Crowd in a Mall

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated

Amazon the monster, gobbling-up all the poor retailers. The children’s book and DVD’s can’t be far away. Every other media genre has set the scene. The countdown to the collapse of what is in some economies their number one employer, has commenced, or so you are now told from any media channel you turn to. Having recently returned from an …

Transmission Gully Progress

Transmission Gully – please tell us the truth

Perhaps never in the history of this country has so little, of such significance, been reported to so few. Perhaps never have PR hacks triumphed to the degree they have in managing the ‘spin’ on this vital highway of national significance. The recent announcement of a miscalculation of 50% in the volume of earth to moved should have raised far …

Where Asbestos Can Be Found

Asbestos – the commercial investor’s P – but worse?

That’s what some owners are being told. It’s not the case. Understanding and proper management of the ‘asbestos issue’ is the key. Residential investors who’ve had a property ‘contaminated’ by P (and that’s an inexact science if ever there was one) have been able to de-contaminate. End of story. The key difference for commercial investors (excluding properties constructed post-2000) is …

Choosing a lawyer for a commercial property transaction?

Many commercial property transactions falter as a result of the common fallacy that all lawyers are roughly equal. Far from it. As in any profession there are specialists and the not so competent in a specialist field. It’s a smart idea to seek some advice or comments from experienced investors before engaging a lawyer if you’re new to the business. …

Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars

With the current hysteria (that’s what it is) around earthquake strengthening and commercial property it’s easy to ignore what is potentially the greatest game changer we’ll see in our lifetime – driverless cars. Before discounting the likely reality of driverless cars within a decade or two, consider the pace of progress when there’s an imperative. The Wright Bros first flew …