It’s not the size of the return, it’s the length that matters

Investing well is important. However, investing well over long periods of time is most important. Everyone would agree that making a one-time 50% return on an investment is a wonderful outcome. But making a 7% return each year for 40 years is a far better outcome, as it multiplies your initial investment by a factor […]

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Why the next property you buy is the most important one

This blog’s title is a bit deceptive, because every property you buy is important, for either lifestyle or financial reasons. I contemplated using the title: “why the first property you buy is the most important one”. But the reality is, if you have made a mistake on your first property, you can always start again. The […]

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Property data in not always right, or helpful

My professional life has been all about “the numbers” for more than two decades! So, as an accountant and financial advisor, it pains me to say that numbers are not always right! Numbers are factual, verifiable, logical and the ‘robustness’ gives me a lot of confidence. However, when it comes to investing in property, a […]

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Why would you refinance? (Hint: not because of rates)

According to the ABS, the number of people refinancing their mortgage increased by over 63% in the year to May 2020. Quite often people think the only reason to refinance is to obtain a lower interest rate. However, this thinking is incorrect. Typically, you don’t need to refinance to obtain a lower interest rate (more about […]

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Here’s why you should stick to your day job rather than property investment

There are three ways to generate passive income; start a business, invest or speculate. The key word in that sentence is passive. Passive means you can generate economic benefits without the requirement of your personal exertion. Since it doesn’t require personal exertion, it frees up your time to spend it on activities or with the people […]

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What impact will Melbourne’s virus lockdown have on property and economy?

Melbourne’s Covid transmission outbreak has been widely publicised by the media. Melbourne’s daily positive test rate is relatively benign by world standards (i.e. 0.5-0.6% versus 7.5% in the USA). However, the reinstated 6-week lockdown of Melbourne is likely to have a negative impact on Australia’s economy. Melbourne is responsible for producing over 19% of Australia’s […]

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It is what you buy, not when you buy or what you pay that matters most

The price you pay for an investment property will only matter if you purchase the wrong asset. An investment-grade asset will, in the long run, mask any purchase price errors that you may have made. That is why focusing on the quality of the asset is easily the most important thing you must do when investing in property. Simple […]

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How bad does an investment property need to be to warrant selling it?

If you sell a dud investment property, you may have to pay capital gain tax (CGT), selling costs and then stamp duty again when you reinvest… it can be a very expensive exercise!  And if you have owned the property for a while, it is probably putting money in your pocket each month (i.e. more […]

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