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Donal Collins

Property Manager
Sydney, New South Wales
02 9251 5558
I was brought up on a farm in Cork in Ireland which I thoroughly enjoyed and with recognising I had an interest in construction and real estate, I began my studies encompassing a 4 year degree in Valuations and Real Estate in Bristol England.

Once I graduated, I began working in the real estate industry in Cork, which spanned for 6 years with Global Properties. After this great experience, I wanted to learn more about other country markets so I travelled to Australia - working in wineries, farms and on building sites along the way and settling in Sydney.

I wanted to transition back into Real Estate, and began a Property Advisory role at the Announcer Group. Currently, I am a Director of Property Prevue in association with the Announcer Group which I really enjoy.

I've always had a love for property, business, people and sport.

I excel in a team environment, be it in sport or business.

In my spare time out of the office I like to play and coach hurling. For the people reading this that are not Irish, Hurling is the fastest field sport in the world and well worth performing a Google search.

Announcer Group is a One Stop Shop Professional Services Company. It is an integrated team of specialist divisions comprising of financial advisers that specialise in the needs of time poor executives and their families, anchored by the supporting advice platforms such as Property Investment Advice, Tax Accountants, Finance Brokers and Estate Planning & Conveyancing. Announcer has evolved into one of Australia’s largest independently owned firms. We have head offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend Aoife and friends, going to the gym, swimming, playing soccer with Announcer, watching various sporting events - I love being active. I have sponsored Gaelic sports teams that I am involved in.


My Activity

Q: I'm looking at a 1 bedroom apartment for an investment, what percentage of the value will I be able to borrow? I don't see the benefit of it is too low to have the property negatively geared.
A: Hi John,

Good question - I would advise you to look at the following:-
1) Size of the unit as some lenders will not lend against a unit under 50 sqm;
2) Have a look at what the rental market is paying for this type of product in this area - there will be a range;
3) Have a chat with a Mortgage Broker - it is a very important time to chat with a broker as many banks offer different rates and incentives;
4) Is there going to be much vacancy in this market - find out vacancy rate V's unit supply coming online;
5) Can you claim Depreciation on this investment - the newer it is the more you can tax claim / depreciate;

I am happy to advise and to do up an indicative cash-flow if you would like - this will tell you the gearing threshold.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to have a chat and see if I can help further.

Donie Collins
02 9251 5558