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RBA Rate decision – November 2013

The RBA once again has left interest rates on hold at their board meeting today. So the cash rate still remains at record low levels (2.50%). If we look at the RBA Rate Indicator at the start of November only 5% of the market watchers expected the cash rate to be reduced at this meeting. So where are the rate’s heading?... Well it’s still ver...

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It’s all about you

Capital growth or yield? The investment strategy you pursue should depend entirely on your own personal circumstances and there is no absolute one-size fits all strategy. Despite what others might have told you buying an investment property with strong growth means nothing if you can’t find any cash flow to hold the property in the first place. A...

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Buying Well vs …well,… buying.

Every aspiring investor is gripped with fear about the impact of their property selection when I first meet with them. Their questions range from “where should I buy?” to “what do you think of off-the-plan apartments?” The answer is simple – there are MANY factors that you need to take into consideration to ensure that you buy well; it’...

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It’s never too late to stop being scammed

As a property investment advisor you will inevitably be faced with the question at some stage of your career… “Will I chose PRIDE or will I chose PROFIT?” because in the property investment industry there are some very lucrative commissions that are on offer when a property transaction happens – particularly brand new property. At first ...

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Is Australia really a good place to grow old?

You may have been pleasantly surprised earlier this month to read in the newspapers that “Australia ranks 14th out of 91 countries in a new index of the best and worst places to grow old, and which warns many nations are ill-prepared to deal with the old age time bomb.  In a rapidly greying world, the Global AgeWatch Index - the first of its kin...

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What type of Property Investor are you?

Understanding what type of property investor you are is essential in developing the most appropriate investment strategy. In the September 2013 – Smart Property Investment Magazine (SPI Magazine), Ben Kingsley writes his opinion towards selecting a strategy that fits you rather than a strategy that is popular in the market. To do this, requires a...

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RBA Rate Decision – October 2013

Although the RBA still had scope to move the cash rate lower, in line with many economists’ view that rates would continue to fall, the RBA board chose to leave the cash rate on hold at this month’s meeting today. This leaves the cash rate at 2.5%. Many economists are still talking about the cash rate hitting 2 percent at some point into 201...

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Invest like an Expert

When it comes to getting from point A to Point B, the journey is not always ‘as the crow flies’. Throw in some complexity – make point B a courageous goal – and you’ll find that suddenly, the ways to reach that end are numerous. In the September 2013 Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben and other experts in the industry is featured ...

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The Psychology of Property Hotspotting

Property Hotspotting is as much about a mindset as it is about spending days looking at statistics and spreadsheets, and the two approaches are powerful in combination. Empower Wealth's Ben Kingsley sat down with Property Observer to provide an insight to his philosophy of finding the next suburb to grow in value, particularly in terms of long...

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How to create an insanely effective purchase plan

If you’ve started off buying property haphazardly, with no clear plan on when and what to buy next, you’re not alone. Many of us buy what we can when we can, most of the time. But, according to experts, doing it this way is not only inefficient but also attracts unnecessary risk. Without a clear game plan on how you’re going to grow your p...

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