Articles by George Raptis

George Raptis

George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.

Melbourne property skyline

City living gains popularity and encourages prosperity

As property investors it’s important to become a student of demographics and understand the type of property that will be in continual strong demand from both owner occupiers and tenants in the future. While Australians have traditionally loved the idea of a house and land in the suburbs – an idyllic retreat to raise a…


Here’s another reason why I’m not concerned about the Sydney property boom

It’s the time of the year when forecasts are being made for our property markets in 2017.  And just like this time last year, there are those who are suggesting Sydney property market is in for a correction.   After all it’s been booming for almost 5 years and must be way above it’s intrinsic value….

Hands of businessman

Serviceability – what is it and how do banks calculate it?

If you’ve been looking for a loan for your home or investment property, you’d have come across the term “serviceability.”  Broadly defined, serviceability is the ability of a borrower to meet loan repayments, based upon the loan amount, the borrower’s income, expenses and other commitments. This generates an overall figure, known as the debt service…


Do one bedroom apartments make good investments?

With ever shrinking household sizes, a rapidly expanding population, an ongoing critical housing shortage and affordability issues all plaguing Australian property markets, there’s no denying that we require more accommodation and quickly. Not just any type of accommodation will do however.  With more young people opting to live in our inner cities and state governments…