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The Story Behind The Numbers

Hello, Ben Kingsley here. Welcome to the August edition of The Story Behind the Numbers. It’s been a bit of solid month— just before we're coming into the Spring buying season. We had 22 plans that we created for clients, in terms of next-step Plans or 4 Property Portfolio Plans. We're going to be recommending 19 investment properties for th...

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The Story Behind The Numbers

At Empower Wealth, we are truly lucky to work with many different clients from various aspects of life. And the thing we love most is... each and everyone that we've worked with has an inspiring story behind them. Because at the end of the day, we work with real people, real money and real properties. And we build real Plans based on real drea...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Searching Online

Today I want to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to searching for property online. We've certainly come a long way from the old days where we used to circle the classifieds in the newspaper and the agent controlled all of the information. It’s certainly changed with the internet now! Combined with the fact that people ar...

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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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