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Debbie Roberts: My top tips for late starters

If retirement is right around the corner for you, you might be thinking that it is too late for you to start investing in property, and you might be wishing that you had started 20 years ago. However, it's not necessarily true that you have missed the boat completely. It will depend on how much time you have left until retirement, what your borrowing capacity is, and what your equit...
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Ryan Smuts: How to raise money quickly

In certain markets where properties are moving quickly, your ideal scenario would be to aim at being in a position to purchase and move at the same pace as the market, that is being ready should a good deal presents itself. It is always better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, than to have an opportunity and be unprepared for it. Our recommendation would be ...
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Will COVID-19 change the way we invest in properties?

As real estate investors, our operations have come to a standstill. But how long will it take for us to start moving again, and how long will it take us to get back on our feet? The short answer; who knows? The longer answer is that we can assume that the residential property investment market will definitely change. These times are unprecedented - that is a fa...
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Debbie Roberts: The #1 question I get asked by coaching clients

There are a lot of questions that we get asked on a regular basis, but one of the most common ones is “What sort of property is the best investment, and where is the best place to invest?” Ok, I know that’s cheating because it’s really two questions, but let’s roll with it. The answer is: That depends. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all investment property....
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Ed McKnight: What is the right property strategy for me?

Do you know what gets a bee in my bonnet? When I hear property investors or commentators in our industry trying to convince us that there is one best property investment strategy. Here's the truth. There is no 'one' strategy for everyone. But, there is a 'right' strategy for everyone. And that strategy is going be based on: a) the needs of the individual investor b) what the inve...
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Ed McKnight: What hosting the #1 business podcast has taught me about NZ Property Investment

5 months ago, I was working out at the gym, earphones in, listening to my favourite podcast. It's a daily show featuring 2 digital geeks talk about what's happening in the digital industry ... I'm secretly a nerd. It got me thinking that a similar format could work for property investment in New Zealand. Fast forward 5 months and the Property Academy Podcast has over...
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Ryan Smuts: Why it is never too late to start investing in property

Starting early definitely helps – when it comes to any kind of investing. Time is an investor’s best friend. Remember what Einstein said about compounding? That being said, it’s never too late to start today. There is a Chinese Proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Investing is much the same. Focussing on what you didn’t do when...
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Ryan Smuts: Buying off the plan

Buying off the plan can be an exciting proposal, it has many benefits which can be capitalised on if purchasing correctly and with enough due diligence put into practice, however, every rose has its thorns, and it is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated to this method of purchasing property. Risks The cautious buyer will understand first, the...
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How to set rent?

Setting your rent can be a bit of a Goldilocks Paradox: charge too much, you turn off inquiries; charge too little, you compromise the performance of your property. The right amount of rent will not only help you attract the right types of tenants, it also ensures the continued success of your rental portfolio. We asked five APIA investors to share their rent strategies and elab...
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Ryan Smuts: 5 Non-negotiable habits of a top property investor

Understanding that property investment is a business and treating it as such is the foundation for becoming a successful property investor. Like any business, you will need to first determine what goals you have for your ventures, what your desired end position looks like so that you can ensure you get there. Having no goals when you invest is like driving around in your ...
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