Member case study | What investment advice would you give your younger self?

Learn how Peter Ward, member of The Property Mentors, found the momentum to start building his property portfolio

At The Property Mentors we love helping our members to start, and grow, successful property portfolios. But it all begins with helping them to identify the goals that are most important to them, and then planning how they are going to achieve their objectives...one by one, property by property.

And the best thing is that sharing member success journeys – like Peter’s story below – can provide inspiration to other investors who want to get started and go on to achieve similar results!

Peter Ward

So, if you’re starting to think about your retirement, keep reading to find out what inspired Peter Ward, member of The Property Mentors, to get started on building his portfolio, and what he wishes he could have done differently in hindsight.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST OVERALL INVESTMENT GOAL?

“I'm 52 years of age, I've been married for 27 years, and I've got three kids who are now 18 through to 21. I've got a good job, but I'm coming to that stage in life where I have to be pre-emptive and start looking at our retirement, in 15 plus years.”

“You need to start as soon as you can, I would have started a lot earlier, if life didn't intervene.”

Peter Ward

HOW WAS YOUR INVESTING KNOWLEDGE BEFORE JOINING THE PROPERTY MENTORS?

“I was always interested in investment, be it shares, or unit trusts, or anything like that. I've read all the text books, but I never had the opportunity – or I never made the opportunity – to progress it to the next step.”

Peter Ward

“Something would come up in life, one of life's events, and that would postpone it again, and again, and again.

It was a case of reading all these text books, and wanting to make that decision, or take action. But my inner demons started talking away with their ‘what ifs’, and ‘maybe this should wait till the economic situation is better.’ So it was a form of procrastination, and hesitancy."

DID YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT INVESTING IN PROPERTY?

“I feared making silly financial decisions. Becoming a statistic. I feared failure and over committing.”

Peter Ward

“I had all the natural and inherent fears that you have, as far as failing goes. I guess it was a lot easier when I wasn't married, and didn't have kids. But I've been married and had kids for longer than I haven't, now. And I have a responsibility to them, I didn’t want to stuff up their future, as well as mine. So all of that ate away at me and made making the decision to take action even harder.”

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE PROPERTY MENTORS?

“I got to a point in time where I was turning 50, and I'm thinking, ‘I've got 15 odd years left of work. I've got to show a bit of maturity and take this action, which I’ve always put off till later, because I've run out of time.’”

“I wanted to find a mentor, someone who could get me started. Someone to allay the fears that had been manifesting in my head over the years.”

Peter Ward

“I wanted to speak to someone who's actually been there and done that, and knows what they're talking about. And up popped The Property Mentors. I got in touch, and we established trust and rapport. That was very important, otherwise, we wouldn't have got out the door.

I was shown the process, and what's expected; what they've done, and what they do. And I gained an understanding of how the business model worked. I had reservations, being the sceptic I am, but I paid the initial startup costs – a small, small amount of money – to test the water. I thought I'd allow myself that much flexibility.”

WHAT CHALLENGES DID THE PROPERTY MENTORS HELP YOU OVERCOME?

“In the past, seeking advice just provided another opportunity for me to procrastinate. I knew I had to speak to a financial advisor, but then I’d go into reading about it, who's the best financial advisor to get, canvassing the industry to try and locate that person. It got to be bloody hard, and once again, it didn’t get done. But it was vital to the process to have a clear understanding of where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to achieve.

And so an important factor – and part of the process – was being referred to a financial advisor, and going through the process of setting up a ten year plan. The Property Mentors were adamant that had to happen before they would proceed further with my investments.”

“I could see too, that's where you'd fail, if you tried to tackle it alone. You need a plan, to maintain your direction and your objective.”

Peter Ward

“We sat down with my wife, to understand what we wanted to achieve over the 15 year period, until our retirement. Defining what sort of retirement we were going to be satisfied with, and then determining what needed to be done in order to achieve that objective. By having my wife involved in the process, we were unified, and had that understanding of what our objectives were. We hadn't done that previously.”

“Previously, we just sort of floated along in life, pursuing ideas as they arose, but never having a strategic plan. So that's what made the big difference.”

Peter Ward

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT PROPERTY INVESTMENT?

“As far as learning new things and methodologies, I've always had the theoretical understanding, but never reached the stage where I actioned my plans and my knowledge base. To think that you know everything, after reading a couple of books, is quite naive and foolish.”

“The Property Mentors are in a position where they can dedicate their time to understanding all the legalities and the changes in legislation, so they're always up to date.”

Peter Ward

“So I think having that security in a mentor is important, to be able to bounce off questions and ideas, and sharing information. And that's been a big plus, of being associated with The Property Mentors.”

WHAT INVESTMENT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

“I've been with The Property Mentors since early 2021, and I've got a couple of investments now – two properties in 18 months.

But without a doubt, my advice now would be to start earlier. And I will certainly be directing my sons and my daughter to The Property Mentors, so they can start that conversation and get that understanding, because I can see it being a huge benefit. A massive benefit.”

“Now I have more confidence in taking the next step, that's really what it's all about. It's one thing to be theoretically wise, the next big step is actually to take action!”

Peter Ward

We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from Peter and more importantly – especially if you’re starting to think about retirement too (no matter how old, or young, you may be) – have taken inspiration from his experience! If you’d like to learn more about how to build long term wealth through Australian property, then take the first step and book in a discovery call with one of our specialist property mentors today.

LIKE TO LEARN MORE?

Read more about another successful member with The Property Mentors, Joshua Scott, in our blog article:

MEMBER CASE STUDY | THREE PROPERTIES BY THE AGE OF 30!

Click here to learn how Joshua Scott, member of The Property Mentors, built his property portfolio. As you will learn, Joshua has achieved quite a lot, quite quickly, for someone who has only just turned 30!

Or, if you’d like to listen to our original interview with Peter, check out our Investor Intelligence podcast:

WHAT INVESTMENT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

In this episode Peter Ward shares his journey, including the investment advice he'd give to his younger self and anyone else starting out in the property market.

Click here to listen now.

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