Investment Property

GETTING STARTED

What do company reports really mean?

David Potts To get to the bottom of the bottom line you want more money in the company coffers at the end of the year than at the start.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Neglected artform shaping up for saleroom success

James Cockington Sculpture auctions, especially high quality ones, are rare. So for the cognoscenti, next week's sale is a red letter day.

CHASING YIELD

Join hunt for a plan that pays

Dogged: Carefully check options to sniff out reliable returns.

David Potts Must rate cuts mean a pay cut? There are ways to get a better income for only slightly more risk.

GETTING STARTED

No golden ratio for bricks and mortar

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Buying property used to be a sure profit-making enterprise, but economies are a-changing.

BUILDING WEALTH

More than one way to strike it rich

Save or splurge: The road to investment property success can take many turns.

Kate Jones There's a number of paths to success in property investing. But which will bring the biggest rewards?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

Caption

John Collett 5.3 per cent

HOLIDAY HOMES

Smart investment or just a money pit?

Simply irresistible: Lisa Marquette made a snap decision to purchase her holiday retreat but says she has no regrets.

David Potts Thinking of buying a beach shack or a hideaway in the hills? Take a breath – you could end up with a whole heap of hassle.

Bargain holiday properties are out there if you want them

It doesn't have to be a run-down hut. Most cheap places just require work on the bathroom and kitchen.

Kate Jones There are holiday properties for less than $200,000. It’s just a matter of scouting them out.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property investment is all about choices

Choices are crucial

Max Newnham The success or failure of investing in property is all about the decisions you make.

UNDER THE RADAR

Australian gold producers benefit from price rebound and weaker dollar

Gold, fingers: Northern Star's profit margins have gone from somewhere between 0 and $50 an ounce to $250 an ounce.

Richard Hemming With the gold price rebounding from its lows and the dollar weaker, smaller gold producers are running hot.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting cash to work harder

Mark Bouris You may have missed it, but on Tuesday the RBA kept interest rates on hold. Again

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

John Collett They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

Gauging the risks with financial investments

Risk adviser.

Daryl Dixon Investors need to be aware of the possibility of volatility and the need to be able, and willing, to sit out price declines.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Buying well the key to long-term success

Subtle hint: RBA governor Glenn Stevens vaguely acknowledged property-price inflation but the cash rate stayed the same.

Mark Bouris Glenn Stevens' statement on interest rates was bland but should remind property investors that they must do their homework and invest wisely.

ASK NOEL

How can I get my home dream to fly?

Dreams of a home

Noel Whittaker I'm 23 and want to own my own home. What's my best long-term strategy?

BOURIS ON MONEY

Plan for the four ages of personal finance

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris The ways you structure your spending, saving and investing change as you get older.

BUYING TO LET

Patchy outlook for investors

Building wealth.

John Collett Record-low interest rates have been driving property prices higher. But borrowing won’t always be cheap and, if you’re thinking of buying to let, you will need to tread carefully.

GETTING STARTED

Don't blame the bogeymen for high property prices

Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands could be pulling down the median growth rate.

David Potts It's usually investors and foreigners taking turns as the housing bogyman but lately they've teamed up.

ASK NOEL

Is our borrowing to invest plan a wise one?

 

Noel Whittaker Should a couple put money into managed funds and use the income to pay down their mortgage?