• Alternatives

    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hey boys and girls! It’s been some time since I’ve done an episode of “What I’m Viewing”, which is a short selection of articles, videos and links I’ve found useful in the last couple weeks to assist us on our financial and investment journey… The last one was back in July, which you can find by clicking here. Without further ado, let’s get into it! A Taxonomy of Moats I stumbled onto this gem of an article about “moats”. Not the dungeons and dragons kind, but the kind which enables a company to continue to churn out high profits and margins without imitation. More specifically, the article…

  • Economy,  Real Estate

    How Does Sentiment Affect Real Estate Prices?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes ARGH!!! “Shakes head vigorously” Brrr, bloody real estate. Really doing my head in. You see guys, I’ve got too much choice available at the moment. After our latest hunting trip back from the West Coast, I’ve drawn up about a dozen or so properties which I aim to make offers on. Mind you, not to acquire a dozen, I reckon one, hopefully two max. The problem at the moment is that with choice, I don’t really know where to begin. It doesn’t help that the bargain hunter in me is wanting to low ball the Baby Jeebers out of any deal… In fact, I’ve already blown…

  • FIRE

    LeanFIRE Going Overboard?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Can I just say that I’m a little bit overwhelmed with FIRE these days… especially LeanFire. What’s LeanFIRE? That’s where you try to be “financially independent and retire early – FIRE” by being as “lean” as possible… Um so in other words, saving your way to being financially free. Why do I say I’m overwhelmed? Some of the FIRE social media groups which I am involved in, well, some of the posters take it to an extreme level, even for me. Some examples include: People not purchasing TOILET PAPER because they make do with a bidet and flannel cloth to dry off – it’s the 21st…

  • Life,  Real Estate

    I’m Still Here!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes So I thought it best to shoot out a quick post just to let everyone know that yes, I am still alive and no, I have not forgotten about you. It’s just been TOO much this past week. I wrote last time (read here) that I had embarked on a whirlwind property scouting weekend a few days ago… And what a few days since! You see, I had shortlisted and viewed a couple of dozen or so properties in those two days, and now it’s time to get stuck into due diligence. So please excuse me as I’ve been trying to cull this one here and…

  • Life,  Real Estate

    What’s Got Me So Pumped?!!!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hey guys! What’s going on!!! Excuse me for sounding EXCITED. But I’m going shopping on the weekend. Not for my usual Sunday grocery shop mind you… No, for PROPERTY. Love it, love it, love it. Will be catching the red-eye once again and hopping over to some remote corner of our nation to hopefully snag a bargain or three. In fact, it’s what kept me going these past couple of TOUGH weeks (wowee were they tough alright) – knowing that I’m again re-focused and re-energized on my financial goal… ain’t it AMAZING? I must admit that in recent months I have been a bit distracted and…