Category Archive for "Investing"

Recession

What happens to property values in a recession?

Are we heading for a recession and what would it mean for the property market? That’s a question I was recently asked by Yahoo Finance where I’ve been writing a regular property column for well over a decade. Now that’s...
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Planing Project Square

The stages of a construction project: planning and approvals

So, you want to take on a construction project. It’s an admirable ambition – and a smart one at a time when the market in most major cities looks to have bottomed out and be on the verge of recovery....
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Brisbane

Is it Brisbane’s time to shine?

You only need to spend a day driving around Brisbane to see that things are well and truly pumping in the Sunshine State’s capital. You’ve got the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct, the massive amounts of development and urban renewal...
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House Model On Red Block With Question Mark Symbols

Has the property market bottomed?

It’s no secret that housing markets in some Australian capital cities have had a rough trot since the boom ended in the final quarter of 2017. Since then, prices have fallen by double-digits in Sydney and Melbourne, and also went...
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Property Invest

Is now the best to buy property since the GFC?

The funny thing about every market downturn is that when we’re in it, it’s often hard to see the forest for the trees. We think what’s happening is unique and worse than ever before. But cast your minds back to...
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Housing Affordability3

Housing Affordability the Best it’s Been Since 1999

Who says housing is unaffordable. O.K. I admit it’s expensive in our big capital cities – it’s a first world problem that comes with living in world class cities on the bay in the best country in the world at...
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House Bubble

Australian housing market bubble: myth or reality?

It’s 18 months now since property markets, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, saw the beginning of a softening in median prices. Or, what some pundits will have you believe, was a bursting of Australia’s housing bubble. The popping of a...
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First Home2

Fees to look out for when buying your first property

When you’re buying your very first place, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all – as well as how overwhelming it all can sometimes feel. You know how much you’ve been pre-approved for...
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Credit Card

Does a credit card really affect borrowing power?

I recently met a young couple who had come to see me to help them sort out their mortgage. They had been diligently working towards their home ownership dream for several years by saving money for a deposit, keeping their...
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Interest Rate Cut2

Don’t be complacent with interest rate cuts

So July has marked the 2nd round of interest rate cuts and as veteran economist Dr Don Stammer once said “RBA rate cuts are like Mormons – they come around in pairs.” I have struggled to see why we needed...
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