Property Investment Blog

How to Create the Right Home Theater Environment

16/10/2018 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

For anyone who loves the movies, a home theater can be a perfect place to immerse in a private cinematic experience. After all, watching movies at home offers a more convenient and much better viewing experience compared to public movie houses.

Moving Interstate - What you should know

05/10/2018 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Moving interstate can be exciting, scary and exhausting. If you are one of the census-calculated 340,000 people who move interstate in Australia every year, there are some straightforward steps you can take to make your big move run smoothly.

Should You Refinance Your Home Loan to Invest in Your Business?

10/08/2018 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Looking for more funds to grow your business? Tapping into your home loan for finance is an important consideration that could have a range of benefits depending on your circumstances. Every business owner goes through this deliberation, but making the right move at the right time could open new doors of opportunity for your business and enhance your home equity.

Are Real Estate Agents Overpaid?

27/07/2018 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Do real estate agents really make that much out of property sales? And is it worth the cost?

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before House Hunting

09/03/2018 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

We've compiled six simple tips for house hunting. From budgeting to location & aethetics we discuss it all! Read more now.

How Staging your Home Increases your House Value

26/01/2018 | Laurence @ 740 Designs

Any homeowner with their property on the market knows how unpredictable things can be, and not being able to relocate until your home is sold seems to be something that is part of the real estate world, yet there are ways of getting ahead in the property sales arena, and having your home "staged" by a professional furniture hire company is a sure fire way to move things along.

How to give your verandah a makeover in eight easy steps?

09/11/2017 | Darren Wallis @ Modern solutions

A verandah is an exciting addition to your home property as it not only increases your value but also add a bit out indoors in your outdoors which means that you don’t have to hide from the extra sun or chill winter days by going indoors.

Your Guide to Buying a Home Safe for Your Valuables

31/10/2017 | Alex Hamilton @ white chalk road

Are you looking for the best home safe to protect your valuables from burglars?

9 Key Questions You Should Ask Every 2-Storey Home Builder

26/10/2017 | Alex Hamilton @ white chalk road

Are you looking to build your very own 2-storey home and don’t know how to find the right builder?

5 Quick Fixes For Your Apartment Before Inspection Day

05/10/2017 | Marc Steen @ Strata Data

With inspection day coming up, it’s time to spruce up your apartment. From cleaning the carpets to checking the light bulbs, everything must be presentable and in working order.

Think of it this way – if you were renting the apartment, what would you check before moving in? Or at the end of your lease, what would you repair to make sure you got your deposit back? Here are five simple (and affordable) tips to get you started.

Diversifying Your Retirement Investments

29/09/2017 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Everyone knows that investing in property is a great long term strategy. There is also tons of information about investing in stocks. Did you know there are other great ways of investing and ensuring you have a diverse profile heading into retirement? We've put together a list of nearly 20 options for diversifying for your retirement so that you spread your risk & ensure you can happily retire in the lifestyle you want!

Top 11 Concerns When Buying A New Home

29/09/2017 | Michael Kobi @ Kobi Builds

Buying a new home is a huge investment. As exciting as it is, it’s only natural to have concerns about what you’re committing to – especially when it comes to the property and your finances. To help you feel more confident, here are 11 things to think about when you decide to take the plunge.

How To Ensure Your Home Is Cleaned Properly Before Settlement

13/09/2017 | Michael Brooke @ Freelancer

Settlement after you've sold your home is one of the most exciting time of your life. You may be upgrading, investing funds in a second property or moving to a unit. Whatever the case it signifies a big life change and one you won't soon forget.

Pros & Cons of Using an Insurance Broker

13/09/2017 | Alex Hamilton @ Freelancer

When looking for property insurance policies, it may be worthwhile going through an insurance broker. Insurance brokers will act on behalf of you to provide advice and information about which insurance policy is the right fit. Insurance is complex and genuine expertise goes a long way.

Benefits of Engaging with A Town Planning Professional

11/09/2017 | Alex Hamilton @ Freelancer

Town planning is a long process that involves both strategic planning and local government. It is the planning of construction and development to meet the needs of expected growth in an urban area.

Why do I need a buyer’s agent?

06/09/2017 | Damian Collins @ Momentum Wealth

While buyer’s agents are becoming more prevalent among property investors, these professionals are still relatively underutilised. So why should you engage a buyer’s agent when looking for your next investment property?

What You Don’t Know About Negative Gearing

28/06/2017 | Damian Collins @ Momentum Wealth

Although it’s widely believed that buying a negatively geared property is a clever investment strategy, this isn’t necessarily the case - here’s why.

4 Things to Consider When Building A Home in Perth

23/06/2017 | Craig Gemmill @ Gemmill Homes

When it comes to building a house, Perth offers a number of unique opportunities and challenges. From planning and designing to building and contracts, here’s 5 things you should consider when building your home.

Asbestos 101

20/06/2017 | Simon Moshe @ Five Star Reblocking

Oh, asbestos. It’s a bit of a four-letter word in today’s society, isn’t it? We whisper it behind cupped hands, embarrassed that it’s a conversation that we need to have. Well, be embarrassed no more.

What you need to remember when choosing a tenant for your property?

06/06/2017 | David Nicoll @ Freelancer

Upon a quick look at any landlord insurance policy, you can see that a lot of the clauses relate to doubt surrounding the tenant. There is a lot of things that can go wrong from the home owner’s perspective that relate to the tenant of the building. For example, the tenant may be unwilling or unable to pay the rent, they may damage property or contents or there may even be some legal issue between yourself and a tenant down the track.

7 ways to protect your house in an emergency

25/04/2017 | Michael Kobi @ Kobi Builds

Sometimes you can't stop an emergency from happening, but you can certainly be prepared for one. Your home is your sanctuary, and whether you’re facing a natural disaster, a home invasion, or even a gas leak, it's important to protect what matters most.  Here are seven simple ways you can do just that.

3 of Perth’s best investment suburbs in 2017

06/04/2017 | Damian Collins @ Momentum Wealth

Considering buying a residential investment property in Perth in 2017? Here are 3 suburbs that every investor needs to run their ruler over before making their final decision.

The Perfect Guide To Making Your Property Termite-free

27/02/2017 | Muzi Tsolakis @ Protech Pest Control

One of the worst pests to invade your home is termites. Termites do more than just eating away at the wooden materials of your home; they can completely destroy it!

Should I pay off my Mortgage early or invest in a second property?

13/12/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

If you can pay an additional $200 per month on your typical mortgage on a $600,000 home, you may be able to save up to $55,000 over the lifetime of your mortgage, essentially cutting your mortgage by 4 years. However, the median property price may increase by more than $100,000 over 4 years.

Negative Gearing vs Positive Gearing - The facts

29/11/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

You’ve read it on the news, you heard it from your friends, so, what exactly is negative and positive gearing?

Everything you need to know about managing property yourself

11/11/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

A typical full time property manager, who has the right tools and employs streamlined processes, can manage up to 150 properties. That's equivalent to spending only 16 minutes per week on each property and thats a staggering $230+ per hour that you are paying them if your property rents for $700/week.

Property Affordability - Can I really afford it?

29/08/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Anyone can work out if they can afford to put down the required down payment to purchase a property, but it doesn't stop there. There are many factors ranging from rental yields to fluctuations in borrowing rates. Can I really afford your next purchase?

The 6-year property capital gain tax rule

19/07/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Property investing is already tiring and daunting, then there is this 6-year CGT rule everyone tells me about. But how does it really work? Here I will take a quick dive into a common misconception of the 6-year CGT rule in Australia, using it as a case study.

The secrets of buying off plans

27/06/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Buying off the plan is attractive. In Australia, most of the time you just have to pay 10% deposit and wait for settlement. While it is being constructed you also get to enjoy capital growth of the entire value of the property without paying any interest on repayments.

Rental bonds online

20/05/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Rental Bonds Online is a new service helping tenants, agents and private landlords lodge and refund bond money securely and easily.

Units vs houses?

20/04/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

Don't know if you want to make an investment in a unit or a house? Here, I will share a bit of what I've picked up over the years.

What you need to know about the First Home - New Home scheme

15/04/2016 | Charles Tong @ My Property Tools

For those who were lucky enough to have made an off the plan purchase 2 to 3 years ago and are close to completion, here's what you need to know.

Peter's Corner - my top picks from CBRE

14/04/2016 | Peter Li @ CBRE Australia
Here are my latest top picks from CBRE's hottest off-plan high-quality residential developments.

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