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Am I too old to invest in property?
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I’ve had conversations with plenty of discouraged folks who are in their 50s (or even older) and they’re wondering how they’re going to survive in their retirement. They start to question if it’s too late to invest in property. Is there ever a time when you’re just too old? In general my response would be…

Understand the benefits of a Testamentary Trust in Estate Planning - Ask the Experts [video]
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Testamentary discretionary trusts are great estate planning tools because they can offer tax minimisation, asset protection and flexibility. Watch this video as Ken Raiss, Australia’s leading tax strategist,  and Michael Yardney explain the benefits of setting up a Testamentary Discretionary Trust which is a type of trust created under a will and comes into existence…

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

4 things to know about commercial leases
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More and more sophisticated investors are considering commercial real estate as a viable investment strategy. They have usually built a substantial asset base and are now looking for more cash flow in their investments. Often, they buy smaller properties – such as a shop, strata office or perhaps an industrial warehouse – because the entry level…

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

An investor’s guide to cross collaterisation
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At the start of your property investment journey, it can be confusing. All your friends and family have well-intentioned opinions and “advice”, plus in today’s technological world there is a plethora of information available online. But so many difference sources of intel can make start spinning until you don’t know your property pros from your…

Here’s what property investors need to know about Land Tax | Ask The Tax Expert – Ken Raiss
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What is land tax? Who should pay it? Does it apply to my home? And can I reduce this major property cost which seems to eat into my rental income disproportionally? These questions are often asked by serious property investors who already have or are in the process of building a significant property portfolio. So…

The ABCs of LVRs
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Securing a mortgage requires a lot of things – preparation, patience, persistence … and a dictionary. At least that’s how it might feel for many when they’re confronted with all kinds of tricky lingo, complicated terms and acronyms. There’s one that a lot of people, especially first-time homebuyers, are confronted with but often don’t understand,…