Property

Positives and Negatives of Negative Gearing

Positives and Negatives of Negative Gearing

Negatively gearing an investment property is viewed by many Australians as a tax effective way to get ahead.  According to Treasury, more than 1.9 million people earned rental income in...
Is the tide turning on the property market?

Is the tide turning on the property market?

For the first time in years, the planets seem to be aligning for homebuyers and property investors. Interest rates are falling, property prices largely appear to be stabilising and...
Making the most of falling interest rates

Making the most of falling interest rates

The Reserve Bank’s decision to cut official interest rates is good news for anyone with a mortgage or hoping to buy their first home, but presents a challenge for savers. Whatever your...
How to speak ‘real estatese’

How to speak ‘real estatese’

First-home buyers (and even second- and third-home buyers) are often baffled by the jargon used by real estate industry professionals. This can result in expensive misunderstandings unless...
Housing prices off the boil

Housing prices off the boil

The Australian housing market appears to have reached a turning point, with prices falling 2.2 per cent since peaking in September 2017. This is welcome news for first home buyers; not so...
Downsizing – Is it right for you?

Downsizing – Is it right for you?

Luxury inner city apartments marketed as ‘perfect for empty nesters’. TV shows where cool older divorcees live in luxury on the waterfront. The ‘grey nomads’ community selling up...
Home and away with super

Home and away with super

Australians buying their first home or downsizing in retirement are about to receive a helping hand thanks to new superannuation rules which come into effect on July 1. From that date,...
Opportunities in the cooling property market

Opportunities in the cooling property market

Things are looking up for first home buyers for the first time in years as house price growth begins to slow across the country. While prices have been on the slide for some areas in the...
Homing in on a happy retirement

Homing in on a happy retirement

Owning your own home has long been the Australian dream but after years of strong house price growth it’s becoming less of a reality for many. This has major implications for retirement...
Home ownership in the spotlight

Home ownership in the spotlight

Housing affordability continues to be a major concern in Australia and not just for would-be first home buyers. It also affects pre-retirees forced to work longer to repay bigger mortgages...
Rental property deductions tightened

Rental property deductions tightened

Most property investors breathed a sigh of relief when rumours about the demise of negative gearing in the Federal Budget came to nothing. There were, however, several changes introduced...

Fast track your home loan

With interest rates on the rise, now is the time to look at ways to fast track your mortgage. After all, the sooner you pay off your mortgage, the less you will pay in interest. ...

Property – Rent, buy or invest?

Buying a home has been heralded as the way to get ahead for generations of Australians. But with housing affordability a rising concern for would-be first home buyers and their parents,...

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