Testimonials

Over 80% of VIP's business is generated through repeat and referral business. This simply cannot be achieved without a genuine interest in the client's best interests and delivering on expectations. Below is a small extract of letters we have received from some of our clients.

18 September 2008
Hi Russell
As business owners we often hear about problems and seldom do people ring with compliments.
Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team at VIP for the excellent service and communication that both Deb
& I have received regarding our purchase of a property at Hervey Bay. A special thanks to Martine for making things easy for us.
The folder which you supplied us has enabled us to track the progress of our property which has been great.
I would not hesitate to offer your services to anyone who is interested in investing in the Australian property market.
My contact details are below should anyone would like to ring me personally. Thanks
Les
Les Schultz. Managing Director. The Look Clothing Co Ltd. Ph: 03 3663626 ext 704.
P O Box 7316 103 Durham St Christchurch, NZ Fax: 03 3669761
Email: les@lookclothing.co.nz www.lookclothing.co.nz
9 October 2008
“I purchased my first ever investment property through VIP in 2006. Russell fully explained the process, the risks and the options. On Russell’s recommendation I purchased a property in Carseldine, north of Brisbane.
With the invaluable assistance and support of Martine and Pat, the purchase process was effortless. So effortless in fact that I purchased a second property in Northlakes in 2007.

My Property Manager (recommended to me by VIP) regularly sends me a CD which contains interior and exterior
photographs of each property. The covering letter includes specific observations about how the tenants are maintaining the property. This same Property Manager (LJ Hooker, Everton Park) has identified excellent tenants for me, and always gives me a frank assessment so I can make my own mind up. In February this year I travelled to Queensland and saw both properties. Russell had explained that both of them were in a good neighbourhood, backing onto a landscaped reserve, and that they had “street appeal”. So I had high expectations. My expectations were spectacularly exceeded.

The financial ramifications for me have been very positive. From the increase in capital value (particularly on the first property) to my first tax rebate – my dealings with VIP are making a significant difference to my financial security.

From the outset I have received superb service, not only from VIP but from every other professional recommended to me by them. For this reason, I have no hesitation in recommending VIP to my friends and family.” Kind regards

WORKPLACE LAW

Margaret Robins

30 June 2008
Vicki Dalzell BA. LLB (Hons). ACA. Dip Tching
Having purchased another two Australian properties, it is my pleasure to endorse the services that Visionary International Properties provide.
Their stringent selection of quality property, attention to detail and very timely communication has made the whole process efficient and hassle free.

As a professional myself, I have high expectations. These were met and exceeded in my dealings with VIP and as such I have no hesitation in recommending other like minded professionals and their clients to a company that performs at such a high level.

I look forward to a continuing and strong professional relationship.

L Robinson
Senior Lecturer
Auckland

I was introduced to VIP Properties in February 2007 and after some careful consideration agreed to go ahead with a property. By December 2007 the land had been purchased and the property built. The four bedroom house was happily rented within one week of completion.
In May this year I travelled to Queensland with Pat Whitehead, the Auckland Manager for VIP and two other property investors, to inspect our properties. It was a most successful and confirming weekend.

Throughout the whole process all VIP staff have been unfailingly supportive, Pat has been outstanding. They have all gone to great lengths to ensure that the correct steps have been taken with all the other requirements.

Regular meetings are held where questions on a range of areas can be answered with invited specialists available. The support, I am very happy to say is ongoing I really appreciate working with a company with integrity and a company which provides old-fashioned excellence in customer service. I recommend them highly.

John Gilmour & Andrea Woodley

Our involvement with Visionary International Properties (VIP) began in October 2006 on a friends recommendation. At one of several meetings we had with Russell Drake, Russell took great pains to explain the processes, the pro’s and con’s of the purchase, the costs involved, timescales, how the properties are diligently investigated and selected, what VIP adds to the process and the returns that VIP make from the investment.
Finally, having our fears and suspicions allayed, and, being impressed by Russell’s explanation of why the Gold Coast is one of the places to invest in, we went ahead with a property near Brisbane. Russell arranged for all the financial arrangements and identified a good builder. Eight months later our house was built according to the design and colouring scheme that we selected, with a lot of help from Martine Taylor at VIP.

One of the most attractive elements for us was balancing the need for investment with the requirement of not getting into the nitty gritty of building the house, dealing with the banks, the Australian government, council planning regulations, etc. I’m almost ecstatic to say that, apart from signing a lot of forms that VIP and KMM arranged for us, this went very smoothly indeed and our input has been minimal.

Since it was built our property has been fully rented and well managed by a rental agency that VIP identified. Our tax has also been completed very efficiently by an accountant that VIP recommended – Vicky Dalzell.

All in all, we are extremely happy with the service that VIP has provided for us and have no hesitation in recommending VIP. We like the fact that almost everything is done for us. Our dealings with Russell and Martine have been very enjoyable and over the years we have come to trust them both completely. Honest, knowledgeable, hard working, reliable, excellent communication and when the odd issue did arise it was sorted out very quickly.

Given the predicament of financial institutions at the moment, one thing to note is that our money is not pooled with other investors and sunk into a large resort. We completely own our property and retain complete control over it. We sleep a lot better knowing that.

At this moment we are discussing further investments with VIP.

Brett & Ann Dooley
"we certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company to others."
Russell, Ann and I would like to thank you for the great folder that you sent last week and the bottle of wine. We have just had confirmation today from Martine that the land has now settled which is great news. It has been a pleasure working with you both, and your teams, through this exercise and we have found your service to be nothing but absolutely professional and we certainly have no hesitation in recommending your company to others.
Obviously there is still a long way to go, and we look forward to a continuing positive working relationship.

Michael Laery
"...VIP Properties has been no less than superb."
"For me, the decision to invest in the Australian property market was a good one and the decision to do this through Visionary International Properties was an even better one. From the initial discussions, to the selection of the property, to the complete follow-through of the processes involved, the team at VIP Properties has been no less than superb. Your collective knowledge of all aspects of the market has, and is, really paying dividends. Your dedication and willingness to go the extra mile is far above expectations. I now look forward to my next investment. You all make it so easy and enjoyable."
David & Julie Gibson
"...we have had no hesitation in recommending VIP to friends..."
"A quick note to thank you for the wonderful hamper that we received on Friday last - very much appreciated and typical of the thoughtfulness, thoroughness and professionalism of yourself, VIP and Martine. To date the VIP Properties experience has lived up to and often surpassed our expectations and we fully expect the investment to do the same. We are already talking about the next one, once we have established the long-term feasibility and sustainability of this one. Similarly we have had no hesitation in recommending VIP to friends and others that have expressed interest. We do have a couple of questions and comments as we move forward from here but we will leave those to the next Q&A Forum."
Colin Whincop
Able Building Inspections Ltd
PO Box 225, The Gap,
Queensland, 4061
"You seem to get it right in every aspect."
"Over the last 9 months or so I have been carrying out the handover building inspections for your New Zealand customers. I have been amazed at the high standard of homes that you have been able to organize from such a distance. The builders are efficient and are finishing the homes in a short time. The standard of building is of a high standard (compared to many I have seen in the past) and usually very few items are listed for attention. Most of these dwellings appear to have tenants organized before I look at them. You seem to "get it right" in every aspect. Congratulations on a job well done. Most Australians could not achieve this from next door! Keep up the good work."
Colin & Helen
"Your full-service 'we deal with all the detail' approach is ideal for us busy professionals."
"A big 'THANK YOU' to the team at VIP Properties for the hamper of goodies we received today. It has certainly been a pleasure working with VIP to help us complete the construction of our investment property in Jacobs Ridge. We will certainly be keen to maintain the relationship and look forward to pursuing further investment opportunities with VIP in the near future. I have no hesitation in recommending VIP to my professional work colleagues, friends and family who may be interested in residential property investment. Your full-service, 'we deal with all the detail' approach to property investment is ideal for us busy professionals. Many thanks to the team and we look forward to further success together."
Judy Cormick
Managing Director
Janus Marketing Ltd
"...if Colin gives you his word on anything he commits fully to that."
"I have known Colin for almost 15 years, first meeting him on a business level at this time. What immediately struck me with Colin all those years ago was his natural friendly personality, one of the many positive features about Colin that endures to this day and beyond I am sure. I have been involved with business with Colin on many occasions over the past 15 years and it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that he conducts all of his dealings with ultimate professionalism and integrity - if Colin gives you his word on anything he commits fully to that. Colin encapsulates all of the virtues in his personal and business life that make him stand out as one of the most honest, fair and professional colleagues and friends I am privileged to have."
Bruce Donkin
Bruce Donkin & Associates VPU, ANZIV, SNZPI
Registered Valuer
"We will certainly be using Russell's expertise and his company in our future purchases in Australia."
"I have known Russell Drake in both a business and personal capacity for the past 5 years. I have completed a number of valuations on behalf of his clients who were using their homes as collateral for overseas purchases. Both my wife and I became interested in overseas investments and subsequently purchased two homes in Australia through Russell. We have found Russell to be informative, honest, courteous and patient in all of our dealings with him, with his services of a high quality. We will certainly be using Russell's expertise and his company, VIP Properties, in our future purchases in Australia."
Nigel C Ferguson
Ferguson & Associates
Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors
"Russell is honest, reliable and a pleasure to deal with."
"Over the past 2 years my wife and I have developed an interest in the Australian property market. Russell Drake has been instrumental in assisting us source and build two investment home in Queensland. The advice, assistance and encouragement from Russell has been first class and he has demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the property markets both in New Zealand and Australia. Russell is honest, reliable and a pleasure to deal with. We will continue to use his services for future property transactions."