Cherie Barber – Australia’s queen of property renovation

Cherie Barber

"I cannot afford to have a job!" - Cherie Barber

Cherie Barber is a full-time professional renovator and highly sought after public speaker. In 2001, Cherie threw in her full-time marketing job at the end of her first renovation, which saw her earn more money on the weekends renovating than her full-time employment.

Albert Wong with Cherie Barber

Albert Wong with Cherie Barber

In her first year of her professional renovating career, Cherie bought, renovated and sold six houses with a combined value of $6.3 million. She did this with no stable income, no job and little money behind her. Having gained a first year profit of $1.15 million, this phenomenal result lead Cherie to taking on property investment, renovation and development as a serious business. With a solid decade behind her as a full-time renovator, Cherie has personally renovated 26 properties and have been involved in countless property deals well in excess of $50 million. The tremendous success achieved by Cherie is attributed to a disciplined, business-like approach to her property projects, complimented by a systematic step-by-step approach which she personally developed to enable her to follow a logical process in the projects she undertakes. She developed her own unique due-diligence system, has intimate knowledge on property values in her targeted suburbs and is skilled at adding maximum value for the least cost possible. She consistently breaks sales records in her area and says the key to achieving this is by identifying market needs, delivering a product to satisfy that demand and creating the “wow factor” in properties that get owner occupiers emotionally attached to the property prior to auction.

Cherie’s passion and skills in property make her a favourite contributor in the Australian property media. She is constantly featured in television, live radio, national and suburban newspapers, front covers of countless property investment and renovation magazines, internet, expo’s and talk show programs. She appeared as a regular TV renovator for Channel Seven’s Today Tonight program and is widely acclaimed as “Australia’s Renovation Queen”. In 2004, she completed a 6 episode renovation series with Channel Seven which put her skills and knowledge to the test in full public display to a nationwide audience. Cherie has also authored and co-authored several books.frontcover-australianhandymanmagazinejune2009-001 Unrivalled in what she does, Cherie is Australia’s top renovator, continuously averaging a staggering $300,000 to $600,000 profit on every property she touches. With each property taking just 3 to 5 months to complete, she firmly proves that lucrative profits can be made if you know how to renovate the right way.

In 2009, she established Renovating For Profit, a company designed to teach everyday Australian’s the nuts and bolts of renovation as a profession. She now juggles full-time renovating with her national public speaking and business commitments and believes that once you have the right knowledge, anyone can do this!

I met Cherie recently and what is inspiring despite her obvious skills and success in her work is her passion to help others who are in need. Her love for children and animals has seen her make direct contribution, whether financial or otherwise to the RSPCA, buying wheelchairs for hospital patients and helping out needy families and children with health disorders.

Cherie has also written a chapter entitled Renovating for Profit in the book Think and Grow Rich in Property. This book brings together six experts in creating wealth through property.

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