$5 Million Profit … in Under 3 Years

“Here is a real-life Case Study … containing all the aspect of
the Investment Formula … to better explain just how well
it has worked for my various clients over the years”

AND HOPEFULLY, this will fully demonstrate how the Formula was actually put into practice with …

29-43 Huntingdale Road, Burwood

What you’re about to read are the details for the actual transaction – which will fully demonstrate how this Investment Formula delivered an outstanding result for eleven “amateur Investors”.

As you’ll appreciate, Privacy Laws prevent me from disclosing some of the more personal details involved. However, you’ll now get to read everything that is a matter of public record.

The Ugly Duckling Story (2001-2004)


On the face of it, the property was just an old (yet solid-looking) structure, built in the 1980s. But it actually had some tremendous hidden potential.

It comprised:

  • A 3-level Office building in the front; joined to …
  • A 2-level Warehouse behind (which, because of the fall in the land, both levels were at “ground floor”) with …
  • Parking for 222 cars on the roof of the upper Warehouse, plus …
  • About 10,000 sq metres of spare Land at the rear.

My role was to act for an Investor group of 11 retired (or semi-retired) business executives – where only two of them had any real experience, with Commercial property investment.
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Here is the 9-Step Formula at work!

The first two Steps … Filtering and Analysing the available opportunities … were used to carefully choose this Huntingdale Road property. Then, the Negotiating strategies came into play … to secure a contract price of $7.75 million – down from an asking price of $8.6 million.

From there, onto the Validation phase – to confirm the physical integrity of the structure. And with the help of a thorough Due Diligence report, I was able to negotiate an even better deal – reducing the final contract price down to $7.24 million, in mid-2001.

Enhancing the Original Deal

After settlement, I set about Adding Value by looking to develop the vacant Land at the rear.

So, I worked with a Bruce Henderson Architects to devise an innovative Master Plan for the entire site. This contained a mix of compatible Commercial tenancies – both on the vacant land, and within the existing structure itself.

However, the Council proved difficult – in their view, the existing buildings were “too old” and ought to be demolished. Even so, we persuaded them to at least take a look at our concept plans.

Their response and willingness to help was quite amazing. And they were quick to grasp the benefits our initiatives would bring to the surrounding area.

And because of the clever mix of building components … the overall concept quickly became affectionately known as the “Matrix @ Burwood”.

Within the existing Building Structure, the Plan was to …

  1. Take the 200 cars off the warehouse roof, and create a two-level car park within the lower warehouse – to accommodate 364 cars, securely undercover.
  2. Add an extra storey to the upper warehouse (with a series of light courts) creating two “conventional” new two-storey Office Buildings – with their own dedicated entry (through the existing front structure) from Huntingdale Road.
  3. Subdivide the remaining front building into smaller strata Office Suites.
  4. Within the remaining “dead” space … provide 8 Storage Units – something much needed in the area.

On the Rear Land

  1. Around the perimeter … build a series of 15 compact Factoriettes.
  2. In the centre of the Rear Land … create a block of 9 three-level Studio Offices, with parking underneath.

It was a very flexible Permit. And if you think about it, there was really something for everyone.

And once the Council came on-board … they were quite taken with the idea of providing a series of attractive “incubator facilities”, so close to Monash University.

And each portion of the Matrix could also be a stand-alone component.
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What happened after all that Creative Effort?

In May of 2003, the Investors had the property independently valued by Charter Keck Cramer. And to their surprise, the property (as it stood then) was now worth $11.2 million.

Not bad! … Already, there had been a $3.96 million increase in value to the Investors in just 23 months – without making any physical changes to the property itself.

As you can imagine … these Investors were now facing somewhat of a Dilemma.

What had started out as a simple $2 million project to develop the rear Land … was now a major $45 million+ redevelopment project, for the entire property.

And as enthusiastic as these 11 “amateur” investors were … they soon came to realise it was probably well beyond their combined expertise to complete such a large project.

But could the Property be easily sold?

Although the main leases didn’t expire until 2010 … some early-termination clauses had been negotiated – giving access to the existing buildings in June 2006, if required. So, the property also now had genuine appeal to Developers – particularly with the Matrix Permit now in place.

The property was providing an excellent rental return each year. However, the closer you got to 2010 … the less appeal it would start to have for any potential Investors.

And, if the property were to be sold … I wanted to be in a position to force the Developers and Investors to COMPETE against each other.
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The Stealth Marketing Phase Begins …

At this stage, you go “under the radar” so to speak with Step 9: Applying your Marketing efforts.

And that’s where you make sure that you leave NOTHING on the table – when it comes time for you to sell.

Traditional marketing for Property adopts a “scatter gun” approach – relying heavily upon expensive media advertising and an elaborate Information Memorandum.

Whereas, Stealth Marketing adopts a “laser gun” approach – relying mainly on a personalised direct-email campaign, PLUS a dedicated website for the Property.

Both of these Stealth Marketing strategies are inexpensive, and yet highly effective.

Right now, you can go straight to the actual website used to extract every dollar from the Matrix @ Burwood. And you will then start to grasp just how powerful this strategy really is.

Due to the confidential information on the website, you will first need to register – because the website is password protected. Then, while you read the “Executive Summary” on the homepage, you will be emailed your actual password.

Once you receive that password, you can proceed on to the full website – just like all the “targeted” Buyers did.

You’ll notice just how much information is included … the Contracts and a Valuation, along with the Tenancy details and other Reports; plus copies of Plans and Perspectives of the proposed Redevelopment.

Bottom Line: What Stealth Marketing does … is deliver the entire package right to the desktop of every one of your potential Buyers.

And the outcome was an outstanding success: $12.3 million – which amounted to $1.1 million above the formal valuation just months before.

But more importantly … the price was an amazing $5,060,000 above what the Clients had paid for the Property – less that 3 years earlier.

And all they had done was identify the hidden potential; and then, obtain a rather clever planning permit to help monetize that potential.

So, Were These Clients Pleased?

After the sale … the Chairman of this Investor group wrote to me expressing his delight (and amazement) at what had been achieved, saying …

Wasn’t it a GREAT result?

“We really did appreciate your keen eye to both identify and analyse the property, before negotiating a really sharp deal at $7.75 million. But then …”

Click here – to read the entire letter.

Dear Chris,

Wasn’t it a GREAT result?

We really did appreciate your keen eye to both identify and analyse the property, before negotiating a really sharp deal at $7.75 million. But then, you managed to skilfully use your Validation process, to further reduce the contract price to $7.24 million.

While restructuring some of the leases, you guided our Architect with market input — as he obtained a rather exciting Permit to re-work and extend the building envelope.

And when we realised the final project would be beyond our capabilities … you then introduced us to your “Stealth Marketing” strategy — to obtain an absolute top sale price of $12.3 million.

What really amazed us was the way you managed to take what was basically the same property, physically — and simply sell a “concept” — which gave us a $5 million gain, in just under three years.

You certainly have a Formula that worked for us.

Many thanks,

George F

Merricks Beach VIC
Group Chairman


That probable says it all … and I haven’t told you this to impress you.
Rather, to impress upon you just what you could achieve
by using this Formula yourself


In any event, this Case Study should have provided you with a little more insight into how it actually works.

But if you do have any further comments you’d like to make … just leave them below. Otherwise, I’ll be in touch with you again soon.

Regards …

 

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