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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

Maintenance Responsibilities – Owner or Owners Corporation?

One of the most confusing aspects of owning a lot within a Strata Scheme is understanding who is responsible for the maintenance of certain elements within the lot – an individual owner or Owners Corporation (Body Corporate)?

This debate has existed since strata schemes legislation was first incepted in 1961 and … Read More

No ban on SMSF property borrowing just yet

According to the Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, there will be no ban on Managed Super Fund (SMSF) property borrowing. However, it is likely that there will be tougher regulations implemented instead – iBuyNew reports.

During the Tax Institute annual superannuation conference in Sydney on Friday, Mr Frydenberg said that the Abbott government is … Read More

10 benefits of buying off the plan

If you’re looking to buy a property, but are torn between buying a new property off the plan, or a slightly older property read on. Mark Mendel at iBuyNew shares his thoughts on why buying off the plan can be more beneficial in the short and longer term.

1) Stamp Duty Savings

Stamp … Read More

Sydney leads charge in value growth

Sydney has again led the charge in growth in Australian home values, recording a growth rate of 1.1% for the month of August. The city was well above the national average rise in dwelling values of 0.3%.

Just two other cities – Adelaide (0.7%) and Darwin (0.3%) – recorded growth in home … Read More