A risky business or safe as houses?

We’ve all heard the phrase “safe as houses”, and indeed, investing in real estate has long been considered a safe and secure long-term investment strategy, particularly for those who do their due diligence and locate good-quality properties in areas that are likely to grow in appeal and value. That said, as with almost all areas […]

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Who’s responsible for repairs and maintenance?

Property repairs and maintenance are a leading cause of argy-bargy between landlords and tenants (and not a lot of fun for the property manager in the middle). Why? Because often the parties are unclear who is responsible for what. Ask landlords, tenants and property managers what is the number one bone of contention at a […]

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Three lessons from wars past that we can see or expect in Australia

As the situation worsened overseas, Australia’s policy makers were lucky to have more time than their counterparts in Europe and Asia to prepare before the worst of the crisis hit our shores. They formulated a massive fiscal intervention, combined with unprecedented levels of government control over society and the transition of a large proportion of […]

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Border closures affecting more than our travel plans

As severe as the effects of COVID-19 continue to be for those living in Australia, the most significant impact on our economy could actually be related to those who never arrived in the country at all. According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, net migration in the 2020-21 financial year could be as little as 15% of […]

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Watch Sydney grow over 250 years (1770-2020)

It’s been less than 250 years since the First Fleet of 1,485 settlers first arrived in New South Wales on January 26, 1788 — a date we now celebrate annually as Australia Day. In that relatively short time, Sydney has developed into one of the world’s largest, most cosmopolitan cities, with a population of over 5 […]

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10 questions asked and answered

This is what you need to know about the bonds that tie tenants to landlords… and what it has to do with landlord insurance. Rental bonds cause confusion among landlords and tenants. Just what is the bond? What is it used for? And who can access the monies? These are common queries, with the latter […]

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Will property prices fall after September?

Amid unprecedented economic uncertainty, many of us are waiting with bated breath to determine what will happen to the property market in the months ahead. The question on everyone’s lips is “will house prices fall”? What are the Bank’s economists predicting? Predictions from the banks and industry have varied widely. The Commonwealth Bank has predicted […]

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What could the lasting impacts of COVID-19 be?

What are the possible long-term impacts of COVID-19, as we make our way through a year that none of us were expecting. This is the topic of a recent Oliver’s Insight where Dr Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Economics and Chief Economist at AMP says… Let’s assume for a moment that we are able to […]

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Pets in properties: Purr-fect or barking mad?

Australia certainly stands out as an animal-loving nation with some of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. With around one-third of all households renting, what are the pros of a pet-friendly investment property? And what are a landlord’s legal responsibilities? Find out below… A 2019 survey by Animal Medicines Australia found that 5.9 million […]

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Australian house prices starting to fall but the collapse has been averted

How much have property prices in Australia fallen? Should we expect an even greater fall? These questions were answered in a recent Oliver’s Insight, by Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist at AMP Capital. Back on 19th March when we first looked at the impact of the intensifying shutdown of the Australian economy on […]

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