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FHB Grants Paid Back to Government as Stamp Duty in Many States

The Housing Industry Association has released the latest edition of the Stamp Duty Watch report. Stamp Duty Watch provides an insight into the magnitude of stamp duty bills faced by ordinary Australian homebuyers. HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett, made the following comments: “This issue of Stamp Duty Watch includes a special feature on First Home…

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10 tips to reduce risk and maximise your borrowing power – Andrew Mirams

In a recent article, we discussed what are commonly referred to in the finance industry as “The 4 C’s of Credit” – those critical boxes that borrowers must tick in order for the banks to approve your loan application. Here at Intuitive Finance, we cannot stress enough to clients the importance of understanding and acknowledging…

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Land prices +6 percent in capitals (flat in regions) | Pete Wargent

If you have read my books you will know why I generally favour well-located capital city investment properties over those located in the more illiquid regional markets. One of the key reasons is that in a city with a rapidly growing population and labour force, high demand for scarce land close to the city and…

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The number of homes selling below $400,000 continues to trend lower | Cameron Kusher

As capital city dwelling values continue to rise, homes selling at a price below $400,000 continue to decline, down to 39.7% of all sales from 44.1% a year earlier. Over the 12 months to August 2014, 37.3% of houses and 45.7% of units sold for less than $400,000. At the same time a year earlier,…

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Small apartments set for a big future

Recent reports reveal that Australia has overtaken the US as titleholder for “home to the world’s largest houses.” Large McMansions on expansive suburban blocks have long been held as the ideal “Great Australian Dream”, while smaller inner city apartments copped a pretty bad rap as the cheap and nasty end of the property market. However…

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Where owners are queuing to sell in Melbourne | Robert Larocca

The residential property market differs from suburb to suburb in many different ways.  Some suburbs are tightly held, some are in high demand from buyers and in others, sellers are seeking to capitalise on improved local conditions. It is in these suburbs that CoreLogic RP Data has recorded a substantial increase in the number of…

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