Weekend reads – Must see articles from the last week

There are more interesting articles, commentaries and analyst reports on the Web every week than anyone could read in a month.

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the ones I’ve read during the week.

Monday will be here before you know it, so enjoy some weekend reading…and please forward to your friends by clicking the social link buttons.


This Morning’s Coffee To Sell For Between $1 and $1.20 Barista Tells Real Estate Agent

With all the talk about agents underquoting and buyers missing out – I had to chuckle when I read this on The Shovel.

A small flat white is expected to fetch north of $1, a real estate agent was told at his local café this morning.   24728263_l

The coffee – which eventually changed hands for $3.80 – went well above the quoted price, but was a reflection of market conditions, the café’s owner said.

“We were surprised by the strong interest in this coffee. It certainly surpassed our expectations,” owner Mark Crawford said.

The real estate agent said he was caught unawares by the price, and was not able to secure the coffee.

“I only came in here with $1.50 to spend – which is a good 20% above the upper end of what they were quoting, so I’m pretty gutted that I’ve walked out of here today without a flat white,” he said.

The café’s owner said he was unaware of sales of similar coffees in the area, which all reached between $3.50 and $4.

Find the full article here 

Changes that add value + 5 Must Ask Questions for every property investors

Another great Real Estate Talk show  produced by Kevin Turner.

In this show:

  • Michael Yardney  tells us about the 5 ‘must ask’ questions every property investor should ask
  • Graham Ross  from Better Homes and Gardens discusses how to add value to your property from the outside.
  • Darren Palmer, judge on the Block,  has some great advice about getting the inside of a property looking great.
  • Jane Slack-Smith gives us the renovation lowdown.
  • Mark Stockwell, the former Olympian, discusses how he has taken his family development company to new heights
  • Simon Pressley  from Propertyology adds his voice to the Negative Gearing debate
  • Michael Teys  Gives a solution to a listenenr’s question – who pays for the power when charging an electric car in a strata situation?

If you don’t already subscribe to this excellent weekly Internet based radio show do so now by clicking here.

Sydney land prices +50pc in 3 years

Living is Sydney appears to be harder than ever according to the latest blog from Pete Wargent.

Data from the Urban Development Institurte of Australia (UDIA) revaled that median lot prices in Sydney have increased by +49.4 per cent in only the past three years.

The increase in 2015 alone was $100,975 or +22.9 per cent. to $440,725

Read the full article here

It’s all relative: how to understand cancer risk

I would seem that every day we read a new headline or breakthrough to catch, prevent or treat cancer.

Furthering our understanding in their recent article, The Conversation helps establish the difference between:

Absolute risk is the risk of developing a cancer over a certain period of time.

Relative risk is the risk one group of people has of developing a cancer compared to the risk of another group.

Click here for the full article

Your Smartphone knows who you are and what you’re doing

Many years ago an entertainment show by the name of ‘Big Brother’ hit our shores, at the time it seemed like a little light entertainment.

But according to the latest article from Bloomberg.com big brother wasn’t only on our televisions – he’s now known as out smartphone.

Your phone knows more about you than you think.
It knows where you’ve been and who you were with, the birthday gift you bought your mother and who you plan to vote for.

Sex last night? It knows that too if you’re using one of the applications for couples trying to conceive.

From pre-installed apps that count your steps to saved passwords for banking accounts and social media, smartphones have evolved from devices that make calls into digital repositories for the most intimate details of life.

Click here for the full article

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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 Metropole.com.au

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