Articles by Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

House and money

8 strategies to increase your serviceability

Obviously you need consistent and reliable cashflow when it comes to creating a sustainable property investment portfolio. It’s every investor’s bread and butter, giving you the means to leverage into real estate with other people’s money and manage all the ongoing costs, including monthly mortgage repayments, management fees and maintenance bills.    With today’s low…


How much has YOUR Melbourne suburb increased in value over the last 20 years?

They say “a rising tide lifts all ships” – but that hasn’t been the case for the Melbourne property market. Recently Domain ran a feature outlining how Melbourne property prices have changed over the last 2 decades. What it showed was that in the case of Melbourne house prices there has been a dramatic widening of the divide…


Look what Chinese investors are buying now

We all know that Chinese investors having been underpinning the off the plan inner city high rise apartment market but now they’re been sold a different type of under performing property. Melbourne developers are selling unsuspecting Chinese investors house and land packages in the outer suburbs, Nigel Satterley has warned. According to BRW richlister and property…


Which Melbourne Suburbs Grew The Most Over The Last 20 Years?

Who would not have liked to buy their parents house at the price their parents paid 20 years ago? Recently Domain ran an insightful feature outlining how Melbourne property prices have changed over the last 20 years.  And despite the saying ” a rising tide lifts all ships” True, but in the case of Melbourne…

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Can Melbourne build 63,000 new dwellings every year for the next 35 years?

Well it may have to. According to the population forecasts in the Victoria in Future 2016 report Melbourne’s population is set to double within 15 years, with the number of people living in inner and middle suburbs growing by 1 million. Victoria is currently the fastest growing state in Australia and our population is expected to rise to over 10…