With Bachelor and Master's degrees in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, a former career in tax consultancy and accounting, and experience managing her own and friends' investment properties, Alexis Zhang is one of the most highly-credentialed property managers working in the industry today. Now qualified with her Agent's Licence too, Alexis is as passionate about property as she is about the financial measures that underlie investment.
Alexis's experience as both a landlord and a tenant adds real value to her approach as she empathises easily with those on both sides of the relationship, sees the truth in all situations …and keeps an always open-mind. An excellent negotiator with an eye always on the bottom line, Alexis' knowledge of the underlying costs and benefits of investment is at the heart of everything she does. "My first priority is to safeguard my client's investment. My second is to look for opportunities to enhance it with an accountable management approach."
For Alexis, this approach can mean advising landlords on taxation benefits, supporting value-adding improvements and achieving savings wherever possible. Most importantly, it means keeping a tight rein on costs and an active eye on rental values. "It's not enough for investors to act on intuition and make decisions on what they think is right," says Alexis. "Every investment decision should be based on cold hard facts. The figures never lie …and I've got the spread-sheets to prove it!"
This same no-nonsense attitude crosses over into Alexis' life outside of work too. But here it's more about which Australian city will be next on her itinerary or whether the weekend's hiking will take her to the Dandenong Ranges or further afield. While she retains strong ties to family in China, much of Alexis' time outside of work is spent exploring the quietest spots of her home-town or the busy capital cities of other Australian states. But no matter where she is, she's sure to be keeping a close eye on the life-balance of her travels!