double your cash flow with short term stays

Like any smart investor I have a diversified portfolio. I have both commercial and residential properties on the go. Not only that, I have some residential that is just that… rented out as a family home. I also have residential that I treat as commercial and let on a short term holiday basis. Why? Balance. It means there is a nice balance of capital growth and cash flow. In the long term, this kind of balance provides stability. It means that you become, in a …

Small spaces are getting bigger

Small is good for some retailers and office spaces who are coming round to the idea that small is the new black Rising rents, low vacancy and the seamless integration of brick and mortar shops with e-commerce is driving retails to opt for more boutique style shops. Even online-only operators are opting for small offices because they have few staff and even outsource much of their required workforce. I especially noticed it last time I was in Sydney, but apparently, Melbourne is running the same …

Why I told my young niece to go commercial

My niece was looking to buy her first investment property and sent me a house selling for 400k wanting to know what I think. I made this podcast for her and you… comparing her house with a 400k commercial property I found online this afternoon. Not sure what to buy – this will show you the difference in returns.  

9 Questions You Must Ask Before Investing In Commercial

How long is a piece of string? It’s a throwaway line that gets tossed out when someone asks a question to which there is no single best answer. And that’s exactly what I have to say when someone asks if Commercial real estate is for them. It does tend to attract a specific kind of people. More entrepreneurial types rather than “mum and dad” investors. Commercial attracts people who actively seek out ways to get greater returns and to take more proactive action to put …

Fact, Fiction and Finances

Like many hot button issues in real estate investing, debating whether you invest in residential or commercial is often not one that comes up. Sadly the majority of “investors” – (Notice the inverted commas… if I was telling you this in person I’d be using “Air-Quotes”) get no education around investing at all. They’ve bought a house or two and know how that works… So when their accountant suggests, they buy an investment property… they go do what they’ve already done before… Then they work …

One Crazy Idea Is Now Set To Make $30k Passive Income.

More than 20 years ago I reached the point in my investing career where I was making so much passive income that I really didn’t need to work anymore.   And that’s exactly what I chose to do…   I packed up my possessions and moved up to Byron Bay where the climate was warm enough to surf every morning (without having to freeze my brass monkeys off) and live a relaxed life.   I’m now doing what I can to help others achieve the …

powerful questions powerful results: student case study

After years of residential property investment one student is blown away by what you can achieve with commercial property. I was talking to one of my mentoring students the other day. 

He’s had an injury which rendered him unable to work soon he had to come up with another way to make a living. He had a family to take care of so this was top priority. What I like about this story is that this guy asked the right questions… here’s what I mean. …

Forget About Serviceability – This Fixes That!

If you are serious about property investing then it’s probably going to be something you do more than once. Yep – I know there are a stack of people out there in property investing land who have bought themselves an investment property, maybe even two… In fact that’s the vast majority of people in Australia who call themselves property investors. But those guys aren’t serious. The reason they have only bought one or two is that they are probably negatively geared and they have run …

Making Strata Titled Properties Work

If you are looking at commercial property in the lower price range one of the types of property you will find a lot of are properties that are already strata titled… They might be offices or single shops in a larger building and you are just buying one of them.   These tend to be more set and forget type properties because they have already been divided up in the building and usually there are few, if any upsides. However they will be cashflow positive …

The Commercial Lease Advantage Equals Free Money

Australia is in love with property. Even since the dawn of the great Australian dream: The quarter acre block with a house on it.   In the beginning (at the risk of sounding like the bible there was the 14-acre block. Then there was the idea of owning a beach house or a shack at Bonnie Doon so you could enjoy “The serenity”.   Over time, as with so many other things, our dreams have gotten bigger. The 3 bedroom house on the 1/4 acre block …