Finance advice

Smarten up your spending

By Phillip Tarrant

While it might be tempting to use a recent pay rise or tax refund as an excuse to splurge, implementing some good, smart spending strategies now can help you realise your financial goals sooner.

 

If you’d like to assess your finances and see where you could spend smarter, here are a few ideas to get you going. If you have any questions or need further details feel free to give us a call.

Know your cash flows: The only way to really get on top of your finances is to know exactly where your money is going. Sit down and map out where your family wages are spent then take the time to work out what the essentials are and where you could cut back.

Save: It’s the easiest way to improve your finances! Make it a must rather than a consideration by setting up a monthly direct debit: 10 per cent of your salary is a good start but if you’re saving a lot of extra cash in interest repayments as a result of the drop in interest rates bump it up while you can.

Keep control: A weekly allowance is an ideal way to give you some spending money while keeping tabs on it. Use your allowance to buy those extras like clothes or DVDs, and if it’s a big ticket item you want, keep saving until you can afford it!

Stop using credit: Credit cards, no matter how much you think you need them, are more often than not more trouble than good. Cut back on the number of cards you have as well as your limit; moreover only use them when you can transfer the cash immediately.

Up your mortgage repayments: One of the best ways to improve your financial position is through increasing your home loan contributions. If you can maintain the repayments you were making before the rate cuts, try dedicating at least one quarter to half of the money you are now saving back to your mortgage. You can potentially save tens of thousands over the life of your loan by paying more than the minimum repayments.

Being cash conscious doesn’t need to feel like you’re suffocating; just remember to plan your finances, monitor household expenditure, spend carefully and you’ll be able to make a huge difference to your financial future!

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Welcome to the second series of Investing Insights with Right Property Group. Join Right Property Group directors Steve Waters and Victor Kumar as they explore and challenge the strategies, tactics and techniques to create wealth through property investing.

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Every month, Steve and Victor join co-host Phillip Tarrant from Smart Property Investment to address the burning issues impacting investors, covering key topics such as manufacturing equity, property management, purchasing units versus houses, researching the market, finding under market value properties, the habits and attitudes of successful investors and portfolio building.

In this episode of Investing Insights with Right Property Group, Steve and Victor discuss the numerous property investment strategies taking an in-depth look of two of the most common ones.

They will share the strategies which they have implemented and seen the most success from, look at why they work, and discuss why some strategies are dangerous and should in their opinion be avoided.

Steve and Victor also discuss blue chip properties and their mindset surrounding these as investments, how infrastructure impacts property prices and how to make that work to your advantage.  They will also unpack whether now is still a good time to invest in the property market.

Tune in now for the full episode.

CONNECT WITH RIGHT PROPERTY GROUP

If you have any questions or would like more details on any of the information discussed on the podcast contact Right Property Group on [email protected], visit www.rightpropertygroup.com.au or call 1300 302 166.

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If you''re new to this podcast, check out series one on www.smartpropertyinvestment.com.au/podcasts/right-property-group.

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Previous episodes of Investing Insights:

Breaking down the investment process
Why renovation may not help your valuation
The positives and negatives of diversification
Rent correction, fixed interest rates and buyer’s agents
One of the key mistakes people make
The secrets to good cash flow management
The science behind researching a new market
Keeping a finder on the pulse of your portfolio
How do we pay off the portfolio debt: what's the endgame?
Mastering the fine art of manufacturing equity
Do you have a plan? Advisers’ tips on future-proofing your investment portfolio

The cost of money – can you service your debt?

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Purchasing their first property 15 years ago with the intention of creating a property portfolio which would see them comfortably supported during their retirement, Max and Jeanette Schudeboom now have a portfolio of 13 properties.

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Max and Jeanette joins  host Phil Tarrant to discuss their property journey, compare the Australian market to Max’s home town of Holland, and share their plans to maintain the size of their portfolio.

The pair also unpack how they manage and finance their portfolio, discuss the process they go through when choosing where to invest, and share the tips learned from 15 years as property investors.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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Property investors are now able to identify and bid on auctions remotely using a new live-streaming functionality launched by Gavl.

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Called “Request an Auction”, the new functionality enables users to watch and bid on any Sydney or Melbourne auction remotely.

Through Gavl, prospective buyers are now able to register to bid on their preferred auction. The platform will obtain permission from the listing agent and confirm within 48 hours.

Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

Co-founder Joel Smith said that auctions streamed on Gavl attract 47 per cent more viewers than traditional ones.

He said that Request an Auction will be valuable for remote buyers.

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Mr Smith said that prior to the Request an Auction app, buyers were limited to what they could achieve through the Gavl technology.

Gavl is a live-streaming and bidding platform for real estate auctions.

Mr Smith said that it has streamed more than 6,000 auctions, which have achieved 3.5 million views from 50 countries.

Gavl’s Request an Auction function is currently being offered in Melbourne and Sydney only.

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