Buying Property Guide recipes

Is Timing Everything? When to make your move in property investment.

A lot of people will tell you that timing is everything when it comes to purchasing an investment property. This may be true if you’re looking to ‘flip’ a property and make money in the short-term, but when it comes to long term investment it’s a different kettle of fish. The property market is cyclical. While there are certainly times when the property market surges and times when it stagnates (although it doesn’t see the same extreme fluctuations as the far-more-volatile share market), eventually these fluctuations are bound to even out.
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Safe as Houses — Why Property is a Good Choice for Your Investment Dollars

When Australians use the phrase “as safe as houses”, they’re generally referring to something which is secure and certain. The phrase itself finds its roots in the notion that houses are a shelter from the elements, but over time the phrase has come to have a very different meaning — and that meaning is all to do with property investment. After all, when it comes to safe investments, residential property is at the top of the list. Property is a low-risk investment with high long-term returns. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why property is a good choice for your investment dollars:
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Pick a Winner — Tips for Property Investment

The decision to purchase an investment property is always a major one, especially when it’s your first. Even though the property market has proven itself time and again to be a low-risk, high return investment option, the prospect of outlaying all that cash and committing yourself to regular repayments can be a daunting one. Let’s take a look at a few tips to make sure you pick a winner in the property market.
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When is The Right Time To Invest In Property?

Timing is everything. Whether you’re talking about making your entrance on the stage or simply biting into a piece of fruit, the time at which you choose to do anything greatly impacts the outcome. This is especially true in property investment, an area where fortunes can be made and lost all because of timing. It is this fact that causes so many potential investors to put so much thought and research into ‘the right time’. Should you wait until you have substantial savings, and have equity in your own home first, or should you put your money directly into an investment property and rent for a while? Should you sell now and buy later, or buy now and sell later? Is this even an option? There are so many questions around the right time to invest in property that we’ve put together a guide to help you decide if the time is right for you.
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Steps to A Renovator’s Dream–Part Two

As we mentioned in our previous article, an investment property with a little room for improvement can not only yield fantastic returns, but can be purchased for a bargain for the shrewd buyer. We have already covered structure and location, but what else should you look for in a renovator’s dream?
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Steps to A Renovator’s Dream–Part One

In a world where we are so used to having all of our purchases wrapped in a shiny package and marketed to us in such a way that makes us desperate to have whatever’s selling, a fixer-upper (often referred to in real-estate jargon as a ‘renovator’s dream’) can at first fail to make that impression that makes us reach for the cheque-book. In fact, it is this very reluctance on the part of property buyers to invest in something that can’t immediately see themselves in, that makes the fixer-upper such a valuable investment property. If you are in the market for a renovator’s dream, there are some things to keep in mind that can help you get a great deal that pays dividends down the line.
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How to Choose a Valuable Investment Property

Investing your hard-earned money in property is something that can prove incredibly rewarding without posing too substantial a risk. It is, however, still a decision that requires a lot of careful thought and research, as property investment–like any investment in a post GFC world–needs to be approached with a sensible outlook. If you’re considering investing in property, it is helpful to keep in mind the fact that your uses for the property will determine the parameters for what you look for. In other words, the same things you find attractive in a house you are buying for your family to live in will not necessarily match those that are financially sensible in a property you intend to use as a rental, or as a renovation and sell-on project. We’ve put together a short guide to what to look for in your investment property, depending on your situation.
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Purchasing Property: Self-Managed Superannuation Funds or a Mortgage in Your Name?

Property investment has long been a passion of many Australians. Yet many people are not aware that they can fund their investment in property through their self-managed superannuation funds (“SMSFs”). Through an SMSF, super monies can be used as the deposit for any type of property investment. In this article, we will compare the advantages of SMSF over purchasing investment property in your own name, looking at issues relating to financing, tax, negative gearing, and deposits.
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Top 3 Tips for Buying Property with Your Super

Since employer contributions to employee superannuation funds were made compulsory in 1986, self-managed superannuation funds (“SMSFs”) have become very popular. Increasingly, Australians have discovered that using SMSFs to fund the purchase of an property investment is an excellent investment strategy. To avoid common pitfalls, here are the top three issues to stay aware of when funding property through SMSFs.
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