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April 14, 2014

Seven property negotiation questions to gain the upper hand

As property buyers, there are plenty of strategies you can use to gain the upper hand when you’re negotiating the deal. 


Remember, property negotiations aren’t always about price, as some vendors have other priorities they’re more focused on – and you can use this to your advantage.
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April 11, 2014

Busting the apartment myth

It seems that almost everybody has an opinion on real estate, with plenty of ‘armchair experts’ who are keen to weigh in on the debate – whether the topic at hand is old property versus new; regional versus capital city; inner suburbs versus outer suburbs; or apartments versus houses.


It’s that last, often discussed point that I want to focus on today. As you may know I’ve been investing in property for many years, more than I’d care to admit, and I recently noticed that I’ve been having a lot of the same conversations over and over again! For example, just last week I got into a robust conversation with a relatively new property investor, who was adamant that he’d worked out the secret to amassing a small fortune through property.
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April 4, 2014

Nine pearls of ancient wisdom for property investment success

Confucius say… “property investor looking to create wealth from real estate can learn much from ancient Chinese proverbs.”


Okay, so I’m not quoting Confucius verbatim, however the teachings of the ancient Chinese philosophers still ring true in today’s very different, modern world, and have clear application when it comes to the business of real estate investment.
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March 28, 2014

Invest like Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet is arguably the greatest investor of all time. He has a great track record of creating and maintaining his wealth through share investments, but many of his principles also apply to property investors.


So let’s look at some of Buffet’s investment principles and see how we can apply them to our property investing.
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March 21, 2014

This is a game changer for property

While nothing in life is guaranteed, there are many rational, logical, and understandable reasons to believe the value of well-located real estate will continue to appreciate over time.


Many factors like interest rates, employment levels, supply and demand and market confidence effect a country’s property prices in the short term. In the long term prices are driven by two main factors:
- Household formation – which is a function of population growth, and
- The wealth of the nation.
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March 17, 2014

Baby boomers helping property boom

More and more parents are helping their children get a kick-start in the property market. This trend threatens to continue the upward trajectory of the market and make it almost impossible for average income earners – especially younger property seekers.


Late in 2013, I read stories of parents buying their children properties outright. When asked why, they responded that the market would only get worse. If they don’t buy now, their child may never be able to afford their own house.
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March 14, 2014

Nine costly financial mistakes you can correct before it’s too late.

Successful investors learn as much from their mistakes as they do from their successes, whereas the average Australian seems to make the same financial errors over and over again, and wonders why things don’t change.


To help place you in that successful group, let’s have a look at nine of the most common financial mistakes people make, so you can avoid them.
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March 7, 2014

Seven more ways to lose money through property in 2014

Last week I wrote an article about three sure-fire ways to lose money in property. It got me thinking about the other ways I’ve seen investors get it wrong.


You see, the unfortunate truth is that most investors fail to reach the objective of financial independence.
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February 28, 2014

Three sure-fire ways to lose money in property in 2014

I was interested to read that in the past year Australia added about 38,000 new millionaires to its population of high net wealth individuals. That’s about 100 new millionaires each day, many on the back of their property holdings.


However, at the same time, a large number of property investors haven’t achieved the success they wanted. Now of course this isn’t really surprising. This pattern of success is nothing new.

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February 21, 2014

I would have been a better property investor if I knew these 12 things earlier in life

Recently one of my children, who has suddenly taken an interest in property, asked me: “Dad you’ve been investing for a long time. If you could go back 40 years, what would you have liked to know then that would have made you do things differently?”


Now that’s a great question isn’t it?
It made me realise that I have lived long enough to stop thinking about the past with regret, yet there are lots of things I wish I had known earlier in life. These would have made me a better and wiser person and a more successful property investor. So here are the 12 things I wish I had known about “then”.
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