George Raptis

George Raptis

George Raptis is Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.
He is a regular commentator for Michael Yardney's Property Update.
 
 

  • It’s the age old argument – which makes a better investment – a house or an apartment? A recent national research report found that many areas around the country recorded significant property price gains while others suffered some serious pain. read more

  • Yet “boring” is the most exciting thing about property, because it often means your strategy is snowballing towards a thrilling victory. Gung-ho investors filling up their portfolio with exciting, fast-paced properties that promise a quick profit and an instant uplift in lifestyle, are usually a disaster waiting to happen. read more

  • No matter how much research you do, there is always the concern that the property you invest in won’t perform. Add an interstate location to the mix – meaning you’re not able to see, visit and drive by your shiny new asset whenever you like – and it can create enough ‘fear of the unknown’ to stop investors from taking any action at all. read more

  • Property investment is often delayed or bypassed as a way to build wealth, because there is a lack of awareness around how it really works. People think they need to have a big bank balance behind them in order to climb the property ladder, or that it’s only for high-flying brokers who live in penthouses. In reality, property investors are often regular, everyday Australians. read more

  • While we know that the ideal property investment is one that will achieve capital growth over time, it's cash flow which sustains your portfolio until that time. Of course rental returns help pay the mortgage repayments as well as other costs such as council rates and maintenance. So the key is to sustain that all-important rental income and maximising your returns while minimising the risk of extended vacancies when you'll have to fund those costs out of your own back pocket. read more

  • Being a good landlord goes hand-in-hand with having a successful property occupied by reliable tenants. That makes it all the more unfortunate when some investors make simple mistakes, which can have huge repercussions on the quality of their property. read more