About Us

Backyard Buyers has been in the subdivision and building industry for over a decade. We pride ourselves in being an honest, client focused, results oriented and ethical company.

We’ve been sub dividing Melbourne backyards since 2006

I’m sure you’ve heard the sayings:  

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and “Where there’s muck there’s brass,” and (my favourite) “The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”

And there’s truth in them. Life’s opportunities appear when we look at problems from the right angle. 

Of course, it’s easy to wax lyrical when life’s free and easy. But when the pressure’s high, the bills are flying in, and the mortgage seems insurmountable, no amount of optimistic catchphrases can save you. An escape to the country is no longer just a TV show, it’s the desperate, panic-induced plan you’ve hatched to rid yourself of this financial mess. 

Over the years we have helped many a client realise the following:

Creating retirement property portfolios clients never thought possible

Adding value to properties – even when the land-space is decreased.

Seeing families enjoying much-needed holidays, their children’s weddings, the new car and the overdue renovation they almost gave up on.

Helping single-parent families in danger of losing their house hold onto their homes and avoid the greedy clutches of the bank.

Owning a brand new home whilst being able to stay in the same suburb

Backyard Buyers pays cash for backyards so you can live mortgage free, no risk, no fuss. We buy and on-sell subdivided blocks to savvy first home buyers, developers or people keen to downsize. For some Melbourne property owners, we build new homes on existing sites so they can be in their dream home faster, in the same location they love, without needing to mastermind or fund or manage a full-scale renovation. For others, we eliminate the stress of blown-out budgets and escalating time-frames that can catch many a first-timer by surprise.

Sometimes, the very thing holding us back from a life without financial stress is the very thing we once regarded to be our greatest asset.
And sometimes, the freedom that can seem out of reach is just outside our back door. It’s just a matter of looking at life from the right angle.

If you see Kathy van’t Foort wielding her surveyor’s wheel, stand clear. She’s busy freeing a Melbourne family held hostage by their mortgage.

Kathy’s expertise in the intricacies of subdivision and property development, coupled with her commitment to helping Melbourne home owners realise financial freedom, has seen the family-focused entrepreneur position Backyard Buyers as one of Melbourne’s premier subdividing groups. 

Having been trusted with over a decade worth of subdivisions, new builds, and property-management projects, Kathy comes armed with a Certificate IV Building and Construction, a Diploma of Project Management, Cert IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She’s a member of the HIA (Housing Industry Association) and holds a Domestic Building Limited License.