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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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Capital growth or cashflow – which is better?
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Capital growth or cashflow – which is better?

When it comes to property investment you’ll often hear two somewhat conflicting philosophies being bandied around. A common question beginning investors ask is – which is better? Cash flow investment strategy  Firstly there are the “Cash flow” followers; they suggest you should invest in property that has the capacity to generate high rental returns in…

Six important rules of property investment
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Six important rules of property investment

Anyone who has been in the property investment sector for a while knows all too well that it takes a long time to understand its golden rules.  If only we all understood them when we were in our 20s, instead of many years later. Of course, these days, there are a plethora of books, blogs…

5 Capital city investments to avoid
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5 Capital city investments to avoid

Over the last few years the Sydney and Melbourne property markets have gone gangbusters.  And while these markets have slowed down, there’s still growth to come. But in both of these markets, there are a number of properties I would still avoid at all costs. Why? Because it’s not just important to get the location…

6 common mistakes to avoid when selling your property
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6 common mistakes to avoid when selling your property

As I’m sure you’re aware, successful property investment involves holding your properties for as long as possible. But sometimes you will have to sell. Maybe it’s because you’re outgrown your current home – or the opposite when all the kids have left home. Or perhaps, an investment property is under-performing, so you’ve made the wise…

3 ways to reduce your property investment risk
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3 ways to reduce your property investment risk

Do you know the difference between a successful investor and one who fails before they even begin? Here’s the trick: smart investors hope for the best but prepare for the worst. On the other hand, uneducated – or fly-by-night – investors buy any old property thinking it will always go up in value. But when…

Are strata levies a sinking ship in your portfolio?
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Are strata levies a sinking ship in your portfolio?

When the topic of investing in apartments and managing strata levies comes up, it often generates some robust discussion.  While body corporate or strata fees don’t seem to concern some investors, others avoid such properties like the plague. Is there a middle ground? And is buying a property with body corporates really a problem? Why…

10 Ways To Create Real Wealth – it’s all about the attitude
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10 Ways To Create Real Wealth – it’s all about the attitude

Would you be surprised if I told you that making millions, or even being a ‘savvy saver’, has more to do with your attitude towards money than how much you make or spend? Those who become wealthy possess certain characteristics that influence their relationship with money. They are more frugal and less inclined to waste…

This is what's supporting Melbourne's property prices
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This is what’s supporting Melbourne’s property prices

Victoria’s unprecedented population growth, adding nearly a million people since 2006 is underpinning Melbourne’s strong property markets.  Victoria’s 2.4 per cent population growth rate far outstrips the ACT at 1.8 per cent, and NSW at 1.6 per cent. Recent figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics show the strongest population growth in Victoria since 1960, helped by a net migration…