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Articles by Kate Forbes

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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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10 Steps to a high-profit renovation
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10 Steps to a high-profit renovation

Making a profit renovating a property seems like a very attractive proposition. Buy low, renovate cheap, and add substantial value is the aim of the game.   It sounds simple enough, right? While there is always strong demand for renovated properties – as there are always people wanting to move into a property that has been…

5 ways to help your children buy property
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5 ways to help your children buy property

While some very fortunate parents may be in the position to buy their children a house outright, this is certainly the exception and not the rule.  And, yet, all parents are likely to cast a cautious eye over property headlines as they ponder… How will my children ever afford to buy a home? Particularly in…

How to avoid being stuck at Property #1
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How to avoid being stuck at Property #1

Many first-time investors stay just that way — one-time-only buyers, who never progress beyond having that one solo property in their portfolio. This happens for several reasons. An underperforming property, lack of funds to purchase again, and — worst of all — apathy or losing sight of your ‘big picture’ goals are some of the most common ones…

The risk of out-of-cycle mortgage rate increases is rising
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The risk of out-of-cycle mortgage rate increases is rising

The RBA hasn’t moved official interest rates since August 2016. And it is unlikely that the RBA will raise official interest rates in the next year, but that hasn’t stopped lenders hiking rates out-of-cycle. This week Australia’s fifth largest home loan lender ING has hiked interest rates for existing customers by ten basis points (0.1%.) ING…

Here's where property prices have fallen around Australia
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Here’s where property prices have fallen around Australia

It’s interesting how the property headlines have changed. Last year all you would read is how property prices were rising and how unaffordable property was, particularly in our big capital cities.   Today you read about auctions passing in, clearance rates dropping, vendors taking their properties off the market and how prices are plummeting around Australia….