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Property investment buying

 

Buying a property to rent out is becoming an increasingly popular method of investment in Australia.
With the exponential growth of property in the major cities, it seems like a smart way to spend your money. But there are issues you should be aware of.
Buying a property will most likely be the biggest purchase you make in your lifetime so it is certainly not one to be taken lightly.

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Why do economists get their property market predictions so wrong?

I remember a couple of years ago when American economist Harry Dent spooked a lot of Australians by predicting an economic tsunami that would take property prices back to levels we haven’t seen for over a decade.  He said our markets would collapse by the middle of last year and of course he was wrong, just as were so...
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Mortgage Offset Account Explained

Offset Finance Once you have bought your home, there are ways that you can minimise the interest you pay over the life of the loan.  This can include making additional lump payments or repaying the loan fortnightly instead of monthly. One of the most popular ways, however, is to establish a mortgage offset account, which...
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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...
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Home Loan Pre-Approval – The property punter’s secret buying weapon

Shopping around for a property can be a daunting experience, particularly if you have any lingering questions around how much you can afford to spend. However, you can overcome at least this one niggling concern by approaching the bank to obtain home loan pre-approval or pre-qualification.  It’s important to note that both of these result...
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Home Loan Pre-Approval – The property punter’s secret buying weapon

Shopping around for a property can be a daunting experience, particularly if you have any lingering questions around how much you can afford to spend.  However, you can overcome at least this one niggling concern by approaching the bank to obtain home loan pre-approval or pre-qualification. It’s important to note that both of these result...
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What is Negative Gearing?

Introduction to Negative Gearing: Negative gearing simply means borrowing money to buy an asset such as an investment property. According to well-known property commentator and property expert, Peter Koulizos, negative gearing in relation to property means you have taken out a loan to purchase a property. Negative gearing means that the interest you are paying on...
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House or apartment? The million dollar property investment question

One of the questions I’m frequently asked when it comes to people seeking property investment advice is, ‘Should I buy a house or an apartment?’ Many beginning investors are under the impression that houses make a better investment because they’ve read or heard that the land component of property increases in value, while the building...
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Top Tips for buying and selling a property in the winter months

With the Summer days gone and now moving into the Autumn months, its timely to revisit some of the best ideas for selling your home in the colder months. One of Bayside’s leading Real Estate Agents, Nick Johnstone has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property deals, so who better to talk to about...

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