Property Investment: A risky business or safe as houses?

We’ve all heard the phrase “safe as houses”, and indeed, investing in real estate has long been considered a safe and secure long-term investment strategy, particularly for those who do their due diligence and locate good-quality properties in areas that are likely to grow in appeal and value.

That said, as with almost all areas of our lives, the coronavirus pandemic has entered the equation and turned everything we once knew to be true on its head.

With so much economic upheaval, together with hasty changes to legislation, which has tipped the balance of power in favour of tenants (at least during the pandemic), is real estate still a worthwhile investment?

According to property expert Michael Yardney, director of Metropole Property Strategists, the answer is a resounding yes.

Since the pandemic first began impacting our economy and way of life around six months ago, real estate values have “remained … Read more

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How to avoid the common mistakes investors make – Trying to time the market [VIDEO]

The more you know about the most common mistakes that other property investors make, the better your likelihood of building lasting wealth.   

In this series of short videos, Brett Warren and I discuss the common mistakes we’ve seen investors make.

Today we discuss every investor’s dream of “buying low and selling high” to maximise gain.

But the reality is that you really can’t “pick the market”.

Watch as we discuss:

  • Why many investors try and time the market, wanting to buy at the bottom and sell up or refinance near the top of the property cycle
  • The concept of buying countercyclically – be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy
  • How some beginning investors did well over the last few years – but it was more due to luck and can’t easily be replicated
  • Rather than trying to time the market – look for good
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Who’s responsible for repairs and maintenance?

Property repairs and maintenance are a leading cause of argy-bargy between landlords and tenants (and not a lot of fun for the property manager in the middle).

Why? Because often the parties are unclear who is responsible for what.

Ask landlords, tenants and property managers what is the number one bone of contention at a rental property and chances are they’ll say repairs and maintenance.

All parties enter the ring with differing priorities.

In one corner, the tenants want everything in their home to be working and in good condition, a repair may not be considered urgent but they still want it fixed.

In the other corner is the landlord who usually needs to bear the cost of the repairs and maintenance – and, unless the repair is urgent or an emergency, will often put off the work if money is tight.

And then there’s the property manager refereeing and … Read more

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4 key reasons why the property pessimists are changing their minds

Why were all those property pessimists wrong?

In fact, why are they becoming more positive about property?

Of course it wasn’t just the usual band of Negative Nellies making dire predictions of significant property price falls earlier this year, it was also some credible economists suggesting property values could fall by up to 20%.

Yet despite Australia being in recession, unemployment rising and many small businesses struggling, property value declines have been fairly mild and it’s becoming increasingly clear that, other than Melbourne, this modest coronavirus induced housing correction may be coming to an end.

In fact, the CoreLogic indices clearly show that house prices are gradually stabilising or starting to slowly climb again in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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So let’s look at four reasons why house prices haven’t plummeted.

1. House prices rise quickly but slide slowly.

Property markets are less volatile that the share market.

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This is a critical, but little known indicator of the status of our housing markets

How are our property markets doing?

With so many indicators regularly mentioned in the media – which should you rely on?

Firstly, it’s worth understanding some statistics are lagging indicators – they tell you what has happened in the past.

Others are leading indicators – they are a sign of what’s ahead.

Here’s what I mean:

  1. The commonly quoted “Median home prices” are a lagging indicator, they tell us what’s already happened. Property sales form 30, 60 or even 90 days ago.
  2. Economic Fundamentals are leading indicators – and that’s what our research team at Metropole rely on to find future growth areas.
  3. Days-on-market is a market trend indicator.

Clearly there are many other statistics that keep getting reported.

Things like auction clearance rates, immigration numbers, new dwelling construction, infrastructure spending and so on.

But one statistic that is not often mentioned, yet which I’ve found a useful an indicator … Read more

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