First Time Buyer's GuideMarch 2015Real Estate

Real Estate Central | nothin’ wrong with retiring rich

Real Estate Central
nothin’ wrong with retiring rich

Stick With Me
She calls herself, “a crazy chick from the desert.” She grew up on a sheep ’n’ wheat farm, worked in an opal mine and has also given tourism a spin in Alice. Belinda Tonkin (BT) might be a little wild and woolly but she’s darn well switched on when it comes to property. In fact, BT has a solid portfolio, stretching from Adelaide to Alice, and a handful of mates “who’ll be wealthy if they stick with me,” she beams. BT’s buying and selling prowess not only impressed friends, but also Alice agent Caela Zenith from The Professionals who asked why she wasn’t in the property business; BT pondered, “I had more properties than her and knew a bucket load about real estate… Why wasn’t I in the business?”

The Lot
BT is now as property adviser with Real Estate Central (REC) and works with specialists in residential properties, auctions, property management, finance and a team fitted out for REC projects. “We’ve got the lot here mate”, assures BT. “Why would you go anywhere else?” Real Estate Central is also branching into investment advising. “Myself and Leigh Arnold are flat out, the response is fantastic and we welcome more and will make time for everyone.”

What’s The Market Doing In Darwin?
“The market has really picked up in the last two months right across the board,” says BT. There are also many buyers keen to invest. “People out there are earning good money, there’s new people coming to town who are also getting off the rental roundabout. Plus, it’s cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent. Low interest rates and good bank deals have been a strong influence and increased consumer confidence. With the RBA looking at keeping rates down,” reinforces BT, who’s hoping for substantial movement in Darwin’s property market over the next 18 months.

First Home Buyer Tips
• Sort out your finances
• Buy new rather than old ($25 000 first home buyer incentive for new verses $12500 for old.)
• Work out your 5 to 10 year plan with your first home.
• Talk to a financial advisor, accountant or investment advisor about your goals; like turning your home into an investment, structuring your loan differently and how long you’ll be in Darwin.

And, The Most Common First Home Buyer Mistake…
“Not being thorough with your research,” says BT.
So call her, her colleague Daniel Harris or the Real Estate Central team, because they all want to make you rich. “It’s not much fun doing it on your own,” says the woman who has an “itch to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” BT’s pretty convinced Darwin is it.


A:5/48 Cavenagh St Darwin
Ph: 8944 4555
W: www.recentral.com.au