A Crash Course In Honest Numbers

  Getting Honest with yourself about the numbers Over the weekend one of my relatives asked me to take a look at a couple of properties she was interested in buying. They were both commercial, which is why she had come to me. This wasn’t her first rodeo when it came to investing in property. I think she has a flat somewhere – but it was her first commercial. For that reason, she’d already done some research and due diligence. 1- She’d travelled to the …

Why buying remotely is stupid – It pays to go look at it.

I’ve seen quite a few deals where people have bought commercial properties based on the numbers and images from the agent. While, as you know I’m all about the numbers… My basic rule of thumb is the numbers have to work… Never buy based on gut instinct or anything like that. But here’s the deal. If the numbers work… you still should go an inspect the property. Over the last few months, I’ve been looking for a shopping centre to buy. I’ve made an effort …

The Hidden Potential Of Short Term Commercial Thinking

  Most people buy commercial property as a long-term investment. They buy for their consistent high yields as well as for good capital growth over time. That’s certainly how I teach my students to buy good commercial properties. That being said, we’ve all heard of people buying run down old houses, doing a quick reno and selling them off again for a profit. That’s how I got started in real estate many years ago… …Buying old houses and flipping them. So how does that work …

Solid Opportunities For Small Investors

More and more media outlets are talking up commercial and generating more interest in it. Combined with sustained low-interest rates and falling value of the Australian dollar are certainly among the reasons for the increase in offshore investment in Australia real estate. Also it’s feeling like there is a higher global demand for Australian commercial property means more competition for scarce assets, which is driving prices up fast. But for the average small time investors like you and me (yes I still include myself in …

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 …

[PODCAST] Commercial Finance and Trick To Getting It – (Different From Residential Lending)

If you’ve never owned a commercial property then you’ve never had to get commercial finance. The mistake many commercial property newbies make is thinking it’s going to be the same as residential, but lenders want different things when you’re buying commercial. The numbers are different and there are different factors in play. If you go armed with the right information it will not only help you choose better properties but get your loan easier. That’s what this podcast is about – have a listen now. …

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 …