Saturday Summary – the most interesting property investment articles I read this week

Each Saturday morning I like to share some of the interesting property investment and economic articles I’ve read during the week.

I’ve put them here all in the one place for your easy reading.

Enjoy your weekend….and please forward to your friends by clicking a social link buttons on the left.

Demand for inner-Sydney apartments drives up rents while Melbourne rents stagnate

Sydney tenants are now paying almost the same weekly rent for apartments as they do for houses, according to June quarter rental report released by Australian Property Monitors.

Over the three months to June, the median weekly asking rental for Sydney units increased by 4.4% to $470 while weekly rentals for houses remained unchanged at $500.

APM attributed the gains in Sydney unit rentals in the June quarter to increasing demand by tenants for apartments, “with this rental market remaining highly competitive for prospective tenants, with low vacancy rates being recorded in most areas”.

Read on to find out more and what’s happening in your state…

“Margaret Lomas and the 20 ‘must ask’ questions”

Another great show produced by Kevin Turner. If you don’t already subscribe to this excellent weekly Internet based radio show.

This week he has a heap of great guests:

  •  Has the market bottomed?  It is not that easy and its not so straight forward – as you will hear when we ask Michael Yardney that question this week.
  • Margaret Lomas from Destiny Financial Solutions joins us this week and next in a 2 part series.  Margaret has pieced together the 20 ‘must ask’ questions for every serious property investor.
  • Last week we caught up with Louis Christopher from SQM Research.  He told us about a rental revolution that is happening in Australia right now.  He returns this week to pick up on that story and tell us what impact the mining towns are having on rental return figures.

You should definitely subscribe to this weekly audio program. Click Here It’s free and you can listen on the go on your smartphone, iPad etc.

Video of the week – RPData’s July Property Investment Market Update

In their latest market update video, RPData explain that home values across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart and Canberra all rose by 1% or more in June helped along by RBA interest rate cuts over May and June.

Melbourne dwelling values have staged a striking 1.7 per cent recovery since reaching a trough on 11th  June.

In this short video Tim Lawless shares what’s going on in the market and hints at what may be ahead.

To watch this video click here

Investors have differing risk appetites

In his Escape the Rat Race blog Pete Wargent, a regular commentator on Property Update explains how we need to be mindful of our behaviours when investing so we limit our potential for self-sabotage.

As with success in most fields, a winner will tend to choose a long-term goal and then act in a manner today that facilitates progress towards the long-term target.

What separates the winners from the losers? It’s a difficult question to answer but Pete gives his thoughts in this blog.

He tells us about John D. Rockefeller who was one of the wealthiest individuals in history. When asked the key to his success, he said simply: “I turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

How can you do the same?

Read this blog and find out…

Lessons From Greece for Everyday People

Greece’s economy is, at best, a withering mess. And it will probably get worse before it gets better.

For economists, there are all kinds of lessons to glean from the country’s downfall — how a shared currency caused overinvestment and uncompetitive wages, how structural unemployment brought growth to a halt, and so on.

But most people don’t care about exchange rates or credit spreads. They have real lives to worry about.

So what can the average investor learn from Greece’s nightmare? Quite a bit according to this article in Motley Fool.

Read on…

The weight of a nation

According to a study published in Biomedical Central increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.

North America has 6% of the world population but 34% of biomass due to obesity. Asia has 61% of the world population but 13% of biomass.

One tonne of human biomass corresponds to approximately 12 adults in North America and 17 adults in Asia.

If all countries had the BMI distribution of the USA, the increase in human biomass of 58 million tonnes would be equivalent in mass to an extra 935 million people of average body mass, and have energy requirements equivalent to that of 473 million adults.

Read more…

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