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Property investment advice articles & tips

Investing in property is not as easy as just buying houses and renting them out; there are many different aspects to consider. To help you learn more, our property experts have put together a host of different learning tools covering a range of topics, including the four elements in building a property portfolio, buying property interstate, what to look out for and mistakes that can be avoided, and so much more.

Property — Everyone is an Expert

You have just been off to see your GP who diagnosed a problem, so you’ve being referred to a specialist who’s going to help you.  You agree without any hesitation as you want to get back to full health. You tell a few people about your situation and they provide support and the odd person some advice, but you know inside you are going to li...

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A Million Dollar Plus Call

You’ve talked about it, but you are just unsure about what's the right decision? For some it’s do we: 1. Buy another investment Property 2. Hold the existing home and turn it into an investment property and buy the new home 3. Sell existing property to buy an upsize property or reduce debt 4. Sell our current home and investment...

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RBA Cash Rate & Property Outloook for 2011

For those not in the know, the RBA board does not meet in January, so the first cash rate decision will be at 2.30pm on Tuesday 1st February, 2011. In terms of the cash rate forecasts, there is a real mixed bag out there in terms of predictions of where the cash rate might be between now and the end of 2011. There is very little, if any support ...

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Investors – Start your engines…

There is always a positive to any negative.  Talk of a housing market bubble, higher interest rates, softening demand for property, worsening affordability and value decreases are all playing on the psychology of those looking to get into the property market. It is fair to report that in most markets across the capitals that we are certainly in...

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Property Investor Commentary

Generalise the residential property market at your investment peril. Housing prices go up and housing prices go down as measured by average house price or median house prices data.  But there is no such thing as the average or median house or unit, or apartment or townhouse for that matter.  No dwelling is exactly the same as any other dwellin...

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Game Plan – The Next Level

Juggling family,work and trying to get a foot on the investment ladder will be a challenge that many will be familiar with – and that’s exactly what Mick ans Sandy Greenway are facing. The Townsville-based couple Mick, 35, and Sandy, 42, met through the Army Reserves in 1996. They have been married for nine years and have a 14-month-old daughte...

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Property Outlook 2010

If there is one thing that people are interested in it’s the value of property. We all enjoy it when the values of our property increases and it certainly makes for good media.  I don’t think there is a day that goes by without those current affair programs or the press talking about property—they love it when it goes up or down, just NOT wh...

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Want Advice or an Opinion?

When it comes to property investing, everyone has an opinion on what makes a good property investment. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we know so many people who have made a property purchase and I suppose it’s the fact that once they have experienced it, they know a bit about the topic and are happy ...

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What is NRAS?

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is a long term commitment by the Australian Government to invest in affordable rental housing. The Scheme seeks to address the shortage of affordable rental housing by offering financial incentives to the business sector and community organisations to build and rent dwellings to low and moderate incom...

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Negative Gearing to Continue..

With Labor now running the country for the next few years it’s nice to know that they stated at the National Press Club debate, that they will not be touching negative gearing. Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) president David Airey was pleased with this announcement.  "This is fantastic news for renters, affordable housing and real e...

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Timing Your Purchase?

A lot of commentary, opinion and theories go into the ‘melting pot’ when it comes to the ‘TIMING’ of purchasing any investment asset and this is no different when it comes timing the purchase of a Residential Property, whether for owner occupier or investment.  There are those that will put a call out there ‘Now’s the time’ and those...

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Rents On the Up

The recent interest rate rises are doing what the RBA had hoped in terms of slowing down the demand in the property market in a general sense. By increasing the cash rate the flow on effect is felt across all facets of the residential market. The first impact is the reduction in borrowing power, as the banks move their lending assessment rates ...

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