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How to Become a Property Developer in Australia: A Career Guide

By Jamie Richardson | November 21, 2019

Becoming a property developer in Australia has a lot of perks.

Whether you're in school trying to figure out what your first career move or a seasoned professional looking for a change of scenery, property development is an excellent choice. The real estate market in Australia is booming and showing no signs of slowing down. There's a lot of money to be made.

Today, we're going to show you how to become a property developer in Australia. If you think you're cut out for the real estate business, then we can give you a little bit more information to push you in the right direction.

What Is Property Development?

The true beauty of property development as a profession is that its definition is so wide-ranging. At the core of it all, property development involves purchasing land or property and, well...developing it.

It could be anything from residential housing to high-rise office buildings; from highways and grocery stores. Your job is to have some knowledge of the city and neighborhood you're developing in. Use this knowledge to forge relationships and develop a property that brings in money and satisfies people.

Basic Knowledge

You might be wondering about the basic knowledge and educational background that you need to get into property development.

There isn't any specific education required to become a property developer. You'll want to have a background in business, finance, and maybe a bachelor's degree in real estate. The Aussie real estate market is competitive, so you'll want to have as big of an advantage that you can get.

Property developers are involved throughout the entire process. From the point of sale to breaking ground and beyond, you'll be there guiding the way.

You'll need knowledge of the markets, construction, town planning, and economics. Contractors and investors will be pulling you in every which direction, so you'll need to have answers to their questions and the ability to make important decisions.

Building Funds

The hardest part of becoming a property developer in Australia is raising the funds to start your first project. If you're coming out of school, this is incredibly difficult unless you have financial backing. That's why so many property developers come from completely different fields.

For instance, Sydney property developer Bashar Ibrahim started out as a laborer and worked his way up the ladder, getting to know the industry literally from the ground up. He was able to build funds over time and get on the development side of things when he was ready.

Big payoffs usually come on the tail of big risks, so you might end up taking out a loan to purchase your first property. As long as you put the work in and you're willing to learn, there's no reason that you can't turn a property into a moneymaker right away.

Learning How to Become a Property Developer Takes Time

You're not going to be an ace property developer overnight. You need to take your time and learn how to become a property developer by doing a lot of research, building investment capital, and learning from other people.  Take your time with that first investment and watch it pay off before you jump in on another one.

Did you find this post helpful? Come back and visit us again for more on real estate and home improvement.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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