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  • Seven habits of highly effective property investors
  • Most of you have read or at least heard of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The book is famed for drawing out the common traits believed responsible for different people's success. We'll, during a recent South African Investor meeting, I got to hear the property insights and tips from a host of property moguls and experts. And today, I've combined these views with my ... ››› more
  • [20 August 2021]
  • Sometimes the best call is to sell your property at a loss
  • This week I received a message from a friend, P, saying: “Celebration time - we sold the property and took a big loss” Usually you'd not celebrate when taking a big loss on an investment. But in this case it is a good thing. And as soon as I explain I hope you'll see that selling an investment at a loss isn't always losing…   ________________________________________ ... ››› more
  • [22 May 2019]
  • 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]
  • Here's why I am all for the ANC's land expropriation plans
  • During its December conference the ANC vowed that, it would expropriate land and put it in the hands of the people. The news is full of headlines like: ANC NEC wants land expropriation 'urgently'   The ANC is making false promises of land expropriation   #Ramaphosa says ruling party is committed to land expropriation   And I can already see the pictures ... ››› more
  • [17 January 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]
  • The Double-Your-Money stock plays your advisors will never tell you about…
  • The mainstream media will only tell you about the biggest of the big shares. You'll often hear about Naspers, Richemont and BHP Billiton. And fund managers will make these big shares the centre points of their investment funds. That is - the Balanced Fund your advisor will suggest you invest in for retirement so you don't need to take much risk. But that means you can expect 9%, 10% and if... ››› more
  • [10 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]
  • 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
  • [22 September 2017]
  • This powerful trading indicator predicts an all-time high on the JSE!
  • I've been waiting for this for three years! If you go look at the JSE All Share Top 40 Index, you'll see it's been going nowhere. But us traders have been watching a very powerful indicator. This indicator shows us that momentum on the Index is picking up. And finally, the buy signal has confirmed! The JSE-ALSI has been lining up for a strong rally. In fact, I expect the JSE-ALSI will ... ››› more
  • [22 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]
  • Revealed! My new target for Gold!
  • Gold is a funny creature. When the stock markets perform well, you'll see gold sleeping. When the economy is stable, the world at peace and there is nothing troubling in the media - it's like gold doesn't exist. And what I mean by this is that, gold goes sideways. But right now, as global turmoil rises, North Korea threatens a nuclear war, economies crumble as global debt accelerates a... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • I hope you don't get this phone call!
  • There are a few things with trading that worry me. The first is when the internet connection cuts out when I'm trying to get into a trade or when I modify my trading levels. Second, is when the market environment goes into a sideways range where no matter whether we buy or sell - we lose either way. And third, is when my subscribers write to me and tell me about the worst possible trading... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • How K.I.S.S can drastically improve your investment decisions
  • Today I'm going to explain an investment concept you may not have seen applied in the investment world. But, I guarantee if you implement it today, it can drastically improve your investment decision-making as well as your overall portfolio performance. In fact, two of the most successful investors - Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch used it to consistently pick winning investments. Today... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • This single piece of news could add 50% to your property returns this year
  • On 23 August 2017, Stats SA released South Africa's latest inflation figures. These figures showed inflation dropped to 4.6% in July, from 5.1% in June. With the SA inflation target at 6%, the SA Reserve Bank now has a lot more room to lower interest rates further. In July, the bank dropped the interest rate by a marginal 0.25% from 10.5% to 10.25%. But following this latest announ... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
  • One week ago I told investors I love this sector, and now…
  • Last week I told investors: “There's one sector I'm more excited about than any… It's deemed one of the fastest growing sectors in South Africa! For comparison, in 2016 the South African economy grew by 0.3%. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector grew at a whopping 5% - more than 15 times faster according to an International Data Corporation report. What's more... ››› more
  • [21 September 2017]
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