Mayfair 101 launches latest bond focused on Qld resort

23 April 2020

Troubled property investment firm Mayfair 101 has launched its next strategy, a fixed income property bond investing in a Queensland tourist resort, highlighting domestic travel will be popular given the COVID-19 restrictions.

Mayfair Australian Property Bond would be targeted at wholesale investors who were seeking an investment supported by first registered mortgages. It would offer ‘competitive fixed rates’ in exchange for first mortgage security over properties Mayfair 101 owns in Mission Beach, Queensland.

For a minimum investment of $250,000, investors would have the opportunity to earn a fixed monthly income of 4.25% to 9.2%.

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The firm was subject to a restraining order from the Federal Court this week, restricting it from promoting debenture products or using specific words or phrases in advertising. This followed an application by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for false and deceptive conduct.

Mayfair said this was the “first opportunity” for Australian investors to take part in the firm’s plan to turn Mission Beach into an Australian “tourism mecca” and that it planned to invest $1.6 billion in the area.

Investors would be able to choose between residential, commercial, land or rural properties for one to 10 year terms, and could view these in person or via Google Earth.

“The bond is the first opportunity Australian investors will have to be part of the group’s plan to turn Mission Beach and Dunk Island into an Australian tourism mecca,” it said.

“With COVID-19 likely to limit overseas travel for some time, there is no better time to support the local economy while earning a competitive return on your idle money.”

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Unadvised consumers scared by recent market volatility will no doubt pile into this, lured by glossy ads promoting high stable returns underwritten by the "safety of property".

What a pity Hayne and the government have made it so difficult for consumers to access affordable professional advice. For this reason, consumers who lose money on Mayfair and all the other direct investment shonks out there would have good grounds for government recompense. It has been more than just a failure in duty of care by the government, it has been a direct push into harms way. Same applies for dodgy direct insurance.

For anyone considering investing with Mayfair, RUN A MILE! These guys likened investing with them, to investing in a term deposit.... This tells you how 'trustworthy' and professional these guys are. The Truth: a term deposit is backed by a Government Guarantee. Which means even in the unlikely event the bank fails, the Government will give you your money back. Compare this with Mayfair, they are NOT a bank! Their products are illiquid, speculative investments. In fact at least one of their funds is currently FROZEN, which means you cannot withdraw your money.

"if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is"

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