Self-employed clown wins inaugural Investor of the Year Award

By Nila Sweeney

Last year, Your Investment Property magazine teamed up with Investors Direct to search for Australia's leading property investor. From contractors to conveyancers, office workers to optometrists, a diverse range of investors from all around Australia and all walks of life sought to win the $40,000+ worth of cash and prizes.

An expert panel of judges was given the challenging task of whittling down the extensive range of entries and choosing three finalists, with the final accolade going to just one investor. The basis of the award was not restricted to the dollar-value performance of an investor's portfolio. Other key factors included property selection, risk management and ethics. 

When it comes to property investing, there are no hard and fast rules. As seen in the strategies of the winner and runners-up of the Investor of the Year Award 2008, what works for one investor can be completely different from what brings results for another.

Your Investment Property is proud to announce the winner of our inaugural Investor of the Year Award, the two runners-up and the winners of the Readers' Choice Awards 2008.

Winner of the Investor of the Year Award 2008
Conny Torney - Perth, WA
Rob Williams - Adelaide, SA
Ralf Sommer - Speewah, QLD

Thanks to our judges and sponsors:
Bill Zheng, CEO, Investors Direct
John Edwards, CEO, Residex
Greg Sugars, CEO, Opteon Property Group
Winners of the Readers' Choice Awards 2008
Mortgage Broker - Robert Dias, Smart Planning Mortgages
Buyer's Agent - George Kafantaris, Metropole Property Services
Real Estate Agent - Bea Ricciardi, Ray White Aldinga/Aldinga Beach
Strata/Property Manager - Kristy Heron, Metropole Property Services
Tax Specialist - BMT Tax Depreciation
Valuer - Tonia Degney, St.George
Property Coach/Mentor - Jim Leone
Non-Bank Lender - Destiny Mortgage Solutions
Financial Advisor - Jim Leone, Destiny Financial Solutions
Bank Lender - St.George
Property Law Specialist - Sean Ryan, FRS Legal

Winning Reader-Mark Bartlett

Thanks to our judge and sponsor:
Andrew Gale, Secretary, Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA)
For more information and a complete synopsis of our winners, pick up a copy of the February edition of Your Investment Property magazine in newsagents now. For media enquiries, please contact Danielle Tan, marketing manager, on (02) 8437 4797 or e-mail