From Hong Kong to Australia
Starting as a PR Marketing Professional in Hong Kong, Senior Brisbane Property Investment Strategist Jade Cattanach never imagined she’d become a successful property investor, let alone help others achieve wealth through investing. Living in Hong Kong, a city with the lowest housing affordability in the world, owning property wasn’t a realistic goal for Jade.
“Although I had a successful career as a PR Marketing professional, property prices in Hong Kong were so daunting that I didn’t think property ownership was possible.”
Feeling put-off investing in property, Jade instead invested into her career in luxury public relations marketing. But when she left her high-paying job behind to move to Melbourne with her husband in 2012, Jade’s thinking started to change.
“I couldn’t work for a year because of my visa conditions, and I felt that my financial freedom was taken away. It made me think about what would happen if my husband and I both couldn’t work. How would we still support ourselves?”
A property realisation
This was the start of a turning point in Jade’s property journey. Around the same time in 2012, Jade’s husband and brother-in-law wanted to buy a home together in Melbourne. The three of them looked for a place to live and found a house and land package in a newly-built community for $380,000. But when Jade’s husband secured a great job in Queensland, their property plans were put on hold until 2015. By then, the house they were so close to purchasing had risen to $450,000.
“This experience made me realise that Australian property is so different to Hong Kong. Here’s it’s possible to invest at an affordable price point and generate some income from a property.”
Alongside this realisation, Jade went through another big life change. It was time to restart her career in Australia. Speaking Mandarin, Cantonese and English, and with a background in luxury PR Marketing, it was difficult to find a job that could combine Jade’s new passion for property with her professional skills.
“Then I came across a job posting for Ironfish. I felt we shared the same ideals, a belief in long-lasting customer relationships and a drive to protect our futures. Ironfish cared about everyone around them – whether they were employees or investors”.
By the end of that year, Jade had joined Ironfish Brisbane as an Investment Strategist.