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April 15, 2015

Property negotiating pressure points

Strong competition for properties and rising prices has created a sellers’ market in many parts of Australia. So, how do property buyers tips the scales in their favour?


The simple answer is by understanding how to negotiate. Yes, even in today’s hot markets savvy property investors who know how to apply three critical negotiating pressure points can get the upper hand.
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April 14, 2015

Keep calm and buy property

Unlocking capital gains in Sydney’s manic property market.


It’s a paradox that some of the biggest decisions of our lives, are made in the heat of the moment. And that’s exactly what many of us are experiencing right now when we make the decision to invest hard-earned money in Sydney’s frothy market.
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April 10, 2015

Putting some perspective on the property bubble

If I’ve read one story about a property bubble lately, I’ve read a hundred. Barely a day goes by without another warning from some property pessimist, columnist or overseas economist about a looming price collapse.


So let’s get things straight up front – there is no property bubble in Australia – at least not yet!
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April 9, 2015

Retirement: financially ready or not, it’s coming

The government’s latest Intergenerational Report issued by Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed what we were already thinking: we have an ageing population and we need to change our ways in order to support future Australia.


The report, issued every five years, is designed to provide a guide as to what Australia might look like 40 years from now.
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April 8, 2015

Ignored opportunities

Got a second? I’d like to let you know of an exciting property market location that’s the second biggest regional city in its state, is the principle service centre for a region in close proximity to large and very valuable reserves of natural resources, has critical deep sea port infrastructure in place and one of the highest rental yields in the country, boasts historical return on investment close to double that of the capital city average and has a property entry price of $300,000.


Want to invest there?
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April 7, 2015

April’s housing market outlook

Based on early data flows for 2015, the housing market has started the year on a strong footing, with dwelling values up 3.0 per cent over the first quarter of the year across the combined capital cities after a 1.4 per cent increase in values in March.


Although the rate of growth is quite strong, it’s lower than the 3.5 per cent increase over the first quarter of last year. As has been the case historically, there is a significant amount of variance in performance across the nation’s capital city housing markets, with Sydney (5.8 per cent) the key driver of value growth so far this year. In fact, only Melbourne (3.5 per cent), Hobart (0.9 per cent), Darwin (0.4 per cent) and Canberra (4.1 per cent) have recorded value growth so far this year. Values have fallen by 0.5 per cent in Brisbane, 0.9 per cent in Adelaide and 2.7 per cent in Perth so far this year.
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April 2, 2015

9 steps to financial freedom every parent should teach their child

There are so many events, decisions and occurrences that I look back on over the years and think, ‘Wow, if only I knew then what I know now, how different things would have been’.


While it’s too late for me, one of the most important things we can do as parents is equip our children to manage their lives more effectively, by sharing with them the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.
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Getting around the high-price problem

Over the past few months of 2015, I’ve found myself dealing with a similar conversation almost every day. Many clients have been looking for help to think through a very difficult and challenging situation.


My clients (usually Sydney-based ambitious families in their 30s and 40s) have all been battling the very same problem: “How do we get our family ‘forever home’ with the insane price rises in Sydney property?”
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March 27, 2015

Inner-city apartment oversupply: is it time to get nervous?

Boy are the inner-city apartment markets of Sydney and Melbourne behaving differently. And these differences are important for property investors to understand.


Looking back a few years, following their post Global Financial Crisis downturn, the inner-city apartment markets of both Sydney and Melbourne boomed, in part due to investor demand and in part helped by low stock levels.
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March 26, 2015

How to be a confident investor

It’s easy to be confident when stocks or property prices are going up. In fact, late last year Australian investors remained the most confident in the Asia Pacific region, according to Colliers international Global Survey 2014.


But when you read more negative news like unemployment rates rising or property prices falling, it’s easy to lose confidence and successful investing seems unachievable. It almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Here are my tips on remaining confident, no matter what the headlines say…
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