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November 21, 2014

Five mistakes investors make without a buyers’ agent


Investors have access to unprecedented amounts of information to help them make their property-buying decisions. At the click of a button, you can review real estate sales data, capital growth history and rental statistics.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

It makes it easy to justify being a lone ranger in the hunt for your first – or next – investment property.
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November 13, 2014

What are the property ‘hotspots’ for 2015?


I was recently contacted by a journalist from one of the major daily news sites asking for my thoughts on this topic and to update my comments in an article in which I was quoted earlier this year.

 

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Apparently the article he wrote last January on the property hotspots for 2014 was one of the most popular on his website and now, coming to the tail end of the year, it seemed opportune for an update.

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November 7, 2014

Five things smart property investors know


Just because you’ve taken the leap from homeowner to property investor, doesn’t mean your financial fortune is assured.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

In fact, it doesn’t even mean that you’ll start making a profit in the short term or that you’re on your way to owning a sizeable portfolio.

The reality is that around 20 per cent of those who get involved in property investment sell up within the first year or so and close to half sell their property within five years.
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October 31, 2014

Hot air can’t burst a housing bubble that doesn’t exist


If I’ve read one story about a possible housing bust in Australia, I’ve read a hundred.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Barely a week goes by without another breathless warning from some property pessimist, columnist or overseas economist about a looming price collapse.
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October 24, 2014

Sitting on top of the world


Here’s why Australians are once again the wealthiest nation in the world…

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

We know true wealth is much more than how much money you’ve got in the bank or how many properties you own, but this year’s Credit Suisse annual Global Wealth Report shows that once again Australians have the highest median wealth in the world, and we have a very low percentage of poor people.
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October 17, 2014

The Block shocks – the reality of property renovations


The Block was once again a hugely popular TV show – did you see the dramatic conclusion?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Three gruelling months of sleeplessness and renovations paid off handsomely for two teams but the others failed to achieve the desired results, teaching a group of would-be overnight property moguls that there’s no such thing as get-rich-quick in property.
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October 10, 2014

5 lessons property investors can learn from farmers


How often have you thought to yourself, if only I had more money, life would be that much simpler?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Do you feel like you never have enough money?
Are you constantly spending your salary the day it lands in your account and then eagerly waiting for the next payday so your stocks are replenished and you can start consuming all over again?
This is the unfortunate reality of how most people survive.
They live to consume and in turn, are ultimately consumed by the driving need to earn more money.
However, the problem with this logic is that often, the more money that comes to you when you have this mindset, the more you will ultimately spend.
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October 3, 2014

What property investors need to know about macro prudential controls


We all know it has to come to an end at some time. Something is going to stop this property boom, which has been particularly strong in Sydney and Melbourne.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

While most of us thought it would be the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raising interest rates, things may in fact be slowed down by macro prudential controls on “high risk” lending.
Since this latest buzzword isn’t in the vocabulary of many property investors, let’s look at it in more detail.

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September 26, 2014

Why café culture is a key to property success


Everyone knows that location is critical when selecting an investment property that will outperform. But what makes a good location and why are some locations better prospects than others?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

When I started investing around 40 years ago the emphasis for homebuyers was largely affordability and proximity to infrastructure. The outer fringes of our capital cities were developed in the wake of freeway extensions on all sides and commuting from vast, newly born suburbs into the CBD became commonplace. As far as amenities went, as long as you had a relatively easy drive to your place of employment, as well as nearby shops, healthcare services and schools, life was pretty good.

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September 19, 2014

Why property flips are likely to flop


Have you ever thought of tarting up an old property to on-sell and make a quick profit?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Of course this concept is often taught at property seminars and has recently been popularized by reality television shows like The Block.
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