Scarcity and Business Growth – Planning for the future

When it comes to offices, size matters It’s one of the biggest challenges facing new and emerging companies: how to accommodate extra staff as a business grows but its current office space doesn’t. Similarly, it presents a problem for landlords when tenants need more room to move than what they’re able to provide. But as a new leasing deal in Sydney shows, landlords are now starting to offer unique leasing conditions in a bid to lock in tenants who might look to expand their operation …

[PODCAST] Buy A Commercial Property With 9% Cashflow With None Of Your Own Money

It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does you want to be prepared and know how to take advantage of the opportunity… I’m talking about Vendor Fiance   Vendor finance is when you can get the existing owner to contribute the deposit to get finance for the property, or even more sometimes. You’d obviously have to pay them back personally at some later stage, but it can get you into a property with none of your own money and get you some cash flow …

3 investment opportunities you should never talk about to a diehard residential investor – you’ll break their heart

Let’s start with a test. Just Google ‘Commercial Real Estate Australia’ to see the vast amount of places you can park your money across the country. To all the novice investors out there, let me cut through the noise. Here is an insight into the types of commercial property that will put you on the quick road to riches. Firstly, Apartment Blocks. These can be small five plus apartments or multi story building covering city blocks. It does not matter if you are buying a …

PODCAST: Retail Vs Office Vs Industrial the Faceoff

If you’re just starting out  you may be wondering which sectors of commercial property you should invest in. I have my own preferences but that doesn’t mean I’m right. In this podcast I chat about 3 sectors which you could take a look at and I share my 33 years of experience with it.

[PODCAST] Aussie Bank Regulator’s War On Loans Is Murdering Residential Investing

The Aussie banking regulator APRA is making a move on residential home loans by pressuring the banks to protect themselves against potential mortgage losses at the expense of shareholders and customers. While this could be seriously painful for many would-be investors the pressure has loopholes for smart investors. Check out this podcast to find out how to position yourself for the blow.          

The difference between a good location and a bad one in commercial property investing

When searching for a commercial investment what makes a good location? Often when I am checking out an area I will visit several times – at different times of the day and different times of the week. This is especially the case I’m looking at a retail investment. To an extent a retail investment say a cafe or a hair salon relies on passing trade, this can be both foot and car traffic. If an area has a few cafes and the normal service type …

Top 5 things to look for when buying a commercial investment property

When you start your search for a commercial property to invest in there are basic factors that you should take into account.

 Like residential property, location is one of the most important things to decide on. The location of a property can mean the difference to having trouble free ongoing income or not. Of course location is not the only factor to look at, below is a list of factors that I take into consideration. Location.  This is still the No. 1 issue. You want …

Is online shopping killing commercial property investing?

“Why online shopping is driving some business to the wall but it’s not touching my commercial property portfolio” There’s been a lot of talk recently about the impact of online shopping on Australia’s commercial property market. The naysayers would have you believe that e-commerce will sound the death knell for Aussie retailers and that commercial property is a risky asset class as a result. It’s hard to deny that some businesses – such as clothing outlets, bookstores and speciality shops – have been feeling the …

PODCAST: Why should you invest in commercial property

Most Australians and in love with investing in commercial property and in a way that’s just one of the many reasons why you should consider it. Aside from the higher returns, long leases and landlord friendly contracts… less competition is a huge factor in making this a good investment. This is EPISODE 1 of my new podcast – it’s short and sweet. If you’ve got ideas for podcast topics get onto my facebook page and let me know via a FB message

Serviced offices can be a great commercial property investment

Investing in serviced offices

Investing in a serviced office could be one way to get exposure to the office market. Although I don’t personally have any office investments as part of my property portfolio, I believe that a well chosen serviced office investment could be a great addition for any commercial property investor. The concept of serviced offices is not new – I used one way back in the 1990s in Newcastle when I was involved in a large commercial development. My partners and I rented serviced office space …