All it took was for Chris Anderson to get busy, before he fell into the industry that he loves.
It was 1991 and Chris had saved enough to leave his birth country, New Zealand and try his luck and trade in Australia.
He arrived one Sunday and started work that Monday as a carpenter. Since then, he says, he hasn’t stopped.
“I haven’t wanted to, there’s always been something that I needed to do.”
He doesn’t complain, because, as he says, life’s good.
He settled in the Redlands and Virginia, his wife, arrived soon afterwards.
Their first foray in property was a learning experience as they bought a spec home off a builder Chris was working for. The builder set the price, organised the finance and did everything else that was required to get them into the house.
As it turned out, after two years of slogging to pay the mortgage, they sold it for exactly the same price as they paid for it. This was the first big property lesson for them; to do their own research and not put their destiny into the hands of other people.
After working for other builders for some time, Chris decided to build a spec home with a subcontractor partner. With seven weeks of hard work over Christmas the house was built and they made a modest profit of $13,000.
It got them started, giving them an insight into buying the right block, building the right house and selling through the right agent at a reasonable price.
From there they branched into more construction to the point where they were building around 120 homes per year. The business continued to grow with townhouse and land developments in the Redlands.
As a part of their business and investment philosophy, they hold a growing number of properties from their developments. They have maintained that trend with their latest apartment block 1 Fitzroy and the soon to be constructed luxury resort style apartment block, Toondah Outlook.
And Chris’ advice, all these years after leaving home and homeland?
“Give it a go… And never stop listening, because people will tell you what you need to know. Take it and shape it with honesty and integrity – do the best you can and avoid half measures – Then just let your journey unfold.”