Hi I am new to the forum. I am looking to get started in property investment. The goal is to build an income to sustain us a decent basic lifestyle so we can retire early and well. I am 35 with wife and 2 children, and we own our own house in Sydney but no other properties. Open minded as where to buy, but Sydney and perhaps Brisbane in central areas seem attractive to me at the moment. I am open minded about the strategy and quite eager to learn different ways of investing so that I can pick the one that best suits us. On the other hand I am not really for seminars and the like, I would prefer to learn everything from books and people who have done it (but aren't trying to sell me anything). I have been browsing the forum for a day or so and it seems really good in terms of the advice, ideas, support and realism. Step 1 for me is to read books on property investment so that my knowledge of things like tax issues, how to research rental potential etc. is well rounded. Concurrently I am also getting the family on a budget (YNAB) which is showing on my salary along we are significantly negative every month but the SO is going back to work soon so we should be OK then . I really don't want to live a life where we always both have to work. Look forward to chatting to you all, and hopefully in 2025 I will look back and think I made some smart choices and feel more financially comfortable.