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The Rules for Investing in Units

Units... Some people love them and others hate them. Some believe that they are great investment opportunities while others thinks the lack of land size affects its potential. Well, at Empower Wealth, we don't really care about whether it is a unit or not. What we are concern of is if the number stacks up and if it's an investment grade asset o...

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The Buyers’ Decision Quadrant

I'm always finding when people are buying real estate whether they are buying it for themselves to live in or they are buying it for an investment property, they are faced with some form of compromise. We've thought about this a lot and usually it is one of four things. So we've come up with what's called the Buyers' Decision Quadrant. It's really ...

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Are One Bedroom Apartments still the Poor Cousins?

Ask a baby Boomer what they think the great Australian dream looks like and chances are they will say a detached house on a quarter acre block surrounded by a garden with a BBQ and a hills hoist. Ask the same question to a Gen Y and they are likely to say an apartment in the suburb where their café culture lifestyle is… usually the inner city su...

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Is Land Size still King?

Look in my view, I think land size isn't King anymore and I think in the 20th century it was and its largely driven by baby boomers who had the Great Australian Dream as an aspiration and their idea of the Great Australian Dream was a detached house on a quarter acre block, surrounded by garden with a barbecue in heels hoist and that was represente...

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The Block Post-mortem

I wonder if the same rating success would come from a TV program built on shares as what comes from the success of a show built around renovating a property.  Short answer is no – Why?  Well in very simple terms, people can relate to it because property is a part of their lives, it’s where we grow up, where we have some of our most fond memor...

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The ‘Piggybacking’ Strategy

There are many property investment strategies available to investors looking to create wealth through investing in residential property. This month I am going to share with you one of my strategies I call the ‘Piggybacking’ Strategy. Property values are made up of two components, the land value and the ‘improvements’ (more communally ref...

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Scarcity Value – Not Just in the Land

Statistical evidence shows us that when it comes to property  the land portion is the portion that historically appreciates in value.  This is a result of the scarcity of the land combined with the demand for that land, as once a lot of land is allocated and built on , the amount of available land decreases and the lot of land can’t be re-used ...

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