It’s fair to say that apartments are unlike any investment product on the market. There are considerations and strata regulations that require a different approach in order to fully maximise investor returns.
Kiarna Blythman knows too well about the subtle nuances that put apartments in a category of their own.
This is why, after eight years’ experience across all aspects of property leasing and management, Kiarna has joined M/Property as its Business Development Manager. She has assumed the role with a keen interest in demonstrating the value of specialist apartment management to rural owners of city apartments.
“Trusting your investment apartment to someone who only deals with stand-alone houses is like sending your boat to a car mechanic,” Kiarna said.
“There is no question that an apartment investment offers great benefits to those looking for a low-maintenance foothold in the urban marketplace, but there are definitely aspects where it is advantageous to have someone on the ground with knowledge of strata legislation, maintenance requirements and tenant selection tactics.
“M/Property only deals with apartment leases. It seemed a perfect fit for my scope of experience.”
Kiarna has held both ground-floor to senior positions in property sales and leasing, including Sales Administration, Strata Assistance to Property Manager and Leasing Manager.
She joins a highly experienced team of property experts and is backed by the expertise and resources of M/Group; a company that cut its teeth on apartment developments.
M/Group Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said the introduction of a property management firm to work exclusively in apartment leasing and management was done to fill a gap in the market.
“As a company, our vision has always been to provide our clients with a holistic experience, and we recognised early that engaging a standard property management business to assist our apartment investors did not provide an ideal outcome,” he said.
“Since we launched M/Property, we have grown to become one of Perth’s largest apartment management companies and have helped hundreds of investors through complex apartment and strata issues.
“Our extensive database of prospective tenants can be effectively matched with a depth of knowledge on most apartments complexes across the Perth CBD, Fremantle and surrounding suburbs.
”Kiarna is a welcome addition to our team and is available to provide more detail about our services and offer to anyone looking to upgrade their current management arrangement.”
For more information or to make an appointment with Kiarna, please contact 0499 909 116 or email email@example.com.
When Downsizing Opens New Doors in LifeRead more
Jillian Marshallsay raised her family in a comfortable home in the Perth hills, but with the kids grown up and children of their own, it was time to consider her lifestyle options and take steps to be closer to her family. She purchased a boutique apartment at M/28 by Match in South Fremantle and hasn’t looked back.
Jillian is one an estimated 2.5 million Australian households with owners over 55 who have already downsized or thought about it (Ref: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)).
The catalyst for her was when her son found the South Fremantle apartment and said, “mum this is for you – you need to get a life!”
“I do love the hills, the walks in the bush, the birds, (but) when you have aging parents and grandchildren, there’s no way you can actually fit everything in with work,” Jillian said.
“I needed a change for the next stage of my life and I wanted to be by transport and close to the beach. I wanted to walk everywhere; the shops, restaurants, cafes and the beach.
“Moving to the city is a total sea change for me!”
Like many others, Jillian purchased her apartment as part of a transition into retirement. She bought off-the-plan and had to visualise what she had invested in while it was under construction.
“It’s sort of better than I thought actually. It has a bigger kitchen than I visualised and I love the full-length windows. I’m happy with the open plan concept and I do like the big pots and the landscaping in the garden.
“I can just lock up and leave and go travelling if I want to and not have to worry about gardens or maintenance.”
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said Jillian is one of a growing number of baby boomer clients moving into Match apartments.
“It is so rewarding to see many of our clients discover a new lifestyle through our apartment designs. They may have moved to the coast or swapped their suburban residence for the inner city, but most wonder why they hadn’t done it before,” he said.
“Apartment design is so different from cookie-cutter environments of the past that were built purely for investment purposes and to maximise space. Today, good developers consider everything from privacy to light, airflow and other comforts that would appeal to an owner-resident.”
“M/28 by Match has given Jillian and its other residents a central and coastal home-base in the thick of South Fremantle. The lifestyle and environment are hard to beat.”
M/28 by Match is a mixed-use building comprising of just 20 boutique apartments on the popular South Terrace coffee strip. The building is deliberately designed to present as understated with naturally inspired materials and palette, which take inspiration from the Fremantle culture and nearby heritage-listed community hot-spot, The Local.
Prices start from $440,000 for one-bedroom apartments and $550,000 for two-bedroom apartments.
For more information visit www.m28apartments.com.au or contact 0432 660 066.
Finding a Match Along Freo’s Coastal CorridorRead more
Chances are you won’t need to travel far along Fremantle’s coastal corridor before you are just metres from a Match apartment or terrace home project. With residences located in the City’s hub, as well as along the coast at the emerging and visionary Shoreline precinct and on the marina the established lifestyle environment of Port Coogee, the company’s growing portfolio of apartments and terrace homes is backed by a staunch confidence in the area and its continued growth potential.
Match entered the Fremantle market back in 2012 with the introduction of a leading-edge environmental design, aptly named The Summer, which received the first 5 star Green Star rating in WA. Match has since had sell-out successes and introduced design diversity to meet the aspirations of those drawn to the area’s unique lifestyle benefits.
Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, Mr Lloyd Clark, said Match has had a love affair with Fremantle’s stretch of coastline for almost a decade.
“It’s strange to think back to when we first started investing in Fremantle, South Beach Estate was a little more than a concept and not many appreciated the proximity of suburbs just a little to its south,” he said.
“Since then, we have introduced apartments and terrace homes that are as diverse as the people attracted to them, and as we have continued to identify great lifestyle opportunities for our buyers, we’re so pleased that our footprint and architectural influence has expanded to cater to a broad range of lifestyle choices and styles.”
Available Match apartments and terrace homes throughout the area are located within the iconic Heirloom by Match rejuvenation project, M/27 by Match in Parry Street and M/28 by Match on South Terrace, with M/31 Terrace Homes by Match, M/32 Terrace Homes by Match and Form by Match located in the Shoreline Precinct and Port Coogee respectively.
“All our apartments respond to the specific environment in which they are located, so you will get a different look, feel and layout within a beachside apartment like Form by Match than you will with M/27 by Match in the heart of Fremantle, where the design is largely about maximising the amazing parkland views,” Mr Clark continued.
“We have never been one for homogenous design, which is why we have always been so drawn to the diversity and distinction of Fremantle and its coastal corridor. Where else would you be able to explore the broad scope of architectural option and innovations? It truly is a special place.”
Match apartments start from $335,000 and terrace homes from $550,000. They are all architecturally designed and include features such as signature high ceilings, spacious balconies or courtyards, quality fittings and fixtures.
For more information on Match and its apartment and terrace home portfolio visit www.itsamatch.com.au/freo or call 0432 660 066.