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02
Sep

Property and The BBQ Advisor

From time to time Australians are accused of having a ‘tall poppy’ syndrome. That is, we seem to enjoy tearing down those around who are more successful than us in our chosen field. As a consequence of the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome the successful people amongst us then tend to become a little reserved in sharing successes. A knock on effect of this is that the vocal ‘BBQ’ experts tend to get too much air time and the sharing of information is distorted. Because of this we are all…

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12
Jun

The Secrets To Wealth Through Property

I never ceased to be amused by the property magazines and the Guru newsletters all claiming some great unknown is about to be revealed. “THE FIVE KEYS TO PROPERTY SUCCESS.” “THE SEVEN STEPS TO PROPERTY WEALTH”, “EIGHT SECRETS THAT PROPERTY MILLIONAIRES DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW.” They're always written in upper case. In fact, there are no secrets to achieving wealth through property. As we all know, investing in property, like all other investments takes time, experience,…

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06
Jun

When Can I Retire?

When can I retire is an often asked question by people of all ages. Many people see property as being a vehicle which they use to help them stop work.  In this context ‘stop work’ could equally be a self (or part) – funded retirement or, in the case of the younger population, an opportunity to leave work ahead of schedule. Irrespective of our personal motivations it is important we all take some time to truly work out what each and every one of us is trying to achieve by inv…

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01
Apr

Cash Is Trash

It has now been sometime since the world economy ran into the massive hurdle commonly referred to as the GFC.  It is now time to look at what Australia’s reaction to the GFC has been. The period of time leading up to the GFC was punctuated by largesse on so many levels with Australians spending 103% of their earnings and, in other cases,  rushing headlong into unsustainable gearing. Just recently the RBA released a paper which looked, in part, at the level of saving and inves…

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05
Mar

A Layman's Explanation of Depreciation

Many of our readers would be familiar with the way work tools and equipment and motor vehicles depreciate over time. They also understand certain occupations have items fundamental to that occupation. These people are allowed to claim tax deductions for the depreciation of their tools of work. Well, property investors have the same opportunity. Let me explain give a layman’s explanation of depreciation for property investors. Property depreciation falls into two broad categor…

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03
Feb

Negative Gearing Revealed

I Need to Invest Now to Save Tax – Negative Gearing Revealed! Our Armchair Developer approach generates a lot of interest but we sometimes find people who don’t fully grasp the multiple advantages it offers over, other, more standard property investing. One of the most often made comments focuses on the need to ‘save tax.’ Let’s tease this comment out in some detail so our clients can make informed decisions. I’ll start by saying, “Investing to save tax really doesn’t make se…

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30
Nov

Are You Stuck in a Traffic Jam

Are You Stuck in a Traffic Jam? Have you thought about changing property investment strategies? By and large successful people don’t achieve their success by accident.  They often set out with a clear focus and direction in mind and stick doggedly to their plan to achieve the success they seek. At the same time there are others who are able to recognise, and seize upon, an opportunity when it presents itself.  Typically these people have a more entrepreneurial streak within t…

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31
Oct

Buying Under Market Value

The Importance of Buying Under Market Value Many readers dream of building a property portfolio. Equally our readers are at different stages of their journey, some just starting out and others who are almost at the finishing line. Australian property investors have enjoyed a dream run for the last 10 years and, in many cases, have achieved good results during this time. The large scale mass movement in the property market along with ready availability of credit in the early/m…

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03
Oct

WA Property and Economic Report 2012

WA Property and Economic Report 2012 The Current Shape of Things - Nationally You would not have to be Einstein to understand ‘things still have room to improve’ across many sectors of Australia, including the property market. We continue to see consumer and business confidence bumping along at the lower levels of relevant scales. This lack of confidence is also reflected in a limited desire by households and businesses alike to seek additional credit which, when combined wit…

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02
May

Property Investment Strategies In The New World

Those of you who follow property stories in the media would have noticed an 'upturn' in popular market commentary. In itself this is an interesting development as some surveys have shown a significant portion of the population makes investment decisions based on reporting in the popular media. The flip side of this is the media reports yesterday's news - it doesn't make tomorrows news. In other words the papers are telling us what has happened rather than telling us, with any…

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