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The Simple Steps This Man Took To Become An Australian Multi-Millionaire

By Justin Wang

The lure of investing in property is strong and wide. There are more self-made millionaires through property than any other asset class. We live in a time of impetuousness and instant gratification – in many areas of our life we want to see quick results and change. This is becoming more prevalent with the advent of digital and social media. We’ve become a fast consumption society – we consume everything at a rapid rate – information, news, consumables, and food.

However, the path to success is not always achieved with the quickest route, just ask Justin Wang (Founder and CEO of PIA) “In the early 1990’s as a new migrant from China, to make ends meet I worked incredibly hard in a variety of different roles – from a restaurant waiter to a Chinese language teacher to a door-to-door salesperson…After ten years of hard work, I could not seem to get ahead….you work extremely hard, but just end up making ends meet. I needed to secure a better future for myself and my family. I found that this was not uncommon – people are continually concerned about their futures, struggling to navigate a path forward.”

Justin’s success came from valuable lessons learned when choosing the right pathway, a pathway that deviated from what the local market and competitors were doing. Justin’s personal experience led him to research the property industry as an investment strategy. 20 years ago the great Australian dream was to own your own home, work hard in the same job, raise your family, pay off your mortgage, retire and leave something for the children. 30 years later, the house was paid off, and you finally owned your house free-hold….and your pension and some superannuation would hopefully sustain you. Or would it?

20 years ago, Justin’s philosophy was slightly different – use your home as a powerful tool in your future plans and become self-determining and self-reliant. Use your largest asset and equity in your family home as a way to increase your personal wealth and derive a passive income that will sustain you and supplement your superannuation income well into the future, “I started looking at my own future and the strong record of property in Sydney market. I started to invest in properties (units) across Sydney, starting out small and begun to accumulate a small property portfolio of my own. Today, PIA turnover is between $1.2-1,6 billion in property each year”.

What’s the secret to success? Long-term investment

Start with your personal goals in mind. PIA’s business was founded on the principle of assisting people with modest income achieve a comfortable retirement through investing in property over the medium and long-term. As you build equity in your portfolio, you continue to invest to achieve your income and capital growth goals. To be a short-term speculator, for instant profit, you must have intimate knowledge and experience in the property market, investment strategies, and market cycles – plus have a strong asset backing or cash flow. Markets rise and fall, and short-term strategies to ‘make a quick profit’ are often short-sighted and risky. Not everyone can achieve this. Instead, we encourage you to focus, not on how much you’ll earn over the next 12-24 months, but how much wealth you can create over the next 10-20 years to achieve your retirement goals.

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Six Reasons Why Aussies Are Buying Sydney Apartments For Rent To Achieve Financial Freedom

Choosing between buying a house or an apartment depends on your financial situation, your lifestyle as well as your overall goals. While some people prefer the bigger space of living in a house, others prefer the practicality of inner-city living. From price to space and maintenance requirements, here are six good reasons the majority of Aussies prefer owning an apartment complex high up in the sky as opposed to owning a house and a piece of land.

1. Easier entry into the property market

Renting is widely recognized as being cheaper than purchasing a home, as you do not need to pay for the ongoing maintenance of the property, council rates, and strata fees or interest rates on a mortgage. Apartment living, in particular, is even cheaper than renting a house. If you’d like easier entry into the Sydney property market, looking at apartments for rent in Sydney would be a great start.

2. Convenience and community

Apartments for rent are typically located closer to city centers and offer the convenience of urban living and efficient transport. In addition, you’d be in a building shared by other residents, so there will be more of a community feel than what you’d get by renting a house. Many apartments for rent also come with shared outdoor spaces which are great for relaxing and socializing.

3. Security

Apartments for rent offer a lot of security compared to the average house. From CCTV cameras security doors and parking to keycards and concierge in newer developments, apartment living offers a lot of security and peace of mind. Importantly, if there’s ever an emergency, you’d be glad to know that help is only a door away.

4. Amenities and facilities

Apartments for rent will typically offer communal facilities and amenities such as communal gardens or rooftop terraces, pools, entertainment rooms and gyms. Some newer buildings also offer laundry, childcare, and car washing services.

5. No maintenance hassles

When it comes to maintenance, apartments for rent typically have little to no maintenance costs or expectations involved. Apartment complexes generally have smaller, simpler green areas that are usually looked after by professional gardeners and tradespeople.

6. High-rise views

Unlike a house at street level, apartments for rent offer high-rise living and the views associated with living in a taller building. Whether it be a district, city, parkland or water views, there’s plenty of choices. If you love balconies, rooftop terraces, and seeing a wider frame of the horizon, apartment living can give you just that.

*Please note information from this article was sourced from The Property Investors Alliance

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How To Acquire Your First Property Investment To Secure Your Future

An investment property can be a solid financial move for your future. Whether it’s to boost your retirement plan, retire early or set your family up, an investment property can be a step in the right direction.

You’re not just investing in property, you’re investing in a financial plan. Investing in real estate is a long term plan so take the time to talk to your partner and your finance broker about your plan. By setting clear goals and timelines, you’ll have a better chance of achieving them. Your journey to financial freedom begins here.

Step 1: Finance and Pre-approvals

It is important to consider your short and long term goals and review your finances. Check your credit rating – Start budgeting to ensure you are able to balance your income and expenses in order to plan for greater upcoming expenses. You should also consider reducing your credit card limit and minimizing your debt. Find out if you qualify for a bank loan – Discover your potential borrowing power by speaking to your bank, credit union, broker or financial adviser. Pre-approval comes from your mortgage broker or directly through your lender.

Step 2: Select and Reserve your Property

Explore and research the properties available, then compare and choose the one that suits you.

Step 3: Review the Contract

Your solicitor or conveyancer will review the contract for sale independently and make sure you understand what you’re signing up to. They will also negotiate with the seller’s legal representative on contract conditions, making the process of documentation and settling easier.

Step 4: Sign the Contract for Sale

If you want to go ahead with the purchase, you’ll need to return the signed contract.

Step 5: The Contract Exchange

Once you’ve exchanged signed contracts with the seller, you’ve secured the property.

Maximizing your Investment

After settlement, it’s time to take ownership and move in, or sign up your first tenant. For off-plan purchases, settled properties come with a 90-day warranty maintenance period. For any defect issues identified within the first 90-days after handover, these are submitted by the purchaser to the Builder on a warranty claim form.

* Please note: Information from this article was sourced from The Property Investors Alliance

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The Simple Steps This Man Took To Reach Multi-Millionaire Status

By Justin Wang

The lure of investing in property is strong and wide. There are more self-made millionaires through property than any other asset class. We live in a time of impetuousness and instant gratification – in many areas of our life we want to see quick results and change. This is becoming more prevalent with the advent of digital and social media. We’ve become a fast consumption society – we consume everything at a rapid rate – information, news, consumables, and food.

However, the path to success is not always achieved with the quickest route, just ask Justin Wang (Founder and CEO of PIA) “In the early 1990’s as a new migrant from China, to make ends meet I worked incredibly hard in a variety of different roles – from a restaurant waiter to a Chinese language teacher to a door-to-door salesperson…After ten years of hard work, I could not seem to get ahead….you work extremely hard, but just end up making ends meet. I needed to secure a better future for myself and my family. I found that this was not uncommon – people are continually concerned about their futures, struggling to navigate a path forward.”

Justin’s success came from valuable lessons learned when choosing the right pathway, a pathway that deviated from what the local market and competitors were doing. Justin’s personal experience led him to research the property industry as an investment strategy. 20 years ago the great Australian dream was to own your own home, work hard in the same job, raise your family, pay off your mortgage, retire and leave something for the children. 30 years later, the house was paid off, and you finally owned your house free-hold….and your pension and some superannuation would hopefully sustain you. Or would it?

20 years ago, Justin’s philosophy was slightly different – use your home as a powerful tool in your future plans and become self-determining and self-reliant. Use your largest asset and equity in your family home as a way to increase your personal wealth and derive a passive income that will sustain you and supplement your superannuation income well into the future, “I started looking at my own future and the strong record of property in Sydney market. I started to invest in properties (units) across Sydney, starting out small and begun to accumulate a small property portfolio of my own. Today, PIA turnover is between $1.2-1,6 billion in property each year”.

What’s the secret to success? Long-term investment

Start with your personal goals in mind. PIA’s business was founded on the principle of assisting people with modest income achieve a comfortable retirement through investing in property over the medium and long-term. As you build equity in your portfolio, you continue to invest to achieve your income and capital growth goals. To be a short-term speculator, for instant profit, you must have intimate knowledge and experience in the property market, investment strategies, and market cycles – plus have a strong asset backing or cash flow. Markets rise and fall, and short-term strategies to ‘make a quick profit’ are often short-sighted and risky. Not everyone can achieve this. Instead, we encourage you to focus, not on how much you’ll earn over the next 12-24 months, but how much wealth you can create over the next 10-20 years to achieve your retirement goals.

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How To Start Your Journey To Becoming A “Multi-Millionaire”

Young Australians are moving away from the great Australian dream, as the path for 2018 is not as simple as working to save for a deposit on a house, starting your new life in it and paying off a mortgage. This method is simply outdated.

Adopting the direction of past generations is a harder path to follow as a first home buyer, with affordability currently a large consideration, so Australians are now leveraging property differently to benefit their futures. Smart investors reside in a Sydney rental property in areas they want to live and buy Sydney property in places they can afford and rent out.

The ‘Buy and Rent’ model was first conceived of by PIA (The Property Investors Alliance) in 2005 for Australians who want to leverage investment property for future financial goals, allowing buyers to maintain their current urban-city lifestyle, without sacrificing their financial goals. More than half of PIA’s clients say that their personal motivation for investing in property is to attain financial freedom. Buying a home to live in will not deliver financial freedom or additional income.

Saving a 10% deposit, plus the typical 5% costs of purchasing a million dollar property in their preferred location (in addition to the cost of lifestyle), first home buyers would be left waiting years until they can finally get their foot in the door of securing a property.

This is where the ‘Buy and Rent’ model (sometimes known as rentvesting) can provide a better solution – allowing investors to enter the property market sooner rather than later. Purchasing in a more affordable area – at half the cost – and renting out the property to pay it off, while continuing to live in a Sydney rental property in a great location, means making no changes to your current living situation, seems a much more affordable and practical path to financial gain and success.

According to a 2017 white paper from Ipsos, the rentvestor is becoming increasingly popular as 61% of ‘Generation Y’ are jumping on the trend, 41% of whom are single, and 81% who are choosing to live and rent in inner-city areas.

Two million Australians are property investors, but they’re not just investing in a property, they’re investing in a financial plan. The number of landlords in Australia is about 8% of the population, utilizing property to grow their wealth, while tenants pay down their debt.

Based on historical market performance, we have seen big profits from those buying Sydney residential assets.

Following the ‘great Australian dream’ model of working, buying and paying off a home, first home buyers now include Australians in their 30’s and 40’s. So we’re flipping it around and investing before purchasing a first home. It may, at first glance, seem a backward way of entering the Sydney property market, but it’s fast becoming the smartest and most appropriate way to take advantage of the current economic climate….and own a property.

*Information from this article was sourced from The Property Investors Alliance

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The 2 Biggest Trends That Will Impact The Sydney Property Market

The North and South coastal-line alongside the city east are narrow strips with reserved parklands. This makes development along the North Shore and southern lines impractical. Sydney West, however, looks a lot more promising with lots of land for development. Therefore, Parramatta, Liverpool, and Penrith have been chosen as the new smaller city sites. These three new cities will collectively be called “Great Western Sydney” and are predicted to be the third largest economy in Australia following the Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD.

Changes that have taken place so far in Great Western Sydney include a 50 percent growth in employment in the region and the building of new roads, these being the M2, M5, and M7. But this is just the beginning. New trains, train lines, and more new roads are expected to follow, which, in turn, will stimulate greater employment.

This trending change in the city layout and movement “westwards” is expected to act as a critical reference to predict the hot spots for property value increase in years to come. As such, it acts as a guide for property investors with a keen eye.

How These Changes in Trends Will Impact on Sydney Property

Based on the two trends of change mentioned above, the development focus in Sydney, after the completion of new roads, is expected to move towards the improvement of the urban living environment. New shopping and recreation facilities around the new employment areas and the generation of a scope for future demands will follow. By combining the areas we live and work in with areas for recreation and shopping, people are being encouraged to reduce their need to commute. Overall, it can be said that the areas with increasing employment opportunities are the areas with a superior increase in property values.

The two trends mentioned in this article reflect the difference between now and the future, the difference between impression and reality and the difference between “waves” in investment. However, before investing in property, investors need to look at the bigger picture, make a note of changes, and keep an eye on areas that are showing signs of a superior increase.

The key to successful property investment is to invest for the future and to be aware of future trends. According to the Property Investors Alliance (PIA), a property investment group who specialize in the Sydney property market, investors need to identify whether or not a suburb has a “superior increase” as this then highlights any differences between now and the future, so that differences between impression and reality can be identified along with any differences between the “waves”. Identifying these differences leads to the exposure of the future in housing and where this is heading in a specific area.

The trick to understanding superior increase in Sydney is achieved by getting to know the two trends in today’s Sydney property market. The first trend being how a Sydneysider now selects a home, and the second being how the city layout has changed.

Trend 1: How a Sydneysider Now Selects a Home

Conventionally speaking, many Australians used to prefer a home that had a separate living area with three-bedroom and a front and backyard. However, over the last 20 years, there has been a number of changes in the Sydney community, these being::

• Heavier traffic – Traffic is becoming heavier and harder to negotiate. This, in turn, means that people living in Sydney are finding it increasingly harder to drive to work or to the shops.

• Less time – Time is becoming more precious with both husband and wife having to work to ease the financial pressure. Many are also working more extended hours to get ahead financially. Plus, a greater variety of entertainment is available, which means less time and money.

• Rising living costs – The cost of living is increasing. This means less residual income. These changes in lifestyle are seeing many Sydneysiders review their home choices, with them electing to live closer to work and transport and to live in smaller, more compact homes. These changes are becoming a trend which is expected to have an impact on the types of investment properties purchased in the future.

Living Closer to Work

By electing to live closer to work, many Sydneysiders are now looking for a rental property that is situated in the suburb they work in, or a neighbouring suburb close-by. This not only reduces their commuting time and sees them avoid heavier traffic, but can also reduce their rental costs. For example, an apartment in Liverpool, a suburb in Sydney’s Southwest, is managed by PIA. When PIA advertised the property for lease, they anticipated attracting tenants in a low-to-mid income bracket. However, PIA realized that many of the applicants who applied for the property were actually doctors and nurses that were working at the nearby Liverpool Hospital. These applicants were in a higher income bracket, and they chose the apartment for convenience, rather than residing in the more affluent Eastern and Northern suburbs.

Living Closer to Transport

When a Sydneysider elects to live closer to transport and shopping centres, they are aiming to reduce the stress of driving to and from work, and to the shop. Plus, they are seeking to save time and money. For instance, a couple who lived in Cherrybrook and paid a weekly rent of $500 decided to move to Auburn Central. Their decision to move was based purely on the couple’s need to save money and time. The husband works in IT for a company in Parramatta, and his wife works in a financial institution in the city. The couple was finding it too expensive to own and run two vehicles. Plus, the wife wanted to reduce her daily commuting time. So the wife sold her car. However, this then created another problem, with no train station close-by the husband had to drive his wife to the train station daily, and then collecting her after work. This becomes very time-consuming. Auburn Central provided the couple with a solution. By moving to a new rental property situated in the suburb, things suddenly became a lot easier as the train station was within walking distance of their apartment, and the shopping centre was just downstairs.

Auburn Central, along with many other suburbs situated along the train route in Sydney is becoming more popular.  In 2007, the rental increase in Auburn was the highest of all suburbs in Sydney. In fact, it is now more than $530 per week to rent a three-bedroom apartment in Auburn Central, which shocks a lot of people living in the Eastern suburbs.

Smaller, More Compact Homes

Sydneysiders are electing to live in apartments and units as they are simpler to maintain with smaller yards, and they are very economical with smaller utility and rental costs. Plus, Australian family sizes are becoming smaller, with single people or couples becoming the trend. Many people living in Sydney are also electing to dine out, rather than cook at home.

In the past, people who elected to live in a unit or apartment typically did so because they wanted more affordable accommodation or they were in between houses, and searching for their next property. But nowadays apartments and units are becoming a type of lifestyle. Many young people and older people looking to downsize after their family have grown-up and have moved on are looking to buy an apartment or unit, rather than a house.

Trend 2: The Changing City Layout

Historically speaking, the Sydney central business district (CBD), which was once central is now located in the east of the city. However, this remains the central hub for all other suburbs, in all directions, which presents a problem. With the employment forecast in 2006, for the next 25 years, anticipating a 15.79 percent employment growth in the Sydney CBD and North Sydney, this means greater traffic congestion. At present, the heavy traffic on major roads into the Sydney CBD is an issue, as during peak hours the traffic is basically not moving. This is not only time consuming, but also has a great impact on the quality of Sydney air.

In addition to this, the Australian government has introduced measures to attract more migrants from overseas to Sydney, so that they can combat the problem the nation is facing with an ageing population. Sydney’s population growth now far outweighs other cities in developed countries, with its growth being recorded as the highest since the 80s. This growth is expected to continue with Sydney shaping into an international metropolis.

Under these circumstances, a change in the planning of the city layout was needed, and Sydney city-planners introduced the “City of Cities” some time ago. Under this direction, Sydney is transforming and is no longer just a city, but an evolving metropolis that contains a number of smaller cities. These new cities are independent and are also closely related to the old CBD in both lifestyle and employment opportunities.

Source: PIA

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Want To Become A Multi-Millionaire?? Follow These Three Simple Steps

Building wealth is probably the most spoken about topic across the world and will be for years to come. How to make money is the 24th most Googled question in the world that’s 246,000 individuals per month hoping to find answers.

You can earn more and save for your future easily, but many people get caught up in the old saying “You have to have money to make money.” If you have this mindset, you have already set yourself up for failure. The truth is you have to be driven, be willing to work hard now and invest so you see a return on capital.

Property won’t make you wealthy overnight, but it is a great first step to financial freedom – a great form of income for you and your family in the future. The Sydney residential property market alone has increased by 74% since 2012[1]. Sydney offers promising returns for investors and the long-term outlook for this market is positive.

Follow our three simple steps to wealth and find out just how easy it can be to build your wealth.

1. Using the family home to build a property portfolio

If you have equity in your own home, do you know that you’ve already taken the important first step in your property journey? That’s because the family home can be more than a great place to raise your children. It can be a powerful tool for growing your wealth and setting up your financial future.

After all, a lender may let you use the equity you already have in your home to fund the purchase of an investment property. That means you may not need any further deposit. Meanwhile, the rent your tenant pays should help you meet the cost of taking out your new loan.

2. Renting and buying simultaneously

Think you can’t afford to buy where you want to live but still want to get a foot on the property ladder? Try the ‘Buy and Rent’, model. Under this strategy, which PIA pioneered back in 2005, you can rent where you’d prefer to be based on your lifestyle, study or work. If you earn $70,000 annually, you could buy an investment property worth $650,000 for as little as $42 a week, out of pocket.

3. Helping the children

Worried your children will never be able to afford to buy property? By using the equity in your own home, you may be able to get into a property without the need to save a deposit. If they’re not ready to leave home just yet, you can secure and manage a tenant who’ll help pay off your loan until they do.

It’s never to later or early to start thinking about the future and making a plan, invest in property to secure a comfortable, stress-free future for you and your family, build your property portfolio and build your wealth.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Investing In Property Will Set You Up For Life

Retiring early can seem impossible for most people, but did you know you can retire long before your 50’s if you start investing now in property?

More and more Australians are finally understanding a new way of thinking – not just buying a home to live in, but actually buying properties to build wealth that’ll enable them to retire at an early age. The typical first homeowner now considers purchasing an investment home instead of a house to live in, rent it out and then either move in (when weekly expenses are less than rent), leverage to eventually buy their own home, or rent in their desired area.

That’s right, Australians are now investing in property to achieve their future financial goals. Their buying property in strategic locations and leveraging bank finance. More and more Australians are also becoming aware that rental income can pay down their mortgage which then leaves them with an asset(s) that delivers a passive income stream that can sustain them well into the future.

With every investment, there are inherent risks and rewards, particularly when it comes to borrowing funds or making off-plan purchases. That’s why it’s important to do your homework and consult independent legal and financial advice before making any property purchase or investment.

We’ve compiled the top 5 reasons why you should invest in an off-plan property, specifically in the Sydney market.

1. It’s actually easier than you think

We can make it really simple for you.

Let’s say you’ve done your suburb research, you know how much your budget is, and you understand the negative gearing benefits…so what’s stopping you??

Getting your finances sorted is the crucial step, so you know your borrowing capacity. Now you just need to find the right property. We can help you find the right property and in good faith assist you through the purchase process.

2. You use ‘other people’s’ money to pay off your off-plan investment

This is where the “Buy and Rent” model really pays off. Despite the initial deposit (i.e., you leverage current home equity or savings), you borrow funds from a financial institution. Interest rates are currently the lowest we’ve seen in over 50 years, meaning lower repayments, so now is definitely the right time to take advantage.

Tenants pay down your mortgage through weekly rent. For positively geared properties, rental income exceeds your borrowings. For negatively geared properties, your rental income will be slightly less than borrowings. All while you sit back and watch your investment grow. You can then use the equity in this property, from capital growth, to fund your next investment.

Which leads me to the next great reason to investing in property; The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) will allow you to claim a range of tax-deductible expenses through your investment property, including depreciation. The newer a property, the greater the depreciation levels. This serves to reduce your tax bill and improve your cash flow. Talk to your financial advisor or tax accountant about how you can reduce your tax bill through a property.

3. Property can offer greater predictability and certainty as an investment

Your investment choices are endless, and you should always discuss your circumstances and future financial goals with a financial advisor.

Bricks and mortar (houses) are generally long-term investments, and no matter what happens, you’ll still have a disposable asset at the end. Property is more predictable than other investment options, and the market cycles follow a fairly consistent trajectory – particularly in high demand Eastern states such as Sydney where property growth has been steadily growing over the past 50 plus years.

Given the current levels of demand for housing and rental accommodation, property with strong cash flow can weather you through uncertain times because it meets the basic need for housing. Rising population and drops in average household size mean that people will always need a place to live, even during difficult times.

4. Property can lead you to greater financial security and wealth

Will you have enough super to retire on?

How stable are my super investments?

Will your current employer contributions be enough to live out the retirement you’ve planned?

Will there be an aged pension when you retire?

What can I do to retire comfortably?

These are all questions to ask yourself in considering your future financial goals.

A balanced approach to your retirement and investment is a solid strategy. Property can lead to great wealth – we’re forever reading about property moguls and how simple it is to get started and make millions. Where property is concerned, capital growth can lead to great asset value, and rental income leads to a passive income stream once your investment is paid down.

5. You control the destiny of your portfolio

You control where you buy, how many properties you buy and when to sell. And to a certain degree, how much you can achieve for rental return.

Unlike other investment types, property affords you many options regarding growing the value, size, and income for your property. While market forces and economic conditions play a role in influencing property values and demand for properties, you are still the captain of your own ship – steering your portfolio in the direction of your future financial goals and life circumstances. And with our Investor Portal, you can monitor, reserve, purchase and make changes to your property portfolio – anywhere and anytime.

Once your finance is in order, you’ll need to do your due diligence (arrange bank valuation and undertake your property inspections), so there’s a very little risk that you’d find yourself with a property that you’ve overpaid for or doesn’t meet your expectations.

Buying an off-the-plan investment property can be an exciting and beneficial venture in your journey to financial freedom. Contact our managing director via mike@starcentralmag.com to find out how we can make your property investment journey simple and fruitful and put you back into the driving seat.