Current issue - August 2014

API Poll

Will sydney property prices continue to rise?

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FEATURES

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.

Technology feature

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.

Reno secrets

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.

MINING UPDATE

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

Sixties countdown

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?

PROFILES

YOUNG GUNS

Future designs

Early financial problems and an overseas journey spurred young gun Denny Jones to create a portfolio worth nearly $1 million.

REGULARS

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.

TAX BLOOPERS

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.

INVESTOR PSYCHOLOGY

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.

THE STATES

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.

VICTORIA

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.

QUEENSLAND

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. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

With some major rezoning changes, is an investment or development in Scarborough a smart decision?

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

After three years of negative growth, the South Australian market is finally starting to head in the right direction.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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.

TASMANIA

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.