API Blog :: Have your say!

January 30, 2014

It’s time to say goodbye


This is my last week at Australian Property Investor and, as the final countdown begins, I’ve started to feel a bit nostalgic. Much has happened since I took up the role of deputy editor in early 2012 – both professionally and generally.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

First things first, I’ve loved this job. There are a few things that I’m especially passionate about in life, and writing and property are two big ones. In that regard, this has rarely felt like work, but more like an enjoyable hobby that I happen to get paid for.
Read more →

January 8, 2014

Small development is the new renovation project


Once upon a time, getting your hands dirty with a cosmetic renovation was considered a fairly ambitious method of property investment for most, before becoming fairly mainstream. These days, taking on a unit or townhouse development is increasingly common – and profitable.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

I was in Melbourne for a holiday over the festive season and spent a full day exploring the city’s far-flung reaches. I’d never ventured much further than the CBD, so it was a great opportunity to appreciate the full extent of Victoria’s capital.
Read more →

December 18, 2013

An insight into Australian cities


As property investors, it pays to know how cities and the many pockets that comprise them are changing and growing over time. Given the success of housing markets is driven by demand, it pays to know your customer base.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

Each year, the Federal Government takes the temperature of our major cities and prepares a report card examining population, productivity, governance, waste, energy consumption and liveability.
Read more →

December 4, 2013

Seek clarity in the current echo chamber


It’s a fairly exciting time in property. After years of inactivity, many markets are beginning to roar back to life. Developers are busy again, investors have come out of hiding and there’s an air of optimism. And nearly everyone has something to say about it.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

Depending on who you listen to, Australian property is either extremely overvalued or just about right. Current price growth momentum in Sydney and Melbourne could be either unsustainable or simply making up for lost ground.
Read more →

November 27, 2013

The story of my first time


The debate over the ability of first-time buyers to get on the property ladder has been reignited recently, thanks in part undoubtedly to the strongly performing Melbourne and Sydney markets. It reminds me of my first foray in real estate.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

It was nearly a decade ago but I remember clearly that it was a Tuesday night and I was sprawled on the couch watching television, deeply engrossed in the nightly trials and tribulations from inside the Big Brother house.
Read more →

November 20, 2013

A picture’s worth a thousand words


There was something odd about the outside of the house – it didn’t look quite right in the pictures but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Then, clicking through the other snaps, I realised why. It had been gutted by fire and was advertised as a deceased estate… so the 15-photo gallery probably wasn’t necessary. 

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

The walls were charred black. There was significant water damage from where firefighters had doused the wooden cottage to put out the blaze. Spray paint markers from the fire investigator’s inspection remained. The ceiling in the bedroom, clearly where the fire had originated, was completed caved in.
Read more →

November 13, 2013

On house prices, let’s get real


Grossly exaggerated blanket statements about a looming housing affordability ‘crisis’ driven by rapidly rising markets do nothing to help young would-be homebuyers. In fact, they only make the situation much worse.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

When it comes to commenting on the property sector, it seems everyone is an expert. And there’s nothing I find more irritating than opinion pieces about market movements written by people whose professional expertise is in a field far removed.
Read more →

November 6, 2013

Dogs by default in NSW units?


Major reforms to strata laws in New South Wales spell big changes for the ways unit owners and investors operate. Some hail them as a revolution, and there are positive components. Allowing pets by default should be of concern though.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

His name was Henry and he was a horrible little boy. My friend had owned her inner-city unit for two years when her new neighbours moved in.
Read more →

October 30, 2013

Property investors are only human


Interesting new research about the emotional drivers behind property purchases cements the undeniable reality that investors are just like everyone else – sometimes susceptible to thoughts that go against their better judgment.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

“I reckon another $10,000 will get this bad boy across the line,” the agent smiled, smoothing down his slick suit and nudging his Montblanc pen closer towards me. “Just write the new offer amount there and initial it, and I reckon it’ll be yours by the end of the night.”
Read more →

October 23, 2013

Leave property investors alone


The esteemed Grattan Institute yesterday released its much-awaited reporting on housing policy and the need for major reform. The central recommendations focused on a re-think of investor-focused incentives like negative gearing.

BY SHANNON MOLLOY

Whenever property markets begin to recover after an extended lull or downturn, a number of pundits reemerge to express their concern about a so-called and looming affordability crisis.
Read more →

Older Posts »

Subscribe to API eNewsletter