We’re fatter than we thought
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Millions more Australians may be obese than previously thought, because the usual method of measuring obesity has dramatically underestimated the problem according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald last year. Now before you point the finger…yes, I definitely fall into that category. Unfortunately I missed gym this morning. That makes 5 years in a…

Do holiday homes make good investments?
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Holiday homes are typically located on the coast – in popular tourist destinations, in the country, or by many of Australia’s inland rivers and waterways. Owning a holiday home seems to be the ambition of many Australians, and in fact, one in every twelve households owns one (around 700,000 of them are owned by the…

5 common mistakes investors make without a buyers agent
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Now more than ever, investors have access to unprecedented amounts of information to help them make their property buying decisions. At the click of a button, you can review real estate sales data, capital growth history and rental statistic. It makes it easy to justify being a lone ranger in the hunt for your first…

Jim Rohn. 10 Inspirational Quotes
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The late Jim Rohn was a gifted storyteller with dynamic delivery and thought-provoking substance. His philosophy was an important influence on me, so here’s another collection of his quotes to infuse your week with some inspiration: 1. If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is…

The psychology of successful negotiation – Part 1: Applying life lessons to ‘close the deal’
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Thoughtful and well-played negotiation is critical for buyers and sellers of real estate. In this two part series I will explain the intricacies of negotiation, because getting this aspect of your investment journey right can pay a number of dividends, whilst getting it wrong can have a costly, long-term impact on your property portfolio. And…

Property development guide part 9 - Common risks related to development
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In this article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole talks us through the risks involved in property development so you know how to manage them.  Many investors approach property development with rose coloured glasses, but in order to minimise your risks and maximise your chances of turning a good profit (remember you want at least 15 per cent on…

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