Articles by Michael Yardney

Michael Yardney

Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit

Property Tax

New property taxes around Australia today

Today, the first day of a new financial year, introduces a raft of property tax changes around Australia. According to the Property Council of Australia here’s what’s different: Australia wide: A new withholding regime applies to foreign resident vendors. For property transactions of $2 million-plus, purchaser must withhold 10% of price unless vendor shows a clearance…

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What every property investor needs to know about buying “off the plan” property

Open any weekend newspaper and you’ll see a large number of proposed new apartment projects being marketed before building has even been commenced and it may make you wonder – why on earth would anybody buy a property that hasn’t been built yet? Plenty of people do, you know. It’s called buying “off the plan”. With our…

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Australian Consumer Confidence remains upbeat despite ‘Brexit’ jitters

ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence declined 1.7% to 116.8 this week, only partially offsetting the rise the previous week. Despite the turmoil in global financial markets – driven by the surprise result in the UK referendum – households remain optimistic about their finances and the economic outlook. Last week’s easing in confidence was largely driven by…