Current issue - August 2014
Open for inspection
Should you drop a supposed hot property like a cold potato or dig a little deeper? API weighs up a unit in Cronulla, NSW, a house in Paddington, Qld, and a blue stone-fronted cottage in Norwood, SA.
Social media knocked loudly on the door of traditional property investment last decade and has since made a home inside its house. But has tweet-nology changed the way we buy and sell?
My short story
How a beach-loving couple accumulated a property portfolio worth nearly $1.5 million in different states around the country.
Learn how a $1000 renovation resulted in a $10,000 gain, thanks to most people being turned off by the property’s original appearance. Cherie Barber explains how you can DIY on the cheap.
Roy Hill Remedy
Can a multibillion-dollar mining project bring life back to Port Hedland in Western Australia? API investigates the impact of the Roy Hill project and whether or not it might create housing demand again.
ROADMAP TO WEALTH
Geoff and Suzy Ellingsen plan to semi-retire by the time they reach 60. With only a few years to go, will their plan work?
Early financial problems and an overseas journey spurred young gun Denny Jones to create a portfolio worth nearly $1 million.
NEWS & VIEWS
The latest property news, In the Hotseat with Margaret Lomas and why she’s fighting Queensland councils over extra rates on investment properties, Tax Straight Up and we ask the experts if houses are better than units.
DASH OF SALT
KPMG Demographics founder Bernard Salt discusses how data about jobs in the US and Australia teaches us where to look for property that might outperform the market, and why industrial areas might struggle in future.
In the second of this two-part series, we look at 15 more property tax bloopers that investors need to avoid at all costs. Julia Hartman reveals the problems that can occur with SMSFs and leasing property to family.
Property expert Michael Yardney discusses the seven habits of highly effective property investors keen to get ahead. Learn why it’s good to be proactive, why you should always begin with the end in mind, how to think like a winner and be a good negotiator.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Is Rockdale and the surrounding St George area the new inner west of Sydney? API digs a little deeper and looks into why this area is booming.
Is the Melbourne housing market running hot or losing steam? We ask the experts to analyse where the market’s sitting on the property clock.
It has been a year and a half since ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald descended on Bundaberg. We look at how the region’s property market is holding up.
With some major rezoning changes, is an investment or development in Scarborough a smart decision?
After three years of negative growth, the South Australian market is finally starting to head in the right direction.
Darwin’s hot property market has left many first homebuyers out in the cold. But all isn’t lost…
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
One of Canberra’s largest suburbs, Kambah’s popularity with buyers is showing no signs of abating, thanks to its diverse collection of properties.
Launceston is back on investment radar, thanks to its affordability.
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.