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January 23, 2015

What to expect from property in 2015


Last year was a great year for many property investors.
In fact I believe it’ll be one of those years where those who didn’t get into the property markets will look back with regret.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Interestingly, although many of us started 2014 with confidence, over the year our markets gave us a few reminders not to get too “cocky”. Overseas the markets were turbulent and back home inflation rose, unemployment crept up and consumer confidence dropped like a stone.
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January 20, 2015

No, I’m not crazy… interest only please!


As a financial planner, my role is always to be thinking about the best strategy and path for my client to take. Since I’ve been working very closely with mortgage brokers for many years, I’ve realised the vast majority of brokers (and to a greater extent bank employees) don’t take the same strategic view.

BY CHRIS BATES

Being a somewhat transactional role, most mortgage brokers take the line of least resistance to get the deal done. Whether they understand structuring strategies or not, very few take the time to educate their clients on the pros and cons of different decisions and how to make the most of their situation. In reality, they’re also limited by compliance standards in some cases.

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January 13, 2015

Why a successful sale has (almost) nothing to do with the property


If property investors could choose only one superpower, I guarantee it would be having the ability to tell the future.

BY PAUL WILSON

Imagine that: knowing every turn of the property clock before it happens, when interest rates are going up and which areas will have the best capital growth.
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January 6, 2015

3 things that work in the buyer’s favour this summer


We’ve moved into a new year, and while many people will still be relaxing, some will be looking for a great property deal – could that be you?

BY RICH HARVEY

As we wound down for Christmas and the New Year, many people took their fingers off the pulse of the housing market and spent time with their family. However, if you’re interested in treating yourself to a great investment property this summer season, now is the time to pay close attention to the market. To get excellent insight into real estate in your area, keep seeking advice from a buyers’ agent as well.
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December 19, 2014

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR PROPERTY IN 2015?


At the end of each year I like to look for a label to describe our property markets and this year I planned to call 2014 ‘The Year of the Property Investor’.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

The year finished with property investors taking out around 50 per cent of all new loans, the highest percentage on record, and many investors had a great year.
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December 15, 2014

Be off with you, emotions


I write it myself several times a week, and I see the words over and over – due diligence and ‘don’t let your heart rule your head’. But my goodness it can be tough…

Ang_bandw_web_150pxBY ANGELA YOUNG

The trouble can arise when you’re looking for a property that you’d like to make your home, not now, but at some point in the future.
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December 12, 2014

Should we listen to Kiyosaki?


Rich Dad author Robert Kiyosaki warns investors to avoid real estate. Is he right?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Robert Kiyosaki has been wandering around the country telling anyone who’ll listen to him that the Australian property bubble is about to burst.
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December 9, 2014

Experts’ tips roundup – Part One


In this exclusive, four-part online editorial, I’ll be offering candid advice and tips from the top residential property investment experts in Australia. 

BY ERIK TYLER

As an investor myself (I own nine investment properties), and the owner of a property management real estate agency in Sydney, I fully understand the benefits and potential pitfalls surrounding investment in real estate.

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December 5, 2014

Fifteen wealth myths holding you back


Money doesn’t discriminate; it doesn’t care who you are or where you come from. No matter what you did yesterday, today begins anew and you have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else to become wealthy.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Yet the sad reality is that the majority of Australians will never achieve financial freedom. On the other hand, a small group of Australian property investors are becoming very wealthy.
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December 1, 2014

Real estate is the new resources:
How do you make the most of this?


For the first time in three years, resource-rich Western Australia was tipped off the top of the CommSec State of the States report. In the release, which looks at key indicators of a strong economy for each state compared to their decade average, it was revealed that the strongest economy for the last quarter was actually that of New South Wales.

And why was that? The NSW real estate market.

BY RICH HARVEY

While it’s not the only reason for the change, CommSec cited NSW housing as a major driver of growth, noting that as resource construction economies wane, other industries have strengthened.

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