Brickraise Launches First Retail Real Estate Crowdfund Offer

I am really excited to share with you that Brickraise has just launched Australia’s very first retail real estate crowdfunding offer. This is a game changer for anyone who wants to build wealth in real estate.

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No longer will you need to save huge deposits and borrow hundreds of thousands just to buy a property. And if you are seeking to raise capital for a project, things just got a bit smoother for you. If you have a profitable project, your path to funding could mean you won’t have to deal with the banks.

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Money & You – Are You A Saver Or A Spender?

Did you know that you have a relationship with money? And that you have probably had that relationship since you were very young. You would have learned from observing or interacting with those people closest to you in your life – like your parents, siblings, other relations, friends or even your teacher. Some of that conditioning could have been very positive and nurturing or it could have been the reverse. In any event, how you have been thinking about money your whole life will have had a remarkable impact on your financial results.

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I watched a program over the weekend called “Britain’s Spending Habits”, which offered me a look in to how the British people of all walks of life spent their money. They interviewed people on low and high incomes and those with very high net wealth levels.

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We Can Be Heroes, Just For One Day

There is an old saying that only two things are certain in life – death & taxes. And the first applies to everyone, even if you are a rich and famous pop star like David Bowie, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer at just 69 years of age. Bowie’s personal fortune was estimated at 135M pounds – about $270M AUD.

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Bowie remains an enigma – he was one of Britain’s most successful and pioneering musicians. He enjoyed a glittering career spanning six decades that saw him become one of the biggest recording artists of all time and a Hollywood actor. During his long career, he continued to reinvent himself and his music and maintained a reputation as an innovative and uncompromising artist. Bowie released 111 singles – including five UK number ones – 26 studio albums, 46 compilation albums, five EPs and three soundtracks. He collected dozens of awards, including two Brits Awards, two Grammys and three MTV awards and transferred his artistry to film in 51 music videos.

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The Year That Was And The Year To Come

As an interested and aware property investor, I am sure you will see a lot of articles about what has happened in 2015 and many experts and commentators giving you their thoughts and predictions for the year ahead. These will include dire predictions and comments along the spectrum right up to overly-positive sentiments, depending on the particular barrow they are pushing.

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What I want to get across to you is this – that while it is important to assess the last 12 months and try to guess at what will happen in the next 12 months – that property investing is not generally a 12 month thing, unless your business involves utilizing short term strategies like renovating.

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One Powerball And I’m Outta Here – Maybe, Maybe Not!

So many people dream of winning the lottery. It would be the answer to their prayers, the solution for all their problems. According to Roy Morgan Research 7-12% of Australians participate in Oz Lotto over a four week period. That’s a lot of hopefuls.

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Yet the odds of winning the division one Powerball in Australia are a staggering 76.7 million to one. The Oz Lotto odds for the division one prize drop to a much more reachable 45.3 million to one! Yet still we buy tickets.

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The Rich Are Getting Richer – Are You In The Top 1%?

I’m sure you have heard of the saying that the rich are getting richer? According to a new report by Credit Suisse, this has never been more true. And the reason for this?

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The rich own assets that are appreciating in value. Particularly equities which have had a strong recent growth period.

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