Monday, March 5th, 2012

Most Australians who get involved in property investment never develop the financial freedom they were looking for according to Michael Yardney, a leading property expert and CEO of Metropole Property Strategists

Close to half of those who get into real estate sell up in the first 5 years, and of those still in the game, most never get past their second investment property.

However, Yardney explains some investors do very, very well and in his recent market update he outlines 4 common mistakes property investors make and how you can avoid them.

1. Buying the wrong property.

When you ask many investors why they purchased their property they’ll say things like: it was close to where they live, where they holiday or where they want to retire.

These are all emotional reasons for buying property, and while possibly a good way to buy your home; they are not the right way to buy an investment property.

2. Not having a plan

Every property purchase should be part of a well thought out wealth creation strategy.

“If you don’t have an investment plan, how can you hope to develop financial independence?” asks Yardney.

3. Not reviewing their property portfolio.

While property is a long-term investment and the costs of buying and selling real estate are considerable, that doesn’t mean you should fall into the trap of not reviewing your property portfolio.

It may be time to renegotiate you mortgage or put up your rents. For some investors it may be appropriate to sell an underperforming asset.

4. Not Managing their Risk

Smart investors don’t only buy properties; they buy time by having financial buffers in place to see them through the ups and downs of the property cycle.

Another way sophisticated property investors secure their assets is to buy them in the correct ownership structures that protect their assets and legally minimize their tax. Most wealthy property investors own nothing in their own names, but control their assets through companies or trusts.

Read the rest of this commentary here: 4 mistakes all property investors must avoid.

Michael Yardney will be explaining his thoughts in more detail at his upcoming National Property and Economic Update 1 day trainings around Australia this month with award winning finance strategist Rolf Schaefer and property tax expert Ken Raiss.

If you own property, are thinking of getting into property or have any interest in property, please click here now and join him at these one day trainings.

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Metropole Property Strategists helps Australians become financially free through independent, unbiased property advice.

We help beginning investors buy their first property, experienced investors add to their portfolio and sophisticated investors "manufacture" capital growth by becoming property developers.

Over the years the Multi Award Winning Team at Metropole have bought, sold, financed, developed, advised, negotiated for and project managed hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property transactions to create substantial wealth for their clients. And we can do the same for you.

We help our clients create financial independence by building lasting wealth through growing a high-performing property portfolio.
Michael Yardney
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