June 16 , 2016 /

Strategy and Patience Lead to Real Estate Success

Leading buyers agent Rich Harvey advocates a strategy-based step-by-step approach to building a property portfolio. He warns against being lured through impatience into “get rich quick” schemes, recommending instead a steady accumulation of quality real estate assets. Harvey, Founder and Managing Director of propertybuyer.com.au, says investors need a long-term strategy

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June 15 , 2016 /

New Vs Old

Some novice investors swallow the developer’s narcotic lure and buy into a new project. Other investors won’t touch the shiny stuff. Defining terms Where do we draw the line between ‘new’ and ‘old’? Picture a well gentrified market close to the city CBD with many heritage properties more than 100

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June 14 , 2016 /

Renovation Guide: Unit Renovations

Houses aren’t the only type of investment property; in fact, when it comes to secondary real estate, individual apartments are the most common investment purchases, and are usually rented as a source of income. Apartments, or units, can indeed be renovated, but there are many more rules and regulations that

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June 13 , 2016 /

Tax Implications Of Capital Growth Vs Cash Flow Properties

  Investment properties come in all different shapes and sizes, and property investors have different life situations and financial positions. Therefore, the trick is often a case of matching property investors with the right types of properties that best suit their specific circumstances. Capital growth vs cash flow properties The

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June 6 , 2016 /

Top Tips For Dealing With Tighter Investment Lending

Stuart Sutherland’s top tips Dealing with tiered interest rates In the last quarter of 2015 lenders began applying higher interest rates to investors compared to owner-occupied borrowers. What you may not know is some lenders are offering the lower owner-occupied rates for investors if the loan is contracted with principal

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June 5 , 2016 /

How To Cope When Disaster Strikes

In a perfect world, your investment properties would be fully tenanted, easy to manage and growing in value year-on-year. In reality, however, you occasionally face bumps in the road – and your success as a property investor may depend on how you cope in a crisis. Therefore, you need to

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June 4 , 2016 /

Brace For These Five Challenges That Could Impact Your Investment This Year

Despite growing pressures, investors will once again be turning to bricks and mortar thanks to the volatility of global share markets and the ASX dropping to 2013 levels. However, there are challenges ahead and you should tread carefully to ensure you avoid unnecessary losses. 1 ONGOING FOREIGN INVESTMENT With the

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June 3 , 2016 /

Gen Y demand sparks Brisbane’s apartment surge

Generation Y are driving demand for apartments in Brisbane’s middle-ring suburb of Upper Mount Gravatt for both rentals and purchase. According to research from Urbis, the suburbs links to education, employment hubs and public transport is creating the appeal. Urbis associate director Paul Riga said off-the-plan apartment activity in Upper

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June 2 , 2016 /

New lending to first home buyers sees major drop over 2008 data

First home buyers are struggling to get a look in to the market, with new research warning that those who already own homes are partly to blame. The latest CoreLogic RP Data Property Pulse, out Thursday, warned “first home buyers (FHB) have continued to languish at near record levels” with

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June 1 , 2016 /

Good Rent Growth in Some Capital Cities

The latest rental and vacancy figures from SQM Research show big differences in rental performance in the various capital cities. Based on data to the end of April, there’s been good rental growth in Canberra (houses up 8.7%), Hobart (up 7.6%) and Sydney (4.8%), negligible changes in Adelaide, Brisbane and

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