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    How does the location of your house drive your investment strategy?

    The location of your “great Australian dream” can dramatically alter your wealth building activities and as such, you must take this into account when developing your investment strategy. Homes are typically not purchased with the sole or dominant reason of building wealth as there are many non-financial, lifestyle factors that influence where we live. However, … Read More

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    What if you approached building your personal wealth with the same energy that you bring to your career?

    Have you ever met a tradesman that has many unfinished projects at home? They have all the knowledge, experience and tools to do this work themselves but fail to do so. Isn’t it ironic how these tradesmen will make improvements to a customer’s home but not their own? Why is it they put their customers … Read More

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    Three million dollar questions

    Charlie Sheen’s character in the movie Wall Street (1987), Bud Fox, said “Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them”. History has shown us that just one good or bad decision can change the course of someone’s life. I have ponded if this statement is true for investing as well. … Read More

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    The pros and cons of borrowing to invest with a buddy

    Property has become the hot topic at many a backyard barbecue and dinner party in recent times. More and more people want to get into the game and with affordability continuing to be cause for concern, a lot of punters are willing to ‘partner up’ to get a slice of the action. Capital city property … Read More

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    Exploring the world of wraps – a special property investment report

    A ‘wrap’ is another term for buying property using what is referred to as vendor financing. Common in the US and other countries, vendor financing is not as widely practised in Australia, but has caught on a bit more in recent times. Investors can use vendor finance to both buy and sell property. With regard … Read More

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    Planning for property investment success…from beyond the grave

    While death is not something any of us like to think about, it is one of the only certainties in life…of course the other certainty is about as palatable a topic. But the fact is you need to think about your own mortality in relation to your financial plan and yes, that means taxes too! … Read More

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    Keep the big picture in mind when assessing your lending options

    Given the current, competitive lending environment we find ourselves in today, I felt it was timely to review the options available to property investors when it comes to securing that all important property investment finance. All too often, we forget about any other potential source of credit because we’re ‘taken in’ by the marketing monopoly … Read More

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    Are you financially ready for retirement?

    For some of you reading this article, retirement will be a distant speck on the horizon – a far-off notion that you may have given little thought to. For others however, it will be looming as a not-too-far-off reality that you might wish you’d considered sooner. Regardless of where you are in life right now, … Read More

  • Are you paying the government too much of your property investment capital?

    The amount of tax we pay matters to us all. As the late Kerry Packer (at the time he was Australia’s richest man) once said to a government inquiry, ‘Of course I am minimising my tax. ‘And if anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax, they want their heads read, because as a government, … Read More

  • 3 tips to a top property investment structure

    In a previous post, we looked at the considerations first-timers and seasoned property investors need to work through in order to optimise their portfolio purchasing structure and power. Essentially, how do you minimise risk whilst maximising return? The fact is every property investor might well have a number of different structuring opportunities that can be … Read More