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Long-term savings on your investment property

When it comes to property investment, everyone wants a bargain ? but bargains are often a false economy...

Fixed Rate Mortgage Demand Stages Comeback

Fixed rate home loans attracted more attention form borrowers over November...

House prices interest rates Economists make their 2016 predictions

The Reserve Bank is set to leave interest rates on hold for the rest of this year and for all of 2016, say Australia's leading financial market foreca...

RBA governor Glenn Stevens indicates interest rates to stay on hold in December

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens has signalled that interest rates will stay on hold at next Tuesday's meeting saying the case for leaving them ste...

Should you allow pets in your investment property

If you are feeling hesitant about allowing tenants with pets to rent your property, it might be time to take another look...

Expert Expresses Concern As Gold Coast Off The Plan Sales Boom

While off the plan sales on the Gold Coast seem to be building a head of steam...

Disrupting The Traditional Property Investment Market Through Combining Sales And Finance

Ask the person next to you Where would you rather live Sydney or Melbourne...

The key to good investing is picking the right index

Smart indexes that measure patterns and characteristics of the sharemarket are proving to be the best way for investors to actively manage their funds...

Does The Block stack up as an investment

After six buyers forked out more than $1.7 million each for a slice of The Block action, readers might be left wondering whether they?ve invested wise...

Discover the truth behind 5 dangerous retirement myths

Making assumptions can be a dangerous business when it comes to your finances None more so than preparing for retirement...

20 SUCCESS HABITS OF THE RICH

What do successful people do differently. Being rich has little to do with the money itself...

Massive increase in vacancy rates

Vacancy rates have more than doubled in one capital city over the past 12 months, with new research indicating that landlords are being forced to reas...

Dont be a frugal property investor

Would you give away $10,000? Would you let a potential of lost income slip away?...

More foreign buyers in government sights

The federal government has confirmed it is investigating hundreds of foreign buyer cases, with the Treasurer announcing another round of forced sales ...

The 5 critical investment questions you should be asking

Property investment seems to be the nation's favourite topic, but that doesn't mean it's the right choice for everyone...

Is Property investment pot luck

A major stockbroking firm has raised concerns about the suitability of property investment for many self-managed super fund portfolios, describing it ...

Reforms wide of the mark

Proposed underquoting reforms in NSW won't prevent "rogue agents" from taking advantage of sellers and may remove important negotiation mechanisms, ac...

3 big risks to your positively geared portfolio

Even with the best of planning, a positively geared strategy can be brought undone by the unexpected. But anticipating potential risks can help you mi...

Setting Property Investment Goals

Every successful property investment decision starts with a set of clear and achievable goals....

7 steps to building a massive property portfolio

Statistics show that more than 70 per cent of property investors own just one investment property....

Is a renovate-and-flip right for you

There's no shortage of older properties out there just waiting to be given a new lease on life, but that doesn't necessarily mean that renovation is t...

Reserve Bank leaves interest rates on hold at 2pc despite global market volatility

The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold at their historic low of 2 per cent for the fourth consecutive month...

Scrapping negative gearing makes no sense

A chorus of business figures have issued dire predictions relating to the scrapping of negative gearing...

Should I pay my loan fortnightly

Realising fortnightly repayments allows you to slash up to tens of thousands of dollars from your mortgage payments...

Homebuyer resurgence underway

According to preliminary auction results, there were a reported 735 residential properties auctioned in Melbourne at the weekend...

More illegal investors ordered to sell up

Five foreign investors who unlawfully hold residential property in Australia have been ordered to sell their properties...

Investor crackdown dangerous for housing supply

Reduced levels of investor loans could prevent development projects going ahead, which would in turn damage supply levels according to an industry fig...

Sydney and Melbourne set for further growth RBA

Australias central bank has raised the extraordinary possibility that property prices in Sydney and Melbourne have not yet responded fully to ultra-lo...

Fixed rate loans becoming more popular

Demand for fixed rate home loans increased over the month of July in response to multiple banks increasing interest rates, according to an industry ex...

4 benefits of refinancing your investment property

Many investors think that once a mortgage is locked in, there?s little room to move. In actual fact, you can always negotiate with your broker or bank...

5 ownership structures to consider

The options can present as a mine field, so getting the right professional advice ahead of your first purchase is critical to minimise tax...

How reliable are property valuations

It would be great if we could take exactly what our property valuer says as the truth and not give it another moment's thought...

5 tenant red flags

Many people make the mistake of not paying attention to the quality of the tenant...

First timers choosing investment over ownership

The number of first home buyers turning to investing is on the rise as they?re priced out of buying properties they want to live in...

Start Appreciating your Depreciation

Property Tax Depreciation is something we often dont appreciate or more commonly just dont understand at all...

How to beat financial hardship

Times of stress and hardship can be caused by many factors, such as market fluctuations, periods of rental vacancy, increases to outgoings and mainten...

Sydney investors seek affordable property in Melbourne developments

Sydney investors frustrated with the citys sky-high prices are heading south to scoop up cheap Melbourne real estate according to developers, with man...

Expert Says People Would Be Crazy To Try And Get A Mortgage Without A Broker

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority?s push to slow down the level of lending to property investors could likely have an unintended conseque...

Major Buyers Agency Changes Tack As First Time Buyers Borrow More Than Ever

Sydney and Melbourne?s continual price growth doesn?t seem to be scaring away people looking to break into the property market...

Will Reduced Lending To Real Estate Investors Put Pressure On Prices And Supply

A major Australian property lobby group is concerned that reduced lending to real estate investors could throttle the supply of new housing in Austral...

Property plans in tatters, Don't despair

If you had intentions to buy an investment property this year, where do you stand with the recent lending changes...

Chinas wave of global property investment is just beginning

Today?s global property market is sitting on the cusp of an unprecedented flood of capital now banking up in China...

Melbourne, Victoria, Only City Named as World's Most Liveable for Five Years

Melbourne in Australia remains the only city in the world to have this week topped the Economist Intelligence Unit?s Global Liveability Index for the ...

Shared Accommodation Listings In Melbourne Take A Massive Leap

Shared accommodation is becoming more prevalent in Melbourne according to new figures from an online share accommodation portal...

RBA calls out banks on sticky credit card interest rates

The Reserve Bank says the big banks have boosted margins on their $9 billion credit card income by 3 percentage points since the global financial cris...

Non Major Lender Announces Multiple Changes To Slow Investor Lending

A large mutual lender has announced a ?three-pronged? approach as it becomes the latest to try to slow investor lending...

Tougher Penalties For Agents And Developers The Next Step In Foreign Investment Crackdown

Real estate agents who assist people to break foreign investment rules are in the sights of law makers...

No Ban For SMSF Borrowing To Purchase Property Says Assistant Treasurer

There will be no ban on self-managed super fund (SMSF) borrowing to purchase property, according to the assistant treasurer, but tougher regulation co...

Reserve Bank leaves interest rates on hold, Australian dollar jumps on statement

The Reserve Bank has left interest rates on hold at a record low 2 per cent for the third month in a row...

We ain't seen nothing yet Chinese foreign investment in Australian property tipped to surge

In recent weeks there has been a lot of focus on the challenges facing China as it opens up its financial markets to foreign investors, and what the a...

Australian interest rate cuts 'on table' as inflation stays soft

Further interest rates cuts remain on the table, Australia's central bank chief said Wednesday...

Lower Australian dollar takes pressure off Reserve Bank

The Australian dollar started Wednesday up a cent against the US dollar before shedding morning gains despite second-quarter inflation data coming in ...

The prospects for a stronger Australian economy next year may have to be reviewed

The prospects for Australian economic growth brightened fractionally in June with the Westpac-MI leading index rising to 0.06pc from -0.02pc in May...

Why mortgage rates could rise next year

The Reserve Bank of Australia is widely expected to leave official interest rates on hold at two per cent for the foreseeable future...

APRA tells big banks to boost mortgage backing by billions

Consumers and shareholders could cop higher prices and lower returns after the banking regulator ordered the big banks to pump billions of dollars int...

Reserve Bank leaves interest rates on hold at 2pc

The Reserve Bank has left its official cash rate on hold at 2 per cent for the second straight month...

BIS warns that low interest rates could hurt, not help, economic growth

The central bank of central banks has warned its members that ultra-low interest rates may be doing more harm than good...

Australias great tax myths

WE ALL know that taxes are a fact of life. But figuring out what we can deduct and how those deductions or tax breaks work can be hard...

Agency Heads Blast Bubble Talk

The chief executive officers of two major real estate agencies have hit out at the ongoing speculation around conditions of the Sydney property market...

Time Might Be Right For P&I Switch

Whether youre an owner occupier or property investor, the head of a national mortgage broking firm believes the time is right to consider restructurin...

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