Articles by George Raptis

George Raptis

George is a Director of Metropole Property Strategists in Sydney. He shares his 27 years of experience in the property industry as a licensed estate agent and active property investor to help create wealth for his clients.
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Let’s face it: it’s never been easy to buy your first property. In fact, over the decades there have been a variety of first homebuyer-type of incentives and financial assistance packages available for first-time property buyers. But, even with historically low interest rates, the strong property price growth in the Sydney property market means that…

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Bidding at property auctions can be stressful, there is no doubt about it. If you’re inexperienced, emotionally attached to a property or not sure how to bid, then you’re likely to feel intimidated. But here’s the thing…auctions are here to stay, especially in our capital city markets and if you avoid them you’ll miss out…

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Brace yourself…. After a surge in prices over the past five years, Sydney is facing a ‘housing bubble’ according to UBS Wealth Management’s latest Global Real Estate Bubble Index However, if I’ve read one property bubble story I’ve read a hundred. The media has been full of talk about whether the Australian property market is…

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When you first thought about buying property as an investment vehicle, did the words ‘quietly boring’ ever pop into your mind? I’m guessing they didn’t. Real estate is often seen as an exciting affair and whatever names you have to describe it, “boring” isn’t like to be one of them. But investing isn’t just for…

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We know Sydney is creating more jobs than any other state and this has underpinned its population growth. Recently NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, said that  Sydney’s population is growing faster than predicted, putting more pressure on the city’s already-stretched housing and transport needs. Stokes explained it is a “symptom of Sydney’s success.” Figures released…

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As with any type of long-term wealth creation vehicle, real estate comes with its own set of cautionary tales about the potential hazards and pitfalls. Many things can go wrong and the risk is amplified if you leap in without first seeking professional advice and devising a sound strategy and investment plan. But does that…