Is retiring mortgage free still an attainable dream

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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… it’s not really as simple as that – it takes more than just one house to fund retirement, but owning your home free and clear in your latter years is a good start. [Read more...]

Will “walkable” suburbs outperform in the future?

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You often hear location is paramount when choosing a great investment property. But what makes a good location?

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Why do economists get their property market predictions so wrong?

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American economist Harry Dent spooked a lot of Australians recently when he predicted an economic tsunami that would take property prices back to levels we haven’t seen for over a decade.

Others say our housing market is being underpinned by the strength of our economy, strong population growth, low interest rates as well as overseas investors and SMSF’s buying up big.

So who’s right?

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Do you have a system for winning at Blackjack…and at life?- Pete Wargent

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If you’ve ever been to a casino you’ll know that the odds tend to be loaded against you.

In Roulette, for example, the house has a green zero number giving it a 3% edge (or in the US a ‘0’ and a ‘00’ giving it a 6% edge).

There is one game where you can theoretically steer the odds in your favour: Blackjack. [Read more...]

48 things technology will kill this decade

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Socialnomics posted a great blog predicting 48 things technology will kill this decade.

Make sure to watch this fun video with some interesting predictions…

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10 Things To Consider When Buying An Investment Property – Michael Yardney

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With our property markets surging around Australia  there are more people interested in getting into property investment.

However if history repeats itself, and it most likely will, while some will develop financial freedom through property, many investors won’t get past their first or second property.

So how do you succeed? Where do you start? There are so many options out there, everyone seems to have an opinion and many of their suggestions are conflicting.

To start you on the right path I’d like to help by suggesting ten questions that, I believe all budding investor needs to get their head around before buying into the property game.

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The worst & the best property advice I’ve been given

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Recently one of my son’s who’s taken a keen interest in property investment asked:

“Dad – what’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given on real estate investing and what’s the best advice you could give me?”

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Don’t be lured by property investment incentives

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I’m sure you know that you make your money when you buy your property.

If that’s the case, why are so many investors lured by property developers’ incentives into over paying? [Read more...]

Where is the next property hotspot?

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As our property markets show signs of life again, many investors recognise that this cycle will be different to the last, one of more subdued growth. So in order to outperform the markets one of the common questions asked is “where’s the next hot spot?”

People who ask for my opinion are usually disappointed that I don’t know and that in fact I don’t really care.

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17 Things You Should Feel Great About

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With 2013 coming to an end, it’s interesting to look back over the last 12 months and see how many crises we survived and how many of the things we worried about didn’t occur…

The much talked about end of the mining boom didn’t really dampen our economy. The US didn’t fall off the fiscal cliff or default on its debt. The economic troubles in Europe, which were a major focus for many 12 months ago, didn’t bring the world’s financial system to its knees. And China did not hard land despite reports of “ghost cities” littering the country.

In fact what did happen was mostly positive: [Read more...]

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