The demand for Border real estate from his city clients led a Sydney buyer agent to move to the region himself.
Anjay Zazulak, of Oasis Skeen, believed Albury-Wodonga residents could be missing out on the investment potential he had witnessed while assisting metropolitan buyers for the last seven or eight years.
"They're sitting on a gold mine and (should) invest in their own backyard," he said.
Mr Zazulak has written The Homeowner's Guide to Property Investing, to be launched early next year, to help those who may feel unsure where to start and what to buy.
He relocated to Albury in March, just as the pandemic hit, but found people remained interested in investing and had more time to search and consider regional options.
"You can easily purchase a property for around that $300,000 mark down here, in the North Albury, Lavington areas, and they're returning minimums that are around that 6 per cent return," he said.
"For the metropolitan investor, that's huge.
"It's not a huge outlay, it's low risk, you get the good rental returns but there's also great capital growth down here."
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Mr Zazulak grew up around such investments and with his father bought more than 40 properties in three different countries.
"I just assumed that most families did that and then I realised that wasn't the case," he said.
"I thought why not give the secrets away? Why not educate everybody where possible?"
His book emphasises the need for due diligence, research and seeking out skilled professionals.
"It's all about building a team, it's the same with business or if you're a sportsperson," the buyer agent said.
"Property's no different; if you've got that team right, whether it's your mortgage broker, your accountant, your conveyancer, your property managers, you're all working together to get the best out of your assets."
As well as highlighting common pitfalls and mistakes, The Homeowner's Guide to Property Investing explores using the equity in an existing house as a deposit for another.
Mr Zazulak said the rewards of successful investing went beyond monetary gain.
"I think the finances go hand in hand with the lifestyle, what you want to do, whether it's spending more time with your family or being able to go on more holidays or just being able to spend less time at work," he said.
"It's more working out where people are at in life, where they're trying to get to in the next five to 10 years and working backwards from there to help them achieve their goals.
"Property's a long term prospect - if you purchase right, you can never really go wrong."