June 5th, 2023, by Lindsay Stewart

Common risks for Aussies investing in international property market

Diversification is a key to reducing your investment portfolio risk in the hopes of increasing your overall profits…

June 2nd, 2023, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Sydney Property Investment Expo Wrap up

It was great to meet everyone that came down to the Sydney property Investment Expo last weekend, and there was lots of interest in the U.S. market as an option for strong, balanced portfolios…

May 08, 2023, by Lindsay Stewart

Why the US is an easy market to invest in for Australians

Some may ask why we are so excited for fellow Australians to tap into the U.S. property market. Apart from my own shift from the Australian to the U.S. property market that has made such a difference to my life…

March 20, 2023, by Lindsay Stewart

Essential Things to Know Before Investing in Your First Renovation House 

Investing in a house you plan to renovate can be highly lucrative if done correctly. It can also be costly if you don’t have all your facts and plans firmly in place before you start…

March 17, 2023, by Lindsay Stewart

U.S. bank collapses and the impact on the property market for foreigners.

There’s been quite a bit happening in the last week in the U.S. financial markets with the 2nd largest banking collapse in the history of the U.S. – Silicon Valley Bank (SVB).

February 13th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

Flip Houses Like an Expert from TV

You’ve seen the television shows – Americans love a good house flip. Flipping a house means buying a property for a low price compared to other properties in the local market

January 30th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

What Paperwork Do You Need to Buy Property in the U.S.?

Buying property in the U.S. can provide a tremendous ongoing income or a profit when you sell.

January 16th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

Renovating and Flipping Residential Property in the U.S.

Did you know that Australian and New Zealand investors are making big profits by buying, renovating, and flipping residential property in the U.S?

December 26th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

The Strategy for Success – Selecting the Right U.S. Investment Property to Match Your Strategy

An excellent investment portfolio strategy helps you stay on track and work to achieve your financial goals. When you choose to invest in property, particularly in the U.S. as a foreign investor, you will need a well-considered strategy to implement.

December 16th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

2022- A Year in Review

Christmas might be just around the corner, but not sure what happened to summer?! This year could be the first year in Australia, we experience a ‘white Christmas’ with snow falls on Mt Buller a mere 40-50 kms from here just this week… crazy!

December 12th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

What are the Benefits of Having a Property Coach?

Have you ever invested in U.S. property? Do you know the risks you take when you invest in property, whether here or in the U.S.? The benefits of investing in U.S. residential property can be impressive, but there are always risks involved when you invest in any property

November 15th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

Our STARR Methodology is Your Key to Investing in the U.S. Residential Property Market

You’ve read some information online and decided that investing in the U.S. residential property market makes sense…

October 25th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

Why Investing in U.S. Property Makes Sense (and Dollars too)

Are you looking for a way to make money and get your income working for you? You work hard to earn an income…

September 12th 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

Flipping property in the U.S. is easy with the right mindset

Switching your mindset from employee to entrepreneur takes some getting used to, but the rewards and the growth you’ll receive on the journey are well worth it. Rather than start a business from scratch and find your own customers, you can flip residential properties for living.

August 22nd, 2022, by Lindsay Stewart

How to replace your income flipping residential properties

Side hustles don’t always come easy. Trying to make extra money on top of your full-time job can be exhausting and stressful…

July 29th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

U.S Interest Rate Rises – should we be concerned?

There are a lot of eyes on the Reserve banks everywhere with the constant talk and gossip of interest rate changes. Truth is…

July 11th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

When to hire a licenced contractor (and when not to)

The possibilities for real estate investment in the U.S. are endless–it’s no wonder Australians and Kiwis are so attracted to it. The range of properties is staggering and so are the dirt-cheap prices…

June 27th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

5 contractor must-haves to make the best of your property investment

The way your property looks and feels will make or break your sale–and those factors rest on your property investment team’s contractor…

May 30th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

5 red flags to watch out for when dealing with a real estate agent

Wouldn’t it be great if we knew in advance that a deal was dodgy? In hindsight it might be all too clear that you were walking into trouble, but if you are new to a situation…

April 29th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

What to look for and must-haves in a U.S. residential real estate agent

You may be raring to go when it comes to investing in U.S. residential real estate, but just as you need to be discerning about which property you want to invest in…

March 30th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

Renovating Multi-Family Properties

Is buying and renovating the average home a little boring? Consider diversifying your investment portfolio (and simultaneously earn a sizable profit) through buying and renovating a multi-family property.

When we say ‘multi-family home,’ we’re talking about apartment blocks, duplexes and triplexes…

February 21st, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

What you need to know about working with lenders

If you are looking to invest in the residential property market in the U.S., you might be overwhelmed by your financing options. There are a lot of options available when it comes to investing in real estate, even without cash, but one straightforward and low-risk option is working with private equity lenders.

January 17th, 2022 , by Lindsay Stewart

Why real estate is a good long-term investment

If you have some extra money in the bank you’re probably feeling like it’s wasted, the bank’s low interest rates mean you are getting nothing for saving it, so how do you put those dollars to work?

December 6th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

How to find a good contractor

As you build your team for your property investment in the U.S.A., each member will have different specialisations and corresponding tasks in ensuring that your property is managed properly. In a team where everyone has a role to play, it’s important to hire someone who can be the glue in the group and ensure that everything is running smoothly.

November 22nd, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

How to find a property manager you can trust

As an Australian or New Zealander, investing in property in the U.S. has so many benefits. But having to coordinate with renters when you’re not even in the same time zone can feel impossible. What if they have urgent concerns? Coordinating a solution for them might take days with time zone delays, or might mean you need to be on call 24/7. 

November 8th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

How to find a real estate agent you can trust

You’ve fully renovated your newly purchased investment property in the U.S and you’re gunning to sell for an outstanding profit or bring in some quality tenants – but the onslaught of marketing and fielding questions from interested parties is becoming a struggle.

Not only is the distance a problem, but the significant time zone differences between Australia and the U.S can affect the urgency of your communications and document signing. A potential buyer can only stay interested for so long before being lured by a more enticing property, leaving you at a disadvantage as an Aussie/NZ vendor.

October 18th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

How to invest in real estate (even without cash)

Investing in residential property can come at a steep price. Having reserves of cash might be easy for millionaires but for most of us, it’s difficult to save for real estate and meet your daily expenses at the same time. This can also be true of foreign investment opportunities. As well as ready cash, there is the physical distance and red tape to navigate.

October 1st, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Customer story: “Significant returns—without having to lift a finger”

A lot of people who want to get into investing tend to hesitate when faced with the opportunity to do so abroad, but investing in the U.S.A as an Australian is definitely a great option, even if it can seem daunting. Investment in itself can already feel like a game of chance, even more so when you can’t see the property in person.

September 10th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Finding your true centre

Spring is certainly upon us, and with the days here starting to really warm up, more sunshine and footy finals upon us, it gives us that small ray of hope in a relatively grim view from lockdowns on the East coast.

August 24th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

7 best U.S. states and cities to invest in

With 50 states to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to invest in the U.S.A. Narrowing down your property search can also be challenging (in a good way) since there are so many promising residential properties in each state and city. 

Having numerous options across the country has only encouraged more investors to look into residential properties in the United States to boost their income and create financial stability.  

August 20th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Friday Musings – Don’t lose focus

As another Friday comes to a close (well here in Oz anyway) we close the chapter on another week in our lives.

It’s a great story we are all creating – unique, jam packed with action, drama, and suspense (oh, and lockdowns!), and I am sure it would certainly make for interesting reading in time; sitting on our front veranda at age 85 reading to our grandkids or great grandkids the story of our lives – them sitting in awe at the twists and turns…

August 13th, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – What is Luck?

Happy Friday the 13th ! Apparently, an unlucky day. Interesting what we deem in western
culture as ‘bad luck’…

While there is certainly evidence in history to reasons why the number 13 might be bad luck,
and possibly Friday (historically in the Middle Ages, Friday was deemed to be an ‘unlucky’
day to begin journeys) there does not seem to be any significant reason why Friday the 13 th
of any particular month should be so…

July 23, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The 8th Law of Nature

It is certainly amazing how quickly the weeks fly by, even when in lockdown!  We can even start to see the days getting a little longer again, a little more daylight later in the afternoon, giving that glimmer of hope that spring is coming, albeit a way off yet…

July 16, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Time to rise and fight for our freedom

Happy Friday and I hope you are all coping in these unsettling times.  Looks like things here in AU are starting to go off the rails again, incredibly sad to see…

But today, I would like to revisit a theme I mentioned last year…

Now, I probably am also dating myself here and possibly a lot of my readers might not even have a clue what I am on about… but here we go…

July 14, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

The differences between property investment in the U.S. versus Australia and New Zealand

Investing in U.S. residential property is a viable option for Australians and New Zealanders given the market is doing incredibly well and is continuing to trend upward.

U.S. property investment is a great way to gain an extra stream of income because a typical property in the U.S. is nearly the equivalent to a downpayment in Australia and New Zealand, making it a much cheaper option. Now that’s a bargain.

July 09, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Be IN the trenches

And it’s a Happy Friday from me again this week!  Been a massive week so far, hope you all have had a great week too!

Today I want to discuss strategy in a way.  I was reading recently about the widening gap in Australia between the wealthy and the poor – the “have’s” and the “have not’s” essentially.  Now we see this in a larger way in the U.S, it is one of the driving forces we need to be careful of when investing in the States, but we haven’t, until relatively recently, seen such a gap in Australia per se.  This is not just a problem for Australia or the U.S, it is happening all over the world now unfortunately.

July 02, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – To win, just keep trying

Happy New Financial Year to all here in Oz! ‘Tis a strange time of year, we see EOFY sales everywhere trying to get people to buy things they don’t need, to save 40c tax… Bit like negative gearing really, pay $1 to save 40c. But hey, I am sure it works somehow, otherwise why would it be so popular?

June 25, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Its all about the Energy you bring

Winter Solstice is behind us, and summer has officially begun State-side.  Its amazing how quickly time flies when having fun in Real Estate!

And it certainly is an incredible time to be in Real Estate right now, markets like I have never seen before.  Will be interesting to watch the RBA, Fed Reserve and see how they play out the next 12-18 months with money printing in full swing still, particularly in the U.S.

June 18, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings –A good time to reassess goals

How quickly the weeks are flying by, Winter Solstice is almost on us, and summer hitting the U.S. it’s a great time for us to start to analyse our goals and see where we are for the year.

With so much happening this year, we could be forgiven for looking to ‘give up’ on our goals.  But this is exactly the time to knuckle down and take stock of where we are.

June 11, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The ‘Story’ of Life…

As another Friday comes to a close, we close the chapter on another week in our lives.

I was sitting in our new high-country hideaway thinking what a great story we all are creating – unique, jam packed with action, drama, and suspense, and I am sure it would certainly make for interesting reading in time; sitting on our front veranda at age 85 reading to our grandkids or great grandkids the story of our lives – them sitting in awe at the twists and turns…

June 04, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Look for the good in things

Happy Friday, and welcome to our Winter edition of the newsletter. This week (and ongoing), I want to include a ‘Market Update’ section for you, so keep reading below what we see in the U.S. market.

I was chatting to some colleagues recently about winter and asked what their favourite thing about winter was. One of the funniest responses I got was “the end…” LOL

May 28, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Sphere of Control

And as another weekend looms, Melbourne descends into lockdown…  While this is certainly not a unique experience for us Victorians, it can cause some anger towards the ‘establishment’.

But the truth is, regardless of how justified the anger may be (believe me that is an entirely different rabbit hole) it really doesn’t get us anywhere.

May 24, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Will the U.S. housing market crash?

In spite of troubling times, the U.S. housing market is booming.

With people working from home because of COVID-19, demand for homes spiked and the market grew incredibly competitive. It made consumers a little uneasy, especially since it seemed to mirror the jump that occurred in 2006. Those interested in the market were so unsure of this sudden surge that Google searches for “will the U.S. housing market crash?” shot up 2450% in April 2021.

May 18, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

How to Screen Tenants for your U.S. Rentals

Here is a great little flowchart from Biggerpockets about screening prospective tenants properly.

Now, while I would NEVER recommend you try to manage tenants yourself, from half way across the world.

It is something you need to ensure you ask your Property manager, how they screen tenants and are they taking these points into account

Doing your due diligence on your team (Property Managers, Realtors, Contract teams etc) is EQUALLY IMPORTANT as doing your due diligence on properties!

May 7, 2021 , by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The Selling Season is here…

After a beautiful weekend, weatherwise here in Melbourne, the first week of May now descends into a taste of winter for us.

And while we are finding it getting cooler, particularly in the southern states, the U.S. is starting to heat up!

April 30, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Don’t fall victim to FOMO

As we close the chapter on another month, we start our slow decent into Winter here in Oz.

There is certainly on sign of the real estate markets cooling though, in fact, particularly in the U.S. its heating up even more…

I put up a post on socials yesterday, I thought was quite funny (if you didn’t see it check out our social post on Instagram or FB for April 29) describing the real estate market in the U.S. like a game of musical chairs.

April 21, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Making U.S. Investing Profitable

My foray into U.S. property commenced almost 9 years ago now.

We had been investors in the Australian market for some time, and, like most investors, the Australian market felt safe… Strong growth, and it was a market I was familiar with.

Fortunately, I had been coached and mentored by some of the best property coaches in Australia, so we certainly only looked for positive cashflow properties, even here in Oz..

April 9, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – A herd mentality

I was talking, earlier this week, about changing your mentality and treating your property Investment as a business, rather than just an investor…

While this can be a massive change for some, it is just a small step for others, particularly when looking at overseas markets, this generally is a different class of investor.

April 7, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

To reap the benefits, U.S. Property investment must be a business

John D. Rockefeller, considered one of the greatest American magnates, once said, “The major fortunes in America have been made in land.” And as one of the most influential and most business-minded men in American history, he probably didn’t come about this realisation through mere chance. He likely came to this conclusion through purposeful and intentional moves, akin to running a business

April 2, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – A time for Celebration and Reflection

Happy Easter to everyone!  It is insane how quickly this year is moving already, with Easter upon us once again.

I love this time of year, while not a huge fan of chocolate, it does give me a great opportunity to pause, relax and reflect on how the year has started.

March 26, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Mindset, Growth and Belief

I did a post recently that got some attention, regarding how RE markets in the U.S. are boom (same as here in AU and in NZ) but yet still, some that keep talking about investing, are just not doing it…

What are they waiting for?  Better growth??

March 19, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – What are you waiting for?

One of the most common themes of questions I get asked, every week, via social media, emails, even during phone calls, is all about growth…

Which areas have the best growth?

What if the market does not grow?

Is the U.S. or AU market better growth?

Its like we are programmed to only look for growth when buying properties…

March 15, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

US Property Investment: Strike while the iron is hot…

Let’s be honest: the stakes are too high for any real estate investor looking to enter the Australian property market. With the prices nowhere near affordable, you’re better off investing your money elsewhere.

Like in the U.S.U.S. property investment has been the cheaper option for real estate investors for a long time, given the price bubble in Australia that we’ve all been experiencing in the past few decades…

March 12, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Cash chests and where are they being Invested?

I was doing some ‘market research’ the other day, and came across an amazing article in the U.S from the Economist which was talking about the amazing chests of cash that many households particularly in the U.S are sitting on!

I’ll admit I had to do a bit of a double take, as most of the media across the board, in AU, U.S and NZ is pretty much all ‘doom & gloom’ when in reality, most of us savvy investors know this is not the case…

March 5, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Is Fear holding you back?

Happy Friday, welcome to Autumn and hasn’t summer gone out with a whimper here in Melbourne.  March 5 and already we are getting tops of only 15-18cCrazy!

Having said that, we have been busier than a one-armed bricklayer in Beirut… Market sentiment has certainly turned this year and many are looking to the U.Smarket to invest, is great to see…

February 10, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

F*** 2020, Here’s How to Get 2021 Back on Track…

You probably had big plans to make 2020 your best year yet. You had the drive to chase new goals and reach greater heights in your personal life and career.

But as we all know, the year took a bizarre and unexpected turn towards the worst within a few months of us all yelling “happy new year”.

February 26, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The Cash Crash and Growth wave coming…

Almost the end of February already and 2021 does not seem to be slowing down at all!

With some minor spikes and hotspots of Corona, still raising its ugly head, just to remind us it is still there, but all in all, here in Australia and New Zealand, we have done very well in suppressing the virus…

January 21, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

5 Reasons Why a ‘Perfect Storm’ is Brewing in the US Residential Property Market

We have finally come to the end of 2020 – a memorable beginning of a new decade… just not in the ways we anticipated.

People can’t seem to decide whether the year has gone too slowly or too quickly. Many seem to have lost their sense of time, but can we really blame them?

January 15, 2021, by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Happy New Year & One Hell of a Show…

From some minor outbreaks in NSW and Brisbane, to Trump supporters storming the capital, with only 2 weeks in, it has been one hell of a show already.

I mentioned last year that we are in for a Perfect Storm in real estate and indicators are already showing this, both locally and abroad…

December 11, 2020, by Lindsay Stewart

Weathering a Storm of a different kind…

The bright news is the commencement of vaccines, the U.K started this week, and president-elect, Joe Biden is promising 100 million doses for the U.S. in the next 100 days.

This will certainly make a massive difference, and countries under siege right now, will be able to start getting on with their lives again, hopefully relegating the virus to the inside pages of the newspaper.

November 30, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

How to Unlock Funding to Invest in US Property

Those who learn to change their mindset can overcome any obstacle. And while that’s a huge leap in welcoming opportunities and taking them, people often find themselves stuck deep in a new problem: they’re credit frozen.

So how do you invest in property when your bank account isn’t ready?

If dealing with being fear frozen means improving your mindset, overcoming credit freeze means improving your skill set.

November 27, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Is there a Perfect Storm Brewing?

In all this madness, oftentimes crisis = opportunity. And while we may be fearful of the volatility and what ‘might’ happen, there is certainly a perfect storm brewing in the U.S. Market.

November 20, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The 4 Stages of Life

If we change our mindset to an abundance mindset, there is always time.  There is always more out there; more clients, more opportunities, more love. We just need to get out there and go after it.

There are 4 stages of life that have a huge impact on the direction of our mindset:

November 13, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – What Is Your Mindset Around Money?

Our mindset around money will make or break our bank balances.

If we feel money is a tool, a vehicle we can use to grow business, create jobs, and make purchases to stimulate the economy, then we will find opportunities to grow our wealth and succeed in our goals (which don’t have to be money based!)

November 6, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Take Advantage of Opportunities

Successful investing has to do with mindset and being able to take advantage of opportunities, regardless of the resistance. 

You can be in the midst of a pandemic and recession (or a hostile crowd and two less players) but still have the confidence to know you’re going to win.

November 6, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

5 Ways to Improve Your Mindset (And Invest During a Recession) 

Opportunities come knocking at your door when you least expect them, and that means taking them is a risky and bold move.

We always end up having to let go of something great to achieve something greater. But the thing is, not everyone is ready for that kind of sacrifice.

Opportunities are obviously something you shouldn’t ignore. But how do you go about finding them knowing they never seem to happen at the right time?

This confidence can be developed by having the right mindset.

October 30, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings: Persistence and Patience are Key

Whether its surviving lockdown, investing, or even toilet training a new kitten (yes, a new addition to our household!) persistence & patience are key.

Even if you have been working for some time to get a deal across the line and then hit another hurdle…persist!

Sending a third follow-up to the contractor to get a renovation quote and still getting nothing back…patience!

October 23, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings: How To Recharge

Whether it is unusual public holidays, a weekend away, or just scheduling time in your calendar for family, this is as critical as the proposal you need to present.

In an extremely crazy year like 2020, balancing work and life can be the difference between basking in success and climbing the walls in frustration.

October 22, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

US Property Investing: Enabling Confidence and Freedom

You already know investing in property overseas takes dedication and commitment, so why still do it if your everyday grind leaves you with little time to properly focus on your investment? And if you’ve never invested in the US, how long will it take to get up to speed?

Working hard doesn’t mean working long hours. The key is efficiency – work hard without the tedious work. Not having to go through hours of disorganised processes saves you in the long run.

In order to become efficient, you need to do things correctly by having the right approach. This approach becomes your blueprint – it’s what you’ll keep using as a guide and ensure you’re on the right track to success.

October 16, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Who Do You Have as Your “Coach”?

As the weekend rolls around, we are in the thick of our footy finals here in Australia.

It’s great to see the sport back! In our part of the world, football finals really represent spring. We also have a traditional car race in October – the Bathurst 1000 (approximately 600 miles for our U.S. friends). I know what I’ll be doing Sunday

For each of these sports teams, it’s as much of a battle for coaches as the players.  Players need to be able to implement the coaches plans, but without strategy or a game plan, it’s just a dozen guys running around with a ball.

October 05, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Coaching and Training: The Right Ingredients for US Property Investing

When you feel there’s no one to help you on a journey where failure can feel like a huge financial loss, it’s hard to convince yourself to take a leap of faith.

While these emotions are natural, feelings of anxiety and uncertainty need to be mitigated to confidently take US investment opportunities and make well-informed decisions around them.

Having the right investing process in place helps you be smarter and more level-headed.

October 03, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Don’t Go it Alone

I must stay, it’s great to see sentiment starting to pick up, even in Melbourne, where lockdown restrictions have been eased, even slightly, sun is out, weather is warming up; after a tough year, I feel we are in for a great final quarter!

I have been talking recently about how to avoid mistakes when investing in the U.S (and that mistakes are part of the process, so don’t get discouraged if you are making some!)

September 15, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

How to Build a Reliable U.S. Property Investment Team

In the US, you can buy a house for the price of a one deposit here in Australia. We’re not joking, that’s how huge the difference is.

But of course, while investing in the US takes a financial burden off your back, doing so comes with its own set of challenges.

September 25, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Pitstops on The Road to Success

Happy Friday as another weekend rolls around!

Getting a real cold snap here in Melbourne and across South Eastern Australia, as winter wants to give us one last blast before disappearing over the horizon.

September 18, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – How to Avoid Getting it WRONG…

G’day all

Welcome to the weekend, yet again!

Can’t stay long, I have an online gin tasting waiting for me from Archie Rose Distilling Co. arranged by the Club of United Business we are members of (if you own or run a business, you HAVE to check these guys out –   they are Ah-mazing!)

September 01, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

The 5 Biggest U.S. Property Investing Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

It’s no secret that the price of Australian property has skyrocketed in recent times.

In the span of 35 years (1980 to 2015), the house price to income ratio in Australia has increased by 78%. We feel this price bubble every time we’re due payment. A large portion of our income goes to either rent or mortgage, and it takes years (if not decades) until residents can fully settle down without having to worry about paying off apartment and housing costs.

September 11, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – How To Move Forward When Nobody Else Will

G’day all

Happy Friday!  And what a great few spring days we’ve had here in Melbourne!

It’s as if Mother nature has flicked a switch and all of a sudden, days became 3-4 degrees warmer. Now, getting Her to flick the off switch on this virus, that would be appreciated…

hope and growth

September 04, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Shape Your Future With Hope

G’day all

First week of spring, and it’s amazing how the warmer wind, and sunshine can all of a sudden, make things look… well, better!

And while a lot of us have been watching the doom and gloom on media outlets, all about numbers of cases, etc etc… particularly here in Melbourne, there has not been a lot to cheer about lately…

August 28, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Your Key to Success: Intuition

Happy Friday again!  Looks like we are certainly getting some light at the end of this long, dark tunnel in Victoria, with only a couple of weeks to go in lock-down and it seems some warmer spring weather is around the corner. With some nicer weather it will be good to get out and get the body moving again.

I had a great question asked the other day on one of our regular Inner Circle coaching calls, a member was asking “how do you find GOOD contractors…?”

August 18, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Now is The Time to Invest in The U.S.

“It doesn’t matter if you flip burgers, bricks or houses. Just don’t sit on your ass all day flipping channels. Hustle.”

This quote is often attributed to Denzel Washington. But, while we’re not sure if these words were from him, we are sure that it speaks the truth. Most speculators believe that market prices should be at a certain low point before they buy into the market. They end up having to wait forever, or not buying property at all.

August 21st, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – If Not Now…Then When?

G’day all

Happy Friday!  It’s your friendly neighbourhood Aussie here with another blog on US Property and all that’s (not particularly) relevant to investing! (that reminds me, I must go fix my office door… when I get time…)

Actually on that note, what are you trying to “get around” to?  What is it that you want to do but something is holding you back?  Not enough time?  Not enough funds?  Not enough information?  The time isn’t “right” yet?

August 14, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Stimulus, Quantitative Easing and Hyper Inflation

G’day all

I have been sharing a number of articles, blogs and examples on how hot the U.S Residential market is right now.

…And getting a lot of people looking at me crazily, or at least with that “You can’t be serious?!” look. But yes, I am serious…

August 04, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

How to Invest In U.S. Property

Investing in ‘bricks and mortar’ has long been understood as a solid idea to safeguard your financial future. It’s not uncommon for mum and dad investors to trawl sites like realestate.com.au or domain.com.au looking for a piece of the action.

This type of approach is often backed by the misguided assumption that if they can simply get into the Australian market, the rest will take care of itself. The belief is that after a few years of growth, they’ll be able to quit their jobs, live off the cash flow and sail off into the sunset.

August 07, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – What Everybody Ought To Know About Overall Strategy

G’day all

Happy Friday, I can attest to the theory that lockdowns certainly do not make the weeks drag on!  Maybe this next 6 weeks of stage 4 here in Melbourne will go with a blink of an eye…?

Or maybe I am just being hopeful. Speaking of being hopeful, I keep watching each of Dan’s press conferences for that one statement that is bound to come… I’m sorry… right?

July 22, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Are You Speculating or Investing in Property?

The usual tactic to invest in property is to wait for the ‘right time’ to buy, and hold back until the market is primed for growth.

It makes sense to do that— we were taught that buying at a higher price means: you’ll need higher capital, it will take longer to breakeven, and you run the higher risk of incurring a loss if the market declines.

But of course, waiting for that opportune moment isn’t a walk in the park. Not even Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor, claims that he can predict when the property market will boom or bottom out.

July 31, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Property vs Stock Market & Commodity Investing

G’day all

I certainly can’t knock the winter we have been having in Melbourne! Hardly a cloudy day! Not sure if it is Mother Nature also mocking us because we can’t be out enjoying it as much, or She is doing her best to keep our spirits up with the sunshine?

Either way it’s certainly nice to see the lovely cool, but sunny days.

July 23, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – What’s your Tinted Glasses?

G’day all

Lindsay back again with the regular Friday musings to get you through the week. Hope you enjoy our newsletters, I would love to get any feedback on anything you liked, didn’t like, or if there is anything you would love to see in the newsletters, flick us a quick reply!

So as another week fades, we are halfway through winter here in Oz already!

July 17, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Law of Natural Growth

G’day all

Happy Friday again! It is certainly amazing how quickly the weeks fly by, even when in lockdown! We can even start to see the days getting a little longer again, a little more daylight later in the afternoon, giving that glimmer of hope that spring is coming, albeit a way off yet…

As I was mentioning last week as to whether now is a good time to invest, if you are ready, with everything still going on in the world, COVID still rearing its ugly head, it can be hard not to be paralysed by fear.

July 10, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Is Now Still a Good Time to Invest?

G’day all

Happy Friday again, from lockdown here in metro Melbourne, the COVID capital of Australia…

Now, while I always need to be careful not to be facetious about it, with some worrying numbers coming through and given that it is basically limited to Melbourne only, I see why Dan the Man needed to do something. 200 cases per day (while extremely low comparatively worldwide, and certainly not a drain on our medical system) could easily turn into 2,000 per day, and that would surely have massive impacts.

July 03, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Set Your Goals in Stone, but Methods in Sand…

G’day all

Happy EOFY to all us Aussies and Kiwis, and happy Independence Day to the US!  It certainly will be a strange time for them, with what seems to be very low-key celebrations if any for what is generally a very popular time in the US.

Even here in Melbourne, with some suburbs having full lockdown again, it is a stark reminder that this pandemic event is certainly not going to disappear anytime soon.

June 30, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Everything We’ve Been Taught About Property Investing is Wrong

You read that right.

We all know how the formula for property investment goes: Buy property, wait for the demand to increase, rent or sell, then profit.

It’s been tried and tested over decades and many people have testified to its success. But hear us out when we say that this plan in Australia is a recipe for disaster…

June 26, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Don’t Get Wiped Out on Wave Two…

G’day all

Our winter solstice is behind us and it’s all downhill from here, right!? Days should start getting longer and while we are still feeling it getting colder, it’s the light at the end of the tunnel of winter, right?

Our favourite pandemic though, seems to be the gift that just keeps giving.  Northerners or Westerners reading this email better be careful, it comes from Victoria, Australia’s Coronavirus hot spot!

June 19, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Mid Year, A good time to reassess goals

G’day all

How quickly the weeks are flying by, even with still partial lockdown restrictions here in Victoria.  As most of the rest of the country starts to come back to life, and the same in most states of the U.S. now

Winter Solstice is almost upon us, and summer is hitting the U.S. it’s a great time for us to start to analyse our goals and see where we are for the year.

June 12, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – A sense of Perspective

G’day all

Well its certainly been an amazing week!  Starting here in Melbourne with a public holiday that seems to have snuck up on us a little.  With the current lockdown restrictions, it almost slid ‘under the radar’ as it was.

Apart from that, tensions in the U.S. are easing a little, as are the restrictions.  I believe their strategy going forward will be to open back up, and then do what they can to protect the vulnerable from the impact of the virus.

June 09, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Why Australians should invest in U.S. property

Coronavirus (or COVID-19) has had a devastating impact on Australian society. Small businesses are on their knees, companies have slashed jobs, a battle between renters and landlords looms large and essential grocery items have been in short supply.

In the fragility, many people have come to a stark realisation that it doesn’t take much to unravel business and lose a job. It now seems a daily occurrence to see thousands of people queuing for hours outside of Centrelink to register for unemployment.

June 05, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The Aliens are coming… Or are they here?

G’day all

Well, its Friday again, and marks the end of what has been a tragic week for mankind…

I must say, this past couple of weeks, I have been ashamed of humanity, disgusted by the actions of not only the few, but of the many, not only in the U.S. but here in Australia too.

May 22, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – The second wave…

G’day all

Happy Friday everyone, hope you have all had a great week!

And that brings us to the end of May, and what looks like the end of most of the lockdown restrictions in Australia as business and the economy slowly starts to move again over the next month or so…

May 22, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – An Amazing time to Grow!

G’day all

Happy Friday everyone! With some beautiful May days here in Melbourne over the past week or so, there has never been a better time to be alive!

And I mean it…

We have certainly had our share of challenges this year already, not trying to play that down, but as I mentioned last week, diamonds are not born out of comfort…they are created from pressure!

May 21, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Two investment properties within nine months for Star Dynamic client

Building a property portfolio that generates passive income seems like utopia and only available to the chosen few.

But with some understanding, guidance, and willingness to pursue new opportunities, it can be done.

And that is what a recent Star Dynamic client did.

May 15, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Leadership during Crisis

G’day all

May is moving like a steam train!  I don’t know if it is just me, or is everyone feeling the weeks are flying by, even though we are still mostly cooped up inside?

Our recent foray into “relaxed restrictions’ appears to be not much more than comfort for some, allowing a small ‘backyard barbie’ but generally doing nothing for the economy…

May 8, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Check-in on your Mate…

G’day mate!

Welcome to our 2nd Australia day for the year! Or as we locals like to call it… Ma-ate Day!

Ha ha! Bit of fun anyway.

I love the first week of May. Not only is it my wedding anniversary (Happy Anniversary Sweetheart!) but as an Aussie nerd at heart, we have Star Wars day (May the 4th – be with you!) and our Aussie Ma-ate Day!

May 4, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

US Stimulus, Tracking Apps, and China…

G’day all!

As another month slides away, here in Australia, our Anzac Day has come and gone, and an ‘unusual affair’ this year… No dawn services could be attended, no march to the memorials.  The Last Post playing through people’s radio’s and telly’s at 6:00am as some of us stood in our driveways or back yards…

April 30, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

How to Find a good Property Manager – 6 Qualities You Should Look For:

1. Look for Experience

Experience is a big plus in many industries, but it’s crucial in property management.

After all, you’re entrusting your property in someone else’s hands.  When you’re handing over investment as big as a rental property, you want to make sure they know what to do and have done it successfully before.

April 24, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Did we all take the Blue Pill?

G’day all

Happy Friday and I hope you are all coping in this unsettling times.  Looks like things here in AU are starting to settle which is great to see, and maybe, just maybe, the media will be FORCED to start giving us some good news for a change…

April 17, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Is adapting too easily to Change bad?

G’day all

I was mentioning last week about change and how it is here to say, and those of us that can adapt will be more likely to thrive in these conditions.

This week I want to delve a little further, particularly into two areas of change and I fear maybe setting an ‘interesting’ precedence…

April 03, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Musings – Do you hate Change?

G’day all

Happy Friday from my home office here in Melbourne!  The weather has even been mocking me the past few days, with some beautiful sunny autumn days, teasing me, that I cannot be out in and enjoying… Well, not completely, but certainly managed a few walks/runs to enjoy the sun – with a social distance of course!

March 27, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Tips to Surviving the Pandemic

G’day all

As I write this, Australia appears to be tip-toeing into total lock-down, changing the rules state by state, hour by hour…  Meanwhile, in the US, Trump appears to be dead set on reopening everything by Easter come hell or high water… interesting times I see.

March 20, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

The Feather, the Slap & the Brick

G’day all

While things are certainly crazy right now, and I feel we (Australians) are still in for some tighter controls over the next couple of weeks, and the US is also starting to groan under the strain of the outbreak, there is only so long that we will see impacts on global markets.

March 13, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Markets slide as panic hits fever pitch

G’day all!

Well, this has been a great example of what can happen within a week…

Suddenly now, with the AUD/USD on a slide, Billions being wiped of share markets and Superfunds (unless you have a Self-managed and invest in Real Estate!), countries in lockdown, and even sporting events being cancelled or playing at empty stadiums, I guess we all are asking, what’s next?

March 06, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Rate Cuts and Viruses

G’day all

What a week it has been!  From finding it impossible to buy hand sanitiser & toilet paper in Australia (toilet paper?…of all things!) to massive rate cuts by the Federal Reserve in the US & cuts in AU as well, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride.

February 28, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Looking for a Unicorn?

G’day all

Its Friday here again (Happy Friday!) and another dice roll for a summers day in Melbourne.  Certainly not the perfect summer this year, but we certainly can’t wait for a ‘perfect’ summer to enjoy ourselves, right?!

February 21, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Are you REALLY in control of your own Destiny?

G’day all

I want to chat today about an announcement in the news this week which I believe highlights two issues, one in Australia’s economic and political landscape, and another, much closer to home –our own security.

February 14, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Love or…Passion for life?

G’day all

As I sit here on another summers day in Melbourne (muggy though I must add, we are not used to this humidity!), on the eve of Valentine’s day here in Australia.

February 07, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

The Right time is… NOW!

G’day all

We have all heard the term ‘time flies’ and it’s amazing how quickly it can.  The old saying ‘time and tide wait for no man’ is so true, and it does not matter what we do, we cannot slow the progress of time.

January 31, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

Laser focus & Determination

G’day all

Friday rolls around again, and we are already saying goodbye to January and helloooo February! Wow… Feeling fatigue already from the new year’s resolutions, and trying to live up to them?  It can be tough.

January 24, 2020 by Lindsay Stewart

What is Freedom?

G’day all

Happy Friday y’all!  How’s that for a Texas drawl?  No?  Ok, ok I’ll stick to the Aussie language J

I was talking to a number of our coaching clients this week and discussing what our reasons are for investing in property.  And, as the sun rises here, on another beautiful morning over Melbourne, the one word that comes to mind is Freedom.  We are blessed to live in this lucky country, and to quote John Williamson in one of my favourite songs of his “Australia is another word for free”

December 27, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Happy New Year

On behalf of the Star Dynamic Property Investments Team, we would like to wish you a Very Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations in your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness. Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness, and prosperity for you, happy new year.

December 20, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Star Dynamic Property Investments Team we would like to wish you a Very Safe and Happy Holiday Season.

2020 promises to be eventful and we hope to be part of your success next year.

The Star Dynamic team hopes that 2020 gives you the opportunity for great success, a healthy life and a prosperous year.

We hope you take the opportunity to relax over the festive season and find the time to spend with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and we look forward to engaging with you all again next year. Think Abroader…

December 13, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Friday Musings

G’day all

Friday the 13th!  Look out!  Now, I am certainly not superstitious, but I know a lot of people are, so careful around ladders and black cats today hey…hehe

December 06, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

What are Lease Options?

Following on from last week’s piece on Land Contracts, another strategy sophisticated investors use to sell properties are Lease Options.

December 06, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Need to transfer funds to the US?

One of the certain aspects of Global Investing is going to be the need for Foreign Exchange to transfer funds to other currencies and countries. It is absolutely something you need to consider and ensure to allow for costs and charges when doing so.

November 29, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Friday Musings

G’day all

So, here we go…last couple of days of Spring before we launch ourselves into our Aussie Summer!  Wow!  What an awesome time of year.  I love this time of year! 

December 06, 2019 by Lindsay Stewart

Linz’s Friday Musings

G’day all

Happy Friday!  Here we go…decent into the Christmas madness!  Christmas parties, catch ups with friends & family… don’t get me wrong, I do love this time of year!