Current issue - October 2014

API Poll

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COVER STORY

STATE VS STATE

Which state is hot right now, which is not, and which is next? Together with exclusive data from Onthehouse.com.au, API takes a look at the match winner for the past 12 months, which state will kick goals next year and the areas to avoid for the wooden spoon. Discover why New South Wales has done so well over the past 18 months and where you should be looking in 2014 and 2015. Plus – the King and API. As part of our state vs state story, we chat to one of the greatest NRL players of all time, Wally Lewis. He talks to API about footy and his property investment journey.

FEATURES

FORK IN THE ROAD

Mortgage free at 23

Jack Stevens wants his next property steps to set him up for the future. In our new Fork in the Road series, we help Jack make the right decisions at the right time.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Grand Designers

If you want to redefine landscapes and improve people’s lives through passion, persistence and patience, architecture might be your calling.

ADVANCED INVESTOR

Inside commercial leases

When it comes to commercial real estate, investors must understand the importance of leases.

Family money

Buying with your sibling is making a lot of sense to younger investors. But what’s the reality of pooling your financial family toys?

RENOVATION SECRETS

$79,500 profit in 10 days

Learn how a modest spend of $10,500 returned a total profit of $79,500 in just 10 days.

INVESTOR PROFILE

Head down, portfolio up

Vidu Udaya is young, ambitious and owns a multimillion-dollar portfolio, which he wants to double within two years.

REGULARS

NEWS & VIEWS

In the Hotseat with Chris Gray, suburbs with the highest annual growth rate over five years, we ask the experts which state they’d invest in and more.

TOP SELLER ASKING PRICES

Courtesy of SQM Research, we uncover the suburbs where sellers’ asking prices are rising the most.

DASH OF SALT

Bernard Salt discusses the role of starfish property investment in the future and how you can benefit from it.

INVESTORS MARKET VIEW

Dr Andrew Wilson discusses why reliable measures of house price movements are the key insights required by investors.

OPEN FOR INSPECTION

Striking property gold can be easier than you think – just ask the experts to find the best buys. API did just that to identify a ‘hot’ or ‘not’ investment.

REAL ESTATE ESCAPES

It’s dangerous territory for consumer advocates to suggest to successful auction bidders, who’ve changed their minds, that they should just walk away.

BRICKS AND MORTAR

Property expert Margaret Lomas discusses whether blue-chip tenants are best.

INVESTOR PSYCHOLOGY

Property expert Michael Yardney explains why café culture is king today.

DIGITAL DATA SUPPLEMENT

API’s digital data supplement features exclusive asking price data by postcode across the country, top and bottom suburbs performers and much more.

THE STATES

NEW SOUTH WALES

The Blue Mountains are becoming the next best thing, or perhaps more accurately, the west best thing.

VICTORIA

They’re among Australia’s strongest residential performers for the past quarter. API investigates what makes units in Balwyn and Box Hill so beautiful.

QUEENSLAND

Proposed tax incentives could lure city slickers to regional Queensland. Could the plan be a much-needed gold strike for the Sunshine State’s north?

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

A proposal that 100 per cent of unit holder votes no longer be needed to redevelop a unit block is on the table in WA.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Many financial experts describe it as an outdated tax. Support is growing to have stamp duty removed in SA.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

While government is addressing the land undersupply in one of its biggest regional towns, the returns for investors are still expected to be strong.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

It’s a market with controlled land releases and no freehold. So how’s new product faring in the ACT?

TASMANIA

As the Tasmanian market slowly recovers, West Hobart is becoming hot property. API learns more.

API Databank - your vital property statistics

In our Market Watch section, for thousands of individual Australian suburbs you'll find:
  • House and unit median prices and gross rental yield
  • Number sold
  • Capital growth over three months, 12 months, three years, five years and 10 years
  • Stock on market
  • Median advertised weekly rent
  • Gross rental yield
  • Average number of days on the market
In our API Databank you'll also find:
  • Vacancy rates for thousands of Australian postcodes (from SQM Research) About SQM's methodology
  • Auction clearance rates for many Australian cities
  • Average days on market and private treaty discount percentage for major Australian cities
  • A vast range of important market indicators from Herron Todd White such as stage of property cycle, rental vacancy trend and much more.