Category Archive for "Home buying & selling"

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The lowdown on quantity surveyors

The property sphere is filled with specialists who can help maximise the financial outcomes from your real estate portfolio. From solicitors to building inspectors and accountants to mortgage brokers, there are many smart minds eager to guide you across all...
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The best investment property suburbs in Melbourne

It’s been a turbulent 18 months for our big-city markets from the start of 2018. While Sydney’s property price ups-and-downs have stolen most of the headlines, Melbourne has had to deal with value softening too. All this activity has come...
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Property Cycle

The problem with property-cycle panic

Cast your mind back just seven short years ago to 2012. It was the year the world was meant to end, according to some readings of the Mayan calendar. It was when a South Korean pop star had us doing...
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Depreciation Schedule

What is a tax depreciation schedule and how can it change your tax return?

I recently met with Marty Sadlier and Mike Mortlock of MCG Quantity Surveyors and asked them the above important question to which they answered here: Albert Einstein said if you can’t explain something simply, then you don’t understand it...
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Invest Fail

Here’s the top 7 reasons why property investors fail

There seems to be a disconnect between what is myth and reality when it comes to the number of investment properties that people own. We sometimes hear about “greedy” investors who own dozens of properties when this is not really...
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What every property investor needs to know about a depreciation schedule

I recently met with Marty Sadlier and Mike Mortlock of MCG Quantity Surveyors and asked them the above important question to which they answered here:- A lot has been written about various nuances within tax legislation and construction estimating....
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First Home Buyer

Should first homeowners buy in Hampton?

Imagine this for your first property purchase. Just over 13 kilometres from the city, ready access to transport and ultra-cool facilities and all located right on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay. Hampton may not have been your initial choice...
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Renovate Home

4 ways to add value to your investment property

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that property buyers fall into two broad categories — home owners or investors. While there are often complex reasons for purchasing real estate, there are cross-over goals between the investor and the homeowner – and...
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Mortage Prisoner

Are you a mortgage prisoner?

If the past few years will be remembered for anything, it may be that many Australians felt like mortgage prisoners. What do I mean by such a seemingly contrary statement? Well, the confluence of changes in the lending landscape has...
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Home Value

How to add value to your home

In quieter market conditions, many homeowners opt to renovate their properties to create equity themselves. Some people call this “sweat equity” because you usually sweat a lot painting the walls and working in the garden – especially in summer! Of...
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