We advise on all forms of property: residential homes, investment properties and commercial properties.
The family home occupies a special spot in the Australian psyche. At about 70%, our home ownership rates are amongst the highest in the world. The family home also occupies a special spot in the Australian investment history. It is historically Australia’s highest earning asset class, with an average annual return of over 8% compounding in the 10 years to 31 December 2015, and 10.5% per annum in the 20 years to the same date (source: ASX Annual Investment Report June 2016).
What’s more, homes account for around 43% of all household wealth in Australia.
The point is this: property must be a significant part of any financial plan. Which home to buy, how much to spend, how much to borrow and how to structure and manage the debt are all key questions that you need to get right. This is because getting these things right makes an enormous difference to all other aspects of your financial planning.
Commercial property is a form of property that suits some people. It tends to have a higher level of income return with a commensurate reduction in the rate of capital growth, and therefore can suit investors looking to draw income from their investment.
acumen advisers can advise and add value to every step of the process when it comes to purchasing property, either for private use or as an investment.
What our clients say
I found Greg to be a genuine, honest and helpful professional in resolving my future financial needs.
– Marcia, Blackheath.
Greg is extremely knowledgeable about financial planning and is exceptionally skilled at explaining financial concepts to the layperson. I have recommended Acumen Advisers to friends and colleagues.
– Name withheld, Health Professional, Mosman.
We have been clients of Greg’s for almost 20 years after one of us attended a seminar he gave on Taxation and Superannuation.
Greg has consistently prepared very detailed and appropriate financial plans for us. He has assisted us with legal work required due to our relationship and negotiated both sudden changes due to physical failings, and the vagaries of Centrelink (for this we are greatly appreciative). Greg has also given public lectures for our small community group, Friends of Auburn Library Services (FOALS).
However, the best advice Greg gave us was to travel (which we wanted to do) early, rather than wait until later, when we may not be able to physically. This has changed our lives, we have completed 7 cruises and 2 non-cruise holidays based on this advice, and his careful management of our financial situation.
We have no hesitation in recommending Greg as a Financial Adviser and as a friend.
– Hazel Labka, Retired Nurse Manager & Dr. Deborah Neyle, Retired University Lecturer, Auburn.
I have been a client of Acumen Advisers since 1997. Greg has the ability to explain financial concepts with exceptional clarity. I value the understanding he brings to my finances and his desire to ensure that the advice he provides is entirely appropriate to my circumstances.
– N. P-L, Retired Medical Professional, Woolwich.
Before I met with Greg I thought I was “too small” a client and wasn’t really sure whether a Financial Adviser could help me. However, I found him to be very honest and open and good to work with. His advice has suited my circumstances and I recommend him to my family and friends.
– A. Amor, Single Parent, Melbourne.
It was a pleasure to work with Greg Lucas of Acumen Advisers, firstly in a professional capacity through his workshop for members of our community on financial aspects in the transition to retirement, and secondly on my personal financial planning needs and aspirations.
Having heard somewhat negative comments about financial planners in the past, I had never approached anyone before, and I was somewhat nervous. But Greg’s professional approach left me with no concerns. He is not only well qualified and experienced, I also found his approach to be well considered and thoroughly professional. He answered all my questions with no hesitation, and went out of his way to find the best approach to financial and estate planning that fitted for me at this stage in my life. I certainly had no knowledge of some of the options he presented that were available to me.
It is a pleasure to work with Greg, and I am glad that I have his support and expertise to help guide my own transition to life after work (dare I say it – life in my older age).
– Peta Williams, Community Sector Manager, Musician & Composer, Springwood.
For anyone looking to retire or just worried about their future finances, I can highly recommend a chat Greg at Acumen Advisers. With friendly and clear advice they were efficient and so helpful, taking away any stress. Their follow-up gave me also, a great sense of a job well done.
– Jules Francois, Artist, Summer Hill.
I have been working with Greg Lucas for over 10 years. I highly value his advice and make sure to consult him before any major financial decisions. I am always impressed with his insight and perspective. His strategies are sound and give me confidence I am making good decisions. He also often thinks outside the square and suggests alternatives I would not have considered. I have no hesitation in saying that my financial position is significantly better as a result of Greg’s advice.
– K.Sykes, Marketing Consultant, Lane Cove