Victoria’s most affordable suburbs – March 2016
BlogNow that we all know the most expensive suburbs in Melbourne and where we really want to live, lets get back to reality and find out where we can afford to live. The REIV’s median reveals Melbourne’s most affordable suburbs. Source: REIV Median Release, March 2016 – Metropolitan Melbourne, Median House Prices by Suburb
Another shock for Australian property markets
BlogAs if Australia’s property markets didn’t have enough to contend with. Consumer confidence is falling pre-election and foreign buyers are pulling out of our markets as banks make it harder to get finance and now the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has delivered another blow for those dealing with properties valued at more than $2 million. […]
The negative gearing debate continues
BlogAs the 2016 Federal Election Campaign continues, negative gearing remains the hottest topic of discussion. To find out what negative gearing is and how it could affect you, go back to part 1 of the discussion here. What did the former PM have to say on the subject? The negative gearing debate continues with the […]
Victoria’s most expensive suburbs – March 2016
BlogMelbourne is considered one of the most livable but one of the most expensive cities in the world. So where are the most expensive places to live in this vibrant city? The REIV’s median reveals the suburbs we dream to live in. Source: REIV Median Release, March 2016 – Metropolitan Melbourne, Median House Prices by Suburb
Property fixtures – who is entitled to take what?
AdviceYou may have heard the unfortunate story from friends or family – they bought their dream home only to find that some of the items they thought were fixtures, and would be sold with the property, were removed before they moved in. If you are considering buying a property there are simple things you can […]
Top Tips to Prepare you for Auction Day
AdviceFor many would-be sellers, the thought of auction day brings about an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and nerves. The best thing you can do is to be prepared. Knowing how the auction will run and understanding possible outcomes is likely to reduce your stress levels. To help you get in the know, we have outlined […]
Is this the end of foreign investors buying Australian property?
BlogThis week Michael Yardney discusses foreign investors in the Australian Market. Sydney largest property developer, Meriton’s Harry Triguboff, estimates that in the last month or so Chinese buying has halved. And with Chinese and other Asian buyers buying over 80% of Sydney’s new apartments in recent years, this is a significant development with serious consequences. Why […]
25 songs to funk up packing day
AdviceMoving house is rough. No matter how prepared you are, it’s either a little stressful or a packaging tape-induced nightmare. We’ve all been there. There are the countless trips to Bunnings for free boxes, scrambling to find a mate with a ute, losing something and the inevitable hangry argument. To help ease the pain, we’ve got your playlist sorted, […]
Single and ready to mingle…in the property market
AdviceThere comes a time in life when you’re over living with other people. You’re sick of cleaning up after your housemates, the constant unwanted visitors or maybe you’re just ready for the freedom to do your own thing without judgement. Life would be amazing if only you had your own place. But next comes the […]
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Setting your property investment goals
AdviceTo be a successful property investor, it is crucial to develop a game plan prior to purchasing an investment property, so you have a clear road map of where you want your investment to head and ultimately finish. These four steps could help you get there: 1. Do the maths Sitting down and hammering out […]
Do tenants with pets make the best tenant?
AdviceShould landlords rethink the ‘no pets’ clause to gain satisfied tenants interested in staying put for longer? The clause is standard in most tenancy agreements because landlords fear expensive property damage by cats or dogs. However, this is an age where large numbers of urban dwellers turn to the rental market to find their long-term […]
Lump Sum Payment
AdviceWhat will be the effect on your loan if you pay off a lump sum. The sooner you pay it the more you can save.
Gearing: A dummy’s guide
AdviceWithout doubt, “gearing”, negative or otherwise, has a significant impact on Australia’s property market. It affects everything from rental and home prices, to housing stock and even the rental vacancy rate. But what exactly is gearing? Gearing (in laymen’s terms) Gearing is the process of borrowing money for the purpose of buying an investment property. […]
Finding time to buy a house
AdviceHouse hunting takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. The idea of being in a new home fills you with anticipation and excitement, until it doesn’t. Negotiating home loans with the banks is a trigger for stress. But, the real danger is if the house hunt drags on fatigue sets it. Then, instead of […]
Five reasons to consider refinancing
AdviceIt’s not quite the case that obtaining a loan will result in keeping that same mortgage for the length of the loan. In fact, increasingly home owners are looking to refinance. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data, refinancing activity has more than doubled over the past five years. Refinancing your home […]
Considering investing? Get your head around ‘gearing’
AdviceAustralians love bricks and mortar. Not only is home ownership the great Australian dream, but when we have spare cash to invest or have paid off the mortgage and want to put our equity to work, many of us turn again to property, buying for investment.
What to expect when your home hits the market
AdviceBy the time your property is officially on the market, you will already have a Contract of Sale and a Vendor Statement prepared and have talked through the marketing process and your desired price with your real estate agent. At the beginning of the campaign you have most of the advantages. With more prospective purchasers […]
What to Ask Your Builder Before You Buy A House And Land Package
AdviceBuying a house and land package is a major commitment, and when things do not go according to plan it can be very costly and disappointing. Luckily, most building problems and frustrations can be avoided early on – by choosing a great, reputable builder. If you’re uncertain where to start in your quest to find […]
Top Methods for Advertising Your Property
AdviceIn tough times we often see sellers tighten their purse strings when it comes to marketing their property. Whilst decreasing your advertising spend can be tempting when the market is not at its peak, investing in that little bit extra upfront can actually pay off in the long run. How? Quite simply, advertising increases the […]
AdviceStamp duty, Mortgage Registration Fees and Transfer Fees in each of the states and territories.
Why more people are choosing Residential Golf Estate
AdviceIn a competitive housing market, where interest rates are low and suburban housing stock is increasingly scarce, the prospect of life on a residential golf estate has taken on a new found allure for home buyers. Traditionally the domain of golf-loving retirees, these picturesque golf estates are now very popular with a much wider demographic. […]
Step by step guide to your first offer
AdviceAt some point in your property purchasing journey you’re going to need to put your first offer on a property. This can be a nerve wracking experience, however if you’re buying by private treaty and not at auction then making an offer successfully is crucial for those looking to buy well. The very first offer […]
Determining how much equity is in your home
AdviceEquity, or the amount of funds available in your home above and beyond your mortgage, can be a crucial thing to know for any homeowner or investor. Effectively, ‘equity’ is the amount of money that you would receive cash-in-hand if you sold your property and paid off your mortgage today. For those looking to invest, […]
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