Wednesday, May 02, 2007

What to look for

I was talking to a real estate agent today about a property I wanted to put an offer on. He told me about the many positives of the property. I should point out that the property itself was just an average looking 2 units by 2 beddie place, currently under-rented by about $30 each so that is another plus. However the major positives that he talked about was the brand new major shopping centre and movie complex which had just opened and is a 2 minute drive away, the new business park which is being constructed and is a 10 to 15 minute drive away, and the water views that are available from both units. These are pretty good pluses and make the units desirable rentals. So have I put an offer in on these units. Too right I have!
When looking for investment properties it's a good idea to look at factors outside of the property itself as these can add real value. There are a lot of things which you need to consider as a property investor besides the property itself. Blog in with your comments on what these might be which can add or detract from a properties value. Happy investing and remember if you have any friends or family who are interested in property investing send them to


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Property Investing in Uncertain Times

The media and government and business people and Treasury officials are all talking the property market down. Interest rates on mortgages are increasing, the doomsayers are predicting a market correction, and the government is talking tough on property investors. These things are nothing new. There have been property market corrections in the past and there will be more in the future but at the end of the day, real estate has appreciated continuously since records were first kept. The thing property investors must do is future shock proof ourselves. We must have strategies in place which will help us through the down-times. One thing I do is ensure that I can hold on to a property in the medium term by either finding one that has a high return which will cover all the expenses or one that will appreciate in value quicker than most and the costs can be offset against my other investment properties. How about you? What strategies have you got to future proof yourself? Blog in with your thoughts and remember if you have any friends or family who are interested in real estate investing send them to
Until next time happy and successful property investing.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gotta Keep Moving

I have been away from the computer for a few days, mainly because I've been working but I also took a bit of time off over Easter to spend with family and friends playing rugby and watching cultural events. This was a great way to unwind, but it also recharged me and I regained the energy to get stuck into my investing. So since Easter I have visited another town and put some offers in, met with my mortgage broker to re-finance, obtained valuations for some of my properties, put another offer in for a property in another town where my niece lives and works for a real estate agent, and helped my son organise his stuff so that he can reach his goal of owning an investment property before he turns 20 at the end of this year. Quite a bit has been done, but it's not over. I still have a section that I want to build on so I am in the middle of getting quotes for that as well.
How about you? Have you had a break and now you are getting into it? It's true when whoever said that momentum creates results. I have certainly had some good outcomes. Blog in and let us know what you are doing to get the results you want.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Get Outa Your Comfort Zone

I live in the biggest city in my country and the average price for a house is now $500 000. Average rent is about $400. So the average return is around 4%!!! This covers the insurance, rates and maitenance and the rental manager's fees with a few thousand left over to cover the $40 000 morgage repayments. Unless you have deep pockets this investment just ain't gonna cut it even with all the tax benefits that you would get. So when it comes to getting outa your comfort zone that can include getting outa your town and looking for bargains somewhere else. Other towns need to have a decent sized population, say 30 000 up, or be very close to a major town, and have several decent sized employers rather than being a one industry town which will suffer if that particular industry goes through a down-turn. It also helps if you put a minimum return of say 10% from your rents. With these few rules you could find some thing decent but the big problem is to manage from a long distance. This is where you need to employ some good people skills and find some good people in the town you are interested in. Not an easy proposition. Do you have any ideas about this? Some experience in dealing with far away property investments? Blog in and share your stories. And remember if you have family or friends who are interested in property investing refer them to