Blogs

  • The true cost of keeping your home after divorce

    Friday, 02nd June 2017

    When your relationship breaks down, one of the hardest things to face is leaving the family home ...

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  • ​Tax variation key to supercharged cashflow

    Friday, 26th May 2017

    Residential investors, it's time to unlock your pay packet and start claiming what's yours with a...

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  • The 'F' word - don't let Finance and Housing affordability get you down...

    Wednesday, 24th May 2017

    You can't seem to move these days without hearing about housing affordability. The media has us h...

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  • ​The most shocking retirement figure you'll ever see… and how you can help turn things around!

    Wednesday, 24th May 2017

    Hands up those who've calculated how much you'll need in retirement? And how did you calculate th...

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  • Investors urged to act now to avoid Victorian stamp duty increase

    Thursday, 18th May 2017

    Investors face an average increase of $15-20K on their stamp duty when concessions for new proper...

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  • ​New property best for depreciation in budget update

    Wednesday, 17th May 2017

    New build investment properties are the winners with incoming Federal Government budgetary measur...

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  • Best tips for getting into property in 2017

    Tuesday, 21st February 2017

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  • Starting again after a setback

    Friday, 25th November 2016

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  • How to make low interest rates work for you

    Friday, 18th November 2016

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  • SMSF Property Investment

    Friday, 11th November 2016

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  • Property Investment 101: when to invest in property over shares

    Wednesday, 09th November 2016

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  • ​The elephant in the room… Negative gearing is it here to stay? Or has it gone forever?

    Tuesday, 24th May 2016

    The upcoming July 2 election has left a trail of politicians in its wake. As they scam...

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  • Refinancing your investment - how to know when it's time

    Tuesday, 26th April 2016

    In days of old, we'd go into a relationship with our banks much like a marriage - it was somethin...

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  • ​Make sure your money lasts as long as you do…

    Thursday, 21st April 2016

    Without a crystal ball at hand, it's hard to know exactly how much money we'll need in retirement...

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  • ​How to be first in line for a new property development

    Tuesday, 19th April 2016

    You've decided to invest in Australian real estate, but where are you going to find a property?...

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  • ​Busting Australia's tall poppy syndrome, because you really can have your cake and eat it too

    Thursday, 14th April 2016

    It takes time to develop a money-making mindset - especially if you've been given mixed messages ...

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  • ​How setting time aside today can help grow your wealth tomorrow

    Tuesday, 12th April 2016

    When's the last time you sat down and took a good look at your finances? It might be something yo...

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  • Making the most out of your money

    Thursday, 07th April 2016

    If you take a close look at the relationship many people have with money, it flows in and out of ...

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  • ​Successful property portfolios - quality trumps quantity

    Tuesday, 05th April 2016

    We've all heard about that one investor who has a massive nationwide portfolio, but not much to s...

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  • ​Property portfolio strategies when retirement is just around the corner…

    Wednesday, 30th March 2016

    If you're like many Australians, retirement is something sitting over the hill - you can see the ...

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  • ​How a strategic property portfolio can help your Life-Work balance

    Tuesday, 29th March 2016

    If you're fresh from the Easter break, dreaming of your next holiday and unable to get away due t...

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  • Why you should buy and hold property - investment portfolio strategies

    Thursday, 24th March 2016

    It's no surprise that there are many costs involved with the purchasing and selling of property. ...

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  • ​Emotional mistakes property investors should avoid

    Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

    Recently I spoke with Belinda Punshon from finder.com.au about...

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  • ​Why a property portfolio health check is just as important as your own

    Thursday, 17th March 2016

    Regular health checks are a great way to pick up on early warning signs - that irritable cough yo...

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  • Property Portfolio Strategies for the Sandwich Generation

    Tuesday, 15th March 2016

    If you're being squeezed between the financial needs of your children and ageing parents, you're ...

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  • ​Why you shouldn't let your first bad experience with property investment put you off purchasing again

    Friday, 11th March 2016

    We've all had one defining experience that's put us off doing something again.It might...

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  • ​7 questions every SMARTER Property Investor should ask when building a rental portfolio

    Tuesday, 08th March 2016

    Congratulations! You've decided to add another property to your portfolio. This is a fantastic mo...

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  • ​Early superannuation access not the right path to owner occupied housing

    Thursday, 03rd March 2016

    What if you could unlock superannuation to buy your first home? Tempting isn't it, but if it mean...

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  • Top 3 signs you should run from that investment property

    Tuesday, 01st March 2016

    Sometimes it seems the stars align, you make a decision to invest and the very next day you've fo...

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  • Reading between the lines - property investment hype and how to avoid the pitfalls

    Thursday, 25th February 2016

    The media world was abuzz this week with the story of Kate and Matt Moloney, once crowned investo...

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  • ​How to build $1 million in net worth with a 10 year, 5 property, portfolio plan

    Tuesday, 23rd February 2016

    When it comes to your annual income in retirement, what sort of figure do you have in mind? Pictu...

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  • Myth buster... There is no such thing as the perfect property

    Thursday, 18th February 2016

    Mary's currently looking for the ideal investment. She wants cashflow positive and high capital g...

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  • ​Our growing need for residential investment properties

    Tuesday, 16th February 2016

    As Australia's population hits 24 million a record 17 years ahead of prediction, it's little wond...

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  • ​The Bunnings indicator of residential investment property - and how using a Property Portfolio specialist can pay off

    Thursday, 11th February 2016

    When is a hardware store more than a hardware store?Bunnings coming to town is ...

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  • ​Why scheduling in a periodic inspection is a must for residential property investors

    Tuesday, 09th February 2016

    Any property manager worth their salt will tell you that a periodic or routine inspection is esse...

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  • Suddenly single and starting again?

    Thursday, 04th February 2016

    As someone who divorced at 35 I know what it's like to start again. I dusted myself down and re-b...

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  • Building better financial habits for your children key to a bright futur​e

    Tuesday, 02nd February 2016

    As a parent, the challenge is not only to provide money for your family, but to pass down solid f...

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  • Ask Christine - What sort of annual depreciation should I aim for?

    Monday, 01st February 2016

    <What sort of annual depreciation should I aim for? I've heard you need to be looking for abou...

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  • ​Continuing to invest through lifestyle changes

    Thursday, 28th January 2016

    Who was it that said the only thing certain in life is uncertainty? Whether it's life, death, div...

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  • My investment aha moment

    Tuesday, 26th January 2016

    Suddenly single at the age of 35, circumstance forced me to start again. The moment I realised pr...

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  • Ask Christine - ​How do I get in on the ground floor with purchasing new developments?

    Monday, 25th January 2016

    The key here is to be prepared. Know your 'why' - your motivation for purchasing an investment pr...

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  • ​The secret to getting the best from your Australian residential property investments

    Thursday, 21st January 2016

    When tenants have a choice between your property and one with similar attributes, what's the one ...

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  • Are you ready to say goodbye to the Aged Pension?

    Tuesday, 19th January 2016

    Did you know that from January 2017, over 300,000 Australians are set to lose all or some of thei...

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  • Ask Christine: My tenants have signalled that they are interested in buying my investment property. How do I decide whether to sell or hold?

    Monday, 21st December 2015

    Firstly don't go into selling mode - this is when a landlord starts to think "Well if they want t...

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  • ​Wealth building through residential property investment

    Thursday, 17th December 2015

    I always knew property made money - it was something I'd learnt through buying and selling my own...

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  • ​Investment know-how for residential real estate portfolios

    Tuesday, 15th December 2015

    The difference between residential investment property success and otherwise often comes back to ...

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  • Essential risk management steps for residential property investors

    Thursday, 10th December 2015

    Anyone who's studied basic science will remember Newton's Third Law which states that for every a...

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  • The Smarter guide to funding your first residential investment property

    Tuesday, 08th December 2015

    Finally the day has come - you've got all the right advice, know what sort of property you want t...

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  • ​What to do when your adult children won't leave home…

    Thursday, 26th November 2015

    You've seen your children through higher education and into their first steps as full-time employ...

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  • My top 5 tips to teach children about money

    Tuesday, 24th November 2015

    If I knew then what I now know about money…Finance wasn't ever something we discusse...

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  • How to reframe the conversation around money with children

    Thursday, 19th November 2015

    One of the greatest gifts we can give children is the knowledge that with every purchase comes a ...

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  • ​How to overcome the top 3 financial fears after divorce

    Tuesday, 17th November 2015

    The paperwork is signed, finances divided and you're about to start again - welcome to life post ...

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  • ​How starting a family and property investment can work hand-in-hand

    Tuesday, 27th October 2015

    The pitter patter of tiny feet are on the horizon and your brilliant investment plans have been s...

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  • ​The truth about renovation

    Tuesday, 20th October 2015

    You've found a great house in the right suburb, but first it needs a bit of work.Start...

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  • ​Houses vs. Apartments - where should I invest my money?

    Thursday, 15th October 2015

    The question of whether to invest in houses or apartments is one that won't go away, but the answ...

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  • Tax variation key to cashflow success

    Tuesday, 13th October 2015

    Recently I was asked to explain tax variation and, I have to admit, I was a little surprised. You...

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  • ​Why it's important not to skimp on maintaining your investment property

    Thursday, 08th October 2015

    Let's say you go out and spend $50,000 on a new car, but don't keep up the oil and regular servic...

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  • Residential investment property cashflow considerations

    Tuesday, 06th October 2015

    Whether you have an apartment, townhouse or freestanding home, each has its own particulars to co...

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  • ​Building a property portfolio - why stop at one?

    Tuesday, 29th September 2015

    Did you know at least 1.6million Australians have ownership share in an investment property?...

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  • Why property investors shouldn't buy the house next door…

    Thursday, 24th September 2015

    It sounds like the perfect match - you want to buy a residential investment property and the hous...

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  • ​The best place to invest in Australian residential investment property is…

    Tuesday, 22nd September 2015

    A great question! There's no hard and fast answer to this as everybody's needs are different....

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  • Building insurance for residential property investors

    Tuesday, 15th September 2015

    A set-and-forget residential investment strategy is about having your all bases covered, especial...

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  • Ask Christine - How do I choose between one suburb & another in Melbourne?

    Monday, 07th September 2015

    Research, research and more research because location, location, location is not always the reaso...

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  • ​How many properties do I need in my investment portfolio?

    Thursday, 03rd September 2015

    I'm often asked how many properties people need in their portfolios and I always say it's up to t...

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  • Income protection for residential property investors

    Tuesday, 01st September 2015

    Did you know that income protection insurance is 100% tax deductible if you have an investment pr...

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  • Ask Christine - I'd like to invest interstate, but I don't know the area well enough. What should I look out for?

    Monday, 31st August 2015

    Well the first thing you should not do is look when you are on holidays in a holiday destination....

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  • Landlord insurance - a must for property investors

    Tuesday, 25th August 2015

    Did you know that for as little as $400 per annum, you can protect your investment property?...

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  • Ask Christine - Can I invest in property if my income is below $50,000pa?

    Monday, 24th August 2015

    Yes you certainly can. It all depends on your borrowing capacity which is based on your current d...

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  • Ask Christine - How can I protect my investments if I lose my job?

    Monday, 17th August 2015

    This is a question I am always asked when discussing the possibility of investing in property....

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  • Property investment for beginners - what is equity?

    Thursday, 16th July 2015

    In simple terms, equity is the term to describe when your property is worth more than what you ow...

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  • Investment property risk minimisation - dealing with the ‘what ifs’

    Tuesday, 07th July 2015

    When you purchase an investment property, there are quite a few big 'what if' questions to answer...

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  • Investment property deposit tips and hints

    Thursday, 02nd July 2015

    Did you know that cash isn't the only deposit you can use when purchasing an investment property?...

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  • Negative gearing for beginners

    Tuesday, 30th June 2015

    The greatest misconception about negative gearing is that it's only for people on high incomes....

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  • The magic formula of retirement planning

    Thursday, 18th June 2015

    How much will I need in the bank to retire on?It's a simple question to ask, but not as si...

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  • The 3 T equation of residential property investment success

    Tuesday, 16th June 2015

    The simple 3 T equation of Tenant plus ...

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  • A depreciation schedule - the best money you could spend when you invest in property

    Thursday, 11th June 2015

    The purchase of a depreciation schedule is simply the best $500-$750 you could possibly spend whe...

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  • Your tax return - the number one reason for tracking your property investment expenses

    Tuesday, 09th June 2015

    Your residential property investment is a business - and all businesses need to earn their keep....

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  • Top 5 budget tips - how to create a budget and why it's important for investment success

    Tuesday, 02nd June 2015

    Whether you're already investing or planning to in the near future, a well put together budget is...

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  • 5 top questions for your investment property financier

    Tuesday, 26th May 2015

    Like most people you will probably need to borrow funds to buy your investment property.I ...

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  • 7 SMARTER steps to residential property investment success

    Thursday, 21st May 2015

    The first task on the table when I meet with new clients is to develop goals specific to t...

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  • Why your solicitor, financial planner, accountant and mortgage broker will become your best friends

    Tuesday, 12th May 2015

    You may not think you need them for residential property investment, but after 30 years in the bu...

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