Get to know the Business Owner – David Lin, Strata Consultant / Body Corporate Broker

“Strata Consultants help Committees and Owners who are unhappy with their Body Corporate Manager connect with Professional, Service-Driven Managers at No Cost.”
 

(the tough questions)

 

What’s your favourite film and album?

The Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara’s eye-opening adventure through South America on a motorbike and Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes – a collaboration of musicians bringing to life recently unearthed Bob Dylan lyrics.
 

What inspires you most about your work?

Helping clients solve their problems.

Often body corporate committees and apartment owners put up with below average Body Corporate Managers because they feel it’s too hard to change or don’t know who the good managers are. However it’s important to remember that Body Corporate Managers look after one of your biggest asset and appointing a new manager presents a great opportunity to find the right manager.

When you have a Professional, Service-driven Manager looking after your body corporate/owners corporation you save yourself and the other owners time, money and stress. Our expertise takes the guesswork out of finding the right manager. Furthermore our transition service is at no cost to committees and owners as the new manager covers our costs.
 

You’ve got a free half hour during your work day. What do you do?

Planning. Whether it’s planning my day or week, or better yet planning the next work week in advance.
 

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt this year?

Don’t chase after a client who doesn’t value what you offer.
 

What’s your proudest moment?

Every body corporate where we help the committee and owners to save money and hassle by connecting them with our Professional Managers is an achievement. However, one apartment block in particular comes to mind. The building had a developer appointed manager who provided bad service and were over-charging. We managed to help the committee and owners to save an astoundingly 66.5% in body corporate management fees. The extra funds can now go towards repairs, utilities and future maintenance costs.
 

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

Complete the ‘Business Model Canvas’. It provides a great overview of your business or the business that you’re wanting to start. I have to give credit to Ty Wiggins of Converge Consulting for sharing that piece of advice.
 

What do you love most about running your own business?

The freedom to drive the direction of your business and the freedom to decide where to focus the powers of your creativity.
 

What do you do? Who for? And how does it benefit them?

We help committees and owners who are unhappy with their Body Corporate Manager connect with professional, service-driven managers at no cost.
 
Changing your Body Corporate/Owners Corporation Manager involves many considerations. There’s the legal framework, contractual obligations with the current management firm and then there is the onus to find a new manager – one who won’t cause the same problems as the last one.

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