Now is the time to get into a commercial property!

Australian papers are full of articles about the ‘booming’ residential property market. The ‘booming’ residential market across every major capital city in the country continues and does look like stopping. The boom in housing prices is set to continue for another 12 months. Some predict at least another 5-10% will be added to mean housing prices. This is great if you own a house, not great if you are trying to buy one. But the strong growth in housing prices is also having an impact …

Baby Boomers and New Business Trends – Pure Gold

I’m just ‘spit-balling’ here, but I think I’ve just struck gold I just came across yet another listing for a desk in a shared/coworking office space. I recently was talking about the new trends in share space. That’s where you can hire a desk is a group access work space that has access to boardrooms, WiFi, and other facilities. Many of this kind of co-working hubs are filled with young, trendy entrepreneurs, startups and solopreneurs, but while they are the leading edge I reckon they …

Convertible Real Estate and Hidden Equity

I live in Byron Bay where it’s magnificent one day, perfect the next and even though I drive a sensible car there are times when the idea of driving a convertible down the road, wind blowing in my… where my hair used to be, sun shining on my face… …Well, it all seems very glamorous, and Hollywood. While convertibles are not the most sensible of cars, when it comes to property, sometimes convertibles can be a great idea. What is a convertible property? Well what …

Commercial Opportunities Found In Residential Property Can Be Great For Your Cash Flow

Typically the residential real estate market is houses or apartments with rental agreements for one year or longer where the house is rented out to a single family or group of individuals for them to personally live in. So can you invest in residential homes but have it be a commercial investment? AT what point does it become commercial and why would you do it? Like all things commercial it all comes down to cash flow and “the numbers”. Let me show you what I …

Are You Missing The Hidden Gems In Regional Australia?

Commercial real estate in regional Australia is back in favour. Demand for office space is surging in most major CBDs. This has caused overflow into regional office demand. Would you be surprised if I told you Wollongong is among the most popular regional centres for private investment? Yep Wollongong! You see, Wollongong is only about 100kms from Sydney CBD and unlike Sydney, it is affordable. It makes complete sense. I have previously discussed the maths of property investment. Our mission as real estate investors is …

Turning Other People’s Stuff Into Money

You’d think by the headline of this article I was talking about trash ‘n’ treasure markets or selling people’s stuff on eBay… When I look at trends in real estate, there’s one I’m noticing becoming more and more popular. It’s Tiny Houses. If you haven’t seen this trend, when I say tiny… I really mean tiny. These are houses that are little more than one living room and a bedroom. They have a tiny footprint and are designed to have people live a simpler life. …

[PODCAST] What Malcolm Turnbull Could Mean For Australian Property Investing

It may be a little too early to tell exactly what Turnbull means by becoming an agile country and responding to change. However seeing a guy in the “top job” who is not only a self-made millionaire but also has a strong property investment portfolio, including commercial property… well it gives me some hope… From 33 years in the trenches though, I share what I really think will happen.

The 3 Growth Levels Of Commercial Property And The Action You Need To Implement Them.

There are a couple of different options to look for when it comes to commercial property. No, I’m not talking about office vs. industrial etc I’m talking about properties you can do things with and those you can’t. I was looking around at a few potential properties to show my students the other day, for example, and I found a shop in Coolangatta which had one of those chain coffee shops in it. The shop had a ten-year lease with another ten-year option on it. …

New PM Equals New Possibilities

Well, here we go again! If you have been living under a rock or just back from sailing in the middle of the southern ocean, here’s a news flash! We have a new PM. Another PM. It’s time to say goodbye to Tony’s slogans, ‘Jobs and Growth’ , ‘Debt and Deficits’, ‘Lifters not Leaners’ . Change is a coming. Roll out the red carpet (a very expensive one hopefully) for Malcolm ‘Top end of Town’ Turnbull. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the reason …

Dummy Investors Flocking To Regional Towns

According to industry figures Commercial investors are flocking to regional areas to invest in property that’s backed by blue-chip leases. A recent Burgess Rawson auction in Sydney and Melbourne saw 130 million worth of commercial real estate get snatched up by desperate investors. Why, so I say desperate? Because many of these investors were happy to settle for 3 or 4% yields. To my mind there is not so much competition that you should need to take such low yields… in some cases this means …