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June 30, 2015

Why you need to stop calling it a bubble


Again and again we’re told that Sydney property is in a bubble. And again and again I have to rebut this with the facts. Prices have risen strongly in Sydney over the last few years – there’s no doubt about that. But when you look at the big picture, it’s a stretch to call this “the B word”.

BY RICH HARVEY

The talk of a bubble, notably from people like Treasury Secretary John Fraser, is likely to scare a lot of people away from the housing market – especially at an investment level.
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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.

BY RICH HARVEY

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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February 25, 2015

Should you buy for capital or cash flow?


Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures pointed to a great start to the year in terms of housing finance, with construction loans on the rise.

BY RICH HARVEY

In the December quarter of 2014, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) commented on the ABS numbers, noting that lending to investors for construction of new homes rose by an incredible 44.2 per cent.
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January 6, 2015

3 things that work in the buyer’s favour this summer


We’ve moved into a new year, and while many people will still be relaxing, some will be looking for a great property deal – could that be you?

BY RICH HARVEY

As we wound down for Christmas and the New Year, many people took their fingers off the pulse of the housing market and spent time with their family. However, if you’re interested in treating yourself to a great investment property this summer season, now is the time to pay close attention to the market. To get excellent insight into real estate in your area, keep seeking advice from a buyers’ agent as well.
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September 4, 2012

Are we about to see a spring in the market’s step?


While it’s been a long and cold winter, there’s a feeling of optimism in the air as spring arrives. Spring is traditionally the major sales period of the year, when the volume of new listings rises sharply. What will happen this year?

BY RICH HARVEY

The market is patchy at the moment to say the least. Some buyers are taking their time, researching and watching the market cautiously… or just sitting on their hands. Some vendors are holding off listing their properties until activity increases. Overall there’s a subdued sentiment coupled with a lack of urgency.

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August 13, 2012

How to become a super investor


Many investors get stuck on one or two properties and fail to progress up the property ladder. They probably know in their hearts that they’ll need to build up a bigger portfolio to have a hope of achieving financial freedom.

BY RICH HARVEY

You might’ve read several property books or magazines and been to a couple of seminars to get the basics, but things still aren’t quite progressing You might feel like there are missing pieces to your property jigsaw puzzle.

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April 19, 2012

Buy, hold and hope – 7 myths that destroy your wealth


You make your money when you buy, but you make more money when you proactively review and manage what you’ve bought. Some investors adopt a “set and forget” mentality with property. This is a dangerous strategy, as there are many things that can change over time and affect the performance of your investment.

BY RICH HARVEY

To minimise risk and accelerate the growth of your property portfolio, it’s critical that you take an active interest and involvement in each property you hold. Let’s examine seven myths that some investors and homebuyers believe, and what you can do to improve your portfolio.

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January 31, 2012

Property predictions for 2012


2012 is set to be a year of recovery and consolidation for most of Australia’s property markets.

BY RICH HARVEY

Some areas will enjoy solid growth driven by latent demand or resources while other areas will languish.

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November 15, 2011

Transport infrastructure and property prices: the road to riches


As a property investor you should be continually scouring the market looking for new opportunities and trends that will affect the demand for property.

BY RICH HARVEY

New and improved transport infrastructure can have a dramatic effect on property prices. On one hand you want be close to transport… but not so close that road noise decimates the peaceful tranquility of outdoor living!

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March 8, 2011

Overcoming your greatest property investment fears


Fear can motivate or paralyse us. We all face different fears each day but it’s how we deal with those fears that will determine our quality of life and our future.

By RICH HARVEY

Another word for ‘fears’ is ‘risks’. We can’t totally eliminate the risks associated with property investment, but we can manage these risks to ensure we sleep better at night. We don’t have a crystal ball to see what the property market will be like in 10 years but with careful research and analysis you can make an informed decision today that’s likely to deliver a positive return in the future. Mark Twain said: “Courage is resistance to fear; mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”

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