Saturday Summary – some weekend 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.


To read more of these the articles please click their links….

Property Buyers starting to call the shots

With fewer buyers in the market, anyone who is cashed up with a decent deposit and finance in place could be amid a perfect storm of market conditions to take advantage of softer property prices.

Which Property Investment Strategy is best? Kevin Turner’s Property Uncut

All smart property investors have a strategy the stick to. But which is best. In the inaugural Property Uncut Internet radio show, Kevin Turner interviews a group of experts to find out the best Strategy.

These include Margaret Lomas, Terry Ryder, Monique Sasson Wakelin, Rachel Barnes, Sam Saggers and me (Michael Yardney.)

You definitely should subscribe to this new weekly program. It’s free!

An interest Rate Cut is back on the table

Weak GDP and unemployment numbers, combined with the banks’recent decision to raise their own interest rates, increases the likelihood of another RBA interest rate cut says economist Chris Joye.

House prices continue rising in March: Christopher Joye

Economist Chris Joye dives into the latest affordability and daily house price data.

He explains how house prices are stabilising and affordability is improving.

According to Rismark International analysis, Australia’s “all regions” dwelling price-to-disposable household income ratio stabilised at four times in the final quarter of 2011. This represents a 12% fall from the ratio’s post-GFC peak of 4.6 times in June 2010.

Slight improvement in housing sentiment defies drop in consumer confidence in March: Westpac Index

We know how important consumer sentiment is for the health of our property markets.

The “time to buy a dwelling” sentiment has improved 1.7% in March to be up 5.5% over the past 12 months, according to the March Westpac–Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment. Interestingly housing sentiment was the only bright spot in the March result, which showed consumer confidence fell 5% during the month.

Property Investment Tax Traps 

With about 1.7 million taxpayers claiming negative gearing deductions, the Tax Office announced it would contact as many as 100,000 property investors who might have incorrectly claimed tax deductions. Here is what you should watch out for

 One bubble isn’t enough

Homes aren’t dominoes, primed to fall in a line writes journalist Chris Vedalago.

If properties are too expensive why are people still buying?

Transaction numbers may be way down, but 376,000 owner occupiers, first home buyers and investors still bought into the market last year. And that’s no small number.



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