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July 25, 2014

13 tips for buying at auction

I know that many property investors are a little intimidated by the thought of bidding for a property at auction. I can understand why – auctions are an emotional and exciting event.


Even after bidding at hundreds and hundreds of auctions and I must admit I still get that surge of adrenaline every time I bid. Then of course there’s the lead up to the auction with all the suspicion surrounding what the vendor really wants for his property. Is the agent under quoting and enticing me to come along on the day, how much competition will there be?
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July 18, 2014

Mid year state by state property markets round up

2014 has certainly been an interesting year for those interested in real estate.


While many started the year with confidence, the last few months gave us a few reminders not to get too ‘cocky’.
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July 11, 2014

Nine reasons I’m not worried about the economy

Boy has the Australian economy received some bad press lately. You know what I mean. Horror budget. Consumer confidence dropping. Unemployment high. Properties unaffordable. The property market is stalling.


Is it really so bad out there?

There’s no doubt that there are some issues with our economy and that our property markets have taken a well deserved breather, but there’s still lots of good news if you care to look for it:
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July 4, 2014

11 Lessons from the BRW Rich 200 list

The rich are getting richer according to the recently released BRW Rich 200 list.


The total wealth held by this year’s Rich List members was up 9.5 per cent on last year, fuelled by a hot property sector, the continued emergence of technology entrepreneurs and a rebounding stock market.
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June 27, 2014

See how easily you could to get the banks to lend you more on your next investment property

How would you like the banks to lend you more… maybe enough to buy a better investment property? Or maybe two properties rather than one?


Well, lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) may just be the answer – it can be a helpful tool for investors to build their property portfolios. So let’s do a little Q&A to see what all this is about.

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June 24, 2014

Five questions to find an A-list property solicitor

When you buy or sell property, you need to engage a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal side of the transaction for you.


Some investors opt to do this themselves.

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June 20, 2014

How much do you need in super to retire comfortably?

The majority of Australian baby boomers don’t have enough superannuation for a comfortable retirement and that’s a worry!


So how much do you need in your super to retire comfortably?

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June 6, 2014

Do falling prices signal the end of the property cycle?

Is this the end of the current property cycle?


With a few property pessimists suggesting prices will fall further, let’s do a quick Q&A to see what’s really going on.
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May 30, 2014

Never buy a property sight unseen

This piece of advice may be different to what others recommend, but it may save you a heap of investment headaches down the track.


I know there’s a school of thought that suggests one way to take the emotion out of your property purchase is to do all of your research on the Internet and then you don’t really need to see the property in the flesh.

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May 23, 2014

The Budget’s secret bonus for property investors

Did you pick the hidden surprise in last week’s horror budget?


In my view there was some was some good news for property investors buried among all the spending cuts and tax hikes and I’m not taking about the fact that negative gearing was left untouched. I guess if you’re like most Australians you’re probably thinking, “how will last week’s Budget affect my pocket?”
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