Katie Marshall has recently released her first book – Chicks and Mortar A Woman’s Guide to Investing in Property – a great book designed to help women become financially independent. Katie’s aim is to educate women about all aspects of property investment and provide them with independent unbiased information, support and resources so they are empowered to not only succeed in property investment but to build a property portfolio that makes them financially independent.
Jason Penna from PropertyBooks.com.au asks Katie some important questions about her past and gains some insight into what the top 5 tips she has for women starting out in property investment.
When did your love of Property Investment start?
“I really saw the value and security that owning property brings.”
My love for property started when I was a little girl. I was fascinated with building and design. My interest in property investing grew from the moment I bought my first house and I really saw the value and security that owning property brings.
If you were to start over again is there anything you would do differently and if so please share?
I would definitely buy more property sooner.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your years of Property Investment experiences?
“knowing the property process is the key”
The biggest lesson I have learnt is knowledge is power. Knowing yourself and your own situation, knowing what you want to achieve and knowing the property process is the key to achieving property success. If you don’t know your starting base, what your end goal is and the plan to get there, then it’s easy to get distracted and confused by other people’s property journey.
What are your Top 5 Tips for an investor who is starting out looking to invest in property?
“Ask lots of questions”
My top 5 tips for starting out in property would be:
1. Get clear on your own situation before starting. Get your finances and budgets sorted first.
2. Assess your own skills and abilities. Factor these in when working out your property strategy.
3. Be process orientated – Create checklists and work through it so all bases are covered.
4. Ask lots of questions – Never be afraid to ask questions or ask for an explanation if you don’t understand anything. Don’t be afraid to reach out ask people to share their property story so you can learn. The worst that can happen is they say no.
5. Know what your end goal is, and remind yourself of this regularly throughout your property journey.
You have a passion for wanting to help women take control of their own financial future, can you elaborate more on why you are focusing on this area.
Statistics show that women are more likely to be both living and retiring below the poverty line. I am passionate about educating and empowering women so instead of becoming a statistic they have the confidence and the knowledge to build wealth and security through property.
Can you tell us what inspired you to write the book Chicks and Mortar – A woman’s guide to investing in property
“The book is a combination of both basic property investment information along with mindset advice”
I was inspired to write a book by the women I have met through Chicks and Mortar. These amazing women have shared their thoughts and stories, to help other women learn and grow. The book is a combination of both basic property investment information along with mindset advice, which is what Chicks and Mortar is all about.
What other services do you offer and how can people get in touch with you?
I provide online property education, resources and support for women through my website:
www.chicksandmortar.com.au or if anyone has any further questions they can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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