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  • Beginning property investors who want to fast track their success by understanding what successful property investors do
  • Experienced investors who feel stuck and want to take their property investing to the next level
  • Professional property investors who want to revisit the basics as well as learn some distinctions from Australia’s leading expert in wealth creation through property.

Rules of Property, by Michael Yardney. Publisher, Wilkinson Publishing. 256 pages.

Review By Phil Campbell

Property rules.

So suggests Michael Yardney, author on property and widely read regular columnist in this publication.

His recent tome, Rules of Property, literally begs to become part of your property portfolio. As with his published columns over many years, this Australian seems to have as wide a grasp of the vicissitudes of the property market as Attenborough has of the natural world.

Much of his advice is good, old fashioned common sense, and Yardney hits a rich vein with epithets to sound property purchases for the average and above average battler. All potential property owners are, like life on the marae, at the same level for this property-worn investor, who is regarded as Australia’s leading expert in “wealth creation through property”.

Like New Zealand books property, Yardney (perhaps the New Zealand ideas were swiped from him) sprinkles with sage, pithy comments from such as Michelangelo (what on earth has he got to do with property), from Yardney and Donald Trump and Zig Ziglar and Anonymous.

Rules of Property makes the emerging magnate think and Yardney is savvy enough to suggest that his advice is applicable around the globe – if circumstance permit and you prefer to punt on property rather than the sharemarket, go for it.

Here you will learn the property skills of wealthy property investors, go for long-term growth than short term returns (in other words, exercise caution and patience), how to trust housing stats, develop (if you can) an instinct for market fluctuations and understand how debt can make you money (councils do it everywhere, all the time!)

Perhaps the secret of Yardney’s success as a property marketer and author is his sense of joi de vivre, his bounce (he certainly exudes the impression of a lad with a toffee apple before he has reached the apple) and experiences he has readily imparted.

He makes debt working for the property owner a virtue. “Many of us were taught that debt is a dirty word by our parents,” he opines, “and that’s something to be avoided at all costs”. A sentence or two later, he writes: “But what if having debt meant that you actually made more money? … well, you can and I’m going to tell you how it works”.

Let’s translate this beaut Aussie advice to New Zealand conditions. Merely substitute New Zealand for Australia. The Australian advice can act as a filter for New Zealand conditions.

Let’s look at knowing when to sell – is property performing as expected, is it outperforming the market, if this property is on the market today would you re-buy it, how can a property be improved to attract a greater return on your investment, and is the property likely to outperform market averages in the next decade or more?

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