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March 27, 2015

Inner-city apartment oversupply: is it time to get nervous?

Boy are the inner-city apartment markets of Sydney and Melbourne behaving differently. And these differences are important for property investors to understand.


Looking back a few years, following their post Global Financial Crisis downturn, the inner-city apartment markets of both Sydney and Melbourne boomed, in part due to investor demand and in part helped by low stock levels.
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March 26, 2015

How to be a confident investor

It’s easy to be confident when stocks or property prices are going up. In fact, late last year Australian investors remained the most confident in the Asia Pacific region, according to Colliers international Global Survey 2014.


But when you read more negative news like unemployment rates rising or property prices falling, it’s easy to lose confidence and successful investing seems unachievable. It almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Here are my tips on remaining confident, no matter what the headlines say…
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March 24, 2015

Property market check: Armidale, NSW

Essential infrastructure, a diverse economy, youthful demographic, beautiful environment… 



…capital growth over the last 10 years comparable to the Australian average, rental yields miles ahead of capital cities, and an entry price for three-bedroom houses circa $300,000. Frankly, property investing rarely gets better than this!
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March 19, 2015

Resource towns and how they work

Resource towns are known for their fast moving property markets and have been known to be on the watch lists of many investors for higher yields than capital cities. This property cycle behaviour is not just limited to the Pilbara region but for mining and resource spots all over Australia. So, are mining towns back on the radar for investing in?


Before rushing in to buy in these regions there are some things investors must know about buying in a resource town:
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March 12, 2015

Financial assistance so important

One of the biggest frustrations I have with the financial industry is the inability and general exclusion of property discussions by financial advisers and mortgage brokers alike.


I know this general lack of care and foresight in itself is affecting clients in life-changing and sometimes irreparable ways. Whether they’ve not benefitted from the huge growth in the property market in the last five years as the adviser thought it was “too expensive”; have unfortunately bought wrong assets with huge risks because they didn’t know who to ask; or they’ve gone ahead and not purchased anything at all because the adviser never discussed it with them.
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March 11, 2015

Use this tool to supercharge your portfolio

When you run a business, you put management practices in place to ensure smooth operation, so why should it be any different when it comes to property investing?


If you have an established property portfolio, it is without a doubt a business and you, my friend, are the CEO.
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March 10, 2015

Values in Western Downs likely to drop

Easing of property values in the Surat Basin locations of Dalby, Chinchilla and Roma is likely to occur following recent news of approximately 1000 job losses as Queensland’s gas boom gets wound back.


News that representatives from Origin’s human resources department flew in to town this week to notify workers follows similar job shedding by Santos a couple of weeks ago.
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March 9, 2015

How important is timing the property markets?

Is it too late to get into this property cycle? Our property markets have performed strongly for a few years, but have now slowed down leaving many investors wondering if it’s too late this time round. They wonder if they’ve missed the boat this property cycle. I understand why they they’re thinking this way.


It’s partly because it’s often said that timing is everything when investing, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – that’s not really the case. Timing is one of the most misunderstood concepts with regard to investing. The truth is successful investors know how to create wealth at any point in a cycle.
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March 5, 2015

Buying off the plan | The experts tell us about their strategies

A telling sign that markets are improving around Australia is when you start to see cranes on the horizon.
Most times it is for a new unit development and in most cases a significant number of the units will have already been sold as the banks want developers to have a fair percentage of pre-sales. So buying off the plan – before anything is even out of the ground – has become increasingly popular.


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.

March 3, 2015

Time waits for no man

It’s March already – can you believe it? For those who’ve been meaning to start off (or further extend) their property portfolio, and who decided 2015 was the year they’d get on with it, I hate to tell you, but time is running away from you!

Ang_bandw_web_150pxBY ANGELA YOUNG

Okay, so there’s no need to panic, but there are doubtless hundreds of wannabe investors out there procrastinating, worrying and listening to that over-cautious little demon on their left shoulder, rather than getting on and finding the next place that’s going to edge them closer to early retirement – or whatever the dream may be.
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