Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is a Property Strategist at Metropole Property Strategists in Melbourne. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
She is a regular commentator for Michael Yardney’s Property Update    


 

  • Forty years on, you can easily identify apartment blocks from the '70s as they usually are brown or red brick and probably won't win any beauty awards. But these apartments make very solid investments for today's property investor because of a number of significant attributes. read more

  • Now I’m not suggesting you should buy a cheap property or look for bargains – they’re not that hard to find if you look in secondary markets that are out of favour. You make your money when you buy your investment property not by buying cheaply, but by buying the right property. Read on for my tips on how to avoid overpaying for your next property... read more

  • Just because Australians have a love affair with property, and the returns are potentially high, does not necessarily mean they will be good investors. People lose money in real estate all the time. We rarely hear these stories in the media, but it happens. To be truly successful in real estate you will need to cultivate a few business habits and stick to them. Here are some dos and don’ts that I have found to be extremely important throughout my career. read more

  • While we all know that property investment is generally about long-term wealth creation, sometimes even experienced investors wind up losing on their properties. So to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls, let’s look at a few of the strategies that could make your investment more of a money pit than a profit-spinner… read more

  • Over the last few years the Sydney and Melbourne property markets have gone gangbusters. But in both of these markets, despite staggering property price growth, there are a number of properties I would still avoid at all costs. Why? read more

  • When you commit to buying a piece of real estate that doesn’t actually exist yet, a number of specific finance risks can arise and to the uninitiated or unprepared, these have the potential to seriously derail their investment and crunch through any prospective profits. read more

  • Property investment is about 1% chance and 99% reliance on research…including the ability to be a long term, big picture kind of strategist. Remember, you are investing today for tomorrow’s gains, so knowing what type of property will pay its way in ten, twenty and thirty years from now is crucial to your success. read more

  • Anyone who has been in the property investment sector for a while knows all too well that it takes a long time to understand its golden rules. If only we all understood them when we were in our 20s, instead of many years later. Of course, these days, there are a plethora of books, blogs and educational courses which you can use to improve your property knowledge. But why not start with these 6 rules of property investment I’ve learned over the years. read more

  • Would you be surprised if I told you that making millions, or even being a ‘savvy saver’, has more to do with your attitude towards money than how much you make or spend? read more