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September 19, 2014

Why property flips are likely to flop


Have you ever thought of tarting up an old property to on-sell and make a quick profit?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Of course this concept is often taught at property seminars and has recently been popularized by reality television shows like The Block.
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September 12, 2014

Spring state-by-state property markets roundup


We’re right into the spring real estate season and our national housing markets have continued to grow throughout the year as the impact of the lowest interest rates in 60 years, improved affordability and rising confidence encourage home buyers and investors at varying levels in most capital city markets.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

After a mid year lull home prices started rising again and are up 11.2 per cent over the past year. However individual performances remain patchy and mixed both between capital city markets and market segments reflecting the underlying impact of local supply and demand factors.
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September 1, 2014

The ultimate five-step plan to property investment


Smart investment advisers acknowledge that real estate is one of the best methods for building wealth fast. Perhaps nowhere in the world does property provide stronger return on investment than Australia.

By Jayde Ferguson

The Australian Bureau of Statistics offers a detailed historical report on investments in residential rental property.
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August 29, 2014

Seven questions you must ask if you’re considering fixing interest rates


Is it time to lock in some or all of your loans into fixed rates?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

This is a question many property investors and homeowners are asking with interest rates at the lowest they’ve been in decades and competition among the banks delivering us some very attractive fixed loan rates.
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August 27, 2014

Why first homebuyers aren’t stuffed


In a world of instant gratification, first homebuyers still have many options to purchase property.

BY LAUREN DAY

@laurenanneday

A recent article declaring first homebuyers are “stuffed” received a lot of publicity.

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August 22, 2014

10 first homebuyer lessons to teach your children


As parents, we all want to see our children succeed in life. Spreading their proverbial wings and flying the family nest to branch out on their own is a big move, particularly when they’re contemplating that first home purchase.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

While we might feel a paternal pull to help them up the property ladder, we also need to nurture their independence and teach them the value of a dollar at the same time.
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August 15, 2014

The number one driver of property price growth


If you cornered me and asked me ‘out of all the factors that influence property prices, what’s the number one driver of capital growth?’ I’d have to say affordability.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

But don’t get me wrong – it’s probably not what you think! Unlike many others I don’t look for affordable properties. I look for areas where disposable incomes are high and people can afford to and are prepared to pay a premium to live.
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August 12, 2014

Proof it’s getting easier to hold an investment property


There’s good and bad news when it comes to this year’s tax return.

BY LAUREN DAY

@laurenanneday

Have you sifted through dozens of pieces of paper yet, sorting out bills and receipts as you prepare for your tax return?
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August 5, 2014

API Podcast – Inner-Urban Convergence Suburbs


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Real Estate Talk’s Kevin Turner interviews demographer Bernard Salt about why Plan Melbourne is the best strategic planning document in Australia today and the rise of inner-urban convergence suburbs.

 

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July 30, 2014

Super help for first-timers could be on its way


Independent Senator Nick Xenophon is pushing for first homebuyers to get access to their super and use it as a deposit. How might this help them achieve their dreams faster?

BY LAUREN DAY

@laurenanneday

First homebuyers might soon be able to use their superannuation as part of a deposit on a property, as we reported this week.
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