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  • Should I buy investment property using a company?
  • One of the questions I'm most often asked is “Should I invest in property using a company, or should I invest in my personal capacity?” Whenever I hear this question I want to ask investors WHY they want to invest through a company. You see, as with most things investing there's no clear cut, one-size-fits-all answer. There are a number of things to consider before you invest as a ... ››› more
  • [03 May 2017]
  • Why I'm not hot on the South African retail sector
  • The Foschini Group is down 10.54% in the last month, Mr Price 10.40%, Truworths 6.33%. And Lewis crashed a whopping 16.70%. If you're invested in retail, it's been a bad month for you. But before you start buying into the sector because it ‘shows value' I want to warn you…   South African retail sales are dropping and you need to watch out for the fallout   In its m... ››› more
  • [26 April 2017]
  • Use the Rule of Four to keep your portfolio in the green in ANY market
  • How you can diversify yourself to safety with the ‘Rule of Four' What do you do with your money in a crisis? Do you sell your share portfolio? Do you stick everything in a bank account, in property or in gold? That's the question that popped up around a campfire I had going with friends over the weekend. Considering South Africa's junk status, state capture and political unrest that'... ››› more
  • [19 April 2017]
  • This is a hassle-free way to get guaranteed rental income for life!
  • I don't like having to look for new tenants, setting up rental contracts, or making sure payments have been made each month. That's why I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to make my life easier. And I've found just that. Without dealing with an estate agent, or meeting up with a single person you can get: Higher rental income than you currently get (7% on average) Guaranteed ... ››› more
  • [05 April 2017]
  • The one thing that will lose you money when you ‘buy to flip'
  • Buying a house, renovating and then selling it (called "buy to flip") can be one of the most rewarding investments for property investors… You buy an old home for say R1 million, spend R250,000 on renovations and then sell it for R1.6 million or more. Most investors believe the biggest secret behind a buy to flip is getting the best deal on materials for your renovation. That's the b... ››› more
  • [23 March 2017]
  • Two signs that signal the end of the property market bull-run
  • Over the past 10 years, the South African listed property sector has easily outperformed its peers. Investors who've jumped on this rally early, would have made a fortune investing in JSE property companies. But the smooth-sailing returns delivered by the commercial property market are coming to an end. You see, listed property returns have halved for the last three years - 25.1% in 2... ››› more
  • [30 January 2017]
  • Movers of the Week - Plus 3 to buy and 2 to sell
  • Trump in the White House - America First! As President Trump was being inaugurated the markets appeared to be waiting for direction. The JSE closed slightly lower, down 0,6% and the major developed markets were little changed if not slightly softer. Currency and Commodity also appear to be in a holding pattern. Trump's speech was direct and unambiguous, watch-out as America puts its foot... ››› more
  • [24 January 2017]
  • If you make one investing New Year's resolution, make it this…
  • Consider this… From 2013 to 2015, South Africa's listed property sector has achieved a 17% annual average return. Over the same period, that's: Five times more than what SA bonds returned Three times more than what SA cash returned 3% better return than what SA equities has achieved But the many investors who allocated a large portion of their wealth into listed property in 201... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • Five things to consider when purchasing your next property
  • When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in… But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry. What to look for in ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • Four things I wish I'd known before I started investing in property
  • I bought my first rental property at the age of 22. Luckily it turned out a great investment. But since then I've learnt a lot. Truth be told, there's a heap of things I wish someone had told me about when I first got started in property back then. The time, the money it could've saved me... I sure as heck would have gone a lot further a lot faster if I'd had a clue about some things. ... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • How South Africans can profit from Europe's fastest growing economy…
  • When you think of Europe's fastest growing economies, who comes to mind? Switzerland?, Germany?, maybe Netherlands? No it's none of them. The fastest growing economies in Europe consist of countries you don't hear much about in the news. I'm talking about Malta, Luxembourg, Romania and Poland. These countries' economies are expected to grow more than double the Eurozone's in 2016 and b... ››› more
  • [12 September 2016]
  • How to become a property developer and landlord - overnight!
  • There's no denying it. Property is one of the best performing sectors of the JSE, year in, and year out. In fact, a quick look at the SAPY property index shows that it returned 1,035% between the start of August 2004 and August 2016. In comparison the JSE All-Share index returned 626% including dividends… Clearly property is a top performing sector. What's even better - with list... ››› more
  • [31 August 2016]
  • Are you investing yourself broke through property
  • I was recently at a property auction. The developer of a complex had been liquidated and was left with 7 apartments that needed to be sold on auction. Before the auction these properties were advertised for around R560,000. And there was not much interest in them. Considering they could fetch around R5,200 in rental per month I hoped to pick one or two up for a bargain at the auction…  ... ››› more
  • [25 August 2016]
  • Three ways to tap into increasing rental property demand today
  • Right now there's a shift happening in the South African property investment space that's perfect if you're a property investor that wants to get your money into the rental property game. Demand for buying property is falling quickly and more people are looking to rent property right now. This is because the weakening rand, banks tightening their lending criteria and the general increase in co... ››› more
  • [28 July 2016]
  • Property in South Africa is too big a risk to invest…
  • Last week a property investors told me that: “Property in SA is too big a risk. New laws coming out soon will limit property ownership to two properties and there will be no foreign ownership allowed.” Is this true? Should you up and sell your property right now, or is there hope left for the South African property sector?   The truth about new property laws – it’s not as bad as yo... ››› more
  • [21 July 2016]
  • If you thought renting property is better than buying... I've got news for you...
  • I've often argued the fact that renting property is the quickest way to throw your money away. Why would you rent, when you could buy? When you buy a property, you're making a solid investment in your financial future. Not only do you have a place to live, your property value increases too. Once your bond is paid off, you could decide you keep your property or sell it for a pretty decent retur... ››› more
  • [15 July 2016]
  • Rental property doesn't make money
  • “Investing in property doesn't make money any more. I should rather sell everything and put my money in the bank.” That's the words of a friend of mine, Jaco, whilst we spoke about property investing the other day. Jaco owns a number of properties but feels that he's not making enough money from them to keep on bothering investing in property. The thing is, after investigating the ... ››› more
  • [08 July 2016]
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