Hi, it's JenJen here, transitioning over from the Somersoft forum. Thanks so much to Sim for providing this forum. I grew up in Cairns, North Queensland. I bought my first property in the mid 1990’s. It soon became an investment property as I pursued my career objectives elsewhere. I spent over two decades working in education, research & analysis, policy, projects & strategic investment for the Qld and Vic government's. After years in Melbourne, I found myself yearning for a tropical lifestyle again, and thinking about retirement. A retirement calculator made me realise with shock that if I didn’t make some drastic changes, and invest heavily in my own property investment education, I would be working for the rest of my life. It wasn't long before I became 'hooked' on investing; my inspiration kept alive by Somersoft and the like-minded community of investors. It hasn't been an easy journey, and I have learnt and continue to learn valuable lessons along the way. Among other things, I have had investment properties flooded, trashed, abandoned, and most recently the roof blown off in Rockhampton, and the empty house squatted in. I have grappled with exorbitant insurances and body corp fees, managed a body corp from being in the red and at risk of going under to back in the black, changed a Community Management Scheme legislation from a Standard Scheme to a Small Schemes Module, and am now looking at re-subdividing a unit from a Standard Format Plan to a Building Format Plan. My journey so far has taken me full circle, back to my tropical roots, where I have found my niche as the founding owner of NQ Buyer's Agent in beautiful North Queensland. As a regional buyer's agent, I cover the area from Port Douglas in the Far North to Townsville and surrounds. The region is geographically equivalent to the distance from Sydney to Tamworth, has a population bigger than that of Canberra, and has approximately 500 sales agents. North Queensland brings with it a whole host of special issues, from cyclones and floods, termites, crocodiles, insurance crises, exorbitant body corp fees, youth unemployment, tourism and mining booms and busts. It is also seen as a popular international and domestic holiday destination, and becoming recognised for its tropical innovation, economic contribution, and development potential. I enjoy discussing all things property investment and North Queensland with like-minded forum members, and look forward to continuing the conversations here.