Articles by Rita Thomas

is a Property Strategist with an accounting background and over 30 years’ Commercial Banking experience. She is a passionate property investor who enjoys helping her clients create wealth through property investment using Metropole’s strategic approach.
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Australians struggling with their finances are being urged to seek help as both the federal government and banks step up their COVID support packages. Troubling research from the ABS, released last month, shows 17.5 per cent of households can’t raise $2,000 in an emergency. The ABS Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey from May also found…

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Brand new homes deliver different benefits to existing properties, from depreciation power to capital growth potential. When it comes to deciding which one makes the best investment, there’s no blanket answer – but there are factors that could sway your decision. Rather than attempting to categorise one as better than the other, which is a…

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Covid has shaken up the rankings of the Economist’s annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities. This year Auckland tops the list – a place held by Melbourne for 7 years in a row until it lost its title to Vienna in 2018 and was in second place last time the list was compiled…

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The Reserve Bank has released its March 2021 credit and charge card data, revealing Australians knocked $7.5 million off debt accruing interest on personal credit cards in March. The debt decrease comes off the back of an $18.4 million increase the month prior. Despite cardholders wiping $6.96 billion off personal credit card debt accruing interest…

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Some homebuyers and investors make the mistake of concentrating on the price of the property alone. They complete their calculations on the property’s potential sale price and what the mortgage repayments or weekly rent are likely to be. But many fail to include all of the other costs associated with buying property, which can leave…

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First home buyers in Australia are willing to splash out eye-watering sums on a home. Finder’s First Home Buyer Report 2021 revealed that more than a third of first home buyers from New South Wales (35%) are willing to pay over $1 million for a home. In comparison, just 17% of first home buyers in…

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