The Room Xchange Podcast

The Room Xchange Podcast

Welcome to Australia's Premier Housing and Rental Podcast. Ludwina Dautovic, CEO and Founder of, hosts an engaging show dedicated to tackling the pressing issues of housing affordability and the rental crisis in Australia. With a staggering 13.5 million unused spare bedrooms across 10 million homes nationwide, we, as Australia's sole verified house-sharing platform, present a unique solution to address these challenges. These untapped housing resources, often owned by individuals facing multiple interest rate hikes, hold the key to unlocking affordable housing for everyday renters. Our podcast serves as an essential voice, shedding light on the scarcity of rental supply in various cities, leaving countless individuals without access to affordable housing. We are committed to offering practical solutions and showcasing how our platform provides an instant remedy to the housing crisis, with positive impacts on the environment, society, and sustainability. What sets us apart? Not only our innovative service but also our exceptional podcast guests. We take pride in featuring industry leaders from the rental and housing sectors, along with government representatives, who share invaluable insights and expertise. Our podcast creates a platform for our community to share personal stories, fostering understanding and awareness in a supportive space. Beyond entertainment, we firmly believe our podcast makes a genuine difference in the lives of everyday Australians. Join the conversation and let's work together to make a positive impact on the future of housing in Australia. Subscribe now. ➜ To find out more go to: ➜ Email: ➜ All Social Media: @theroomxchange


March 13, 2024 27 mins

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About this episode
In this episode of The Room Xchange podcast, Ludwina Dautovic talks with Neil Saligrama, the founder and CEO of compare and connect. They discuss how the company is revolutionising the Australian and New Zealander markets in services like energy, broadband, and insurance. Neil shares hi...

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Ever wished there was a simpler way to manage and share expenses? Today, we're having an enlightening discussion with Rowan Wilde, co-founder of HelpPay. It's a social impact payments platform that's making it easier to shoulder bills together. Rowan shares how HelpPay lets you create a link for others to chip in on expenses and speaks candidly about the importance of customer trust and the challenges of providing su...

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Housing Trends & Affordability Challenges:
Dive into a captivating exploration of the regional housing market with Laura Shooter, Managing Director at SJ Shooter Real Estate in Dubbo. This episode promises enlightening insights into the intricacies of the rental market, housing value trends, and the pressing matter of affordability issues faced by many.

Navigating the Housing Shortage:
Discover the role of innovative ini...

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Today's episode is a deep dive into urban and housing development with Nicola Smith, an accomplished urban and regional planner and director of Niche Planning Studio. Expertly navigating the current rental crisis and mortgage stress, she unveils the key factors that have steered us to our current housing crisis. Nicola breaks down terms like green field and brown field, highlighting their significant role in housing developmen...

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Ever wondered how to navigate the complexities of the strata sector or manage the ever-evolving challenges of the rental market? We've got you covered in our enlightening conversation with John Minns, the pioneer New South Wales Property Services Commissioner. John, armed with his 30 years of experience, unravels the intricacies of the real estate industry and underscores the urgent necessity for reform and uplift to ensure a ...

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Ever wondered how architectural design could shape our future? Imagine a world where houses aren't just commodities, but sustainable spaces that nourish our lives and the planet. 

Join us as we explore this potential world with our guest Antony DiMase, of DiMase Architects.  Antony champions the belief that good design has the power to enhance our lives and environment, and he delves into the essence of sustainable ar...

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Welcome to episode 25 of The Room Xchange podcast, where we delve into the accommodation partnership between Study Gold Coast and The Room Xchange as part of their 'Host for the Coast' program. Join us as we explore how this collaboration is revolutionising the student community in the Gold Coast, Australia, and providing affordable accommodation solutions for international and local students. In this episode we're s...

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Welcome to another insightful episode of our podcast, where we explore real-life stories and experiences. In this episode, we dive into the fascinating world of The Room Xchange and the transformative power of living together. Join us as we hear from Hansraj and Cate, two individuals who have embarked on a unique living arrangement through The Room Xchange matching service. Discover how sharing living spaces can be a rewarding solu...

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Finding a place to call home can be a challenging and sometimes overwhelming task. Whether you're a homeowner, a renter, or someone interested in co-living arrangements, navigating the housing market can often leave you feeling uncertain and frustrated. In episode #23 of The Room Xchange Podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Meek, a remarkable individual who has experienced housing from various angles. His unique...

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Ludwina Dautovic introduces a new segment to The Room Xchange podcast called The Room Xchange Stories. These stories will provide insights and tips about house-sharing and will also include some of her own personal stories. The first one is about women helping women and is a very personal story for Ludwina. As the CEO and Founder of The Room Xchange, she has to deal with the complexities of leading the company as well as continuous...

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Hello and welcome to The Room Xchange podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I’m talking to Peter Schravemade. Peter is an international educator and speaker in the area of Property, Construction and Development Marketing. He’s on the board of Proptech Association of Australia (of which I’m a member). He’s also a managing partner of Reach Australia, a venture  capital and private equity firm accelerating the top growth companies i...

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Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with David Webb, Head of Industry for Homely.

With 14 years’ experience across sales, property management, as a business owner and as an agency supplier, David brings a breadth of knowledge to his work while also seeking to anticipate the demands of an ever-changing real estate industry.

A message from our host and CEO - Ludw...

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About Josh Farr, Founder of Campus Consultancy
Josh Farr is an entrepreneur and leadership expert who founded Campus Consultancy in 2017. He has been working to connect and develop the most influential leaders across universities, as well as with graduate programs and high schools. In this episode, we discuss the plight of international students as a result of the disruption of the education system during COVID-19, and the issu...

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About Karl Fitzgerald - Economist and Director of Grounded

Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Karl Fitzgerald about Community Land Trusts.
Karl Fitzgerald is an economist specialising in land economics and works as the Director of Grounded - the Community Land Trust advocacy body. He led Prosper Australia's research for 18 years. He is also...

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Lucy O'Flaherty, CEO Columbia Aged Care
Welcome to The Room Xchange Podcast. I’m Ludwina Dautovic and today I have the pleasure of speaking with Luck O’Flaherty, CEO of Columbia Aged Care. Lucy and I are going to unpack the process of caring for our elderly in Australia.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Caring for our elderly in Australia and the choices you have
  • Dementia and loneliness are two main issues we need to be aware ...
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In episode 16, Ludwina Dautovic interviews Mitchell McLean. Mitch is passionate about all things DIY, having spent the past 19 years with Bunnings supporting customers with bringing their projects to life. Mitch is currently part of the Bunnings workshop team, an online community for sharing DIY advice and inspiration.

About Mitchell McLean

Mitchell McLean has been renting for 20 years and has had quite a rental j...

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In episode 15, Ben Pretty, Co-founder of Rent Rabbit, and Ludwina Dautovic talk about reviews for renters by renters.

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About Ben Pretty
Ben is the co-founder of - Australia's No1 Property Review Platform for Renters. Ben is passionate about tackling the imbalance of Australia’s...

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In episode 14, Mark McCrindle, social researcher and demographer, and Ludwina Dautovic, talk about the future of housing in Australia and how our CBDs are changing.

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a thought leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. Having developed his reputation across two decades as an award-winnin...

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Angela and Sherylanne have been house sharing for 18 months and have now formed a lifelong friendship. In this episode we’re talking about their journey, how they negotiated their rent offset, how they worked through any issues and their plans to remain friends for life.

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About Angela and Sher...

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“My role as a property manager, first and foremost, is to help people.” Karen Joseph

Karen Joseph, Principal at First National Real Estate in Manly, Sydney has been in the real estate industry for 19 years and talks about how she builds trust and solid relationships between her property owners, herself and her tenants.
About Karen Joseph

With a reputation in the industry for having a proven set of skills...

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