By far, the most common question we get asked about our property coaching programme is "how much is this going to cost me?"

If you look out and compare different property coaches, there are all sorts of varying prices.

This article is going to breakdown exactly how we get paid and how this compares to other property coaches and property finders.

How much the Opes Property Coaching programme costs and how we get paid

Our three-step property coaching programme is entirely complimentary.

There is no charge for it.


But, that doesn't mean that it isn't jam-packed full of value.

So, you're probably wondering, "well, how does your company get paid? How do you keep the lights on?"

There are two ways:

1) Through our other property-based businesses

As well as the property coaching side of our company, we also have a property management business and a property accounting business.

If we coach you to purchase a property and you choose to use them, then that's one way we can get paid.

Though of course, whether you choose to use these companies or not is entirely your choice.

2) By recommending properties as investments

We also get paid a bit like a stockbroker.

If you call up a stockbroker and they recommend a particular share to invest in, they will get paid a commission if take up that recommendation.

We work in the same way.

Our property-sourcing team are consistently out talking to developers, looking for properties that make awesome investments.

When we recommend a property to you through the coaching programme, we get paid a commission from the property's developer if you think it's a good recommendation and decide to invest.

This is how we can make the coaching programme free and available for all Kiwis, while still keeping the lights on.

"How does this compare to the rest of the industry?"

If we didn't get paid a commission when we recommend a property, we would have to charge you several thousand dollars to deliver our full service.

This is what some other property coaches and finders have decided to do.

But, before we start talking about other models in the industry, we need to be honest. No one way of charging is better than the other.

Our business isn't going to be the right fit for everyone, and some of these other businesses in the industry might work best for your situation.

Generally, there are two types of businesses in this part of the property industry: property finders and property coaches.

We're a bit of both. But, because we produce so much content 'property coach' works better for us.

A property finder will work on your behalf, going to look for properties that meet your specific criteria.

They'll go and look for a property for you, and then you'll pay them a fee, generally about $10,000 + gst (though this can vary) once they've found a property that you want to buy.

This can work well if you already know the exact type of investment you want to buy and already have a strategy in place.

Property coaches, on the other hand, cost anywhere from $450 up to $8,000, then all the way up to $40,000! These higher-priced programmes tend to focus more on DIY, renovation, and property trading strategies. Because of that, they are longer and more in-depth about specific strategies.

That works for people who want to be really hands-on property investors, going out and doing renovations themselves. Whereas our programme is for people who want to get on investing, create a strategy and become a passive property investor.

"If you get paid commission, won't you add that on to the price of the property? Won't the property be too expensive?"

Another question we get asked is whether our commission is added on to the price of the properties we recommend. If this was the case, it could make our property recommendations 'overpriced'.

The answer again is no.

Before you invest in a property we recommend, it's compulsory to have an independent valuation completed.

That means if the price was too high, you would know straight away. This is how we ensure that you are never paying more for a property than what it is actually worth.

"If you get paid commission, won't you just recommend the most expensive property?"

Another question we get asked is, "won't you just recommend the most expensive property since you get paid a commission?"

Or "won't your commission be higher if you recommend a more expensive property?"

The answer is no.

Because we have so many clients, we have a lot of negotiating power with developers.

We use this so that no matter what the price of the property we recommend, we always get paid the same 'fixed-fee' of commission.

For you, that means that whether you decide to invest in a $400k property or an $800k property, we always get paid the same amount. That's how you can have the confidence that we are as impartial as possible, and have your best interests at heart.

"I'm still not convinced, why isn't there a charge?"

No matter what property you buy, whether you go through an agent or directly from a developer, there is going to be a commission paid to somebody.

From our perspective, we've set our business up so that we can provide this property coaching service at no cost to you.

Remember too, that you can go through the programme and choose not to invest in any of the properties that we recommend.

You can get the strategy, the coaching, the recommendations and everything described in this video, and still choose to walk away:

But, if you choose to work with us and build your future wealth through property, then we'll be glad to be part of your success. Just as we have for all of these clients.


Ed McKnight

Ed McKnight is the host of the Property Academy Podcast – NZ's #1 business podcast. He is an economist, having studied at the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato. He's a frequent writer for Informed Investor Magazine and has contributed to NewsHub, Stuff, OneRoof and Property Investor Magazine.