Articles by Rita Thomas

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is a Property Strategist with an accounting background and over 30 years’ Commercial Banking experience. She is a passionate property investor who enjoys helping her clients create wealth through property investment using Metropole’s strategic approach.
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Some people think I’m smart – I wouldn’t really know- I’ve never taken an IQ test. But I was pleased with the result when I tested my Emotional Intelligence with these 15 questions I found on Life Hacker. I learned that Emotionally Intelligent people aren’t ruled by their thoughts; they are the master of them….

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What are the common finance mistakes property investors make? Yesterday I outlined the first five finance mistakes to avoid when structuring your finance, whether you’re a home buyer or property investor. I explained that the mortgage product you end up with can mean the difference between building a lucrative, wealth generating property portfolio and never progressing…

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Having difficulty getting  a loan for your home or investment property? Well, you’re in good company – so are many others with the banks more carefully scrutinised your expenses.  Even your dinner choice could have an impact on your future lending potential according to Craig Gemmill, Managing Director of  Gemmill Homes. Personal spending habits on things like clothes, holidays…

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Being good with money is a skill you can learn.  Some people complain they aren’t very good with finances — they argue they don’t have a head for numbers — but I believe everyone can become wealthy if they know how. Part of it comes down to smart investments, sure, but the other, equally important part,…

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At what age are you planning to retire? Maybe it will take longer than you thought to develop financial freedom. At least that’s the way it looks for many Australians according to Roy Morgan Research. They suggest that the average age of Australians intending to retire in the next 12 months is 61 years, up…

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Researching a suburb before you buy is clearly important. However, keeping up the research after the fact is a task that’s a little harder to maintain.  If you don’t know what’s happening in the neighbourhood, how will you know the best course of action for your property? While clearly investment is about long-term capital growth,…