Smashing The 5 Myths About Commercial Property

RIGHT NOW everyone is rather confused because of COVID. And what I generally find is that when investors are confused … they tend to do nothing. 

Yet despite the dire predictions of market collapses, that’s NOT what has occurred. Sure, the share market has been rather volatile. However, the property market has basically held up well. [Read more…]

What’s the New Normal for The Post-COVID Office?

BEFORE COVID, Australians worked less from home than their counterparts overseas. However, now things have apparently been reversed.

And even though Australian office workers say they’ve been far more productive at home … there is a keenness to return to an office environment. [Read more…]

Understanding the Current Office Markets

ACCORDING TO JLL Research, the CBD Office vacancy rate for Sydney has risen from 5.8% to 7.5% and for Melbourne, from 3.4% to 7.7% – as a direct result of COVID-19 lockdowns.

Despite the sudden increase, this surge ought not be seen as alarming. [Read more…]

Australia’s Job Recovery Post COVID-19

DESPITE A RECENT surge in positive COVID-19 cases for Victoria, the infection rates detected by its testing blitz have remained at a very low 0.2%.

And so, that would suggest the virus is not widespread within the community.

Furthermore, there hasn’t been any marked increase in the number of cases actually requiring hospitalisation.

Half of the Job Losses to be Back by Christmas

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How Quickly Can Australia’s Economy Recover?

SEVERAL CLIENTS have been asking about how long until things start to get back to “normal”. And what changes investors need to watch for, after we emerged from lockdown.

During times of economic uncertainty, you should focus on the underlying fundamentals driving demand and investment. And these still remain strong.

In my view, you should see a stronger than expected recovery – provided various states don’t unnecessarily delay the steps needed to restart the economy. [Read more…]

The Potential Benefits Gained from COVID-19

IT’S TRUE … the economy will suffer from COVID-19. However, the adverse impact will not be felt universally. And in fact, many businesses have never been busier – working 12-hour shifts and some, even around-the-clock.

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Why Should You Only Be Looking 4 Years Ahead?

YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN a number of other software packages out there on the market, which will encourage you to create 7 to 10-year projected cash flows.

In most cases, they have been designed by Techos and NOT by investors. And as a result, they lull you into a false sense of security. Fundamentally, there are two main reasons why I consider them to be laying a trap for even seasoned investors. [Read more…]

Economy Continues to Grow

IN REALITY, the Australian economy is showing solid growth in the metropolitan areas. And there is a flow-on effect into most regional cities – the only exceptions being those areas recently struck by drought and bushfires.

While not buoyant (and there may be a short-term pullback from natural disasters) … overall, the economic fundamentals look fine.

Therefore, we need to steer clear from unwittingly talking ourselves into recession. Because, as soon as confidence returns (and it will), consumers will start spending again. [Read more…]

The Bushfires Will Provide An Economic Boost

RIGHT NOW, there is really nothing that can immediately ease the pain and suffering being felt by all the bushfire victims and emergency service providers.

And yet, the process of restoration and rebuilding may bring some unexpected benefits. [Read more…]

The 7 Key Strategies to Help You Negotiate

EVERYONE NEGOTIATES … and generally, for most of the time!

You see, whether it’s at work or at home, we are all trying to persuade someone to adopt our point of view.

And therefore, I have put together what I’ve found to be the top Negotiating strategies over the past 40 years. [Read more…]

Why are Fashion Retailers Struggling So Much?

PUT SIMPLY … most retailers have been in “Sale Mode” since the Global Financial Crisis.

However, there is a far more significant change going on behind the scenes. [Read more…]