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Twins Sana Ali and Mona Ali came to Australia in 2000 at age 15. The twins received education in Australia; earned corporate jobs in reputable companies; saved some money; bought their house; and now run their own company.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:01
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Identical twins Sana Ali and Mona Ali emigrated from Pakistan to Sydney at age 15 with their family, and with a drive to create a great life for themselves in Australia.

That was October 2000, now, almost 17-years on, the twins have achieved the great Australian dream of owning their home. But they didn’t stop there. Before age 30, Sana and Mona built a $5 million property investment portfolio – something many Australians spend a lifetime dreaming about.

Seeing people achieve their goals and buy their first house is a delightful feeling, and the decision to leave the jobs was definitely worth it

Upon arriving in Australia, the twins prioritised their professional development. Sana completed an IT degree at Sydney’s University of Technology, and Mona completed an accounting degree at The University of Sydney.

Their motivation to succeed is demonstrated by them securing highly coveted corporate roles: Mona landed an accounting position at PwC before moving to a finance role at Macquarie Group, and Sana joined Macquarie Group where she progressed in IT and project management roles.

With the aim of owning a house each, by age 24 Sana and Mona saved a $40,000 deposit to purchase two properties.

Women should also be involved in the decision-making process and both partners should share an active vision when it comes to buying a property, investment or any other financial matter

They later quit their respective jobs to start their own company.

“It was a big decision (leaving corporate jobs to start a company),” they share their journey with SBS Urdu.

“But we always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and we couldn’t ask for anything better than using our skills and passion to help others. So we established Property Twins.”

The siblings want to inspire others to reach financial empowerment through property investment, and to assist home buyers looking to use property to build an asset base.

“Seeing people achieve their goals and buy their first house is a delightful feeling, and the decision to leave the jobs was definitely worth it,” they both agree.

Owning a house or investing in the property market in Australia sometimes seems scary, but both Sana and Mona strongly believe that having a clear goal can help anyone achieve their dreams.

We always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and we couldn’t ask for anything better than using our skills and passion to help others. So we established Property Twins

Moreover, they think that “now is always a good time” to invest or buy a property.

The twins are of the view that women in our community should be as active in financial matters as their partners.

“Women should also be involved in the decision-making process and both partners should share an active vision when it comes to buying a property, investment or any other financial matter.”

Listen to the sisters' full interview (in Urdu) with SBS Urdu above. 

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