Property

MONEY'S PROPERTY SPECIAL

Pensioners' poser: nest - or divest?

Barbara Drury The garden's too big, there's too many steps to the front door – it's time to move to somewhere smaller. So what's stopping you? Well...

EXPERT TIPS

Netting a better rental return

When deciding how much rent you could achieve, do your own homework.

Nina Hendy Squeezing every possible dollar out of your rental income is top of mind for every landlord. Here’s how the experts do it.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Short term or long, whichever fits best

Investment choices depends on where you want to park your money.

Marcus Padley Investors should be asking which investment is best suited to their own personal disposition, urgency, risk appetite and personality.

HOT PROPERTY

Gold Coast's latest boom on horizon

Gold Coast property prices have left the doldrums and appear to be about to soar.

Angus Geddes After seven fallow post-GFC years, Gold Coast property is possibly poised for a fresh boom.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

The modern way to furnish it

Lot 33, a pair of Kai Kristiansen chairs in original Missoni fabric, estimate $800-$1200 (Denmark).

James Cockington Something to furnish your investment property with - or more in keeping with your home?

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Six ways for a girl to get started in investing

It's important to get your children to learn about the value of saving and investing, without scaring them off.

John Addis It's never too early to begin and these tips should help get the ball rolling.

TIP OF THE WEEK

If it's in fashion it'll leave you out of pocket

What's in fashion now can easily fall out of favour.

Michael Hutton Following the latest investment fads can cost you in the long term.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

Investments need to be made with an eye to the future.

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

GETTING STARTED

Why an ETF suits couch potatoes

David Potts

David Potts Exchange traded funds are the first step in for the novice. I’d never leave home without one, frankly.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Not to be sniffed at

Four of a set of 12 Chinese inside-painted   Twenty-four Filial Exemplars glass snuff bottles, by Liu Ziyi  dated 1986,  sold for $9150 IBP (estimate $3000-??$4000).

James Cockington Small, but perfectly formed, Chinese snuff bottles are a blooming market for both local and overseas collectors.

THE 'HONEST' INVESTOR

Future of super will be in your own hands

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley Before you know it, you'll be able to run your superannuation investments yourself.

COLLECTING

Opportunity for high-end shoppers

Archive vintage fashion store manager Ellana Powell wearing Celine Blue double satin dress, Comme Des Garcons jacket and shoes.

Stephen Crafti Investing in high quality modern designer fashion can be money well spent and some top-end secondhand stores are cornering the market.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's my super plan now retirement looms?

Thinking of retiring? 
It pays to do your homework first.

George Cochrane I intend to retire this year and have to decide what to do with my superannuation that will complement my part aged pension.

MOTLEY FOOL

How to turn $10,000 into $280,000 (and more)

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

It requires less work than you think.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage just got a little younger

A Japanese kimono from the 1950s, selling for $250, and a Comme des Garcon's  wool pinafore designed by Junya Watanabe - price sought $420.

James Cockington Still wearing clothes from the nineties? Lucky you - fashion from this decade is in high demand.

WRITING'S ON THE WALL

Star autograph? No thanks. Let me take a selfie

REFILE - CORRECTING MEDALS TO TROPHIES
Australia's Massimo Luongo (front) takes a 'selfie' photograph with his team mates as they celebrate with their trophies and the Asian Cup after beating South Korea to win the tournament at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

James Cockington Celebrity snaps seem set to consign signed memorabilia to the scrapheap.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Gilding via Chile brings French chic to McMansions

Auctioneer Christian McCann with one of  a  pair of 19th century Sevres and ormolu vases which sold for  $8250.

James Cockington Our big new homes need filling. Many people want to fill them with old furniture. Auction houses are happy to help.

BUILDING WEALTH

Scrooge landlords not helping themselves

If property owners are not maintenance minded, tenants might not tell them when something major happens.

Nina Hendy Tight-fisted investors are public enemy number one in the renting world. Here’s how to avoid being one.

GETTING IT REIT

Real estate investment trusts offer high returns for investors

David Potts - dink - dinkus

David Potts Property is booming but investors won't be getting anywhere near the rental yield that listed real estate investment trusts can offer.

MARGIN CALL

Margin lending can lead to capital loss if share prices fall and call on loan is made

It's alluring, but you don't get much wriggle room with margin lending.

Richard Livingston If you want to borrow to buy shares, other avenues might provide a better way to do it.