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  • Before buying your first house, do this first…
  • If you're in your mid-twenties or early thirties, chances are you're getting ready to buy your first house. If you're a parent - you might be advising your kids on how to do this. But this might just be a bad idea right now. Don't get me wrong… I am an avid property investor. And that's why I want to share with you this bit of advice… ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2018]
  • The most important thing in property investing - and it's not having a lot of capital…
  • If there's no cash in a business, it's dead. The most recent spectacular crash in Steinhoff shares is proof of that. It is no different for property. If your property doesn't generate a positive cash flow - the investment is dead in the water. Choosing to lose money isn't a valid investment strategy It's all too often that I hear investors say “I'm not making money on the property ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2018]
  • The 5 most important tactics to buy property at the best price possible
  • I'm sure you've heard it before - but you make money on a property the day you buy it. That's because a good price means the rental income yield will be attractive, and it means your selling price can be competitive - whilst still raking in a profit. That's why your homework before buying a property - and the negotiation process to buy the property are the single most important things you ... ››› more
  • [17 November 2017]
  • 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 2017]
  • No News is Good News - One to buy with one to sell
  • The JSE managed to etch up a 1.3% gain last week as there was very little driving markets. Volatility is at record lows yet uncertainty is high, the market is taking a wait and see approach. Inflation came out a little higher in May at 5.4% versus 5.3% in April. This remains within the MPC's target range. The Public Protector's report is being challenged and the Mining Charter kickback is... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • “I've just lost out on a R400,000 investment opportunity”
  • Question by Limo Krafe: Timon, you have no idea how depressed I am this past month. I thought I'd try and invest in Bitcoin. And I had everything ready for the trade of the century. I had the strategy, the money, the account opened. But then I panicked and froze. I just didn't push that buy button to take the investment. And today, I look at my account and I look at the Bitcoin chart,... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • Nine essential investment tips every woman must know about
  • August is Women's Month. As South Africa celebrates the role women played in the liberation of the country against apartheid, the women of South Africa are now facing a new struggle. That's the fight for financial equality. Not only is the investment world still largely dominated by men, a large number of households still rely on men for financial security. The good news is that the stereo... ››› more
  • [11 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]
  • 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]
  • Revealed: A hassle-free way of renting your free space to generate a lifetime of income
  • Whenever I look for a way to generate income, I ask myself three questions: • How much is this going to cost me to start? • How much effort will I have to put into this? • How quickly can I make my money back? These three questions are important. I know that most of us don't have money to waste investing in ideas that may, or may not work. The good news is that I've done this... ››› more
  • [05 July 2016]
  • Now is the right time to buy properties on auction and build your empire
  • Many homeowners can't afford to keep up with their bond payments thanks to the latest interest rate hike... And economists expect even more hikes over the next two years. That means there'll be an oversupply of properties on the market which means one thing - Bargain properties on the market! You see, properties sold on auctions are about 30% cheaper than ones sold on the open market! To fin... ››› more
  • [12 May 2016]
  • Three reasons why rental property is a great investment
  • Many investors are afraid of investing in property because they simply don't know how to get started and what to expect from their property investments. The truth is investing in rental property is a great way to increase your monthly income and grow your long-term investment portfolio. Today, let's look at three benefits of investing in property and why you should consider property rental... ››› more
  • [12 May 2016]
  • Three alternative investments you shouldn't ignore
  • I'm sure that you've heard so called experts around the braai tell you exactly what to invest in next, “My Uncle's boss's sister bought this share and today she's a millionaire.” Well, if that's where you get your investment information from then I'm seriously concerned. You see its important to know what you're talking about when it comes to investing your hard earned money. That's why to... ››› more
  • [02 May 2016]
  • Three must know rules when selling your property…
  • I made a grave mistake when selling my first property. I had an apartment which was on the market for about six months. I wanted to sell it because it was underperforming the rest of my portfolio in terms of rental escalations. And due to certain changes in the neighbourhood it was in I didn't expect a recovery anytime soon. So, when the tenant I had in the apartment made an offer to purc... ››› more
  • [16 March 2016]
  • How to buy your perfect dream home for long-term prosperity
  • Before you even think about financing your home, you need to know exactly what you want from it. There are certain steps you must take to find your perfect home. So start your buying process by considering the following important elements. What type of home will best meet your needs?   Buying a house is a long-term commitment. You don’t want to make the mistake of buying a property that you... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
  • Book review: Become a Master Property Investor in 90 Days
  • I can see the merits of investing in property. You buy property, you rent it out, you sit back and over the years watch the value of your property rise whilst receiving a monthly income from your tenants. It's something I really wanted to do, but my lack of knowledge surrounding investing in property left me in limbo. What I needed was a thoroughly comprehensive guide that would take me thro... ››› more
  • [21 December 2015]
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