Buying your first home

How to get into your home 30% quicker

When I was a kid, all I wanted for my birthday was a pair of Air Jordans -- Mum and Dad got my hopes up. Then on the big day, they presented me with … a pair of Dunlop Volleys -- “They’re great sandshoes”, said Dad. “You know, Newk used to play in these. A phenomenal sportsman.”

Buying your first home

A $25,000 Gift to First Home Buyers?

Should first home buyers be allowed to raid their super to fund a house deposit? “No”, declared Malcolm Turnbull boldly in 2015, before adding that it was “a thoroughly bad idea”. Then again, in 2015 the Minister for Networth also...

Buying your first home

Here’s a Shout Out to All the Renters

I froze. Live on television. The sweat welled up my back, and in my ears, making the voice coming from my plastic earpiece crackle. “Scott … What do you have to say to the caller?” Thankfully this moment happened at...

Buying your first home

Real Estate Mistakes

A couple of years ago I hosted a 13-week prime time television show. Don’t remember it? There’s a reason for that … it was axed after the second episode. I found out about its premature death via a text message...

Buying your first home

Meet the pizza boy with 14 properties

“Former Domino’s pizza delivery boy who earned $10 an hour owns 14 renovated properties and is now semi-retired at the age of 28 (and he says you can do it too)” read the headline this week. And all the renters...

Investing (property)

The Forty Thousand Dollar Phone Call

“NOW it’s mortgage brokers facing digital disruption in the third wave of property finance.” I read that headline earlier this week in much the same way that my three-year-old reads his bedtime stories. By guessing. “Mortgage brokers facing digital disruption”...

Investing (property)

Are we in a housing bubble?

Are prices going to crash by as much as 50 per cent, as some experts predicted in the news this week? Will the government have the ticker to change the negative gearing rules? Well, to answer these questions, and offer...

I Was Wrong

Today, I’m eating humble pie. I have to confess to you, dear reader, that a key ‘plank’ of the advice that I have written about for over a decade is, well, wrong. And it took a lovely couple to show...

Buying your first home

A Shout out to all the Renters

I was born dangerously close to the VFL Grand Final. So when my mum brought me home for the first time, she was greeted by my dad and his mates (including the doctor who delivered me) drinking frothies and watching...

Buying your first home

An open letter to the young people of Australia

There is hope. If you believe that your only chance of getting a leg up in the property market is by buying a dog box in Dubbo, I’ve got great news for you. If you’re tired of being beaten at auctions by cashed up baby boomers, who constantly outbid you with their abundant equity, their negative gearing, and their Self Managed Super Funds -- I’m going to show you how to get one up on them.