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Foreign investors are laundering dirty money into Australian real estate
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Foreign investors are laundering dirty money into Australian real estate

Foreigners are purchasing expensive real estate in Australia—some of which may have been the direct result of money laundering! That’s the finding of Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), an international non-government organisation that aims to combat corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from corruption, recently released a report that analysed money laundering loopholes in four countries. Entitled…

In praise of buy & hold
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In praise of buy & hold

Upon momentary reflection, I don’t think I’ve ever been trendy in my entire life. Back in my school days there was an amazing craze for trainers for about three years in the late 1980s, the must-have footwear being Troop Cobras, or SPX, or British Knights with airbags for the slightly more ‘reserved’, if that’s the…

The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off
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The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off

The government’s unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria, writes… Saul Eslake, University of Tasmania The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and the Reserve Bank (RBA) are locked into a strange game of tweaking…

What to do with a dud investment property
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What to do with a dud investment property

As with any investment, real estate has its good, bad and average performing assets and if you’re not careful, you could easily end up with a property investment lemon.  The problem is owning a dud property means: You could be losing money because your holding costs may exceed your income (rent and capital growth) You…

National Property Listings Rise, House Prices Up
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National Property Listings Rise, House Prices Up

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential listings increased 4.4% to 351,509 over the month of March 2017. The data reveals Sydney and Melbourne posted the biggest monthly rises in listings, up 11.0% and 9.1%, respectively, as vendors seek to take advantage of big price gains in those two cities. Key Points  Total…

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