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Andrew Mackie-Smith and Trish Mackie-Smith have independently appeared on television and had their expert opinions published in various print media and online publications.

Andrew has made a number of television appearances such as in Selling Houses Australia and A Current Affair. His advice has been published in property investor magazines and online podcasts.

He is also an experienced speaker and available to speak on radio, television, podcasts or to specific groups such as first home buyers, property sellers, trainee building inspectors, real estate agent training and property investors on topics including:

  • How to best present your property for sale
  • How to negotiate using Building Reports
  • What to look out for when purchasing a property
  • Common Building Defects and what to do about them
  • How to identify Timber Pests
  • How to determine if the defect is structural or not
  • How to choose a good Building Inspector
  • Why all property owners need building inspections

Andrew’s new book titled Building Success – Why Property Investors Need Building Inspections was launched in August 2016 at Master Builders Qld .

Andrew speaks to Kevin Turner on Radio 4BC and Realestate Talk show as special guest & author: Click here for Radio interview

Trish has attracted media attention from many news outlets including Channel 9 News, Channel 7 News, The Sunday Mail, Smart Property Magazine, Your Investment Property Magazine, Real Estate Business, Quest News and QLD Master Builders magazine primarily because of her petition that is currently in Qld Parliament seeking consumer protection rights for home buyers.

Due to her background in property law and her 14 years of experience running BuildingPro, she has identified that no consumer protection rights exist for buyers who buy defective and unsafe properties in Queensland and all other Australian states except the ACT. This realisation prompted her to commence a national online petition and a Queensland Parliament petition that has been sponsored by the Hon Kate Jones MP.

The QLD Attorney-General’s department has confirmed that this area of law needs reform.

Trish is available to speak about this matter for radio, podcasts, television networks and other media outlets. See the below articles and videos of her recent media appearances.

2017 Master Builders Queensland Building Consultant of the Year

On 29th September, we attended the Master Builders Housing and Construction awards at Brisbane City Hall where Andrew Mackie-Smith was awarded Queensland’s Building Consultant of the Year 2017!

It was a lavish gala event celebrating 30 years of Master Builders in Queensland as well as the achievements of many businesses and individuals from the building industry. We felt very privileged and honoured to be among those to receive recognition.

Andrew and the BuildingPro team have dedicated the last 15 years to providing exceptional service to all our customers. We appreciate the support we receive from colleagues, referrers, customers, family and friends as this is what keeps us striving to be the best.

2017 Master Builders Brisbane Region Building Consultant of the Year

We are very excited to announce our very own Andrew Mackie-Smith has been awarded Master Builders QLD Building Consultant of the Year award for Brisbane!

Thank you to the BuildingPro team, our loyal clients, referrers, family and friends. We would not have achieved this recognition without your support. We strive to always provide exceptional service, professional reports and highly valuable advice to help you make informed and confident decisions about your properties. 

BuildingPro is Queensland’s most awarded building consultants with awards including Master Builders Brisbane Region Building Consultant of the Year 2017, Optus My Business Awards 2016 Finalists for Property Business of the Year, Finalist for Professional Services Business of the Year and Finalist for Businesswoman of the Year; Quest Business Achiever Winner 2012; and Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist in 2013.

       

Trish Mackie-Smith speaks to A Current Affair about better seller disclosure to home buyers

BuildingPro Buyer Beware Law A Current Affair

Podcast Interview: The Buyers Guide Podcast

Andrew Mackie-Smith talks to Peter Mastoianni on The Buyers Guide Podcast. Having performed over 12,500 inspections on all classes and types of construction, as well as being an active property investor for the past 26 years, it’s fair to say that Andrew knows enough to be a little dangerous when it comes to property selection.

Listen to the full interview here.

Master Builders Magazine: Fair and honest system needed for homebuyers

Master Builders Magazine

BuildingPro appears on 9 News “Building industry experts push for tougher laws to protect Queensland home buyers”

Trish Mackie-Smith - nine news

Queensland property: Proposed new laws to require owners to reveal homes’ darkest secrets, Courier Mail

PROPERTY owners would have to reveal their home’s dark secrets – including whether they have been murder scenes or drug labs – to potential buyers and tenants under reforms being sought to real estate laws.

Other changes proposed include requiring vendors to disclose any structural defects, and shifting the onus for building and pest-inspection reports to them instead of buyers.

Read Full Story here: Courier Mail

“Lemon laws” should be extended to property purchases, Your Investment Property

Australia’s consumer protection laws should be strengthened to help prevent people from making potentially disastrous decisions when buying a property.

While those who buy a car, household appliance or any other number of other everyday items are afforded some sort of protection if their purchase turns out to be faulty, the vast majority of Australia has no similar system in place for those who purchase a defective property.

Read Full Story on Your Investment Property.

Dishonest agents exploiting legal loophole, Real Estate Business

Unscrupulous operators within the real estate industry are benefiting from “outrageous” property laws that benefit sellers and agents rather than buyers, according to a petition to the Queensland government.

Read Full Story on Real Estate Business.

Trish Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro appears on 7 News “Cosmetic cover-ups still legal in Queensland property sales”

‘Outrageous’ laws landing buyers with dud properties, Smart Property Investment Magazine

“Fundamentally unjust” property laws, with numerous loopholes, are responsible for too many investors and home buyers purchasing “lemon” properties, according to a number of experts.

Current property laws in Queensland “fail to protect buyers”, according to Trish Mackie-Smith, who has a background in property law and runs a building inspection company.

Read full story on Smart Property Investment.

Petition for legislative change to protect buyers from property defects, Quest Newspapers

PAINTINGS placed strategically over cracks, rooms jammed with furniture to prevent entry and even mounds of soiled laundry to hide termite nests.

Trish Mackie-Smith said she had seen it all when it came to dirty tactics used to conceal structural defects during a property sale.

But the Ashgrove resident, who has run building inspection company Building Pro alongside her husband Andrew for 14 years, wants to turn the tables on consumer law to protect buyers from “lemons”.

Read full story on Quest Newspapers Online.

Trish Mackie-Smith interviewed for Unjust “law” needs shake-up, West Side News

Unjust Law Needs Shakeup

Andrew Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro wins his speech at KPI PitchFest 2016

Destination MagazineDESTINATION Magazine

Andrew Mackie-Smith discusses how to use building or pest reports to negotiate price reductions when purchasing a property.

Finding some minor termite damage is a worry for some property buyers but to a more seasoned investor it can often provide great leverage to negotiate a price reduction from a seller. In this case, the buyer could negotiate for the replacement of termite damaged timber, installation of a termite management system and mitigation of conditions conducive to future termite attack.

This is just one example, I’ve helped lots of clients negotiate price reductions using reports that I have provided after a pest or building inspection.

Download the full article here in PDF.

Podcast Interview: How to Inspect Like a Pro with Andrew Mackie-Smith

BuildingPro’s Andrew Mackie-Smith was recently interviewed by Brisbane buyers agent, Karen Young, for an episode of her Everyday Property Investing podcast.

They discussed what to look out for in an inspection, common issues found during Building & Pest Inspections and how you can use the reports to avoid costly mistakes or negotiate a better price.

Listen to the full interview here or read the transcript.

A Current Affair “Balcony Horror”

Andrew Mackie-Smith, a Building Inspector from BuildingPro, provides a deck inspection report and expert advice to A Current Affair on an unsafe balcony in a block of units at the Gold Coast, Qld – A Current Affair “Balcony Horror”

A Current Affair “Balcony Horror”

Andrew Mackie-Smith, a Building Inspector from BuildingPro provides an inspection report on a rural property in Brisbane and expert advice to A Current Affair regarding a “dodgey” driveway – A Current Affair “Rogue Tradies”.

A Current Affair “Overcharging”

Andrew Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro inspects patios for A Current Affair and provides expert advice and cost estimates confirming that two senior citizens were overcharged by unscrupulous tradies – A Current Affair “Overcharging”.

Selling Houses Australia

Andrew Mackie-Smith from BuildingPro appears on Selling Houses Australia to demonstrate the importance of a thorough Building and Pest Inspection on a house in Brisbane – Selling Houses Australia.

A Current Affair “Killer Decks”

Andrew Mackie-Smith, a Building Inspector from BuildingPro provides expert advice on an unsafe deck in Brisbane – A Current Affair “Killer Decks”.

Quest Newspaper Awards

BuildingPro would like to thank all of our valued clients who voted for us in the 2012 Quest Business Achiever Awards. We are thrilled to have won the Quest Business Achievers Award in the category of Professional Services for our Building and Pest Inspection Reports.

Australian Small Business Champion Award

BuildingPro, a Brisbane based Building and Pest Inspection business were proud to be elected as finalists in the Australian Small Business Champions Awards 2013!

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