Summer News Season – Borrowing & Under-quoting

The residential property market can often be a political football, as various interested groups call for the government or the regulators to “do something” about the market.   In the second half of 2017, we’re seeing the effects of governments and regulators “doing something” about the residential property market.   Whether those actions were wise […]

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Autumn News Season – Where to from here?

In our final installment of the autumn news season, the question is –  where to from here? We summarise the issues affecting the property market in the following year and finish off with an overview of where there’s value and opportunities. Before we get into all that, remember…     IT’S ONLY SOCIAL Check Portfolio’s pages […]

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Autumn News Season – Property Management

In the third instalment of our autumn news season, we turn the focus on property management. Autumn has been an exciting time with our expansion of management services into Geelong. We also take a look at assessing tenant applications with no rental history, and finish off with some analysis of changes in the legislation that will affect […]

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Autumn News Season – Economic Drivers

In our second issue of the autumn season, we look at economic drivers affecting the property market, specifically interest rates and the influence of Asian investors.   Interest and loans ratios to harden Over the past ten years, interest rates and loan ratios have exerted significant influence on the property market, with the downward pressure on […]

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Autumn News Season – The Market

Welcome to our first autumn news season. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting out a series of articles that consider some of the more macro forces that are influencing the property market and the economy in general. We hope you’ll find these articles insightful and thought provoking. Please feel free to contact us on […]

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Airbnb, landlords, and body corporates

Technology and the internet have changed many things and, at times, rules and regulations need to change. The metaphoric rise of the short term accommodation websites are no exception. As discussed recently in our quarterly newsletter, a landlord challenged the right of a tenant to sublet her property for the purposes of short term accommodation. […]

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Rates on hold… for now

The Reserve Bank has left the door open to further interest rate cuts after keeping the cash rate on hold at 2.25 per cent at its March meeting. RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said after the meeting that, having eased monetary policy in February, it was appropriate to hold rates steady for the time being. “Further […]

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Geelong rent rises point to demand

Rents in Geelong have risen more than 120 per cent since 2000 in yet another sign the city is defying doom-and-gloom predictions based purely on high-profile company closures. The Department of Human Services figures show the average weekly rent in Geelong rose from $135 to $300 between early 2000 and late last year. The rise […]

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Brisbane property bounces back

Brisbane property prices in high-value suburbs affected by the 2011 floods have rebounded more quickly than expected. It’s good news for owners, but Brisbane property experts say investors still need to be cautious buying into the flood-affected suburbs. Speaking on ABC 612 in Brisbane, QUT property economics professor Chris Eves said it was important to […]

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Sydney, Melbourne lead post-GFC growth

Sydney property prices have increased 57 per cent and Melbourne prices 50 per cent over the past six years, according to the latest figures from CoreLogic RP Data. The property market analysts also found Melbourne prices were up 2.7 per cent and Sydney prices 1.4 per cent in January, driving 1.3 per cent price growth […]

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