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Articles by John Lindeman

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John Lindeman is researcher and educator for the 7steps2success on-line property education program. For more information, visit Understand Property.


Title traps and tips
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Title traps and tips

Housing is considered safe because it’s not a “take it or leave it” type of investment like shares or savings. Whether or not we are property investors, we all need a place to call home and private land ownership satisfies our need for security.   Our right to buy or sell property is given to us…

The misleading median
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The misleading median

The median sale price is one of the most common methods used by investors to track property values and assess their changes over time. But today I’d like to explain why it can often be a misleading measure.  According to data providers Australian Property Monitors, one of the best performing suburbs in Australia during 2015 was…

The White wallaby properties
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The White wallaby properties

Seemingly obvious disadvantages can sometimes turn out to be of immense benefit.   John Lindeman reveals where to find such property investment opportunities, which he calls the “white wallabies” of the property market.   On a recent trip to Tasmania’s Bruny Island we saw a white wallaby beside the road. Naturally, we found this hard…

How to check for overdevelopment potential
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How to check for overdevelopment potential

While many investors might view further development in an area as a good outcome, leading to improved amenities and facilities and generating higher prices, the reality is that high density unit development or new land or house and land subdivisions can have very different outcomes.  It depends on who these dwellings are marketed to as…

What they don’t tell you often matters most
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What they don’t tell you often matters most

As if it’s not enough having to sift through countless reports, articles, brochures and other media when researching a potential investment location, the real issue for property investors is often what’s been left out. Property project marketers and developers want you to buy their properties so they promote their developments with the best possible gloss…

Bill's dream turned into Hillary's nightmare
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Bill’s dream turned into Hillary’s nightmare

The USA Presidential election was lost by Hillary Clinton in the “rust belt” States of blue collar workers who are doing it hard. Yet it was the actions of her husband, Bill during his term as President which contributed to her defeat. In the late 1990s, the Clinton administration committed to the utopian dream of…

The profits and pitfalls in buying off the plan
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The profits and pitfalls in buying off the plan

It seems simple enough in theory.  You respond to a brochure or on-line ad for a new property development which promises excellent growth prospects. You pay a small deposit bond, sometimes before construction has even started and settlement could be years away. As time passes, you wait for the price of your investment property to…

Beware of the rental yield trap
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Beware of the rental yield trap

Property prices around Australia are starting to stabilise and they have even been declining in some areas. There’s little prospect of any change in the near future as the rate of overseas investment is slowing, the rate of population growth not increasing, interest rates can’t get much lower and governments are not promising any incentives…