• Real Estate

    What Type of Property Should I Buy?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes This was the question posed to me by a loyal reader this week. Hm. Well firstly, thank you to MikeW for posing the question, hope you’re enjoying the blog! But in response to this, I think the best way to go about it is to understand which types of property your partner likes. Partner? What partner? Well the banks of course! If they’re the ones lending you 80% or more of a value of a property – you’ll need to understand what they like right? Don’t forget, a 30 year mortgage – is a 30 year relationship! When your partner says no… In general, banks restrict…

  • Alternatives

    Cannabis… A Growing Market?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Nerves, nerves, nerves. So NERVOUS. How come? Cos I’m THIS close to signing off on choosing a real estate agent to sell one of the properties in the portfolio. As much as I hate selling, I think it’s time. I think so… I mean as part of the annual review, I’ve identified that it isn’t really pulling its weight. The long term fundamentals still remain, but there’s too much ongoing maintenance and other dramas for it to work short-term. Plus, I’m looking to reinvest any proceeds into something a bit better (hopefully). Still, procrastination affects all of us, and if it wasn’t for MrsFrugalSamurai’s gentle prods…

  • Real Estate

    You Snooze You Lose – A Lost Property Opportunity

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hey everyone! Writing this on a crisp Sunday morning surrounded by a whole ragtag bunch of no-gooders I call my friends. What a whirlwind weekend we had – it was the joint birthday of a couple of the gang so we did the annual pilgrimage to a tree-change location a few hours outside of Sydney. Cue laughter and drinking amidst the poker sessions, board games and non-stop sports streaming… An AMAZING time. So amazing that I didn’t notice that the property deal I talked about last time (read here), was stolen right under my nose. You might remember I vaguely talked about a sub-division opportunity which…

  • Life,  Real Estate

    I’m Back!

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! Sorry, sorry – I know I’ve been neglecting this blog a little bit, but things have been a bit TOO much these days. Some of you are aware of what’s going on in our personal lives, and I won’t dwell on it here. However strictly financially speaking – I’ve done a LOT in the last few days. You see, despite the reinforcement that finance and numbers and FIRE are not the be all, end all in recent weeks (believe me, family and health are), I still think it’s important to not let that area slide. So like any good boy scout, I’ve been…

  • Economy

    Afterpay… A New Way to Pay?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes What’s up Frugal Samuraites! Ab-so-loot-ly freezing my proverbial cheeks off here in Auld Sydney town. Maybe something about not wearing pants according to MrsFrugalSamurai. Shorts and long socks aren’t attractive apparently, ha! The nerve of that woman. I actually think it’s to do with these Antarctic winds coming over for a visit Brrrr. That’s partly why MrsFrugalSamurai and I found ourselves in the warm embrace of friendship at our friend Bess’s place last night. A riproaring dinner as always (thank you Bess!) and of course the conversation was as free flowing as the meal (beef hotpot with traditional oriental sides). Unfortunately for yours truly, I missed…