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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Melbourne

I'm a big advocate for people becoming a borderless investor — and, of course, Melbourne and Sydney have done really great over the last part of the cycle. But what if you actually don't live in Melbourne and you want to know some of the quirks about investing in Melbourne? What should you be looking for? So I thought I'd give some the top ...

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RBA Rate Decision – September 2017

Today, Governor Lowe and the Reserve Board met and, as widely anticipated — and it's going to be a bit of a broken record — the cash rate remains on hold at 1.5%. So with a cash rate on hold, and basically all the levers doing their thing, I wanted to focus in on jobs —the unemployment story of the Nation — because this is going to be th...

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Top Seven Negotiation Tactics for Spring

With spring “Selling Season” just around the corner, I thought it'd be a good time to revisit some negotiating tactics we need to employ when we're looking to buy a property in this upcoming season.   The first one is: it's not all about price. We need to find out what the vendor really wants. It takes a bit of digging, and it takes a...

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Are you investing for the long term?

Hi, Ben Kingsley here, Founder of Empower Wealth. Thanks for taking a moment of your time to watch this video. It's important to understand that as property investors we need to look at the market over the longer term. We've definitely enjoyed fantastic capital growth over this short term period — low interest rates and a reasonably buoyant ec...

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Big Data Predicts 2018’s Boom Suburbs

The future of property investment is all about big data. Jeremy Sheppard, Research Director at Empower Wealth, explains to Your Investment Property Magazine: “An investor who bought a $500,000 property in Brisbane in early 2012 would now be valuing that property at just over $560,000. If that investor had of bought a $500,000 property in Sydne...

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Equity: The Power Within

What’s the power within your own home? Equity! As Bryce explains in Money Magazine’s Special Edition issue, using the equity in your existing property allows you to invest without chipping into your own savings and takes the time spent saving for a deposit. Basically, after you release the equity, you can use it to purchase an investment pro...

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Housing Affordability

The latest home price figures confirmed what many of us already know: Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra markets are going gangbusters. But if the dream of homeownership seems to slip further away, savvy investors are looking for a bit of the square to get a foothold on the property ladder. Angelique Donnellan reports. Every morning Rob Cooper ch...

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Bad Time for Property Investment?

Ben appears again in Money Magazine’s Special Edition issue, this time in a Q&A surrounding some hard questions about the current market climate for property investors. With the spotlight on changes to borrowing, Federal Budget restrictions and depreciation claims, a light shadow looms on certain investors. Is it a bad time for property inves...

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What was Ben and Bryce’s First Home Buy?

So, they’re both Qualified Property Investment Advisors and two of Australia’s top industry experts … but what was Ben Kingsley's and Bryce Holdaway’s first home buy? Money Magazine put the question to The Property Couch’s main men for their Special Edition issue and their responses were unexpected! Sneak Peek: “With very littl...

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RENTVESTING: The Best of Both Worlds

Want to live in an inner city suburb, but simply can’t afford to buy in it? Hello, rentvesting! In this Money Magazine article, Ben explores the alternative strategy to tackle housing affordability: Rent in the location you want to live; but still invest property. Rentvesting is a shift from the baby boomer view of home ownership; but it is ...

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Be a Farmer, Not a Hunter

Bryce appears again in Money Magazine ... this time in their Special Edition issue! In this article, Bryce talks about the importance of being a farmer, not a hunter when it comes to a property investing. The theory behind it is that you need to play the investment game for the long term, planting tree seedlings now so that you will sit, c...

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RBA Rate Decision – August 2017

Today Governor Lowe and the Reserve Board met and—no surprises here — cash rate remains on hold at 1.5%. We did see some interesting commentary come out of the RBA over the July period, and some of that commentary was around what they thought was an ideal cash rate — around 3.25%. Now, with the current cash rate sitting at 1.5%, the market...

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