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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The 1970s may have been known for flamboyant clothing but its architecture was somewhat less exciting. In fact, property from that time period could almost be described as quite “bland” – at least from the outside. Inside, of course, was a different story with the wallpaper often featuring paisley motifs and the floors festooned with…

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Looking at buying your first investment property? Or maybe your next one? I’m sorry to say, but there’s no generic, one-size-fits-all approach to property investment.  Residential real estate, as with any other investment vehicle, requires an individualistic approach. In other words, you must identify and address your own specific needs, goals and circumstances in order…

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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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Despite all the negative news in the press, there are many reasons not to worry about the future of the Melbourne real estate market. Today I’d like to share 5 things that you really should know about Melbourne property. Recently Dr. Andrew Wilson, Australia’s leading independent property economist, took the time to speak to many…

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I hear it time and time again. A generation locked out of the housing market, a property bubble so inflated it is about to burst. Cue the doomsday music and fretting over escalating home values.   Don’t get me wrong, saving for a deposit is a difficult exercise, and it is true that Australian property…

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Paying off your home loan sounds like a great idea. So does investing for your future. If you don’t have enough money to do both – and a lot of people don’t – which do you go for?  Most people are actively paying off both the principal and the interest, because that’s what they’ve always done….

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Everyone has times in their life when they need a bit of a helping hand and some good advice.  Perhaps it’s some advice on which direction to head, or maybe you have two equally enticing options before you and you don’t know which path to take. It’s in these moments that we reach out to…

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We’ve all heard that APRA’s restriction has caused the banks to tighten the screws and make it harder for many investors to get a new loan of refinance their existing loans. But the availability finance is the lifeblood of every property investor, giving them the means to leverage into real estate with other people’s money…