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10 lessons you can learn from the rich and successful

Have you ever looked at the AFR Rich List or reports on the richest people in the world and wondered what they were doing that you’re not? Well…they’re probably doing things very differently to you according to my good friend and best-selling author Tom Corley who conducted a five-year study of 233 wealthy people and 128 people…

9 common mistakes investors make

Property investing doesn’t seem like it’d be all that difficult, right? You buy a place, jazz it up, rent it out and enjoy the returns.  How could anyone make too much of a mistake? Right? If only it were that easy. In reality, there are actually plenty of different mistakes, missteps and errors that can…

6 ways to be an awesome landlord

Awesome landlords attract awesome tenants. It’s a simple matter of A + B = C… and while this equation applies in virtually all areas of life, it is remarkably relevant when it comes to managing your investment properties at an optimal level. A brilliant landlord is able to keep hold of tenants for longer periods…

Is it time to be fearful or greedy in property?

What should you do in the current “interesting” property markets? Is it time to be fearful or is it the right time to be greedy? I know many investors are confused with concerns remaining about the Coronavirus, high unemployment, and the many mixed messages forecasting what’s ahead for our economy and our property markets. While…

Why you shouldn’t aim for a work-life balance

Newspapers and magazines are full of stories about work-life balance — why it’s important, how to achieve it, and why so many people struggle to maintain it. It’s a relatively new buzzword and, like all fads, is sure to be replaced at some point by another new one! But I want to talk a bit today…

Property development guide part 11 - Tackling the red tape

In the following article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole, explains how you might tackle the hurdles and requirements to get your development underway.  One of the biggest hurdles faced by any property developer – whether a seasoned veteran or a green beginner – is the bureaucratic maze known as the planning permit or development approval process….

Retirement planning — more than owning your home

While modern life is exceptionally busy, any decent Financial Adviser will tell you that today is the best time to start planning for your retirement; the earlier you plan, the better placed you will be to enjoy it. With life expectancy at its highest recorded level there are a lot of years to fill between…

Property development guide part 10 - Assessing your development's feasibility

In this article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole, talks us through the feasibility of a development project and whether or not to pursue it.  Undertaking a property development requires many months of preparation before you actually get to see your hard labour bare any fruit. As we’ve already covered in previous articles in this series, there’s the groundwork of…

Property development guide part 9 - Common risks related to development

In this article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole talks us through the risks involved in property development so you know how to manage them.  Many investors approach property development with rose coloured glasses, but in order to minimise your risks and maximise your chances of turning a good profit (remember you want at least 15 per cent on…

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