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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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July 16, 2014

A bad agent can cost you thousands


It’s great to deal with a bad real estate agent when trying to buy a property. Just make sure you don’t have a bad one when it’s time to sell.

BY LAUREN DAY

@laurenanneday

This week, I’ve realised that a bad real estate agent can also cost you thousands. Here’s why.
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July 14, 2014

Make sure you understand the property supply chain


Understanding the chain, which leads to future property supply, is an important consideration before deciding to invest in to a market. Forecasting future property supply is arguably the single most difficult task for property analysts.

Analytically-minded property investors enjoy statistics. While statistics do play an important role for property analysts, some statistics have greater relevance than others. And then there’s the skill in being able to interpret statistics. Building approval statistics play an important role in understanding property markets.
Building approvals are a lead indicator for future property supply. ‘Approved’ doesn’t mean ‘built’. The property supply chain is such that lot owners must (first) apply to the local government authority and have the application approved, (then) secure the necessary funding, and (finally) begin construction. The time lag from building approval through to completion of construction often ranges from six months to two years.
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July 11, 2014

Nine reasons I’m not worried about the economy


Boy has the Australian economy received some bad press lately. You know what I mean. Horror budget. Consumer confidence dropping. Unemployment high. Properties unaffordable. The property market is stalling.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Is it really so bad out there?

There’s no doubt that there are some issues with our economy and that our property markets have taken a well deserved breather, but there’s still lots of good news if you care to look for it:
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