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Melbourne and Sydney Real Estate

Melbourne and Sydney Real Estate

Lets talks about Melbourne and Sydney Real Estate for a second because it pops up in my life at least once a week. I have a lot of friends renting in Melbourne who are at the age now that they are starting to look at buying a house. They look around and quickly...

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Rent or Buy?

Rent or Buy?

"Are you still renting? Why don't you buy yourself a house already. Rent money is DEAD MONEY!" If you rent, I'm sure you have come across one of these people at least once in your life. And it's most likely coming from a loved one who genuinely cares about you. It's...

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Why Using Equity In Your Home Is Dumb

Why Using Equity In Your Home Is Dumb

Over the past couple of years I have discovered a growing trend that a number of people seem to be doing. It goes something like this, "We only want to invest AFTER we have finished paying off our house." Fair enough. I can see that some people want the security that...

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Why Investing Early in Life Matters

Why Investing Early in Life Matters

Until I discovered the concept of FIRE at around the age of 24, my life was on track to becoming pretty 'normal'. What is normal anyway? I guess it's what the majority of the people around you are doing? The 'normal' where I live goes something like this: > Go to...

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How much does it REALLY cost to buy a property?

How much does it REALLY cost to buy a property?

With my most recent purchase of property number 3 I thought it would be a good chance to clear up any misconceptions about how much it really costs to buy a property and what are the hidden fees, extras and everything else involved right from step 1 to getting the...

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Pay Less Tax Part 1- Buying Assets In A Trust

Pay Less Tax Part 1- Buying Assets In A Trust

*Always seek the advice from a professional if you're thinking about setting up a trust. The below is not legal advice, only my thoughts, and opinions.   I have decided to start a series of posts that will detail some of my methods of minimising the amount of tax...

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Negative Gearing Is For Dummies

Negative Gearing Is For Dummies

Unless you have been living under a rock I'm sure you have heard of the term negative gearing. Some swear by it, others say that it is responsible for the outrageous house prices in the Sydney and Melbourne market. At the time of writing this, the current median house...

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Retirement Calculator

It doesn't matter if you're 16 or 60. You are never too young or old to start planning for retirement, and if you're crazy like me then you would have wished you had started planning from your early teen years. But how do you know when you can transition to...

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July 2015 Net worth ($161.904.96)

Net worth had a big jump last month (+$21,000) after both my properties got revalued and completing my tax return which showed that I had knocked off about $7,000 off my HECCS debt. July has seen a seen a steady increase of around $4,500 from pure cash savings.

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