Real Life
Real Life

‘The bank wants to take our properties off us’

By Jack Needham

Mary and her husband thought they were guaranteed financial freedom when they invested in two properties in Newman, Western Australia. First there was a blow-out in their house-and-land package completion date and then a downturn in mining-related employment – now they’re facing absolute rock bottom.

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‘I bought a property by accident’

By Jack Needham

Michael Khouri made a low-ball offer on a house he’d briefly inspected, just for the heck of it. He ended up with a securely tenanted investment property that has since undergone significant growth. 

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‘My vendor financing disaster’

By Jack Needham

Tamara Thorogood is a seasoned property investor who thought she’d seen it all, but when she tried a different approach to offloading a dud property she entered a whole new world of trouble.

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‘My granny flat nightmare’

By Jack Needham

Navid Guia thought he’d found a simple way to earn more income when he discovered a granny flat opportunity – but two years of delays, negotiations, disappointments and lost income taught him some valuable lessons.

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‘The location that saved my portfolio’

By Jack Needham

Craig Merritt had a hellish time with his first property investment, and only a stroke of luck saved him from losing thousands. But he hasn’t lost his faith in his home city – it turns out he was just looking in the wrong places.

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‘$200 to turn on an oven? You must be joking’

By Jack Needham

Self-managing your portfolio can be a time consuming task, particularly if you’re already leading a busy life outside of the investment game. But a minor repair call reminded Julian Lancey that it pays to keep a close eye on his investments.

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