Can I buy a property without the help and assistance from a buyer’s agent? That’s one of the decisions you’ll have to make when you begin the property-buying process. A buyer’s agent can certainly help you find that perfect property and negotiate with the selling agent or owner for the best price and conditions. But, it's important to note that many people have bought their homes or investment properties without the help of buying agent especially due to the plethora of on-line real estate tools and on-line websites making this buying process even more convenient… But has this ‘plethora of on... Read More...
Ready to house hunt? It's a jungle out there: Prepare for a flurry of paperwork, stampedes of buyers competing for the same digs, and other challenges before you get your hands on those house keys. We won't lie: The process can be complex and stressful - which is why having a property professional that’s totally on your side can make all the difference! You might have heard of buyer's agents and seller's agents. You're a buyer, so what is a buyer's agent? True to their name, buyer's agents represent and assist one party only “the buyer” and support them every step of the way and can also save you significant amounts of time and money on the road to property ownership. Read o... Read More...

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You’ve just seen a property which you are extremely interested in and want to buy it because it ticks all the boxes (suits most of your requirements).  However, you do have one very major issue worrying you, that is you’re not so keen or confident in buying this property at auction due to the stress, anxiety and confusion that you know will cause you. So what do you do? How do you know that you won’t end up overpaying at auction due to bu... Read More...
Knowing what you want in a property before you start can save you a lot of time. If you set yourself a clear criteria, you will find searching for a property much easier as you will be able to eliminate properties immediately that do not suit your needs. Some important questions to ask yourself when setting your criteria include: What can you afford: calculate the deposit and repayments you can afford. Deposit requirements will vary, but as a rule of thumb, at least ten per cent of the selling price will be required. In general, lenders usually base the amount they will loan you on the rule that monthly repayments do not exceed a quarter of gross (pre-tax) income. What are your locatio... Read More...
ATTENTION: HOME BUYERS & PROPERTY INVESTORS! Do any of the following apply to you?
  • Are you time-constrained and just don't have enough time to spend finding the right property?
  • Are you frustrated at being out-bid at auctions or missing out in private sale negotiations?
  • Are you feeling anxious or overwhelmed by the logistics of the selling & buying process?
  • Are you stressed about making a costly mistake?
 If any of the above applies to you, are you open to us finding and securing the right property for you? "Buyer... Read More...
Buyer's agents must be licensed real estate agents by law. The major difference between a buyer’s agent and a seller's agent is that a buyer's agent is always working exclusively on behalf of a buyer only whereas a seller’s agent is working on behalf of a seller but is also working with the buyer in order to close a sale.  In some circumstances this may cause a conflict of interest to occur (especially if the selling agent isn’t ethical). Zac Newbold from Your Australian Property Solutions (YAPS) says that he always tries to help home buyers or investors just as a business consultant would assist a corporation. "Buyers can make the ... Read More...
Capital growth is fundamental to property investment and is what ultimately increases an investor’s wealth. An investor will increase his or her wealth over time by selecting and purchasing properties that achieve long-term capital growth. Rental yield is basically an end to a means - it helps the investor’s cash flow but does little of itself to increase the investor’s wealth. Wealth comes from the property increasing in value.  When first purchased, a property might be negatively geared, however, over time as the rent increases, it will eventually become neutrally, and then positively geared.  Only occasionally when buying a residential investment property, will the investor be ... Read More...
There’s nothing worse for a mortgage broker than telling their client that unfortunately the property they have just purchased isn’t worth the price they paid for it, and in fact,  has been valued significantly lower than the purchase price… The following demonstrates why this can be so devastating for purchasers who unfortunately find themselves in this situation. A couple purchases an investment property, without professional assistance,  over the weekend thinking that they purchased a really good property for a good price.  First thing on Monday morning they contact their mortgage broker (having already been pre-approved for their loan) to advise  they have just purchased ... Read More...
Why is it that some people are prepared to pay a professional stock broker to set up their share portfolio, but when it comes to purchasing property (their most expensive single asset), they are decide to take on all of the risk and do it themselves?  This really doesn't make a lot of sense it! Over the past few years, there has never been a more convenient time to purchase property due mainly to the power of the "internet".  But, sadly that convenience has in many cases made the whole entire buying process far too complicated, confusing, stressful and time-consuming for people.  That's why getting Read More...
Remember that the best property advice you can possibly receive when buying a property is advice that you pay a fee for service for.  Advice that you freely receive from people (i.e. real estate salespeople, property marketers or non-property advisors) you really need to question what that person's real motivation is... Free advice is usually deemed as questionable, and can end up costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital losses, over payment of tax or lost opportunities. Paid property advice is accountable to the client. Whereas, free property advice comes with little or no responsibility or accountability  from the person giving  advice. Paid property advice is in... Read More...
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