Articles by Kate Forbes

Kate Forbes is the National Director of Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 22 years of investment experience in financial markets on two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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While Australia’s property market started strongly in 2022, concern about an increasing cash rate, rising inflation, overseas geopolitical issues and an ongoing federal election campaign saw property price growth stall across our capital cities over the last few months. In April, prices across the country increased at their slowest monthly pace since May 2020, the…

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If you’re thinking you can invest in cash flow to grow your wealth, I have news for you. It never has been the case, but especially in 2022 in the current investment environment, chasing cash flow might not be the most financially rewarding decision. Here’s why – and what you should do instead. What are…

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While the property pessimists out there will give many incorrect reasons why we can expect an impending property market crash, there is one thing that continues to underpin and strengthen property values – the number of first home buyers entering the market. Thanks to the latest government initiative to help first home buyers step on…

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What’s ahead for the Melbourne apartment market? Despite more than 260 days of lockdown, the Melbourne property market performed strongly in 2020 and 2021 underpinned by low-interest rates, various Government incentives, and support measures as well as high household savings accumulated during the lockdowns. But this strong performance was largely limited to the detached housing…

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Australian households are wealthier than ever. Australia’s property prices increased at a record pace in 2021 with recent data showing that the national median house price surged 25.7% and units by 7.7% year on year. And it was this price surge, combined with solid share market gains, which has pushed total Aussie household wealth up…

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