Saturday Summary – what to read about property investment reading

Each Saturday morning I like to share with you some of the interesting articles I’ve read during the week.

I’ll put them all here in the one place for your easy weekend reading and to make it easier for you to improve your property investment knowledge.

Enjoy your weekend.

So what’s going on?

With a little over one quarter of the year gone, Peter Koulizos looks at the progress of the property market, based on a number of key indicators provided by RP Data.  He adds some comments on what we need to see happen to these key indicators to give us a sign that the property market is improving.

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It’s still all about location

Suburbs have high yields but growth is in the city centre.

Aggressive discounting has become the norm, whether you are buying a bottle of wine, a car or a sofa. But when you’re buying real estate, the age-old rule that you get what you pay for still holds true.

Seasoned property investors and astute home buyers rarely fool themselves into thinking that a property bought at a knock-down price will turn into a good investment. Bargain-hunting is viewed as a poor long-term strategy among the pros.

The government is not contemplating changes to negative gearing

Federal treasurer Wayne Swan has reassured property investors that negative gearing tax concessions will remain in place despite calls from NSW Labor leader John Robertson that its effects on the property market should be debated

House prices are on the rise … or not, as the case may be

What’s happening to property value?

It’s usual for real estate agents to be optimistic about the state of the property market, with a more measured view coming from independent analysts.

But that’s not the case this time round.  This article has a number of different analysts giving their views on the state of the property markets

Why in the world is there a property boom in Cuba?

There are some things we just take for granted – like the ability to buy and sell a car or a home. However buying and selling your home was banned in Cuba since 1959 and now that it is allowed again, they’ve got a property boom.


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