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September 19, 2014

Why property flips are likely to flop


Have you ever thought of tarting up an old property to on-sell and make a quick profit?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Of course this concept is often taught at property seminars and has recently been popularized by reality television shows like The Block.
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September 12, 2014

Spring state-by-state property markets roundup


We’re right into the spring real estate season and our national housing markets have continued to grow throughout the year as the impact of the lowest interest rates in 60 years, improved affordability and rising confidence encourage home buyers and investors at varying levels in most capital city markets.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

After a mid year lull home prices started rising again and are up 11.2 per cent over the past year. However individual performances remain patchy and mixed both between capital city markets and market segments reflecting the underlying impact of local supply and demand factors.
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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 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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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 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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July 4, 2014

11 Lessons from the BRW Rich 200 list


The rich are getting richer according to the recently released BRW Rich 200 list.

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

The total wealth held by this year’s Rich List members was up 9.5 per cent on last year, fuelled by a hot property sector, the continued emergence of technology entrepreneurs and a rebounding stock market.
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June 27, 2014

See how easily you could to get the banks to lend you more on your next investment property


How would you like the banks to lend you more… maybe enough to buy a better investment property? Or maybe two properties rather than one?

BY MICHAEL YARDNEY

Well, lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) may just be the answer – it can be a helpful tool for investors to build their property portfolios. So let’s do a little Q&A to see what all this is about.

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