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Is the Property Market Attracting More Lenders?

With the interest rate at its record low, last year saw a spike in the number of Australians getting into the property market. But last year also saw APRA tightening its rules on investor lending and major commercial banks raising their variable rates. What should property investors do now and…

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Should You Lock in Your Rates Too?

More Aussies now are more conscious about the movement of interest rates. With rates at a record low, many investors are worried that it will bounce back up soon and derail their property investment plan. What should be your next move? Should you lock in rates now to avoid the…

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Melbourne is the New Hottest Property Market Right Now

The competition in the housing values stage just got more interesting. In the latest CoreLogic RP Data Hedonic Home Value Index, Melbourne has finally surpassed Sydney, albeit by a small margin. Will this have a major impact on the entire housing market or will the status quo be maintained? New…

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Hayne Ready to Face New NFL Challenge

A lot can happen in a span of a year. For former Parramatta Eel defender Jarryd Hayne, 2015 has been nothing short of exciting. In what he described as a dream move, he was drafted to the San Francisco 49ers which made headlines in the sporting world. His determination to…

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Japan Imposes Negative Rate

If you haven’t seen interest rate lower than what we have now, you only have to look at Japan. In a move that shocked the global market, its central bank has recently adopted negative interest rates, imposing a negative 0.1% on deposits. Into the Negative Territory Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor…

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Tasmania: The Next Property Hotspot?

Watch out, New South Wales and Victoria — another state is hot on your heels when it comes to foreign investments. According to the quarterly ANZ/Property Council survey forecast, Tasmania can expect a surge in residential real estate investment from foreign buyers this year. Growing Confidence After lagging behind other…

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Busy Weekend for Homebuyers in the Gold Coast

Last weekend was full of golden investing opportunities as homebuyers got busy in the Gold Coast property market. Ray White Surfer’s Paradise held a mega-auction last weekend that saw about a hundred properties being sold. Buzzing Action at the Gold Coast Auction Market Apart from Brisbane which had a quiet…

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Is Trouble Brewing in the Sydney Housing Market?

It’s time to set our expectations straight — if you have properties in parts of Sydney, prepare for a dip in price growth within the coming months. That’s according to property market watchdogs and experts, who are predicting Sydney market’s price growth to slow down this year. Headed for a…

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Masters to Shut Down Soon: What Happens Next?

Merely 5 years since it was launched, home improvements chain Masters is now closing down in a few months. It’s all part of Woolworth’s plan this year to “either sell or windup” its home improvement subsidiaries, including Masters and Home Timber & Hardware. The reason for the move, according to…

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Starting the Year Right: Non-Major Banks Cut Rates

It’s only January yet there are several things property investors should already get excited about in 2016. Recently, several non-major lenders have announced that they are making significant changes to their pricing and policies. Pricing Changes Suncorp Bank led the other banks with its 1.55 per cent standard variable rate…

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