First of all, I don’t have a construction background. I hate dealing with builders or service providers or councils. I’m a bit sceptical about the ‘building industry’ and think that most of them are out to rip us off. But I want to start getting into development slowly. I’ve probably described most beginners here. Well… this is one way to overcome ‘concerns’ and make the first step. How? One of the answer is PC networking! I had had a few good interactions with Westminster through Somersoft and liked how she handled herself on the forum over a few years. She is direct, honest and knowledgeable. I got in touch with her regarding managing a development for a fee. To my surprise she agreed! So… this is what happened so far. Jan 2015: Signed an agreement on the expectations and fees. Feb 2015: Westminister found a lot and did a feasibility calculations. Mar 2015: Paid deposit on the lot. Apr 2015: Westminister found a builder. Started working on the duplex design. May 2015: Finalised the building tender. Worked on the land & construction loan. June 2015: Land was settled. DA submitted. July 2015: Made few minor changes to satisfy Council’s requirement. They wanted us to have garage for two cars. I would have just comply with it but Westy argued with the council. She showed that there is a planned bus stop nearby hence we don’t need two space for two cars! Aug 2015: Got the building approval. Westminster did the colour selection. Made me to agree with it. Sep 2015: Construction has started! One thing for sure. There is absolutely no chance I would have gone in if I didn’t get Westminister’s service. I know that Perth is in a declining trend but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. Also I think the bust time is a good time to build as there is not much competition... as long as the numbers work. I’ll update this thread with property details and feasibility calculations later. Happy to answer any questions... Hopefully @Westminster adds her comments as well.