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The Impact of Baby Boomers on the Australian Property Market – A Guide for Property Investors (updated)

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Yes, there is COVID-19 – but what about the huge demographic shift from retiring Australian baby boomers and its impact on the Australian property market? Will it lead to the collapse of real estate prices?

Baby boomers have at times been equated with the elephant in the (property market) room. There have been widespread discussions about what may happen when this group sells properties in bulk.

Given that there are 5.3 million baby boomers expected to retire in the next 10-15 years, there should be an impact.

Is it a concern or more of an opportunity for property investors?

Let’s find out.

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How Best to Pay Off Family Home Debt?

Unless you are among the really ambitious ‘near 2%’ of the property investors, you are not planning to buy off Disneyland yet. May be you can call yourself a conservative, moderate-stanced investor who wants to wrap up the debt on the family home with a part of the money earned over a lifetime. And the third choice is that you may fall somewhere in between? Where exactly?
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Diversification a Must For Investment portfolio

A strong portfolio is every investor’s dream but can strength ever be attained without laying emphasis on property diversification? What if a particular market bears the brunt of negative consumer sentiment or a natural phenomenon? Let us say you bought a dozen waterfront properties only to see your dreams ‘washed away’ by a tsunami and subsequently poor word of mouth against such properties.
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Five-year Plans Work Best

“Best dreams are those which remain unrealised”….I don’t remember who said it and why it is still lying with me. It oozes with escapist connotations, go-getters may even find it trashy and it looks good only to comfort forlorn lovers. Hey! I am getting carried away….why did I even begin this topic this way?
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Are You Ready To Sit For A Finance Quiz?

A high number of Australian citizens are not paying enough attention to their finances and worse still; most of them are ignorant about basic aspects of finance. Michael Yardney for the Property Update throws light on an interesting survey (conducted by which yields that at least 66% of Australians do not track their financial goals.
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Property Holdings Have Triggered Australians’ wealth

An article on the website Smart property Investment confirms that Australians have the highest median wealth in the world (A Credit Suisse report). This is due to the property holdings of Australian investors.

Barring Norway, Australia is at the top in terms of percentage of people investing in real estate. The median wealth of Australian adults stands at A$ 263,450. The trend fairly reflects on the availability of enormous land tracts in Australia. It is also suggestive of the high property prices in its urban areas.

Another piece of good news for Australians is that they have the highest number of people above the US$100,000 mark. They are second only to the Swiss in terms of average wealth.

You can read the original article here.

4 Rules Which High Achievers Follow To A Tee

I was going through an article on Jessica Young was pointing out to me 4 rules which high achievers follow without fail. Let me quickly capture them for you.
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Property investment is not the proverbial roll of dice

“I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous.” I took this line out of my memory’s yard. I think it’s from Alexander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter. Pete Wargent for the Property Update writes how we love to gamble (something which Pushkin would never have done) – knowingly, unknowingly, as often as we can.
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The Best Way to Insure Your Property Investment Portfolio

The property market has so much to offer, but you have to be prudent in your understanding of the market-scene. The real estate world moves through a series of crests and troughs and hence it is in your best interest to diversify your property investment portfolio. Mark Armstrong for the Property Observer writes that you can do it in two ways.
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Money and Behavior in the Business World

Brian Tracy, one of the world’s renowned speaker and personal development coach, tackles in his recent blog post the influence of money to human behavior in the business world. Tracy, having dealt with a lot of people, concludes that people view money as their ticket to freedom. By freedom they mean having enough money to stop worrying about safety, security, respect, love, and fulfillment. Accumulating wealth is considered as the direct route to having a good life.

The search for money usually go hand in hand with the search for power. Accumulation of money can be easily done if one has power. Power to control people to do things you want them to regardless of their own beliefs. Power to control resources as well as money to accumulate more. Power can be attained by producing results in the business world. When you increase a company’s assets by bringing in money, your authority and power increases along with your role in the business.

Tracy points out that it is crucial to carry yourself appropriately in order to be taken seriously in the finance world.

You can read the whole article here.

Although people know that money isn’t everything, they understand that achieving their financial goals is an essential part of living in our modern world.  Money can’t buy everything and it is not an end in itself. But money sure is great for the things that money can buy, and we can all get it – if we know the rules of the game and learn to play it well.