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    Investing in Real Estate 108 (Vacancies)

    “…If you would like to leave a message, please do so after the tone… BEEP” “Hi The Frugal Samurai, it’s Kay here – listen I’ve got some bad news, the tenants in your property at 123 Slightly-Above-Average-Investment Drive have given notice to vacate, they’ll be gone in 4 weeks. Oh and the other tenants at 456 Cash-Flow-Drain-But-I-Can’t-Sell-Because-Of-The-Growth Street have also advised they won’t be taking up their lease when it expires in July… Goodbye” FFFFFF! Goodbye to you too Kay you FFFFFFFffffff! Joking joking, love you Kay, tier 1 property manager she is. What’s up dudes and dudettes! As you can see – not the most ideal time for yours…

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    Visualizing The World

    What’s up Frugal Samuraites! Hope everyone’s having a great time. MrsFrugalSamurai and I are still recovering from our magical wedding day, was worth every rocky step of the journey planning it. We took out some of MrsFrugalSamurai’s relatives from overseas afterwards to thank them for making the long journey to celebrate with us. During lunch, a relative of hers (a very successful career woman in financial services) found out that I too worked in financial services. As you do, we both started talking about… you guessed it – financial services. The conversation twirled from the Australian economy, to how hard difficult it is to purchase real estate in Hong Kong…

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    6 Cons To Buying Off-The-Plan

    Hay guys and gals! How y’all doin! The year keeps on rumbling on doesn’t it, we are almost a third of the way through, how are you going with your goals and plans for this year? If you’re like me – who hasn’t ticked anything off yet, don’t fret! Still plenty of time to get started, but get started you must. Following on from the post last time (here) about buying real estate off-the-plan (new build whether apartment or house), I received quite a number of messages regarding people’s stories of their successes and failures of purchasing off-the-plan. Suffice to say, although some people have done quite well with this…

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    6 Pros To Buying Off-The-Plan

    What’s up ladies and gentlemen! Hope everyone had a great weekend. MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be certainly did – seeing as she had her hen’s on Saturday night. Poor old me was left home alone to entertain myself. I was crestfallen. … for about a minute! Because HUZZAH! It meant I finally had free rein over what I wanted to watch on Netflix. No more Korean dramas or American sitcoms for me! No siree, straight to bingeing on “The Adventures of Tintin”. Totally. Wild. But call me old, fact is that after the day I had on Saturday I really just wanted to lie in bed and watch some nostalgic childhood TV shows to unwind.…

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    Are You Part of the 85% Disengaged at Work?

    Hi guys – what’s up! How’s your week going? Mine’s alright except I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. Oh no – here we go… Wait! Hear me out. No, I’d rather go play hopscotch with Peggy the one-legged giraffe. … Look this’ll be quick. Fine, but hurry up – Peggy’s waiting. OK I’ll try… You see, I read a pretty concerning report recently, on the state of the workplace, and of management practices used in many organisations. It was orchestrated by Gallup (one of the world leaders in data analytics and consulting for big corporates when it comes to brand perception, attitudes and behaviours from customers, to employees…