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Thinking about trying your hand at investing? If this is something you want to dive into, you’ll need tools to learn investment in a hands-on way. Read on to discover some of the best types of investment for people with plenty of time on their hands. Give these consideration before deciding which ones are best for you as a beginner.
Property Investing
Investing in property is a wise idea because it allows you to develop a portfolio of investment properties that all bring in regular income. You will be a landlord, and the rent that you charge will become your income. Or you could buy old homes, fix them up, and then sell them on for more than you paid for them. Both options can be good for people who want to make money.
Finding properties that are right for you though can be the most difficult part of the process. You can find out how from RPM. They key is to put your own thoughts and opinions about the property to one side and, instead, look more objectively. Yep, put your business head on. If you can do that, you will  find suitable properties faster.
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Becoming a Partner in a Business
There are many ways to invest in businesses. But if you want a more hands-on experience, invest in one business and become a partner in it. Rather than being a silent investor, you will have a say in how the business is run and what direction it is taking as it (hopefully) grows and expands. This will teach you a lot and make the most of your existing knowledge and experience.
If you want the power that comes from being part of a team that owns a company, without having to come up with a single original idea, this could an ideal solution for you. Just be aware that there is a lot of work that goes into being an active partner in a business. So, make sure you have enough time to dedicate to it. If you don’t, you will regret the decision later.
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Serious Stock Trading
Stock market investing can be done in your spare time, or it can take up a lot more of your time if you want it to. If you want to really delve into the stock market as an investor, putting a lot of time into it can be really rewarding. You will learn a lot more about what stock trading is about, and how to make it profitable.
Track market trends, or buy and sell throughout the day. It’s up to you. This is what the most serious and most successful traders on the market do, and it’s something that you can do too. You might know little to begin with, but this will change when you get into the swing of things.
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Imagine This

Imagine if you lost everything you knew, loved and took for granted.

Your friends. Your mum’s trifle. The best coffee in town. A market fresh tomato. Live music on a Sunday afternoon. Shopping for shoes. Fresh seafood.
The ocean…

Well…
This is what happened to me.


How We Buried A Life & Dug Up A Dream

Today I’m sharing my rags-to-riches story of how my husband and I buried a debt-filled life and dug up a mortgage-free dream.

I’ll also be talking about an option we didn’t know we had. Credit repair through credit scoring.  Which might have changed everything that happened.
I hope you enjoy the ride. Because this story sure is a keeper…

Read on to see what happened next.
Learn why we wish Credit Simple was an option we wish we knew we had…


We Were Having So Much Fun

So, there we were. Two kids – soulmates – pushing 30.

We were living it up in the city of Melbourne and having so much fun.
We spent our summers in courtyards, sizzling sausages, cracking open beers and swirling wine glasses in the air. We were sharing classic Aussie yarns.
I always enjoyed the banter. The city wit. The fast-talkers.

Winters were cosy intimate evenings in front of the fire. We’d huddle-in-close discussing everything – from the state of the world, to who won the footy, to ‘what’s this new thing‘ – Facebook?’ Has anyone ‘signed up yet?’
We’d dribble on for hours about all kinds of silly things.


But We Were Stressed

During the week, we stressed. We worked like dogs.

We’d be up at the crack of dawn fighting traffic. I’d cycle the Yarra to my job as a temp personal assistant. My boyfriend then (a signwriter) would jump in his tradie van. He’d be gone before the sun rose to hang signs before the parking wardens appeared.

We’d drag our bones back to bed each night – to do it all over again – next week.
Long weekends were camping trips with those infamous drop bears and big lizard things… Aussies always tried to scare me – the kiwi – with those tales.
But, I was onto them!


Living In The Moment

We were all ‘living in the moment.’ We didn’t want to think about getting old.

Getting old meant – marriage, kids, mortgages and feeling unfree. We put ‘old’ into the ‘too-hard basket,’ along with other things we didn’t want to take responsibility for…
Including…MONEY.


A Moment Of Sanity

Then one day I was struck by a moment of sanity.  

I’m not sure what came over me. I think I actually did turn 30 – and I thought I was old. I decided to look into things. I laid our life out on the dining room table and took a good hard look at what we were really doing.
Deep down, we did want to know what our future held.
We wanted the works:
To have an inspired, creative but certain future.

 


Financial Disaster

What unravelled that month was shocking.

I found we had accumulated a debt of $50,000. We couldn’t believe it either – how it all added up. We were like kangaroos in headlights.

What the?


The debt was a mash-up of the following:
Credit card debt: We had bought stuff we couldn’t afford. Those Saturday trips to Ikea and holidays to visit family in New Zealand all added up.
Personal loans and overdrafts: We’d bought big ticket items such as cars, couches, furniture and electrical goods to set up house together
Business debt: My hubby’s signwriting business was threatened by new digital printing technology. We had supplier bills building up due to  cashflow problems and we weren’t catching up
Tax department debts: We were inexperienced in business and were spending our tax. We also faced closing the business and there was a large cost in closing down operations & factory.
Plus: My husband – was ‘over it’ (and so was I).


Bills, Bills & More Bills

I remember the folder well. It was worn and fat with bills.

Before that day I called this: ‘Filing.’
After that day I called this: ‘Stupidity.’


Our Credit Score Then

Back then we didn’t know our credit score or how to check it.

Our way of finding out was applying for something. If we didn’t get it, we figured, we must have a bad credit rating. We also didn’t know that not getting the credit could make our rating worse.
We both had a few blemishes:
I hadn’t returned a video before leaving NZ for a four-year stint in Japan. Because I hadn’t updated my address with the video store, my credit rating was adversely affected.
The movie wasn’t even worth it!
In his younger years, my hubby had defaulted on a credit card. This blemish affected his rating for more than 10 years
We had both cleared the debts way earlier but our ratings stuck
– like mud.


Screwed

So. There we were on a treadmill and we didn’t know how to get off.
This was the opposite of ‘compound interest’ This was ‘compound debt.’ The interest on our debt was growing daily.
We realised – we were screwed.


Our Options

At the time we thought we only had three options.
But – you’ll see as this story unfolds  – we actually had four options.
And isn’t hindsight grand?

These were the options we thought we had:

Option 1: Keep Slogging

Continue to work like dogs with all the city distractions and try to pay off the $50,000 debt.

Bad option:
We’d be on that treadmill for years. City life was fun but expensive.  We weren’t earning enough. We realised we’d never get anywhere. We’d thought we’d never buy a house, especially – starting off – this far behind.

Option 2: Bankruptcy

We considered bankruptcy.

Bad option:
Deep down – we did want to grow old together and have a certain future. We couldn’t bare the thought of ruining our prospects of buying our future dream home.

Option 3: Bury Life As We Know It

Go on an adventure. Take a working holiday while paying off the debt.

  • Take the tools out of Richard’s tradie van
  • Build in a double bed
  • Hold a garage sale
  • Downsize our lives into the van
  • Drive across the Nullarbor in 48-degree heat with no air-conditioning
  • Get married on the way
  • Get jobs on the mines
  • And live in a small outback town – 600km from civilisation!


Good option!
Bury life as we know it. Get off the treadmill and go live in the outback with the Emus.
Well…
It seemed like a good idea at the time after a few glass of red!


Credit Repair: The Option We Didn’t Know We Had

What we didn’t know then, which would have changed everything that happened, is what a company called Credit Simple just launched in Australia.
They offer a FREE way to get access to your ‘credit score’ and credit record, which would have given us the option of repairing our credit and getting back on track.
Tip: ‘FREE’ is the optimum word here. There are already credit rating companies in Australia but none of them offer this service as FREE. Credit reporting costs approximately $120 AUD for an annual subscription.
Knowing our credit score and getting our report would have:

  1. Helped us deal with the specific issues – those pesky blemishes
  2. Given us the ability to own our data and find a better way – such as consolidating debt through a peer-to-peer lender
  3. Helped us understand where we sat in the credit data pool and figure out the bigger picture
  4. Motivated us to seek professional help including budgeting assistance, tax & business advice while we tracked our progress

Get your FULL CREDIT INFORMATION at Credit Simple
Receive your credit score and and FULL credit information (reports). Discover how your credit score compares by age, gender and community. You’ll also be able to access insights on what it all means, plus get deals based on your credit score – such as credit cards and loans.


We may not have done what we did next…

As a city girl, moving to the outback felt like a death.

I literally felt naked without my comfy city distractions. I was terrified out in those conditions. The heat was harsh, those bush bugs were huge and the snakes were slithering around.

I didn’t want to think about what else was out there!
I felt like we could disappear – in a puff of debt – and no-one would see or notice us gone – for months.
I was so far from home.
But I must say – this sure was peaceful.
The quiet made us look within rather than for external quick fixes – distractions. We got really really good at sitting on a porch, looking at the stars and talking to each other.

Life became – simple.
But boy…did I miss Myer!


Paying Off The Debt

Without our city distractions we could now focus on getting out of debt and fast.

Every day for a year my husband went underground in the mines as a truck driver. He then moved into explosives, which he loved! He was like a little boy on the farm again!
Note: No, we weren’t earning $300k between us. I was earning a standard $60k and hubby’s starting wage as a truck driver was $60k.
Read on to see the takeaway and lessons we learnt from this experience.  

I worked as a personal assistant for a mining manager. I spent my first pregnancy in hard yakka gear, hard hats, steel cap boots and driving utes around the mines.

Yep, that’s me on the right!


I gave birth to my first child Saxon – in Kalgoorlie hospital on a 48- degree day!
That was certainly unforgettable…


Diligent Bill Paying

Over time, our big folder of bills got smaller and smaller.

I stayed focused on the folder. I was obsessed with it. But then, I had nothing else to do but hang with that folder.
After one year – hubby and I gathered on the porch, raised our glasses and celebrated becoming completely debt free.
 


Lessons We Learnt

This is my biggest takeaway from our outback experience:

It is NOT what incoming you are bringing in. It is what you are NOT SPENDING. 

For us, there were no shops or special deals to be tempted by. We had nothing to spend our money on.
I would go out on a Saturday to buy something (yes, I’m a woman!) and come back with an ice-cream. There was simply nothing to spend our money on out there.

Here are some quick budgeting and get-out-of-debt-tips

  • Pay your bills on time: Automate as much as possible. Make sure you always have the money in your account to match the deductions or you’ll get defaults. Not good for the credit rating!
  • Manage cashflow: Use smart apps that send you daily reports E.g I use PocketSmith (as they have a forecasting feature) or GetPocketBook is also great for daily and weekly reports.
  • Track your credit score: Use Credit Simple FREE credit rating tools and get regular reports sent via email.
  • Put debts in a simple physical folder:  Watch the folder reduce over time. Also put pictures of your dream life in that folder. This is old school but makes a good visual and this really worked for me.
  • Remove distraction & temptation: Hide away in winter and pay off as much debt as you in quieter times of the year. Avoid browsing shops randomly & for no reason. This also works great for weight-loss. Make plans when there’s less social distraction.
  • Set this goal: Aim to become completely debt-free life. Once debt-free only take on good debt.
  • Know the difference between good and bad debt: For example, bad debt is taking a holiday at Christmas on your credit card and paying 16% interest on that holiday for the rest of the year. Good debt is taking out a low-interest mortgage & watching your dollars work for you as your home goes up in value.
  • Don’t let the banks upsell you: Don’ take up offers to pull the equity out of your home, getting personal loans & credit cards
  • Constantly seek better deals and do this regularly
  • Deal with your financial demons – lay them out on the table – take a first step
  • Clean your finances as a habit – like you clean your teeth – slash expenses regularly, rinse and repeat.

As my favourite saying goes:

‘Perfection is when there’s nothing else to take away.’

Here are some lifestyle tips while paying off debt & saving money:

  • Get good at being bored
  • Socialise or holiday at home to avoid the costs of venturing out
  • Have a great conversation under the stars
  • Take up reading finance news, books & blogs while you are sitting in the garden


In short:
There’s a lot of money in living a quiet life for a while – while paying debt, saving and getting ahead.
Less is more. Keep it simple.


Credit Repair

After Kambalda we skedaddled as fast as we could out of town– to Stawell (in the Grampians) in country Victoria

This felt like New York to us!

Stawell – Country Victoria


Here’s exactly what we did to REPAIR OUR CREDIT RATING, and dig up our mortgage-free dream:

  • While this wasn’t ideal – we bought a cheap low risk duplex country property with a low-doc loan using the first home-buyers grant
  • To repair our credit rating we paid all bills and our mortgage off diligently for the next three years, while we renovated out of wages
  • As soon as our credit score improved and our blemishes were gone we switched to a better loan
  • These days we’d do this through a tool like Credit Simple’s Better Deals Finder
  • We continued to live a quiet country life
  • I wrote a book to keep myself busy – I still missed the city
  • We rented out the duplexes and moved back closer to Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula
  • We rented for a few years while we established new jobs and careers. Renting helped build up a positive credit rating too – so we looked good to the banks.
  • Richard used contacts to establish a simple painting business servicing millionaire homes & I moved into blogging and web design.
  • We used the equity from our country property and saved a deposit to buy a new home

The Goal: Mortgage Free

The town we were living in (Mornington) was overpriced. We didn’t want to pay that much and experience mortgage stress.
We looked at over 35 houses before making the decision to move elsewhere.

  • We purchased a house in a more affordable neighbouring town (Frankston).
  • This was Melbourne’s last affordable beachside suburb
  • It still had a rough stigma – but only to locals – but not to new out-of-town investors

We bought a place ‘with options:’

  • Subdividable (on a double block)
  • Had good bones (it was huge inside) but older
  • The mortgage was ‘in our means’ at only $370,000
  • We bought near facilities including supermarkets and transport to the city
  • The home is a 2-min drive to the beach
  • In the high school zone of one of Melbourne’s best state schools
  • In a tourist area and at the gateway to Melbourne’s playground for the rich – The Peninsula.


Here’s what we didn’t do

  • We didn’t care what our friends and people thought of us
  • Some people looked down their noses at us for what they thought was a ‘poor decision’ and a ‘low class’ area
  • We didn’t try to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ by buying flashy things
  • We never paid full price for anything and lived on Gumtree for four years
  • We never took up offers for the bank to rip the equity out of our home
  • We didn’t sell our property when other people in houses around us were getting offers


What we did do:

  • We saved $50,000 in total on our renovation (I wanted to recoup every cent we’d lost in the outback!)
  • We spent four years working like dogs in our businesses while paying for our renovation through our wages
  • We stayed patient and waited for bargains to appear
  • Looked for the ‘potential’ in everything
  • We were willing to inconvenience ourselves. For example, we drove 40 minutes to Melbourne to spend a Saturday ripping blinds out of a luxury mansion to save $5000. Worth it!
  • We studied home design, room planning and every DIY aspect of home renovation

We went with our gut feeling – always


Results

In total, we’ve saved more money on our renovation than we’ve spent.

We saved a total of $50,000 and spent $40,000 over four years to complete our home renovation and convert our home into a hot prospect for buyers.


Our Happy Ending

Recently I laid our financial life out on the dining room table.

The results have been shocking & exciting. We realised we’ve accumulated a small fortune.

We couldn’t believe it either – how it all added up! We were like hopping mad & happy Kangaroos this time. 
Option 1:
Keep the house and watch it continue to go up in value.
Get permits to develop our property further based on the ‘options’ I spoke about earlier. These options will essentially pay for our current mortgage, a new mortgage and give us change.
More on this option as it rolls out 🙂

Option 2:
Sell to the developers knocking on our door.

  • Take the latest developer offer of $1.1 million
  • Pay the mortgage out and skedaddle off with approximately $750,000
  • Buy a new property for cash in the latest part of town showing ‘potential’
  • Become mortgage free and say goodbye to the banks – forever


Option 3:
Sell the house. Put the money in the bank. And go on another adventure. Book the family into a resort in Fiji while we hang by ocean, eat fresh seafood while we think about everything.


Check Your Credit Score Today

As a couple, our average credit rating is now is 989. While our score isn’t completely perfect yet – we’ve come a long way.
Our goal for 2017 is to achieve a perfect credit score and become UNICORNS.
Note: Credit Simple give the term ‘Unicorn’ to people who’ve achieved a perfect score. 
Here’s what Credit Simple can do for you:

  • Find out how you can make your credit score work harder for you
  • Get targeted offers and insights based on your profile.
  • Tools and tips to help you understand your score and take the next step towards financial freedom.
  • Credit file monitoring with periodic email alerts when certain changes occur on your credit file.


Dig Up A Dream Today

Thanks for taking the time to read our story.
If you ever decide to bury a debt-filled life Give yourself some credit and dig up a simple dream.

 


Be sure to take advantage of the 30,000 saving tips here in the Savings Room – and start getting out of debt and building wealth today.

Not sure where to start your debt-free journey?

Start by checking your credit score at Credit Simple and then checkout this great resource: How to drastically reduce your grocery bill


Read our story at News.com.au


Note: This post is sponsored. The Savings Room and Credit Simple have collaborated to show Australians how they can repair their credit and receive their full credit reports for FREE.
While this post is sponsored, I personally endorse Credit Simple. I believe that obtaining full credit information is a vital step in the get-out-of-debt process and for future-proofing your finances.  I think it’s valuable that this service is FREE for consumers. Penina
 
 
 

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If you’re a mum like me, it’s likely you’ve seen the movie BFG – Big Friendly Giant. It tells the tale of an orphaned girl who is plucked from her predicament and taken on a journey to the giant’s homeland. Together the girl and the giant battle other giants. But these giants are bigger and they seem to have an advantage: They hang out in a group and there’s a lot of them. The girl and her BFG have to work ‘smarter.’ So together, they come up with a savvy plan to please everybody and ultimately save the world. They even meet the Queen.
If you love a story with a happy ending, where everyone ends up well…chuffed – come in close. I’m here to deliver a new concept in real estate that’s launching in Australia and I’m jiggling in my seat with excitement over it.

Here’s the short of it

Real Estate in Australia is set to receive a shake-up. This competition comes in the form of a glorious customer-focused giant dressed in yes – purple. If you are in the predicament of selling a house soon, I hope you’ll pause with me for a moment to take this story in.
This new concept is ‘a breath of fresh air’ and it’s going to change the way Australian’s do real estate – forever.

Timing is everything

This story is timely for me. My hubby and I have just spent the last three months in a real estate battle of our own over our little investment property in the country. The story is a typical landlord’s tale of turmoil and woe.
Think prime time ‘bad tenant story’ from a show like A Current Affair. Mix that with a visual of 10 hungry bulldogs owned by a filthy dog-breeding pot-smoking tenant. Then add a real estate agent with limited management ability, no customer service skills and dodgy company processes. Now add a pinch of timing and children – school holidays. Sprinkle that recipe with distance. Our investment property is a 4-hour drive away. Serve that up with a week of losing income while shovelling up the mess in the country. (You don’t want to know what happened up there.) Finally, garnish that with a loss of $4000 (and that’s not including income) and you’ve got a picture of the kind of ‘out-of-pocket’ experience I’m talking about.
As you can imagine, this has been a recipe for ‘hell.’ The whole experience has left me with a really bad taste in my mouth.

That’s why I was so happy to hear this…

The name on everyone’s lips this week is ‘Purplebricks.’
If you’ve ever bought or sold a house in Australia via a real estate agent, or plan to, this story is for you.

Have you experienced any of these frustrations?

Before I get into things, here are just some of the battles I’ve personally had when buying or selling a house through a real estate agent.
Such experiences are not ‘fun to have,’ but I admit – they do make for gripping ‘hindsight’ stories at parties.

Sluggish processes

Generally, it takes weeks just to get the house ‘put on the market’ and listed. Then there are all the emails and calls. They’re thrown into the air by agents like confetti in a random and confused efford of poorly-delivered offers.

Anguished Negotiations

Many sellers experience anguish over ‘negotiating’ the agent’s commission (these can vary considerably). That’s if sellers know they can even negotiate these at all. This is often not made clear until the end of a deal, by which time most people are ‘over it.’
By the end of the process (the sale) buyers and sellers are exhausted. They’ve barely the energy to raise a glass in celebration. They just want their lives back.
Most refer to this phenomena as – ‘sleeping at night.’

Lack of transparency and shifty acts

Some real estate agents don’t even disclose offers to sellers before an auction. This is shifty because they are trying to ‘get a house to auction’ because they profit so much more.
In fact, here’s a shifty act we personally experienced:
We put a bid on a house at an auction and our pre-offer of $440k was according to the real estate agent – ‘refused by the vendor.’ The house went to auction and sold for $50k less than the price we offered – at $390k. Then we ‘ran into the vendor’ while on a walk up the shops. They had so little money from their sale, they ended up moving to the same then-crappy neighbourhood as us.
We got chatting over the garden fence and I mentioned we tried to buy their old place. We happened to know it was them, because we had also put a bid on the house they bought. During the conversation we mutually discovered the offer was never given to the vendor. They were devastated to realise they’d missed out on a cool $50k due to this shifty lack of transparency.
But don’t worry – there were winners in this story alright:
  1. No surprise – the real estate agency. They walked away with their fat auction check and big commission on the home.
  2. The ‘lucky guy’ who snapped up a piece of premium real estate at the last minute for a song (hmm…).

Losses

Owners losing money due to dodgy agent’s doing dodgier ‘in-house’ deals.
Yep. I’ve heard all kinds of stories about agents not only selling houses to their friends, but also snapping up deals for themselves or family members.
Does happen.

Communication

Agents completely leaving homeowners out of the sale process and ‘keeping them in the dark’ until the ‘final offer’ is received.
Come on guys.
No-one likes to go to a party and get ignored in the corner.
Even, my kid knows that…

Inconvenience

Finally, buying and selling houses is totally inconvenient for most of us. The task is way too time-consuming for busy mums, dads, consumers, working people and everyone inbetween. I looked at a total of 35 houses over eight weeknights and weekends before buying.
In the end we moved suburbs and just grabbed the house we’re in now because it was a stinking hot day in summer (42 degrees) and we were ‘over it.’
Thankfully, four years on – we’re extremely happy with our purchase.
But that could have turned out another way – like, uh… disaster.


For all of the above reasons, I’m stoked Australia’s got a new real estate BFG

Firstly, I’ll give you the quick tip – and show you their video. This will really put some pep in your step, if you are ‘over’ real estate agents too:


https://youtu.be/AtuR913C610


Here’s my super short version of this happy story

  1. You save about $15,000k
  2. You pay one flat fee upfront to sell your house
  3. If you don’t have the flat fee ($4,500 inc GST) you can defer the whole cost of the fee until settlement
  4. You won’t pay agent fees after the deal
  5. You can watch offers for your home come in live any time of the day or night
  6. If you want to go to auction you only pay an additional $825 dollars!!!!!! (Hooray!!!!)
  7. Their customer-service is premium with 24/7 around the clock help
  8. They are open when other Real Estate Agents are closed
  9. Purplebricks Local Property Experts are fully licensed
  10. Transparency is key – Negotiating with buyers is your choice (You can choose to negotiate or have your highly qualified Purplebricks Local Property Expert take care of it and they will do everything for you)
  11. When a sale is agreed upon a dedicated Sales Support team will guide you through the conveyancing process

Here’s a nifty visual of the kind of goodness I’m talking about:

Here’s a scenario of how you might sell your house on Purplebricks

  1. You read this story or see a story on the telly
  2. Head over the Purplebricks website and register online to sell your house
  3. You use their calendar to ‘book an appointment time’ with your local PB rep
  4. Your rep with give you a no-obligation appraisal and offer their advice and expertise
  5. They will personally support your throughout to achieve the highest possible price
  6. You instruct Purplebricks to sell
  7. They provide all marketing including a floor plan, description, professional photography and signage to sell your home
  8. If you choose to sell by auction the cost of an auctioneer and open days are also included in the fixed fee
  9. Your fully licensed Local Property Expert will prepare your advertisement for the leading property websites including realestate.com.au, domain.com.au and purplebricks.com.au
  10. Your home can be up for sale and ‘on the market’ in Australia within 48 hours and visible to millions of potential buyers instantly
  11. Your local expert becomes your advocate and manages the entire process for you
  12. You start receiving offers online
  13. You sell your house at the agreed price
  14. You don’t pay a commission

A further note on auctions

If you want to go to auction, you won’t be forking out the cost of groceries for a year. Instead you’ll pay just $825 extra on top of the flat fee ($5,325 inc GST in total). That will get you an auctioneer on the day and your house SOLD to the highest bidder. You can also take offers right up until your auction date and you can have FULL CONTROL of that process if you want to.

So why am I calling ‘Purplebricks’ Australia’s Big Friendly Giant?

Well. I was lucky enough to meet personally with Purplebrick’s CEO, Michael Bruce, last week in Melbourne. The meeting was refreshing. Michael is nice. He’s down-to-Earth. It’s inspiring to see friendly, family-oriented people (Michael is in partnership with his brother Kenny) building empires that are helping people.

They’re big

Purplebricks is worth close to $630 million dollars in the UK after floating on London’s Alternative Investment Market last year.

They’re friendly

Michael’s persona is humble. He is just like a bloke you’d meet at the pub or a neighbour you might meet over the back fence. Overall, I found Michael’s approach to be wholesome and honest.

They’re giants

They have also secured a whopping 62% of the UK’s non-traditional estate agent market.

Why purple I asked?

It turns out ‘in the early days’ of business, Michael asked brother Kenny to come up with a colour to represent what they wanted their business to stand for.
Their goals for a name included ‘strength, integrity and something regal.’

And so Purplebricks was born.


https://youtu.be/71ldmjt66lQ


What can you do with all those savings?

Here are my big tips on what you can do with the savings you make from considering Purplebricks

Build Equity

The saving of $15k can be added to the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG). If you are a first-home buyer you can save close to $25k by going down the Purplebricks path and combining the savings. Spend the money on your renovation, add equity to your home and use the equity to buy an investment property.

Renovate

Many people who buy houses neglect to factor in renovation costs after a home purchase. Spend the $15k on those first renovation tasks to make your house more liveable straight away. Or buy a house, do a quick ‘cosmetic’ renovation on it, flip it and then move into a dreamier house.

Invest

Invest the $15k into your super. That money will compound over time and depending on your age, you could be thousands of dollars better off when you’re older.

Borrowing Power

Clear bad debts like car and credit card loans. Stop paying high interest and improve your credit rating. The less debt you have, the more chance you will have to borrow for purchasing real estate in the future. Banks love debt-free punters.


Random Notes

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