Property Market Update – March 2011

Market Update It was a win for Home Owners with the Reserve Bank of Australia choosing not to raise interest rates when they met in March and keeping them on hold for another month. With the January floods in Queensland and Victoria, last months earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami this … Continue reading “Property Market Update – March 2011”

Market Update

It was a win for Home Owners with the Reserve Bank of Australia choosing not to raise interest rates when they met in March and keeping them on hold for another month.

With the January floods in Queensland and Victoria, last months earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the 9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami this month in Japan and the increasing tension in the Middle East, it has resulted in a significant amount of uncertainty within foreign markets and the question looms of the impact they will have on the Australian market.

Such uncertainty leads me to believe that while the uncertainty exists and the impact on Australia is unknown, the Reserve Bank of Australia is likely to leave interest rates on hold.

We will probably only see one further interest rate rise this year while the Reserve Bank of Australia assesses the impact of a reduction in global activity.

The full impact of recent events on Australia probably won’t be known until later in the year and I expect the Reserve Bank of Australia to consider increasing the current rate in August/September, however I urge Home Owners to prepare themselves for as many as 3 or 4 increases next year, with a cash rate increase to around 6% in 2012.

On a property front, it is abundantly clear that we are currently in a buyers’ market and I have seen significant reductions in prices by vendors in order to sell their property.

If you are intending to sell in today’s market, you need to be realistic with regards to your asking price and be prepared to sell for less.

Don’t set your price based on what your property was worth 12 months ago, or the additional emotional baggage that makes you believe your property is worth more than its market value.

5 Tips for selling your property in today’s market:

1. Listen to your agent
2. Ask your agent to provide you with some comparable sales from RPData
3. Be prepared to massage your price a little to sell
4. Ensure you and your property are adequately prepared for the sale (i.e. ensure there is no clutter and if the property is marketed as 3 bedrooms, they actually look like 3 bedrooms and not 2 bedrooms and a dumping ground of crap).
5. If you really wish to achieve your desired price for your property, be prepared to engage a specialist to provide you with advice on how to dress your property up for open houses and the sale to maximise the return or hold off selling for better days.

Good Luck with your Sale and Investing and I hope you achieve the results you desire.

General Tips For Growing Your Internet Marketing Business

So you have survived the toughest phase of your business. This phase has challenged you physically, mentally and emotionally. Your creativity, resourcefulness, trust and initiative have all been tested and you have come out with flying colors. However, this is just the beginning of your business. Now you need to carry forward what you have started and grow your business.

Obviously business cannot be static. Whether it is a small store at the corner or a large ecommerce website, your business is always active. It needs to remain so and to grow; it needs to get sharper and smarter. While this may not seem a concern as you may still be basking in the glory of your success, remember it does not take long for competitors to catch up and then it will not be long before your customers start moving away.

Many experts believe that most entrepreneurs tend to work ‘in’ their business as opposed to on their business. The business is built around their specific skills and is reflective more of what they can offer. Once they lose interest in the business, the business is doomed to failure. However, there are the more successful entrepreneurs who work ‘on’ the business. Their goal is to provide customers superior products and services. These entrepreneurs take the time to develop skills for themselves and their staff, build on customer relationships and technological know-how and establish an organization where the entire staff works for the comfort of the customer.

If you have successfully launched your business and are now aiming at upgrading and growing your business, consider some key areas to focus on. Remember these activities need to be done on a regular basis and not when you believe you will find time for them.

– Always keep working on your business plan.

The business plan is a guideline for the regular functioning of your business. Based on your experiences so far, update you plan with new financial projections, new details about your product service and possibly new job positions,

– Work on an operations manual.

Let your employees know your how your business works and what are that standards that are expected from all employees.

– Keep an eye on new sources of growth.

An idea for expanding a business cannot be implemented in one day. In fact if you are keen on growing, you need to be on the lookout for openings that may suggest new sources of worth. However, under no circumstances should the current clients be affected. Obviously, it is unfair that your current clients are affected because you would like to expand. Secondly, you need to be extra careful of your reputation now.

– Understand your customers’ needs.

A recent survey by a computer-security firm tried to sell their products recently to a new set of customers along with the old. When a comparison was made as to who made the most purchases, they turned out to be old customers. This shows that better results may be achieved by understanding the result of present customer and gradually trying to increase the market. Try and listen to your current customer a little more. You may want to get more feedback from them and now how you can improve your product and service.

– Maintain your network.

Always maintain contact with your lawyer, a accountant, banker and mentor. Take the effort of updating them with developments in your business.

– Consider exporting.

If you have already established your self well here then why not consider sending your product to other countries. You could try by understanding the markets in other countries also how you can establish relations with local customers and distributors. With global payment systems in place, you can export products easily.

– Training.

Your business is well settled now and may be at a stage where it is ready of take off. However, this means the current batch of employees will need to be retrained to handle the pressures of new responsibilities. Try to keep them motivated by letting them be in charge of new project and letting them travel.

– Keep a ready source.

Your growing business will need more resources to keep pace and to track what the competition is doing. Try to bring in new and fresh marketing idea, try out new products and build on a list of prospective customers.

– Build a company culture.

All your employees should know your values and ideals and through implementation of regular, well-thought policies; you can create a business culture that actually values integrity, hard work and customer service.

– Never stop learning

Never give up your curiosity and never give up learning. You will never be able to fully master the art of enterprise management if you cannot understand important aspects of leadership and employee motivation, time management, marketing, finance and selling. Make sure you have an open mind on them and read all you can from magazines and books, seminars and course or of course from industry experts.

– Maintain good credit rating.

Maintain a good credit rating with your banker. Make sure you ask him for more credit when you things are going well so that payments are prompt and your credit rating goes up.

– Understand the outreach of the Internet.

Technological innovations especially on the Internet front are really changing the way we do business. Understand what application can be made use of to grow your business. Try blogs, newsletters, webinars, ecommerce auctions and podcasts to learn how best you can grow your business by exploiting the full potential of the Internet.

– Always, think about your exit strategy.

While it is great to be thinking about growing a business, one should always be working on an exit strategy. You should consider what would make you move away from the business. If so what would you do next? It is true that strategic entrepreneurs always keep their options open and manage their business well so that the business is always in sales-worthy shape.

No one knows what opportunities the future will bring, but with these tips and helpful guidelines, you can be sure that you are now fully equipped to step out and make those opportunities work for you.

Used Bucket Truck Financing Fundamentals

Heavy Commercial Vehicles (Class 6 and above) do not fall under the same valuation guidelines as personal motor vehicles. In other words, there is no Blue Book Value for used Commercial Trucks. Wholesale values for the purpose of Auction may be found in the Black Book, however when it comes to a Fair Market Purchase price – the purchase price is based on the vehicles age, condition and comparable retail value in the sellers market.

Finance companies view heavy commercial trucks as valuable business assets. These vehicles can help small and medium sized companies add capital equipment to their operations at a fraction of the cost of buying new equipment. The average lifespan of a regularly maintained Commercial Truck can be upwards of 30 years.

Equipment Financing is typically done by professional lending institutions who have a working partnership with Equipment dealers. This makes purchasing a used truck fairly simple because the Equipment Dealer will work with the lending institution on a customer’s behalf to secure the necessary funds required for purchase. Dealerships realize that by having lending partnerships in place they can offer the most competitive rates and loan terms to their customers. Having alternative financing in place for a customer can be an advantage for those business owners who don’t want to tie up their working capital or business lines of credit.

Banks are willing to lend money for used equipment purchases and determine their interest rates based on the stability of the borrower, credit rating and length of time in business. Used equipment purchases are typically at a slightly higher interest rate than new, but can still be very competitive depending on the length of time you plan on carrying the note. Most lenders prefer at least 5 years in business and in some cases will accept credit scores in the low 600’s and interest rates can be as low as 5.5%.

Larger Dealerships will have several finance partnerships established for bucket truck financing which makes it even more convenient for buyers. As for qualifying for financing, borrowers with good credit scores are valued and offered the best interest rates, but that doesn’t mean that borrowers with less than stellar credit scores are exempt from getting a loan. Lending institutions may require more money down, a better trade-in or a slightly higher interest rate may apply.

When it comes to buying used commercial equipment, several financing options are available. Whether you are buying Used Bucket Trucks, Grapple Trucks, Forestry Trucks or Digger Derricks, financing doesn’t have to be an issue. I-80 Equipment is here to help you with your used truck purchase and your financing needs.