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The 4 Steps to Financial Independence

With our property markets booming in many parts of Australia and the media reminding us that some properties are increasing in value by over $1,000 a week a whole new generation of Australians are choosing to invest in property to develop a degree of financial freedom and get themselves out of the rat race.  Some [...]

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[video] Westpac Economic Update April 2014 – Bill Evans

In this video Bill Evans, chief economist of Westpac, discusses what he describes as the most important data release this year - … read more..

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The horrible effects of sleep deprivation [infographic]

We've all done it - skimped on sleep and felt the after effects. But the Huffington Post reports one study published last … read more..

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The Attributes of Successful Property Developers

In these changing times when property investors can no longer count on double digit price growth many are considering getting started in property development to help them ‘manufacture’ some capital growth. In fact one of the most read blogs on this site is How to Get Started in Property Development. It all sounds so simple. So what [...]

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[video] Westpac Economic Update April 2014 – Bill Evans

In this video Bill Evans, chief economist of Westpac, discusses what he describes as the most important data release this year – the March quarter inflation report. He also discusses his revised forecast for interest rates and expectations for the Australian dollar.

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Beware the cheapest property manager – Shannon Davis

One of the biggest mistakes I see investors make is choosing their property manager on price. Management fees are a tax deduction but the difference between the cost of a good manager and a bad manager can be substantial – both in a monetary sense and in the level of service received.

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First home buyers are being pushed out of the market by ugly greedy property investors

If you believed what you read in the papers you’d think that first home buyers (FHBs) are being pushed out of the market by ugly greedy property investors, many of them from overseas. After all… currently our property markets are booming and the chart below clearly shows that first home buyers numbers (based on finance [...]

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[video] Westpac Economic Update April 2014 – Bill Evans

In this video Bill Evans, chief economist of Westpac, discusses what he describes as the most important data release this year – the March quarter inflation report. He also discusses his revised forecast for interest rates and expectations for the Australian dollar.

How High School Maths Can Help Property Investors– Pete Wargent

A life of Pi One of the ways to pass time in Year 9 maths was to try to memorise the number Pi (π) to as many digits as possible. Clearly I must have been very bored in maths lessons as I can still recite Pi to quite a few digits: 3.14159265…it’s one of those magic [...]

8 things you probably didn’t know happen to you when you’re anxious

We all get stressed at time, whether it’s work, business, family or the hassles of property investment. Of course the sensation of anxiety is an in built protective mechanism – it tells us we’re in danger and we need to do something – it’s sometimes called the “fight or flight” mechanism – you either have [...]

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The Attributes of Successful Property Developers

In these changing times when property investors can no longer count on double digit price growth many are considering getting started in property development to help them ‘manufacture’ some capital growth. In fact one of the most read blogs on this site is How to Get Started in Property Development. It all sounds so simple. So what [...]

How to get started in property development

Many real estate investors are keen to step up to the next level and get involved in property development. They think “I’ll buy a block of land or old house, pull it down and build a number of townhouses, units or apartments. And then maybe I’ll sell some, keep some and move onto the next [...]

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Beware the cheapest property manager – Shannon Davis

One of the biggest mistakes I see investors make is choosing their property manager on price. Management fees are a tax deduction but the difference between the cost of a good manager and a bad manager can be substantial – both in a monetary sense and in the level of service received.

Melbourne & Sydney are the only cities where rents are rising.- Andrew Wilson

The APM Rental Report for the March quarter shows that rents around Australia are either static or have slid backwards in every capital city except Sydney and Melbourne. Melbourne house rents went up 1.3 per cent with apartments up 4.3 per cent. And Sydney’s apartment rents went up 1 per cent over the quarter. The rest of [...]

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First home buyers are being pushed out of the market by ugly greedy property investors

If you believed what you read in the papers you’d think that first home buyers (FHBs) are being pushed out of the market by ugly greedy property investors, many of them from overseas. After all… currently our property markets are booming and the chart below clearly shows that first home buyers numbers (based on finance [...]

Is retiring mortgage free still an attainable dream

Not too long ago the Great Australian dream of home ownership was considered a way to fund retirement. Ask any Baby Boomer and they’ll tell you their parents taught them to get a good education, get a secure job, buy a home, pay it off and voila! You’ll be set for your golden years! Well… [...]

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