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Investment Failures

Avoid Costly Property Investment Mistakes

We all know that the Auckland property market is very expensive, with house prices having increased at rates significantly faster than the inflation rate. We also know that from recent sales figures the average property sale price seems to have fallen slightly. We also know that the number of listings has declined from the peak. It had been great for Auckland property owners as their wealth increased whilst effectively doing nothing but paying the mortgage.

Achieving a Balance in Life

We all earn or create a certain amount of income during our lifetime. This can be through employment, investment or setting up a business. However, what you do with this income will determine how financially successful you are, which will ultimately impact on your ability to enjoy life.

Are Direct Property Investment’s Suitable for Retirees?

Investing in property for New Zealanders has been a popular means of building wealth for retirement. Typically, property investors will try to build a portfolio of properties using borrowed funds in the expectation that they increase in value. Their thinking is that over time they can sell off a couple of properties at retirement and repay any outstanding debt.

Borrow with Caution

When interest rates are low and property prices are rising rapidly, it can seem tempting to borrow more. Naturally, property owners feel wealthier when property values have risen. Their share of the property effectively is increasing, relative to that of the lender.

One of the dangers with feeling wealthier and more confident is that it can easily lead to taking on riskier ventures through borrowing more money. Obviously, it is very difficult to get through life without borrowing especially if you do not want to live in rental housing.

Property Syndicates – Often an Ugly Investment

11 Jul 2017

It was interesting to read recently, a column written by Sir Robert Jones. Bob Jones is of course a very well-known New Zealand commercial property investor. He was effectively warning property syndicate investors. As he put it, any self-respecting commercial real estate agent, would offer properties to companies such as his and other listed property companies first. Only after they had rejected the property would they try the syndication route to get a deal done.

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