ALEXANDRA JANE CHURCH
Ascot Vale, Victoria
What do you do?
I’m a property valuer with WBP Property Group. I’m also a wonderful wife, keen gardener, a very loyal sister and a fitness and health nut!
You’re an expert in…
Residential property in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs, including Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Ascot Vale and Strathmore.
What are you reading?
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller.
What’s your biggest splurge?
A Lexus IS200 when I was 22. I really didn’t need such an expensive car, but I’ve been sensible ever since!
You’re friends know you for your knack of making any space feel like home. What’s your secret?
I always try and add a homely touch to wherever I am… even is this means bringing out a tablecloth and candles at dinner when camping!
Stock market or investment property – which is best in the long run?
Property, of course – people will always need a place to live. Bricks and mortar make me feel confident.
What are the up-and-coming suburbs to buy into in Melbourne?
Melbourne’s inner-west has grown significantly in popularity and value in recent years. Suburbs such as Footscray, West Footscray and Kingsville offer great opportunities to obtain homes in close proximity to the CBD.
What are your tips to buying your first home?
1. Don’t feel pressured to get in to the market. The only ‘right’ time is when you’re ready.
2. Don’t feel that you need to get the best or a life-long property for your first home. Start affordably, ideally in an inner-city suburb (within 6-10km of CBD) – something that you can use as a good rental property down the track.
3. Know your limitations – not everyone is or has a builder in the family! Renovations can be very costly so seek advice about the cost of renos and repairs prior to purchasing.