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Buying a house might seem impossible for some. But this young woman did it by rentvesting

Have you been renting for years, feeling like buying a property is getting further and further out of reach? Have you been renting for years, feeling like buying a property is getting further and further out of reach? Despite the recent dip in property prices, the median price in Sydney is ...

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Converting commercial buildings into residential

Many landlords and property investors are transforming tired commercial buildings into prime urban real estate. So how can you take advantage of this trend? Many landlords and property investors are transforming tired commercial buildings into prime urban real estate. So how can you take adv...

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RBA cuts cash rate to new record low of 1 percent

The Reserve Bank has cut the official cash rate for the second month in a row to a fresh record low of 1 per cent as it desperately tries to pump some juice into Australia’s stalling economy. The Reserve Bank has cut the official cash rate for the second month in a row to a fresh recor...

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Granny Flats Have Potential to Shake Up the Housing Market

  Despite a cooling housing market over the past 12 months, many of the housing challenges that have plagued Australians in recent years show no signs of diminishing. Despite a cooling housing market over the past 12 months, many of the housing challenges that have plagued Australians ...

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Property investment habits of the different generations

Over a lifetime your financial position and priorities develop and change.The typical pathway starts with saving, accumulating wealth in your working years, and then spending your retirement enjoying the results of your hard work. Over a lifetime your financial position and priorities develo...

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Student accommodation investment trends

When you purchase a property and rent it out to university students, you can often get a higher-than-average rental yield for the area. According to the Knight Frank 2018 Australian Student Accommodation Insight Report, a number of property investors have already entered the student acc...

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Rentvesting – a step on the first rung of the property ladder

Where you want to live is not always where you can afford to live. Rentvesting lets you live where you want, while getting a foot on the property ladder. Where you want to live is not always where you can afford to live. Rentvesting lets you live where you want while getting a foot on the pr...

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Are you claiming all available tax deductions from your investment property?

Are you claiming all you’re entitled to at tax time? Find out what tax deductions you can claim on an investment property and maximise your deductions this June 30. Are you claiming all you’re entitled to at tax time? Find out what tax deductions you can claim on an investment pr...

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Tenant Demand in Gold Coast Office Market Expected to Rise

Investment activity in the Gold Coast office market was subdued in 2018 with few assets on offer, although Knight Frank expects the tide to change this year with around $90 million in assets hitting the market in 2019's first quarter. Investment activity in the Gold Coast office market was sub...

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Alleged Melbourne landbanking scheme Askk that raised $10m frozen by court

The Federal Court of Australia has frozen a suspected land banking scheme in Melbourne that raised more than $10 million from investors, after an application by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.The scheme is operated by Broadmeadows-based Askk Investment Group. It ...

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Brisbane’s out-performing real estate markets: Hotspotting’s Terry Ryder

Brisbane is like a car where the engine is revving but it can’t move forward because the handbrake is on. The city’s property market is poised for an up-cycle but, according to the generalised price data published in mainstream media, it’s not yet happening. Brisbane is lik...

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APRA Moves to Scrap 7pc Loan Buffer

In a move that is most likely to benefit owner-occupiers and the wider property market, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is proposing the 7 per cent serviceability buffer on home loans be removed. In a move that is most likely to benefit owner-occupiers and the wi...

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Worst of Housing Market Conditions ‘Now Behind Us’: Corelogic

Sydney and Melbourne dwelling values have now recorded respective falls of 14.5 per cent and 10.9 per cent since peaking in late 2017. But, as the downturn becomes “geographically diverse” with more regions across the country recording declines in values, CoreLogic’s index re...

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‘The tap has been turned back on’: APRA to relax assessment rate for home loans

Property markets across the country have been given a shot in the arm, with Australia’s banking regulator announcing its plans to relax the assessment rate for home loans. Property markets across the country have been given a shot in the arm, with Australia’s banking regulator an...

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Regional Australia is big winner in the Federal Budget

There was very little directly related to housing in this year’s Federal Budget, however regional Australia is the clear winner. There was very little directly related to housing in this year’s Federal Budget, however regional Australia is the clear winner.   More sp...

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Sydney Rental Vacancy Rate Surges

Sydney's rental vacancy rate has lifted to 3.4 per cent in April with nearly 8,000 homes across the city emptying over the past year. Sydney’s rental vacancy rate has lifted to 3.4 per cent in April with nearly 8,000 homes across the city emptying over the past year. Data released by SQ...

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Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital to open in May 2019

  Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital (TLPH), the former Wyong Shire’s newest major health facility, has moved closer to completion, with staff announcing that the hospital will open in May. Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital (TLPH), the former Wyong Shire’s newest major health fa...

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Property buyers get twice the house with half the mortgage by using clever strategy

Young couples are securing Sydney homes while still living a high life of holidays and expensive dinners by using a clever home building strategy that minimises their mortgage obligations. Young couples are clawing their way onto Sydney’s elusive property ladder without skimping on luxur...

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Revenue From Property Taxes Continues To Climb In 2017/18 Despite Housing Downturn

State and local governments collected a whopping $30.293 billion worth of property tax revenue over the 2017-18 financial year. If you were to compare these statistics to what was published last year, the figures would be vastly different. Previously, the ABS included stamp duties on conveyance...

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Rents Across Australia Rise Over The First Quarter Of 2019

The first CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review for 2019, which tracks median rents and rental yields across Australia, shows that national weekly rents have risen by 1 per cent during the first three months of the year. “This seasonally strong first quarter has delivered the highest incre...

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Australia’s Population Becoming More Diverse

Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were born in Australia. Migration data which was recently released by the ABS showed that as of June 2018, an estimated 17,650,130 residents of Australia were bor...

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NSW set to save on stamp duty

The NSW State Government have announced plans to change stamp duty price brackets. From 1 July 2019, stamp duty price brackets will be pegged to CPI (Consumer Price Index) resulting in savings for property buyers. Initial savings would be anywhere between $200 to $600 with those savings increasi...

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Maitland's new $43 million civic precinct will include the iconic Town Hall Cafe building

One of the city’s oldest commercial buildings will be incorporated into Maitland City Council’s $43 million civic precinct development which will include significant improvements to the town hall and the construction of a new administration building. General Manager D...

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Macquarie Park to get new $750m business district

A new commercial development at Macquarie Park has been labelled “Australia’s first community business district” by the developers who will commit $750 million to the project. A new commercial development labelled “Australia’s first community business district&r...

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Yet Another Happy SMSF Client!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest’s assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home through SMSF. Our client was searching for a dual occupancy under $650k with a block size of at least 600m2. We pre...

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Special planning proposals provide opportunity for 1,500 homes

Residential development at Lake Munmorah and a proposal to rezone land at Wallarah for employment uses and environmental conservation, are outlined in the Interim Darkinjung Development Delivery Plan Central Coast Council is currently progressing three Darkinjung planning proposals. Projects a...

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2020 Tuggerah Lakes Restoration Project launched

A Notice of Motion from Councillor Greg Best called for council to engage all levels of government in the timely lead-up to the 2019 elections, taking a “whole of lakes” approach through triggering a much needed 2020 Tuggerah Lakes Restoration Project. Central Coast Councillors v...

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NSW GOVERNMENT EYES NEW HOME FOR 4000 OFFICE WORKERS IN PARRAMATTA

The government’s property management agency, Property NSW, is calling for expressions of interest to lease office space for more than 4000 staff from 2022.   The NSW Government is on the hunt for up to 45,000 square metres of new office space in Parramatta. The gover...

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$350m private hospital & medical precinct announced

A joint project by AA Crown Holdings and Northside Group, the $350m Northside Private Hospital and medical precinct will deliver world class medical services to complement Gosford’s existing public hospital. A major new private hospital and health precinct is earmarked for Racecourse R...

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Sydney residents move out as city depends on migrants for growth

Thousands of Sydneysiders are leaving their home suburbs for other parts of the city and the state with new figures revealing a slowdown in the capital's runaway population growth.Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the Greater Sydney area added 93,411 residents through 2017-18, taking th...

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ANZ woos property investors with interest-only loan change

ANZ Banking Group is loosening some of the clamps it put on interest-only mortgage lending in 2017, after pledging to reopen the door to property investors following a period of excessive caution. The big four lenders on Thursday said it would again start offering customers an interest-only peri...

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New $470m hospital brings care to country NSW

The new Maitland Hospital will provide an extensive range of adult and paediatric services including emergency, paediatric, maternity, chemotherapy and state-of-the-art operating suites.Located on a greenfield site in Metford, the brand new $470 million Maitland Hospital is set to boast st...

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Dahua strikes $140m deal to buy Point Cook site from land bankers

Dahua has bought one of the last large parcels of land in Point Cook.   Related Posts NorthConnex Tunnel proceeding as planned November 1, 2017 The various hidden costs of buying an old house August 4, 2017

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$780 MILLION TO REDEVELOP JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL

Families across the Hunter region will benefit from the redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. As the major teaching and referral hospital for our region, this $780 million investment in John Hunter Hospital will also ensure locals can receive essential healthcare closer to home. ...

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Yet Another Happy Client!!

More Happy Clients have found their perfect investment with Koala Invest's assistance Koala Invest has helped another of its client in finding the perfect Investment home. Our client from Melbourne was searching for a dual occupancy under $600k with a block size of at least 600m and garages ...

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Australia's banking regulator just removed a rule that's played a crucial part in the housing downturn

The Australian banking regulator will remove restrictions on interest-only mortgage lending for some Australian banks from January 1 next year. APRA says macroprudential restrictions have “helped to reduce the risks associated with the high level of household indebtedness, subdue...

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Subcontractors are the human face of a construction industry in crisis

The construction industry is one of the backbones of the nation's economy and, in recent years, residential building on the east coast has been a key driver of growth.   Key points: Almost 1,700 construction businesses went bust last year, with big companies starting to fail Subc...

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Sydney rental reversal: falling rents, rising vacancies as landlords hang on

Fleet leasing executive Rebecca Crowley knew it was time to get out of Sydney when her landlord raised the rent on her two-bedroom apartment in Surry Hills to $900 a week.   She and her flatmate were already paying $807 a week. Her share accounted for 47 per cent of her take-home pay. So ...

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Big incentives for property investors under new housing package

As part of its housing affordability plans, the federal opposition has announced its plans to incentivise property investors should it come into power next year. On 16 December, Bill Shorten announced a $6.6 billion plan to address housing affordability, which directly involves incentives. ...

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Buying off-the-plan turns into a nightmare for Surry Hills couple

Apartment buyer Tom Christensen, 31, said buying a Sydney unit off-the-plan has left him “scarred”. He and his partner bought the inner city property four years ago for $1.65 million and despite being contracted to be completed in 2015 it was only finished this year. “If we&rs...

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Listings Lurch Higher as Housing Market Conditions Languish

The volume of housing stock listed for sale is currently higher, for this time of year, than it has been in many years. While total stock is elevated, newly listed stock remains at fairly similar levels to recent years which suggests that it isn’t a dumping of stock onto the market which ...

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Third of new units worth less than owners have to pay for them

Nearly a third of Sydney’s newly completed units are now worth less than what their buyers will have to pay for them. Many of the homes were purchased at inflated prices agreed during the housing boom two years ago but dropped in value as the market slumped over the time it took to build...

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Residents seek compensation from 'house of horrors' boarding home

It has been 11 years since the first disturbing allegations began to emerge from the Grand Western Lodge boarding house in the small town of Millthorpe, near Orange, but the residents’ stories still send a shiver down the spine. ”The residents have told us how they were bashed up, to...

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Developer Concessions to Increase Medium Density Housing in NSW

Low-rise medium-density housing, widely considered “the missing part” of NSW housing stock, could be the way forward as new concessions for developers kick in. NSW is currently experiencing consistent growth in townhouse development and a surge in medium-density viewership over the l...

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Australian sustainable design The challenges, what we’re getting right, and where to from here

The drive behind building more environmentally friendly residential homes is coming from individuals, not government bodies, and cookie-cutter developments are holding us back, according to a think tank assembled to address the issue of implementing sustainable design. The chair of the discuss...

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Two boarding houses have been approved in Campbelltown

Two boarding houses in Campbelltown have been approved by council last night but councillors have warned they don’t want to see the area flooded with the high-density accommodation. A nine-bedroom boarding house was approved for 1 Bocking Ave, Bradbury while a 15-bedroom boarding house...

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Three 'new-generation' boarding houses planned for residential areas

The Sydney developer behind a $1.9 million boarding house complex planned for McLachlan Street has revealed he has two more proposed for Orange. Greg Kings said he would be developing a ‘boutique’ 14-room complex at 48 Molong Street and a larger “no more than 24 r...

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Sydney house prices to fall 5.1 pc, but surge on Central Coast: Moody's

Sydney house prices will fall 5.1 per cent this year, and then tread water in 2019 with only a 0.6 per cent gain, according to forecasts by Moody’s Analytics and Corelogic. However, the correction in NSW won’t be uniform with more affordable areas like the Central Coast &nd...

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How Have Dwelling Values Shifted Across The Regional Areas Of Australia?

The latest CoreLogic home value index results show the slowdown in the national market has become more broadly based with regional dwelling value growth continuing to slow. In this week’s Pulse we look at how values have changed over the past 12 months outside of the capital cities. Over...

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The Central Coast is proving to be a top performer in property during Sydney shift

THE Central Coast has been ranked in the top ten regional markets in the nation, and here is why. THE Central Coast property market is not only among the fastest-growing in the country, we also stand head and shoulders above the Sydney market. Such is the strength of our real estate portf...

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Major infrastructure projects set to transform Brisbane into a world-class destination

BRISBANE is on the brink of something big. Very big. A generational investment in infrastructure will transform Queensland’s capital over the coming decade. A host of major projects are underway or at an advanced stage of planning, which not only will help drive the state’s ec...

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Australia's housing downturn is deepening as prices fall across most parts of the country

Australian home prices fell for an eleventh consecutive month in August, led by declines in a majority of capital cities. According to CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index, Australia’s median home price fell 0.3%, adding to a 0.6% drop recorded previously in July. That took the decl...

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Canberra is hot property for investors

Every other day we hear a media story claiming the Canberra apartment market is in the doldrums. Just this week, the tired mantra that Canberra’s unit market is stagnating, with no sustained growth in recent years, has been rolled out again. These claims couldn’t be further from...

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5 things you can do to protect your rental property

Whether you’ve just purchased your first investment property or if you’re juggling multiple rentals, as with many things in life, the unexpected can and will happen. For peace of mind – and to save you time and money – it pays to be prepared and plan ahead to protect yo...

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4 costs that people tend to overlook when investing in property

It is all about the money when it comes to investing in property, and preparing yourself financially is absolutely essential and will save you a lot of financial stress and baggage in the long-term. We have put together four of the major costs that you need to keep in mind when investing in pro...

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Australian property industry turns to India to supplement falling Chinese investment

The amount of Chinese cash which once poured into Australian property has about halved, leaving developers and agents scrambling to recapture the record volumes of investment. A joint report by Investorist and the Domain Group showed that as industry interest in selling off-the-plan ...

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Central Coast Gateway to future growth

Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace, Wadalba, Warnervale, and Glenning Valley are the epicentre of residential development on the Central Coast, endorsed by the NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036. This special report looks at how hundreds of acres of greenfield land and bush...

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$19 billion rise in Hunter land values with no end in sight

Great News for Hunter Region investors THE Hunter’s frenzied real estate market drove land values up almost 15 per cent, or more than $15 billion, last financial year to a new regional high-water mark. Figures issued by the NSW Valuer General estima...

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Hills and Inner west lead Sydney price falls, Central Coast continues to grow!!

CoreLogic’s latest hedonic home value index released Wednesday showed the median price of a home across the city fell 0.6 per cent over July and 1.1 per cent over the past three months. It was the eleventh consecutive monthly fall in prices and means the typical price of a home is 5.4 pe...

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Aussie: 25 Years of Housing Trends

Aussie recently released there 25 Years of Housing Trends report. This report showcases: Strong housing market conditions have boosted household wealth over the past quarter of a century. The average mortgage size has increased at roughly the same pace as housing values. With mortgage rate...

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Developer Backs Innovative Build-to-Rent-to-Buy Model

Impeded by an uninviting property tax landscape, the build-to-rent sector has been stagnant in Australia despite the increasing viability of the model as home ownership rates continue to plunge. More than 40 per cent of Australians now rent by choice and the proportion of households in the renta...

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Australia’s Top Performing Suburbs Revealed

Despite recent house price weakness, Australia’s property boom – which saw house prices in some areas of Sydney soar almost 90 per cent from 2010 – created windfall gains for some property owners. Property researcher Corelogic has revealed the top growth suburbs ov...

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Wayne Byres’ surprise APRA declares mortgage crackdown ‘largely done’

The regulatory clampdown on Australia’s heavily-scrutinised banks is now “largely done”, according to overseer Wayne Byres, who has declared “the heavy lifting on lending standards” has been completed. The chief of the Australia Prudential Regulation Authorit...

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Extremes of Australia’s property market growth and decline revealed

The disparate state of Australia’s property market has been laid bare in a new report, with prices in some markets falling by 7.4%, while others are booming, with price growth of just over than 16% year-on-year. The latest realestate.com.au Property Outlook Report, released today, s...

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NSW Pioneers Build-to-Rent in Redfern

New South Wales will be the first state to fund a dedicated build-to-rent model, Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward revealed on Friday. The minister revealed that a Communities Plus housing site in Redfern would be home to the nation’s first ever build-to-rent housing model. The Red...

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Melbourne Apartment Market Looking Up

Melbourne’s apartment market has not been immune to commentary about oversupply, however a new report suggests that current supply is balancing out demand in the inner-city apartment market with median prices growing steadily in the past six months. The report from researchers Secret ...

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Canadian giant makes play for Sydney’s Central Barangaroo

One of Canada’s largest property investors, Oxford Properties Group, has joined the race for the $1.4 billion office component of Grocon’s vast Central Barangaroo project on Sydney Harbour. The group’s interest in the project will tighten the contest for the proposed office...

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Five things to consider before you buy a block of land

It’s more than a patch of dirt – this is the land where your dream house will soon live. So it pays to ensure your block is absolutely right for you. Here are some important factors to consider before buying your first block of land… Focus on w...

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State government to undertake major regulatory overhaul on short term letting industry

AIRBNB will make an aggressive push to convince NSW it contributes almost $1 billion and 7000 jobs to the economy as the State Government prepares to crack down on bad behaviour by short term letting guests. A major regulatory overhaul for the short term letting industry, including ...

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Owners on narrow blocks set to benefit under NSW government changes to housing code

Owners of small, narrow properties who never thought their blocks were suitable for development are set to benefit under new statewide planning laws designed to fast-track medium-density housing in NSW. Under the new medium-density housing code announced last week, duplexes, terraces and ...

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Two homes for the price of one Is building a duplex a good investment or double the trouble

Everyone loves a great deal, which is why home builders may be tempted by the idea of getting two homes for the price of one. Although it costs more to build a duplex than a single freestanding house, it’s usually cheaper than building two houses, and because both dwellings are on t...

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Rates For Interest-Only Loans Continue To Drop

Lenders have successfully met the macroprudential limits set by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in March 2017, halving the category in the December quarter. APRA’s December Quarterly ADI Property Exposures statistics, released last Tuesday, shows that interest-onl...

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Regional Markets Are Experiencing Superior Total Returns To Those In The Capital Cities

In NSW, returns from regional properties were almost double those in capital cities The CoreLogic total returns index measures the change in values and the rental return to determine the total gross returns from residential property.  The total returns index is valuable for investors as...

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Dual Occupancy- What are they and Why are they so great?

What is a Duplex? What is a Dual Occupancy? Are there differences? Koala Invest strives to find the best solution for the rental market, and in doing so, we present a large percentage of our listings as Dual Occupancy or Duplex style housing. The following will give a brief overview of Dual ...

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How to earn two incomes from one property

The idea of earning two incomes from one property may sound too good to be true, but according to Phillip Allen, investment property strategist and owner of Latitude Property Group, dual income investments can help investors succeed in an increasingly competitive market. As the name suggests...

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Canberra's apartment boom biggest since records began

Canberra’s housing boom in the past decade is the biggest on record for the ACT and has created an oversupply of more than 6000 apartments in the city, but if the population continues to grow at current rates, it is likely to soak up the excess supply. The boom had led to an oversuppl...

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The various hidden costs of buying an old house

Are you considering buying an old house to refurbish it and sell it off at a considerable profit? Or are you just planning to buy an old house to save some money? While buying an old house (by old we mean as old as 60-70 years) is a pocket-friendly option as compared to buying a new one, the...

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How to identify the best suburbs for property investment

What should you look for in a suburb when investing? A constant burning issue among investors is finding the next property investment hotspot. So where are the best investment suburbs in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane… or anywhere else in Australia for that matter? Hots...

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Dual Occupancy Vs Non Dual Occupancy Investment Returns

This is an extract from a Certified Practicing Accountant- David Shaw. It shows the cash positive opportunities a dual offers for a retiree or a first home investor. One of the most significant and positive development I have seen during my 4000 interviews over the past 10 years is the dual...

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