Hi, Travelbug here, transfering from Somersoft. In 2007 I had one negatively geared investment property with no equity but I had equity in my PPOR. Early 2008 I had just exchanged on a unit in Potts Point and in searching discovered Somersoft. A young guy named Nathan birch posted about a meetup so decided to go along. Well that was an eye opener. Here were a group of young people with no PPOR who were buying multiple properties. And they cost nothing to hold. REALLY!! How does that work? And why did it take until now for me to find out about this? I had just turned 50 and the prospect of retiring on the pension scared me. I assumed I’d work to 60 then go part time. So I set myself a goal for 2015. I’m a quick learner and was keen to get started. My hubby wasn’t interested but luckily he trusts me and just signed when I told him I’d bought another property. I knew I didn’t have time to wait around for property cycles to do their thing so decided to buy under market properties which Nathan helped acquire. I soon got my confidence and started sourcing my own properties. I wanted a way to fasttrack our equity and cashflow so decided to buy some run down properties to renovate. My hubby got interested then. He’s quite handy and together we did the reno’s, hiring only a few tradies (electrician, plumber, tiler). Our aim for each purchase was to do a complete renovation in 5 weeks to increase equity and for it to be cash flow neutral to positive from day one. So we did that a few times and we reached our goal. 2008-2011 was a whirlwind 4 years. But I loved every minute. Then the Sydney boom hit. Kappow! Bring on retirement! My hubby is now retired and I work part time. I travel 3-4 months a year (hence my name) and am loving my life. 18 months max will see me out and travelling the world. I am indebted to Somersoft and the wonderful people I have met along the way.