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Is there light for first home buyers?

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According to CoreLogic RP Data, house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have fallen in the December 2015 quarter by 0.99% and 0.73% respectively.  The talk in the street is that auction clearance rates, especially in Sydney have also fallen. The drop in auction clearance rates may be due to tighter lending conditions imposed by APRA […]

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Changes in Investment Lending

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As lenders are changing their policies around investment lending, it is a very good time to look at your current loan structures and make sure you take advantage of the rules while you can. Some lenders are looking at increasing rates for investment loans and phase out their interest-only products, however we have options for your […]

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Tax Checklist for Landlords

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The new financial year has just begun.  To help ease the pain of preparing your tax return at the end of the year, it makes sense to plan ahead. Usually a landlord is assessable for income tax on residential rental income received. However, there are some deductions for expenses and outgoings incurred in earning that […]

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Australian Housing Market Report – Winter 2015

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National Australia Bank (NAB) and CoreLogic RP Data have released their Australian Housing Market Report – Winter 2015. The report covers the 12 month period up to April 2015, providing market data on the national, state and regional level. It also has a summary of the most affordable and expensive suburbs, together with performance for […]

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What’s in a name? Unravelling property titles

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To ensure a smooth purchase, trouble free ownership and a straight-forward transaction come sale time, make sure you’re up to speed on the different types of property titles. From bearing the name of a property’s registered owner to outlining outstanding easements, a Certificate of Title is often the key to determining the condition and overall […]

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Raise Your Rent

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Letting your property can be a bit like running a business.  To be a profitable landlord you need the right combination of a well-priced property and responsible long-term tenants.  So how can you foster favourable landlord-tenant relationships when it’s time to increase the rent? Know the market Research the rental property market in your area […]