25 Jul How one woman rebuilt her life after finding herself ‘suddenly single’
At the age of just 35, Christine Williams found herself suddenly single, with two teenage girls, living in a caravan and with almost no money in the bank. â€œI had to learn how to take control of my financial security quickly, otherwise how were the girls and I to survive?” Williams says. “So, I researched the property market, taught myself to negotiate good finance deals with mortgage brokers and educated myself about what to look for in a good investment property,â€ she says.
â€œI also realised pretty early on, after a couple of successes, that I wanted to help other women who have found themselves in a similar situation how to create financial security by understanding the property industry. I now have a multi-million dollar property portfolio and the peace of mind that I will be safe and secure in retirement. I want other women to be able to be the same, so I started a business to educate and help those women. ”
Leaving money issues to your partner to look after might seem a good idea while you are in a relationship, particularly long term relationships, but with three in five women finding themselves dependent on a pension later in life, a man is not always a secure plan when it comes to financial security. Do you know where your money is, where it goes and or how much you actually have?
“Sometimes people have a skeptical view of property investing,” Williams says. “There are definitely some shysters out there in the investment property industry. People who profess that they are experts and who encourage people to overextend themselves financially. In this scenario, investors can find themselves in terrible financial trouble if the property market changes. I cannot condone what they do, but all property investment doesn’t have to be tarred with the same brush.”
“I started my business to help women get back on their financial feet. I thought, ‘if I can do it â€“ you can do it too. I really want to help women, specifically, navigate the twists and turns of successful property investing, and since I started the business, I’ve been able to help hundreds of women turn their financial situation around. I guess I care because I have been there too.â€
One of the women that Williams has helped is Jennifer, a teacher and mother of two who found herself separated and uncertain about what she would do with her impending divorce settlement. Together Williams and Jennifer mapped out a long term property investment strategy that led her to purchase three properties in three years. â€œOnce I have created a plan for a client, I then hold their hand through the entire process and beyond. I am always there for them. I want to give them peace of mind as well as a comfortable and financially secure future, and I firmly believe that property is the way to get there.â€
For more information about how you too can create a rosy financial future with property investment after divorce, separation or the passing of a loved one, contact www.smarterpropertyinvesting.com.au.