Archive for August, 2016

Does walkability affect house prices?

Does walkability affect house prices?

Proximity to transport, infrastructure and leisurely amenities should be a key consideration when purchasing a home or an investment property. Tenants look for convenience when applying for a home, which is why investors should pay particular attention to the walkability score of a potential purchase. But what is the true value of a high walkability score? Can it truly affect housing prices? As an investor, it would be common to … Read more »

Commercial property

5 things to consider before buying a commercial investment

Commercial investing can be a tricky business. That said, buying a commercial property can be an extremely wise investment. Rental yields are much higher in commercial than they are in residential and can therefore result in higher return on investment. Like with any type of property investment, investing in commercial property comes with risks. If you’re looking to invest in commercial, here are a few things to consider before taking … Read more »

Sunshine Coast Update: New infrastructure affects property investment

The Sunshine Coast is undergoing a massive infrastructure overhaul as the city continues to grow, with population forecasts predicting a 13.7 percent increase over the next five years. Aside from its sheer beauty, stunning beaches, and comfortable climate, the Sunshine Coast is a booming city making big strides to becoming an important infrastructure hub in Queensland.

Some of the city’s biggest infrastructure projects include the following:

Sunshine Coast Airport. The airport … Read more »

Property growth in Australia

The truth about the value of your property over time

Amongst the perpetual property commentary within Australia, there is a lot of talk about the way property values double every seven to 10 years. But how true is this statement? It is true that the value of property in Australia does perform well compared to that of our fellow neighbours, but let’s have a look to see how much growth you can anticipate from your investment.

If we look at the … Read more »

Australia’s Ongoing Property Crash Speculation

The past two years have seen much speculation around the potential for a property crash in Australia. With record prices, high clearance rates and low interest rates, commentary about the potential bust of a property bubble has been sparking debate and varying opinions amongst key commentators and the media. The best way to understand the property market and if there is a property crash looming is to study the framework … Read more »

Saving for your first deposit?

How to save for your first deposit

Whether you’re saving for your first home or first investment, there are clever ways to reach your goal. Purchasing your first property will be both challenging and rewarding. Throughout the process it’s important to keep your goal at the forefront of your mind to stay motivated. Maintaining focus from the outset will help you stay on track, and avoid distraction. Here are a few tips to save for your first … Read more »

Five key tips to manage a rent reduction

Over the past three to six months, the Sydney rental market has seen a shift in behaviour that we haven’t seen in some time. This shift could have implications for investors and it’s becoming increasingly important to understand the details behind this movement. In short, the Sydney rental market has plateaued, and we expect this trend of low or reduced rental growth will be the next phase in the property … Read more »

School catchment zones

School catchment zones: how do they affect your investment?

Figures released by Domain in their 2015 school zone report, suggest that property prices for homes within school catchment zones have increased significantly over the past year. Although the report shows Sydney prices rose by more than 50 percent recently in Parramatta and Harris Park in Sydney’s west, is purchasing an investment near a school zone helping or hindering the value of the property?

Whether a homeowner or a tenant, parents … Read more »

Brexit: What does it mean for the Australian property market?

It’s been a global topic for months, and although the outcome of Britain’s infamous decision to leave the EU might seem like old news, the repercussions of Brexit are set to stick around. We may be geographically distanced from our Pommy mates, however there’s no denying that England still has a significant impact on our country. Brexit has already affected global financial markets and caused tension in the UK and … Read more »