After placing my order I’ve just taken my seat outside a quaint little French café in Hamilton. It’s a beautiful spring morning and I’m feeling a little excited to be catching up with my good friend whom I haven’t seen for several years. I’ve been following his progress as he has mine on Facebook and I am keen to find out what’s really been happening in his life to date. I look up to see a handsome well-dressed man approaching. A far cry from the guy who turned up to his interview wearing sneakers, board shorts and a t-shirt for an Engineering position many years ago. Fortunately his cheeky smile, charm and credentials got him across the line on that occasion.
I first met Tyson Clarke who is now one of the directors of Australian Property Panel about six years ago when we worked together at a large engineering firm in Brisbane. I was in HR and he was an Electrical Engineer. I remember he caused quite the stir and not just for his interview fashion. In his first couple of weeks all the girls in the office were swooning over his handsome looks. We became firm friends after discovering we shared a few common friends and interests with the main one being property and investment. I even left my role at this company to pursue a career in property however quickly discovered this wasn’t my path after all. Fast forward a few years and Tyson on the other hand has turned his passion for property into his full-time career and loving every minute of it.
Tyson has been interested in the world of property for as long as he can remember. Coming from a close knit family, his humble beginnings started in Cairns. Tyson relocated to Mt Isa after completing his degree in Electrical Engineering where he stayed for several years before getting itchy feet. He decided it was time to go and explore the world and that is exactly what he did. Working and backpacking all over the globe from Canada, Asia, South America, Europe and everywhere in between before finally returning home. This brings us back to where our story began with him turning up to his interview in his board shorts. How times have changed. These days you will find Tyson travelling in his business suit helping people all over the countryside to build their property portfolios. With a passion for snowboarding and mountain bike riding it’s little wonder the adrenalin driven Tyson enjoys the sometimes risky, ever challenging and rewarding world of property.
After a few minutes of getting reacquainted it’s like no time has passed and our rather informal interview begins. It’s not hard to see the passion and excitement Tyson has for his new career path. “I just love what I do, helping people build their dreams. Every day I get out of bed with a bounce in my step. It’s an awesome feeling” he exclaims with a beaming smile.
So what is it that you actually do?
I am one of the Directors of the Australian Property Panel and our aim is to work closely with our clients to achieve their goals of owning property. We work with each of our clients to assess and identify what their goals are and where they are currently at in their process of owning property both financially and mentally. Once we have a clear idea of this we then work out a strategic plan to get them on the right track to achieve their goals via a number or different ways. We do a lot of education through mentoring, coaching and workshops as well as connecting our clients with the right experts in our team to get the right advice for their individual needs.
Who are the experts in your team?
I only work with people who have the highest integrity and are more focussed on providing value and getting best results for our clients than filling their back pockets. I have handpicked my team of independent specialists who I have both worked with personally and put through their paces or been highly recommended by trusted sources. These experts are accountants, lawyers, brokers, financial planners and anyone else involved with the various processes when investing in property. I am really particular about who I work with as they need to share the same integrity and commitment for achieving the same results as I do and if they don’t they simply get cut from the team. My clients come first and that’s what my whole business and reputation is built on. This is why I work with individuals and not big corporations and franchises.
What is the Australian Property Panel (APP)?
A few years ago I was being mentored by a fantastic guy called Peter Spencer. I really loved his integrity and vision for helping people to gain their property education and build their portfolio’s. Peter is the founder of the Australian Property Panel which is designed as a business hub for like-minded people with a passion for property and helping others get into the property game. When he approached me to be a part of his vision I jumped at the opportunity. Each state has its own director managing the business with the support and guidance of Peter every step of the way. He is an incredibly inspiring and knowledgeable man and has such a fantastic attitude and I have learnt a lot about property and life in general from working with him.
We are effectively a team of property investors who are passionate about educating and helping others to do what we have already done.
Why would people go to you instead of just going to their local real estate agent?
We provide what’s known as armchair investing, our clients can get involved as much or as little as they like. The best way to describe my role is a project manager taking care of and overseeing the entire process. It can be a scary experience when you don’t know who you can trust or what to do next so I aim to take away the fear and basically guide my clients through the whole journey. We take the time to ensure our clients fully understand every aspect of their experience as well as ensuring we fully understand everything they need in return. I am also a ‘one point of contact’ so this gives my clients peace of mind that they don’t have to chase everyone up individually and all their bases are covered.
All of my clients are completely unique with different circumstances. I have some clients who are too busy to be involved. They basically just give me a brief and I pretty much don’t hear from them until I have a contract ready for them to sign. I have other clients who I have worked with for over 12 months talking on a weekly basis and holding their hand through every step of the process before they finally make their first purchase. It really just depends on what my client’s needs are.
I guess the biggest difference is that you are not just left to figure it all out on your own; my aim isn’t for you to purchase just one property it’s to assist you in building a portfolio of ten properties or more.
How did you come to be in the property game after being an Engineer for the past decade?
I’ve always worked in the mining industry as an engineer and spent the vast majority of my career working out on site in places like Mt Isa and various locations around the Surat and Bowen Basin area. I remember when I was first starting out I was working in Mt Isa and was interested in investing in property and no one knew anything about it. As the years rolled on I discovered that there were so many people who were moving to the mines to create a better life for themselves and their families only to be caught in the money hamster wheel. In remote areas it’s hard to get ahead without the right education and resources available and so people tend to just end up wasting their money on fast toys and good times.
I was fortunate enough to be based in Brisbane and had all the resources I finally needed to get my portfolio started. Over the years I’ve had many conversations with the guys out on site about what I was doing and they all wanted a slice of the action but didn’t know how or believe it was possible. I realised that there was a real need to provide some kind of avenue for these guys (and women) to really make their money work for them and set their families up for a secure lifestyle long term.
You talk about the “Money Hamster Wheel”, how are you helping people change their focus?
There are a lot of flyby nighters who waltz into town with their fast talk and fancy promises only to really rape and pillage leaving everyone with a bad taste in their mouth and nothing to show for it. I really didn’t want to be like this so I decided to really channel my energies into creating not only a loyal client base but a community of like-minded people. I’m working with people in Mooranbah, Mackay and Townsville with a view to open up into Cairns and Rockhampton in the New Year. I am committed to supporting my clients any way I can and part of this is returning every six weeks to work face to face with them. I love the personal interaction and believe getting together in person is a really important part of creating strong healthy relationships.
This is exactly what I am achieving right now. This weekend for instance I am holding a Christmas Party for my clients and their families out in Moranbah where we have over 80 adults and 60 kids attending. It’s nothing flash, just a bowls day with a BBQ and a jumping castle however we have created a community of people who no matter where they are in their journey are all banding together to support each other in growing their portfolios. It’s really great when you have an apprentice talking with a Mine manager about where they are at in the process and excited about what they are learning.
How did you start your property journey?
I’ve been interested in property for as long as I can remember and like I said earlier there was just no-one around who could provide the guidance I needed to really get started. It wasn’t until I moved to Brisbane that I had a lot more opportunities to learn. I went to lots of seminars and workshops, some good and some terrible. I did a lot of research and asked a LOT of questions. I eventually discovered some really great people in the industry who I was able to learn from and really tap into their knowledge with Peter Spencer being one of them. Once I purchased my first property I had a taste for it and my hunger for all things related has just increased ever since.
I started helping a few mates with their purchases and loved the thrill I got from helping other people and realised just how many dodgy players are in the market place. I guess I wanted to combine my love of property and my desire to help others achieve their dreams without having to go through all the same trials and tribulations I did. I’m living the dream and loving it!
What advice would you give people looking to achieve their property dreams?
The only people who achieve their goals are the ones that take action. Knowledge is only power when you use it properly, so get started!
How can people get started?
We hold regular free education workshops and of course I am happy to talk with anyone who is serious about entering the property market. It doesn’t matter if you are ready to buy now or simply preparing yourself for making your first deal in 18months time, I can help you get on the right track. One of the biggest mistakes people make is holding the belief that they can’t afford it or it’s too hard so they just do nothing. This is complete hogwash; everyone is able to enter the market with the right guidance and plan in place. It’s actually not that scary and can be a lot of fun, best of all it’s free to work with us.
To get in touch with Tyson or to attend one of the upcoming property workshops go to http://auspropertypanel.com.au/ and start your property journey today!
I hope you will be as inspired as I was following my chat with Tyson. He has certainly reignited my passion for property and I will be looking to work more closely with him in the coming months to kick start my portfolio too!
Until next time,