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Delacombe

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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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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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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Real estate serves as a powerful hedge against high inflation for several compelling reasons

As a little refresher, “Inflation” refers to the general increase in prices of goods and services over time, resulting in the erosion of purchasing power. When inflation occurs, the same amount of money can buy fewer goods or services than before. It is typically measured using various economic indicators such as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the inflation rate.  Inflation can be influenced by factors such as changes in supply and demand, government policies, and fluctuations in currency value. Moderate inflation is considered normal and can reflect a healthy economy, but high or rapid inflation can have adverse effects

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Media Fearmongering: The Property Upswing is Here

The media has a long history of predicting the end of the world, playing on our natural fear of the unknown. As property investors, we’ve seen countless headlines warning of a property market collapse, fueled by the media’s need for attention and survival. Fear sells, generating clicks and ad revenue. While the media can provide valuable information during real threats, it’s crucial to separate the noise from the signal. The media’s negativity can influence home buyers and investors, making it difficult to make sound decisions. However, it’s important to remember that the media is often “wrong”, they often publish so

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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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Why the City of Stirling is Perth’s hottest market

Perth is currently the star property market across the nation, with strong sales activity and price growth occurring.Plus, Perth now has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 3.6 per cent. The West Australian capital city is firing on all cylinders with one location showing particularly robust market conditions. I’m talking about the City of Stirling, which is located in the northern suburbs of Perth, about 10 kilometres from the central business direct. The area covers a substantial 105 square kilometre and is the largest local government area by population in Western Australia. What makes Stirling so

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Finding the right location for your investment property

Investing in a property can be a great way to grow your wealth, generate passive income, and build equity. Some consider now to be a truly wonderful opportunity to make that investment here in Australia.  However, it will come as no surprise to anyone that the success of your investment largely depends on the location of the property and the property type itself. Choosing the right location can make a significant difference in the rental income, property value, and overall returns on your investment.  Here is a short selection of tips on how to find the right location for an

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Why Landlords Must Charge Market Value Rent

We’ve spoken to so many people over the years that have started their journey as Investor Landlords with a bit of a naive attitude. It’s distressing to see the repeated mistakes that many people make. Even worse are the people who want to invest in property but think it’s too hard, risky or time consuming and don’t get started at all! We spend a lot of time with our clients addressing the risks involved in property investment and how we can stop these from occurring. One of the biggest is failing to increase rents regularly or at least charge market

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Interstate Property

How to buy Interstate Property

All savvy property investors are open to buying property 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’re getting ready to buy in new locations – 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

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Why you must turn that property frown upside down

The past few weeks has seen a significant uptick in doom and gloom reporting. We have monthly reports of softening property prices, scary projections of dwelling value falls, plus, never-ending conjecture on where interest rates will end up peaking. All in all, the plethora of bad property news is really starting to bum me out! And it’s not because market conditions are not producing moderating metrics. Rather, it’s that all the negative reporting is making people think that property has all of a sudden become a bad idea, when that’s just not the case.  Reason for optimism Recently, the Property

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Queensland Investors

Why Queensland investors shouldn’t sell in protest

There is an issue in Queensland that is gathering more and more momentum in the media, because it has most of the people in the property investment profession scratching their heads in bewilderment. In fact, I myself have spent plenty of time going: What the heck? What I’m talking about is the new Queensland land tax, which was quietly, or should that be sneakily, passed in late June by the State Government. The tax was first proposed late last year, but no one thought it would actually become a reality because it was so, well, ridiculous and potentially not legal

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Better Property Investment 2022

Why this year is a better property investment year than last

Much has been written about the increase in weekly rents that have been recorded over the past year. Investors can be left thinking if 2022 is a better property investment year than 2021? According to CoreLogic, in the year to July, Australian median rent values increased 7.5 per cent, which is the strongest annual appreciation in rents since December 2008. However, some of this rental growth was clawing back price reductions that took place during the first year of the pandemic. Indeed, prior to the pandemic, rental growth had generally been benign, or even falling, for the best part of

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Buying a property with a family member or friend

Guest Blog – Tina Howes – SmartMove In more recent years, as property has become more expensive, buying a property with another party other than your partner or spouse has become more common as a way of pooling deposits and getting in to the market sooner but doing so is not without its complexities or potential downfalls.  I have summarised the key points to be aware of before entering into this type of arrangement.  Loan application Both purchasers will be assessed for their ability to afford the loan jointly. If you are both on the title on the property, you

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Don’t let Media Hype derail your property portfolio

All those people with an agenda and in need of airtime are fighting it out to be the ones with the largest and loudest crystal ball. Remember them? Unfortunately, negative media hype can easily scare you away from building your property portfolio. As the Covid pandemic was taking hold back in 2020 we were being told that property prices would plunge 30% … many, many people put off buying property, fearful of what was to come. And what happened? Almost the exact opposite with stellar capital growth in so many property markets. Those that didn’t buy gave themselves a good

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rental properties

Critical undersupply of rental properties to persist

Rental Properties around Australia New data released recently has confirmed the critical undersupply of rental properties around the nation. According to SQM Research, the national residential rental vacancy hit just one per cent in March – the lowest level in 16 years. The last time the national vacancy rate was this low, “Kevin07” wasn’t even a thing yet! To understand what this metric really means it’s vital to know that the equilibrium point of supply and demand in the rental market is generally considered to be three per cent. This means that a vacancy rate of one per cent is

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