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Therese Bisquera: What I get out of my APIA Membership

Monday, March 29, 2021


As a newbie investor, one of the best things that APIA has done and continues to do for me is keep me informed of changes in the property investment space so that I can better prepare myself to come out on top. 

I love hearing from all types of investors through APIA - new or well experienced. I am an avid learner. A geek even. There are nuggets of information and ah-ha! moments every time I tune into a webinar, pop over to a networking mixer, attend one of the keynote meetings and read the Friday 5s emails. My life is brimming with great information about property because of them. 

Although I had paid for and gone through a separate property mentorship programme, I've always felt that it is important to be with like-minded people on a regular basis. For me, these are regular Kiwis who choose to use property as a vehicle to achieve their versions of financial freedom. Being part of the APIA opportunity gives me that opportunity to connect with a variety of investors I would otherwise not be able to. 

The biggest lesson I've learnt about property investment is that it is more than putting money in a house, it is owning and operating a people business. I've made the decision long ago to surround myself with people who can lift me up rather than push me down. That's why I continue to be an active member of the APIA. My hope is that we continue to bring joy, inspiration and positivity to Auckland property investors. Boy! Don't we need a bit of that these days? 

Therese Bisquera became an APIA member in 2018 and was elected onto the board in 2020. 

The Auckland Property Investors' Association Incorporated is a leading non-profit organisation that provides education and networking support to help investors navigate regulatory and market changes in order to continue investing safely and providing good long term housing solutions for tenants. Memberships start from as little as $75. Click here for more information and to join

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The Tenancy Practice Service and TPS Credit Control work closely with the Auckland Property Investors' Association. Our vision of bringing helpful resources, documents and high quality services to Auckland Property Investors and Property Managers is shared by APIA, so its a partnership that works well. 

The Auckland Property Investors' Association is a great organisation for those who want access to advice and information from a range of industry experts and partners. 

Mathieu Holt- Managing Director, The Tenancy Practice Service & TPS Credit Control
Through the Association I found the channels and methods to fund the purchase of property I never dreamed about. Grant Brown

All round it has been one of those things Neil and I felt was really worthwhile belonging to. We have learned so much it has just built our confidence in what we are doing.

Janice Bieleski
I read two articles in the monthly magazine that saved me over $5,000. That is my membership fee for the next 26 years and I am sure I will learn a whole lot more! John Duncan
Fantastic organisation. The networking opportunities are brilliant and provide us with information and opportunities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. We learn something new at every meeting and we've been in this game for nearly 20 years. Pauline and Gyanen Kumar

I find the information obtained from various APIA meetings very useful in guiding my own property investment and rental management.  I also enjoy the networking opportunities with like-minded investors.  I am inspired by other investors’ success and find the more experiences and knowledge that I share with others, the more confident I become.  

Thanks to all APIA event organizers and administrators for your brilliant work. 

Stella Shao

I like talking to people and learning from their experience because it gives me the confidence to invest well. I think it is a knowledge thing. I now know I am doing things the right way.

Stephen Weatherall

My APIA membership has become a total success.

Every time I attend a monthly or regional meeting I come away with so many useful and positive tips that have added value to my property investments and management.

Not only that, the website is a great place for practical advice and useful information. It has now evolved into an important resource for my business.

Talk about value for money! The discounts I have been getting at Bunnings when I present my APIA membership card have more than paid for my annual subscription!

Tim Duffett, Plan A Investments Limited