Articles by Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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We are living in interesting times aren’t we? After some wild price growth in some areas (we’re looking at you Sydney and Melbourne) there is currently a large degree of uncertainty about our economy and our property markets. This will result in two types of property buyers: Those who see it as an opportunity to…

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Who make better property investors – women or men? Up till now the answer may have depended on who you asked (or what gender they were) but neuroscientists have uncovered evidence suggesting that, when the pressure is on, women bring unique strengths to decision making  and make less-risky decisions under high-stress situations. Quoting separate neuroscience studies conducted…

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Be careful – observing the change in median property prices may not be as useful as you think.  While median house prices are one of the most cited property market statistics as with any single measure there are some shortcomings that investors need to understand in order not to be misled with what’s really happening…

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We all love our own neighbourhoods, right?  We choose to rent or own homes in particular suburbs because it’s close to where we work, it may have an exciting entertainment scene, or perhaps it’s in the right school zone for our children. But does that mean that you should invest in your own backyard, too?…

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Do women really make better property investors? There seems to be mounting evidence that this could be the case. Pete Wargent wrote a great blog outlining 5 reasons women can be better property investors than men and Michael Yardney has explained why women outperform men under stress. Now Kym Kiyosaki  gives her opinion on 8 advantages that women have…

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The banks are increasingly taking their foot off the brake on home lending, particularly for ‘riskier’ loans, according to APRA’s recently released quarterly banking figures. The banking regulator’s data shows new residential home loans to borrowers with a high debt-to-income ratio increased by 22.3 per cent between the September and December 2019 quarters. Low deposit…

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If you’re thinking you can invest for cashflow to grow your wealth, I have news for you. It never has been the case, but especially in 2020 in the current investment environment, chasing cashflow might not be the most financially rewarding decision. Here’s why – and what you should do instead. What are high cashflow…

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Infrastructure – it’s not a very sexy word, is it? But the things is, building things to make our lives and our economies, better will be even more vital in the years ahead. That’s because our population is growing so fast that our cities are becoming increasingly congested – and no one likes being stuck…

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New apartments have been popular with some investors over recent years. However, I’ve always maintained that most new and virtually all off-the-plan units are not “investment grade” properties. That’s because of their cookie-cutter designs, lack of scarcity, poor owner occupier appeal and propensity to create oversupply problems, which is exactly what many capital cities have…