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LUXE LISTINGS SYDNEY HAS ME HOOKED

By |July 6th, 2021|Categories: Cohen Handler|

I was hooked on Luxe Listings Sydney from the opening line of “Oh My God, Is This Place For Real?” Long a fan of Million Dollar Listing New York, I’d always wondered when someone would cotton on to the [...]

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What to Look for in Your First Investment (and How to Find the Perfect One)

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler|

There are few surer ways of making money than investing in real estate. Not only can you potentially strengthen your financial position and generate wealth, it also means you'll have a product that will be in demand as long [...]

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Escaping the Hustle & Bustle: From the Inner City to the Country

By |October 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler|

We’re swiftly approaching seven months under varying lockdown restrictions across Australia, while we continue to endure this global pandemic. With economic and social repercussions turning our lives upside down, many have been forced to rethink what is important in [...]

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What is a Buyer’s Advocate?

By |May 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler|

Making the decision to buy a home is a major milestone in a person’s life, and one that no doubt fills the individual with equal parts excitement and pride. However, without professional assistance, those positive feelings can often quickly [...]

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Top Tips for Buying a Good Investment Property in Sydney’s Inner West

By |May 13th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Investment Property|

The Sydney housing market continues to climb as renters flock to the city looking for suitable living situations. Domain reported that the median unit price in Sydney last year was $1.03 million, positioning Sydney as the most expensive city [...]

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A Guide to Buying Investment Property in Melbourne

By |May 9th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Investment Property|

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities for almost 10 years, Melbourne has positioned itself as Australia’s most sought-after city to call home, surpassing the world-renowned Sydney. Because of its consistent standing, buying an investment property [...]

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A Guide to Buying Investment Property in Brisbane

By |May 5th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Investment Property|

The Sunshine State capital, Brisbane, is Australia’s third largest city – but hasn’t historically drawn the sort of interest you would expect of the city occupying the northernmost spot on the eastern seaboard of Australia’s state capitals. But that [...]

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Wallaby legend’s oceanfront home sells for 6 million in lightning fast deal

By |April 24th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

A Dover Heights oceanfront home owned by Wallaby legend John Bosler has sold for more than $6 million even before it officially hit the market.Zac Rabin of JT Allen Real Estate was at the cliff top home at 10 [...]

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Top buyer’s tips for 2020

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

  The unusual conditions of the property market at the start of 2020, offer both a myriad of challenges and opportunities for prospective buyers. Record low interest rates, low stock levels, strong demand, high clearance rates and growing positive [...]

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End of 2019 Market Report

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Cohen Handler, Market Trends|

An ideal climate for a market recoveryBuyers waiting for the perfect price window to purchase their next property should think twice about sitting on the fence. Recent industry data shows home values across the capital cities continue to rise, [...]

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A guide to buyer’s agents and their fees, part II

By |December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Questions about buyer’s agents’ fees form a key part of initial talks between agents and their potential clients.It’s a very important conversation, and one on which the trust between the agent and their client is based. As a client [...]

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Housing market rebound is gathering pace

By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: Market Trends|

Housing market rebound is gathering paceHome value trends in October have continued their upward trajectory, inching their way back up the property ladder for the main eastern capitals.According to CoreLogic’s October Home Value Index, there was a monthly 1.2 [...]

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A guide to buyer’s agents and their fees. Part 1

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How do you know when you’re getting what you want, and what you’re paying for when it comes to buyer’s agents and their fees? Or if you’re not? Every property is different, and every buyer is unique. In the [...]

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North v East: How to find your ideal address

By |September 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

One of Sydney’s most common property dilemmas is whether to buy in the city’s Eastern Suburbs or on the North Shore.At Cohen Handler we’re often presented with client briefs that cover both areas, buyers that want to live in [...]

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How to make the most of Melbourne

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

   Melbourne has long worn the World’s Most Liveable City crown but, these days, it’s also becoming known as the capital of cool. And for good reason. The east-coast culture club is a labyrinth of laneway coffee shops, cult [...]

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The three vitals signs pointing to a property market recovery.

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Cohen Handler, Market Trends|

As August drew to a close, key metropolitan property markets showed signs of solid recovery after almost two years of an overall slowdown. According to CoreLogic’s August Hedonic Home Value Index, national dwelling values increased by 0.8 per cent, [...]

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BUYING PROPERTY THE RIGHT WAY

By |August 20th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How to buy property - the right way Are you searching for your next home? Looking for an investment property? But you aren’t sure of the best way to go about it? Join our free buyer information evening covering [...]

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Australia’s most pet friendly suburbs

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Australia’s most pet friendly suburbsFor many of us, a new home and a new suburb also has to be the perfect fit for our pets.As pet ownership continues to grow, more than 62 per cent of Australian households own [...]

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What to look for in a sustainable home

By |August 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

What to look for in a sustainable homeClimate change and extreme weather events don’t immediately come to mind as factors that influence a decision to purchase a new house. But as temperatures across Australia rise, the weather becomes more unpredictable [...]

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JULY MARKET REPORT

By |August 7th, 2019|Categories: Market Trends|

 Encouraging start to new financial year The new financial year has enjoyed a solid start in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with dwelling values stabilising across the eastern capitals in July. According to CoreLogic’s Home Value Index, conditions are on [...]

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How to zero in on your property goals

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How to zero in on your property goals The new financial year has brought with it a significant change in the property market. Whether you are a first home buyer, an investor, looking to downsize, up size or simply [...]

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BLUES VS MAROONS!

By |July 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Brisbane and Sydney clash in ultimate property decider It’s been a question our nation has debated for decades. We argue over which has the better  location, the better climate and the superior sporting team and now we’re even debating [...]

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MEET ARIJA, OUR NORTH BUYING QUEEN!

By |July 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Meet the team: Arija McQuillan With over 15 years’ experience in the industry across multiple platforms, it was only fitting when I made the decision to join the buy side with the vision to help buyers and give them [...]

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The power of the real estate network

By |June 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Buy Australian Real Estate with Confidence   At Cohen Handler are privy to working with Australia’s leading real estate agencies  across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  As Australia’s leading property buyer’s agency, we have a clear promise for our  customers; it's [...]

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Finalists for Women in Real Estate Business Awards

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

The Double Bay office has just been made a finalist in the Diversity Office of the Year (Metropolitan) category and associate Arija McQuillan is in the running to take out the Buyer’s Agent of the Year at the Women [...]

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BRISBANE MARKET REPORT

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Market Trends|

Monthly Market Report Brisbane:   Brisbane, the capital city of Australia’s Sunshine State, has largely remained untouched by the turbulent property markets of Sydney and Melbourne. While Sydney and Melbourne went through a highly publicised boom, Brisbane remained calm, [...]

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HOW TO PICK A HIGH YIELDER

By |May 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How to pick a high yielder   Knowing where to invest in property is hard if you’re not an expert in market conditions, and that means choosing the right investment property can be an overwhelming, confusing and emotional. But [...]

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THE DO’S AND DONT’S OF DOWNSIZING

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Downsizing dos and don’ts   Downsizing is a special time in anyone’s life. It’s time to take that next step, towards a less stressful lifestyle and a more manageable property. It’s also a time of change, of saying goodbye [...]

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LEON JACQUES OUR PROPERTY STRATEGIST

By |April 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Cohen Handler Meet the Team: Leon Jacques   My career in property started as a selling agent, however after around 10 years of running a boutique office in Double Bay I decided it was time switch sides of the [...]

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5 REASON’S TO USE A BUYERS AGENT

By |April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Five reasons to use a buyer’s agent   Securing property is a stressful experience, even for seasoned buyers who might own an investment or two. So whether you’re a first home buyer, downsizer or investor, hiring a professional buyer’s [...]

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LUNCH WITH SIMON COHEN AT MATTEO IN DOUBLE BAY

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Lunch with… Simon Cohen The venue: Matteo, 29 Bay Street, Double Bay Written By: Grant Jones from Chef’s Garage Matteo is a few doors down from the Double Bay offices of buyer’s agency Cohen Handler. It’s a gloriously sunny [...]

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MARCH MARKET REPORT

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Market Trends|

March Market Report – Eastern Suburbs   It’s been a fantastic first few months to the year, with buyers regaining some confidence in the market and kicking off their property hunt with a renewed sense of excitement. As always, [...]

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HOW TO FIND AN OFF MARKET PROPERTY

By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Forget the conventional ways of buying property, there’s another way to search and it doesn’t require trawling through an online property portal. While many buyers will flip through their local paper or glance in the windows of a real [...]

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Use Michael Connolly as your area specialist

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, News, PR, Property Market News, Property Trends, Residential Property|

When I bought my first unit in Surry Hills I found the process nerve-racking but also incredibly exciting. I was one of the first of my friends to purchase property and looking back on it now that first purchase [...]

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How a buyer’s agent can save you money

By |March 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How you can save money with a buyer's agent representing you Everyone jumps at the chance to save a buck, whether it’s on clothing, health insurance or a bargain buy at the grocery store. So why should buying property be [...]

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I want my life back

By |February 26th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

House hunting? I want my life back!   Committing yourself to buying a property is almost like taking on a second full-time job. It can be so exciting at first. Getting to inspect some great properties, figuring out what [...]

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Is your buyer’s agent independent?

By |February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, News, PR, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

How do I know my buyer’s agent is independent? So, you’re thinking about using a buyer’s agent but in the back of your mind you’re wondering, how do I know they have only my interests at heart? The right [...]

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February Market Report

By |February 19th, 2019|Categories: Market Trends|

February Insights: Mosman and North Shore The start of 2019 has seen a small surge of buyers hit the pavement in search of their new dream home and it’s never been a better time to start looking. Mosman and [...]

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What does a Buyers’ Agent actually do?

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Commercial Research & Reports, For Lease, Home Buyer's Guide, Industry News, Investment Property, Media, Melbourne Culture, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports, Residential Property, Sydney Culture, Testimonial|

Many potential buyers can benefit from engaging a buyer’s agent to act on their behalf, but a lot of buyers also aren’t sure about what they do. If you’re looking to buy, here’s how a buyer’s agent can help [...]

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What to expect for the 2019 Melbourne Property Market

By |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Cohen Handler, Industry News, Market Trends, Media, News, PR, Press Stories, Press To All, Property Market News, Property Trends, Research and Reports|

Melbourne’s housing market looks set for another year of modest price falls amid weak sentiment, curbs on borrowing money and a wave of new supply. But experts hope the city’s surging population will put a floor under the declines [...]

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Gun For Hire: Meet The Secret Weapon Used By Successful Property Buyers

By |August 24th, 2018|Categories: Market Trends, PR, Press Stories, Press To All|

The year was 2009, when a young Simon Cohen saw a gap in Australia’s post GFC property market, launching a brave, new concept designed to put some of the power back into home buyer’s hands. Cohen Handler is one [...]

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uno dishes on how buyer’s agents can tilt the odds in your favour

By |July 27th, 2018|Categories: Market Trends, Media, PR, Press Stories, Press To All|

There are a lot of frustrated buyers out there, overwhelmed by selling agents’ tactics and sick of underquoting. Buyer’s agents exist to help these people. Finding and then buying the right property is hard enough, especially when there isn’t [...]

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Interest-Only Loans: Why You Should Still Chase One Despite APRA Tightening Guidelines

By |July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

2017 signalled the start of some bad times for property investors. The APRA introduced guidelines that had a serious impact on interest-only loans. But that doesn’t mean that property investors shouldn’t still chase them.Let’s face it. The property market [...]

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More Tightening on the Way? What the APRA May Have in Store for 2018

By |July 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

By now, most investors will have felt the effects of the APRA tightening guidelines at the start of 2017. But is that all that the organisation has in store? More tightening may be on the way.Australia’s investors have gotten [...]

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How the APRA’s Tighter Guidelines Affect Investors With Multiple Properties

By |June 26th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

The APRA has made it harder for investors to buy property in Australia. New investors find their access to interest-only loans restricted. But what are the effects on those who have property portfolios?Experienced investors already know about the Australian [...]

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The APRA’s Tightened Guidelines (And How They Affect First-Time Buyers)

By |June 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

At the beginning of 2017, the APRA altered their guidelines in regard to interest-only home loans. This had massive effects on investors. However, it also affects first-time buyers.The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) oversees many of Australia’s financial institutions. [...]

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The APRA’s New Guidelines (And How They Affect Property Prices in Sydney and Melbourne)

By |June 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

The APRA announced new guidelines in March 2017. As well as lowering the number of investor loans taken out, they’ve also affected property prices in Sydney and Melbourne. Here’s the story.Have you heard of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [...]

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The APRA’s New Guidelines – What’s Changed and What Hasn’t

By |June 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

In March 2017, the APRA introduced new guidelines that affected homebuyers. Both investors and owner-occupiers may have to deal with changes. This article looks at what the APRA did and how it may affect you.The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority [...]

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How Can Property Investors Work Out How Much They Can Borrow?

By |June 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

In the wake of the APRA’s 2017 regulation changes, investors may wonder how much they can borrow. It’s a difficult question to answer. This article examines the techniques used to find out. Plus, it looks at some tips for [...]

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How the APRA’s Guideline Tightening Affects Residential Home Buyers

By |June 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

In March 2017, the APRA placed restrictions on interest-only loans. These restrictions will primarily affect investors. But they have some knock-on effects for residential home buyers.Some argue that there’s a housing issue in Australia. The rate of property price [...]

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The APRA’s Tightened Guidelines (And How It May Affect Property Investors)

By |June 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

With its strong property market, Australia has always been a popular choice for property investors. However, some recent regulatory changes have made things a little more difficult. This article examines the APRA’s recent changes and what they mean for [...]

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The Essential Guide to Helping Your Children to Buy Property

By |June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

We all want what’s best for our children. This extends to the properties that they end up buying. As a parent, there’s plenty of ways you can help with buying a property for your children. This article offers some [...]

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10 Critical Mistakes You Must Avoid When Choosing a Property Location

By |May 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

How much thought do you put into choosing a property location? If you don’t research the location properly, you’re prone to making some crucial property location mistakes. These are 10 that often trip up novice property investors and first-time [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Capital Growth

By |May 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

You have to make a choice when you invest in property. Do you invest to generate a regular yield? Or, do you invest for capital growth? This article tells you everything that you need to know about investing for [...]

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The Powerful Reasons Why Property Investing Works

By |May 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Why is property a great investment? There are all sorts of reasons why you may choose property over other investment types. This article examines some of the best reasons to invest in property.So, you’ve built up a little nest [...]

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Pet-Proofing Your House: The Essential Tips

By |May 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Most pet owners ask themselves “how do I find pet-friendly houses?” But finding a pet-friendly house is just the first step. You also need some tips on pet-proofing your house.Your pet is your most faithful companion. For most of [...]

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Property Yield vs Capital Growth: Which is Better?

By |April 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Should I invest for growth or yield when buying property? It’s an important question that every property investor must answer. Here we look at the pros and cons of each tactic.Heading into property investment without a strategy is one [...]

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Discover the Powerful Benefits of Buying Off-Market Property

By |April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Buying property comes with a range of different pitfalls. Sometimes, buying off-market property helps you to avoid those pitfalls. This article covers some of the benefits of buying off-market property.Think about all of the hassle that you have to [...]

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Everything You Need to Know About Lender’s Fees

By |April 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Before buying a property, you need to know about the hidden fees that lenders charge. These often get added onto your mortgage. Don’t assume that you need only worry about the deposit when getting a home loan.   Do [...]

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Commercial Investment Property: Is it Worth It?

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

When you’ve decided to invest in property, you face an important choice. Do you buy a residential or commercial property? Here’s what you need to know before going down the commercial route.   You already know the answer to [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Stamp Duty in Australia

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

What are the additional costs involved in buying property? You must look beyond your deposit. For many, stamp duty is the biggest additional cost. But each state has its own rules in place.   Every property purchase comes with [...]

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10 Off-putting Property Investment Red Flags

By |March 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Investing in property may set you up financially for the rest of your life. It could also lead you to financial ruin. Look for these property investment red flags to avoid that situation.Why is property a great investment?When you [...]

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