Big Win For First Home Buyers Builder of the year
Valentino Fuda, CEP of Hot Property Group (HPG), proud Prospect local, and panel member of the Prospect Executive Business Leaders Committee, was recently awarded the Young Master Builder/Contractor of the Year 2019 in the Master Builders Building Excellence Awards.
This is a big win for the young entrepreneur who employs 29 staff and 100’s of contractors in the building industry. In a candid interview, Valentino’s passion for the industry, and the local community really shone through.
Why did you become a builder?
From a young age I always knew I wanted to become a builder. My experience in the industry started when I was just 14 years old. I would take advantage of any spare moment I had to help my dad, who at the time was a laborer on building sites. I became hooked to the energy in the creation process.
How old were you when you got your first home?
I grew up in a very goal driven migrant family with a strong work ethic. My mum and dad worked very hard, in fact, my dad worked two jobs to make ends meet. Together with my four sisters, we studied hard by day, and played music by night. We had a family band, we would play at functions, and some of us would also tutor students to earn extra pocket money on the side. That’s how we got on our path of saving for our home deposit. Together with the help of my parents, by the ripe age of 18, I was able to buy my first home in Prospect. Within a two-year period I was able to build enough equity to purchase my second home.
Why did you invest in Prospect?
Even in those early days, Prospect had an amazing energy about it. It was a suburb that really gave my family and me a sense of belonging and made it feel like home. The mixture of architecture, the friendliness of the neighbors, the playgrounds, well-kept parks and open spaces, and proximity to the CBD made it an ideal location to call home. To this day, I’m really passionate about this community, and look forward in helping to build on the already strong foundation.
What advice can you give to first home buyers?
Do your research. Buying a house is not just a matter of saving up the recommended 20% deposit. There are a range of other costs including stamp duty, transfer fees, government fees, charges for building and pest reports, LMI and conveyancing and solicitor’s fees that can add up to thousands of dollars. Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance, such as the First Home Owners Grant, Stamp Duty Concessions, and First Home Super Saver Scheme.
How do you define success?
Whilst I am very dedicated to my work, my family is incredibly important to me. To me my measure of success is how much freedom I have in managing my time between work, my family, my community, and my charity work for organisations such as Variety, SCOSA, and Dream Ride Australia. I am extremely proud for winning the Young Master Builder/Contractor 2019 award. I remember that incredible feeling of owning my first home and I would love to help other first home buyers feel the same, and to me their success is a part of my success.
Hot Property Group is very committed to helping first home buyers get their foot in the door, with turnkey house and land packages from $249K, Call 8463 1221 for more information.
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