Property Leaders One Day Event

Matthew Gilligan, GRA’s property partner, developed the concept of Property Leaders as an annual event with up-to-date market analysis, commentary and strategies, presented by property market leaders and experts. 

Each Leaders event will feature people and ideas that are market relevant, with a view to helping our clients and the wider GRA community make better decisions and create more wealth through property, no matter what the market is doing. As Matthew likes to say, you can make money at all parts of the property cycle – you just need to adjust strategy to the market conditions and the opportunities available at the time you are investing.

At the Leaders event we have a special focus on presenting strategies that help our clients make large gains from instant equity when buying, and we present a quality speaker panel that deals in fact and experience, rather than hype and unrealistic numbers. Our next Leaders Event is being held on Sunday 26 May 2019 at Ellerslie Event Centreclick on the banner below to book your place.

At the Leaders event we have a special focus on providing quality, useful information so you can learn from people who are active, successful investors, all while making the day as entertaining and enjoyable as possible. 

Matthew Gilligan, the driving force behind Property Leaders, has a 20-year background in taxation and legal structures, is an active trader, owns over 30 rental properties, currently has nine houses in construction, runs a small construction company and continues to be an enthusiastic tax and property commentator. His extensive network of investor clients and property industry contacts gives GRA a unique position of being able to invite some of the best property leaders in the market who genuinely have something to say and value to add. 

We carefully select our speakers to create a themed event with takeaway knowledge that you can use and make money out of, no matter who you are. Whether it’s cutting edge tax observations in a changing tax environment, astute risk management strategies to maximise asset protection or minimise banking risk, commentary from leading New Zealand economists, or great ideas and stories from people making money in their own private portfolios today – all these things make for a high-value event brought to you annually by GRA. We hope you take advantage of it by booking your seat
today, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

    Our current speaker line-up is below - stay tuned for more speakers.

Matthew Gilligan - Managing Director, Gilligan Rowe & Associates

Matthew is a property investor, developer and adviser to clients. With a background in tax and legal structures, Matthew is now working full-time in property and has a substantial buy-to-hold portfolio. He is tax and commercially savvy with a wealth of information for young and old, small and large investors. At the 2019 Leaders event he will:

  • Give an update on tax changes and how they will affect property investors (e.g. loss ring-fencing)
  • Share horror stories from subdivisions
  • Discuss do's and don't for making money from the Auckland Unitary Plan

Jarrod Kerr - Kiwibank Chief Economist

We first met Jarrod at a bank event and were so impressed with his insights on the economy, that we asked him to speak at the 2019 Property Leaders event. What we particularly like about him is his fresh perspective that goes beyond bland statements on what the economy is doing.

David Faulkner - Property Management Consultant

David is an outstanding leader in property management. He is a consultant helping property managers and the public with technical advice in regard to dealing with tenants and thorny issues related to legislation and tenancy law. An expert in his field, David will discuss:

  • Disturbing case studies from the Tenancy Tribunal and implications for investors
  • Mistakes landlords and property managers make and lessons to be learned
  • New requirements and applications for Healthy Homes Guarantees
  • P standards
  • Update on the Osaki case and resulting issues for landlords

Kenyon Clarke - High net work investor and developer, CEO Du Val Group

From zero to hero in 10 years, Kenyon is one of the biggest success stories in the last decade in the New Zealand property scene. With 600 units in development and a substantial buy-to-hold portfolio, he is now one of the highest performing investors in the country. Kenyon will entertain you as he tells you his story and explains exactly how he did it.

Andrew Bruce - President, Auckland Property Investors Association

Andrew has been investing in property since the early 2000s , and since 2012 has focused full time on his property investment portfolio. He will talk about his investing journey and the lessons he has learnt along the way. 


Kris Pedersen - Finance in the down market

Kris Pedersen started Kris Pedersen Mortgages in 2007 and has rapidly become the choice for investors who are serious about wanting to grow their property portfolios. Kris will give you tips and insights for obtaining property investment finance including how to obtain up to 80% finance despite the current tough lending conditions.

Tua Saseve - Trading tips and examples

An experienced property mentor and qualified valuer, Tua has achieved terrific results for his clients. You’ll hear about some of the property deals he has facilitated and the successes his students have experienced as a result of working with him. Tua is an expert trader and will give you plenty of tips about how to trade property and make a profit that is worth the time and energy involved.

We will share with you:

  • The outlook for the property market and economy
  • New strategies that make you money in a downturning market
  • Matthew Gilligan's take on tax changes - he will explain what you have to do to get ahead
  • Subdivision and development examples
  • Auckland Unitary Plan update
  • Portfolio building techniques that work in the down market
  • Renovation techniques that add value
  • Cash flow strategies that work in Auckland
  • The changing finance industry - what you need to know
  • Property management - lessons for landlords and important updates on legislation
  • Smart tax concepts for property people
  • Plenty of case studies to show you how it’s done
  • How to find the help you need once you leave the seminar
DATE: Sunday 26 May 2019
EVENT RUNS: 9:30am to 5:00pm
COST: $55 per person
VENUE: Ellerslie Event Centre
80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1050
PARKING: FREE parking on site
Lunch and morning/afternoon tea provided

What we find at GRA is the people who are diligent and persistent in working at property investment year after year through the different market conditions, are the ones who prevail. The people who keep buying and trading, attempting to better their financial position by adopting new strategies, adapting to the market and taking advantage of new ideas as they emerge – these are the people who make the money. Often their friends look back and say, ‘How on earth did you get that asset so cheap? You’re so lucky to have made that money.’ 

We say you make your own luck, and making luck is a process, not a gamble when it comes to property. It’s a process of identifying opportunities in the marketplace and taking action based on numbers, not hype and hope; on facts, figures and strategy that make sense both in the big picture as a sensible investment strategy but also in the context of the individual’s household. Not all investors can afford all types of investments. 

Prudent property advisers will stop their clients from making rookie mistakes that could lead to their financial demise. But from our experience, much of the property mentoring and advisory industry is laced with the personal agendas of the mentors and undisclosed commissions - people promoting themselves as being in the mentoring business and telling you to invest in a property, when in reality they are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Their real agenda is to sell you property that they get commission on to obtain lucrative rewards as sales agents for developers. 

Others present false investment analysis as traders or investors, leaving out key costs of property trading to make their advice appear more attractive in order to get mentoring fees from you. Or they present property investments they purport to have done with massive unverified gains, that even casual scrutiny from an experienced investor would reveal their claim to be hyped and false. Why do they do this? Because they want to sell you lucrative mentoring programmes. They are so desperate to get your money, they place more emphasis on tricky numbers that induce you to pay them, than they do on providing service with integrity and doing what they say they will do. 

Plainly speaking, much of the mentoring industry provides outdated examples, fake numbers and fake claims to wealth. Secret commissions and undisclosed backhanders are not unusual. That’s why dealing with GRA, chartered accountants specialising in property advisory, is a breath of fresh air for investors. We make our money out of accounting fees, and we build our client base by acting with integrity, leading by example, and by doing what we say we will. 

We hope you will join us at the next Property Leaders event by clicking the banner below. Or you can phone the office on (09) 522 7955 and we will process your booking over the phone.