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  • Why REITs should form part of your long-term investment portfolio
  • If you have a long-term investment portfolio, property should form part of it. But investing in property doesn't mean buying property yourself. There's a much easier way to do it. You can invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs). So why should you invest in property through REITs? Let's take a closer look… Why invest in REITs Chances are you’re looking for a quality as... ››› more
  • [04 December 2014]
  • Things to ponder upon before investing in property
  • Any type of investment is a gamble, but property investment can also be suited to the risk-averse investors. Before you invest in rental property, there are certain things you should consider, such as the following. 1. The expected rental property income   The bottom line is this: how much do you expect to earn from renting the property? This should be the motivating factor behind your de... ››› more
  • [03 December 2014]
  • How I made R75,000 from property in a single morning using other people's money!
  • Whenever I speak to investors I hear “The property market is dead” or “Property is so expensive, there are no good deals out there”. I recently read an article about a financial advisor who was telling investors they're looking at single digit yields if they invest in property. The article went on to tell them that the stock market is the ONLY place they should be investing. That's ... ››› more
  • [21 November 2014]
  • The hidden costs of home ownership
  • Becoming a homeowner is a big step to take, so it's important to understand what exactly it entails. The costs that come with home ownership can make you think twice before signing the agreement. Before committing yourself to owning a home, you should find out exactly what the hidden costs are. Here are the most common costs that you must cover when you decide to buy property. Property ta... ››› more
  • [04 November 2014]
  • How to maximise your property investment
  • Investing in real estate is a wise option for building wealth, but you need to determine how to maximise your investment to reap the full benefits. One of the first things to consider when investing in real estate is to choose a property in a very good area, even if it requires a lot of repair work. You want to take advantage of sought-after neighborhoods because the area will be a key factor i... ››› more
  • [31 October 2014]
  • Is property co-ownership right for you?
  • When you're dying to become a home owner but can't afford to using your own finances, co-ownership may seem like a chance to make your dream come true. But is co-ownership right for you? To determine whether you should become a property co-owner, you must consult a solicitor and take into account various factors, taking into account the disadvantages of this type of ownership.   When you co-o... ››› more
  • [30 October 2014]
  • Four pointers to help you pick the best location to invest in property
  • Once you've decided to invest in property, the next decision you'll face is deciding where. There are several factors that can affect a property's desirability for renting out. So it's vital you weigh up these factors so you buy the best investment property that you can afford. So what factors should you look at before buying an investment property when it comes to location? Read on to fi... ››› more
  • [29 October 2014]
  • Want to buy property at auction? Here's how to do it safely
  • Buying property at auction can be a great way to pick up a property at a significant discount. And if you're prepared to do a bit of renovating, there are many bargains out there. Yet a recent interview highlighted that there are some property auctioneers out there that aren't regulated and pose a risk to you if you buy at auction through them. So what should you do if you want to buy a prop... ››› more
  • [27 October 2014]
  • How to use equity in your own home to invest in property
  • If you've built up a substantial amount of equity in your home and you want to invest in property to rent out, there is a way you can do this. It involves releasing some of the equity in your own home and using it to put down on an investment property. So how can you achieve this? And are there any guidelines to follow when you take this route? Let's take a closer look… Using your... ››› more
  • [24 October 2014]
  • Want to scale the property ladder? Here's how you can do it…
  • Chances are, the first property you buy isn't going to be your last. Over the years as your income and needs change, you'll need to move to a property that suits. By buying property, you'll benefit from capital appreciation over the years. And you can use this increase in value to your advantage as you move home. With the help of your home loan and the equity in your house, you can move up t... ››› more
  • [21 October 2014]
  • Investing in property? Here's what costs you can expect to pay
  • By investing in property, you're hoping to secure a monthly income from letting it out. If you borrow money to buy the property, on top of your bond repayments, what other costs can you expect to pay? Let's take a closer look… Are you going to use an agency to manage the property for you? If you decide to let an agency take care of finding a tenant and managing the tenancy, you’... ››› more
  • [20 October 2014]

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