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Articles by Rita Thomas

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is a Property Strategist with an accounting background and over 30 years’ Commercial Banking experience. She is a passionate property investor who enjoys helping her clients create wealth through property investment using Metropole’s strategic approach.
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The elements of community that drive property prices
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The elements of community that drive property prices

Now, more than ever, people are time poor and, as buyers, prioritise convenience, lifestyle and amenities as part of their real estate requirements.  Time and again we are seeing previously affordable suburbs skyrocket in median property prices and, while proximity to the city remains a strong draw card, home buyers and investors are regularly buying properties based…

Credit card usage doubles in ten years
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Credit card usage doubles in ten years

How much do you spend on your credit card? If you’re like me it’s probably the way you pay for many of your transactions. Recently stats from the  Reserve Bank of Australia confirm Australians are relying on credit cards for spending more than ever. Now there’s nothing wrong with this as long as you use…

Melbourne's apartments — quality vs. rentability
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Melbourne’s apartments — quality vs. rentability

Be careful when buying an apartment in Melbourne.  Melbourne has to house almost 100,000 new residents each year, and with housing affordability top of mind in Australia’s largest cities, we have seen an influx of apartment developments rising up in place of traditional housing. While investors remain interested in reasonably priced property and low vacancy rates,…

This is why housing is more affordable now than in 1990
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This is why housing is more affordable now than in 1990

Is there really a housing affordability crisis? Now I’m not arguing that it’s hard to get into the housing market – it is, but maybe it’s no harder than before.    According to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), those arguing property’s lack of affordability haven’t studied the numbers properly. In fact their research…