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Category: Investing strategy

  • 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

  • Who (or what) should buy your next property investment?

    Although first-time investors rarely consider their property ownership structure options, this is perhaps one of the most critical aspects that you need to get right from the start. Often the decision to buy an investment property is accompanied by an assumption that the investor will make said purchase in their own name (solely), or in … Read More

  • Interest rates into 2015 and beyond – a brief glimpse of what’s to come

    Media commentary has been bursting at the seams with hype around interest rates and investors taking advantage of consistently cheaper credit opportunities to snap up residential real estate, right throughout 2014. In fact, so much talk has gone on that I think as we bring this year to a close and ring in 2015, we … Read More

  • Are banking regulators using rhetoric to control our real estate markets?

    This last year has certainly been one for the record books in terms of interest rate movements, or more specifically the lack thereof. With the Reserve Bank facing a continuing conundrum in terms of monetary policy, and investor activity in the Melbourne and Sydney markets in particular making steroidal strides, talk of unsustainable debt levels … Read More

  • ‘Independent advisor’, or highly paid salesman? Separating professional advice from product

    The global financial landscape has changed dramatically since 2008, when the foundations of America’s once certain position as a worldwide fiscal powerhouse were shaken to the core. On a local, property related front, one of the most significant and disturbing changes I’ve witnessed as a direct result of the GFC is in the development marketplace. … Read More

  • Your retirement options Pt 2 – Mind the gap

    There are numerous strategies you can implement when it comes to planning for retirement and achieving your ideal income target. Depending on your personal circumstances and goals, you might elect to follow one strategy only, you might choose a couple, or you might take bits and pieces from all of them. There is rarely a … Read More

  • Your retirement options Pt 1 – Letting the ‘cash flow’

    There are four or five strategies you can implement when it comes to planning for retirement and achieving your ideal income target. Depending on your personal circumstances and goals, you might elect to follow one strategy only, you might choose a couple, or you might take bits and pieces from all of them. There is … Read More

  • Do I need my own property advocate?

    Real estate agents are very good at selling. They have to be to survive the cutthroat world of commissions and cold calls. Their entire focus is on achieving the best sales price possible for their client – the vendor, because that ultimately means a higher pay cheque. They live and breathe their local housing market, … Read More

  • 6 good reasons why NOT to buy property within an SMSF

    With an ever-rising tide of Self Managed Super Fund hysteria, we think it’s time to lend some balance and perspective to the very popular investment debate of the day – the acquisition of real estate within your own fund structure. It seems you can barely step foot into any social setting these days (particularly as … Read More

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