Brett Johnson - The Real Estate Analyst
Over the last 35 years I have met with and helped thousands of property investors. Some were beginners starting from scratch, many were experienced investors growing their nest eggs and some were just seeking expert advice because a helpful parent, friend or accountant suggested they should.
This has evolved and sharpened my skill set into part property adviser and market analyst and part personal coach. I love what I do and while these days I don’t wear a suit or spend all day at an office, I am more than happy to share what I’ve learned with you.
There are lots of decisions to be made on the path to successful property investment. When should we start? Which market to invest in? How much to spend? What type of property? Why are we doing this in the first place?
You would think the answer to these questions would require gathering information, weighing up the pros and cons and reaching a conclusion - but in practice it rarely works that way. There are other considerations. It's personal.
Turns out the hottest property in town is the space behind our eyes and between our ears. How we think and feel about investing in property matters as much as the more technical aspects. You have to get both right to make it work.
Maybe I can help with that.
Get in touch and make a time to chat. If you have been referred to me by a friend, colleague, relative or finance professional or you are a Real Estate Analyst subscriber -there is no charge.
About Brett Johnson
Brett has been actively involved in property investment, research and management for over 35 years.
He is a passionate advocate of planned, counter-cyclical property investment with a special focus on understanding the behaviour of property markets. He is a regular commentator on property investment and markets in Australia, co-author of The Wealth Power of Property, a licensed real estate agent and Justice of the Peace.
Positions held include Research & Marketing Director, D.F. Johnson Corporation, CEO Mercantile Mutual Funds Management Limited (now ING Bank), Managing Director, Quartile Property Network and now partner, with his wife Meredith, in The Real Estate Analyst.
Brett's investment philosophy is based on years of practical experience, hands-on property market research and an ability to see the bigger picture at work in property markets. The experiences he has shared with thousands of clients over many decades has also vastly expanded his understanding of property markets and the actions and motivations of property investors.
He lives on the waterfront of Pittwater on Sydney's northern beaches and is often spotted meeting with clients in the cafes and restaurants around the foreshore. He plays bass guitar in a local band called The Kelly Gang and spends not enough time and too much money on a 60 foot houseboat called Clementine.
About The Real Estate Analyst
The name "The Real Estate Analyst" originated in the early 1970's as the investor newsletter of the D.F. Johnson group of companies which were founded by Fred Johnson and his brother Don in 1953. Brett Johnson joined the business in 1982.
D.F. Johnson included businesses involved in property management, funds management and property market research. It was acquired by Mercantile Mutual (now ING) in February 1990 and Brett was appointed CEO of the merged businesses.
In 1992, Fred & Brett Johnson formed Quartile Property Network as a specialist property investment and management practice which looked after thousands of property investor clients for almost 25 years. The Quartile property business was sold in 2016.
Today Brett practices as The Real Estate Analyst advising clients on a much less formal basis. People rely on him for market information, property selection and general investment advice but sometimes a little armchair psychology can also be involved. Here's a couple of examples:
Often people in a relationship will have different backgrounds or views of the world and find making joint investment decisions a difficult process. It just gets too hard or too daunting and becomes easier to do nothing than resolve the different points of view.
People may struggle with balancing life's priorities. Should we take that big overseas trip or start investing? Have another child or add another property? Change jobs now or borrow to invest first? Big decisions.
Brett says, "Making good decisions requires good information and sometimes an objective perspective backed with specialist knowledge can make a big difference".