Property Zest — Brisbane Buyers Agent Testimonial — Kate

Kate testimonialHere’s what Kate has to say about using Property Zest as her buyer’s agent:

“Having purchased investment properties in the past doing our own hard work and diligence we were somewhat unsure about using a buyers agent. We both couldn’t imagine how someone else could match our degree of research and be as thorough as we were…how wrong we were!

“Karen Young and her team were truly outstanding from start to finish. From our initial spec, which Karen nailed 100% right through to completion and finding a property management company the entire process was seamless. We weren’t the easiest of customers, changing our initial brief a few times as we got to learn the Brisbane market but this did not faze Karen at all. Her communication was immediate and professional and most of all honest. Her spreadsheets, which my husband loved, were in depth and thorough whilst not being confusing. Her in depth analysis of each potential property and her attention to detail made us very confident in the decisions we made with regard to rejecting a property or taking it further.

“We were thrilled with the resulting property which Karen secured at auction for us and would most definitely use her services again.

“I am more than happy to speak with anyone if they require further information and can be contacted at”

Property Zest — Mackay Buyers Agent Testimonial — Serg

Serg, Melbourne VIC

Serg is a busy man!  A full-time engineer, working on major projects for the government, married with three children and another on the way!  Like most Australian couples, Serg and  his wife, Bron are busy raising their family and needless to say, have little time to attend to other matters aside from the everyday demands of family life and their work.

That is why Serg decided to tap the services of a buyers agent to assist him in his latest investing journey—something that he isn’t really novice at, having invested in a number of properties in Melbourne. This time, Serg decided to go interstate and picked Mackay to be the location of his next investment property.

Here’s what Serg had to say about using Property Zest as his buyer’s agent:

“Not all buyers agents are equal, remember that. But from this current experience there’s nothing I can say that’s negative—it’s been fantastic. The thoroughness of the information, the research that I wasn’t able to do, and I know [Karen] could give me even more information if she want to but she did hold back a bit which didn’t blow my brains out! The confidence coming from all that was helpful….”

“You’d want to know that the buyers agent is doing a thorough job, not going to the first suburb and picking a house, you looked everywhere, so that was really good.”

“I think I’ve become even lazier. I didn’t have to do anything! I was just, you know, sign that contract here and there. [Karen] basically covered everything, followed up and kicked me in the bum when I was dragging my heels a bit!  Because you’ve taken care of everything every little step of  the way,  I tuned out and focused on work and family.”

Serg’s Interview

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Serg’s Case Study

Property Prospect: For this purchase, Serg was looking for new to near-new, 4-bedroom 2-bathroom property and he has set the budget to $500k maximum. We documented Serg’s Mackay property purchase and rounded up the process in the video below.



Property Zest – Property Mentoring Testimonial – Jo Flood


Jo Flood, Tynong North, Victoria

When I looked into doing Karen’s Property Mastermind course, I nearly didn’t do it – although I knew I wanted to get into property, I didn’t feel ready. Looking back I think I just had no idea where to start. I thought it was all very complicated and I needed to spend a good year or two learning all about the ins and outs. Actually it probably would have taken me a year to gather all the information that Karen had packaged up in the course.

Buying a property is such a big commitment and the last thing I wanted to do was buy a lemon or get ripped off somehow. The ironic thing was that I went from someone who almost didn’t sign up, to buying a property before the course was even finished! This boost in confidence was due both to the level of understanding I gained and the encouragement and common-sense advice on each of the properties I put forward as potential investments.

A year later I am still really pleased with the property I chose, especially compared to the ones I was going to buy (and probably would have if I’d been on my own!).

Some of the first properties I researched and proposed as investments were a little sad to put it nicely. The one I ended up with is cash flow positive and has also had some modest capital growth in the last 12 months and I got a tidy tax return as well!

Karen is terrific as a teacher and mentor, and her common-sense approach is simple and easy to understand. But what I liked the most was her integrity – she is not looking to upsell, onsell, or otherwise milk people as so many others seem to be. I liked her honesty so much we have now become good friends!

I can highly recommend Karen as a mentor or a buyers advocate as she knows what she is talking about, looks after her clients and is passionate about property.

Property Mentoring - Property Zest - Testimonial from Jo Flood

Jo Chivers (left) from and Jo Flood on our Property Road Trip to the Hunter Valley Region in March 2012.