Why the fear and loathing on changes to negative gearing?

Changes to negative gearing

There has been wall-to-wall coverage and commentary on proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) leaving the average punter dazed and confused.

Does Australia need reform and what impact would currently proposed changes have?

The McKell Institute surveyed 51 of Australia’s leading and most respected economists between 29 February and 2 March 2016, the key results were: (more…)

Out of trend growth for the sector

Buyer's agent sector growth

We have been quiet of late and wanted to provide a brief update on how we have seen the last 12 months for the buyer’s agent sector.

For the last 5-years Buyers Agent Guide (BAG) has seen steady growth, following a consistent pattern. Over the last 12 months our readership has accelerated, significantly breaking away from the trendline. This can directly be attributed to the increased awareness of and interest in services of the sector.

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Can I subdivide my property: Required services and creating value?

Property subdivision

Are you looking to see if you can subdivide your current property or trying to find an investment property that can be subdivided?

This is the second post in a two part series that walks you through the steps and tips, which you should consider in order to identify the key facts about a property. The first post ‘Can I subdivide my property: Planning schemes?’ covered what is classified as subdividing and how to establish if a property lot can be subdivided.

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Can I subdivide my property: Planning schemes?

Subdivide property

Are you looking to see if you can subdivide your current property or trying to find an investment property that can be subdivided?

This is the first post in a two part series that walks you through the steps and tips, which you should consider in order to identify the key facts about a property e.g. lot size, zoning, overlays, neighbourhood plans etc. From these facts you can start applying the subdivision planning approval process of your local council.

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Housing market sentiment lifts in Q1 2014

House price expectations

The quarterly Australian residential property survey by National Australia Bank indicated housing market sentiment lifted slightly in Q1 2014 as sentiment improved in SA/NT and NSW, but softened in Victoria and WA. The outlook for house prices strengthened in all states except Victoria, with Queensland showing the biggest gains in the next 1-2 years. A big pick up in foreign buying activity was noted in the market for new property (especially in Queensland) and for established housing (especially in NSW). In terms of total demand, foreign buyers now account for just over 1 in 7 new properties and around 1 in 10 established homes.
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How to use Evernote to manage your property search

This post continues our look at the online service Evernote and how it can assist agents, investors and owners in their property search.

The ability to reference and manage my articles, notes and photos on the go from any device is the most invaluable benefit Evernote provides me with. Previously I would search through my browser bookmarks for properties I was interested in, followed by the exhausting process of then filtering through spread sheets and documents to collate associated material that I wanted to follow up on either prior to, during or after a property inspection. (more…)

How to use Google Earth to find property

This is the first post in a series where we look at how online tools can assist agents, investors and owners in their property search.

For some time now Google has been adding a range of tools designed to assist real estate professionals to its extensive list of service offerings. Following from Australia’s apparent obsession with property, Google’s Sydney office was the first of the global behemoth’s team to release an integrated product linking the popular Google Maps with the real estate industry. As a result, publishers and industry professionals now benefit from being able to share their content through Google Maps’ various search features. (more…)

Hot suburbs for investment identified by API Magazine

Australian Property Investor Magazine releases its 2013 Hot 100 issue

2013 seems set to be the year of property investment, with economic indicators and housing data having shown positive signs almost across the board for the first quarter.

Hot off the press, API Magazine’s annual Hot 100 list landed in our inbox this morning and includes many valuable insights for property investors. The Hot 100 has been highly anticipated by the real estate industry due to its reputation for providing quality analysis of prime targets for investment over the past few years. (more…)

Investment planning and property research

Real estate investing success

6 steps to property buying success: the essential guide for home buyers and property investors

Using a buyer’s agent is a good start in reducing stress when buying a property. Our Buyers Agent Guide series 6 steps to property buying success makes understanding and completing the transaction even easier.

In this article, the first of the series, we provide practical and straightforward guidance for buyers in a simple ‘how to’ for planning and researching your home or investment property. (more…)

Can investment tools help me decide where to buy property?

A plethora of products exist to help investors optimise the management of your property portfolio

As with most aspects of our lives, there have been major changes to the way we buy property in recent years.

With the rapid pace of technology development over the past decade or so, investors now have access to a large number of tools that can assist in sourcing and managing real estate. (more…)