Port Hedland Investors

Reporter: Natalie Bonjolo

In a town that's helped make more millionaires than hot breakfasts, one Port Hedland couple have been quietly building an empire of their own.

Self made multi-millionaires, Ryan and Rebecca Crawford have built up a property portfolio that's massive. 18 million dollars worth of assets.

It's not Beverley Hills, but in the northwest this is hot property.

They've come a long way. Ryan bought his first property just ten years ago, with a $10,000 inheritance.

Now they own 26 properties and their own real estate agency. Until now, every cent went into the next investment until Rebecca finally splurged on a bit of bling.

Australian Property Investor's Vanessa De Groot, puts the Crawford's success down to clever investing.

"All you need to do is get one property and if it's the right property you get some capital growth in that and use the equity to buy more" says Vanessa.

According to Vanessa, the reason it's worked so well, is because they've managed to find properties which are positively geared.

"A lot of their properties, the rental returns exceed their mortgage repayments".

They didn't just end up in Port Hedland by accident. Like miners, they moved here to make money, but it's not for the faint hearted. Investing all your money in one place, can be a risky gamble.

"What I would say to investors is be cautious so if you're going to put all your eggs in one basket and invest in those mining towns make sure you weigh up the risks".

For the Crawford's, it's paid off for the whole family, including their son Rory. Mum and Dad can now afford special full time care for their little boy, who has a learning disability.

It's been a tough slough, but they're finally reaping the rewards and they believe anyone can do the same. Ryan reckons you just need to do your homework.

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