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October 12, 2015

Strata investors – beware! Proposed new strata law reform affects you

For property investors owning or looking to purchase strata property, it’s paramount to be abreast of the latest laws affecting strata titled property. The New South Wales Government has released its draft bill proposing new strata laws. These propose numerous changes, some of which are so important as to change the strata landscape and hence affect investment decisions. As an investor, the key is to make “informed decisions”.


In order to provide you with a clear understanding of the issues under review and subject to possible change, and to clarify the impact these proposed changes could have on you as an existing or new strata title property owner, we’ll talk about each and every one of the areas under review over the coming weeks.

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October 9, 2015

How smart investors use the ripple effect

When the property market is running hot, as it has been in Sydney and Melbourne particularly, a common trend that occurs is the “ripple effect”, where buyer demand and capital growth “ripples” outwards from one suburb to the next.


Basically, as prices increase beyond the reach of buyers in the suburb of their choice, they tend to look for “the next best thing” that falls within their budget; in adjoining, lower priced suburbs.

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October 7, 2015

Securing a property before auction

The property industry in Australia has been running hot for the last 12 months and many are wondering if the drop in recent auction clearance rates signifies a new direction for the market.

alex scrivenBY SIMON COHEN

Instead of achieving rates of up to 90 per cent, recent clearance rates fell to levels of 73.3 per cent in Victoria and 74.2 per cent in New South Wales.

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October 6, 2015

Why every successful person has a mentor behind them

When you think of a mentor, who do you think of? Most people think of someone in their industry who’s helped them along their career path.  But in reality, a mentor is anyone close to you from whom you seek advice. In the journey of life we’re often faced with big decisions or the need to take action about an issue or opportunity.


A mentor can help you to make the right decision and can be a sounding board to bounce ideas off.
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October 2, 2015

Why slowing population growth is on our minds

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) warned our population growth is slowing. Will this slowdown pose a risk to our economy and pull the rug out from under our property markets?


There’s already a lot of talk about our property market peaking, our economy falling into recession and a property bubble bursting, so let’s take a Q&A approach:

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September 30, 2015

SMSFs and other investors pile investments into property

Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) allocated record amounts into Australian property investments in the June quarter of 2015, fuelled by historically low interest rates, while they quickly retreated from share market investments, reflecting a flight to the perceived safety of bricks and mortar.

alex scrivenBY ALEX SCRIVEN

While total assets of SMSFs dipped slightly during the June quarter of 2015 to $589.9 billion, down from $600.3 billion in the March quarter, their Australian property investments, including residential and non-residential property holdings, rose to a record $87.9 billion, up from $86.9 billion, according to new data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

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September 28, 2015

Demand for employment equates to demand for shelter

Employment trends can be a precursor to property market trends. Having spent much of the last week analysing the latest employment data for locations right across Australia, we’ve found some interesting discoveries that might shape property market performance over the next year or two.


At a base level, becoming an astute property investor is about recognising that property is shelter. Wherever there’s demand for a job there’s demand for shelter.

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September 25, 2015

13 common mistakes homebuyers make – and how to avoid them

Buying your next home, especially if it’s your first home, can be a daunting task. It’s exciting but full of complexities.


While it’s likely to be the largest financial transaction you’ll ever make, I’ve found that many homebuyers are poorly prepared to ensure they make a good purchase decision. And it’s not their fault. The system is stacked against them, with much of the power being on the side of the seller.

To help you, here are 13 common mistakes made by homebuyers – ones that you should avoid. Read more →

September 23, 2015

Bendigo and Central Victoria property market scorecard

If you’d invested in Bendigo 15 years ago, you’d have made more money than investing in Melbourne at the same time.


Here at Propertyology we conducted a study to compare the historical property market performance of each of Australia’s 550 local government authorities (LGAs) between 2000 and 2014. Given that some property markets have higher rates of growth and others have higher rental yields, we calculated the “total return” (average annual growth rate plus rental yield) and then ranked the LGAs from 1 to 550 based on this performance.

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September 22, 2015

All eyes on the Aussie dollar as Australia stalks recession

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Lee Smales, Curtin University

By not moving interest rates last week, the US Fed has simply added to uncertainty within financial markets. Speaking in front of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens suggested it is only a matter of time before the Fed raises rates. Futures markets are pricing in a 55% chance of a move at the December meeting. In the meantime, uncertainty is already driving more volatility in financial markets, including Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 which slid more than 2% on Monday.
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