House or apartment? The million $ property investment question

One of the questions I’m frequently asked when it comes to people seeking property investment advice is, ‘Should I buy a house or an apartment?’ Many beginning investors are under the impression that houses make a better investment because they’ve read or heard that the land component of property increases in value, while the building…

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The property investment strategy cycle

There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of so called ‘experts’ hitting my email inbox recently. People I’ve never heard of before, people making unbelievable claims about their ability to help me get rich quick. People whose track record seems consist of a recently created web presence with no credible background whatsoever. Right now,…

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What makes a good property investment?

Today’s post is the third in a series covering questions I get asked the most when doing a public presentation. Here are three of the most common questions I get asked: “When will the market recover & how can you tell?” “What’s hot?” Which really translates to “What should I buy?” “What makes a good investment?”…

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Location or type of property – what’s more important for your property investment?

When buying an investment property two of the most important decisions you can make are where to buy and what type of property to choose.  So which decision should come first? Some investors choose a specific location and then find a property in that location that meets their budget and criteria. Others will have a…

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11 ways to improve your financial fitness

Today I’d like to offer a list of simple strategies that can help Australians improve their financial fitness.   If done properly, this includes assessing all aspects of personal finances, including strategies to boost retirement investments, such as including property and super, savings, a review of insurance policies, staying ahead of tax obligations and making…

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6 common mistakes made when buying an investment property in an SMSF

More and more investors, and particularly Baby Boomers, are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) as a vehicle to buy an investment property. So I’d like to share some of the most common mistakes I see people making so you can avoid them. 1. Debt Your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) can borrow money to: a) Purchase…

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