Archive for August, 2015

Top 10 tips for buying an investment property

What do you need to know before buying an investment property?

Aviate Group managing director Neil Smoli offers his tips.

Leave your emotion at the door

Buying an investment property requires a different mindset to buying a home to live in. Start your property search with a clear head. “Investment property decisions should be made from a logical point of view, not an emotional one.”

Choose the right location

Don’t be afraid … Read more »

Is Australia in a housing bubble?

Steadily rising house prices, fueled by record low interest rates, are sparking fears of an impending crash in Australia’s property market.

Talk of a property bubble is increasing while questions continue around affordability, particularly in the surging Sydney and Melbourne markets.

So what is a housing bubble, are we in one, and what can you do to protect yourself?

Read the full article here.

Looking to invest, despite a potential Sydney … Read more »

Is Sydney’s price growth sustainable?

With Sydney auction clearance rates again hitting just below 80% over the past 3 weeks, the property market continues to defy the doom and gloom bubble theorists.

What are the factors behind the current price growth and is it sustainable?

Buyers Domain look at the facts.

Record Low Interest Rates: The RBA has kept the official interest rate at a record low 2.5% for almost a year now. Just last week, 3 … Read more »

Buyers gripped by ‘fear-of-missing-out-disease’

As Sydney’s property market “sizzles” homebuyers are catching “fear-of-missing-out disease”.

Property values shot up 2.7 per cent in June, according to RP Data, and Australian Property Monitors auction clearance rates averaged 75 per cent in June.

It’s a far cry from June 2014 when the Sydney average was 54.5 per cent.

Although the improving market is encouraging many sellers to put their homes on the market – APM recorded the second-highest number of June auction listings … Read more »

APRA crackdown of no consequence to savvy property investors

While the market reacts to the banks’ decision to tighten lending restrictions to investors, Aviate Group Managing Director Neil Smoli has emphasised that for smart investors – those who prioritise their own security – the property investment landscape has not changed.

“Today’s decision by AMP Bank to cease writing new loans to property investors and to raise interest rates for existing investment loans, following the announcement of tighter lending criteria … Read more »