Saturday Summary – some weekend property investment reading

Each Saturday morning I like to share with you some of the interesting articles relating to property investment that  I’ve read during the week.

I’ll put them here all in the one place for your easy weekend reading and to make it easier for you to improve your property investment knowledge.

Enjoy your weekend….

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The secret power of persuasion

Have you noticed how successful property investors, in fact people who are successful in most walks of life, usually have the gift of being good negotiators.

In fact they are more than that – they are good persuaders. They have the ability to influence others to go along with their point of view. I explain why in my blog for Yahoo Finance

From zero to five properties in five years

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 some great guests:

  • I discuss the population increase and the likely impact for you as a property investor.
  • Michael Teys from Teys Lawyers returns with another excellent piece of advice if you are considering investing in a townhouse or unit. He outlines some of the potential strata financial surprises.
  • This week our success story comes from Maria Andreeva who with her husband Uri arrived in Australia from Russia in 2005 with very little money and have built a successful property portfolio. Find out how they did it.
  • We revisit some comments from Margaret Lomas, Sam Saggers, Monique Wakelin, Rachael Barnes and Terry Ryder outlining the different property investment strategies and the pros and cons.

You should definitely subscribe to this new weekly program. It’s free!

Video of the week:  The State of the Property Market – Chris Joye

So far this year, house prices have risen 0.3 per cent amid a flurry of first homebuyer activity.

So could the property market finally be on the mend? Yellow Brick Road Funds Management’s Christopher Joye gives his take on rates, house prices and the state of the market in this interview on Switzer TV.

Suburbs tipped to see major falls

A number of indicators show that select areas within Northern Queensland, rural Tasmania and the South Australia coast might see price crashes soon. They are joined by a host of other areas where price falls look projected to continue.

This article explains where these losses could occur.

How much is a Trillion Dollars and what does this have to do with our property markets?

There is nearly $1.5 trillion dollars in Australian superannuation.

About $650 billion is already invested in the self-managed super funds (SMSF) sector.  Currently, residential property accounts for just $15 billion of SMSF assets.  By 2015, the total SMSF sector, in itself, is expected to grow to $1.5 trillion – compared to the $1.2 trillion in the equities market.  And SMSFs are expected to balloon to $3.3 trillion by 2026.

In this interesting article economist Michael Matusik lays out some facts including how much $1trillion really is.

 Rental shortage attracts investors to Sydney

After a subdued year, Australian investors are back into property investing, with NSW a significant contributor.

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the value of home loans approved for investors in Australia was almost 9 per cent higher during the first two months of this year compared with the first two months of 2011

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