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How to find the right location for an Investment Property

As a property investor, it’s easy to get caught up in media or spruiker hype about new, ‘hotspot’ locations to invest. As Property Investing becomes more sophisticated, it’s more crucial now, than ever before, to determine your particular strategy, including what your goals, key considerations, and motives are, before you can find the right location for an investment property. The beauty of property investing is that a, ‘one size fits all’ approach never applies when it comes to your location strategy. While it may sound vague and sometimes even dare we say it, evasive, every investor is different – income, …

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Should you sell your home or keep it as an Investment Property?

One of the most common queries we get from homeowners looking for property investment advice is, “Should I sell my home or should I keep it as an investment property”? As any property specialist will tell you, there is no single yes or no answer to this, because buying an investment property really depends on a variety of factors, including the individual circumstances of the property buyer. When you’re looking for a home to live in, it’s common that you could see a house for sale that you fall in love with. In fact, having an emotional response to an …

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Building your Property Buying Team

In order to build a great Property Buying Team, you really need to think about the kind of qualities you want from the particular specialist. When spending our life savings, or at least making a major investment, it is of course important that we use exceptional service providers as we want the process to be stress free and as efficient as possible – minimising any problems that could come up later on. You need the right Property Buying Team if you are serious about buying the right property. We also want our dealings to be as effective and predictable as …

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The Pandemic Procrastination Effect

While we are all experiencing some challenging times with the spread of the coronavirus, it’s quite understandable and also ok to be experiencing what we’re calling CPPE – the coronavirus pandemic procrastination effect (expression stolen with permission (so not really stolen haha) from a lovely client of ours …). Quite the mouthful ! But it’s definitely a thing ! You are worried about your job, you’re worried about you’re partner’s job … your job is safe for now, but your friends are losing their jobs, you’re worried about the after-effects of the economy etc etc. We could go on all …

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What is it with safety in numbers? Are you following the herd?

It’s another subject dear to our hearts as property advisers, and something we come across all the time. As qualified property advisers and expert buyer’s agents we always assess a client’s personal circumstances and discuss potential suburbs and areas suitable for property investment. This is normal for us, a crucial part of what we do, we are expert researchers and we love talking property. What we do hear a lot though, is someone questioning whether an area is good or not because it hasn’t grown much in value recently. This is human nature and a completely normal reaction. I mean, …

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Is now the time to buy Property in Australia..?

How are you, your family and your working from home? Somehow, and strangely, many of us are finding ourselves with much more time – and most of are trying to put that time to good use. How about planning to start or increase your Property Portfolio? Is now the right time to buy property in Australia ?   Let’s face it, 2019 was an interesting year for many Property Investors in Australia, and 2020 will be considered a right-off by many. But what are the opportunities out there, and where where are the next hot spots? How do we go about …

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10 Property Money Rules To Live By

If you’re finding it tough to manage your money, here are 10 easy money rules that might help you get back on the straight and narrow.   and actually the most obvious, NEGOTIATE A GOOD PURCHASE PRICE. Always be prepared to negotiate on the price of the property. We recommend a subtle approach, because selling agents are human beings after all, and have sold price evidence to support your argument to hand if you need it. Don’t ever rush into the process. If you’re nor confident about your negotiating skills, consider employing a buyer’s agent. If you’re bidding at auction, …

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Tips for buying well in any property market

Being sure you are, ‘buying well’ in your next Property investment can be a daunting process at the best of times. Right now, in COVID-19 times even more so, so here are some tips for buying well in any property market.   Many investors don’t know where to start – and it can become quite overwhelming. And yet, at least financially, buying well, and in the right location, may be one of the most important decisions of your life. The right research and information is critical to your success. So how do you research effectively to get the right location and …

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In Times of Crisis …. How to spot spruikers, and avoid getting ripped off

We’ve all seen the ads on TV, the bold Newspaper promotions, the Facebook commercials with promises of the, ‘Incredible new opportunity’ and of returns and bargains that sound too good to be true. With so many of these messages bombarding us right now, how on earth are we supposed to spot property spruikers, and more importantly, work out what is the investment opportunity for us, and is now the right time? There is no shortage of unscrupulous spruikers, dodgy developers and opportunistic business people trying to sell you property in this country Have no doubt there are many dodgy businesses …

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Are you concerned about a decline in property prices?

The world around you seems to be going beserk ! The media is full of stories about a potential decline in property prices. It’s hard to keep a cool head and stick to your plan. Just look at the crazy behaviour of people in your local supermarket. You’d be forgiven for thinking we were preparing for some sort of apocalypse. The media obsession and people’s lack of understanding of the new flu virus, has lead to the herd mentality at its worst. But how will all this affect the housing market, and will it affect the housing market at all …

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How to Find Suburbs Set to Skyrocket…

How do we find suburbs and properties due to appreciate in value? Well, we start by considering all the data to isolate areas statistically more likely to support strong price growth. So what are the key points investors need to consider to find the next up and coming Australian Postcodes? 1. Understanding the Economy We need to consider which suburbs have boomed in the past, and why. We need to look at what’s happening in the broader marketplace now and likely to happen during our investment timescale. What drives the economy of the suburb? Where are the jobs and in …

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Thinking of Buying a Strata Titled Property Investment?

Investing in a strata titled property can be a smart move, because it’s often an affordable way to enter the property market. Occasionally, we get asked about the pros and cons of doing this, so here’s a list for your consideration: Reasons why you would buy a strata titled property: The cost of a strata titled property is often cheaper than buying a freestanding house Maintenance of the building is taken care of automatically via the strata levies, which are usually paid every three months The strata manager takes care of much of the property maintenance, so you don’t have to get as …

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Positive Cash-flow vs Capital Growth, which is best?

Most property investors starting out on their journey will ask themselves, “What is my goal, positive cash-flow or capital growth?”. It’s an important consideration, and because we all have unique circumstances, there is no universal right or wrong answer to this question. Positive cash-flow is favoured by many property investors for a multitude of reasons: A positive cash-flow property allows you to, ‘get into the game’ and afford the property on a day-to-day basis. In an increasingly difficult lending environment, higher yielding properties can really help get finance over the line. Note that most lenders only recognise a percentage of …

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Should I Buy a Home or an Investment Property First?

Probably the most frequently asked question we’ve had over the years is: “Should I buy a home or an investment property first?“. It’s such a big decision and it can really affect your future financial success and ultimately your peace of mind. The decision-making process in buying a home to live in vs buying an investment property Is likely to be very different. Why? Because most people prefer to live in a property that they like. Aesthetic and location considerations of the property will be a major factor, as well as personal lifestyle preferences. The decision will be emotional. Buying …

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Can I still Invest in Property if I’m close to Retirement?

Most people we talk to in the 55+ age bracket have started thinking seriously about their retirement income. And so many times we’ve heard, ‘Have I left it too late to invest in property?’ Given that the ideal investment timeline to achieve a decent capital return and income stream with property is usually around 15 years, it’s a fair question. However, we don’t think it means you’ve necessarily ‘missed the boat’ if you are in this category and want to invest in property. Something to consider when deciding to invest in property prior to retirement is that life expectancy has …

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