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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.


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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March 9, 2015

How important is timing the property markets?

Is it too late to get into this property cycle? Our property markets have performed strongly for a few years, but have now slowed down leaving many investors wondering if it’s too late this time round. They wonder if they’ve missed the boat this property cycle. I understand why they they’re thinking this way.


It’s partly because it’s often said that timing is everything when investing, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – that’s not really the case. Timing is one of the most misunderstood concepts with regard to investing. The truth is successful investors know how to create wealth at any point in a cycle.
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February 27, 2015

7 more ways to lose money in property

Recently I wrote a blog about surefire ways to lose money in property and it must have struck a chord, as tens of thousands of investors read it and many emailed me asking further questions. This 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 24, 2015

How Christmas came early for Queensland real estate agents

On Monday, December 1 last year, the Property Occupations Act (POA) 2014 (and POA Regulation 2014) came into effect in Queensland and replaced the much-amended-and-maligned Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act 2000 (PAMDA).


While real estate consumers (in particular residential sellers and buyers) found little to rejoice over and less protection of their interests than before (despite one of POA’s expressed objects being “the protection for consumers in their dealings” with agents), real estate agents across the state have been jumping for joy and writing thank-you notes to the former Newman Government for coming up with this extremely agent-friendly legislation.
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February 20, 2015

Sure-fire ways to lose money in property

I was interested to read recently that in the past couple of years, Australia added about 125,000 new millionaires to its population of high-net-worth individuals.


That’s about 160 new millionaires each day, many on the back of their property holdings.
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February 13, 2015

7 reasons Australian property prices will remain high

Once again the annual International Demographia Housing Survey ranked Australia one of the most unaffordable places on earth. Sydney has been ranked the third most unaffordable major property market and Melbourne took sixth spot on the unaffordability index. In fact, for more than a decade now international market analysts have been waiting for Australia’s so-called ‘property bubble’ to burst. But the thing many economists from abroad don’t quite grasp is just how different Australia’s relationship with housing is compared to our overseas counterparts.


Why do we have higher property prices?
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February 6, 2015

How to invest in high growth properties without hurting your cash flow

It’s the age-old argument: do you invest for capital growth or cash flow?


While most investors understand the benefits of capital growth properties, some feel they need the cash flow to stay in the game.
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February 3, 2015

8 reasons holiday homes don’t make profitable property investments

When the weather gets warmer and you enjoy those long, lazy summer days languishing on your favourite beach with the family, it’s easy to get caught up in the romance of acquiring a holiday home.


While there’s not necessarily anything wrong with owning a property intended more for vacation fun than financial gain, purchasing a holiday property is usually not a smart property investment.
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January 30, 2015

12 lessons property investors should remember

I see every year as a time for learning and personal development.
That’s one of the best parts of being involved in the property markets.


I’m learning from my clients, both the successful ones and the not so successful ones; I’m learning from my professional colleagues and mentors and I’m learning from my own successes and failures.
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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.


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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