Entrepreneur and Property Investor

Rachel Barnes

 The Positively Geared Truth

It used to be that negative gearing was the in-vogue investment strategy.  I can remember people looking at us strangely and thinking it mildly humorous when we found and endorsed the potential of positive gearing back in early 2000 … but who’s laughing now?

Traveling photos collage with compass on white backgroundWe’ve enjoyed lots of overseas holidays including several trips to Greece and the USA as well touring Europe … In fact we’ve visited 29 different countries since we started investing in property almost 14 years ago 🙂

These days people are much more educated and understand the benefits of having an investment that doesn’t negatively impact your lifestyle, while you build your wealth through property. However, there’s still a lot of myths and mis-understandings out there – and it’s time to clear them up!  So I’ve written an article covering the 8 top FAQ’s to help you understand things more clearly, and perhaps inspire or inform you enough to consider building your own positive property portfolio …

Click through to the article and you’ll find my answers to the following questions:

1. Do They Really Exist?

2. Too hard to find?!

3. Can I Expect to Live off the Rental Income?

4. Can I get Capital Growth and Cash Flow in the Same Property?

5. What Should I Look for as a Positive Cash Flow Property

6.  How Do I Analyse a Property Properly?

7.  Add Value to Reap Rewards

8.  Why Would Anyone Sell a Positively Geared Property?

In case you’re curious why I’d spend time writing this article when I’ve covered much of this information in the book ‘Property is a Girl’s Best Friend’ and at Property Women workshops I’ve spoken at previously.  Firstly I realised that many men hadn’t received that information.  Secondly I’ve found some of my coaching clients had initially expected that a yield of 5% would be enough to make the property cash flow positive – and that’s not usually the case.  Thirdly we’re selling some of our properties, so I thought I’d let you know because yields on some of those are very attractive. Fourth and finally, I want you to understand how to analyse the cash flow yourself when looking at any property to add to your portfolio...it could make a world of difference to your property success.

Click here for the full article – and Happy House Hunting!

Have you heard horror stories about owning property in the United States?

Or have you been told  there’s untold rewards of investing overseas?

How do you know what to believe – or even more importantly, WHO to believe?

From my observations the key difference between investing in USA Property successfully and buying a money pit, is predominantly doing the right research. That doesn’t mean you believe everything other people tell you – it means you check it out for yourself. As you know, I’m an advocate for doing your own due diligence and making your own informed decisions.  That’s one of the key reasons I’ve personally conducted property coaching tours in the USA for Aussie’s.  The feedback from most of the people who’ve come on tour has been that it’s really opened their eyes and they’ve learnt so much more about the market, the people, the processes, the opportunities and the pitfalls of investing there.  The other reason I’ve done tours is  because I enjoy combining travel and looking at property  🙂


Salena Kulkarni
Splash Property Group

Is research on the ground crucial to making the right choices?

If you’ve been listening to my radio shows over the past few months about the things to be aware of when investing in the States, you’ll have heard my interviews with Salena Kulkarni, an Accountant who has purchased a number of properties overseas herself, and who has also set up a turn-key property purchasing solution for her clients.

Interestingly, when we first spoke, Salena felt the goals of many property tours were questionable. From my perspective I was a little negative and questioned the integrity of some overseas ‘turn-key’ property operators. But after many discussions, and having had the opportunity to personally meet some of Salena’s team on the ground in Atlanta recently, I’ve become more confident with the turnkey approach – as long as you’re dealing with honest and ethical professionals.

Now Salena has decided after years of requests from her own clients, that she will run an educational tour to help more Aussies understand the market clearly and conduct their own important research ‘on the ground’.


As I have already completed one small property tour this year and won’t be doing another due to other commitments, I thought you’d be interested in knowing that Salena Kulkarni, is going to be taking her next research trip over to the USA in a couple of months, and you could have the opportunity to join her.   She is quite an expert in US real estate and I am sure that a trip to the US with her would be a massive shortcut and eye-opener to help you with your investment journey.

Here’s a link to some of her plans…


If you have been waiting for a chance to do your own due diligence on the ground, then you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

I’d suggest you find out if this trip is suitable for you.  Just click on the link below to find out more now while there’s time available, because this is most likely the first and last time she will ever do this.  Do it now, as you don’t want to miss such an ideal opportunity to spend time with an Aussie Property Investing Accounting who’s middle name is ‘research!

Click here to read more about her research trip…

Whatever your end decision is in relation to USA property remember these three golden rules …

1. Do your own due diligence on the people you intend to deal with

2. Do your own due diligence on any location and property you propose to invest in

3. Have Fun!


It’s easy to get caught up in thinking about our own issues, whether it be our immediate family, work, business, property, friends and social activities.  And for many of us, keeping up with the News and all the negativity and disasters around the world is something we prefer to avoid – especially if it doesn’t directly affect us or we don’t have any perceived control over it.

I am one of those people who rarely watches the News.  I get tired of the over-dramatization of small issues, sport and politics, and often get frustrated to see a lack of focus sometimes on the bigger issues of humanity as a whole!

Then suddenly today on Facebook one of the Members of Property Women posted a request for everyone in her network to sign a Petition.  When I looked into the details I immediately signed it…


Family need your Help!  

Click here to watch the story that ‘A Current Affair‘ ran to find out more.

As a grandmother myself I can’t imagine how these ladies are coping with the loss of their lovely 4 year old little grandson – let alone the injustice of the penalty given to his killer.

Remember,  as ‘normal’ law abiding, caring people, if we do nothing then this sort of injustice will continue.  It’s easy – All that’s asked is that you sign a petition online, which is just a small thing for each of us individually  to do, but it can make a huge difference to this family, and nationally. Each one small voice can be magnified by millions…

Please – look at the petition and if you agree that the sentence needs review then sign it and pass it on to others.

Say Something : Do Something …help  make a positive difference. Click on the link below:

Justice for Bailey: Appeal against the lenient sentence given to Nathan William Forrest Petition | GoPetition


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