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The latest ideas to use super to buy homes are still bad ideas

The latest thought bubbles about using super savings for housing might be less harmful than in the past, but they would be just as ineffective, writes… John Daley, Grattan Institute and Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute Treasurer Scott Morrison wants to use the May budget to ease growing community anxiety about housing affordability. Lots of ideas…

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11 things you should consider before you fix your interest rate

With the recent hikes in fixed and variable rates by the major banks many property investors are wondering whether it’s a good idea to fix the interest rate on their loans. Below are 11 points for you to consider when contemplating the fixed versus variable dilemma: Will you lose sleep if interest rates rise? There are typically…


A Complete Guide to Capital Gains Tax

The thing about property investing is that eventually you, or your beneficiaries if you hold for the extremely long-term, will likely have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT). This is the time when the Federal Government gets their share of the profit that you’ve made from investing in property as it’s technically classed as personal…

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Housing finance accelerates

Total housing finance accelerated to $33.4 billion in seasonally adjusted terms in December 2016, according to the ABS. The original data showed that the preceding month of November saw an unprecedented $36.8 billion of housing finance commitments. The smoothed trend figures suggest a strong re-acceleration in total housing finance since February 2016. For once the…

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4 things property investors need to know about depreciation

When was the last time you reviewed your property portfolio including assessing its cash flow, annual capital growth as well as all expenditure and tax deductions. Unfortunately, too many property investors don’t make the most of one deduction– depreciation. While you can only claim depreciation at the end of each financial year, it’s important that…

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