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November 19, 2014

Three essential qualities of a successful investor


In a previous article I revealed the biggest killer of wealth and how it hinders the investing process. I also featured a real life example that ultimately explained what not to do and how to avoid falling into the same trap.

BY PAUL WILSON

To follow up and go one further, I thought it’d be helpful to unleash the killer combination of the three qualities that make a successful investor. 

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November 13, 2014

What are the property ‘hotspots’ for 2015?


I was recently contacted by a journalist from one of the major daily news sites asking for my thoughts on this topic and to update my comments in an article in which I was quoted earlier this year.

 

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Apparently the article he wrote last January on the property hotspots for 2014 was one of the most popular on his website and now, coming to the tail end of the year, it seemed opportune for an update.

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November 7, 2014

Five things smart property investors know


Just because you’ve taken the leap from homeowner to property investor, doesn’t mean your financial fortune is assured.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

In fact, it doesn’t even mean that you’ll start making a profit in the short term or that you’re on your way to owning a sizeable portfolio.

The reality is that around 20 per cent of those who get involved in property investment sell up within the first year or so and close to half sell their property within five years.
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October 31, 2014

Hot air can’t burst a housing bubble that doesn’t exist


If I’ve read one story about a possible housing bust in Australia, I’ve read a hundred.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Barely a week goes by without another breathless warning from some property pessimist, columnist or overseas economist about a looming price collapse.
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October 24, 2014

Sitting on top of the world


Here’s why Australians are once again the wealthiest nation in the world…

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

We know true wealth is much more than how much money you’ve got in the bank or how many properties you own, but this year’s Credit Suisse annual Global Wealth Report shows that once again Australians have the highest median wealth in the world, and we have a very low percentage of poor people.
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October 22, 2014

Assessing risk vs return


Let’s talk about risk versus return and how we assess it…

BY CAM MCLELLAN

When I look at risk, risk comes down to one thing and that’s control or my understanding of how I can control a situation.
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October 17, 2014

The Block shocks – the reality of property renovations


The Block was once again a hugely popular TV show – did you see the dramatic conclusion?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Three gruelling months of sleeplessness and renovations paid off handsomely for two teams but the others failed to achieve the desired results, teaching a group of would-be overnight property moguls that there’s no such thing as get-rich-quick in property.
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October 16, 2014

A renovator’s reflections on The Block


Many people have expressed shock at the auction results from The Block Glasshouse, with only two of this season’s five couples reaping the kind of financial windfall expected.

BY CHERIE BARBER

While the overall winners, brothers Shannon and Simon, walked away with $335,000 profit plus the $100,000 winner’s bonus, two of the five couples looked visibly shaken as the hammer came down on a $10,000 profit to show for their months of slog and no income. Smiles rapidly turned to genuine disbelief, then tears.
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October 15, 2014

A new challenge in exciting times


Things are different Down Under for this relative newbie, and that’s not a bad thing…

Ang_bandw_web_150pxBY ANGELA YOUNG

Stepping into a new role that’s been filled admirably by someone before you is never easy, but I’m thoroughly looking forward to my new challenge as deputy editor here at API magazine.

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October 13, 2014

When to ignore that red flag – and when to take heed


Most of us know what a positively geared property is: broadly speaking, it’s an investment that delivers ongoing cash profits to you, once all the ownership expenses and taxes are accounted for.

BY HELEN COLLIER-KOGTEVS

A positive cash flow property is even better than a positively geared property, as it’s an asset that pays you cash each week, even without the benefit of depreciation and other tax deductions.
In both cases, positive properties put cash back in your pocket and sometimes this concept scares people off.
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