Sunday, November 29, 2009
I listened to a report last night on the radio relating to comments from Glen Stevens, Governor of the RBA. The crux of this report was the Reserve Bank is concerned house prices are going to continue to rise due to an undersupply in housing and a large population increase on the way. Now property prices have generally risen for as long as the statistics on house prices go back. His concerns, however, are for a rapid increase.
The point the journalist was trying to explain was that if you have a house & it goes up in value; you’re really no better off. This theory has been thrown around by both property skeptics and property lovers (like Dolf Deroos) for many years, and if I take the skeptics side for just a moment, I agree that if you had a house worth $400,000 and it increased to $500,000 within any timeframe, then logic suggests that if you sell to upgrade, you’ll need to spend say $600,000 for the house that was worth $500,000 back when you bought your last purchase (for $400,000). So the real loser in this instance is the renter who is forced to enter the market at a higher price.
BUT, the true winner is he or she who has multiple properties, the astute property investor.
Let’s say you had 4 properties (3 rentals & 1 you live in) and you paid $400,000 per property on the same day. Now let’s say the Reserve Bank is right (and we hope they are) and the price increases in the next 2 years to $500,000. Now we’ve just had an increase of $400,000 (4 x $100,000) and yes, if we were to sell the home we live in, replacement value would be $500,000, but if we sold the other 3 because we want to cash up our investments, we’ve just pocketed $100,000 per property (less any expenses – this is a very simplistic and hypothetical explanation for illustration purposes).
So if this is the case, it shows that there is a loser, a status quo and a winner in this circumstance. It’s not a secret, never has been, but you invariably will be in one of these 3 categories. My old boss told me a saying many years ago “The difference between a rort and a perk is that a rort is just a perk you’re not in on!”
There’s many things to learn along the journey of multiple property ownership one of the most important is to realise than investing in property is a journey not just an event or series of events (one of the many things we do and teach as part of our property sourcing model through our property coaches and support evenings), so choose to be the right person in this story.
The last point in the report on the radio by the journalist said this “there is one group of people who are going to gain from this, landlords [aka the person with 4 properties], but unfortunately usually it’s the wealthy upperclassman who have investment properties so we now see a divide between the upper and lower class.” Last point, if you do research (which the RBA has) you’ll find the majority of investment property owners are ‘middle class’ at best, average Australians not the elitists, but more on this in another blog. Opportunity knocks, the time is now.
Friday, November 27, 2009
2010 will be a defining year for Australia when you consider:
On the political front – Victoria, South Australia and will hold State elections in 2010, while a Federal election will be held no later than February 2011. We are still waiting on NSW election news, and we tip the Tasmanian boundary changes will undoubtedly result to Federal election implications.
On the economic front – the global economic environment remains uncertain post-GFC, however many economists expect the A$ to reach parity, and beyond, with the US$. Continued strong demand for Australian exports of iron ore and coal by China and rising interest rates in Australia will likely be a feature in 2010. At the same time the Henry tax review is likely to recommend the largest tax reform since the introduction of the GST.
On the environmental front – the introduction of a comprehensive ETS remains front of mind, while the summit in Copenhagen next month should set the framework for global cooperation.
I am sure you already know what issues are most important to you and your business.
If you send me your survey, we will provide you with an analysis of responses across our diverse contacts – hopefully these insights will be a good return on a few minutes of your time.
Please note, specific comments will not be attributable and nor will we make reference to your name/organisation in any way.
Please take a few moments to consider the following five questions:
1. What are the three key issues that will impact your industry in 2010?
2. What are the three key opportunities for Australia post the GFC?
3. What are the three key issues you would like to see your State Government address in 2010?
4. What are the three key issues you would like to see the Australian Government address in 2010?
5. What do you think are the leading [social; political; economic; environmental; global] challenges impacting the Australian community in 2010?
Thank you and we look forward to your thoughts and comments by Friday 11 December 2009.
HTT Associates is a boutique, politically-focused consultancy providing a range of specialized services to individuals, corporations, institutions, and organizations.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
at the Hamilton Room, NSW Trade and Investment Centre
Level 47, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney
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Wednesday, 2nd Dec 09 | Registration at 8.30am for a 9am start
at Hamilton Room, NSW Trade and Investment Centre
Level 47, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney
Alan Milwidsky or Casey Whitehead
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Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Hopefully this will be a regular event!!
Thanks to Simon at mediasauce for making an awesome video and the event so memoriable!!
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
The strong Australian dollar has done little to cool overseas demand for real estate as foreign cash seeks out a lucrative home in the nation's residential property market.
Real estate agents say overseas-based bidders are increasingly common at auctions around the country, with the resulting additional demand stoking already rising clearance rates and prices.
John Bongiorno, director of Marshall White & Co, in Melbourne said international buyers had typically made up 5 to 10 per cent of sales, a figures that had recently risen to about 15 per cent. And the dollar's rise had not yet dampened demand.
Mr Bongiorno said his overseas clientele was ‘‘predominately mainland Chinese'', some of which adopted a fly-in, fly-out approach to house hunting.
‘‘We have people who fly in on a Saturday morning for auctions and will fly out the same day,'' he said. ‘‘They'll just arrive in Melbourne specifically for the auction.''
Marshall White & Co has forged alliances with immigration services firms in China to promote local property.
Further north, the rising demand from Asia, especially China, is even more pronounced.
Tina Edwards, sales manager at Brisbane-based Yong Real Estate , which caters to local and international Asian buyers, said investment from China had ‘‘really soared recently''.
She said the surge may have peaked at as much of 90 per cent of the transactions handled by the firm, with the Aussie dollar's recent jump above 90 US cents (about 6.2 yuan) deterring some buyers.
But Ms Edwards also said temporary lull may also reflect the shortage of suitable properties to sell after a period of sustained demand.
Real estate agents credit the overseas demand as contributing to rising home prices, which have increased nationally 8.1 per cent in the first nine months of the year, according to the RP Data-Rismark Index released today.
Australia's run-up in house prices is far from unique, with markets as far-flung as London, Singapore and mainland China itself reporting rapid rises in recent months.
The local market, though, has also seen a jump because of a relaxation in the rules covering foreign investment in Australia's property market since April, agents say.
A spokesperson for Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry said despite the rule changes the FIRB rules were designed to spur the creation of additional housing supply rather than add to affordability problems.
"Foreign non-residents are still prohibited from owning existing dwellings in Australia," he said. "They can only purchase a new dwelling or build one from scratch."
Temporary residents are only allowed to purchase one existing dwelling, he said "and only if they will live in it."
Nonetheless, the recent FIRB rule change redefined "new dwelling'' to mean unsold property rented out for 12 months or less.
The changes also allow foreign companies to buy established dwellings for use of Australian-based staff.
Chinese investments on the rise
Keeping tabs on the size of inbound property investment is difficult. But looking at the most recent data from the Foreign Investment Review Board in Canberra, covering the 2003-04 to 2007-08 period, China-sourced investment approvals rose to a share of 3.3 per cent of the total foreign investment, up from just 0.4 per cent at the start.
While analysts say the proportion has risen further, the increase over that period "is illustrative of the increased role of Chinese and other Asians in the Australian property market,'' said George Bougias senior economist strategic research at Charter Keck Cramer.
Under one of the rule changes, temporary residents became exempt from notifying the proposed acquisitions of established residential real estate for their own residence, or for new property or vacant residential land.
In practice, buyers' advocates and real estate agents report wealthy Chinese buyers purchasing homes and units near schools where their children are enrolled.
Brett Draffen chief of development for property developer Mirvac said the property developer saw "improving'' interest coming out of China in two areas of the Australian market.
Mr Draffen said the trends were so far not "massive'' nor "across the board'' but were dependent on the types of residences offered to foreign investors.
"In the $400,000 to $600,000 band we've seen a slight increase,'' he said. At the other end of the range, wealthy Chinese were looking at "de-risking'' their holdings of assets in their home country by moving money abroad, including into Australian property.
Scott McGeever, director of Brisbane-based buyers advocate Property Searchers, said some Chinese buyers have been attracted to Australian property as a way to ride both the gains in the surging dollar and the value of the property itself.
As long as the value of the dollar didn't fall dramatically - or the yuan suddenly strengthen - "if they bought and sold it for the same price ostensibly, well, they'd make money off of it because of the currency,'' he said, adding that his firm didn't serve those investors.
Asia and beyond
Rich Harvey managing director of Sydney-based Property Buyer said he had a couple clients pursuing such strategies, although investment in Australian properties was also of interest to investors from other parts of the world.
"It's about the timing of entry and exit for your currency play, which you can overlay with a property play and do very well out of it,'' said the buyer advocate, who serves Australian and international clients.
These types of investors typically held the property for three years, as opposed to the minimum of five years most investors prefer, Mr Harvey.
The rise in investor interest from China reflects Asia's emerging status as an engine of world growth. More wealth gives Asians more options for investment, which in turn translates into more interest in property, education and business relationships with Australia.
The number of settler arrivals from China, defined as the arrival of people entitled to permanent residence entering the country, rose 14.9 per cent - the third fastest growth of any source - to 14,035 people, in the 2007-08 year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
New Zealand, United Kingdom, India all ranked ahead of China in the number of settler arrivals, the data shows.
Nonetheless, the impact of the new investment has raised questions about housing affordability for would-be owner-occupiers.
One Melbourne real estate agent, who asked not to be identified, privately worried about what the Chinese demand would do for the chances of local buyers.
He said the topic was a constant subject within the real estate industry, although few agents wanted to question a trend that generated financial benefits for them.
In his view, "the rising Australia dollar has not impacted at all the demand from Chinese,'' he said, estimating that currently in Melbourne about 40 per cent of properties over $1 million in the inner suburbs were being sold to Chinese and Indian investors.
No cheating!!! This is a great psychological test and
extremely accurate. It is amazing what modern math can do
FIND OUT WHO TRULY IS YOUR ROLE MODEL. DON'T SCROLL DOWN
YET, DO THE SIMPLE MATH BELOW, THEN SCROLL DOWN TO FIND YOUR HERO.
It's CRAZY how accurate this is!
1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3
4) Then again, multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator....)
5) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number....
6) Add the digits together
Now Scroll down
With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list
2. Sandra Day O'Connor
3. Prince Charles
4. Genghis Khan
5. Bill Gates
7. Ronald Regan
8. Elvis Presley
9.Ivan Kaye from St Ives
10. John F. Kennedy
I know, I know....I just have that effect on people. One day, you too
can be like me :-)
P.S. Stop picking different numbers!! I AM YOUR ROLE MODEL,
JUST DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!
Friday, November 06, 2009
Pow Wow Events aims to provide you with an environment conducive to learning and with speakers who are not only leaders here in Australia but throughout the world.
We are delighted to invite you to learn the secrets of building a growth generating, tax shedding, high growth property portfolio PLUS how to generate cash flow, growth and minimise risk from share investing.
Events are in Sydney and Brisbane
Peter Spann (multi-millionaire share investor who advises on over ½ a billion in client funds) and Maurice Goldberg (property expert who has advised on over ½ a billion in residential investment property) join together to fight it out – shares v’s property – and you’re the winner.
Too often people either love shares OR they love property. Even if (and it’s pretty unusual) they like both they learn by making mistakes…and lots of them.
Peter and Maurice have made millions (and both have, many times over) but they have also made the mistakes so that you won’t have to!
Most “experts” don’t want to tell you about their losses, only their wins, and as you become an expert Peter and Maurice will not only help you achieve the financial freedom you always wanted but also help you build an exciting and risk managed solution. A plan that’s not just a hope or a dream and certainly not a gamble…. Real, considered, intelligent and exciting.
You will leave this day with more certainty about your next steps on your path to financial freedom.
From broke to multi-millionaire in just 7 years
Peter’s rise to wealth was swift and exciting. At 21 he was broke and working for Woolworths as a check out operator. At 28 he had built a property portfolio of over 100 individual properties and a cash flow generating share portfolio that enabled him to fund them.
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Taking you beyond what you thought was possible
Maurice Goldberg is a thought leader in wealth creation. Not only has he created hundreds of millionaires but he has taught wealth creation ”experts”’ around Australia how to “think smart” when it comes to residential real estate A qualified architect, financial planner and real estate agent, he has combined his passion for property with his love of helping people achieve their goals.
Taking people beyond what they thought possible is the main purpose of my work. Wealth creation is just part of that picture, however, I have observed that when people move in the direction of their financial potential, many other areas of their lives also open up and flourish.”
7 ways to rapidly build your property portfolio
Many people sit around for years waiting to invest when they should be rapidly and safely compounding their wealth creation – Maurice teaches you when and where you should start looking for properties and when you should start buying.
Squeezing financers – save thousands
Let’s face it nobody likes paying banks anything more than you absolutely have to – Maurice explains how you could be paying thousands of extra dollars in hidden fees and costs that are better off in your pocket and how you can use creative financing strategies to get you into your next property.
How you can use your portfolio to build your wealth and retire rich
The 5 keys to scientific property research
How you can find the properties that will make you the most. How to identify suburbs, even streets that are most likely to outperform the smart way – Pulse , the research company that Maurice started provides research to investment advisers all over Australia and this alone could save you tens of thousands when buying and more importantly compound your profits by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The 4 Stages to creating total Abundance
Once you know these you will be aware of your patterns that prevent you “living the life you were born to live “. You will then be able to make the choice to have the wealth you desire and deserve.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009
Thanks so much to our clients, friends and suppliers for a great day and an awesome year.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Bondi Beach, home to some of the worlds greatest surfers, became home to a new surfing phenomenon today when Towel Surfing was born!
Over 200 people joined in synchronous dance on their towels to the music of Australian music icon Ben Lee in a perfectly choreographed routine that amazed onlookers.
It started with one, lone individual, who walked through the crowd of sunbathers and surfers and placed his boombox on the sand in the middle of the crowded beach and pressed play. What followed was a contagion of rhythm and dance as one by one other beachgoers joined in began surfing on their towels.
They kicked their feet, paddled with their hands and bobbed up and down checking for waves all while remaining on their towels, dry on the pristine sand of Bondi Beach.