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Exploring Queensland's rental reforms

Exploring Queensland rental reforms

In recent years, Queensland, Australia, has witnessed significant shifts in its rental landscape, driven by a wave of legislative reforms aimed at addressing various challenges within the rental market. From rent increase caps to portable bond schemes, the Queensland Government has embarked on a journey to overhaul rental laws in a bid to create a fairer and more transparent renting environment. These reforms, implemented with the intention of stabilizing rents and democratizing the rental market, have sparked discussions and debates among stakeholders, including tenants, landlords, policymakers, and real estate professionals. In this article, we delve into the intricacies of Queensland’s […]

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Investor exodus means now is the time to buy in Victoria

With the prevailing narrative being that property investors are fleeing Victoria in droves, we believe that savvy investors should be doing the opposite. There had been much media attention on investors deserting Victoria because of its new land tax policy as well as a raft of rental reforms, but the fundamentals of the nation’s second most populous state remained overwhelmingly positive. Now is the time to invest in Victoria because of much lower competition from other investors. In the grand scheme of things, property expenses and taxes are part and parcel of owning investment properties over the long-term and they

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Victorian Property Market Update

Victorian property market update

The property market in Victoria, Australia, has been subject to quite a lot of ‘tinkering’ as the state government looks to find new ways to raise revenue. Despite this, there are still opportunities to be had in property investment in Victoria, as you’ll learn in this discussion with Kate Hill and Terry Ryder (Hotspotting). If you’ve enjoyed this video then you might like to subscribe to our YouTube channel, or browse through our latest videos. If you’d like entirely independent and unbiased advice that’s right for your unique situation and goals, then get in touch with us today. Read the transcript I’m

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Toowoomba – a property market in bloom

Toowoomba is known colloquially as the Garden City because, you guessed it, its temperate climate and elevation nearly 700 metres above sea level means it has an over-abundance of flora. The city – about 125 kilometres directly west of Brisbane – has had its annual Carnival of Flowers since 1949. But Toowoomba is no longer just known for its pretty streetscapes and blooming gardens. Instead, this city of 180,000 people within reach of the Queensland capital has benefited from major infrastructure projects over recent years – including its own privately owned airport! So, let’s unpack why we’ve been purchasing property

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Is Victoria still a good place to invest?

Melbourne’s property market has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past year, transitioning from a struggling market to a growing one and emerging as a national leader in growth momentum. Nearly half of Greater Melbourne’s suburbs are now considered rising markets, with an impressive 87% of them showing positive rankings in Terry Ryder’s Hotspotting analysis. This shift represents a significant turnaround from the situation at the beginning of 2023. This resurgence in market activity extends across the entire Greater Melbourne area, with the exception of the Mornington Peninsula. Most locations are experiencing thriving market conditions. Furthermore, Melbourne’s inner-city apartment market,

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Why buyers need to be cautious about Perth

Perth has been the shining property star for the past year or two without a doubt. We started buying quality real estate assets for our clients in the Western Australian capital quite some time ago, which means those properties have ridden the capital growth uplift over that time. But there is something unsettling happening in Perth at the moment that makes me very nervous indeed. You see, there are buyers over there purchasing inferior properties at ridiculous prices. There are even supposed buyers’ advocates paying through the nose for seriously warty properties. The current buying frenzy means someone is likely

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Adelaide

Adelaide remains a consistent property market … with more potential

The enduring stability that characterizes the Adelaide market remains evident, as most recent surveys of market trends in this city reveals active markets and rising property prices in the majority of suburbs across the South Australian capital. Consistency is the defining hallmark of the Adelaide market. And what’s not to love about that? While there are relatively few suburbs in Adelaide classified as experiencing a rise in market activity, there is a significant number of suburbs demonstrating consistency, with sales levels maintaining a steady course over the past few years. In aggregate, seven out of 10 suburbs boast positive rankings,

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Sydney’s Soaring Property Market: A Resilient Comeback Story

Sydney has emerged as the powerhouse of Australia’s property market, showcasing robust signs of recovery and a stunning upswing in the real estate sector. As of the third quarter of 2023, Sydney reigns supreme as the strongest property market in the nation, defying the challenges of rising interest rates and high inflation. It appears that these economic headwinds have had little impact on the enthusiasm of buyers and investors in the city’s real estate sector. An impressive 82% of suburbs across Greater Sydney have reported solid transaction numbers, signifying widespread growth and investment activity. The city’s fightback began in the

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Why Delacombe is an investment destination on the rise

It’s no secret that Ballarat was the apple of many a homebuyer and investor’s eye over the past decade or so. Its location just 100 kilometres from Melbourne, coupled with its relative housing affordability and diverse local economy, saw the region’s property market post solid growth for a number of years. However, all of the reasons why the region as a whole made savvy investment sense then still stands – albeit with some more specific targeting to root out the very best opportunities. Don’t disregard Delacombe  One area that has been showing plenty of promise is the large and rapidly

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Sydney’s Soaring Property Market: A Resilient Comeback Story

Sydney has emerged as the powerhouse of Australia’s property market, showcasing robust signs of recovery and a stunning upswing in the real estate sector. As of the third quarter of 2023, Sydney reigns supreme as the strongest property market in the nation, defying the challenges of rising interest rates and high inflation. It appears that these economic headwinds have had little impact on the enthusiasm of buyers and investors in the city’s real estate sector. An impressive 82% of suburbs across Greater Sydney have reported solid transaction numbers, signifying widespread growth and investment activity. The city’s fightback began in the

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Women work 56 days extra yearly to earn same as men

The 25th of August this year is a date that is becoming increasingly important on the calendars on anyone who believes in financial equality. That’s because that date this year – Equal Pay Day – marked the 56 days into the new financial year that Australian women must work to earn the same, on average, as men did last year, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). And it’s not just because women sometimes work in lower paid or female dominated industries that have pay inequality.Just look at the success of the Women’s World Cup here in Australia recently

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Five affordable suburbs for investors and homebuyers priced under $550,000

After several months of rate rise-induced falls, home prices are on the up and up once again in much of the country as intense buyer demand spreads, according to national buyers’ agency Adviseable.  But for homebuyers and investors on a tight budget, there are still pockets that offer prime opportunities to purchase an affordable property with good long-term prospects. “In many parts of Australia, especially our biggest capital cities, it’s extremely difficult to find a property priced under $550,000 – but there are suburbs where affordable homes are still available,” Adviseable Property Buyer Kate Hill said. According to the latest

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Chasing cash flow a short-sighted plan

There has been a common question from property investors of late and it’s all to do with cash flow – or rather yields. You see, some new investors have become so fixated on the higher interest rate environment that the only thing they’re thinking about is cash flow. They’d rather search far and wide for a high-yielding property than spend the time necessary to find an income- AND capital-producing asset. Rates rhythm There is no question that the interest rate increases since May last year have impacted an investor’s cash flow – even with higher weekly rents. However, this is

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How to build a diversified property investment portfolio in different cities and asset classes

First up, what does a diversified property investment portfolio actually mean?  “Diversified” means having a variety of different elements, components, or qualities. It is often used to describe a company, economy, or investment fund that invests in many different industries or activities in order to reduce risk and increase opportunities for growth and stability. A diversified musical program, for example, might range from classical to modern, while diversified farming might involve growing a variety of different crops. So you get the idea.  When it comes to property investment building a diversified portfolio is an effective way to manage risk and

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Why the property stars are shining on Southern Perth

Perth is rightly being seen as the nation’s best city property market with prices continuing to strengthen after posting positive growth over the past year when most other cities experienced reduced price points. There is no question that from its recovery status in 2020, Perth’s property market is showing strong signs in 2023. Plus, some government incentives for first home buyers are adding further momentum to the city’s property market and are helping young families.  The region has some of the most budget-priced houses of any capital city, as well as offering good infrastructure, services, and amenities.  Suburbs south of

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Perth listings lowest in 13 years as prices climb higher

Total property listings for sale in Perth have hit its lowest level in more than a decade, driving prices higher, with three city districts also tipped for plenty of upside potential, according to a national buyers’ agency. Adviseable Property Buyer Kate Hill said the Perth property market had already been experiencing robust market conditions last year, but now a significant undersupply of listings is adding further fuel to property price upswings. “According to SQM Research, total property listings in Perth in June this year were at the lowest level since May 2010 – or more than 13 years,” Ms Hill

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5 property blunders to avoid

It seems when it comes to property market conditions and some questionable buyer decisions of late, what is old is new again An undersupply of properties for sale is breathing life back into many property prices around the nation, but it’s also resulting in some people making some quite silly decisions as well because of their fear of missing out. Of course, these turns of events are like déjà vu of what occurred only a few years ago during the pandemic.  The Winter edition of Hotspotting’s Property Price Index (PPI) found growing evidence of recovery in a variety of big

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Property flipping vs. buy-and-hold strategy: Which one is better for property investors?

Property flipping and buy-and-hold strategies are two popular investment strategies in the real estate market. While both strategies offer their own unique benefits, choosing the right strategy depends on several factors, including the investor’s goals, risk tolerance, and market conditions. Let’s compare and contrast the two strategies to help property investors decide which one is better suited for their needs. Property flipping, also known as house flipping, involves buying a property with the intention of quickly renovating and selling it for a profit. Advocators believe this strategy can offer quick returns on investment and can be less risky than holding

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Squeezed property supply stirring up buyers

The undersupply of property listings for sale is continuing to fire up property markets, with some areas having the lowest supply levels for decades. While interest rates are a headwind for some potential buyers, the lack of stock for sale is driving competition and pushing prices higher. Prices accelerating The CoreLogic’s national Home Value Index recorded a third consecutive monthly rise, with the pace of growth accelerating to 1.2 per cent in May. After finding a floor in February, home values increased 0.6 per cent and 0.5 per cent through March and April respectively. Sydney continues to lead the recovery trend,

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Why Victoria’s land tax is bad news for investors and tenants

“The increased costs for investors could negatively impact housing supply and hike rental payments for tenants” Victoria’s state budget included a new policy that would see land taxes temporarily increase over the next 10 years, which, according to experts will ultimately hurt property owners and tenants. The state government also plans to cut the tax-free threshold for land tax from $300,000 to $50,000. This change will see additional annual payments of $500 for properties up to $100,000 in value and around $975 for those up to $300,000. Properties exceeding $300,000 will see annual land tax rise by $975 plus 0.1%

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