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Amy has been a buyers’ agent for more than a decade, is degree qualifity in economics, is a QPIA, and runs a boutique agency in Melbourne.
|CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, AMY LUNARDI PROPERTY?|
|Amy Lunardi Property is a boutique buyer and vendor advocacy company based in Melbourne. We Pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction and rely exclusively on word of mouth and referrals.|
With over a decade of experience and well over 1000 property transactions, we’ve guided home buyers, investors, and vendors throughout their property journeys. We specialise in inner metro Melbourne and assist clients at any price point for a transparent fixed fee.
I am a Qualified Property Investment Advisor (QPIA). My standing as an investor with an active property portfolio, renovation experience, and involvement in dual occupancy development projects equips me with hands-on knowledge and practical experience, a valuable asset when guiding clients.
|| HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PROPERTY INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL AND WHAT WAS YOUR PATHWAY INTO THE PROFESSION (INCL. OTHER CAREERS)?|
|I’ve been a buyers’ agent for over 10 years, commencing in 2012 after working in property leasing. I have also been a PIPA member since 2020.|
Prior to entering the property industry, I worked as an economics research assistant for the Department of Sustainability, after finishing a Commerce/Arts degree with a major in economics.
My unique skill set allows me to deliver guidance that empowers investors to make informed decisions and embark on their investment journeys with confidence.
|ALSO, PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY INVESTMENT HISTORY?|
|I began investing in 2014 – purchasing two properties in relatively quick succession, renovating the second property to increase the tenant appeal and yield. Since then, I have added two more properties (and a car park!) to my portfolio, one of which is my principal place of residence. My overarching strategy is to hold these properties for the long term.|
My property journey includes a venture into the realm of property development and renovations. Currently, I am on the cusp of completing a dual occupancy development and have a second development currently in the planning application stage.
|| WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY YOU ORIGINALLY DECIDED TO JOIN PIPA?|
|The real estate industry is highly unregulated, so I see PIPA as an opportunity to be a member of an organisation which aims to raise the standards of the industry and provide consumers a platform to ensure that the professionals that they engage meet certain credentials.|
Sadly, I’ve seen many investors succumb to sales tactics of spruikers or unqualified ‘advisors’ which is something which I think could and should be avoided through platforms like PIPA, and hopefully additional government intervention in the future.
|| YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE PIPA ACCREDITATION PROGRAM AND ARE A QPIA MEMBER AS WELL. WHY DID YOU THINK IT WAS IMPORTANT TO UNDERTAKE SPECIALIST ADVICE TRAINING AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS FOR YOUR BUSINESS AFTER FINISHING THE PROGRAM?|
|Working in a highly unregulated industry, I recognise the need to distinguish myself as a reputable and highly qualified advisor. My aim is to reassure clients that they can trust me to guide them effectively through their investment journey.|
While my years of experience in the industry are valuable, staying updated and aligned with current best practices and industry standards is critical. Completing the PIPA Accreditation allowed me to refresh and enhance my knowledge, ensuring that I am well-equipped to serve my clients in an ever-evolving landscape.
|| HOW DO YOUR TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS ALSO SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS?|
|My major in economics equips me with an understanding of economic principles, which is particularly relevant in the realm of property investment. It aids me in my current position with analysing economic data, market trends, and making well-informed investment decisions for my clients.|
My degree in commerce ensures I have a strong grasp of financial concepts and tools. This knowledge is invaluable when helping clients assess the financial aspects of their investment choices including cash flow and budget analysis.
|| WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS AND BEYOND?|
|Our business is committed to maintaining its status as a boutique agency. We have no plans for expansion, as being boutique is something we specialise in and really enjoy. Our growth strategy remains grounded in the organic development of our client base through word-of mouth and personal referrals, which is a testament to the quality of service we provide.|
One of our primary focus’s will continue to be buyer education through my various podcasts and online first home buyer course, which is one of my greatest passions and something I have always found really rewarding.
Offering my knowledge and expertise to the next generation of buyers and investors is something I take great pride in. In the foreseeable future, we are actively planning to expand our educational efforts including more podcasts, seminars, and other accessible education.
Originally Published: PIPA Adviser Issue #31