The Biggest Obstacle for Women Renovators

The podcast for women who want to create income and a life they love through renovating

Join serial renovator Bernadette Janson as she explores the ins and outs of renovating for profit!

Bernadette has over 30 years of experience in the renovating for profit business. She’s a registered nurse, a renovator, a mum, and a teacher.

204 – How I Made $750,000 in 30-Days with No Bank Finance Required

In this captivating episode, Bernadette Janson, founder of The School of Renovating shows how problem solving helped her close a recent deal that generated an impressive profit of over $700,000. Not only that, she took this seemingly impossible deal to its culmination in just 30 days, without the need to carry out a development, or get any finance!

The tale starts with Bernadette’s purchase of a  house and granny flat on a large block in Western Sydney, as part of a land-banking strategy with the intention to develop at a later date.  

Because the long-term rental return wasn’t satisfactory, Bernadette researched the property’s potential for short-term rental.  Although the property was neat and tidy but otherwise unremarkable, she listed it on Airbnb. Because of its size and location it did very well – even accommodating a number of Olympic sporting teams.

When it came time to develop the property, Bernadette found that the rules had been changed by Council, rendering her project impossible.

Bernadette describes her thought process. If she could convince the neighbour to sell his property to her, she would have two blocks side-by-side, ideal for a development.  Despite her experience, Bernadette sensed that the help of male negotiator would help her get the deal over the line, so she engaged a professional.

When the neighbour agreed to sell, Bernadette worked furiously with specialists to find a developer to buy both properties before she even had to settle on the neighbour’s house. As the episode unfolds, the deal comes to its nailbiting conclusion with even more twists and turns.

Listen to this episode and be inspired as Bernadette demonstrates the power of creative thinking, a positive attitude, and wisdom to get a very big deal over the line.

Watch the Episode on Video:


  •  00:00 Intro
  • 03:05 Bernadette Janson’s background and experience
  • 05:32 The Importance of Taking Action to achieve results.
  • 07:18 Downsizing and increasing income
  • 09:00 Investing in Airbnb
  • 10:00 Using Airdna to analyze property income potential
  • 17:05 Seeking the help of a seller’s advocate and ringing local agents
  • 18:04 Receiving three offers and deciding to accept the third one
  • 20:31 T he numbers and costs involved in the seal
  • 21:12 Tips on getting into the property game and building a brain trust
  • 22:46 Importance of conducting due diligence

The council specified I needed a frontage of 22 metres. Now most properties in that suburb have frontages of about 18 meters, so that put an end to developing it into townhouses unless I bought another block. I pride myself on being able to turn lemons into lemonade.

  • Related Posts

    Share it!

    If you loved the episode, I would be so grateful if you shared it on social media or left a review! 

    Amazing Free Content!LeaLea707 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/22/22
    Read More
    “I have been listening to this Podcast for a few years now. I love how Bernadette freely shares her experiences and knowledge of renovating and how to create wealth through property. There are many people out there doing a similar things but Bernadette is the real deal. Her down to earth approach reasonates with me and I’ve learned lots from her. I’d highly recommend She Renovates!”
    Just brilliant!fbegeng via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/16/22
    Read More
    “I've been binge-listening to this podcast for the past week and it's absolutely brilliant. Bernadette has amassed so much knowledge and wisdom about renovating and she shares it generously and in a really easy to understand way that's inspired me to give it a go. Her advice is practical and I love that she approaches renovating in a really ethical and open-hearted way. Every episode honestly is gold. I also love that each episode is quite short and addresses a specific topic without any waffle. Thank you so much for this podcast!”
    Practical and honest adviceLuke Marland via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/12/21
    Read More
    “Hands down best renovation podcast there is. There’s no scams or tricks here and Bernadette provides honest and practical advice that you can actually apply to your life. There’s also great insights into the property industry (not just renovating) and Bernadette’s simple approach gives you tools to mitigate risk and fuels confidence to start your own projects.”
    Amazing insights and adviceJennaBrad via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/22/21
    Read More
    “Bernadette is an inspiration. Warm, open and a fountain of wisdom and advice. I’ve learned so much about everything from renovating to selling to creating an independent future from this podcast. Look forward to every episode!”
    Practical Magic For All RenovatorsJames’ Inspiration via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/15/20
    Read More
    “If you need to break through any of your limitations to find the joy and success in renovation, Bernadette is your inspiration and advisor with decades of experience. Her down to earth, practical style of sharing what works and how to keep control of any renovating project is worth tuning in for - week after week. I have done a few renovations in the (distant) past and now feel motivated to go again, this time for a change of pace and new horizons. This podcast shows the way. Thanks Bernadette, James Burgin”
    My Guilty Pleasure..Tanned Greek via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/26/20
    Read More
    “Just dropping by to show my support for your podcast Bernadette. I look forward to each episode and I am never disappointed with the content. It’s such a generous offering and compared to many of the other property podcasts I subscribe to, yours is the clear winner. Perfectly suited to people embarking on a new renovator journey but equally suited to more experienced folk like myself - there’s something for everyone. Keep up the great work. Your honesty is so refreshing! I look forward to future learning and hearing more student success stories. Best, David Michos (And yes... a bloke) 😉”
    You would have to be crazy to miss this !!Lifestylepp via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/15/20
    Read More
    “If you have any interest at all in renovating, you would be crazy not to listen to every episode! As someone who has done many courses and a project manager by trade, i learn something every time. Bernadette is so genuine and generous and totally relatable. Do yourself a favour and subscribe now !”

    Want more?

    If you want to meet up with a group of savvy renovators. I would say come over and join She Renovates Facebook Group. It’s a completely FREE Facebook group and it is growing at the rate of knots. We hit over a thousand members just recently, and now it seems to have picked up momentum. They are all savvy renovating women and men working their little hearts out to live a better life through renovating.

    The only membership you need to grow your renovation business…

    Wonder Women is a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded content to help you get what you need, when you need it. I know that you’re the expert and you’ve got all of your subject knowledge nailed – now it’s time to build the business behind your renovation projects and stop being the worlds best kept secret. 

    Scroll to Top

    Sign Up to Our Newsletter!