Mind Bender #2 : Solution

Thanks for submitting your solutions for the last Mind Bender.

It’s interesting that most people tend to focus upon what is there – rather than what is NOT there – in seeking out a solution. So, it’s good to see that a number of you don’t place such limits on your own thinking.

Some feedback suggested that the words “a” and “the” were missing. And yet, it’s not very difficult to construct a paragraph without them.

However, what is unusual is to have an entire paragraph without ever using the letter “E” – which is the most popular letter in the alphabet.

Anyway, congratulations to those of you who picked it up quickly. And maybe I will have to ‘raise the bar’ going forward.

 

 

Mind Bender # 2 : About December

I promised to help stretch your thinking and encourage you to adopt a different approach to things. So, here’s your next challenge.
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The G+L December eBulletin

By now you are probably winding down, and getting ready for a well-earned Christmas break.

As you’re aware, the purpose of the postings on this site is to give you quick updates on events affecting you as a Commercial property investor.

However, our regular eBulletins are still designed to give you a more in-depth analysis of Market trends — but on a quarterly basis.

The current eBulletin takes a look at where you are in the Property Cycle; and what it is you need to consider.

You can now go to our main website for the complete picture.

“Will there be another Crash?”:http://www.gal.com.au/FREE-eBulletins/Current-eBulletins/Thinking-Ahead-3.html

“If there is to be a Crash … When?”:http://www.gal.com.au/FREE-eBulletins/Current-eBulletins/Thinking-Ahead-3.html#when

“How widespread will the Crash be?”:http://www.gal.com.au/FREE-eBulletins/Current-eBulletins/Thinking-Ahead-3.html#spread

Response to the First Mind Bender

It’s good to see that you’re receiving and reading my Blog. And more importantly, thinking laterally!

The two words spoken by the wise man to the Sons were: “Swap horses” (or “Change horses”).

You see, it was only the horse that was required to come last. Therefore, by swapping horses, each son was then highly motivated to start the race, and cross the finish line first — on his brother’s horse.

Stre-e-tch Your Thinking!

Creative thinking is something you can learn – you are not simply born with it.

You see, the real secret is in being able to notice things that simply don’t fit, within the normal pattern of events. And also, being prepared to “challenge” the accepted (and expected) way of doing things.
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Understanding the Commercial Markets

You have seen strong growth and investor activity over the past 12 months; but neither of these have been very consistent — whether you look across the nation, or within each of the Commercial sectors.

Let’s take a quick look at each sector; and also consider the likely impact that further interest rate rises may have on your Investment Strategy.
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A Couple of Articles Worth Reading

Last week I posted two articles that you may find interesting — and just wanted to make sure you actually received them.

If you didn’t get a chance to look at them then … here are the links to the full articles

“*Economy tipped to enter new Golden Age*”:http://commercialpropertymadeeasy.com/2006/11/17/economy-tipped-to-enter-new-golden-age

“*Vietnam … Asia’s 2nd Fastest-Growing Economy*”:http://commercialpropertymadeeasy.com/2006/11/17/vietnam-asias-2nd-fastest-growing-economy

Both these articles cover things that could impact on your overall Investment Strategy.

Here’s a good Investment Opportunity

Having survived the unintended barrage of postings last week, I just thought you needed a short break. Anyway something has now come up, which I thought you might wan to hear about.

About 6 weeks ago, I alerted you to an investment opportunity in the CBD. It was a strata office for around $240,000 with good depreciation benefits.

The interest from our eBulletin subscribers was quite amazing. And, during the ensuing fortnight, we had strong enquiry; plus a number of positive inspections … culminating in a rather quick sale.

As it turns out, I now have something similar close to the CBD.
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Vietnam … Asia’s 2nd Fastest-Growing Economy

You are always reading about how China has been breaking annual growth records. And then it was India’s turn to steal the limelight.

But after throwing off the Soviet shackles, Vietnam signed an accord to roll back trade barriers with the USA. And its stagnant economy has literally leapt into action.
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Economy tipped to enter new Golden Age

One of Australia’s leading economic forecasters has predicted a new golden age of growth for the economy as the problems of worker shortages and production bottlenecks are solved amid a continuing boom in demand for commodities.

Canberra-based consultancy Access Economics predicts Australia’s gross domestic product will soar 4.6 per cent in 2007, compared with just 2.9 per cent this year, representing the strongest annual growth rate since 1997-98.
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Recent 2-day Property Seminar

A couple of weekends ago, I spoke at a 2-day Seminar in Sydney organised by Wealth Creator Magazine. My session was all about the *Emerging Trends in Commercial Property*.

As a regular subscriber, you are pretty much kept up to date with those trends through the eBulletins you receive — and now, via these regular Updates. However, several people at the seminar showed a keen interest in how you go about successfully structuring an acquisition.
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