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Townhouses vs Houses vs Apartments

Townhouses vs Houses vs Apartments With Melbourne’s population set to increase to nearly 8 million by 2051, increases in dwelling density will be key to managing this population growth. It has been acknowledged by Plan Melbourne that it is no longer sustainable to continue expanding outwards to cater for the additional demand of 3.6M+ residents and the 1.4M+ new dwellings [...]

Rentvesting: A smarter way to invest

Rentvesting: A smarter way to invest I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, but what does it actually mean and what are the benefits?? Rentvesting refers to the growing trend of buying your first property as an investment while you rent elsewhere. People typically buy somewhere they can afford to (usually in a new, outer suburb with where the supply of [...]

Why Buying Property Off The Plan Is A Wise Investment Choice

Why Buying Property Off The Plan Is A Wise Investment Choice Investing in the property market is still one of the soundest ways to put your money to work in Australia. But it's neither foolproof nor a sure-fire way of guaranteeing wealth and a secure financial future for you and your family. To ensure your investment is effective, you will need to [...]

The Best Place To Buy An Investment Property In Australia

The Best Place To Buy An Investment Property In Australia In real estate terms, the property cycle refers to the continuing phases of rise and fall in capital and rental returns. When creating or growing your property investment portfolio, the trick is to determine how long the property cycle is likely to last, and where the market is strongest at [...]

Using Equity To Buy An Investment Property

Using Equity To Buy An Investment Property Over the past few years, the Australian property market has been characterised by ever-increasing prices. Despite local and regional variation, in general, home owners across the country can be confident that the value of their bricks and mortar has increased significantly over time. As a result of this, many people are discovering that [...]

Investment Property Tips

Investment Property Tips Are you considering a property purchase in the near future? Perhaps you've got your home on the market and are busy looking for a fresh opportunity to move further up the property ladder. In these circumstances, it's all too easy to get carried away by the excitement of moving house and forget to consider those essential [...]

The Benefits Of Negative Gearing

The Benefits of Negative Gearing Negative gearing is an interesting practice in the housing market that has its own set of pros and cons. The term might intimidate people who are trying to get into the housing industry but it is quite an easy concept to grasp. People need to understand what gearing is all about first. A “geared” [...]

3 Weeks Left To Claim Your Lost Super

3 Weeks Left To Claim Your Lost Super It is estimated over 30 million lost super accounts belonging to an estimated 12 million Australians are about to be shifted over to the ATO if not claimed by December 31st. Lost super accounts are old super accounts that have out of date contact information or have not received a contribution in [...]

RBA leaves cash rate on hold at 2.0 per cent

At its meeting today, the RBA Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent.  Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but some key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago. This trend appears largely to reflect increased supply, including from Australia. Australia's terms [...]

What’s all this talk about a property bubble in Australia? Evidence may suggest otherwise.

There's been a lot of talk about a property bubble lately, but is there real evidence to support such a case? Leading economists from across Australia have weighed in with their opinions, and the overwhelming majority have predicted quite the opposite to the barrage of headlines making waves across media outlets in recent months. In fact, most of the economic [...]

New million dollar suburbs propping up

Melbourne has 17 new suburbs with a million-dollar median house price, latest data from the Valuer-General reveals. One council in particular seems to be growing steadily in value, and that's the Glen Eira council - which welcomed four new suburbs into the million-dollar club in 2014. Those include Caulfield, Bentleigh, Glen Huntly, Ormond & Caulfield East. Caulfield East's median price [...]

Brisbane to buck national easing trend: BIS Shrapnel 2018

National research house BIS Shrapnel predicts Brisbane to be the only capital city to buck the national trend of easing median house prices over the next three years.  The BIS Shrapnel Residential Property Prospects 2015-2018 has just been released, and with it has come a wave of commentary and opinion pieces surrounding capital city performance and predictions. Head of research [...]

Form vs function: Have your say in the debate on apartment design standards.

To understand what makes for great medium and high density living, and to contribute to the current debate on apartment design standards, Assemble is reaching out to you to tell them how you live now – and how you’d like to live in the future – via a national small footprint living survey. The survey will help provide valuable insight [...]

HTW’s June 2015 National Property Clock

National valuation firm & research house Herron Todd White (HTW) have just released their 'National Property Clock' for June 2015. The 'simple broad brush' analysis tool suggests where various property markets are at relative to their timing in the property cycle, as well as what direction prices are heading in. Click the image to expand!    According to HTW, it [...]

Affordability issues pushing investors outwards

As issues surrounding affordability continue to rise, investors are increasingly looking further afield to get into the property market. There's no denying that the cost of housing within the inner-city of Australia's capitals is continuing to rise, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney - and as a result, potential buyers and investors are increasingly looking further afield to get their foot [...]

Foreign investment, is it really that bad?

There's no shortage of hype & coverage surrounding foreign investment in Australia's property market, but is it worth all the fuss? There's no denying the amount of foreign investment that has taken place in Australia's property market in recent years. Figures released in the past few weeks by financial services company Credit Suisse estimated that residential investment from Chinese-based investors [...]

April Property Snapshot

April Property Snapshot Infographic Relatively low consumer confidence, stricter serviceability requirements for borrowers, tighter lending conditions for investors, affordability challenges and low rental yields are all factors that may contribute to the moderation in housing market conditions over 2015. These factors could be somewhat offset by the low returns from risk free assets and interest rates for residential mortgages expected [...]

The RBA has lowered the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0%

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision  At its meeting today, the RBA Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 2.0 per cent, effective 6 May 2015. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but commodity prices have declined over the past year, in some cases sharply. These trends appear largely to reflect increased [...]

Is another interest rate cut looming? Senior economists weigh in.

If economists are right in their predictions, the RBA will cut rates by a further quarter of a per cent when it meets again in May. Senior ANZ economist Felicity Emmet sights a number of factors that point to a likely downward shift in rates; "It's looking like more of a line-ball call this month, but we think there will [...]

The Block Triple Threat Auction Results!

The Block Triple Threat has come to an end, with all contestants pocketing hefty profits this year round.  Melbourne couple Deanne and Darren Jolly won the battle this time round with the couples renovation at 4/27 Darling St, South Yarra selling for $2.29 million - some $835,000 over their reserve price of $1.455 million.  Ultimately, the couple pocketed a grand [...]

CoreLogic RP Data’s Capital Markets Report 2015

Housing market overview Australia's housing market has broadly been in an upswing since June 2012, with dwelling values across CoreLogic RP Data's combined capital city index having increased by 22.2 per cent through to January 2015.  With the release of CoreLogic RP Data's latest Capital Markets Report for 2015, we take a look at some of the major metrics and [...]

Retirement more costly than most people think

A carefree comfortable retirement may cost a lot more than you think.  Unfortunately, the average Australian adopts a 'carefree' passive attitude when it comes to retirement - putting it off as something you need not worry about until years later down the track. But it's this lax attitude which is a real cause for concern when it comes to retirement. Jeremy [...]

Melbourne rents surge to an all-time high

Recent data indicates that Melbourne's rent have surged to an all-time high, with increases for both houses & apartments. The median asking rent for houses increased by 2.5% over the March quarter to $390 per week, according to Domain Group's rental report released on Thursday.  Unit rents also increased by some 1.4% over the quarter to total $365 a week. [...]

RBA leaves cash rate unchanged at 2.25%

Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision Moderate growth in the global economy is expected in 2015, with the US economy continuing to strengthen, even as China's growth slows a little from last year's outcome. Commodity prices have declined over the past year, in some cases sharply. The price of oil in particular is much lower than it was [...]

City’s north under pressure from upsurge in new apartment developments

Rapid expansion in construction and high-rise development in the city's CBD and inner north threatens to destroy the quality of life and amenity for many local residents alike. With no fewer than 30,000 new residents predicted to live in eight city blocks bounded by Swanston, Victoria, Queen and Lonsdale streets - local resident, architect and urban designer Bruce Echberg has [...]

Strong population across our major capital cities

A recent study reveals that Australia's population growth is largely concentrated in two main capitals.  The study by Michael Matusik has shown that despite national population growth trends slowing, growth continues largely within NSW and VIC. At a glance; 23,581,000 people live in Australia. From last year, the population has increased by some 355,000, equating to an annual growth rate [...]

RBA warns property prices unsustainable

With an already 'booming' market heavily inflated by both local and overseas investors, Australian house prices are at risk of potentially falling in value in conditions continue as they are.  The RBA has warned that interest-only loans may be a contributing factor to the burgeoning property market as they produce the added risk of creating larger debt for households than [...]

Melbourne inner-city apartment supply showing no signs of slowing down

The Melbourne inner-city apartment market continues to surge with new supply hitting record levels.  In fact, according to a new report from research house BIS Shrapnel, new apartments in central Melbourne have surged with almost 6,600 apartments completed in 2014. What's driving this demand? Investor demand has remained strong since 2009 following the Global Financial Crisis. Demand was initially buoyed [...]

The RBA announcement is in for March

  The RBA has today announced that they will leave the rates on hold for the month of March, keeping the current cash rate at its record low of 2.25%.  RBA Governor Glen Stevens has pointed to continual declines in the commodity prices along with our domestic growth rates that are also in decline. Credit is on the rise, particularly [...]

Melbourne residential market has highest growth over past quarter

 RP Data's latest February CoreLogic Data Home Value Index results have shown that dwelling prices in Melbourne rose at a greater rate over the past three months than in any other capital city.  Along with strong auction clearance rates of late (80% over the past weekend), Melbourne's strong residential market is placing sellers in good stead. These results are also [...]

Australian Property Market Outlook for 2015

With the new year well underway, Australian Property Investor has published their market outlook for 2015 and the years to come. Here we recap some of their predictions.  Retail sales grew moderately from 2013 to 2014, having increased from 3.4% to 5.5%. This growth is expected to slow through 2015 to 5.3%. GDP Growth will continue to increase with a long [...]

Resource dependent mining towns hit a slump

  Resource dependent mining towns are going from 'bad to worse' according to latest figures.  There have been some stark reminders for investors who plunged head first into the mining & resource investment boom towns & regional centres in recent days, weeks & months - as Australia's national economy shifts from a heavily dependent resource sector to other industries such as [...]

Melbourne to Become As Dense as World’s Most Crowded Cities

Melbourne is slowly becoming denser than some of the world's most crowded cities, a leading industry report reveals.  The report produced by Oliver Hume Real Estate Group has revealed that Melbourne's increasing level of new projects and high-rise developments is putting the city ahead of the likes of Hong Kong, New York & Tokyo in terms of housing & dwelling [...]