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Tying the financial knot – 4 do’s and don’ts of borrowing as a couple
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Tying the financial knot – 4 do’s and don’ts of borrowing as a couple

Many homebuyers are, not surprisingly, happy couples looking to fly the old family nest and establish their own, new residence. Without second thought, they go through the motions of acquiring said house in their blissful state of togetherness; often putting both names to the mortgage contract. But there are some important considerations when it comes…

Property development guide part 12 - Enlisting the help of a town planning consultant
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Property development guide part 12 – Enlisting the help of a town planning consultant

In this article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole Projects, explains the role of a town planning consultant and what you need to be asking yours.  Town planning consultants are professionals with a qualification in town planning or urban planning.  Those in private practice have usually been employed by local councils or planning organisations for a number…

Is it time to be fearful or greedy in property?
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Is it time to be fearful or greedy in property?

When master investor Warren Buffet said: “Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful” was he encouraging the strategy of countercyclical investing? Today with all the mixed messages out there, some suggesting the property market has topped and values will fall, what should an investor do?   I’d like to give…

21 Great Investment Lessons
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21 Great Investment Lessons

With all the mixed messages in the media investment can seem daunting, but there are some basic principles of success both beginners and pros can learn from. In one of his regular insights Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital shared 21 great investment quotes and the lessons you can glean from them. Here’s…

7 things that hold back many property investors
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7 things that hold back many property investors

Why do people procrastinate when it comes to saving a deposit or investing in property? Intellectually, I suspect that most people know they should invest, but most people make very poor plans for their financial futures, if they even plan at all. Here are a few of the reasons why people delay investing: 1. Fear…

Running your own race
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Running your own race

The photo below right was taken at the men’s 100 metres final at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. I can’t quite recall what happened to the poor ailing chap in lane two, but with arm outstretched, Canada’s Ben Johnson has raised his finger aloft to the heavens to signify that he is just about to…

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