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Protect yourself from these common investment scams
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Protect yourself from these common investment scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning the public to watch out for investment scammers who promise great returns but “leave their victims with broken dreams and empty bank accounts.” In the first half of 2017, Australians reported losing over $13m to investment scams, according to the ACCC’s Scamwatch website. This makes investment…

Minimising The Impact Of Short-Term Rentals
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Minimising The Impact Of Short-Term Rentals

The growing popularity of short-term holiday rentals has taken many Australian local councils off guard, according to Reuben Schwarz, co-founder of BnbGuard, a service which monitors unauthorised subletting on investment properties. “What was once a few homes every now and then is now every-other-home every-other-night in many Australian coastal shires, as both professionals and local residents…

Property Investment Advice Should Be Regulated
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Property Investment Advice Should Be Regulated

The Royal Commission has highlighted the need for property investment advice regulation, amidst the myriad revelations of dodgy operators and unsound financial advice, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). While planners are subject to regulation, the provision of property investment advice generally remains a free-for-all, according to PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos. In fact, anyone can…

Rates For Interest-Only Loans Continue To Drop
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Rates For Interest-Only Loans Continue To Drop

Lenders have successfully met the macroprudential limits set by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) in March 2017, halving the category in the December quarter.  APRA’s December Quarterly ADI Property Exposures statistics, released last Tuesday, shows that interest-only loans have fallen to 15.22% of new lending, compared to 36.26% in the three months to March…

Proposed Reforms To Negative Gearing
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Proposed Reforms To Negative Gearing

Reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax (CGT) could save the federal government more than $1.7bn annually without hurting mum and dad investors, according to new research commissioned by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Conducted by researchers from Curtin University and Griffith University, the research sought to explore an approach to reform…