Friends With Money #2: Rethinking property investment


On this episode of the Friends With Money podcast, host Julia Newbould is joined by successful property investors and authors Scott and Mina O'Neill.

"31 degrees. Sun on my face. Sand between my toes. Life was pretty relaxed as we lay on a beach in Kos, in the Greek Islands. It was 2016 and Mina and I were relishing a six-month break from Australia," says Scott O'Neill.

What a hook - isn't it the dream - to be able to retire to a Greek island? The couple thought they'd hit the jackpot, retiring from your day job at age 28 owning 25 residential and commercial properties scattered across four states.

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Mina and Scott O'Neill are professional property investors - they run a buyer's agency for commercial property investors and have to date helped more than 2000 clients purchase well over $1 billion in Australian real estate.

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Scott O'Neill is a professional property investor, best-selling author and managing director of Rethink Investing, Rethink Financing, Rethink Property Lawyers, Rethink Property Insurance and Rethink Renewables. Rethink Investing is a BRW Fast 100 company (2017 and 2018) and Australia's largest buyer's agency for commercial property investors. Scott also hosts the Inside Commercial Property podcast. He has an MBA from UNSW's Australian Graduate School of Management.

Mina O'Neill is an experienced property investor and the operations manager of Rethink Investing, a property investing company specialising in finding positively geared residential and commercial properties around Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame Australia.