A young rugby player and his girlfriend have managed to save for two houses and say that anyone can do it if they stop partying and buy expensive cars.
Rugby union Bryce Hegarty, who plays for the Queensland Reds, is well on the way to buying his second property at the age of 26.
Hegarty, who also studied part-time law, said he was thinking about becoming a homeowner while his friends were still partying.
The 26-year-old has spent years carefully counting every dollar and has kept his savings to ensure that he could buy a home in his hometown of Brisbane.
Australian rugby union fullback Bryce Hegarty (photo with girlfriend Hannah Riall) is well on the way to buying his second home at the age of 26
Hegarty, who is also a part-time law student, said he was considering becoming a homeowner while his friends were still partying
The 26-year-old has spent years carefully counting every dollar and has kept his savings to ensure that he could buy a home in his hometown of Brisbane
& # 39; I have always been interested in real estate, especially real estate in certain parts of Brisbane. I always planned to buy the suburbs that I know well, & he said Domain.
Hegarty spent much of his childhood in his grandparents' house in Michelton, just 10 km northwest of the CBD, and it was this time that his first purchase in 2015 inspired.
At the age of 23, the fullback wanted to buy as close to the city as he could afford, so he decided on Mitchelton because he thought it would be a good investment.
Hegarty said he wanted to buy the property while he was young, while he also made a good investment, which prompted him to buy.
For a 23-year-old who made his first purchase, it was a dream – he found a house with three bedrooms and a bathroom on a decent piece of land and decided that he wanted it.
After making his very first $ 550,000 bid, he was accepted, believing that it could always be that easy.
Since then, however, he has decided to purchase another property and has since admitted that he did not realize how difficult it really was.
& # 39; I bought the first house I bid on. It was so easy. "I had no idea how hard it is to buy a house," said Hegarty.
This year Hegarty has taken on the challenge of buying his second home in the sought after suburb of Ashgrove, just 4 km northwest of the CBD.
Hegarty missed a cottage on 25 Oleander Drive in Ashgrove (photo) after an interstate couple bought it for $ 900,000
At just 23, the fullback wanted to buy as close to the city as he could afford, so he settled on Mitchelton because he thought it would be a good investment
His long-term girlfriend, Hannah Riall (photo), is also looking for her first home – but wants to buy separately from her rugby boyfriend
He has to deal with a higher demand in the suburbs, which means he faces more competition.
He wanted to put between $ 800,000- $ 1 million for a house with potential for renovation, but has yet to find something.
Hegarty said he missed several homes in Ashgroves, the most recent of which were lost by a & # 39; family from the US & # 39 ;.
The 26-year-old said he now understands how frustrating it is for buyers of a first home who are constantly missing out on homes.
His long-term girlfriend, Hannah Riall, is also looking for her first property – but wants to buy separately from her rugby boyfriend.
Although they understand that buying their next home together would be easier, they hope to own three properties between them soon.
Hegarty said he has become diligent with his savings in the past year, and always sets up a plan on how to use his money.
& # 39; I have found that organizing the week helps so much with my meal plan and eating habits, especially with football. I don't have a great car either – I don't care about things like that, & he said.
Desperate to find a home in Ashgrove, the rugby union player has begun to place letters in the homeowner's mailboxes in the hope that someone can sell him.
The 26-year-old said he is now trying to find an off-market deal.
With his Michelton house available for rent in just four weeks, the ambitious couple set themselves the goal of owning a new building in Ashgrove at that time.
However, if they are not lucky, they have decided to move to Michelton's premises.
Desperate to find a home in Ashgrove, the rugby union player has begun to place letters in the homeowner's mailboxes in the hope that someone can sell him
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