finance

How to buy your first investment property

Sep 4th, 2019 Personal finance, Property investment Andrew Duncan

Would you like to take a massive step towards securing your financial future? Sorry for the rhetorical question, but it’s worth setting the stage here. Buying the right first investment property can put you on a high-speed, cruise-control path to financial freedom. Disclaimer… Before we get started: I am not a qualified financial adviser. This article will share tips and strategies I (and clients of…

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How to sell your home privately (if you want to)…

Sep 2nd, 2019 Property investment, Real Estate, Tips for sellers Andrew Duncan

After more than a decade in real estate. I have seen the value that a really good salesperson can add to the process. I have seen houses sell for prices that blew me away – because the salesperson running the marketing campaign knew how to position the property. They knew how to attract the right buyers and how to create competition. At the same time,…

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Is it a good idea to ban letting fees?

Dec 6th, 2018 Market commentary, Property investment Andrew Duncan

Letting fees are a cost which have historically been charged to tenants by property managers when they move into a property. It is usually equivalent to one week’s rent. It is a large cost for a tenant to bear, especially if they are only going to live in the property for 3 – 12months. While taking a sabbatical in Auckland in 2017, we rented a…

How to guarantee a 5 star review on Airbnb (a guide for owners)

Jan 13th, 2018 Property investment, Travel Andrew Duncan

In 2016, my Wife and I visited 21 Countries in 6 months while traveling around Europe. We stayed in countless Airbnb’s, usually for 3-4 nights at a time. Throughout our travels, we constantly found ourselves making comments like: “This place is nice & clean, but it’s so frustrating that it doesn’t have ‘x’.” The funny thing is, usually it was only tiny details that were…

5 steps to owning your first investment property…

Jul 23rd, 2013 Property investment Andrew Duncan

You may be a lot closer to owning an investment property than you think. If you are interested in finding out more please keep reading. Investment of any kind always carries a certain amount of risk and this is certainly true of buying rental property. However, when you invest in property at least you can always drive past it and check on it any time…