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Who gets the house when you die?

Today it’s common for couples to purchase a property before they’ve walked down the aisle or even lived together. Naturally they assume they’ll be together forever, and don’t put a lot of research into the long term consequences of how their ownership should be structured.  So to help better understand this, let’s take a look…

Co-ownership: The road less traveled

The growth in prices of quality residential and commercial properties has put many such properties outside the reach of single investors. This has led to the explosion of property trusts and syndications, which captured many small property investors who otherwise would have been unable to invest directly in those properties.   The downside to investing…

Ask the Expert [Video] - Are trusts the right vehicle for your property?

Setting up a trust can both protect your property and keep it in the family. But how do you know which trust is right for you? Watch as Ken Raiss and I discuss the benefit if a family trust when it comes to protecting your investment property. This week’s questions:  I read that successful investors control…

How's the Northern Territory Economy? | ANZ Research

Australia’s economic fortunes have improved according to the ANZ Bank’s most recent Stateometer -it’s quarterly assessment of the economic state of our States.   As housing construction keeps economies humming in the south east, resources construction in the west and north comes close to bottoming, and labour markets and trade improve nationwide, the ANZ Stateometer…

When your co-owner goes bankrupt

What rights do you have when the person you own a property with gets into serious financial trouble? I had just stepped off the stage after delivering a presentation on asset protection at a property seminar, during which I discussed the effect that no asset protection had on an investor who ended up going bankrupt….

The legal hazards of being a home owner

The days of making a big claim against a local council when you trip and fall on a curb or gutter – because you were playing with your mobile phone as you were walking – are long gone.  In a landmark case some years ago, one famous judge heralded the change in trend in the…

Should you use a trust to buy a property?

I am often asked “what are the benefits of using a Trust to buy a property?” and while this can be a confusing topic the simple answer is a Trust can offer Tax benefits and provide excellent asset protection for investors. WHAT IS A TRUST? A trust is a relationship whereby property is held by…