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Is now the time to buy Property in Australia..?

How are you, your family and your working from home? Somehow, and strangely, many of us are finding ourselves with much more time – and most of are trying to put that time to good use. How about planning to start or increase your Property Portfolio? Is now the right time to buy property in Australia ?   Let’s face it, 2019 was an interesting year for many Property Investors in Australia, and 2020 will be considered a right-off by many. But what are the opportunities out there, and where where are the next hot spots? How do we go about …

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10 Property Money Rules To Live By

If you’re finding it tough to manage your money, here are 10 easy money rules that might help you get back on the straight and narrow.   and actually the most obvious, NEGOTIATE A GOOD PURCHASE PRICE. Always be prepared to negotiate on the price of the property. We recommend a subtle approach, because selling agents are human beings after all, and have sold price evidence to support your argument to hand if you need it. Don’t ever rush into the process. If you’re nor confident about your negotiating skills, consider employing a buyer’s agent. If you’re bidding at auction, …

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Tips for buying well in any property market

Being sure you are, ‘buying well’ in your next Property investment can be a daunting process at the best of times. Right now, in COVID-19 times even more so, so here are some tips for buying well in any property market.   Many investors don’t know where to start – and it can become quite overwhelming. And yet, at least financially, buying well, and in the right location, may be one of the most important decisions of your life. The right research and information is critical to your success. So how do you research effectively to get the right location and …

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In Times of Crisis …. How to spot spruikers, and avoid getting ripped off

We’ve all seen the ads on TV, the bold Newspaper promotions, the Facebook commercials with promises of the, ‘Incredible new opportunity’ and of returns and bargains that sound too good to be true. With so many of these messages bombarding us right now, how on earth are we supposed to spot property spruikers, and more importantly, work out what is the investment opportunity for us, and is now the right time? There is no shortage of unscrupulous spruikers, dodgy developers and opportunistic business people trying to sell you property in this country Have no doubt there are many dodgy businesses …

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Are you concerned about a decline in property prices?

The world around you seems to be going beserk ! The media is full of stories about a potential decline in property prices. It’s hard to keep a cool head and stick to your plan. Just look at the crazy behaviour of people in your local supermarket. You’d be forgiven for thinking we were preparing for some sort of apocalypse. The media obsession and people’s lack of understanding of the new flu virus, has lead to the herd mentality at its worst. But how will all this affect the housing market, and will it affect the housing market at all …

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Thinking of Buying a Strata Titled Property Investment?

Investing in a strata titled property can be a smart move, because it’s often an affordable way to enter the property market. Occasionally, we get asked about the pros and cons of doing this, so here’s a list for your consideration: Reasons why you would buy a strata titled property: The cost of a strata titled property is often cheaper than buying a freestanding house Maintenance of the building is taken care of automatically via the strata levies, which are usually paid every three months The strata manager takes care of much of the property maintenance, so you don’t have to get as …

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When should you buy an Investment Property?

Possibly one of the leading questions you’ll think of before taking the plunge with property investment is, ‘When should I buy an investment property?’ This probably precedes the, “what, where and how” questions that every investor looking to buy an investment property has. Firstly, if you haven’t already started property investing you need to decide whether it’s the right strategy for you, and if it fits in with your risk profile. You don’t want to buy an investment property if it stops you from sleeping at night. Ironically, many, ‘high-risk’ investors wouldn’t want to buy an investment property because the …

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How to value Your Investment Property

Have you ever wondered what the real value of your investment property was and if you paid too much for it? Perhaps you’ve felt a bit of ‘buyer’s remorse’ creep in after a property purchase, especially if your offer was accepted quicker than you expected. But you knew the true value of your investment property before buying it, didn’t you? Well, if you were doing everything on your own and maybe looking at the wrong data (or asking the wrong people), chances are you might have missed something important. Whether you’re relying on median prices, online price guides, the listing …

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Looking to buy property for under $400K? There’s still some good options…

If you’re currently looking to buy property in Sydney or Melbourne for investment, it’s likely that you are not only stretching your budget, but also struggling to get a decent rental yield This is mostly due to prices in these two markets rising much faster in the last 5 years than gross rents, making the investment far less affordable. In fact McGrath founder and real estate veteran John Mcgrath noted recently that when looking to buy property in Australia there are “two housing markets, Sydney/Melbourne and the rest of the country, which can be broken up into regional areas and other …

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How to get the right property inspection – before committing to buying.

Getting the right property inspection of any property you are considering purchasing requires an inspector who knows the trade very well – this is not something you can do yourself. You don’t want any nasty surprises later – a problem with the property inspection can end up reducing or eliminating any profits, and even cause you significant losses. When it comes to a building and pest inspection on a property – you need to know the right questions to ask to find the right person for the job. So what are the questions to ask potential inspectors to make sure they are …

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Investors outbid First Home Buyers at auction because of tax concessions?

This morning the Labour Party’s finance spokesperson Tony Burke said on national radio that one of the reasons labour was changing the Negative Gearing policy is that First home buyers were fed up with being outbid at auction by investors – and that these First home buyers didn’t think it was fair for a government to assist someone with buying their third or fourth or even fifth “home” when the First home buyers receive no assistance. There are so many issues with this one comment that we don’t really quite now know where to start. But let’s give it a …

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6 Essential Tips When Buying An Investment Property

It’s our guess that you may still be thinking about buying an investment property this financial year. It’s just about doable. And indeed, there are some excellent deals out there. It’s little wonder that you’d like to take advantage of these opportunities. Last year, some people were waiting to see what happened with the election, waiting to see what decisions are made on negative gearing, waiting to see what happens with the US presidential candidacies, waiting for the right weather … waiting, waiting, waiting. Some people are still waiting for all the same reasons. We say no more WAITING ! …

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Are you concerned about a crash in house values?

Did you see CoreLogic’s -TEG Rewards Consumer Housing Market Sentiment Survey last year (Two thirds of Australians think the housing market is vulnerable) ..two thirds of Australians think the housing market is vulnerable to a sustainable downturn and a crash in house values As Australia’s favourite asset class you can see why this is a topic close to everyone’s heart. But can we state for the record that Australia is made up of many different housing markets. They all experience growth (or not) at different levels, at different times for different reasons. Also can anyone out there remind us of …

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Bait pricing and underquoting, just how effective is legislation ?

We start today by commenting on this article about New laws to combat underquoting. While we don’t think that the new Baird government bait pricing laws introduced earlier this year to the housing industry were a bad thing – quite the contrary – we should also keep in mind that the slowing Sydney housing markets will have also helped lower the variance figures between the prices quoted and prices sold, which make these laws now look so effective. But it has been a good thing, and anything that stops unscrupulous agents gets our vote. List pricing in Victoria is all over …

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