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Trust by Association

It's easy to be skeptical about anyone who is entrusted to look after your money, but there are a number of factors you can look out for to ensure your property professionals are trustworthy. In the April 2014 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley; chairman of Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), writes abou...

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Three Biggest Mistakes Aspiring Investors make

As Buyer Agent, we are often asked to talk about biggest mistakes investors make. The most significant mistake however is not always the obvious one. People associate property investment mistakes with poorly chosen assets in areas which don’t exhibit capital growth, or financial mistakes (like paying too much), or dodgy buildings… or better sti...

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Spot the Illusionists

Some investors don't realise that a large portion of their property purchase price is actually being used for commission payments. In the March 2014 Issue of Smart Property Investment (SPI) Magazine, Ben Kingsley writes about the operators or property investment advisors in the property investment industry who are vying for business and how to iden...

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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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Identifying Honest Advice

Being able to distinguish between good advice and a sales spiel is essential for successful investing writes Ben Kingsley in this June 2013 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine. In this article, Ben shares his thoughts and experience when dealing with a Finance Advisor and how some of them had been great while others are not so. Whether y...

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Education versus Sales Pitch

Events and seminars can offer great investment insights, but investors must differentiate between education ans a sales pitch. This time in the May 2013 issue of Smart Property Investment Magazine, Ben Kingsley writes about the importance of continually building your understanding and exposure towards Property Investment if you are an investor y...

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Negative Gearing to Continue..

With Labor now running the country for the next few years it’s nice to know that they stated at the National Press Club debate, that they will not be touching negative gearing. Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) president David Airey was pleased with this announcement.  "This is fantastic news for renters, affordable housing and real e...

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