Great post. Thank you for freely sharing your experiences. I admire that you relied on yourself and not the help of "gurus" to get a foothold in the market and grew from there.
Funny that......... Australian Gurus, well some of these have been the ones who have been ripping Aussie clients off by selling inferior USA properties for twice as much as the purchase price.
The problem was the average Aussie investor buying from these did not understand this, there was certainly the tools available to research what they should have paid. Then to add insult to injury they also provided dodgy loans, I call them the clayton loans.
Select American Homes only charges a BA fee, those who purchased from SAH purchased at the price she secured the property from either bank/government, no hidden/inbuilt costs.