The crucial property market research you can’t afford to skip

With buyer competition still running high despite the slowing market, make sure you avoid the temptation of skipping this important property market research step if you want to succeed as an investor. John Lindeman, researcher and educator with 7 steps 2 Success property market education program explains. Continue reading “The crucial property market research you can’t afford to skip”

Want to succeed as a property investor? Think like a photographer

What can a landscape photographer possibly teach a property investor?

It turns out, quite a bit. Continue reading “Want to succeed as a property investor? Think like a photographer”

Beginner investor strategy: 3 ways to fail-proof your property investment

While building a property portfolio is exciting, it can also be a little scary.  But as Marissa Schulze explains, you can overcome these initial fears and reduce your risks if you have the right strategy at the outset

Starting out something as massive such as property investing can be frightening and overwhelming without the right strategy. Continue reading “Beginner investor strategy: 3 ways to fail-proof your property investment”

New strata rules give NSW unit owners more power to add value or even sell their unit block

If you own a unit in NSW, you can now do minor and cosmetic renovations without or with minimal approval process after the new strata laws came into effect on 30 November 2016. Continue reading “New strata rules give NSW unit owners more power to add value or even sell their unit block”

9 ways to avoid losing money on your investment property

Your goal as an investor is to make money, not to lose it. So how you can avoid losing your hard earned cash?

While property is one of the safest assets you can invest in, it’s not without risks. Your job is to minimise it if you can’t eliminate it altogether. But how? Continue reading “9 ways to avoid losing money on your investment property”

Property values rise amid falling sales and listing

Property values in Australia’s major property markets continue to rise amid record low-interest rate and despite rising supply according to new data. Continue reading “Property values rise amid falling sales and listing”

Research strategy: How long should you look for a property?

While doing extensive research helps ensure that you understand the market you’re buying into, it can also lead to analysis paralysis and missed opportunities. So, what’s the research sweet spot?

When it comes to research, how much is enough? It depends whom you ask. Continue reading “Research strategy: How long should you look for a property?”

Which amenities are overrated (and underrated) drivers of capital growth?

Amenities may have been touted to drive capital growth in a particular area, but not all amenities will lift values. So, which ones should you be focusing on when doing your research?

You’ve been told that amenities are an important consideration when deciding where to invest in property.

That is, you should target areas with desirable amenities if you’re after solid long-term growth.

However, the presence of an amenity is not enough to indicate future growth in the area. You also need to look at other factors. Continue reading “Which amenities are overrated (and underrated) drivers of capital growth?”

Capital growth vs cash flow: Which is the  right strategy for the current phase of the property cycle?

The current stage of the property cycle offers a lot of opportunities, but only if you have the right strategy. So which one would benefit you the most?

When it comes to property investment, there are two strategies that often divide investors: invest for capital growth or invest for positive cash flow. Michael Yardney explains which strategy works best for the current stage of the cycle.

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Will the REAL buyer’s agent please stand up!

Choosing the right buyer’s agent starts with understanding the different types, how they work and what to watch out for

Buyer’s agents have come a long way since the days when only the monied investors employed them to source their property deals.

Nowadays, they’re as ubiquitous as Uber and for good reason.

Good buyer’s agents can help you get a great property deal even before it comes on the market.

Having a buyer’s agent on your side is particularly helpful in the current market where properties are selling fast.

Unfortunately, for an industry that’s already suffering from negative stereotypes such as ‘sharks’, ‘scammers’ or ‘dodgy’ operators, it continues to attract unsavoury characters. Which means that just like other experts in this industry, there are good and honest operators and there are those that you simply need to avoid.

So, how do you know you can trust your buyer’s agent to do the right thing for you? It starts by understanding the different types of operators in this space and how they work.

Continue reading “Will the REAL buyer’s agent please stand up!”