While many people think rent money is dead money, the concept of handing over your pay packet to the landlord each week may be a better financial move than you may think.

By itself, paying rent can be a futile exercise if you’re looking to get ahead, however disregarding renting as an effective investment strategy can be like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

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If you’re attending the HomeBuyers’ show – or even if you’re just looking at its website – chances are you’re keen to get a foot in the door or add to your portfolio. As a professional investor and buyers’ agent I meet hundreds of people who are interested in investing, but most have a short term view. They concentrate on getting that ultimate bargain, turning it around and then selling month later for a fortune. They concentrate on doing the work without understanding the numbers and in doing this they miss the big picture.

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The property market is performing very well at the moment. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in the first four months of 2013 loans for the purchase of owner-occupied homes rose 8.3% compared to the same period last year and 12.6% higher than two years ago. Investors are especially active with investment loans up 18.3% compared to last year and 25.7% compared to two years ago.

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Saul Rudnick has recently joined the Your Empire team as a buyers’ agent. Having started investing in properties in his late teens with his brothers.

“I absolutely love all things property. I get excited when I see amazing architecture and just as excited when I see a property that is not living up to it’s full potential when inspecting properties for clients.

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As an urban dweller I find scooters insanely practical for city living. However, I have to admit that it was purely an emotional purchase that made me jump at the iconic Italian brand (3 times the price of the nearest Asian model) rather than practicality. There is nothing like whizzing down to the beach on a Vespa in summer like you’re living on the Amalfi Coast.

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