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May 29, 2015

5 things your tenants really hate

Fostering a good relationship between all parties to a tenancy will enable everyone to get so much more out of the experience.


It’s basic logic. Treat your tenants with respect; be considerate of the fact that your property investment is their home and they will (hopefully) show you the same courtesy.

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May 27, 2015

Why banks reject finance

The rate cuts Australia’s currently experiencing are having a huge effect on what people are able to borrow. It’s especially good for first homebuyers and investors who may be able to buy properties now that they couldn’t afford six months ago with higher interest rates.


However, just because you can borrow more doesn’t necessarily mean the bank will approve your loan application.

There are many reasons your loan may be refused. A lender may turn down a loan application even if the financial side of the loan stacks up.
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May 25, 2015

Emerging warehouse areas

In this second blog on the warehouse boom – hot new suburbs for converting warehouses.


Now that some key sites in Surry Hills and Redfern have been snapped up for development, the cool suburbs for warehouses are changing and evolving almost hourly.

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May 22, 2015

A game changer for property investors – banks crack down on lending

Well, it’s happening… macro-prudential controls are being brought in to limit investor lending!


In the last few days there have been some significant policy changes announced by certain banks that will be a game changer for some property investors.

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May 21, 2015

Australia’s population over achievers

Here’s a fact that’ll play with the minds of many property investors: the northern inland New South Wales rural township of Narrabri experienced zero population growth over the last 10 years yet its property market performed significantly better than the Melbourne local government authority (LGA) of Wyndham, which had the fifth highest population growth in Australia.


There are a plethora of ill-informed claims that so-called property gurus make to justify their reasoning for investing in a particular location; investing where population growth is highest is one such claim. And I’m here to tell you that this claim is flawed!
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May 18, 2015

The warehouse wars…

Sydney’s street battle for the perfect blank canvas.


Adaptive re-use is the catch cry of the 21st century. Exposed brick is the sun-dried tomato of the nineties.

Ever since Ghost, when Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze hooked up in their industrial-style apartment in New York, people can’t get enough loft-style romance. The warehouse is suddenly everywhere.
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May 15, 2015

The 2015 Budget: What it means for property

Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down his second Federal Budget this week and while there are many initiatives for small businesses and families, the budget virtually ignored our housing markets.


This is interesting considering housing affordability (or the lack of it), as well as the so-called property boom and what’s likely to happen to property prices, are issues facing everyday Australians as house prices skyrocket in a number of our capital cities.

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May 14, 2015

Where’ve all the first-homebuyers gone? Nowhere

An article published in the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year clearly outlines the Australia Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) admittance that first-homebuyer statistics have been flawed since October 2012. 


Yet we’re still seeing headlines such as “Young priced out of market” and “First-homebuyers on the decline”.
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May 12, 2015

The six-star entertainer

In my fourth and final blog looking at unlocking capital gains in Sydney’s manic property market, I look at those once-in-a-lifetime properties that scream “success”. 


$2.5 million-$3.5 million

Dinks, high flyers and yuppies just love them. Power couples and gorgeous gay men with Weimaraners buy them. Yes folks, prestige properties in Sydney have broad appeal.

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May 11, 2015

Property investment pitfalls and how to reduce risk exposure

As with any type of long-term wealth creation vehicle, real estate comes with its own set of cautionary tales about the potential hazards and pitfalls. Many things can go wrong and the risk is amplified if you leap in without first seeking professional advice and devising a sound strategy and investment plan.


Does that mean you should avoid property investment entirely? Of course not.

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