Category: Property Updates

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5 reasons the real estate sector is so strong

Property has been one of the standout performers of the Australian economy over recent years, with more people approaching mortgage brokers to get their foot on the ladder. Even as the country has been through the global financial crisis and more recently the downturn in resources sector activity, property has held its own and continued […]

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Sydney homes could soon be more affordable

The Sydney property market is notoriously difficult to enter, not least because of its strong prices and capital growth. Results of the August CoreLogic RP Data Home Value Index show the median dwelling price in the city stands at $773,000, riding 17.6 per cent over the past year. However, some experts have started to predict […]

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Slight fall in residential vacancies

The residential vacancy rate marked a slight decline last month, as the majority of capitals witnessed a decline in the amount of available property for rent. SQM Research released its August data, which showed an average of 2.3 per cent of homes were without tenants over the course of the month. There were some exceptions […]

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A beginners guide to auctions

If you’ve managed to find the right home loan and are now trawling through the property market, there is a high chance that you will be going to auction. These can be a great way of locating the highest bid for the seller – but are also quite daunting for all involved, especially those with […]

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Things to consider when buying a unit

The Australian property market is a colourful place. Filled with homes of all shapes and sizes, first home buyers might be forgiven for being a bit overwhelmed by all the choices on offer. One of the options available to you is an apartment. In fact, with your first home loan, buying this category of property […]

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Time to make property more affordable?

Applying for your first home loan is a big step, especially if you’ve spent years putting money aside as a deposit on your new property. One of the biggest hurdles many people are facing at the moment is finding a property that’s within their budget – and it’s an issue policymakers are keen to address. […]

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The lowest NSW exodus to QLD on record

We first started looking at interstate migration levels (between QLD and NSW) about 9 years ago because they demonstrated a very important house price relationship. At that point in time, NSW was losing about 30,000 people (net) to QLD every year. The reasons for this exodus centred around house prices and jobs. The QLD economy […]

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Constructing a solution to population growth

It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying or selling a home, the construction industry plays a big role in supporting the market. Home ownership has never been more desirable and a good supply of new homes for Australians will make sure this remains on the cards. However, the Australian Treasury’s 2015 Intergenerational Report has thrown a […]

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Housing affordability takes a hit

Affordability is the cornerstone of home ownership across Australia, but there are often other factors to take into account. The latest housing affordability report from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and Adelaide Bank shows that homes became more unaffordable across the country, but a strong supply of new homes could help to offset […]

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