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How to find the right location for an Investment Property

As a property investor, it’s easy to get caught up in media or spruiker hype about new, ‘hotspot’ locations to invest. As Property Investing becomes more sophisticated, it’s more crucial now, than ever before, to determine your particular strategy, including what your goals, key considerations, and motives are, before you can find the right location for an investment property. The beauty of property investing is that a, ‘one size fits all’ approach never applies when it comes to your location strategy. While it may sound vague and sometimes even dare we say it, evasive, every investor is different – income, …

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What is it with safety in numbers? Are you following the herd?

It’s another subject dear to our hearts as property advisers, and something we come across all the time. As qualified property advisers and expert buyer’s agents we always assess a client’s personal circumstances and discuss potential suburbs and areas suitable for property investment. This is normal for us, a crucial part of what we do, we are expert researchers and we love talking property. What we do hear a lot though, is someone questioning whether an area is good or not because it hasn’t grown much in value recently. This is human nature and a completely normal reaction. I mean, …

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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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How to Find Suburbs Set to Skyrocket…

How do we find suburbs and properties due to appreciate in value? Well, we start by considering all the data to isolate areas statistically more likely to support strong price growth. So what are the key points investors need to consider to find the next up and coming Australian Postcodes? 1. Understanding the Economy We need to consider which suburbs have boomed in the past, and why. We need to look at what’s happening in the broader marketplace now and likely to happen during our investment timescale. What drives the economy of the suburb? Where are the jobs and in …

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House or Unit? Which is the best Residential Real Estate?

A question we’ve probably all asked ourselves at some point is whether a house or a unit would be the best investment choice for residential real estate. It’s a fair question too, because limiting our options to either one or the other can make it more difficult to invest, particularly in a rising market. Firstly, let’s look at the advantages of buying a unit as a residential real estate investment: Affordability. The main driver for investors buying units. Median unit prices are noticeably lower than median house prices in every capital city in Australia. Lower maintenance. Units are arguably easier …

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It’s ok to buy real estate in Perth now (but please be careful)

Most mainstream media articles about real estate would have you believe that the whole of Australia has been in the midst of rampant price growth over the last 4 years, creating an unprecedented affordability crisis. You might have noticed terms like property bubble or property crash being thrown into the mix as well. This is mostly to do with the media’s obsession with Sydney and Melbourne real estate prices and how long these price increases will continue.  To curb this runaway growth, there have been calls to abolish negative gearing in Australia and place limits on landlord discretion in terms …

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2016 Census Data Update – How Gold Nugget data can lead to Horse Manure results

The long awaited 2016 Census data results have indicated what many of us have known for a long time – Australia’s population is ageing. This census data shows an ageing population, which means less tax payers each year to support retired folk, making Australia a ticking time bomb for those looking to rely on the state for their retirement. The pension age from 2035 will likely be 70 years of age, and unless you want to live on around $400 a week (or around $300 each as a couple) – Australians need to get serious about becoming financially independent in …

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Who will rent your property, and where will you find them?

One of the biggest fears for investors buying their first property is who will rent their property, and how they will manage their finances if the property isn’t rented for an extended period of time. The worry of who will rent can stop investors in their tracks, where they put off that important investment and go on to kick themselves for missing the latest boom. The fact is, if you pay attention to the key indicators and data – in this case – checking vacancy rates, the diversity of stable employment in the area, along with ensuring the property type is …

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Melbourne’s Property Market is out-pacing Sydney’s. Why?

Melbourne’s property market is out-pacing Sydney’s. New data from Core Logic indicates it’s a trend that could well continue With lower average property prices in Melbourne’s property market, and therefore better affordability – along with Sydney house prices at record highs – more people are looking to Melbourne’s property market to secure property. In June, Melbourne’s median dwelling price rose 2.71 per cent, whereas Sydney’s increase was 2.21 per cent In the past year to 30 June, Melbourne price growth also out-performed Sydney’s. Melbourne’s median dwelling price rose 13.7 percent (to $913,060), whereas Sydney’s median dwelling price rose just 12.2 …

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Property Data – what you need to know – and how to use it

Australian investors need to rely on key information to find a great property, critically considering the variety of property data available to inform their choice Investors use property data to create a short list of suburbs where the numbers drive your portfolio. This key information should determine the state, city and suburb you end up investing in. The opportunity to convert an old residential site into an exciting new residential development, for example, is an option that good information may expose. Popular sites like the ANZ Property Council release data you can absorb, but they are not the only source …

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5 tips for buying interstate

Serious property investors are open to buying interstate, as they aren’t bound to one particular area they ‘know’ or even ’like’ – and so will use up-to-date data to determine where the next hotspots are, to help them to maximise their return, rather than buy in areas they are familiar with, or live close to But when you look to buy in new areas – even buying interstate – it’s of course extremely important that you do your due diligence, and you know what you are getting into. Every state has its own laws, opportunities and flaws – and so …

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How much research is necessary before you buy a property?

As we know there’s a massive amount of information available for any aspiring property investor in Australia today. It’s very hard to know which of it we should pay attention to.. We lead very busy lives, and we don’t have time to filter through everything to attempt to decipher the quality material – that is relevant to us, from the rest. So how much research is necessary before we take the plunge and buy our next property? With an ever increasing number of property spruikers, real estate agents, commentators, websites and ‘experts’ – unless you know exactly what you are …

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Investors – should you buy a house or a unit?

When it comes to property investing one of the common questions from our clients is whether they should be looking to buy a house or a unit. Our answer – perhaps the more important questions should be, ‘what areas should I be looking to invest in at this time?’ and ‘what’s the appropriate level of cash-flow to suit my property plan and circumstances?’ Because, keep in mind that primarily as an investor, this business is about generating a positive return, managing your money and investments wisely, and in alignment with your particular goals and circumstances. It’s not altogether about what …

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Valuing Property – how is it done?

Valuing Property is not as simple as you may think – especially in today’s property market in Australia. In hot markets, many buyers will pay over perceived current market value for properties driving the asking and selling prices higher and higher in the process. Conversely, in less confident times, or in stressed markets, vendors will compete with each other to secure a buyer and keep prices low. So valuing property at any particular time is a science that involves a number of strategies and key drivers to get right. Each property has a different value that changes constantly over time, …

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Is housing affordable in Australia..?

There is a constant debate going on in Australia. Is housing affordable? Barnaby Joyce wants us to move to the country because it’s more affordable. Others are saying tighten your belt and start saving more. Scott Morrison says we have to create more housing and increase the supply. There are real consequences if the Government moved to make housing ‘more affordable’.. ..by reviewing negative gearing or capital gains provisions for investors, for example. Yet most major cities around the world who don’t use similar structures also have very high prices – like Hong Kong or New York – and any …

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