Confused on how to EVEN START if you want to Buy Property in Australia?

A message from Mike:




"It can be very confusing, daunting, and perplexing trying to buy a property from distance in Australia.

There are 4 main ways to buy property in Australia:

1. Contact a real estate agent/attend an exhibition.

2. Take a trip and look around.

3. Look non-stop on the internet.

4. Appoint your own "buyers agent".

While each of these ways has it's merits, briefly let me explain the downside of each.

1. Contact a real estate agent/attend an exhibition.

Of course, with the current situation, this is impossible right now anyway. BUT, when the virus restrictions end, is this STILL the best way?

Real Estate agents are employed by the seller of the property. They have no obligation, legally or morally, to give YOU the buyer ANY relevant information that may affect your purchase.

And they can ONLY offer you what THEY have on their books to sell right now. You may have to contact 10 different agents, or attend 10 different exhibitions to find what you want. 

2. Take a trip and look around.

If you live overseas, this SOUNDS like a good idea!

Again, with the current situation, this is impossible right now anyway.

However, without even mentioning HOW LONG a trip you may need, you ALSO need to fluke the right agent (see point 1 above!) and the right location, right property and right price WHEN you are there.

In my personal experience this seldom happens. And for sure, you don't want to rush and buy within a week.

3. Look non-stop on the internet.

I really do not think I need to say anything else about this point. If this is YOUR strategy, give me a call in 12 months when you still haven't found anything and are even MORE confused than ever!

4. Appoint your own "buyers agent".

This is probably the most effective and best way to buy. BUT, not only does it come with a PRICE (2% to 3% of the purchase price) it is fraught with further difficulties: The Buyers Agent will normally select a half dozen properties, and then try everything to get you to buy one of them.

As they do not get paid, unless YOU buy. 

Paul Ryan (who co-founded Wizard Home Loans) says when he used a buyer's agent, he found the process "a little bit unnerving".

"I didn't like the properties they short-listed. But I still felt the pressure on me to buy one as that's how they earn their commission. So I wasn't quite sure if they were acting in my best interests or their own," he says.

Each method has it's own distinct challenges.

That’s why I set up a new service to help prospective buyers from overseas.

Which offer you, the buyer, the best aspects of all those methods, at an AFFORDABLE PRICE!

But first, if you have not yet done so, to see just some of the steps buyers need to prepare when buying, see my FREE report below: 

“The Seven Steps to Buying

..Simplified” here!

 Keep reading below to see how my new service for buyers which is already proving popular may be able to help you.

Looking to Buy Property in Australia? Do You Have the Time, Energy, Knowledge, Contacts and Experience to do so Successfully?

Using diligence, decisiveness, research, knowledge, experience and attention to detail Michael Bentley will work with you to secure your property in Australia. Work personally with a leader in Australian real estate who will meet with you regularly, either in person or through Zoom, Skype or similar, AND who has the knowledge, skills and experience to exceed every expectation. 

"Michael is a very resourceful and experienced expert in Australia properties market.

His rich and fruitful knowledge have enabled me to look at my potential Australia property investment from different angles and perceptions. 

His sharp analysis/research work are insightful and his responses to my queries are fast and frank.

In brief, he is a very trustworthy/helpful advisor in dealing with Australia property investment. Very grateful thanks to him."

Cho, Singapore, June 2020



Australian born Managing Director and Founder of Citylife International Real Estate, Aurient Investment Partners and the Australian Real Estate Academy, Michael Bentley was raised and educated in Hong Kong at Peak School and King George Vth (KG5) and has over 3 decades of high level property experience and knowledge with Asian buyers investing in real estate and into Australia in particular.

He is the first person to provide Australian property services in Hong Kong, and he is widely recognised as one of the leading experts on the Australian property market in Asia. 

Mike is an Award Winning International Estate agent, is a regular seminar presenter, has been featured in many Australian and Asian newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programmes, provides advisory services to Australian property developers, and has helped overseas investors to buy, sell and manage over AUD 1 billion in Australian residential properties, and has written 3 top selling investment books

 He resides in Hong Kong and enjoys playing and watching sports, and is a member of the Hong Kong Football Club, the FCC, the Ladies Recreation Club, the Beas River Country Club as well the Tanglin and Cricket Clubs (Singapore) and the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club (Perth, WA). 


To deliver the best possible results for his clients , Michael Bentley is supported by a national network of top-quality developers, real estate agents, valuers, financiers, legal advisers, property consultants, research companies and legal and tax advisors.

His ecosystem of partners and professionals in all disciplines relating to property enables him to undertake and deliver extensive information and expertise in the property acquisition or planning process. 

"Get 30 Plus Years High Level Negotiating Experience on YOUR Side"

Whether you are time-poor, lacking confidence or knowledge, or looking for an experienced and independent property advocate to WORK DIRECTLY with you through this delicate process, Michael Bentley can help.

Whether an investment property, or a home for your own future use!

By working closely WITH you, and by guiding, advising and doing a lot of the time-consuming research and "behind the scenes" work with and for you.

A "Buyers Agent" can help and provide excellent properties and information on properties to consider, BUT..they are expensive (usually 2% to 3% of the purchase price)  and  are not licensed or qualified to discuss the tax, property management, legal or financing of properties, ALL crucial elements when buying. 

Advice on property investment strategy formulation right through to property search, selection, negotiation and property manager, as well as TAX and FINANCE.

If you employ an Australian based Buyer Agent, they are legally not able to discuss TAX OR FINANCE with you. You would have to employ other experts to assist.

In addition, they ONLY get paid WHEN YOU BUY a property!  Not unlike a typical and normal estate agent or project marketer.

Mike charges an UPFRONT fee for his expertise and experience.

NO EXTRA fee when you buy. HE HAS no hidden agenda IN GETTING YOU TO BUY!

Mike's strong  market knowledge, sound advice and due-diligence steps and research all combine to deliver a stand-out service and a great end-result for his clients. 

Mike's services is ideal for those who wish to play a key part themselves in the assignment, with the comfort of knowing they are being carefully guided and managed.

The same process is adopted where  clients are involved in the initial inspections and shortlisting process of the property. 

This exciting and unique service offers investors an exciting insight into the industry, the negotiation process and all that follows.

Mike remains by their side for the entire process for up to 90 days  and the objective of this style of advice  is to fast-track their property investment education while assuring them of a fabulous result.

This two-way communication service has enabled clients to have confidence while Mike guides them. 

Why Work With Mike?

Get 30 Plus Years High Level Negotiating Experience on YOUR Side

Personally Available to Help Search, Source and Find the Best Property With You

Available for Unlimited Consultations for up to 90 days After Appointment, 7 days a Week*

Assist With renting the Property Out

Deal With Michael Personally Right Here in Hong Kong

Advice on different developers quality and also different projects on the market. (If Michael DOESN'T know, he is WILL have access to people who DO know)

*Conditions Apply

Help Set Up Your Tax Affairs

Help With Opening an Australian Bank Account

Help with the FIRB Status and Approval Process

Assist With Mortgage Financing

Provide Detailed Cash Flows

Provide Exclusive Research into Vacancy Rates, Supply, Demographics, Price Analysis, Trends, Rentals, Days on Market, Stock on Market and more!

Advising the Best Legal Buying Structure

Calculating the total costs in purchasing, including stamp duty, 

To Provide The Best Possible Service To His Clients, Mike Can Only Accept a Max. of 5 People at Any One Time to Work With. 

"If I met you two years ago, I would have held two properties now. Every time we meet I am able to pick up some very important key factors from your wisdom" 

Ming Wong, Hong Kong,  October 2019 


Go HERE to see HOW IT WORKS, CASE STUDIES and AVAILABILITY over the coming months.

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When a successful property is secured, whatever (if any) commission is payable to Michael Bentley or Citylife International Realty, you will be rebated 30% of the commission received.

This is a WIN/WIN.


Purchase Price is say A$600,000.

You pay A$2,800.

I negotiate from the seller a real estate agents fee of 4%.

Rebate payable to you $7,200. (30% of a 4% commission)

In the event the property found does not pay an agency commission or referral fee, your fee to gain all of Michael's assistance, help and advice and research represents a MAXIMUM of A$1,800, just 0.35% of the purchase price in the example above.  (or $3,600 above $1 million)

(NOTE: For Sydney and Melbourne Metro areas, above $2 million and BELOW $3 million,the applicable service fee is $4,600)

Not all locations and areas qualify for this service.