Articles on Investment Strategy


Property is the business of using leverage carefully to grow your wealth. In this article we look at the two main forms of leverage, "Other People's Time" and "Other People's Money".


How I recently helped a young couple looking for their first home. This couple had become very frustrated after missing out many times in a market where most properties were going to tender or auction. They were looking for a property that would be suitable to live in now as well as to hold long term after they have moved on.


We invited an investor, insurance advisor and property tax specialist to a round table discussion of strategies, pros, cons potential pitfalls when planning or running a short term rental investment in New Zealand.


The best time to learn and grow is always right now and it certainly does not matter if you are currently looking to buy or not. In fact, a bit of down time between open homes and evaluating properties can be the perfect opportunity to reflect and study.

Here are some things you can do right now that will provide long term benefits to your investing.


On March 15 we hosted a webinar with Kenyon Clarke, the driving force behind the Avenue Apartments, a great new development in Mangere, Auckland.

It was a great conversation and we dug into Kenyon's strategy for area, design and other advice for investors.


Group investments are popular because when resources are combined people can achieve more than they would have otherwise. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it seems.


Most investors are familiar with the saying, "You make your profit when you buy."

So how do you consistently do this? There are a two very common schools of thought; firstly, to buy properties with high yield and secondly to purchase the worst house in the best street (or suburb)...


Any investment strategy should always start with identifying what type of investor you want to be, and how residential property will fit into your long term goals.

Before you do anything else you must clearly define what your long term property goals are. You may want to supplement your retirement income, use property to pay down your own mortgage, you might be more aggressive and want to replace your salary....


People will often say to me, you were lucky that you got in at a good time when you started your investing, you couldn’t do that now. Or, it was lucky you found some good agents to help you find properties when you started, there’s too much competition from other investors now.

Roger Hamilton uses a word analogy with the word ‘Luck’, mostly with operating a business and comparing it to a game of soccer (football).
I’ve used it below in a similar way to show you how it works if you are a property investor and want to become luckier!


Today I want to write about a topic I am asked about a lot – how to put together a joint venture. However this article should really be “how to put together a joint venture so you don’t lose the shirt off your back, your friends, your sanity, all your free time and a substantial amount of money”.


How many investors achieve what they really want? Probably quite a low number. Why is this? It’s probably because most investors don’t have a good long term plan that they regularly monitor and adjust.  Read the five things every investor should know to help achieve thier goals.


It takes time to learn a new skill; however making mistakes when you start investing can have serious consequences so it’s best to avoid them if possible. Some of the common mistakes investors make are....

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