Our writers

Journalists

Angela YoungDeputy Editor Angela Young has a long editorial background in print and online journalism, starting out with video game magazines in the early years and moving through national daily newspapers to finally land at API. With an investment property in the UK now dispatched – "It's just a little too far away to manage" – Angela is keen to delve into the Australian property market as soon as possible and get her portfolio rolling.

  • Where do you live: Brisbane
  • Favourite food: Marzipan.
  • Favourite drink: Bubbles.
  • Favourite movie: Le Grand Chemin or Mary Poppins, depending on my mood.
  • Likes: Animals and sunshine.
  • Dislikes: Cruelty in any form and poor grammar.
  • Hobbies: Swimming, diving, reading and free climbing.
Nicole Navarro

Nicole Navarro  has been with API since February 2009 in a full-time and now freelance capacity. Formerly editor and journalist of CityLife and Style magazines in north and far north Queensland, Nicole was exposed to the property market from age five – when she sold her family home to the new girl at school. Years later she plunged into profiling national and international developers, builders, interior designers, property investors and even styling interiors. Today she also edits travel publications, writes for interior style publications, and is breaking into the rapidly expanding wellness industry.

  • Where do you live: Brisbane
  • Favourite food: Gazpacho and my mother-in-law’s duck baked with apricots and prunes. Oh, and for something sweet, my homemade pure fruit icy poles.
  • Favourite drink: Pina coladas or sangria.
  • Favourite movie: Anything French, Spanish, Scandinavian or arthouse.
  • Likes: To be with my family surrounded by trees, in the mountains or by the sea.
  • Dislikes: Extreme laziness.
  • Hobbies: Reading and learning about health, travelling, seeing live music gigs and art exhibitions, scuba diving, hiking, photography, organic gardening and improving my Spanish.

Kieran ClairKieran Clair spent 23 years working as a registered property valuer before deciding it was perhaps “not for him”. In his previous life he assessed about every property type you can imagine, but always returned to residential valuation. After completing post-graduate journalism qualifications in 2008, Kieran started freelancing, but decided to finally settle down and join API full-time in 2013. An active investor and small developer, he’s keen to make sure property professionals and the public do a better job of communicating.

  • Where do you live: Brisbane
  • Favourite food: Jagging a great, untried “special” during a night out.
  • Favourite drink: Coffee – without doubt.
  • Favourite movie: Memento.
  • Likes: Live music, flying small aircraft, and his kids - “They still think I’m cool.”
  • Dislikes: Serious alpha-types and overstuffed burgers.
  • Hobbies: Reliving his rock n’ roll glory days with his band mates.

Shane McNallyShane McNally has been a national freelance journalist for 20 years after starting as a sports reporter covering horse racing, AFL and athletics. He moved on to entertainment writing in the early 1990s before working for four years as real estate editor with Adelaide's Sunday Mail. In addition to his work for API, Shane writes cinema reviews, lifestyle features, sport and politics for various local and overseas magazines. With two teenage children, his work has taught him the advantages of property - and he's currently scouring the Adelaide Hills for further undervalued properties.

  • Where do you live: Adelaide
  • Favourite food: Moreton Bay Bugs
  • Favourite drink: cold - Crown Lager or coke; hot - percolated coffee
  • Favourite movie: Too many genres to name one. The Verdict, Jaws, The Sixth Sense, Groundhog Day, The Year My Voice Broke, Goodfellas are all flawless. Have a soft spot also for the little NZ gem Came A Hot Friday.
  • Likes: The view from Vaucluse, dinner on the Brisbane River, footy at the MCG, first coffee of the morning on camp, houseboating on the Murray, a day at the country races
  • Dislikes: Pretentious cinema, 1950s banking practices in the computer age (i.e. the one day money spends in cyberspace when it can be transferred in a nano-second), two-year mobile phone contracts with one-year warranties
  • Hobbies: Swimming, backgammon, squash, snooker

Caroline JamesCaroline James has been a journalist and subeditor for more than 12 years including senior roles with the Gold Coast Bulletin and suburban newspapers in Australia and the UK. Aside from a travel obsession (cemented when she fled Queensland in 1997 with a one-way ticket to London in her pocket), Caroline has an equally fervid love of real estate, which she expressed as property editor of the Sunday Herald Sun. Today she works as a freelance writer for API, the Herald Sun, national women's titles and travel magazines.

  • Where do you live: Melbourne
  • Favourite food: Curry - any type, any time.
  • Favourite drink: Mojitos and coffee, separately.
  • Favourite movie: The Hangover or Stand by Me.
  • Likes: Eating, travelling, dancing and laughing.
  • Dislikes: Pushiness - drivers, shoppers, airline passengers.
  • Hobbies: Running, reading, camping and Pilates

Contributing writers

Bernard SaltBernard Salt is a KPMG partner based in Melbourne. Bernard has established an international reputation as a trend forecaster for the property and financial services industries. He is a best selling author, a columnist with The Australian and Herald Sun newspapers, a regular on the Australian and more recently European and US speaking circuits, and a business advisor. His views are regularly sought by the business community and by the general media. He appears regularly on radio and television programs including 60 Minutes.

  • Where do you live: Melbourne
  • Favourite food: tapas
  • Favourite drink: Mineral water
  • Favourite movie: officially Citizen Kane; unofficially Austin Powers
  • Likes: pressing the "send" button when I have finished a column
  • Dislikes: re-reading my published columns - I keep seeing a better way to explain something.
  • Hobbies: Genealogy

Legal

Rob BalandaAs the author of the Made Simple series of investment products, a regular presenter at real estate conferences and seminars throughout the country, a columnist for Australian Property Investor magazine and a solicitor of 30 years experience, it's no wonder Rob Balanda is called the most listened to and read lawyer in the country.

  • Where do you live: Tallebudgera Valley
  • Favourite food: Italian
  • Favourite drink: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Favourite movie: As Good As It Gets (Jack Nicholson)
  • Likes: Unpretentious people who do not take themselves seriously
  • Dislikes: Woody Allen movies
  • Hobbies: Snow skiing, scuba diving, walking, reading and dining with friends

Tim O'Dwyer

Tim O'Dwyer has been a common or garden-variety suburban conveyancing solicitor for 35-odd years, picking up a few investment properties along the way. Fifteen years ago he returned to uni and completed a Master of Arts degree before morphing into a real-estate-watchdog-journalist-historian-consumer advocate. He hasn't given up his day job, which he loves.

  • Where do you live: Brisbane
  • Favourite food: Char Kway Teow
  • Favourite drink: Ouzo and coke
  • Favourite movie: Prairie Home Companion
  • Likes: Podcasts, crime novels and keeping fit
  • Dislikes: Real estate rogues, lame laws and having to keep fit
  • Hobbies: Media-tarting, gourmet sandwich-making and freelance writing

Finance

Mitchell WatsonMitchell Watson is a finance analyst at CANSTAR CANNEX. Previously Mitchell has worked as a paralegal in the banking and finance section at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers, handling property transactions for numerous financial institutions. More recently he has worked as a relationship manager to some of Australia’s largest institutions with CANSTAR CANNEX and is now delving further into the Australian financial market with his current position.

  • Where do you live: Brisbane
  • Favourite food: a Norman Hotel Steak
  • Favourite drink: depends on the situation but either water or the beer brand of the month
  • Favourite movie: The Shawshank Redemption
  • Likes: anything sport related or involving friends and family
  • Dislikes: arrogance
  • Hobbies: touch football but more recently triathlons