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May 29, 2015

5 things your tenants really hate


Fostering a good relationship between all parties to a tenancy will enable everyone to get so much more out of the experience.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

It’s basic logic. Treat your tenants with respect; be considerate of the fact that your property investment is their home and they will (hopefully) show you the same courtesy.

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May 22, 2015

A game changer for property investors – banks crack down on lending


Well, it’s happening… macro-prudential controls are being brought in to limit investor lending!

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

In the last few days there have been some significant policy changes announced by certain banks that will be a game changer for some property investors.

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May 15, 2015

The 2015 Budget: What it means for property


Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down his second Federal Budget this week and while there are many initiatives for small businesses and families, the budget virtually ignored our housing markets.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

This is interesting considering housing affordability (or the lack of it), as well as the so-called property boom and what’s likely to happen to property prices, are issues facing everyday Australians as house prices skyrocket in a number of our capital cities.

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May 11, 2015

Property investment pitfalls and how to reduce risk exposure


As with any type of long-term wealth creation vehicle, real estate comes with its own set of cautionary tales about the potential hazards and pitfalls. Many things can go wrong and the risk is amplified if you leap in without first seeking professional advice and devising a sound strategy and investment plan.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Does that mean you should avoid property investment entirely? Of course not.

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May 1, 2015

When to buy a tenanted property (and when to run the other way)


There’s no doubt that good tenants are worth their weight in gold. It goes without saying that finding a property already occupied by a dependable, trustworthy tenant is something of a boon for property investors. Immediate rental income… no upfront agents fees… confidence in the reliability of the occupant… it’s an investor’s dream. If only it were that easy!

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Currently-tenanted properties can work in your favour, but not always, so you need to know the ins and outs of purchasing with renters in place.

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April 24, 2015

Why so negative about negative gearing?


One topic guaranteed to cause a strong reaction in the media is negative gearing. Many people with only a hazy idea of what it actually is blame it for virtually everything from locking first homebuyers out of the market, to causing high property prices, ugly greedy investors rorting the tax system and driving the national budget into deficit.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Indeed, the reaction to negative gearing has been so, well, negative, that there’ve been calls for it to be scrapped and there were some concerns this may happen in the upcoming budget. Read more →

April 15, 2015

Property negotiating pressure points


Strong competition for properties and rising prices has created a sellers’ market in many parts of Australia. So, how do property buyers tips the scales in their favour?

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

The simple answer is by understanding how to negotiate. Yes, even in today’s hot markets savvy property investors who know how to apply three critical negotiating pressure points can get the upper hand.
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April 10, 2015

Putting some perspective on the property bubble


If I’ve read one story about a property bubble lately, I’ve read a hundred. Barely a day goes by without another warning from some property pessimist, columnist or overseas economist about a looming price collapse.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

So let’s get things straight up front – there is no property bubble in Australia – at least not yet!
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April 2, 2015

9 steps to financial freedom every parent should teach their child


There are so many events, decisions and occurrences that I look back on over the years and think, ‘Wow, if only I knew then what I know now, how different things would have been’.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

While it’s too late for me, one of the most important things we can do as parents is equip our children to manage their lives more effectively, by sharing with them the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.
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March 27, 2015

Inner-city apartment oversupply: is it time to get nervous?


Boy are the inner-city apartment markets of Sydney and Melbourne behaving differently. And these differences are important for property investors to understand.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Looking back a few years, following their post Global Financial Crisis downturn, the inner-city apartment markets of both Sydney and Melbourne boomed, in part due to investor demand and in part helped by low stock levels.
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