Current issue - September 2014
WHAT SELLERS WANT
Exclusive asking price data so you can stay one step ahead of the pack. API readers now have access to new exclusive monthly data, courtesy of SQM Research, that reveals sellers’ asking prices by postcode across the country. Find out how this helps you and your investment.
Roadmap to wealth
Melinda Smith needs to fast-track her retirement plans. But she’s torn between a positive cash flow property and a renovation project. She asks API’s experts for help.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
A flexible future
Peter and Cecily told API magazine in 2006 they were looking forward to more options and less work. Eight years and 11 properties later, the good times are well under way.
MY PROPERTY NIGHTMARE
Last minute dash for cash
Inexperience caused these young Brisbane buyers a giant headache and nearly left them thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Open for inspection
How do buyers find the best of the best when it comes to property? API discusses if a buyer should stay or go in Hawthorn, Victoria, and Subiaco, Western Australia.
Seven more weird and wacky property laws
Australia sure has some weird and wacky property laws. In the second part of this report, API explores seven more weird laws that investors have encountered.
Secrets of shooting star cities
Shooting star markets are infrequent events, with strong price growth over a short time. API shows you how to find them first.
NEWS & VIEWS
In the hotseat with Cam McLellan and why he likes the Brisbane market, suburbs with the lowest days on the market, we ask the experts how they would spend $100,000, plus more.
DASH OF SALT
KPMG Demographics founder Bernard Salt discusses the rise of convergence inner-city suburbs and how investors can find them before they take off.
INVESTORS MARKET VIEW
Dr Andrew Wilson busts the housing unaffordability myth by explaining how rising wages help with mortgage repayments.
Find out the tips, traps and costs of landlord insurance, what to look for and how to find good value for your investment property.
LEGAL HELP DESK
Why you need to look at life like it’s a game, rather than a high stakes involvement. Learn tips for negotiation and building contracts.
Discover how investors who purchased in the last few days of the past financial year can still benefit from a depreciation schedule.
Pre-CGT property and you. Julia Hartman sets the record straight on when you have to pay it.
Property expert Michael Yardney gives advice on what properties to avoid. He reveals the types of properties banks don’t like, such as student accommodation, studios and homes in mining towns.
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.
NEW SOUTH WALES
API investigates how a new CBD suburb, known as Barangaroo, could change the Sydney property landscape.
Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne could end up being the catch of the day and indeed, net a profit, as API discovers.
Out of fashion for years, Queensland’s prestige market is on the up, with prices and demand accelerating.
Affordable estates in outer suburbs of Perth are already popular, but adding a train station takes things up a notch.
Selling a house in Black Forest, it seems, can be a piece of cake. Getting a bargain there is another thing altogether.
Changes to granny flat rules in Darwin mean you can now rent them to non-family members.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
It’s in Canberra’s top five suburbs for growth in the past 12 months and had its first million-dollar sale. API reveals a little of McKellar’s magic.
Investors interested in George Town, in the state’s north, should keep watch as its potential could change overnight.
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.