• FIRE,  Life,  Real Estate

    6 Things You Learn Buying A House (Vs Units)

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Howdy folks! Been full bloody on these last few weeks. Why? Well MiniFrugalSamurai’s arrival is INBOUND. Less than 8 weeks left and it is ALL SYSTEMS GO over here. So, I apologize off the bat for going missing here and there. Especially going AWOL with the Youtube channel, but honestly peeps… I have no time. From scans, to doctor appointments. Prenatal classes to baby shopping (buying things for the baby, not buying babies – that is illegal in most countries). It just doesn’t stop. HOWEVER. I do have a spare hour or two to punch out this quick post. As many of you know, late last…

  • Economy,  Investing,  Life,  Real Estate

    Regional Markets?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hm, recently I’ve been reading more and more about how the regional markets are going to outpace metro locations in terms of capital growth. Stories such as these: “House prices in regional Australia have risen at a higher annual rate than in capital cities for the first time in more than 15 years, as COVID-19 increases people’s desire to live outside the big smoke. That compares to an almost 7 per cent increase for regional markets. “Regional markets haven’t outperformed the capital city markets since 2004,” CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said.” Are increasingly making people step up and take notice. Yeah fair enough. I can…

  • Economy,  FIRE,  Investing,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    Market Musings

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Howdy all! And a Happy Valentine’s Day. Ooo and hugs and kisses goes out to my personal Valentine aka MrsFrugalSamurai. She made me feel very special indeed with a uniquely composed card and personalized message. Although I could only decipher two thirds of her writing, the love and warmth shone through. Received with thanks MrsFS. As for my present? Well, that’s for her eyes only of course (truly, otherwise Crime Stoppers would be called). But today’s not about love and chocolates and naked bloggers – no, today’s post is a bit of social commentary regarding what I’m seeing in the markets, or rather the market participants.…

  • Economy,  Investing,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    Australian Housing Tipped To Rise?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Hola people! Be ready for a bit of a charting binge today. Ever since we recently bought our place (read here), I’ve been monitoring the housing market ever so closely. And I’ve been noticing a few things. What things? Oh y’know, about the state of our economy in general. I’m a responsible man now OK, got a family to think of. So first up is… Employment Here, let’s start with employment: Would you look at that! Sure, employment levels are still lower than pre-COVID, but it’s come back a fair bit hasn’t it? A sharp “V” shaped recovery puts the trend in the right direction. “Clap,…

  • Economy,  Life,  Real Estate,  Stock Market

    8 Financial Lessons From 2020

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Happy New Year everyone and WELCOME BACK! Hands up if you’re very excited for what 2021 will bring? Haha, I exited 2020 with a whimper, with a (lonely) jog in the park on NYE followed by watching “Tenet” (confusing) with MrsFrugalSamurai, and get this… going to SLEEP before midnight (exhausting), thereby missing out on the fireworks (disappointing) and also ringing in the New Year with MrsFrugalSamurai (chastising). D’oh! Getting old in my years. Anyhow, as much as I love to look ahead, it’s also important to look back on the previous year because well… 2020 had it’s moments didn’t it? So in no particular order, I…