Recognise the Investment Opportunities …

Anecdotal evidence suggests that consumers are cutting back on their spending around Australia. And it’s likely that luxury items and overseas travel will be the most affected.

The Flight to ValueA recent article in The Age expounded “The Flight to Value” — where Australian Property Monitors reported a 24% drop in the median price for Toorak Homes, in the 6 months to September.
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Household Debt Addiction

In several previous postings, you’ll recall that I have raised the issue of Australia’s current blowout in household debt.

A recent article in the weekend Financial Review (pages 26-27) highlighted the current state of affairs.
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Property Workshop … Early-bird rate soon to Expire

I was just checking through the enrolments for the Workshop so far … and it seems that the interstate people are currently outnumbering those from Melbourne … by about 3:1

Last time, local and interstate enrolments were more or less balanced … so let’s try and even that up.

Make sure you enrol now, to secure your pre-Christmas discount.

What you’ll learn at the Workshop …
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This time — Don’t Miss Out on
The Annual Property Workshop!

Details are now up for you to read and enrol.

If you do come along … I promise it will completely transform the way you invest in Commercial property.

Last time … sadly, I had to turn a number of people away. However, those who did manage to secure a seat were truly stunned by some of the bold new ideas we covered — as part of the breakthrough 9-Step Formula.

Key issues like …

* Structuring your Finance to “beat the Bank”, and …
* Negotiating & Marketing techniques to make sure you leave NOTHING on the table!

To capture these same insights and enhance your own investment success … why not find out more about this Property Workshop?

Project Workshop 2008 … Update

Last week, I confirmed that the next Workshop will be held on Saturday 1 March 2008.

Because people had to be politely turned away from the last Workshop, I gave the opportunity to pre-reserve a seat … for those not wanting to miss out on this one.

Anyway, I was rather surprised how strong the pre-reservation has been.

And this Friday, it will be ONLY these people who will be given first chance to enrol — before the official posting of the Workshop registration page goes up next Monday.

So, if you would like the opportunity to “jump the queue”, you can still do so now. Because, with only 27 seats available (and some 4,019 on my Membership list), it may well end up being a locked-door Workshop.

Property Workshop 2008?

All year, people have been pestering me to know when it will be. Well, the date has now been set for Saturday 1 March.

Again, it will be held within the Melbourne CBD — to make it easy for those flying in from interstate and overseas.

The last full-day Workshop turned out to be far too crowded. So, this one will be limited to only 27 people!

And, therefore, it will be on a first-come-first-served basis!
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A Brave New World

Given the recent financial turmoil overseas, there are several questions that seem to be continually surfacing.

Can the world live with a ballooning US trade deficit? Are asset prices currently too high? Does anything good actually come from outsourcing to China and India? How will all that’s going on affect you as a Property investor?

To fully address these questions, you first need consider the change in the way Western companies are now operating.
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Household Debt may actually be “Healthy”!

In an “earlier posting”:http://commercialpropertymadeeasy.com/2007/06/26/family-finances-are-being-stretched/, I raised concern over the dramatic increase in household debt — to the point where it now sits at over 150% of household disposable incomes.

As you can appreciate, the major concern has been as to how rising home-mortgage interest rates might cause a flow-on effect for Commercial investors. And this is because a fall in residential prices could adversely impact upon the security for any line-of-credit you may have against your home.
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An Interest Rate Reprieve — for now!

Last week, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) held its cash rate at 6.25% for the eighth month in a row — a decision welcomed by the Government and home buyers alike.

RBA July 07Inflation figures (due out later this month) could put pressure on the RBA to lift rates. However, the high Australian Dollar (at around US 85c) means that there is no external pressure on inflation, from imported goods. And, despite the higher dollar, demand for our exported commodities remains at record levels — which has in turn narrowed our Trade deficit.

Therefore, even with our GDP growing, inflation seems to have remained in check. And this is likely to continue — given the modest wage increase just granted with the Fair Pay Commission.

While the RBA has left interest rates on hold at 6.25% … our rates are still well above other major countries. That makes Australia an attractive place for overseas funds — which is causing our dollar to remain high. And you should see this situation continue for the next 4 to 5 months.

Then, as other countries start to increase their own interest rates … you will quickly see our rates follow suit.

Remember your Bonus before 30 June

Quite a few of you were rather quick to take advantage of the pre-30 June discount, for the set of Workshop DVDs — which is great! But that means I now have only a certain number left.

The simple reason for the reminder is that 30 June falls on a Sunday this year. Therefore, that makes it a short final week for the month — and I just don’t want you to miss out.

Family Finances are being Stretched

With house prices solid or rising everywhere except in Sydney, household debt is now almost out of control.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, you saw the highly-geared Business sector collapse as interest rates rose. But now, you’re finding it is households with the high levels of debt.

In 1990, households had (on average) borrowed only 65% of their disposable income. By 2005, that figure had rocketed to 155% of their annual disposable income. And today, it stands at nearly 170%.
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