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Property research articles & tips

You wouldn’t invest in shares without doing research or consulting a professional, so why would you buy and invest in a property without doing the same thing? There are many different aspects to consider and it can get overwhelming, but to help you understand what’s involved, our experts have put together a range of materials so that you can gain a better understanding of property research and how it can benefit you.

Brokers Top of Class

The latest Core Data ACQUIRE index market research findings has brokers top of the class.  Core Data conducted a mystery shop exercise, surveying home lenders and ranked brokers ahead of banks and credit unions on a range of seven different criteria. On the most important criteria of ‘Understanding – or the ability to understand customers n...

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Population Growth = Value Growth? – NOT ALWAYS

At our final Property Wealth Forum event for 2011, my team and I busted a dozen myths about what drives property values. One of the biggest myths we busted centred around the view that if you get population growth you will naturally get growth in property prices.  Not entirely true - let me explain. Population is seen as a demand driver of value,...

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World Comparisons Irrelevant

You’re sitting down about to read the paper or watch the nightly news or one of those incredibly intellectually  stimulating current affairs programs and  the headline grab is something along the lines of: Australian Property - some of the most expensive in the world! Melbourne / Sydney - in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world to li...

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Property Values – Where to from Here?

Avid readers of my commentary will know that I am a buy and hold investor, opting for long term passive income and capital growth. It’s this methodology that suits most of the strategies we design for our clients at Empower Wealth. Furthermore our investment analysis has over-weighting towards incomes as a core growth driver for property value...

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What is the outlook for Melbourne?

On occasion I get asked if it’s time to start considering our interstate capitals now that Melbourne has had a recent and fabulous run. Naturally many investors are keen to identify the next booming city to perform for their portfolio. Before they take our beloved city off the shopping list, I bring their attention to a few compelling reasons why...

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Can we Predict the Future?

It’s crazy to think that anyone can predict the future, but plenty of people are paid good money to try: Economists, Weather Forecasters, Fortune tellers, Treasury, Technology companies, etc. Even though no one can predict the road ahead, it’s absolutely vital that we pay attention to what lies ahead of us. If we look at the future from a pe...

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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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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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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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Home Prices on the UP & UP!

Australian home prices grew by 3.7% in the September quarter - the highest quarterly growth seen in six years, are the results being reported in Australian Property Monitors – Septembers Quarterly House Price Series Melbourne led the country with a 6.1 per cent increase over the June quarter.  The average house price in Melbourne was $487,249...

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