Choosing the Right Suburb

One of the main reasons a property’s location is so important can be captured neatly in the old adage ‘you can change a house, but you can’t change its location’. However, searching for the perfect location involves more than simply looking for the worst house in the best street. Unless we’re going to accept a […]

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Do we really have one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets? (part 1)

Each year we encounter headlines which list Australia as one of the least affordable housing markets in the world. The reports are based on the Annual DemographiaInternational Housing Affordability Survey which is released annually. The survey covers 325 ‘markets’ in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and USA. The latest report condemns Sydney […]

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Do you really want a bargain?

As a property investor you face a mine field of advice from financial advisors, sales agents, property planners, developers, not to mention numerous magazines and books all promising the road to riches. Not unlike politics they offer a sea of differing opinions of what constitutes a good property investment and it’s often hard to sort […]

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Purchasing Property Wisely

Clearance figures are down and the papers are full of catch phrases such as ‘buyer’s market’ and ‘Golden opportunities for purchasers’. Even those properties that record ‘auction sale’ in the published results have often passed in andbeen sold via negotiation – (from experience, roughly 50% fall into this category.) It’s impossible to teach negotiation without […]

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Invest in your lifestyle

Owning a property is probably one of the best investments you’ll make. Not only does it fulfil an essential need for accommodation, when it’s time to sell the Government won’t hit you with alarge tax bill. Therefore any money you ‘invest’ inupdatingyour home not only improves lifestyle, italso ‘adds value’ to borrow againstat alater date […]

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Maximising Growth Potential

Although median house price data shouldn’t bethe only consideration when analysing the market, it can be useful when assessing the performance of a particular suburb. However this doesn’t mean every property will perform as expected. As an investor the aim should be to lower your risk profile whilst also maximising capital appreciation. In a strong […]

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