5 Things You Don’t Want In A Property Manager

Thursday, February 4, 2016 / Property Management

When it comes to managing your investment property, you don’t want to be placing it into the hands of either an amateur, or someone who has their priorities elsewhere. We thought we would have a quick look at some of the things that you just don’t want to happen at all, and give you some questions that you can ask in order to prevent this from happening to your investment! A Property Manager Who Would Rather be a Real Estate Agent You may be surprised to hear that there are quite a lot of property managers out there who are…

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Property Management Prices, Fees and Sneaky Hidden Costs

Thursday, January 21, 2016 / Property Management

Everyone has an experience in which they have seen an absolutely amazing offer, only to realise that there is a sneaky little * hidden above the best part, or the price. You know the one we are talking about, it often looks something like this As you notice the little * and then the all too familiar term “conditions apply”, you can’t help but feel a little suspicious and you probably become quite sure that the offer itself is probably not going to be anywhere near as good as what the advertiser is suggesting. Sneaky Fees in Property Management services…

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When Should You Sell Your Investment Property?

Thursday, January 14, 2016 / Property Investment, Real Estate

There is the age old adage of many property investors that you should “always buy and never sell”, however this does not always make the most sense. Whilst it is true that consistently adding to your portfolio will help you generate better wealth in the future, the entire endeavour also requires that eventually some of these value increases are actually realised. We thought we would write up a comprehensive list of times in which you may decide to sell an investment property: When You Retire and Need to Free Up Your Cash Many property investors get into the game so that…

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New Years Resolutions

Thursday, January 7, 2016 / Miscellaneous

The end of any year can be quite a mad rush, with Christmas and New Years coming in like a whirlwind. As our day to day activities get disrupted amidst holiday plans, family time and a myriad of other activities; it can be easy to find yourself falling into some bad or unusual habits. That strict diet that was a staple of regimen for the whole year is suddenly allowed to go a little more relaxed, as more helpings of pudding don’t seem like the end of the world. We find our selves in a bit of a no man’s…

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Seasonal Workforce Drops North Pole Vacancy Rates and Increases Rental Yield

Thursday, December 17, 2015 / Miscellaneous

It is that time of year again, and the North Pole is enjoying a surge in seasonal workers. This seasonal workforce pushed the vacancy rates on rental properties in the North Pole to an all time low, and has produced fantastic rental yields for the savvy investors who scooped up these properties. There have been reports that the housing shortage within the North Pole has lead to some serious rental increases being enjoyed by speculative investors. The difficult terrain of this arctic region makes commuting very difficult, which leads even further to the housing demand for properties that are located…

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Value Growth Isn’t a Linear Process

Thursday, December 17, 2015 / Property Investment

When people think about the value of their investment increasing, they have a line similar to this in mind: This is not however the natural way in which an investment will appreciate in value. Don’t get me wrong, when you balance out consistent growth over a few decades, it does become possible to draw a straight line, from the beginning to the end, such as this chart of Australian Housing prices for a 26 year period.   As we can see, the black line of linear growth for a 26 year period does not match the actual growth line very…

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Bubbles and Tulips, What Do They Have To Do With Investment Property

Thursday, December 10, 2015 / Property Investment

There has been a lot of talk recently about a housing bubble here in Australia. Truth be told, there has almost always been talk of a housing bubble, these comments go hand in hand with any market growth. The term bubble gets thrown around quite regularly, and we thought it may be worth having a look at the origins of the term and what it actually means. As we know a bubble is an object which rapidly grows in size, and then eventually collapses in on itself. The term of reference to a bubble when people are talking about the housing…

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Becoming The Landlord, What You Should Keep In Mind

Thursday, December 3, 2015 / Property Investment, Property Management

 Stepping into the realm of property investment goes hand in hand with becoming a landlord. The idea of being a landlord can be a thrilling, yet questioning experience for many people. Your initial experience with the rental process probably came from the other side of the spectrum; in that you may have been a tenant. Being the landlord however is a much more involved process, as you manage the leasing, the bond, and various other landlord’s responsibilities.  Managing The Rental Property It comes as no surprise that the vast majority of property investors decide to hire a property manager. Whilst it…

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Interest Only or Interest and Principal, What Is the Difference?

Thursday, November 26, 2015 / Property Finance, Property Investment

Generally speaking, when someone purchases a home that they intend on living in, they get a mortgage which is then paid off over a set period of time. Each week they pay the interest on the loan amount, and then they pay off a portion of the debt itself. The portion which is paid off of the debt is called the ‘principal’. As time goes on, and more and more principal has been paid, the amount of interest that is paid each week diminishes, whilst the amount of principal that is paid each week increases. For example, if you were…

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Vacancy Rates, How they Influence Investment Strategies

Thursday, November 19, 2015 / Property Investment

So if you have decided to buy an investment property, you are almost guaranteed to be planning on renting that property out. This is a given. Even if you have found an absolutely amazing property that seems to check every single box in what you are looking for in an investment, you’ll blow your budget pretty quickly if you can’t find a tenant. Nothing will make your property investment experience go sour and cause serious financial hardship quite as quickly as having a long term vacant property within your portfolio. Your strategy is going to be built upon the affordability of a…

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