The Top 5 Factors that Drive our Property Markets

Would you like to understand the key factors that drive our property markets? These key drivers can be critical when selecting the right asset to fast track your wealth creation journey. Considering the current environment, I would argue, it is even more important now than ever, as we head into an environment of low economic […]

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Despite lockdown Victorian businesses more positive about state’s economy

Melbourne businesses are twice as optimistic as they were a month ago when it comes to what they think the Victorian and Federal Government economies will look like in 12 months. According to the September Sensis Business Index, 35% of Melbourne businesses believe the Victorian economy will be better in a year compared with 17% […]

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Want to know what will make me a better property investor in this difficult market?

I expect that the property market is going to pick up. And I expect that the Melbourne and Sydney property markets will go gangbusters. I have no idea when this will happen. Now just to make things clear…those aren’t contradictory statements. The first is an expectation, the other is the rejection of a forecast. And […]

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It’s not the size of the return, it’s the length that matters

Investing well is important. However, investing well over long periods of time is most important. Everyone would agree that making a one-time 50% return on an investment is a wonderful outcome. But making a 7% return each year for 40 years is a far better outcome, as it multiplies your initial investment by a factor […]

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Here’s the bank economist’s forecasts for property prices in 2021

Westpac recently released an upbeat forecast for house prices in the next couple of years and just like the CBA has backtracked from it’s more pessimistic outlook and predicts house prices rebounding from mid next year. Westpac expects Brisbane house prices to surge 20 per cent over two years after the market bottoms out in […]

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Buying a home? Why you should use a professional bidder

It is interesting that for most complicated processes that fall outside of our personal experience we are quick to enlist the help of a professional. There are not many people who will take care of their own commercial accounting or defend themselves in a court of law.  However, when it comes to bidding at a […]

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Buying Investment Property in an SMSF: 6 Common Mistakes

More and more investors, and particularly Baby Boomers, are using their Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) as a vehicle to buy an investment property. So I’d like to share some of the most common mistakes I see people making so you can avoid them. Key points 1. Debt Your Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) can borrow money to: […]

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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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Where do older people live?

In common with many western countries, Australia’s population is ageing. This is typically shown by increases in both the number and proportion of older people. But older people are not a homogenous group – they show a wide range of diversity with regard to their social and economic characteristics. This blog will use the latest population […]

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Property development guide part 12

In this article, Bryce Yardney, Property Development Specialist at Metropole Projects, explains the role of a town planning consultant and what you need to be asking yours.  Town planning consultants are professionals with a qualification in town planning or urban planning.  Those in private practice have usually been employed by local councils or planning organisations for a number […]

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