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April 24, 2015

Why so negative about negative gearing?

One topic guaranteed to cause a strong reaction in the media is negative gearing. Many people with only a hazy idea of what it actually is blame it for virtually everything from locking first homebuyers out of the market, to causing high property prices, ugly greedy investors rorting the tax system and driving the national budget into deficit.


Indeed, the reaction to negative gearing has been so, well, negative, that there’ve been calls for it to be scrapped and there were some concerns this may happen in the upcoming budget. Read more →

April 22, 2015

Why you shouldn’t overlook commercial

While residential real estate prices have been going through the roof in Sydney, there hasn’t been as much of a spotlight on its commercial counterpart of late. With CoreLogic RP Data monthly indices showing a 13.92 per cent increase in price across all residential dwellings, that’s fairly understandable. But I think the commercial sector has a lot to offer property investors, and it’s well worth a look in the coming years.


Of course, every rose has its thorn – there are a few factors that commercial investors need to look out for. But based on the current landscape, I think you could do very well by looking into the commercial market.
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April 20, 2015

The just-starting-out crib

In my second blog looking at unlocking capital gains in Sydney’s manic property market, I examine where to buy the best sub-mil properties in inner-Sydney. 


This part of the Sydney market shows outlandish participation at home auctions and inspections. It’s caught in a heatwave and it’s not cooling down anytime soon.
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April 15, 2015

Property negotiating pressure points

Strong competition for properties and rising prices has created a sellers’ market in many parts of Australia. So, how do property buyers tips the scales in their favour?


The simple answer is by understanding how to negotiate. Yes, even in today’s hot markets savvy property investors who know how to apply three critical negotiating pressure points can get the upper hand.
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April 14, 2015

Keep calm and buy property

Unlocking capital gains in Sydney’s manic property market.


It’s a paradox that some of the biggest decisions of our lives, are made in the heat of the moment. And that’s exactly what many of us are experiencing right now when we make the decision to invest hard-earned money in Sydney’s frothy market.
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April 10, 2015

Putting some perspective on the property bubble

If I’ve read one story about a property bubble lately, I’ve read a hundred. Barely a day goes by without another warning from some property pessimist, columnist or overseas economist about a looming price collapse.


So let’s get things straight up front – there is no property bubble in Australia – at least not yet!
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April 9, 2015

Retirement: financially ready or not, it’s coming

The government’s latest Intergenerational Report issued by Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed what we were already thinking: we have an ageing population and we need to change our ways in order to support future Australia.


The report, issued every five years, is designed to provide a guide as to what Australia might look like 40 years from now.
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April 8, 2015

Ignored opportunities

Got a second? I’d like to let you know of an exciting property market location that’s the second biggest regional city in its state, is the principle service centre for a region in close proximity to large and very valuable reserves of natural resources, has critical deep sea port infrastructure in place and one of the highest rental yields in the country, boasts historical return on investment close to double that of the capital city average and has a property entry price of $300,000.


Want to invest there?
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April 7, 2015

April’s housing market outlook

Based on early data flows for 2015, the housing market has started the year on a strong footing, with dwelling values up 3.0 per cent over the first quarter of the year across the combined capital cities after a 1.4 per cent increase in values in March.


Although the rate of growth is quite strong, it’s lower than the 3.5 per cent increase over the first quarter of last year. As has been the case historically, there is a significant amount of variance in performance across the nation’s capital city housing markets, with Sydney (5.8 per cent) the key driver of value growth so far this year. In fact, only Melbourne (3.5 per cent), Hobart (0.9 per cent), Darwin (0.4 per cent) and Canberra (4.1 per cent) have recorded value growth so far this year. Values have fallen by 0.5 per cent in Brisbane, 0.9 per cent in Adelaide and 2.7 per cent in Perth so far this year.
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April 2, 2015

9 steps to financial freedom every parent should teach their child

There are so many events, decisions and occurrences that I look back on over the years and think, ‘Wow, if only I knew then what I know now, how different things would have been’.


While it’s too late for me, one of the most important things we can do as parents is equip our children to manage their lives more effectively, by sharing with them the lessons we’ve learnt along the way.
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