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  • Last week, I warned investors about this “income-trap” and it just crashed 31%!
  • In November's issue of the South African Investor, I warned readers about two types of “danger” shares lurking on the JSE. One of these types is called the “High-Yielder”. Simply these are shares that sit on suspiciously high dividend yields. You've probably heard me speak about these “income-traps” before, but in the South African Investor, I went further and reveale... ››› more
  • [09 December 2019]
  • If you hold property or retail shares you need to read this
  • If you hold property stocks, or one of the big four supermarket chains you need to listen up… A major new finding by the Competition Commission is coming into effect, and it could have far reaching implications for these companies. Let me show you in more detail. ________________________________________   Is this the secret to becoming a stock market millionaire?    ... ››› more
  • [04 December 2019]
  • Buying property at a discount and 12% dividend yield
  • The hunt for yield and aversion to risk is causing something we have never seen before. Interest rates and bond yields are falling globally and have turned negative. You can get a home loan in Denmark at an interest rate of -0.50% per year fixed for 10 years. While we are still far away from that with real rates in positive territory, investors must be tactical in deploying capital.   ... ››› more
  • [17 September 2019]
  • Q&A: 3 Top reasons to buy a REIT and how to scale out of a trading position
  • Q. "I refer to the article you wrote about REITs. I just want to ask the reasons for investing in REITs rather than just owning the property itself?"     A. Here are my top 3 reasons to invest in REITs.   Reason 1: Own property and earn returns by doing nothing   First, when you own a REIT stock, that's all the action you need to take in order to earn returns ... ››› more
  • [14 August 2019]
  • What are REITs, how they work and which are the best REITs to buy in 2019
  • Q. "I've seen that REITs have become widely spoken about in the news lately, since the Federal Reserve decided to cut the interest rates by 25 basis points to 2%. This has sparked my interest to look into investing in REITs. Timon could you explain briefly what a REIT is, how they work and why the drop in interest rates have attracted investors into buying them?”   A. REITs (pronounced R... ››› more
  • [07 August 2019]
  • Breaking News! Land expropriation bill is a go! What does this mean for investors?
  • On 26 July 2019 the SA government's National Assembly pushed forward with expropriation without compensation plans. It established a committee to introduce legislation for amending our constitution. The recommendation was that the expropriation bill should be passed speedily to replace the existing 1975 apartheid-era expropriation act. So, what does this mean for South African investors like y... ››› more
  • [31 July 2019]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [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]
  • 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
  • [22 September 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
  • [22 September 2017]
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