It’s no secret that our house prices have enjoyed inflation since the eighties, causing significant barriers for first-time buyers and almost anyone whose birth date falls this side of Generation X. But with our population aging rapidly, our younger generations are not the only ones suffering. In 2016, the national Census recorded a homeless population of 116,427 Australians. If you zoom in on that population, you’ll find that over a third are female, and one in four are over 55 years of age.
With women retiring with an average of 40 per cent less in their superannuation than men, Australian women are facing their own unique set of challenges when it comes to these issues. This is something Caroma is not willing to overlook.
The iconic Australian company and industry leader in kitchen and bathroom design is hosting a masterclass to inform and empower Australian women to secure their future in property. Held at their flagship Sydney showroom, Caroma on Collins, the event on August 29 will feature a Tiny House display alongside various talks on how to get into, and make gain from property – in a number of ways.
For Tim Salt, CEO of Caroma’s parent company, GWA, the issue is one that hits close to home. As a father of two girls, female empowerment is something that Tim proudly champions in his professional and personal life. “This purpose was borne from a desire to ensure that my daughters have the power to choose any path they want in life, and to feel secure in that they have control over their own future,” says Tim, “our upcoming Women in Property Masterclass is a great example of how we can help… to break the terrible cycle of poverty and homelessness we are seeing with our current ageing female population.”
Hosting the event will be Caroma on Collins’ Flagship Engagement Manager, Deborah de Jong – author, co-founder of Fantastic Furniture and an admirable woman in property herself. “Knowledge is power, and informed decisions can be made if we provide viable solutions for prospective challenges that may be faced as we leave the workforce,” says Deborah, emphasising the need for women to secure their futures while in a position of power financially.
With a line-up of speakers including Lesley Gregg, founder of Women and Wealth Club; interior designer and property / event stylist for Domayne Hire, Donna Harris; architect and affordable housing specialist, Issac Smeke; wealth management specialist, Matthew Moussa; finance and mortgage broking specialist, Maree Blakemore; and Kylie Crelley, from Nifty Homes, speaking on multi-generational living and the tiny house movement, the Women in Property Masterclass is not one to miss. “I would encourage any woman interested in property investment, renovation and design to get along to the expo to gain some valuable insights,” concludes Tim.
The event is open to the public and tickets are currently on sale.
Photography by Dan Gosse
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