Kalamunda friends inspire each other in fitness goals and as young home owners

Ben Jarvis and Jordin Turkington are well on their way to achieving some life goals.
Ben Jarvis and Jordin Turkington are well on their way to achieving some life goals.

Paulls Valley resident Jordin Turkington (23) and Kalamunda Pool Shop employee Ben Jarvis (26) have been friends for six years. They inspire each other in fitness and fiscal goals. Both hope to pay off their mortgages by the time they are 30.

JORDIN: I met Ben in the gym when I was going there while still at school as a client and he was a trainer. I used to listen to all the conversations between the clients and the trainers and they would be always talking about real estate and Ben had bought a place when he was 21 with his girlfriend (now wife) Dené and they didn’t want to spend dead money on rent when it cost the same as buying.

The more I listened to their conversations the more it inspired me to also look at real estate.

I wanted to get in early because I felt like it was the right thing to do and so I started to research the areas that were potentially good. I thought Bellevue would be a great option, so I kept in contact with the City of Swan and continually rang them about subdivisions and rezoning, to keep abreast of what was happening in the area.

I also joined the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Group because they were across all the latest information and they had good communications with local authorities.

I bought a place on a main road in Bellevue in 2011, which is a nice residential area and near the new development that Property Developer Burditt Krost is going ahead with.

Mr Krost has been waiting 13 years to build his new estate in Bellevue, so I am not expecting my returns to be immediate but now I can mix work, play and travel and be earning money, while I am young.

I lived in the house for 12 months and now I’m renting it out to some FIFO guys who need to live near the airport. They are good tenants.

After a short stint on the Gold Coast after I trained as a fitness instructor and PT (Personal Trainer), I came back to Kalamunda and there was a position going at Gym Tonic. I’ve been there ever since.

He’s a very switched on guy for 26. I love brainstorming real estate ideas with him.

BEN: Jordin came into the gym as a clientand later got a job there as a trainer and manager ” the same as me. I managed the back of house responsibilities like accounts and sales staff and he managed the trainers and the front of house activities. Dené and I weren’t interested in renting a home and even though only three of my friends our age have bought a house, people should remember you don’t have to be earning big money to do it. You can do it with a minimal wage ” you just have to manage it well to get ahead.

You need to be a bit controlling of your social life and not go out every weekend. You can still have a good time but you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

My goal is to own my own home by the time I’m 30. It’s feasible because Dené and I are on track so far with about four years to go.

Now we are looking at the void between Mundaring and Kalamunda as that will be the next area to be in-filled, as the urban sprawl is curbed in Perth.

I think Jordin is inspirational in the way he is only 23 and he owns a house and block that can be subdivided into three properties because he bought smart and did his research. We work well together on fitness and real estate.