The new frontier of property investment

The new frontier of property investment

Naive and basic beginnings

As a bright eyed uni student, in the early 2000’s, I was gung-ho and extremely naive. My ambition to become a property investor was limited to my circumstance and knowledge. I lived in a bubble and my catchment area of potential investment properties was extremely limited. My first investment property purchase, whilst still studying, was just around the corner from my family home - where I still lived with my parents. My second property purchase, a few months later, was once again very close by - in the suburb next door. There was not much sophistication to my purchasing strategies and plenty of dumb luck.

In these early days I was encouraged and motivated by a number of key authors and thought leaders - old school property experts who taught the basics and broke things down for me in a way that I could relate to. Jan Somers and Robert Kiyosaki were two authors who helped me focus on the potential outcomes and not the daunting proposition of a 'mortgage as a teenager'. Their blueprint was supported by a very small network of other property investors whom I met in rudimentary online forums - we shared experiences and tried to help each other as best we could.

Fast forward almost 15 years and we find ourselves in a fundamentally different place. I am excited. Property investment has gained tremendous momentum as a key wealth building mechanism towards retirement. Contributing to this movement, technology has advanced in leaps and bounds allowing us to now analyse suburbs, sweet spots, streets and find property opportunities across the nation.   Using a common property analysis framework, we can evaluate properties located in Ballarat, Bundaberg, Sydney or Swansea - drilling down to find the ultimate streets and properties to invest in. Key information we need to make successful decisions is now more accessible than ever before. 

The Property Information Age

The property investment landscape has changed.  The property clock doesn’t operate in the steady predictable manner it once did.  If we are going to compete and thrive in this current information and economic climate, we have to step up. I believe the new frontier of technology based property investment has arrived. But while property research tools are evolving and accessible, there are some industry players who would use them to create black boxes around information - deliberately over complicating the process in a bid to mystify and tie you to them. We need to come together to break free.

We need to adopt a challenger mentality. While there is no one right or correct way, each perspective or approach can assist us towards our goals. We need to consider what is the value provided by various perspectives. We must ask ourselves: is that perspective freely given, charged for fairly, or is it obstructed by a gatekeeper presenting a black box or expensive solution? So whilst technology fast tracks the generation and transmission of information and our research methods are more robust and accurate than ever before, we need to move away from those within the industry who seek to obscure and or deceive in order to serve their own interests. 

The Frontier Investor

I recently had an enlightening conversation with a property expert with whom I have a tremendous respect for (yes he is a contributor to The Frontier Investor - more on that later). Our discussion oscillated around the idea that property investor research and understanding is advancing and becoming more sophisticated. Key information that you need as part of your due diligence, (which was once very difficult to obtain) is now extremely accessible. Lower level, newcomer property investors now have access to much of the same key investment information that was once only available to professional, advanced property investors or buyers agents. We are seeing a broader mix and volume of property investors using the same property research tools, focusing on the same strategies, markets and properties. 

To maximise our success in this highly competitive investor landscape we need to stand above all others - to continually look to improve and differentiate in order to maintain an edge. As investors, we need to stay ahead of the pack to ensure we realise the best investment outcomes are achieved.

A challengers journey

Join us on this journey. The frontier is approaching… Technology is helping us as property investors make clear and confident decisions. We need to keep our eyes open, ask the right questions and demand full disclosure.

I am extremely proud of the contributors who have agreed to share their amazing insight with us. Let’s challenge them. Let’s help each other digest their information and knowledge.  Let’s employ their services if their value proposition is outstanding and fairly charged for.  Let’s give our full attention to those with whom lead forward with trust, integrity, resilience and innovation.

To that end, I introduce the founding contributors of The Frontier Investor. 

In my travels throughout the industry, first and foremost as an investor, these individuals have stood out to me as exhibiting outstanding ethics, knowledge, value and a willingness to genuinely help and guide others. Their value proposition is sound and their methodology and principles reflect and evolve in line with improvements in technology and the times.

Welcome to - The Frontier Investor: a community of investors sharing current and informed ideas and knowledge. Fueled by a fundamental dedication and passion for research, this publication will be responsive to live trends, changes in data and the investment markets themselves. Observations will be extremely timely, as they happen, faciliating expert commentary on the current state of affairs.

I am excited for this conversation.

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