• 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…

  • Economy

    Hong Kong Protests

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hi guys! Back again for another post tonight… Sigh, still getting over the news of last week (read here), but hey I’ve said right at the start of this blog that I’ll try and push through the good and the bad. Life’s not all about sunshine and lollipops y’know. I think too many of us on the interwebs only portray our best face forward, but life’s a biatch and sometimes we all gotta acknowledge that. Anyway. Takes deep breath. Back to it. In the last week or so you might have noticed that something is rotten in the state of Hong Kong. There’s been mass protests…

  • 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 1)

    Reading Time: 5 Minutes We’ve done it guys, WHEW. Finally got there, far out. “Wipes the sweat off my BROW”.  Another little addition to the real estate portfolio. Much relieved I AM. You see, it’s actually been about 12 months in the making… Because on and off for the past year or so, I’ve been tracking one capital city in Australia which I’ve identified as the next component of our FIRE goals (read about the goals here). Where? Economically this capital has been in the doldrums, and consequently its real estate market is shot to bits. Picture this, advertised asking prices dropping by the week, no one turning up to open…