Could the equity in your house buy you a new car?

If you’ve been putting all your extra cash into your home loan, well done. Paying your loan off sooner could potentially save you a lot of money on interest. However, owning a safe and reliable car is just as important, particularly if you have a...

Friends With Benefits Fulfils the Australian Dream

SOMETIMES life doesn’t go according to plan. Your young adult assumptions of buying a home with the one you love dissipates into the singleton’s life of bouncing from one rental home to the next. Not only are you putting off building your own wealth portfolio...

Are You Suffering from Analysis Paralysis?

WOULDA -- COULDA -- SHOULDA is one of my least favourite things to have to live with. Its parent is hindsight, but hindsight won’t show up until much later in the piece–long after the first ping in the gut, urging you to act now. Like...

Talking shop could be your candy store

YOU don’t have to be a business-person or real estate expert to become an investor of commercial property. Greater yields and longer tenancy periods are a couple of terrific benefits from choosing a commercial property over a residential one. But perhaps you haven’t given it much thought...

Bear this true story from an associate in mind:

During a housing boom, a beachside agent became acquainted with a lovely senior aged couple who were looking for a waterfront property. They were excited that their property in another state was under contract, (for the second time after the first contract collapsed), and they...

What to do with the house when love walks out the door

THANKS to Gwyneth Paltrow, conscious uncoupling is the latest buzz phrase to hit the going-solo scene. If we can believe the professional gossips, it was only days before ex-hubby Chris Martin and Gwyneth split, that they bought a home together in Malibu where they’ll both...

Put your silent partner to work

THEN again, perhaps silent is the wrong word. In the process of buying property, a lot of people explain to me how annoying it is to become the obsessive interest of so many real estate agents. Buyers complain that once they sign a visitor register –...

There’s no price – so why bother?

AUCTION properties bring a kind of frustration for buyers. The property is marketed without a price indication and begs the question: How am I supposed to know if the property is in my price range if I don’t know what it is worth? Some buyers miss...