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Peter Boehm was the Finance Editor for Onthehouse.com.au. & has more than 30 years' experience in banking and financial services - Visit www.onthehouse.com.au


Do holiday homes make good investments?
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Do holiday homes make good investments?

Holiday homes are typically located on the coast – in popular tourist destinations, in the country, or by many of Australia’s inland rivers and waterways. Owning a holiday home seems to be the ambition of many Australians, and in fact, one in every twelve households owns one (around 700,000 of them are owned by the…

Renovate or detonate?
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Renovate or detonate?

You’ve found the perfect location, and property values have shown good consistent growth over the years, but the property is old, rundown and in need of some serious modernising.   So you ask yourself the question – is it better to renovate or detonate? This is the question facing more and more homeowners and home buyers,…

Screwing Up During Property Negotiations
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Screwing Up During Property Negotiations

In my recent article Four Ways to Screw Up a Property Negotiation, I talked about the ways you could mess up a property deal before you even begin negotiations. To recap, if you are under-prepared and unsupported to negotiate sensibly and confidently, you could mess up negotiations before you even begin by: Not doing your research…

Ten Reasons You Shouldn’t Invest in Residential Property
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Ten Reasons You Shouldn’t Invest in Residential Property

I’m a big believer that property investment can be a worthwhile and rewarding experience. Financially, it can provide excellent longer-term returns through capital appreciation while the monthly rental income can help offset property holding costs.  Personally, you can get a lot of satisfaction and comfort knowing that if you’ve invested wisely your property can provide…

Essential tips for first time property investors
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Essential tips for first time property investors

Financial independence is something we all dream about, especially in today’s often challenging and uncertain economic environment. We become financially independent when the income generated by our assets exceeds our day to day living expenses. Sadly many of us do not and will not have sufficient assets now and when we retire (for instance through…

The 5 Ups and Downs of Downsizing
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The 5 Ups and Downs of Downsizing

At some stage in our lives we’ll reach a point when it’s time to consider whether we should downsize to a smaller home.  This important decision point can arise for a number of financial or personal reasons. More often than not, it’s because we’re heading towards retirement or the kids have moved out and the…