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A Matter of Time

People become property investors for many different reasons. Passive income, financial security, a retirement fund. Nick Gentle’s motivation was different: “I needed control of my time.”

You will have seen Gentle’s name in Your Property Finder in the column section of New Zealand Property Investor magazine. As the co-owner and operations manager of property finding company iFindProperty, he’s a trusted expert in the field. But his journey has been unconventional (having lived in Japan for a number of years) and he’s learned many lessons the hard way.

As a child of two teachers in Te Puke, property investment wasn’t part of his early experience. His parents had a rental property for a short time, but had problems with tenants, and sold it. “They would have made some capital gains, but they never bought another one,” he shares.