AFL player Ryan Schoenmakers has a few property projects on the go in his spare time.
RYAN Schoenmakers is an AFL player for Hawthorn and a mortgage broker at PlayOn Finance.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
In Ashburton, in a small two-bedroom 1960s brick home. My partner, Alisha, and Siberian husky live with me.
WHAT PROPERTY DO YOU OWN?
I have two houses. I bought the first, a newly built townhouse in Bentleigh East, in 2011. It is low maintenance and I rent it out. I decided I wanted a place with a bit more land and future potential, so I used the equity I’d acquired to buy the house we live in now, which is on a large block.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR HOME?
It’s the first home my partner and I have shared, which makes it pretty special. Also, our Siberian husky is very high maintenance, so the big backyard is great for him.
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Schoenmakers takes a mark against St Kilda. Pic: Michael Klein
HAVE YOU CHANGED ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR HOME?
I did a few DIY renovations to the kitchen and bathroom with the help of my old Hawks teammate and close friend Michael Osborne, my dad and YouTube tutorials. It was fun to have these projects to keep me busy. However, the plan was always to do a really big renovation or knock down and rebuild down the track.
THE MOST MEMORABLE HOME YOU’VE LIVED IN?
My childhood home in Adelaide. I lived there for 18 years and still visit as much as I can. Mum has updated my room into a guest room but it still feels like home. There is a huge outdoor entertaining area and pool, which is the best during summer in the off-season.
YOUR FIRST FOOT ON THE PROPERTY LADDER?
The Bentleigh East townhouse. I was 21, had lived in Melbourne for three years and had saved just enough to buy my first property.
ARE YOU A KEEN OR RELUCTANT PROPERTY BUYER?
Keen — my experience in property has been positive so far. I’m aware this isn’t always the case, so I’m trying to be smart about what I do now to help in the future.
The club stalwart celebrates with teammate Isaac Smith. Pic: Michael Klein
THE LOWLIGHTS OF YOUR PROPERTY JOURNEY?
House hunting for both my houses was not quick or fun. It took many months of searching online, visiting many open for inspections and coming up short in a number of auctions before I found the right ones.
BEST PROPERTY ADVICE YOU’VE HEARD?
Buy and hold. You need to be aware that agent fees, stamp duty and capital gains tax can chew into your profits when it comes time to sell.
FUTURE PROPERTY PLANS?
We are planning a small development on our Ashburton block. We’ve been working closely with a builder and draftsman, and navigating strict council guidelines, to come up with a dual-occupancy design that has unique modern appeal.
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