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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...

Expert says get rid of mum and dad monopoly investors

OWNING a home has generally been the Australian dream. But with prices still on the increase in most Australian cities, that dream is becoming even ha...

Rental growth slowdown signals property boom on borrowed time

Fresh data on the rental market is fuelling concerns that Melbournes property boom is coming to an end, with returns for landlords hitting record lows...

Business confidence bounces on budget, lower interest rates

NAB said on Tuesday its business confidence index for May climbed four points to seven points, its highest level since August last year...

Stop builders turning dream homes into nightmares

Time and again reports have called for building sector reforms, but nothing changes...

RBA June interest rates guidance puts a rocket under Australian dollar

The Aussie dollar has piled on gains overnight following a dearth of guidance from the Reserve Bank of Australia in its June interest rates decision...

Affordability is driving a strong property market in Melbournes outer west: hockingstuart Melton

The outer west remains one of Melbournes most affordable pockets to buy property...

Melbourne's best yielding suburbs

With interest rates staying low for the forseeable future, more investors are likely to plunge into Melbourne's rising property market...

Population growth will drive house prices: Damian Collins

Australias robust population growth will continue to underpin property prices for decades to come...

More Sydney-based investors are choosing to buy property in Melbourne

SYDNEY based property investors have become so frustrated with the Harbour Citys lofty home prices that many have been looking toward Melbourne real e...

5 ways to buy property on a modest income

Having a low income does not automatically exclude you from investing in property, you simply need to be diligent with your finance and perhaps be a l...

Top 5 investing tax mistakes you could be making

Tax time is just around the corner and smart investors know its a great time to claim back a portion of their investment expenses but could you be doi...

RBA must front up to failed gamble on interest rates

Its been four years since the Reserve Bank began its easing cycle, and business investment continues to fall. In fact, yesterday?s figures show one of...

Interest rates likely to remain low long-term

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's speech on Friday could prove a pivotal moment for markets, as markets hunt for the latest clues about the directi...

Westpac cuts investor loan discounts

The biggest lender to property investors, Westpac Banking Corp, has become the last of the major banks to pull back on lending incentives...

10 ways to reduce your property investor tax bill in 2016

Tax is a necessary evil. While the revenue collected through tax means the federal and various state governments are able to fund a range of projects,...

Giant super balance of $1.5 million needed for retired couple

RETIREE couples will need a whopping $1.5 million in superannuation to live a retirement income equivalent to the average weekly wage...

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