Current issue - September 2014

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COVER STORY

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.

FEATURES

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.

FEATURE

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.

RESEARCH

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.

REGULARS

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.

FINANCE

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.

DEPRECIATION

Discover how investors who purchased in the last few days of the past financial year can still benefit from a depreciation schedule.

TAX

Pre-CGT property and you. Julia Hartman sets the record straight on when you have to pay it.

INVESTOR PSYCHOLOGY

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.

THE STATES

NEW SOUTH WALES

API investigates how a new CBD suburb, known as Barangaroo, could change the Sydney property landscape.

VICTORIA

Fishermans Bend in Port Melbourne could end up being the catch of the day and indeed, net a profit, as API discovers.

QUEENSLAND

Out of fashion for years, Queensland’s prestige market is on the up, with prices and demand accelerating.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Affordable estates in outer suburbs of Perth are already popular, but adding a train station takes things up a notch.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Selling a house in Black Forest, it seems, can be a piece of cake. Getting a bargain there is another thing altogether.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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.

TASMANIA

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.