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July 15, 2017

How You Too Can Create Financial Freedom with Property Investment

Financial freedom is a goal for many Australians. It takes a lot of hard work and long hours to get to the point where you are free to start investing.
Once you are earning enough, it is a good idea to find new ways to invest and diversify your savings. This will not only keep you financially free, it will also lead you to financial independence.Property investment is one of the best ways to build your wealth and create financial freedom. Financial freedom opens the door to a world of possib…

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July 12, 2017

Sticking to Your Property Investing Strategy: Why We Use the Mirror Man

When you start out with your investments, you’ll probably develop an investment property strategy that you’ll stick to rigidly (we would hope!).
But as you begin to build up your portfolio, there’s very little for you to do except watch your wealth grow. The longer you invest, the faster you accumulate wealth. You need to reinvest quickly, buying multiple properties at a time, all while mitigating the risk.It’s at this point that other investment opportunities might start presenti…

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July 8, 2017

The Reality of Risk versus Return

The goal of all investors should be to achieve a premium return for a minimum risk. In a previous article, I talked about the need to become an expert at identifying and mitigating investment property risk. I’d now like to take this a step further and talk about the risk/return equation.
A little while ago I was introduced to a friend’s colleague, who saw the opportunity of meeting a professional investor as his chance to show everyone how clever he was.He quickly blurted out that he’d only invest in something that makes him 10 per cent per annum. I was intrigued and asked if he’d be interested in an investment that had…

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July 1, 2017

Owning a Home vs Renting and Investing

Many people looking to get into the property market have heard the saying, rent money is dead money. Who wouldn’t feel the urge to jump into homeownership after hearing such a scary maxim?
In reality, the financial advantages of owning your own home vs renting aren’t so clear cut. In 2014, the Reserve Bank of Australia found that renters could end up in exactly the same place as owners, as long as they were investing their savings in a diversified portfolio.In the video below, we explain how this can be achieved:https://w…

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June 28, 2017

Simple Solutions for 6 Types of Property Investment Risk

Risk is something that all property investors face, particularly in the Australian property market. But we don’t want to explain to you that high risk equals high return, because that’s very far from what we believe about risk.
Instead, here are the six most common risks investors face, and how they can be easily avoided to help you build a stronger investment property portfolio.Six Common Investment Property Risks1. Property VacancyAfter advertising your property for rent, it’s ideal to find a tenant within the first two weeks to avoid slipping down the s…

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June 25, 2017

Our Absolute Top Property Investment Tip

It’s all too easy to get caught up in your emotional decisions, even unwittingly, when you’re shopping for new property investments. Even making a personal judgement on a prospective property’s aesthetics can lead to an emotional investment rather than a smart one.
We’ve seen it time and again, yet we can’t emphasise enough our top tip for real estate investments: keep your emotions out of it. Emotional investors don’t make good investors.Below, our own Michael Beresford explains why investors should leave their emotions at the door.https://www.youtube.com/embed/ugP8NWhOSbkFear, procrastin…

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June 22, 2017

Is Using Superannuation to Buy Investment Property a Smart Idea?

While there are a number of ways to approach property investment, many people look at using their superannuation to buy property and grow their portfolio.
Back in 2007, changes to superannuation legislation provided trustees of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) the opportunity to borrow for the purpose of property investment. The Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangement now makes it possible to acquire single assets by using your super to borrow from a lender.But just as with any investment strate…

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June 12, 2017

How to Start Investing in Real Estate for Families

We’ve all watched Sydney’s house prices rise over the past few years. If you’re new to the real estate investment game, you might have been putting off your financial goals for fear of not having the capital to enter the market. But your real estate investment goals could still be in reach.
Which begs the question – how much do you really need to start investing in property?If you’re at the start of your pre-purchase journey, here is a great place to build your confidence with the knowledge to take on the property market. Buying a rental property is a great investment if you’re aware of all the costs upfront, both pre-purc…

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June 9, 2017

Smart Investors Know How to Access Equity

Accessing your home equity, or leveraging your debt, is one of the most successful investment strategies you can use to buy multiple properties and reach your financial goals faster.
But it can also put your investment portfolio at risk if you don’t have the right knowledge for your circumstances.So how can you use untapped equity to power your investment portfolio, and minimise your probability of risk?https://www.youtube.com/embed/wVz2fiJkiCUWhat is Home Equity?It’s a common misconception that you have t…

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June 6, 2017

How to Use Equity to Buy an Investment Property

Many people believe they need to pay off their home and then save up for another deposit before they even start looking into investment properties. But that’s not how property investors should operate.
The best way to finance your next investment property is by leveraging your available equity, rather than using cash.What Is Equity?Equity is the difference between the market value of your home and the outstanding amount you owe to the bank. So if, for example, your property is worth $600,000 and you still owe $350,000 to the bank, your …

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June 5, 2017

Six Investment Strategies to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio

Stuck on property number one? Building a multi-property investment portfolio doesn’t need to take years of saving, waiting, planning and preparation. What it does require is a passion for investing, a commitment to learning, and a personalised approach to reaching your financial goals.
Thankfully, the first property is generally the hardest. With that hurdle already completed, there a number of routes you can take to reach your financial goals.Of the many strategies that Australian investors use every day, here are the top six investment property strategies we see used successfully. We recommend using a few of them together…

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June 1, 2017

11 of the Biggest Property Investment Mistakes You Could Make

We don’t expect you to know absolutely everything before you start to build your investment portfolio, but it’s a good idea to be aware of the biggest property investor mistakes you could make before diving in.
Below, we’ve listed 11 of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen in the industry – along with some helpful tips to help you avoid these misjudgements!1. Making Decisions with Your HeartWe’ve said it before, but emotion has no place in your investment property strategy. Despite this, we still see people buying property close to home so th…

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