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September 14, 2018

What to look for in a neighbourhood before investing.

Finding the right investment property takes a lot of research and consideration. It’s not just a matter of choosing a quiet, leafy suburb, but finding a property in a neighbourhood that will attract a steady flow of tenants. Here are three key things to look for in a neighbourhood before you invest in a property.

Transport

Proximity to transport is one of the top drivers of rental demand.

 

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It’s easy enough to look into the...

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July 24, 2018

Should you buy a modern home or a period home?

Whether it’s the ceiling roses typical of Victorian homes or bay windows from the federation architecture era, period homes certainly are alluring. However, while some find the unique and detailed furnishings hard to resist, others are turned away by the thought of costly repairs and heritage regulations and prefer more modern dwellings with all the latest bells and whistles.

If you’re tossing up between the charm of a period home or the contemporary comforts of a modern home, here’s some...

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July 24, 2018

What does home contents insurance cover?

The first step in understanding what home contents policies cover is knowing what contents insurance is. Generally speaking, contents insurance covers household items belonging to you and your household and may include things such as sporting items and items not permanently attached to the building. Some policies may require you to take out additional coverage for things like jewellery, cameras and mobile phones. There are also different needs for different types of people who take out contents insurance including...

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July 18, 2018

How to recognise bad investment property advice

Bad investment property advice isn’t always apparent straight away. Remember, property is a long-term investment. Buy well, and your investment returns can be significant.

But if you don’t, a dud investment property could cost you a lot of money.

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For example, an investment property in a poorly chosen or oversupplied area could remain untenanted for long periods (denying you rental income), or its value could stagnate or drop over time (denying you capital growth...

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July 18, 2018

Understanding Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is probably the biggest cost you’ll need to budget for when buying a house. Also called transfer duty, stamp duty is a tax on property by Australian state and territory governments, paid at settlement or shortly after, when ownership of a property is transferred.

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The amount of stamp duty you’ll pay varies depending on the state in which the property is bought but in general the more expensive the house, the more you’ll...

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January 25, 2018

With more and more new real estate sales models hitting the market, some people are beginning to question whether there will soon be no place for real estate agents at all.

With more and more new real estate sales models hitting the market, some people are beginning to question whether there will soon be no place for real estate agents at all.

I think there will be. In fact, I’d go further and say, in this age of technology, a good real estate agent is more important than ever. Here’s why.

Buying and selling real estate is an emotional process

On one hand, real estate is a numbers game; on another, it’s not...

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June 14, 2017

First home buyers: Stamp duty cuts for houses worth up to $600,000 a great starting point.

Under the changes to start from July 1, 2017, first home buyers could save up to $24,000 with the abolition of the duty on existing properties under $650,000. In addition, there will be discounts of up to $2800 for homes under $800,000 with stamp duty scrapped for lenders’ mortgage insurance. There’s also a $10,000 first home owner grant for builders of new properties up to $750,000 and buyers of homes up to $600,000. Daniel Cohen from First...

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June 14, 2017

How to style your home and add tens of thousands of dollars to the sale price.

THE number of people styling their properties before putting them on the market has more than doubled, with the practice adding tens of thousands of dollars to a sale price, according to a Brisbane real estate agency. Your Agency principal David Caldwell said only 30 per cent of his clients styled their homes for sale six years ago, but now that the number has jumped to 70 per cent.

David said his agency had fetched an average of $40,000 more...

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