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June 26, 2015

Don’t speculate in property hotspots


After all these years in property, I’m still surprised at how investors decide which property to buy. But it doesn’t surprise me why so many don’t get past their first or second property…

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Many people buy for emotional reasons and while others think they’re investing in property, for some they’re really speculating.

By definition, speculation is “the practice of engaging in risky financial transactions in an attempt to profit from short- or medium-term fluctuations in the market value rather than attempting to profit from the underlying financial attributes embodied in the instrument”.

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June 22, 2015

Queensland’s property market scorecard


A recent Propertyology study that ranked each of Australia’s 550 local government authority (LGA) property market performances since the turn of the century concluded that 26 of Queensland’s 63 LGAs performed better than the state’s capital city property market.

crawfordBY SIMON PRESSLEY

Given that some property markets have higher rates of growth and others have higher rental yields, Propertyology calculated the ‘total return’ (average annual growth rate plus rental yield) and we then ranked the LGAs from one to 550 based on this performance.
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June 19, 2015

4 ways to use leverage to build your wealth


Have you ever wondered why it’s easier for people who have money to make more of it? Why is it that the second and the third million are so much easier to earn than the first million?

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Do you want to know what the biggest difference is between how wealthy people build wealth and how poor and middle-income people do it? It’s how they use leverage and I’m not just talking about borrowing money.

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June 17, 2015

Victoria’s property market scorecard


$224,387 – that was the price of a typical house in greater Melbourne at the start of this century. Scary, isn’t it? So, how has Melbourne’s property market performed since then and which have been Victoria’s best performers over the last 15 years?

crawfordBY SIMON PRESSLEY

With a population of 4,085,849, greater Melbourne is fast catching up to Sydney. The 2.0 per cent average annual population growth rate is above the 1.7 per cent national average
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June 12, 2015

The “secret” to property investing success


How do I invest? What approaches do I use and which strategies? These questions were recently put to me by a journalist wanting to write a feature.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

He also asked what’s been the “secret” to my success of building a substantial property portfolio.

Here’s what I told him…

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June 10, 2015

A look at the Hobart property market


While other so-called experts were berating Tasmania’s basket-case economy, Propertyology published a property market report in December 2013 wherein we said we had ‘an open mind on Hobart’. Subsequent economic and property data suggests the tide is turning in Tasmania.

crawfordBY SIMON PRESSLEY

Tasmania’s woes began in 2010. On top of the post-GFC economic shock, which had a widespread impact, one of Tasmania’s key industries, forestry (22 per cent of Tasmania’s land area is forest) came to a halt as a result of increasing pressure from environmentalists over land use intensified.
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June 9, 2015

Iconic warehouse developments


In this fourth blog on the warehouse boom – a look at the NYC-style developments grabbing headlines in Surry Hills.

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BY BELINDA AUCOTT

It’s one everyone knows – the Griffiths Teas building on Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills. At the end of last year the property changed hands for the first time in decades when it was sold by the Wakil family.

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June 5, 2015

11 lessons from the 2015 BRW Rich List


There are always interesting lessons to learned by following the fortunes (and misfortunes) of others.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

While various studies show that around the world the rich keep getting richer, the recently released BRW Rich 200 list gives some insight into what’s happening to the fortunes of Australia’s uber rich, which can be summarised as follows: Property is hot and mining is not.

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June 3, 2015

Protect yourself with knowledge


My passion for property has long surpassed my personal investments and has extended to educating other property investors Australia-wide and overseas. After all, the strength of the building blocks in the early stages of your investment journey will always determine the longevity of the foundations later on. 

BY PAUL WILSON

No one sums this up better than Benjamin Franklin, especially considering he was one of the founding fathers of the United States: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
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June 1, 2015

The bona fide warehouse architect


In this third blog on the warehouse boom – a chat with Virginia Kerridge, a dab hand at warehouse conversions.

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BY BELINDA AUCOTT

“Warehouses are popping up all the time – I couldn’t tell you where to find them or answer where next, they’re everywhere,” says award-winning Sydney architect Virginia Kerridge.

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