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“The best investment I’ve ever made cost me $10”

As well as his cover story Why Negative Gearing Still Works featuring in October’s edition of Money Magazine, Bryce also appears in The Hot Seat! In this one-pager, Bryce explains how flipping burgers for his first job taught him negotiation tactics and why the best investment decision he’s ever made only cost him $10!! As you might be able t...

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Top 5 Considerations when Investing in Sydney

Today I want to talk about Sydney as a place to invest, particularly from the perspective of someone who doesn't live in New South Wales and is considering becoming a borderless investor and buying in Australia's largest city. Being a Perth boy, the contrast between Perth and Sydney is SO great. The density, the population and the lifestyle is v...

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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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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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Four Ways to Make A Real Estate Agent’s Day

When you're engaging with a real estate agent, their job is to negotiate with you and try to extract as much information out of you as they can. So that they can ultimately get a good outcome for their client who is the seller, generally at the buyer's expense by trying to get that extra money out of you. So for today's How to Session, I thought we...

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Seven Ways To Jeopardise A Deal

So one of the things that you should always consider when you are buying a property is that it really comes down to four parts when you are doing a deal. You got to Clarify what you are after; you got to go and Find the properties whether they are off-market or on-market; you got to Assess the property that you found against the criteria that you c...

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Smoke and Mirrors

Like any other sector, there are tricks of the real estate trade that a property investor needs to be aware of. In order to ensure that you aren’t paying any unnecessary costs when investing into a new property, this article provides tips and analogies of what to avoid and look out for when dealing with real estate agents. In order to help you st...

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What happens when the property passes in to you?

So if you are interested in buying particularly in the bigger cities of Melbourne and Sydney, chances are for the good properties you are going to have to go to auctions to purchase them. And for a lot of people, they really don't like the auction process. It's scary and it's in that public speaking environment but what happens if the property pass...

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Seven habits of highly effective property investors

I've always been a really avid reader of positive mental attitude books and one of my favorites is the Stephen Covey classic, seven habits of highly effective people and there are seven really cool habits that you can apply into your life if you really want to be the cream of your field, your life and your industry. So I thought it will be really f...

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Private Sales vs Auctions

Have you ever wondered why some properties are sold privately and some others via auction? Who determines which method should be used to sell a property, and why? This time on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne, Ben Kingsley put on his buyer’s agent hat to talk about private sales vs auctions. In some states such as Victoria, we often see more auction a...

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How to negotiate a great property deal out there?

Buying a property in a buyer’s market is a lot easier than buying in a seller’s market. With abundant properties, slow-moving sales, and low prices, you can snag a good deal even with rusty negotiation skills. Unfortunately, the Australian property market is not currently a buyer’s paradise. Across the country, prices have been steadily risin...

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Buyers’ Agent Brief

Armed with an upwardly mobile couple's investment goals, three local experts set about finding the perfect strategy for kicking off their portfolio. In the January 2015 issue of Australian Property Investor Magazine (API), they introduced a new series called 'Buyers's Agent Brief'. Kieran Clair presented Bryce Holdaway with a hypothetical client...

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