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July 28, 2015

Living it up on cat food and crackers


The target nest egg for a secure and comfortable retirement is $1 million each for you and your spouse. For some, this is a target they’re well on the way to achieving. Many others, though, are so far off the mark they’re relegating themselves to a cat-food-and-crackers lifestyle in retirement.

BY PAUL WILSON

The good news is there is still time to take control of your financial future – it’s never too late to start investing in property.
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July 24, 2015

Australia’s a magnet for Chinese money


We know that China’s economic growth is what saved Australia from the recession many other countries experienced after the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-9. Its requirement for our mineral exports saved our bacon and led to a number of years of prosperity.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Today, even though the mining boom is over, Chinese money is still flowing into Australia in a number of other ways, including growing numbers of Chinese tourists, students, settlers and an increased bi-lateral trade relationship.

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July 22, 2015

How to refinance: a step by step guide


With interest rates hitting staggering lows, many investors will be thinking about refinancing, but with recent changes to investor loans, is it still worthwhile?

crawfordBY STEVE JOVCEVSKI

Let’s break down the steps of how to refinance a home loan and what things may differ for investors in particular.

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July 17, 2015

“House prices 30% undervalued”: RBA researcher


Australian house prices are 30 per cent undervalued, the widest such gap in three decades, according to Reserve Bank senior research manager Peter Tulip.  

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

That statement’s going to create some controversy.

Delivering the preliminary research results to a session on housing at the Australian Conference of Economists in Brisbane recently, and stressing that they should be attributed to him and not the bank, Tulip said that whereas a year ago home prices were “fairly valued”, today they’re about “30 per cent undervalued”.

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July 10, 2015

Housing markets to ease in 2017


Australia’s house prices are expected to begin declining in 2017 according to a new report from economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

According to the company’s Residential Property Prospects, 2015 to 2018 report, low interest rates will support further price growth in undersupplied residential property markets in 2015/16, but the spectre of tightening interest rates, rising supply and deterioration of affordability will create conditions for price declines in a number of cities from 2017.

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July 8, 2015

Tasmania’s property market scorecard


Recognised for its wilderness, tourism and mining, the local government authority (LGA) of West Coast has officially produced the best total property investment return of all Tasmanian LGAs over the last 15 years.

crawfordBY SIMON PRESSLEY

The population of West Coast has declined over the last 10 years and, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, is a mere 4,527 people. When combined with its high unemployment and rather remote location, it’s unlikely that even the most astute property investors would even bother typing “West Coast” into their search engine. However, the actual returns on investment have been absolutely spectacular.

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July 6, 2015

You’re losing out on unclaimed tax depreciation entitlements


It’s said that unclaimed tax depreciation entitlements amount to around $17.5 billion per year. That’s $17.5 billion just left lying around, unclaimed by property investors just like you.

BY PAUL WILSON

Many property investors simply don’t realise that they could be claiming thousands of dollars extra in entitlements. By not claiming, you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to reduce your taxable income.
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July 3, 2015

7 ways to bleed the banks dry


Recently there’s been a lot of talk about banks changing the goal posts, making it harder for property investors to get loans. In fact, there’s nothing new about this.

crawfordBY MICHAEL YARDNEY

I remember not that long ago, in the years following the GFC, banks responded by removing many lending products from the market and tightening the reigns on lending policies.

While this can be frustrating for investors who are battling stringent requirements to finance their next purchase, there are several ways the astute investor can break through the lending ceiling.

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July 2, 2015

A PEEK INSIDE THE AUGUST ISSUE


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This is your sneak peak inside the August Australian Property Investor magazine.
Hear Kevin talk to a solicitor about the legal implications of full disclosure to a buyer. Is the seller protected or exposed?
Also Cherie Barber discusses the things you need to know before starting a structural renovation.
The advice contained in this article is general advice only. The contents have been prepared without taking account of the reader’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that the reader should, before acting on the advice, consider the appropriateness of the advice having regard to the reader’s objectives, financial situation and needs. We recommend readers speak with a professional qualified financial adviser before making any investment decisions.

July 1, 2015

Western Australia’s property market scorecard


Western Australia contains Australia’s two of the best performing property markets and four in the Top 10.

crawfordBY SIMON PRESSLEY

Since the year 2000, the property markets of the local government authority of East Pilbara (Newman) and Port Hedland have performed better than any other market in Australia, while Capel and Kwinana ranked ninth and 10th.

Propertyology conducted a study to compare the historical property market performance of each of Australia’s 550 local government authorities (LGA) between 2000 and 2014. Read more →

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