Beware of the new breed of property experts

It seems we have become a nation of “experts.”

Just check your inbox or turn on the television and there they are.

  • Experts on politics who have never run a business, let alone a countryCareer-Attraction-Experts
  • Experts on football, even though they couldn’t run from one side of the field to the other.
  • Experts on celebrity who can’t sing or dance themselves and..
  • This new cycle seems to have brought a whole new generation of property experts

If you’re like most property investors you’re inundated with the opinions of lots of different property experts.

Who do you listen to? How do you choose?

Today I’ll give you my thoughts.

Yes, we are surrounded by so-called experts—people with opinions, but very little expertise.

And you know what they say about opinions?

They are like belly buttons, everyone has one, and mostly they are useless.

Here is the definition of an expert according to

“Someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain.

An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation and in a particular area of study.”

I’m going to share some of my thoughts on how to find a property expert to help you in a moment, but first I’d like to explain why I wrote this communication.

Not that long ago I received an invitation in the mail to attend a seminar and learn for a group of experts

And when I attend I will be shown “How to make an Extra $100,000 in 36 Days.”

Sounds good so far…

So who’s gong to teach me? As I read on the speakers have proven outcomes by generating:

  • Over $1 million in 7 days
  • $1.4 million in 54 minutes
  • And a massive $23.8 million in less than 24 hours.

Now I have no reason to disbelieve these claims (why would I?), but…

A while ago I received an email talking about land banking

Now this is a strategy I have been using personally recommending to clients for years, but what I read was a (please excuse the expression) bastardised version of what successful investors do.

To me a safe land banking strategy is to buy the worst house in a good street and hold onto it for a couple of years until you can afford to do a land country

Instead what I was reading was the concept of buying an option on paddocks which are not zoned residential, and may never be, in rural Australia.

I remember reading of a swindle where a group was that reportedly selling land bank options around Shepparton and that particular development has reportedly gone into liquidation, with about two-thirds of the $4.8 million in “option” fees being unaccounted for.

Now I read that that group who suggested this more recent land banking scheme is being taken to court for allegedly squandering all the investors money!

So here’s my advice on who to listen to in order to create your own financial freedom…

1. Only take advice from those who have done it successfully and significantly and kept their wealth for a long period of time

In other words find practitioners not just teachers.

There is a long, long list of people who have conducted property seminars over the past 15 years giving what sounded like good advice at the time, but who are no longer around.

Sure, there are those who can teach even if they haven’t done it, but why take the risk.

2. Don’t follow anyone blindly; instead be a student of property advice

Listen to and read the advice of several experts with conflicting opinions.

Consider their viewpoints – check out their results.

Different property strategies will suit different people depending on their income, their stage in life and their risk tolerance.

Research, learn and then do what suits you.

3. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

I know some people really, really want to get into property and many want to get started in property renovations and development so they are enticed by promises that you can come to our weekend seminar and you’ll learn all you need to give up your day job.

Or you can bypass the banks and buy property with now money. O.K. – you may need a dollar.

Or you can by good property on lay- by.

Now I accept that a really small percentage of people who try this will succeed, but probably 95% won’t.

I know – I see them and get emails from them every day.

Why do you need an expert’s advice?

Simply, it’s just too hard to try and do it any other way.

o-WORST-LANDLORDS-facebookYou see… most property investors don’t achieve financial independence, or they take much too long to get there, because over the first decade of their investing career they have to sort out what works and what doesn’t.

Of course many never survive this stage.

And the small percentage that does then have to make up for the lost time and lost money.

It’s just too hard to do it on your own, or by trial and error – there’s a huge learning fee involved – of time, money, effort and heartache.

On the other hand following the teachings and proven systems of those who’ve already achieved what you want to achieve and who’ve retained their wealth through a number of cycles, while not guaranteeing your success, makes it much, much more likely.

Now I’m not saying I have all the answers

In fact I don’t even know all the questions, but I have gathered the best faculty of experts I could – yes people who pass my definition of experts above and I’ve put them all in the same room for 3 days to teach you advanced property strategies at my 3 day training on October 21st to 23rd   – my annual Property Renovations & Development Workshop.

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and get all the details and reserve one of the last early bird spots because it’s only a few weeks away.

By the way – we’ve never offered this annual seminar at a cheaper investment.

It’s likely that it will cost you a lot, lot less that you expect even though it’s a training –  NOT a sales event.

 When you attend, you will learn:

  • What is really going on in the world economy and what this means to you as a property investor.
  • How to select the right type of properties to renovate for substantial profits.
  • How I makes significant returns on my money by developing residential property including an extended session on how you could become a property developer.
    You will receive my A- Z Manual of Property Development including Metropole’s internal checklists and worksheets. This manual is not available anywhere else.
  • How to find property that won’t tie you down with negative cash flow.
  • What exactly drives property prices — why, over the next few years, some properties will perform so much better than others and how to find these properties.
  • How to buy real estate well below its replacement value.
  • How to select the suburbs that are likely to provide strong capital growth over the next few years (many suburbs will not).
  • How to use the lessons from previous property cycles to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead. Most investors will miss out!computer property house network expert data statistics future techonology internet learn school
  • The best way to buy property including at auction and private sale and what research you need to do before you buy.
  • The negotiation tricks used by the pros to ensure they get a great deal every time.
  • Preparing the contracts, the clauses you can use to your advantage and an escape clause you must know about.
  • You’ll love it when we show you how to beat the banks and get better finance. You will learn how to get the banks to treat you like a sophisticated investor.
  • The tax strategies of the wealthy will be presented by Australia’s top property accountant. Almost everybody wants to know about tax and how to minimise it legally.
    Most people earn money, pay tax and live off what is left. When we show you how to invest and live off your income before tax, you could have twice as much money at your disposal to invest.
  • Bullet proof tax structures and asset protection strategies from one of the best solicitors in Australia as well as a discussion about joint ventures and how these could work for property development.
  • How to conduct yourself at auctions and how to use an auction’s unique dynamics to your advantage.
  • The software tools the professionals use to analyse their deals, manage their portfolios and obtain finance.
  • How to direct and lead your valuer to get the best valuation.

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If you really want to develop financial independence I suggest you invest 3 powerful days and learn renovation and development strategies that experienced property experts are using around Australia to “manufacture” capital growth and generate strong rental returns, so that they can win in today’s challenging property markets.

Take your property investing to a whole new level by joining me in October at my Property Renovations & Development Workshop.

Maybe now it’s time you stepped up and played in the big league by getting started in property renovations or development.

This is the course where other “experts” who are now teaching got their education. Click here find out more and reserve your place

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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit

'Beware of the new breed of property experts' have 2 comments

  1. September 24, 2014 @ 8:23 am Dan

    Ahhh yes as a young investor who bought my first IP 3 years ago, i am ‘offered’ a lot of advice from many ‘experts’ who have never walked the walk. I find the easiest way to distinguish between an expert and an ‘expert’ is this:
    Expert – will ask you what you are doing and what you have done, before they even think of offering advice
    ‘Expert’ – will offer you advice before knowing anything about you


  2. September 24, 2014 @ 12:16 pm Bernd Wechner

    Michael, with all due respect, and I speak not as an “expert” at all, but probably as a conservative investor with no success to report ;-), while the three things you list above (to look out for) are sound, I respectfully think you have forgotten or intended to omit a fourth of equal gravity and importance which I will always inject into the equation. It is this:

    4) Nobody is in the business of giving away free advice. Always ask “what’s in it for you?”.
    In fact knowing how your advisors will profit from your investments is crucial to doing trustworthy business together as any prudent consumer of advice must know. I credit your services with one of the most transparent takes, holding integrity, namely you charge for your services (courses) and that actually lends them some credibility. It does lump you with solving age old the problem of gaining the trust of your buyers to invest in your advice, but you seem to be on top of that one well enough.

    Kind regards,



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