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When 'location, location' fails, here's what to look for in an investment property

You're armed with a budget and you're ready to find your investment property....

Low interest rates here 'for years to come'

Low interest rates are here to stay for 'years to come', according to the founder of Aussie Home Loans, which will be of great comfort to home buyers ...

Investment property ain't a set-and-forget strategy

Perhaps you bought an investment property recently. If so, it's great you've made the move, and hopefully it's a property you will hold for the long t...

First drop in banks' interest-only loans since 2009

The value of interest-only home loans on the books of Australian banks shrunk for the first time in more than seven years last quarter, as a crackdown...

Housing bubble fears pop with price rises set to 'taper', not burst, says HSBC

AUSTRALIAN residential property is in a price boom, not a bubble, and although price rises are expected to taper off next year they will not bust....

Reserve Bank of Australia keeps interest rates on hold

THE Reserve Bank has left official interest rates on hold as it pins its hope on the economy gradually improving over the rest of the year....

Prepare right now for interest rates to rise at some stage

WE will have higher interest rates ' sooner or later. No one can be sure when. But either way it's best to start preparing now....

4 million, 5 million, 8 million: How big is too big for liveable Melbourne

Look at the size of us! Melbourne, a city on steroids. Burgeoning population, booming economy, bulging outline. Every day more than 300 people added, ...

Victorian regional rail to get $1.5 billion investment

Malcolm Turnbull has staunchly defended his government's infrastructure record in Victoria as he slammed suggestions that the Coalition was too Sydney...

May property market wrap-up: what's happening in Australia's capital cities

Whether you're investing, looking to buy your first home or looking to sell up, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on trends in the property marke...

Interest rates rising on some loans but don't fret about return to 1990

HOW would you feel if your mortgage repayment increased by nearly $3000 a month...

Victorian Buyers Should Consider Off-The-Plan

For investors, owner-occupiers, and first-home buyers alike, choosing what sort of property to buy can prove challenging. Should one look at establish...

Superannuation shortfall prompts Australians to review retirement savings

SIGNIFICANT hikes to power, healthcare and food has resulted in Australians needing to stash even more savings to live a comfortable life in retiremen...

How Changes To Depreciation Will Affect Investors

Changes to how depreciation can be claimed on residential properties, following the release of the 2017-18 federal budget, will cost some investors th...

Rising interest rates not a worry for property investors, says expert

Central banks around the world are beginning to increase interest rates, but the long-term effects this will have for property investors is likely to ...

Pitting Renter Against Renter Will Drive Up Prices

Renters are already the disadvantaged party at the negotiating table because they cannot ignore their need for a place to live. And a new series of ap...

Banks' failure to cut interest rates to blame for crackdown

THE Big Four banks have failed to fully pass on interest rate cuts up to 19 times since 2000, laying the foundation for the new competition crackdown ...

Scott Morrison orders ACCC to probe the banks' truth on interest rates

TREASURER Scott Morrison has slammed the banks for using 'voodoo' to come up with mortgage rate rises and has ordered a crack squad of ACCC investigat...

Household debt keeps RBA interest rates on hold

Reserve Bank of Australia board members remain firmly on hold amid ongoing concerns about heavily indebted households, a weak labour market and soft w...

Sydneysiders Favour Melbourne's More Affordable Properties

With Sydney's property prices continuing to rise to ever more unaffordable levels, residents are turning to Melbourne for more affordable alternatives...

'Don't buy $19 smashed avocado': Melbourne property tycoon hammers millennials over spending habits

A Melbourne property mogul says the dream of owning your own home is still possible ' so long as members of Generation Y can cut back on unnecessary s...

Budget change to reduce investment property deductions

The Federal Budget proposed changes affecting residential property investors may discourage future investors from purchasing a second hand residential...

Why Sydneysiders are snapping up Melbourne properties

Sydneysiders are turning to Melbourne as their property hotspot of choice, as rampant price growth in their own harbourside city is pricing them out o...

Australia Needs A Major 'Infrastructure Blitz'

Nicholas Moore, Macquarie Group's chief executive, has urged federal and state governments to proceed with a major 'infrastructure blitz' to help ease...

Half of Australians would feel mortgage stress if rates rose

More than half of Australians would be under mortgage stress if rates rose 2 percentage points, according to a new Galaxy poll commissioned by CoreLog...

RBA leaves cash rate on hold in May

THE Reserve Bank has kept the official cash rate on hold at its historic low of 1.5 per cent for the eighth meeting in a row....

Properting investing is the interest-only way to go

Property consultant Lee Marks owns investment properties in Melbourne. He's not sure precisely how many he owns, but he does know that all his loans a...

First Investment Property Tips

Question: We are looking to build a home but will be using it as an investment. What can we do to get the most out of our investment ...

Landlords Reveal Their Most Common Fears

While property investment can be an attractive wealth creation strategy, it is not without its risks....

Reserve Bank stuck between rock and a hard place on interest rates

Dont expect any movement in official interest rates for the foreseeable future, for the Reserve Bank has found itself trapped...

Reserve Bank holds interest rates steady at 1.5pc

The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold at a record low 1.5 per cent for the eighth month in a row, as it remains torn between a surging hous...

Reducing the risks of borrowing to buy an investment property

Despite increasing concern about the possibility of a sharp fall in property prices, especially for apartments, investor demand for properties continu...

Depreciation Schedules Shed Light On Property Investment

A recently released report by BMT Tax Depreciation analysed depreciation data and its relationship to investment trends in Australia....

Real estate investors are taking a stand against rising interest rates

DISGRUNTLED real estate investors are flocking to their keyboards and mortgage specialists after interest rate rises on investment loans have turned t...

Investors Re-Emerge In The National Housing Market

Interest rate cuts and the return of lending to investors over the past year have seen the re-emergence of investors as a dominant force in the nation...

What you need to know before buying property through your SMSF

Buying property through your self-managed super fund (SMSF) can be a great way to maximise your wealth and provide for a comfortable retirement. But d...

Growth In Net Overseas Migration Fuels Property Demand

Australia is experiencing a resurgence in net overseas migration (NOM), according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)...

Adelaide: Lower house prices, better quality of life make it 'almost irresistible' for Sydney and Me

Property investors spooked by the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics might join the increasing number opting to park their money ...

Interest rate rises indicate growth

INTERNATIONAL interest rate settings, and US interest rates in particular, have a significant effect upon the global economy, financial markets and co...

Home loan customers are paying interest rates as high as in the seven per cent range

UNSUSPECTING home loan customers are getting fleeced by their own banks by paying exorbitant variable interest rates that are more than four times the...

Brisbane's Property Market Is Growing Hotter By The Minute

While Brisbane is sometimes derided for being the less glamorous sister of the more cosmopolitan southeastern capitals, its weather is sunnier and its...

Are Foreign Investors Really To Blame For Sydney's House Prices

One in every 10 homes in New South Wales is purchased by foreign buyers, states new figures released under the freedom of information laws. Not surpri...

Property Investors Are Less Willing To Invest In Sydney And Melbourne

Less than a quarter of property investors from New South Wales and Victoria believe now is a good time to buy an investment property in their respecti...

Unemployment surge complicates RBA interest rate plans

A stumbling labour market sent the jobless rate rising to a 13-month high of 5.9 per cent last month, complicating Reserve Bank of Australia plans to ...

Savvy buys: Cities and towns with investment properties under $400k

If you can't afford an investment property in the capital cities, or just like the thought of owning a variety of digs, there's no shortage of cheaper...

How would rising interest rates affect property prices

If interest rates start to increase, do you expect any change in property prices in the short to medium term...

What types of investment property can your SMSF purchase

Some people think that managing their own super through an SMSF is too hard or only for investors with specialised financial knowledge. But with a lit...

Returns on cash savings take a dive

SAVERS are getting hit by rock-bottom returns on their cash and now one in five accounts have interest rates lower than the official cash rate....

How an interest rate rise will affect the property market

Speculation is rife regarding the next interest rate move by the Reserve Bank of Australia....

What are the hidden costs of an investment property

While the largest expense when buying an investment property is clearly the deposit, there may be more costs than you realise. If you're not sufficien...

Why Australian interest rates are unlikely to return to pre GFC levels

Australian interest rates have fallen a lot over the past decade....

Housing affordability: low interest rates push up property prices

Housing affordability is a serious problem in most parts of Australia....

The three big questions for real estate investors

REAL estate investment has made many Australians wealthier, but has also stung a few right where it hurts ' in their hip pocket....

Greater Melbourne Housing Markets Grew Strongly In 2016

Melbourne, and other housing markets in the Greater Melbourne area, finished 2016 on a high note, according to Andrew Wilson, senior economist at the ...

UBS: Australian inflation's going nowhere - and interest rates will do the same

After years of constant disinflation ' in some cases outright deflation ' global inflationary pressures are now picking up, driven by a combination of...

Is investing in property through your SMSF right for you

Australia's love affair with investing in property has been a key driver of personal wealth. ...

Higher interest rates will not necessarily take heat out of the housing market

The housing market was in full recovery mode throughout 2016...

Australia Has The Third Most Expensive Housing Market In The World

Faced with ludicrous headlines about tin sheds selling for millions of dollars in Sydney and a growing national housing affordability crisis, many Aus...

Slowing inflation to delay interest rate rises

Economists have pushed back their expectations on the timing of any interest rate rises by the Reserve Bank amid stubbornly low inflation....

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