How To Get Vendors Out Of Fantasy Land

I was looking at a deal recently where the numbers just didn’t add up. For me it was time to move on and keep looking. However, there was good upside on this property and could still be worth looking at depending on whether you could get the vendor’s head out of the clouds and back into reality. The problem is that those who do not have a good understanding of commercial property will think that they bought the property for price x and they automatically …

100% finance and getting a payrise

One of the reasons Australians has such a love affair with property investing has got to be the fact that property values keep increasing year after year. In Most places, the price doubles every ten years, so if you get a mortgage for say, $400,000, ten years later (if you’re in one of those areas), it will be worth twice that. Many people have realised that you can refinance and use that equity in their home to go out and buy another property that also …

Square 1 For Commercial Investment Newbies

If you are a novice to commercial property investment, today is your lucky day. I am going to answer all your questions and give you the low down on getting into the market. I often write for people who have a fair idea what commercial is all about but occasionally I get people coming to me with the most basic of questions and I feel it only fair to create a springboard to get people started with why I love it so much and how …

What Drunk BBQ Braggers Don’t Tell You (Nor Does The Media)

I was at a dinner party BBQ recently. I was just there to relax and have fun with my friends, but I couldn’t help listening in to a conversation with this guy I’d never met before about his residential property portfolio. I guess there’s always one at every party right… He’s had a few too many drinks, he’s talking too loud, and he’s bragging about how much money he makes… A self-proclaimed expert in all things government policy. He was quoting the former treasurer who …

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. …