Current issue - May 2014

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COVER STORY

Australia’s hottest suburbs

Keen to buy a property with amazing returns? Onthehouse, with data powered by Residex, identifies the 89 best performing locations around Australia, including 68 suburbs with returns of 20 per cent or more!

Discover the 23 areas with median prices below $450,000 and the 38 suburbs where rents rose by $20 or more in a year!

Plus, find out the markets next in line for a surge and how to spot them!

FEATURES

Mining hotspot – digging for capital growth

With major infrastructure projects recently announced and fantastic education and commercial facilities, Toowoomba is considered more than a mining town. Discover what’s happening in this region and why the fundamentals stack up.

Open for inspection

Six property experts give us the inside running on analysing a property listing for investment potential. They discuss three different areas and their pros and cons in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

My most profitable deal

A net profit of $25,000 in nine months wasn’t the only thing investor Michelle Alkins dug up in her renovation project on a four-bedroom house in Perth. She reveals why her project was successful.

API exclusive – Buyers caught in city plan confusion

The outcome of a court case between Brisbane City Council and property owners has the potential to be financially devastating for some investors. Find out what it is and how investors have been impacted.

Roadmap To Wealth

A fire alarm technician is wondering how to tackle his negatively geared portfolio and secure a safe retirement.

INVESTOR PROFILE

Two developments in four years

API reveals how two mates made a whopping $462,000 equity gain and a comfortable cash flow position just after the GFC.

MY DEVELOPMENT

The finished product

Ruth and Stephen Host have finished their Bomaderry development project in New South Wales. Find out how the numbers added up and whether or not this determined couple made a profit.

MY PROPERTY NIGHTMARE

It’s not over until it’s settled

Buying can be a nerve-wracking experience, but selling brings its own anxieties, as one couple recently found out when they took their property to auction.

REGULARS

News & Views

The latest property news, Market Monitors, In the Hotseat with McGrath Estate Agents chief executive officer John McGrath, Tax Straight Up, Ask the Experts and more.

Finance

Want the secret to future cash flow success? Bradley Beer discusses ways to improve the holding costs of an investment property.

Dash Of Salt

How you can benefit from and survive the Asian and gen-Y invasion of the inner city.

Legal Help Desk

Discover how to seal the deal in a rising market and tricks to avoid gazumping.

Tax

Julia Hartman explains why an investor was denied deductions for many of her rental property expenses.

Investor Psychology

Property expert Michael Yardney discusses the law of accumulation and how knowledge and experience relate to building wealth.

The States

Where's hot and what's happening in property in your state. 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.