What Little Kids Can Teach You About Commercial Investing

When we are kids we’re taught to colour inside the lines. When we hit school we’re taught to follow the rules – and the older we get the more rules they impose. When we learn to drive we are taught to drive inside the lines and follow the rules. At high school and University there is a strong push to study hard and get a good job so you can live life according to society’s rules… work hard… pay taxes… get married.. have kids… buy …

100 Years and no regrets? Really? How?

The other day I was watching this video that was a group of 3 centenarians talking about their regrets. That’s a lot of time to look back at the epic journey of a life and consider your regrets… You can cram lot of regrets into a life. You can also cram a lot of genuine wins into a life. The great thing was that these 3 100+ year olds had got to a point where they didn’t really have much in the way of regrets. …

How to get the best commercial deals

There’s an old saying that if you want to get something done you need to give it to a body person. It’s a counter intuitive thing but I completely get it. Busy people are busy because they are getting things done. People who aren’t busy are generally wasting time. Just to be clear, even though I often tell stories of how I go for a surf every morning and hang out with friends afterwards… Don’t let that fool you into thinking that I’m just sitting …

How to have more energy and get more done in a year.

I’m writing this from the deck of a boat, somewhere off the coast of Greece. This is me the other day swimming over to Jackie-O’s beach hut on Skorpios island. Taking some time out each year as I do gives me time to think about how I want to spend my days in the coming 11 months before I go on holidays again. Obviously, I spend time considering what I want to achieve this year. I set some goals around that. But I also spend …

The 6 best apps for simplifying life (Commercial investor edition)

The great gift of being a wage employee is the simplicity. You know every day what you need to do, you know each day where you need to go and what time you start and finish your day. When it comes to tax time you get a piece of paper which you take to your accountant and let them fix up your tax return for you. It’s just so simple… As soon as you start a business, you’re adding a level of complexity that’s quite …

The foolproof way to find the true property value

What’s a commercial property worth? Its value is as much as a piece of string is long. Defining the value of a property is the job of valuers, and I don’t envy them – it’s not an easy job. It’s full of guesswork and unquantifiable things. I was looking at a student deal the other day – (It’s not a done deal they are at the initial investigation stage) There was a retail space with a residential space above. The retail was leased – a …

Are Your Assets Wrecking Your Life?

Here’s a description of some investors that you’ve probably heard. It goes like this: “Asset rich… Cash-poor.” We’ve all heard that description, right? I get that having assets is great for a long-term strategy… When it’s time to retire at 65 or 70, you’ll be in a good place… But to me… I believe that it’s the biggest con ever perpetrated on the general populace. It’s like living in poverty in the vague hope that you will be living on easy-street later in life. Die …

The 5 things you must monitor (For Commercial Opportunities)

Any idea what zone your house is in? Most people have little idea… And if they do know the name of it, even fewer people know what that means, what you can build there and what the local council wants in that area. And I’ve got one more… An even tinier number of people are up to date with that information. The reason is that councils change the zones regularly and change what that actually means and what they want in that area even more …

Why ‘Thinking’ is Useless for Achieving Success

Where do we think from? Most people would say that it’s the head… Or the brain that does the heavy lifting in that area. Think about thinking for a second and point to where it’s happening and 98.7% of people will point to their head. A few new-agers will point to the heart. The rest will give you a blank stare. For me I can see that the brain does make a lot of noise. Whether that is actually thinking or not depends on whether …

This could be an untapped commercial goldmine

Chances are that you’ve heard news of Amazon coming to Australia and people claiming it’s “end days” for Australian retail. Manufacturing in Australia is also looking pretty shabby for the most part… the big car plants have all been outsourced to Asia… And of course china is flooding the market with products so cheap that no one here could ever compete… So where do we look for safe places to buy commercial in industries that are on an upswing, not a downswing? Well, a recent article …