You may have heard the phrase, ‘asset rich, cash poor.’ No one likes to hear anything with the word ‘poor’ in it, but if you have to be poor, this is the best way! If you or someone you love is asset-rich and cash-poor, there are various ways that you can use those assets to improve your financial situation.
For households with at least one person aged 65 or over, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recently compared average household wealth between those that owned their own home and those that did not. The difference was enormous and the message is clear: owning a property – or a similar kind of asset - is critical in creating wealth. Our job often includes identifying that similar kind of asset.
As of the 1 January, the Commonwealth Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme comes into effect. The scheme lets borrowers get a loan with only 5% equity saved. Places are filling fast, so if this could be of interest, get in touch with us ASAP.
Increasingly, parents are helping adult children buy property. This might be to assist younger person to get started in the market, or to help a person get back on their feet after something like a relationship ending. This article discusses one way in which parents and children might come own property.
Positive gearing lets you make a profit on your investment from day one. Provided there is no capital loss, this can be a great way to make money. Problem is: everyone else has thought of that, too. Positive gearing a decent property investment is hard.
Compared to previous years, the 2017 Budget was a bit of an anti-climax. In previous years, there have been a number of big-ticket changes - such as the big changes to superannuation that we have been discussing in recent articles. But this year there have simply been a whole lot of small changes, some of which will be of benefit and others will represent a small loss.
In property investing positive gearing is where the rent received exceeds the interest on money borrowed to finance the purchase. You often hear about positive gearing – especially from people with a property they want you to buy! But is positive cash flow property actually worth pursuing? The answer depends on what is creating the positive cash flow situation. Sometimes, these factors combine to make positive gearing a wonderful way to reduce risk. But at other times, the factors creating the positive gearing can make an investment very risky indeed. This article shows you how to tell the difference.
If you already own a home, then the last 20 years have been wonderful. For you. But what about your kids? Around Australia, house prices have risen by more than 500% in the last 20 years. How will your kids be able to buy their home? Here is one simple solution.
A family home is the starting point for any financial plan. It is also a fundamental part of a happy lifestyle – like your home, like your homelife, as they say. Over the next month, we will be showing you ways to get the most out of home ownership – both for yourself and for other people you might be worried about, like your adult kids. This article sets the scene.