In this episode, we chat to Darren Standish from Property Prosperity in Adelaide.
Darren has more than 5,000 hours of study and thousands of property transactions and is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable people in the SA property market.
After working overseas as an accountant and traveling to over 30 countries it was time to settle down in his home town of Adelaide. But the thought of sitting at a desk all day crunching numbers for a multinational company just wasn't for him.
There had to be another way...The solution was property.
Darren looked around for an opportunity and when he saw it he jumped in head first. His first property was an old house on a big block with development approval for eight homes.
It was a steep learning curve and a high stakes game but it paid off with a tidy profit and a rewarding experience.
This experience gave Darren the confidence to start sourcing more properties where he could apply his newly acquired development skills. The building, renovating, and subdividing one into two, three and four blocks became a common theme for many years to come.
As his experience and knowledge grew, more and more people would come to him for advice. Darren would try to point them in the right direction, however, he realised that he needed a structured approach to ensure he was giving the best possible guidance and information.
And so, Property Prosperity was born.
Darren began guiding people through the pitfalls of buying and selling property so they could learn from the mistakes he had made.
As his skills began to grow the services he offered to clients also increased. He learned as much as possible about the world of property.
Darren reads book after book, attendends seminars, watches DVD's and listens to CDs from all the experts in property to help build on his skills necessary to provide the best possible advice to hisclients.
Darren has completed a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate in Accounting. He continues his studies and also gained a Diploma in Financial services and Mortgage Broking License which allowes him to ensure his clients got the best deals from the banks. His involvement with development meant that there were blocks of land to be sold.
This meant more study and he went on to attain his Diploma of Real Estate and Real Estate license. These two qualifications have been pivotal in his being able to ensure clients could get the highest possible return on the sale of their investment.
The sale of the blocks of land meant many more clients who needed assistance with negotiating with builders to ensure they were getting the best quality home at the lowest possible price. So, it was back to school again to complete a Diploma of Building and Construction which lead to me attaining my Builder's License.
This is where he is today, armed with the skills, knowledge, and experience to make sure his clients have the advantage when engaging him to assist them to build, develop or sell their property.