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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You might be surprised to learn that wrangling a couple of little monsters and working in real estate have an awful lot in common. With their unique set of experience and skills, it’s no wonder real estate agents make fantastic parents! And it’s not just because they’ll be able to help their kids get into…

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Over the past two decades, property data has reached unprecedented levels. Of course, property investment experts have always used data to help them identify investment grade properties in locations primed for superior capital growth. These days, though, the abundance of data online makes it seem “easy” for anyone to do the same. The problem with…

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Despite predictions of property prices tumbling because of distressed sales, recent data from Domain shows that most capital cities around the country have seen only very marginal increases in distressed listings, while in Canberra and Brisbane the number of distressed listings has actually fallen. The property pessimists are suggesting that many first homebuyers and investors have…

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The Australian property markets continue to defy all those doomsday predictions of significant price drops as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few months sections of the media have been talking down real estate by publishing the thoughts of all those experts chasing a headline with dire predictions of significant property price…

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Everyone is aware that there’s a bit of friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) generational rivalry going around between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials, with a lot of spicy debate around which generation faces the biggest number of issues. Millennials think Baby Boomers inadvertently set them up to fail – while Baby Boomers believe their younger…

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No one wakes up one day and is instantly an expert in anything. It usually takes years of practice to perfect any endeavour or skill. This is one of the reasons why I struggle with the concept that property investing is seemingly “easy”. Sure, buying a property might seem relatively simple on a transactional basis,…

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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…