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Best upmarket growth suburbs

Suburbs set around rivers, beaches and Australia’s most famous harbour have topped a list of growth areas where prices start at $500,000.

Sydney’s Balmain came a close second after North Fremantle in Western Australia with annual growth of 16.3% for three-bedroom units.

Other notable Sydney locales include Pyrmont, Haymarket and Camperdown.

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Should I fix my interest rate now that rates are rising?

Westpac, Commonwealth, ANZ and NAB have announced they are raising their variable mortgage rates on home loans.

So is it time to lock in and fix interest rates on some or all of your mortgage loans?

This is a question many property investors and home owners are asking, so how do you decide what’s … Read More

Mortgage holders: What to do when your fortune changes

After being at record lows for some time, interest rates may soon be back on the rise with Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and ANZ increasing their rates for all mortgage holders.

Mortgage holders may find themselves with mortgages that cost more than expected but there are some things you can do to ready … Read More

5 insights into Chinese investment in Australia

China is now the biggest economy in the world, with a GDP of 9.24 trillion USD. With 20 million births each year, China gains the entire population of Australia year on year. It’s no wonder China is making waves when it comes to international property investment.

CPS Property Director, Jacob O’Neill, recently attended a … Read More

Queensland property confidence continues to rise

Queensland has seen a bump in property confidence over the last quarter, jumping another two points to 132 on the confidence index in the latest ANZ/Property survey, two points above the national average and well ahead of the 100 neutral score.

With prices reaching their peak in Sydney and Melbourne, buyers are seeking out a better value proposition … Read More

Property predictions for the remainder of 2015

Are the booming property markets in Melbourne and Sydney beginning to correct?

The last few weeks have seen auction clearance rates drop as low as 71% in Sydney and 73% in Melbourne.

After months of watching clearance rates hover between 80% and 90%, observers have begun to question the direction of our two biggest ‘sellers’ markets’.

Property experts share … Read More

8 steps to getting started in property investment

Nila Sweeney at realestate.com.au shares her tips for first time property investors.

Admit it, you’ve been thinking about investing in property.

You’ve read the books, magazines and reports. You’ve been religiously checking realestate.com.au for properties.

Yet when push comes to shove, you get stopped.

You’re not alone. In fact less than 6% of Australians, … Read More

The buy-and-hold strategy explained

The buy-and-hold property investment strategy is the most commonly used among Australian investors due to its simplicity, passive nature and reduced risk compared to other strategies.

Adam Grocke at Smart Property Investment explains the investment strategy.

A buy-and-hold property investment strategy requires less investment knowledge, less risk and less deposit, making it a … Read More

Why property owners should use an offset account

When investing in property there are various different loan types that you can come across including fixed term loans, variable-rate loans as well as being able to use an offset account. An offset account has the potential to save you thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars during your … Read More