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Is investing an art or science?
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Is investing an art or science?

Is successful property investing an art or a science? Albert Einstein once said, “COMPOUND INTEREST IS THE EIGHTH wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t… pays it.”  If we accept the above, then the longer we hold a property investment the more likely we are to make a gain….

The Debt Bomb myth exploded
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The Debt Bomb myth exploded

The latest housing market scare campaign focuses on questionable analysis of household debt levels. Sharp declines in mortgage rates since 2011 have predictably activated housing markets with prices rising. Higher prices reflect higher mortgages with borrowers taking on more debt as prices rise and enabled by lower mortgage rates allowing purchasers to borrow more with…

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

10 lending tips to secure finance today
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10 lending tips to secure finance today

It almost seems that every day brings with it new lending policies, doesn’t it? Interest rates are changed for investors and interest-only lenders, while loan to value ratios seems to be more fluid than a retreating tide.   While it can be difficult to understand the current lending landscape, that doesn’t mean that finance is not…

Ask the Tax Expert [video] — How can I avoid paying Capital Gains Tax?
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Ask the Tax Expert [video] — How can I avoid paying Capital Gains Tax?

Are there ways to avoid or reduce paying Capital Gains Tax (CGT)when selling a property? Yes, there are a few strategies that can help you minimise your CGT, and in this video tax expert Ken Raiis, director of Metropole Wealth Advisory, outlines some of them.   Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to avoiding Capital…

Ask the Experts [video] — Understand the benefits of a Testamentary Trust in estate planning
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Ask the Experts [video] — Understand the benefits of a Testamentary Trust in estate planning

Testamentary discretionary trusts are great estate planning tools because they can offer tax minimisation, asset protection and flexibility. Watch this video as Ken Raiss and Michael Yardney explain how a testamentary discretionary trust is a type of trust created under a will and comes into existence only upon the administration of the deceased estate.  …

The decline of the scrapping schedule — How depreciation changes have impacted scrapping
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The decline of the scrapping schedule — How depreciation changes have impacted scrapping

The May 2017 budget heralded the largest change to depreciation rules since 2006, it certainly ruined what would have been a perfectly good glass of shiraz as I sat watching Scott Morrison at home. For anyone lucky enough to have been busy doing something interesting on the evening of the 9th of May 2017 rather…

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