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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.

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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Market Softening a Good Thing

It’s with some relief that I report early signs of a softening in the Melbourne Housing market after a rapid run, where the median house prices grew by as much as 30% in the past 12 months. Increases of such magnitude are unsustainable over an extended period of time, which can lead to bubbles forming and we all know that eventually happens to bu...

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Negative Gearing Lives on Under Labor

The great thing about borrowing money to invest is that it allows you to gain access to a bigger slice of an investment that you couldn’t afford if you were to use your own money.  This is very much the case for investing in property.  Another bonus that can occur from investing in property is the tax advantages associated with negative gearing...

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Why Property Over Salary Sacrifice

Most of you who have been following my monthly commentary and newsletters  over the years understand I have a bias towards investing in residential property, because I have been successful at building a multi-million dollar property portfolio over the past 16 years of investing, yet my compulsory superannuation has grown to only a few hundred thou...

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Property Prices – Where to from here?

Those of us in the Melbourne and Sydney markets are seeing property values grow at an astonishing rate. So much so that at a very near point in time, they may be overvalued. I know the first question that’s coming to mind—”when will this be?” As those of you looking to get into the markets are thinking, I’ll just wait until the right t...

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Showing the Way…

The most rewarding part of our job is helping our clients create wealth for financial independence through residential property.  I’d like to introduce you to one such client. Renee, (name changed for privacy reasons) is in her early thirties, working as a professional woman.  Since I have been working with her over the past 4 years, she has...

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Rental Yield Outlook Positive

2009 saw many first home buyers take advantage of the additional government stimulus schemes on offer to buy their first home and get out of the rental market. This impacted in less demand for this sector of the market. However this decline was offset against the overall population growth in the major cities centre's around the country. BIS Shrapn...

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Property Prices Rise Again

December median prices are in and guess what; values are up again across the country.  In fact the Oct – Dec quarter saw some really big percentage increases in some states and their respective suburbs.  For those of you who have been reading our newsletters for the past couple of years, you know my position on this; I’ve been saying certain ...

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Time to Add to your Property Portfolio?

2009 certainly was a better year for property than 2008, with some cities such as Melbourne recording high teen’s in capital growth for the year. Sure this is something every property investor gets excited about and you should, as your wealth base should have grown from your property investment over this period. Given this has been the case an...

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Holiday Homes as Investment Properties

Its holiday season and that time of the year we all head to the beach or the bush for our Christmas and New Year breaks. It’s a time we get to read the paper from front to back and also even pick up the local papers for a catch up on what's happening in our favourite Christmas holiday destination. It’s also a time we get to wander up and down t...

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Developing Property and GST

In a recent case at the Federal Commissioner of Taxation, Administrative Appeals Tribunal a taxpayer was fined over $160,000 for failing to disclose the sale of new townhouses in their business activity statement. If you are building a property with the intention of selling the property for a profit, then you are required to register and charge GST...

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