Truth Bomb Tuesday: Finding compassion in the dark

What does compassion look like? Stumbled on this quote searching the internets the other day: “Compassion is knowing our darkness well enough that we can sit in the dark with others.” Pema Chodron. I love everything about this, and there’s two elements here that are key to being a fully rounded person. The first is […]

Truth Bomb Tuesday: Device Time, Vice Time

Should you let kids have device time? Should you let yourself? A student of mine was talking about how she’d just decided to stop giving her 4 year old any time with devices. “Screen time leads to scream time,” she said. I think we all kind of get that there has to be limits with […]

Clearance rates Showing Market Is On Upswing

Data suggest that sentiment in the market has turned. I get the sense that the ice is breaking and we’re seeing a thaw in the property market. Sydney prices are down 26 weeks in a row, but unless APRA does something stupid (no guarantees there!) we should see things start to pick up from here. […]

APRA- bunch of spankmonkeys

  APRA is just not doing us any favours. If you want to know what’s behind the multi-week decline in Sydney property prices, there’s only one culprit: APRA. APRA – the bank regulator – has been tightening the screws since the middle of last year, going hard on investors and interest-only lending. APRA threatened the […]

How to avoid the property sharks…

Warning flags on the beach people You know how much I’ve made from sales commissions over the years? Zero. Nip. Nada. I haven’t made a cent. I don’t find deals for people and I don’t regurgitate deals for a fee either. And let me tell you, it’s not for a lack of property developers wanting […]

Lots Of Government Money Going Into Property

Where is government money going now? The First Home Owners’ Grants (FHOGs) weren’t particularly popular. Well, they were if you got one. They were great. But as far as economists went, they weren’t seen to be all that fabulous. Effectively the government just poured a whole lot of cash into the housing market, via the […]

The tipsy top-end could topple

Should we be worried about the bubble in commercial property? One of the key concerns last year was that an oversupplied high-rise apartment market might weigh heavy on the market overall. So far, as much as we’re seeing any fall out from this, it’s been fairly contained. It certainly hasn’t been the house of cards […]

WTF? You can only own 2 properties?

This is the key thing that makes me different from all the others So Australia’s supposedly largest residential property investor was in the Australian Financial Review last week, taking a pot shot at APRA. Kevin Young reckons 20,000 of his Property Club members can no longer afford their mortgage after the banks shifted them from […]