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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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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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July 25, 2014

13 tips for buying at auction


I know that many property investors are a little intimidated by the thought of bidding for a property at auction. I can understand why – auctions are an emotional and exciting event.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Even after bidding at hundreds and hundreds of auctions and I must admit I still get that surge of adrenaline every time I bid. Then of course there’s the lead up to the auction with all the suspicion surrounding what the vendor really wants for his property. Is the agent under quoting and enticing me to come along on the day, how much competition will there be?
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July 18, 2014

Mid year state by state property markets round up


2014 has certainly been an interesting year for those interested in real estate.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

While many started the year with confidence, the last few months gave us a few reminders not to get too ‘cocky’.
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July 17, 2014

Stroke of a pen – how Queensland’s proposed infrastructure slowdown will affect property values


I watched the Queensland’s Government 2014 Budget with great interest last month, with an ear out for announcements likely to impact property values throughout the state.

BY NICK LOCKHART

The budget foreshadowed a slowdown on infrastructure and lack of big ticket spending, a one-two that’s really piqued my interest.
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