• Real Estate

    Land-To-Asset-Ratio and a Real Life Case Study

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes What’s up guys! Hope everyone’s having a great week. Up and down kinda week here at TheFrugalSamurai HQ… Up because PapaFrugalSamurai aka my Uncle’s brother has returned back from a 3 month soiree in the Motherland. Down because well, there’s still a few personal issues afoot. But enough about me – for today we are discussing: Land-To-Asset-Ratio I’ve actually only stumbled onto this concept recently and wished I had understood this when I first started my investment journey into real estate. What is it? The most basic explanation is the “land value” component for a property compared to its overall value. For example, if a property…

  • Economy

    Up or Down? You decide.

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Sigh. “Don’t wish things were easier, wish you were better”. I know, I know – Jim Rohn quotes are pretty corny sometimes aren’t they? But oh so TRUE. A bit bonkers this week, the parents are away which means that it’s yours truly’s turn to dog-sit for them for a couple of weeks. Not that I mind, look at that little fluff ball: Feels good having her around. I mean, MrsFrugalSamurai is good and all… but she can’t give me licks down “there” y’know? Points to feet. (I know what you thought, wacko). Still, as pleasurable as her feet licking is, there comes a time when…

  • Real Estate

    My Magazine Article!

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hola everyone! How’s it goinnnnng? Brrrrrr, winter is coming for old Sydney town ain’t it? What better to do than rug up warm and catch another rendition of your favourite personal finance and development blogger. Today is a SPECIAL post, because it’s the first time yours truly made it onto a national publication… YAY! Wait, what post and what publication? Well, I’ve been a long-time reader of Your Investment Property Magazine, which is an… investment property magazine… for errr…you. “YIP” and the other publication “Australian Property Investors” were (and still is) two of my favourite past-time reads, both dedicated to property investment. There’s always a thing…

  • Real Estate

    Our Latest Buy (Part 4)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes Howdy boys and girls! Me again. Let’s dive straight in and plug on with part 4 of our latest real estate purchase (read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 here). Last time I disclosed that we bought Property 3 for a surprising offer of $210,000 against an asking price of $298,000. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for this one… and you decide whether it’s a good buy or not! Pros So um… where to start? I guess from the beginning! In Part 1, I stated that the property was listed for $298,000, however 1 bedroom units in the same complex were asking…

  • Real Estate

    Our Latest Buy (Part 3)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes Gday everyone, writing this at Melbourne airport at the moment. Been a bit of a whirlwind weekend as a tag-along to MrsFrugalSamurai. She’s got a work conference here so thought I’d come down and see how our Melbournian cousins are doing. In a word? GREAT. Really good vibe every time we come here, people are more chilled and the food? Superb as always. We also caught up with a few friends – some of whom have been following the last couple of posts about our most recent purchase (read here and here) AVIDLY. Last time I disclosed the prices which I tested the waters for the…