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.

  • Far too many investors chase the cheapest interest rates but mortgages are much more than just their interest component. In fact, there are other elements which it pays to get right... long before you've signed on the dotted line. read more

  • Do you know the difference between price and value? Well you should... because the two principals are quite different and can make a big difference to your chances of achieving financial independence or freedom. read more

  • In our current hot Sydney and Melbourne property markets there is an abundance of cashed up home buyers and investors ready to buy good properties, so I would suggest not trying to buy a cheap property but to concentrate on correct property selection and buying an investment grade property to which you can add value through renovations, thereby manufacturing some extra capital growth. read more

  • If you could choose between a home built 50 years ago that needs structural repairs and a major renovation down the track or a brand new home with all the mod cons, which one would you choose? read more

  • Do you know what the difference is between a successful and an unsuccessful property investor? Or how you can make sure you're on the right side of the property success ledger? These are but two things that successful investors do regularly. Of course, there are plenty more, including some things that they don't do, so here are seven of them to help you along your property investment journey. read more

  • 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

  • Many property buyers often spend so long on research, they forget that finding that special home or the investment-grade property is only half the battle. read more