Are you female and in Sydney on the 24th August?

If so, why not come and join us for lunch as we discuss being an entrepreneur, managing investment risk, getting out of your comfort zone and becoming time rich. it’s on Friday 24th August 1pm – 2.30pm in Sydney CBD. Click here to sign up.

Get Access To “Off-Market” Properties And My FREE Suburb Report

This is more than just a suburb overview you can download from regular property websites. This Report compiles research from a number of industry sources and includes future growth rates, demographics, rental yields, schools in the area and information that the general public rarely has access to.

How your home can make you rich

This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s more of a get-rich-slow scheme. But it works and it has withstood the test of time, throughout several boom and bust cycles in the Australian property industry.

Gifts From Times Past

Parts of America and Europe may have the festive look and feel of Christmas but even with all that snow and quaintness, Australia is the gift that keeps on giving.

7 Principles for Investing into 2013

Although you’ll hear all about New Years Resolutions come January, for me that’s a little too late. Here are my 7 investment principles to help you frame your property strategy so that you can hit the ground running for 2013...

Buying Property In Super Seminar – March 5th 2013

Having contributed to the Switzer Super Report throughout 2012, I’m going to be looking at some of the more popular SMSF topics such as:

- Why property is an ideal investment for Super

- Avoiding the pitfalls of property investment through Super

- What types of properties make the best investment for retirement?

- Should you be looking at positive or negatively geared property?

- Do you still have time to take advantage of property in Super?

How to make the most of your income

Investing in a property can be a great way to ensure your income and financial freedom into the future but the question remains, what can you do to make the most of your income?

Positive Cash Flow or Capital Gain?

There’s been an ongoing debate in property investing circles about whether you should invest in positive cash flow properties (those where the rent is more than your mortgage) or capital gain ones (those where the rent doesn’t cover the mortgage, but tend to rise more in value). Let’s examine objectively which option would suit investors best.

Why Buying A Bargain Isn’t Always The Best Deal

Purchasing a cheap property in a booming area can be an excellent move, as it provides an affordable entry point into the property market and a chance to build some equity. But is it an effective strategy for longer term investors?

Mining Towns Losing Their Shine?

Recently there have been some stirrings around mining town investments as vacancy rates in key areas have started to increase. Combine this with the recent findings in the ABS’s Australian Social Trends Report and we start to get a clearer picture that the tide may be turning for mining towns.

Looking for an edge in the property market?

Hot topics we cover include:

- How do the professionals search and negotiate for property?

- What do professional property buyers do differently to the general public and why?

- Established property vs. new – what works and what doesn’t?

- What’s the best way to secure a deal in a hot market?

- How can I make money from renovations?

Are There Profits To Be Made In Executive Leasing?

Executive rentals are appealing to many investors because they often attract higher rents. The reason is that they appeal to a niche market: executives who relocate from interstate or overseas for work but don’t want to live in a hotel, nor do they want the hassle of moving their own furniture.

Surging Confidence Set To Buyers Agents Sydney

Recently QBE LMI published some hard data into property market sentiment that revealed surging investor confidence, a preference to enter the market post election and areas identified as favourites for the coming year.

The ten commandments of property investing

Whether you are an experienced investor or a novice looking to break into the market, my top ten rules can help you to buy smarter and achieve better returns in the long term. These tips form the backbone of my strategy for Empire clients and for my personal investments.

Monthly Market Update

The property market is performing very well at the moment. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in the first four months of 2013 loans for the purchase of owner-occupied homes rose 8.3% compared to the same period last year and 12.6% higher than two years ago. Investors are especially active with investment loans up 18.3% compared to last year and 25.7% compared to two years ago.

Short Term or Long Term Strategy? Essential Tips for Your Best Investment

As a professional investor and buyers’ agent I meet hundreds of people who are interested in investing, but most have a short term view. They concentrate on getting that ultimate bargain, turning it around and then selling month later for a fortune. They concentrate on doing the work without understanding the numbers and in doing this they miss the big picture.

Beware the Magic Tricks of a Buyers Agent

Are you someone who likes to watch to see what happens before you make your move? Do you look ahead and foresee how much value there is in the performance and give accordingly? Or do you think it’s all just a bit of nonsense?

How to secure a deal and avoid getting “shopped around”

One of the most frustrating things that can happen in a property deal is losing to another buyer just when you thought it was in the bag. Usually this means that your offer was “shopped around” to other buyers who also held contracts, leaving your offer vulnerable to higher bids.

Houses vs Units

Land accumulates and buildings depreciate – follow that rule and most investors would always buy a house. But is it really that simple?

How To Buy Hot Property In a Sellers Market

As prices in some of Australia’s stronger residential markets such as Sydney and parts of Melbourne continue to increase, it’s wise to know which way the market’s heading and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Your fool proof guide to DIY renovations

Just as Masterchef inspired us to be more daring in the kitchen, a rash of new home renovation shows have popped up, inspiring us to renovate-but how can we achieve fabulous makeovers without making costly mistakes?

The wisdom of old men

Experience can provide wonderful lessons to those willing to learn, and as a man who has recently entered his mid-30’s, I have noticed brief glimpses of insight into life that make me think the quirkiness of my grandparents may in fact be pure genius.

Property Sales Demystified

Every vendor wants to achieve the best possible price for their property when it goes to market; however the majority remain confused about the best sales technique to get results.

Keeping An Eye On Property Supply

While many investors are keen to identify areas of strong demand, it’s equally important to understand the supply side of the equation and how an increase in development in an area can effect long term price growth.

The No.1 Secret to Building a Successful Property Portfolio

The last 6 to 12 months has seen solid growth in the property market, with Sydney and Melbourne experiencing over 10% growth in some areas. But now that the gains have been made, is it time to sell and take the profits or are there other ways to use the newly acquired equity with greater purpose?

Building a Support Squad

Nobody is an expert at every endeavor. It makes sense to focus your time on what you excel on, while bringing in professionals to help with other tasks and commitments. Most of us don’t bat an eyelid outsourcing to personal trainers, cleaners, even dog walkers – so why wouldn’t you bring in professional help when outlaying significant amounts of money to invest in property?

Be Careful of What You Read

One of the biggest challenges we face as buyers agents specialising in certain areas is the press. Now I’m not saying that property related articles in newspapers are bad; in fact they are a great research tool to add to your arsenal.

Buying in a boom market

Click here to know the seven tips to follow to ensure you secure the right home or investment property in such a booming market.

7 inexpensive ways to add value to your property

For those that have ever done a renovation before, you’ll know that projects can easily run over the time and budget you had set aside. So whether you’re looking to improve the home you live in or add some extra value to your property before you sell, it’s wise to consider some improvements that will give you the best bang for your buck without having to engage a full blown construction company.

An Unemotional Buyer Is An Astute Buyer

Whether shopping for a property or a sharp suit it’s easy to be blinded by unimportant trimmings or advocates for the other side, including aggressive sales people! One of the ways to overcome this is to build your own independent team who will help clear the mist and lead you to secure long-term financial success.

Don’t Let Presentation Fool You

Once again when buying an investment property we have to say as we always have, “Don’t get emotional”. Making to wrong judgment about the appearance of a property can cost you the negotiation.

Chris Gray’s tips for climbing the property ladder

When you’re starting out and have limited financials it is tough but the sooner you get on the ladder, the sooner your equity grows and you can start duplicating. Caution: the quicker you try and double your money, the sooner you’re likely to fall over, slow and steady is the key to winning the race.

Do You Buy in a Hot Market? – Absolutely!

Investors often ask us if now is the right time to buy or should they wait for the market to cool down. Will the prices come back a bit and the competition die down. The press fuels a lot of this questioning.

5 renovation fails that you really need to avoid

For those who get bitten by the renovation bug it’s easy to ignore what can go wrong. With a lack of planning and uncertainty around the market you’re aiming to appeal to, dreams of success can quickly turn into a less than desirable reality. Here are some of the failures you need to steer clear of if you want to remain on the right side of the profit line.

Is Bigger Better – Outer or Inner City?

This was not the only enquiry asking our opinion on moving outwards from Sydney. Are investors looking for something that fits the brief of “bigger is better”? Click here to know my answer.

Don’t Pay Too Much For Your Property Purchase

Keen to get a good deal on your property purchase? It’s always important to take on board the advice of professionals; however, in saying that, it is fundamental to be weary of the so called ‘tricks of the trade’.

Equip yourself for successful investments

I have numerous properties in my portfolio, which I keep adding to every year, which I never sell and which fund the lifestyle I had always dreamed of. Anyone can do the same if they stick to a few key decisions and stay focused.

Buying into a Self-managed Strata Scheme

We are seeing properties that are self-managed much more frequently. Self-managed properties generally are blocks of less than 6 units where the unit owners try to save the money of the management fees by delegating the work to one or more of the unit owners. So what does this mean for the investment buyer?

Would you rather buy a $500k property?

If you look at the latest Residex property figures you will have seen that residential units in Sydney have risen around 14% in the last 12 months to July 2014.

That means a typical $750k – $1m, 2 bed unit is $100-140k more expensive than it was last year.

The path to property investment success

I have learned a lot of lessons on my property investment journey. I believe the following five lessons are the most important points for anyone looking to succeed in the property market to consider.

Should you worry about the suburb vacancy rate

When you’re looking to buy an investment property, it’s essential to pick the right suburb. While it’s possible to change the property you’ve bought over time by renovating, it’s not possible to move its physical location.

Five reasons your house didn’t sell

  The house wasn’t priced correctly. People are emotionally attached to their own houses, especially if they’ve lived there for a long time, which often leads them to thinking it’s worth more than it is. You need to take a step back, look at it unemotionally and get the opinions of independent experts in order to know its true value and set a realistic price. You hired the cheapest...

Growing your property portfolio

What do all these people identify as the key to their success? It is the importance of developing a strategy for investing in property. Click here to know the 12 tips to guide you if you're looking to expand your property portfolio.

Why do smart investors shy away from hotspots?

Everyone loves a bargain, and a bargain in a property hotspot is even better. A cheap property in a booming area can seem like a great buy as it provides an affordable starting point into the property market and a way to gain immediate equity. However, these bargains may only be profitable in the short term. Investors need to keep the long term gain in mind.

Units – best to buy in a big block or small block?

When buying a unit, either to live in or for an investment, you have to consider if you’d prefer to purchase in a large block with 50-100 units, or a more boutique building with perhaps only 12. So what are the advantages of each, and what are the factors you should consider?

Renovating for Profit

If you want to maximise your price when selling or your rent return when investing, renovated properties will always get more money than unrenovated ones.

Residential property Investing Top 10 Tips

Negotiating on and renovating investment residential properties for almost two decades. In that time, I have identified a number of rules that I follow to ensure the best returns from any investment.

Renting: For richer or poorer?

Everyone knows renting is dead money – right? But what if this long held Australian belief is actually wrong? How do the numbers actually compare when weighting up a lifetime of renting Vs buying? Who at the end of the day is likely to be better off?

Sydney property market: Are the rich getting richer in 2016

There’s lots of talk in the media about the market coming off the boil, clearance rates dropping and speculation that there will be bargains around the corner.

Unfortunately I don’t see it that way, especially if you are looking for median priced properties in the blue chip inner city suburbs around Sydney. You need to remember there’s more than one property market and it all depends on what and where you’re buying. Read more…

Are you a Rentvestor?

Last weekend I spoke at the Sydney property Expo about the concept of renting your family home (as opposed to buying it) and building a portfolio of investment properties instead.

Should you invest for rental yield or capital gain?

One of the biggest dilemmas in property investing circles is whether you should invest for rental yield or capital gain. This is a debate that will probably never be won – it really does depend on your investment timeframe, your other income, cash flow and the amount of equity you have available, and most importantly your attitude towards risk.

Five top tips to reach excellence in your property portfolio

Anyone can start building a property portfolio but it’s often hard knowing where to start. Once you get started, how do you know if you are on the right track? Building a property portfolio can be a lifetime’s work, so it is essential that you know it’s performing the best it possibly can as it grows.

Property investment is your ticket to freedom

People looking at buying their first investment property often tell me they are concerned it will limit their financial freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth: property investment is a ticket to freedom and one way to ensure you’re financially set up for a comfortable retirement.

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