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Melbourne Housing Market Update [Video] – April 2017

In Melbourne, house values were 17.2% higher over the past twelve months compared with a 5.2% increase across the unit sector. Melbourne’s property market has continued to produce high levels of capital gains for investors. Dwelling values have surged by 15.9% over the past twelve months, mostly during by the strong conditions in detached housing…


Weekly economic update: What will end up in Scott Morrison’s ‘good’ books?

In the lead-up to the federal budget, the government has made a number of significant and sometimes surprising policy announcements, writes… Richard Holden, UNSW This week: inflation officially gets back into the RBA’s target range, markets react positively to the French election, and Australia’s treasurer wants the budget to distinguish between “good debt” and “bad…

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Capital city hot spots of the past 5 syear

In his column for Switzer, John McGrath discusses Australia’s capital city hot spots.  The past five years have been an amazing time in Australian residential property, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. We’ve seen a number of important trends emerge and/or get stronger, including rising demand from foreign buyers, increased apartment living, ‘rentvesting’ and the bank of mum…


When is a repair an improvement?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued a number of warnings recently indicating that rental property owners should be careful when claiming deductions. Common errors made by rental property owners highlighted by the ATO include claiming rental deductions for properties not genuinely available for rent, incorrectly claiming deductions for properties only available for rent for…

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