level.
Duration: 1 day
Take-aways: Meet with other likeminded property investors in Australia and gain the latest tools, techniques and strategies required to achieve success in the Australian property market in 2022.
Copy: Our Real Estate Rescue Program is one of our flagship property investment programs, filled with live virtual workshops, interactions with our other students, the latest insights and techniques required for success as a 2022 Australian property investor, and so much more.
Many of the students who become members of our Real Estate Rescue Program walk away with five, six and sometimes even seven-figure profits, and many also go on to pursue property investment full-time.
Location: WOOLOOWIN AVENUE, QLD
Purchase Price: $980,000
Strategy: Lynn’s strategy was to keep the main property and build two townhouses at the back of the lot using prefab concrete panels.
Result: Once the townhouses have been installed, Lynn plans to sell all three properties, with the original property expected to sell for $1.2 million and the two townhouses expected to sell for $1.9 million together.
Lynn then expects to walk away with a profit of $588,658 once all three properties are sold.
Location: RACEVIEW, QLD
Purchase Price: $1,250,000
Strategy: Anita bought this large property with the intentions of renovating the existing house on the land as well as subdividing the remaining land.
Result: Anita expects to sell the renovated property and subdivided land for $4.98 million, which will give her profits of $1.4 million after expenses.
Location: BROULEE, NSW
Purchase Price: $600,000
Strategy: Danny plans to knock down the existing 2-bedroom property and install two dual-occupancy properties on the land.
Result: Danny expects to sell all of the newly-developed properties for a total of $1.7 million, giving him a projected profit of $281,500.
Location: KARALEE, QLD
Purchase Price: $920,000
Strategy: Sally plans to do some simple cosmetic uplifts on the property, including a paint job, new carpeting, installing an air conditioner, and some new light fitting. The land will then be subdivided into three separate lots with a shared access road to be built.
Result: The renovated property and all three lots are expected to sell for $1.5 million, giving Sally a tidy profit of $188K on her first deal.
Location: CHERMSIDE, QLD
Purchase Price: $815,000
Strategy: Karine purchased two properties with plans to subdivide the land into three lots. Karine plans to sell one lot, and develop 8 three-story townhouses on the additional lot. The third level of each townhouse is expected to get ocean views.
Result: Karine purchased the properties for $1.52 million, and expects to sell all of the properties for a total of $5.54 million. After expenses and construction costs, this will yield Karine a conservative estimate of $997,000.
Location: CROYDON, NSW
Purchase Price: $1,685,000
Strategy: Su Sen plans to demolish the purchased property and develop 6 townhouses on the land, with a shared driveway.
Result: Su Sen expects the properties to sell for a total of $5.58 million, which will give her a profit of $514,000.
Location: REDLAND BAY, QLD
Purchase Price: $2,727,000
Strategy: Gary planned to demolish the property and realign the boundaries of the existing 3 separate lots.
Result: Gary has demolished the property and removed the trees surrounding it and moved the boundaries. He expects to net $1.2 million in profits after expenses over just three months.
Location: CLEVELAND, QLD
Purchase Price: $1,095,000
Strategy: After purchasing the property, Gary will begin the process of a DA Uplift, either selling for a smaller amount over the immediate future, or a larger amount if Gary begins the demolition process on the property.
Result: If Gary goes through with the demolition, he is looking to net $749,000 after expenses.
Location: KURRI KURRI, NSW
Purchase Price: $286,000
Strategy: The initial plan was to renovate the existing home and sell but because of the size of the land, Kay recognised an opportunity to subdivide the property and develop another house on it for additional profits.
Result: The land was subdivided and a prefab house was installed on the corner of the property. Kay then sold the initial house for $410,000 and the newly built home for $422,000, which yielded her a profit of $117,000.
Location: ABERDARE, NSW
Purchase Price: $360,000
Strategy: The owner subdivided the land to be able to build a house behind the back to be leased out, whilst renovating the existing home to be sold.
Result: The existing house was sold for $80,000 in profit and the new house was kept and leased out for $450 p/w in rental cash flow.
Purchase Price: $286K
Strategy: DGI Graduate bought derelict hail damaged house with asbestos on sub-divisible block. To subdivide, the DA requirement for Dual Occupancy was to build on the subdivided block – i.e. she could not subdivide the block to sell as vacant land.
Result: She renovated the derelict house and moved into it so she is close to project of building on the back block. She will sell reno’d house for $400K and build the other one for $450K, looking at a projected profit of $170K.
Location: KURRI KURRI, NSW
Purchase Price: $185,000
Strategy: Kay was approached by a neighbour after a recent renovation to see if she would help to renovate a dilapidated property for her neighbour.
Result: Kay helped to style one of the houses on the block, and renovate the dilapidated house for $108,000, which was then sold for $127,000 in profits to be split 50/50 with the owner of the property.
Location: WYNNUM, QUEENSLAND
Purchase Price: $810,000
Strategy: The land had a wide frontage where two modern, high-end townhouses could be built side-by-side to take advantage of the view from the bay nearby.
Result: This Wynnum deal was found by researching through RP Data and will sell for roughly $1,000,000 per townhouse, yielding roughly $193,000 in profit.
Location: GREENFIELD, VICTORIA
Purchase Price: $250,000
Strategy: DGI Graduate, Dan bought a vacant block of land for $250,000
Result: After subdividing and constructing 18 new homes, Dan is looking to make a potential profit of $1.2 million.
Location – ROSEBUD, VICTORIA
Purchase Price: $500,000
Strategy: DGI Graduate, Andrew bought a $500,000 property in the beachside suburb of Rosebud, Victoria and decided to renovate the existing house at the front & do a 1:2 land subdivision.
Result: After subdividing the existing land and constructing a new home in the backyard and renovating the existing house, Andrew projects he will make a potential profit of $250,000.
Location – MALENY, QUEENSLAND
Purchase Price: $500,000
Strategy: After taking a look at the Maleny property, Ursula quickly realized she could fit three townhouses at the back of the property, as well as renovating the existing property.
Result: Ursula expects to sell the renovated existing home for $650,000 and the three new townhouses for $675,000 each, returning her a healthy $375,000 in profit.
Location: GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
Purchase Price: 1.08M
Strategy: DGI Graduate, Mat bought a beachfront COVID property at a $100,000 discount during the pandemic.
Result: Mat’s vision is to develop the site into a triplex and make a potential profit of $600,000.
Purchase Price: $760K
Strategy: House is pre-war so cannot be moved. Owners are converting the house into 2 townhouses and building 3 more townhouses on the back of the block. They have a DA and are doing the whole development.
Result: The owners are looking for a project profit of $333,302.
Location: Goodna, Queensland
Purchase Price: $320,000
Strategy: Leeroy intended to renovate existing house and subdivide the land at the back of the property to have an house built and sold.
Result: Leeroy and his wife renovated and kept the front property and subdivided the land at the back. Leeroy then sold the newly subdivided land for $200,000, and is leasing out the renovated property for $355 per week.
Location: HARKNESS, VICTORIA
Purchase Price: $412,000
Strategy: This large, 966m² piece of land will be subdivided into three separate blocks, upon which three townhouses will be built and sold.
Result: Annia expects each townhouse to sell for roughly $500,000 with a total projected profit of $286,000.
Location: BALLARAT, VICTORIA
Purchase Price: $330,000
Strategy: With dual street entry to this 100-year-old off-market property, Joe and Viki knew the property would be perfect for a subdivision to be sold as a renovated home and a vacant block of land.
Result: The land was subdivided and the existing 100-year-old cottage was renovated, both of which are now expected to yield Joe and Viki a combined profit of $270,000.
Location: GRANDE, PORT MELBOURNE
Purchase Price: $1,000,000
Strategy: After purchasing the property sight unseen, Adam & Mandy have planned to renovate the existing the house and subdivide a block on either side of the property for additional profits.
Result: Adam & Mandy expect to generate a profit of $194,000 after renovating the existing house and subdividing the land.
Location: ROYSTON PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Purchase Price: $780,000
Strategy: Vanessa’s initial intention was to live on this property but after giving it some thought, she eventually decided to continue developing for ongoing profits.
Result: The existing home was knocked down and rebuilt, which made Vanessa eligible for a $25k government builders grant during COVID-19 and yielding her a healthy projected profit of $344,000.
Location: FLAGSTAFF, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Purchase Price: $501,000
Strategy: The owner was after a quick sale, so DGI Graduate Karen pitched $1000 over the asking price, resulting in a $501,000 purchase. After recognising the house would need a $60,000 renovation, Karen saw that the real value was in a 1:2 land subdivision instead.
Result: A mortgage broker friend of Karen’s had a client seeking land in Flagstaff Hill so Karen was able to sell to this client for $630,000, making a profit of $45,500.
Location: South Australia
Purchase Price: $756K
Strategy: Strategy is to subdivide and build 5 Torrens title townhouses, 4 with single garage and 1 with double garage.
Result: Selling price for each of 5 units will be $540K-$560K and the double probably $580K. One presale sold for $555K .
Location – South Australia
Purchase Price: $1.46 Million
Strategy: The vendor bought elsewhere so an agent brought this deal to DGI Graduate Julie. She bought it $140K under market value(discount) by Joint venturing with DGI Graduate Phil. Originally 35 blocks were approved but Julie worked around the plan with the town planner to move a road to allow 36 blocks.
Result: Going to subdivide the whole lot and sell off as newly created vacant blocks of land. This is Julie first deal and forecasted profit is over a million.
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Our Old Property Investment Seminars
Course name: Real Estate Rescue Intensive
Duration: 2 hours
What is it? : An introduction to the concept of distressed property. Participants will learn the basics of identifying distressed property – properties that are priced below market price due to their owners being in financial straits. Learn how investors can serve as ‘white knights’ buying these properties at a price that benefits both the owners and themselves.
Course name: Property Investment Summit
Duration: 1 day
What is it? : One of DG Institute’s most in-depth property investment seminars with a series of speakers. Run over a full day, it is for people who want to buy property for 10-40% below market value, who want to gain equity in their investments faster, and who potentially have no money behind them but want to get started. Participants will get great tips to grow their portfolios, create more income and overcome their personal barriers.
Course name: Real Estate Rescue
Duration: Three-day immersive workshop plus ongoing study and support
What is it? : Think of this as the Cadillac of property investment seminars. It is aimed at providing people who see their future in property investment with the skills, knowledge and know-how they need to make it happen. They will gain access to resources that help them identify distressed properties going for well below market value long before other investors get wind of them. They will learn all about accessing finance, the best strategies for flipping and how to use analytic data to identify trends in the market.