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January 31, 2012

Property predictions for 2012

2012 is set to be a year of recovery and consolidation for most of Australia’s property markets.


Some areas will enjoy solid growth driven by latent demand or resources while other areas will languish.

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January 27, 2012

How investor mindset moves the markets

If our economists are armed with all the research available in today’s information age, why can’t they agree on where are our property markets are heading? In fact a better question would be – why do so many get it wrong?


The simple answer is that market movements are far from an exact science.

The fundamentals are easy to monitor. Things like population growth, supply and demand, employment levels, interest rates, affordability and inflationary pressures. However one overriding factor that the experts have difficulty quantifying is investor sentiment.

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January 24, 2012

Tenants and landlords

API recently received the following letter from a reader named Chris, who is also a homeowner and former tenant. We think he’s got some good insight into the relationship between tenants and landlords… tell us what you think.

Dear API,

Thanks for raising the issue of ‘dodgy landlords’ and ‘dodgy property managers’. You always seem to hear the stories about ‘tenants from hell’, but you very rarely hear about the other side of the coin.

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January 20, 2012

6 ways successful investors think differently

Why are some property investors able to grow significant wealth while others who have the same information, the same opportunities and the same resources are just not able to make a success of their investments?


Here’s why… while certain knowledge, techniques and strategies are critical in becoming a successful property investor, it’s just as – if not more – important to have the right mindset.

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January 18, 2012

Accuracy of real estate listings

I’ve recently been toying with the idea of buying a property in another state. Diversification of my portfolio is one reason that I want to look further afield than my home state, and another is that I think there’s good growth to be seen elsewhere.


My dilemma, however, is how to go about it. I really don’t feel comfortable buying a property that I haven’t seen, but let’s be honest, I can’t fly to another destination every time I find a property that looks worthwhile to check it out.

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January 16, 2012

The ANZ asserts its independence… but is it just a marketing ploy?

For the second consecutive year the big four banks, with the exception of ANZ, have come dangerously close to being seen as the Christmas Grinch. Sitting on their hands as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) dropped the cash rate by a further 25 basis points at their December meeting, all but the ANZ teetered dangerously on the brink of a swell in negative consumer sentiment.


Suggesting that the rising cost of funding prohibited them from passing on the two central bank rate cuts in full, the Commonwealth, NAB and Westpac tried to dig their heels in, but were forced to reconsider their position when the ANZ set a precedent, painting themselves as the finance sector’s very own St Nick.
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January 13, 2012

8 sure fire ways to lose money in property in 2012

I’ve heard it said that investing in property i s

simple, but it’s not easy.


Now this is not a play on words.

Let’s face it… each year hundreds of thousands of Australians turn to property investment as a way of developing financial freedom, getting more choices in their life or building a retirement nest egg. But very few achieve their goals.

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January 11, 2012

Addicted to land tax?

When you’re habitually drip-fed something intoxicating if can be hard to just turn off the tap. So what will it take for the New South Wales government to give up its addiction to land tax?



It’s New Year’s Eve and laughter from the terrace drifts inside with the sea breeze, glasses full of crisp wine clink in celebratory spirit, and singing attempts of Auld Lang Syne warm up. The clock ticks over to midnight and while the fireworks explode in the distance and embraces are shared all round, your investment properties across the state are at that very moment being lumped with a hefty land tax on the year now just a memory. The New South Wales Office of State Revenue sure knows how to dampen the party mood.

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Do we need to change our system?

I’ve been researching the US property market recently and I’ve been getting a bit envious. But it’s not because their properties are cheaper and returns are potentially better.


The one thing I’m really envious about when it comes to their property market is the fact that they have two realtors in any transaction. Rather than just having a selling agent that works on behalf of the vendor, there’s also an agent that works on behalf of the buyer.

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January 9, 2012

2012 – annus betterus

As promised, I’m following on from my last blog, called ‘2011 – annus horribilis’. (The term ‘annus horribilis’ is the Latin phrase for ‘horrible year’.)


I don’t think too many property owners will be sad to see the end of 2011, which saw property prices drop in every capital city. Now for 2012 – annus betterus (it’s not a Latin phrase).

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