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What you need to buy a development in Toowoomba

What you need to buy a development in Toowoomba
4 Apr

Investigate Property loves some of the development deals in Toowoomba, but for those of you not familiar with the market there, you may be wondering, what do I get for my money in Toowoomba?
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Turning 4 to 5 to $700,000

Turning 4 to 5 to $700,000
31 Mar

This recently completed development by our clients Sonia and Glen was a fantastic success, with over $700,000 or 32% equity gain being achieved – a brilliant result in the current market from a 5 townhouse development. How they have achieved this isn’t simply the result of getting one thing right, but a combination of buying well, knowing the rules (and more importantly what rules could be broken!), good design and a fantastic valuation at the end. There are many lessons in this for both beginner and experienced investors.
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Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities
31 Mar

Here at Investigate Property we source some cracking deals, both in Brisbane and Toowoomba. Each year we buy plenty of great investment properties for our clients, but every now and then we have a deal that we don't have a client for. This is always heartbreaking as we hate to see a good deal go begging or for someone other than our client to buy it! Here's a selection of missed opportunities from late 2015 until now.
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Last Chance for the new Reno Kings Workshops

Last Chance for the new Reno Kings Workshops
11 Feb

The first Reno Kings workshops in 2 years are almost upon us and now is your last chance to book.
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The Truth Behind Real Estate Words

The Truth Behind Real Estate Words
13 Jan

Let's face it; agents can get rather creative with their real estate marketing. After all, no matter what the property is, where it is or how bad it is, it is their job to sell it! Let's take a look at what some of their words 'may' actually be saying.
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Buying through the Christmas Cheer

Buying through the Christmas Cheer
10 Dec '15

Christmas can be the perfect time to uncover opportunties in the property market, but there are also a few pitfalls.
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Ignore the House

Ignore the House
4 Nov '15

The house is not the first thing you should look at when inspecting a new purchase. In fact, your inspection should start 500m earlier.
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Where to dig for gold

Where to dig for gold
8 Oct '15

Sometimes the best place to look for your next purchase is in your own backyard.
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Brisbane Market Update

Brisbane Market Update
18 Aug '15

Here’s a Brisbane residential property market update from a professional buyer. It hasn’t been hyped up by media and it isn't being selectively optimistic by a sales agent. It's an update just as an update should be.
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Why Toowoomba?

Why Toowoomba?
17 Aug '15

Mat Cosgrove, our Toowoomba area specialist, has been coming up with some fantastic deals for our clients, but some of you may be asking yourself, 'why Toowoomba?'. Let us fill you in.
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An Escalating Problem

An Escalating Problem
17 Aug '15

Have you ever worked hard on a property, done lots of research, looked at heaps of comparables, run the numbers, got it working down to the dollar, only to then get blown out of the water by another buyer paying a good $50,000 to $100,000 more than you? As a buyer's agent who refuses to pay too much for a property I certainly have! In fact, far too frequently lately. I wanted to get to the bottom of the reason why and have spoken to numerous agents and consultants and I come up with a few conclusions.
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Hot Properties!

Hot Properties!
17 Aug '15

With the market hot in Brisbane and Toowoomba, Investigate Property continue to source great deals for our clients. Here is a selection of 2015 gems.
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Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities
3 Apr '13

The property market has certainly picked up this year with buyer's taking advantage of historically low interest rates and an improving market. Despite our best efforts, we haven't always had clients for the deals we find. Find out the opportunities that were missed (and one that is still available!).
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2012 - A look back with case studies

2012 - A look back with case studies
18 Dec '12

2012 was another successful year for Investigate Property and their clients. We thought we'd share a small collection of deals Investigate Property were involved in this year, as we feel there is no better way to demonstrate what it is we do.
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Be Prepared

Be Prepared
17 Dec '12

When buying property, get yourself into a position to actually make an offer, sign a contract immediately and obtain finance. Too often we see good deals slip away because buyer's haven't done things in the correct order, or worse, deliberately held off on getting themselves organised because they don't want to spend the time or money doing so before they have a deal. Here's a few real life scenarios.
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3 Top Tips for Selecting Your Development A-Team

3 Top Tips for Selecting Your Development A-Team
28 Nov '12

No two developments are the same and while there is great upside to developing, it can be a complicated process. So you need a support team. You need experts you can call on at any time and get the quick answers you need.
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The Cost to Develop

The Cost to Develop
15 Oct '12

A question we are asked on a regular basis is just how much money do I need to develop?  Here is an insight into costs for a small development.
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How Easy It Can All Go Wrong

How Easy It Can All Go Wrong
18 Jul '12

We always say, "Research! Research! Research!".  But how crucial is it to purchasing the right property?  Here's a real example of how it can all go wrong!  
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BOE and Arrow

BOE and Arrow
12 Jun '12

When a hot property comes along you need to be ready to fire, because any delays in submitting your offer could mean you miss out.
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Are You Buying Property?

Are You Buying Property?
10 Jun '12

To get to the best deals first, you have to locate, research, negotiate and purchase like a professional property buyer.  This Home Study Course shows you how.  Produced in conjunction with the Reno Kings and their combined 65+ years of successful property investment.
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5 Tips For Picking the Right Rental Manager

5 Tips For Picking the Right Rental Manager
30 May '12

Using the right Property Manager can be the key to getting the most out of your rental income and helping your create a more profitable future.  Read our tips to finding the right one for you.
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7 Tips For Increasing Your Rent

7 Tips For Increasing Your Rent
30 May '12

Many investment property owners don’t realise that their properties are being rented below market value.  Here Justin Eslick shares with you some smart and straight forward tips that can help you boost your rental income and capitalise on your investments.
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Three Tips to make your Development Work

Three Tips to make your Development Work
15 May '12

Whether you are new to developing or already an established investor, you can never go wrong by learning from other peoples experiences. In this article, Justin Eslick highlights strategies and tips that could help you identify the best potential for your development. 
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The Question We All Get Asked

The Question We All Get Asked
17 Apr '12

Every property investor will come across this question at least once in their investing career. In this article Buyer's Agent Justin Eslick brings to light the best way to handle this selling agent tactic and how to view the outcome.
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The Importance of the Right Advice

The Importance of the Right Advice
13 Mar '12

Research is the key to buying a successful property. Here Justin Eslick gives us a clear example of how to reduce risk and the mistakes you could make by doing your homework first.
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6 Common Mistakes by Property Buyers

6 Common Mistakes by Property Buyers
13 Feb '12

Everybody is entitled to makes mistakes. It is how we learn from them that makes the difference. It is even better, however, to try and minimise how many mistakes you make. Here are some of the more common mistakes we see people make when looking to buy property.
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Never Tell the Agent

Never Tell the Agent
22 Jan '12

Knowledge is power! You should always make sure you know more than the agent, but never tell them this. It's amazing what opportunities open up for you when this is the case. Read on to learn why.
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The Reno Kings are blogging!

The Reno Kings are blogging!
1 Dec '11

Investigate Property and the Reno Kings both believe education is a critical component of becoming a successful property investor and as such have teamed up to bring you a regular blog. Visit www.renos.com.au to read the blog!
Christmas Trading Hours

Christmas Trading Hours
30 Nov '11

Investigate Property will be taking some time off over the Christmas and the New Year period. Click on the news headline for more information.
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$200k from a small project in a quiet market

$200k from a small project in a quiet market
29 Nov '11

We have featured Mathew Cosgrove in numerous past articles. We even held a Site Inspection at two of his development sites and had him as a guest speaker at our Developing for Profit workshop. This is how much this down to earth runner-up Property Investor of the Year with Your Investment Property Magazine impresses us. Well, he is at it again! This time with $200k in profit from a renovator and splitter deal, in a quiet market.
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Risk Versus Reward: Careful what you listen to

Risk Versus Reward: Careful what you listen to
18 Nov '11

One Brisbane suburb that has been suggested as good opportunity for investment buyers of houses at the moment by numerous sources is one we won't touch.
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Agents are making buying a bargain even easier

Agents are making buying a bargain even easier
16 Sep '11

It's a buyer's market, which means it is a great time to buy and bargains are to be found. Makes you wonder why agents are willing to make it even easier for you?
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Never leave empty handed

Never leave empty handed
25 May '11

You have just inspected a property and it didn't meet expectations. Don't let a great opportunity pass you by simply walking off
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Set the Price Right

Set the Price Right
25 May '11

Sellers: The difference between selling for a good price and not selling at all can be as little as $10k.
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Flood of Misinformation

Flood of Misinformation
25 May '11

Unfortunately since the floods that hit Brisbane in January we have seen a number of properties on the market with some misleading and evasive advertising.
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Simple Splitter to Dollar Draining

Simple Splitter to Dollar Draining
8 May '11

Two development sites that appear similar can have vastly different outcomes for the uneducated.
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Misled

Misled
31 Mar '11

No property investor should ever rely on claims made by a selling agent, especially when it comes to development.
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Interesting flood and property related articles

Interesting flood and property related articles
17 Jan '11

There are some interesting flood and property related articles that are starting to be published.
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What will happen to the Brisbane Property Market post flood?

What will happen to the Brisbane Property Market post flood?
17 Jan '11

One question we have been inundated with is 'what is going to happen with the Brisbane Property Market?'. No one can really give a definitive answer, but we can speculate based on events of the past.
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1974 Brisbane Flood Map

1974 Brisbane Flood Map
17 Jan '11

There are a lot of people interested in seeing what areas of Brisbane were affected by the floods of 1974. Here is the only map that we are aware of that illustrates the areas that were affected.
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Flood Data and Flood Maps

Flood Data and Flood Maps
16 Jan '11

Every investor looking at buying in Brisbane should only do so after reviewing flood maps and flood reports.
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Developing for Profit - 2011 Date Announced!

Developing for Profit - 2011 Date Announced!
14 Dec '10

'Developing fro Profit', a 2 day information packed workshop for all wanna-be through to experienced developers, will be held on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th of June 2011 in Brisbane.
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Understanding the listing period - Christmas

Understanding the listing period - Christmas
14 Dec '10

Christmas can really throw out the listing cycle when it comes to selling a property. Understanding this will help you to list your property for sale at the right time, and will create an opportunity for you if you are a buyer.
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PAMDA: Rob Balanda informs investors of the critical changes

PAMDA: Rob Balanda informs investors of the critical changes
16 Sep '10

The Queensland Government has recently passed the 'Property Agents and Motor Dealers and Other Legislation Amendments Bill 2010' which has consequences for both buyers and sellers of properties in QLD as detailed by Rob Balanda.
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Value Add by Adding a Bedroom

Value Add by Adding a Bedroom
15 Sep '10

Adding a bedroom under an existing roof line can be an easy way to dramatically increase rent and the value of a property.
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When less is more

When less is more
14 Sep '10

A dramatic transformation can be achieved with the simplest of approaches.
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Developing for Profit: Home Study Course

Developing for Profit: Home Study Course
31 May '10

This is a comprehensive 12 Audio CD Home Study Course of the entire Developing for Profit workshop.  Purchase Now and Learn at Your Leisure!
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To print or to hammer

To print or to hammer
9 May '10

When it comes to developing there is essentially two ways you can make money. You can either ‘print it’ or you can ‘hammer it’. Both hold great appeal, but making the right choice isn't as straightforward as some may think.
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The Cost to Produce Land

The Cost to Produce Land
19 Feb '10

It can be very inexpensive to buy a subdivision property in the outer suburbs, but it can also cost you a small fortune.
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How to turn $456k into $1.275m in 5 months at a cost of $70k

How to turn $456k into $1.275m in 5 months at a cost of $70k
18 Feb '10

Yes that’s right folks, an $820,000 increase for a miserable $70k outlay. Oh, and a 9% gross rental return.
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Investigate Property Pro Monthly Membership

Investigate Property Pro Monthly Membership
17 Feb '10

How would you like to pick up the phone and call your own Town Planner and buying expert and get them to investigate a prospective property?
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A Lesson For The Novice Property Investor

A Lesson For The Novice Property Investor
8 Feb '10

So you have decided to buy an investment property or your first home. Congratulations and welcome to an exciting world!  You'll want as much house for as little money as possible. Unfortunately this can also lead to disaster.  Read on to find out how you get started.
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How to make 12% in 4 days

How to make 12% in 4 days
19 Nov '09

What do you do if you aren't happy with the first result? Change it!
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Recognising the next big change

Recognising the next big change
19 Nov '09

As investors you should be actively keeping a look out for the 'next big change', but how do we do this and is it possible to be the first person to hear about it?
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Digging for gold in your own backyard

Digging for gold in your own backyard
30 Aug '09

Some property owners don't have to go very far to find their next pot of gold as it could be buried in their own backyard!
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Overland Flow Update

Overland Flow Update
4 Aug '09

Overland Flow can be a nasty negative with dire consequences for property investors. Brisbane City Council have recently announced plans for a new Overland Flow Mapping system to help minimise risk for property buyers, but there are consequences that you need to know about.
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Being Diligent

Being Diligent
4 Aug '09

Doing your research and getting the answers reduces risk when buying property, but it can also stop you from buying well if you don't do it in the correct order.
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What land value should I put into my development feasibility?

What land value should I put into my development feasibility?
4 Aug '09

When doing your feasibility for a development site, one of the key factors is the land value or purchase price. This is easy enough to enter when buying, but what do you enter if you have owned the property for a long time?
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Case Study : UPDATE : How to make (serious) money in a slow market

Case Study : UPDATE : How to make (serious) money in a slow market
27 May '09

In November we brought you the story of Matthew and Kaylene, two Canberra investors who had just purchased a ‘delight or a disaster’ in Brisbane. This article is an update ‘post renovations’.
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Confused, misinterpreted and muddled: Part 2

Confused, misinterpreted and muddled: Part 2
25 May '09

Part two of a two part article aiming to demystify, unlock, unmuddle and correct some of the many common mistakes and misrepresentations made by buyers, sellers and agents.
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When $14k is better than $21k

When $14k is better than $21k
25 May '09

There are both positives and negatives associated with the First Home Owners Grant and as a result not everything is as it seems.
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Picking Places

Picking Places
18 Feb '09

People are forgetting that long term growth should be a major consideration when purchasing property as most property deals are or turn out to be long term deals. Don't let high rental returns blind you to some great opportunities that may exist in the market.
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Confused, misinterpreted and muddled- Part 1

Confused, misinterpreted and muddled- Part 1
12 Feb '09

Part one of a two part article aiming to demystify, unlock, unmuddle and correct some of the many common mistakes and misrepresentations made by buyers, sellers and agents.
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Swim or Surf ?: Flooding vs Overland Flow

Swim or Surf ?: Flooding vs Overland Flow
28 Jan '09

We all know about flooding, but did you know that damaging water can get you from both directions? Read this article to see if you're safe.
 
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Rent is rent of course of course

Rent is rent of course of course
15 Dec '08

Investors who take it for granted that the rent is as stated can often find themselves at a loss.
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Cash Positive!

Cash Positive!
15 Dec '08

Get excited! With interest rates coming down it is now possible to buy cash neutral and cash positive property in capital cities, something that has largely been unattainable for the last few years.
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Tracking Termites: Part 2

Tracking Termites: Part 2
14 Dec '08

This is the second part of a two part article on what, where and how of termites. Last issue we looked mostly at where to look for termites. In this issue we explore what to look for.
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Case Study: How to Make Money in a Slow Market

Case Study: How to Make Money in a Slow Market
5 Nov '08

We take a look at a real life and very current purchase by an Investigate Property client and the multiple strategies they are using for success, even in a slow market.
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Meddling with Medians

Meddling with Medians
22 Oct '08

Discover why the median price isn't always what it seems.
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Tracking Termites Part 1

Tracking Termites Part 1
22 Oct '08

Every investor or home buyer should learn to look for signs of termites when inspecting a property. Too many people dismiss this activity in favour of employing the experts, but an initial inspection by yourself before you employ the experts could save you time and money!
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Hitting Brick Walls: the lessons that could save your next development

Hitting Brick Walls: the lessons that could save your next development
30 Sep '08

Reno King Geoff Doidge shares how he broke through 'brick walls' to get a development approval for a block of units that will produce a 9.07% rental return, plus a big depreciation schedule.
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Spotlight on Student Accommodation

Spotlight on Student Accommodation
8 Sep '08

The spotlight is well and truly on Student Accommodation in Brisbane, but are the authorities doing enough?
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Buy better by beating the belated buyers!

Buy better by beating the belated buyers!
13 Jul '08


Looking to buy?  Here are some invaluable tips to ensure that you buy like a professional.
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Sometimes Second Place isn't so bad

Sometimes Second Place isn't so bad
13 Jul '08


Missing out on getting that special property can be disheartening. Justin Eslick shares how you can still win properties by organising a backup contract.
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The Funky Flats!

The Funky Flats!
30 Jun '08

Learn from one investor's multiple strategy purchase.
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The Investor's Tool Belt

The Investor's Tool Belt
30 Jun '08

The essential 'tools' every investor should take to a property inspection.
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Tips and Traps of Developing Affordable Housing

Tips and Traps of Developing Affordable Housing
30 Jun '08

Justin Eslick discussions some of the advantages, incentives and concessions available to those who develop affordable housing and some of the traps of this increasingly popular investment option.
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Mines, floods, contaminants and bombs!

Mines, floods, contaminants and bombs!
20 May '08

Want to know a good way to potentially halve the value of your property in just one day? Do the wrong searches, use the wrong person to comment on those searches, or worse still, don't do them at all and you are well on your way!

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Cold listings are now hot property

Cold listings are now hot property
13 May '08

It is a buyer’s market in many places around Australia and one of the best ways to uncover a deal is to look at the cold listings.
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7 top tips for researching development sites

7 top tips for researching development sites
9 Apr '08

Generally speaking, development sites can deliver fantastic profits for investors, but they can also carry considerable risk. It is possible to reduce this risk quite easily, and the first place to start is by making sure you buy the right development site to begin with.
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Putting the cart before the horse

Putting the cart before the horse
9 Apr '08

Even the experts make mistakes! Geoff Doidge has made 465% out of this property, yet he made some pretty crucial errors when he bought it that could have cost him big time!
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How Town Planning can add value

How Town Planning can add value
13 Mar '08

There are so many value-add opportunities that come under the banner of ‘town planning’ and a number of these are the result of you knowing more than the vendor or sales agent of a property.
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Investing in loose change

Investing in loose change
2 Sep '07

There is a lot to gain in investing in ‘loose change’, but we aren’t talking about the coins you find in your car’s ashtray! In this instance ‘loose change’ refers to changes still in their infancy, still without certainty, which is often where speculative investment can reap reward.  During the last month there have been two major headlines to come out of the news concerning Queenslanders.
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Another Brisbane Boom?

Another Brisbane Boom?
15 Mar '07

Brisbane appears to be experiencing another property boom.
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Great News! Reno Kings will find your next investment property

Great News! Reno Kings will find your next investment property
23 Dec '06

The Reno Kings have educated 1000's of property investors over the years. After learning about the deals Paul and Geoff swoop on and turn into gold, many of these investors asked the Reno Kings if they could help them find a property.
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Green Bridge Nearing Completion

Green Bridge Nearing Completion
19 Oct '06

The Green Bridge, now formally known as the 'Eleanor Schonell Bridge', linking the University of Queensland (UQ) with Dutton Park and surrounds is set to open in December 2006.
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Suburb Rehabilitation

Suburb Rehabilitation
29 May '06

Town Planner Justin Eslick makes comment on a recent article in the Courier Mail, which discusses the rehabilitation of Woolloongabba, Albion and Hamilton.
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The New Valley

The New Valley
17 May '06

West End has long been touted as the next Fortitude Valley, the next hip place, the next big thing. This article takes an in depth look at what is shaping the area.
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