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Why Does Generalised Commentary Help No-one?

It’s fair to say that the introduction of the internet in the real estate space has seen a vast transformation in the amount of information we have available to help us better understand the values of property, but in reality the average consumer is still being short changed with the data that really matters. I recently read an article about a...

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RBA Rates Decision – August 2012

The RBA board met today at their August Board Meeting and decided to leave the cash rate at the current level – 3.5%.  Even though the recent inflation data released indicates that inflation is no problem at all.  In fact, it is currently sitting under the target range of 2-3%, which could have given them justification for a further rate cut th...

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The Impact of Time

In a previous article, we began discussing the “inputs” that will be required for an Investment Strategy by talking about the role of money. Another key factor in any investment will be time, and time influences the outcome of an investment strategy in a number of different ways. The Investor's Time The first aspect of time that we need to c...

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Recognising an ‘Investment Grade’ Property

We are often asked by people "What are the good suburbs to buy in?"  If we could pick a better question to ask a Buyers Agent though, we would ask them "What makes a property an investment grade property?"  The answer is not all that detailed, however SO many people get it wrong.  Like one of team member says, "it's simple but it's not easy!" ...

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2011 Valuer General Data Released For Victoria

Most commentators say that property investing should be a long term investment, and you have no debate on this point from me, but when commentators are asked what is short, medium and long term, that is when you start getting mix responses. My view has always been consistent and I’ll again share with you. Short term in property investing for me i...

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Game Plan: Never too young to retire

Ashley is a 25-year old operations manager with a medium-sized coach business in the Hunter Valley region of NSW. Considering his young age, he is earning a good salary and prides himself on being fiscally conservative - saving money by living at home with his parents and consistently putting more than a quarter of his income into savings each mont...

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Growing Your Property Portfolio, Five in Five

Five properties in five years. It has a real nice ring to it, but most experts would agree that it makes a better headline than property investment strategy. They will tell you it’s dangerous to target a number, and that you shouldn’t stockpile properties just for the sake of adding to your property portfolio. But that headline certainly sells ...

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Alternative to the Big Four Banks

Ben Kingsley, CEO and Founder of Empower Wealth on Melbourne Property TV (MPTV) Panel speaking about the alternative to Big Four Banks, getting the best home loan, ways to deal with mortgage brokers and more. More often than not, property buyers would automatically turn to the Big 4 Banks (CBA, Westpac, ANZ and NAB) when they are looking to borrow ...

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Million dollar portfolio

Everyone aspires to have a million dollar portfolio. How nice and comfortable will it be? On top of that, let's not forget the additional recognition and boasting power that will give you during the weekend and Christmas barbeques. But let's face it. It's not easy. Buying the first property can already be hard for some let alone buying a few of the...

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