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Secrets to creating a property development business: revealed by THREE experienced investors

Secrets to creating a property development business: revealed by THREE experienced investors


April 4, 2023


06:00 PM

Secrets to creating a property development business: revealed by THREE experienced investors

Secrets to creating a property development business – revealed by THREE experienced investors

We’ll be joined by an expert panel of three highly experienced professional property developers, who’ll discuss what it REALLY takes to make the leap from full-time employee to full-time investor, PLUS share insights on the challenges involved day-to-day management of a property business, and techniques you can apply to run your own property investing business more efficiently and effectively!

Make sure you attend this meetup!

Bring any specific questions you may have related to your property investing / development you may want to ask the expert panel. 


Real Deal with Nick Laycock: Perseverance pays off! 

‘It took a lot of perseverance (spanning 6 years!) to make this deal happen.  It was a 1-into-3 development project, with lots of hurdles to overcome.’

It’s a great opportunity to connect with other investors who are currently buying, developing, renovating and selling in the property market today. 

Our Expert Panel

Kathryn O’Connor

Kathryn started on her property journey in 2006 after a major life change led to a quest for financial independence. She now sees her difficult start as her greatest advantage, as she was highly motivated to take action and to persevere, and at every step needed to look for solutions outside of the square.

She bought her first properties in 2007 and 2008- regional properties with add value opportunities, and soon moved into subdivision and development and related strategies, working with joint venture partners and independently.  She quit her day job 10 years ago, and is grateful to have been able to hugely surpass her original financial goals from when she set out on this journey. Her specialty is medium density infill development on tricky sites.

Nick Laycock

Nick has been investing for over 20 years. Nick was a Electronic Engineer/ Project Manager worked for a large Defence Company for 23 years. Nick quit his day job in in November 2015 to become a full-time developer. 

Typical projects include:

  • Buy, demolish, build 3 or 4 houses, and sell the end product.
  • Almost all of his projects have been done as Joint Ventures.
  • 16 projects completed in the last 6 years, and 4 projects on-the-go now.  That’s 63 houses all up!

Property Investing/Developing has given Nick the freedom to work for himself and spend a lot more time with my wife and 2 daughters.

James Manna

James has been investing in Property since 2010 and is the Director of MannaCorp Creative Property Solutions. James quit his day job in 2014 to become a full time investor / developer.  Since then James has completed 25 subdivisions/development projects and currently building home number 100.


-> Can I bring someone else along?

Yes, you are welcome to bring anyone who is interested in property investing, renovating, developing – it’s all about learning and networking with like-minded investors.  Please ask them to RSVP so that we know how many people are coming.

-> What are you selling?

Nothing, these events are all about learning and networking with like-minded people.

I look forward to seeing you at the meetup


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