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1 in 5 first-time landlords are ‘accidental investors’


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ONE in five first-time landlords may have fallen into the property investment game by accident, according to a new survey. Are you one of them? ONE in five first-time landlords may have fallen into the property investment game by accident. New data from a leading quantity surveyor has revealed more than 20 per cent of […]

Don’t Melt This Summer!


Body Corporate

The world of body corporate can be hard to understand, but as an Investment Owner, there are certain regulations that must be followed if you intend to make improvements to your Lot.  The one we Queenslander’s absolutely LOVE is Air-Conditioning.  We’ve all experienced Queensland Weather at its hottest.   I know that I personally cannot live […]

How to present your unit for sale



While a unit almost always has less square meterage than a detached house, presenting one for sale can be just as challenging. Property stylists Kate Bunton and Nicki O’Halloran – from 2Tweak, which works with real estate agencies and private clients to style properties for sale – and Angus Graham, from Hodges Sandringham in Melbourne, […]

Brisbane Property Market predictions for 2021


Brisbane market National

  Where will our property markets be in 3 years That’s a question people are asking now that our real estate markets have moved to the next stage of the property cycle — one of slower growth in some areas and falling values in other locations. Well there’s good news for those interested in the […]

New vision for South Bank as planning for 2050 begins


Community Development Lifestyle

The South Bank arbour and beach will be protected under a new vision for the 42-hectare precinct, which attracted about 14 million visitors last year. The Queensland government and South Bank Corporation have announced a new master plan for South Bank – a decision that coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brisbane hosting World Expo ’88. […]

Buying a Rental Property – What to look for


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Buying a property to rent out is a very different ball-game to buying a property as your family home.  This is a business decision, not an emotional one and like any business decision, you should have a business case prepared and be objective in your evaluation. One of the first and most vital considerations is […]

Accepting or Declining an Offer


Property - Sales Selling

You have worked out the price that you want for your property, agreed on the marketing strategy and done everything that you can to present the property in the best possible way.   Now the waiting game to find a Buyer begins and it is always thrilling when you receive the news of your first offer. […]

Brisbane housing market to be “back on the map” in 2019, analyst says


Brisbane market Property - Sales

BRISBANE’S housing market is on the cusp of turning a corner after years of treading water, with 2019 set to put the Queensland capital “back on the map”. One of the city’s leading property analysts predicts next year will be a “gamechanger” for the residential sector, with rents set to rise, sales volumes to increase […]

Brisbane house prices to see significant gains


Brisbane market Queensland

While Brisbane house market remains affordable compared to Sydney and Melbourne, it is projected that its median house price will see one of the strongest growths once the oversupply in the unit is absorbed, according to The QBE Australian Housing Outlook 2018-2021. Over the four years to June 2016, median house price growth in Brisbane […]

Understanding The Psychology Of Buying A Home


Marketing Selling

There’s no denying that buying a home is a big decision and yet you may be surprised by the number of people who are influenced by factors other than price, resale value and location. From the number of a house to a lick of new paint on the walls, it seems we are influenced by […]

State by state: An October update on Australia’s property markets


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It’s time for our monthly whip across Australia’s property markets. Yes, prices have fallen a little further. As you can see from the figures below, combined city capital dwelling values slipped a mere 2.7% over the last 12 months. This is hardly a ‘crash’, and the rate of decline is slower than in the previous property market downturn that occurred […]

What are Tenancy Databases?



As a Tenant you have probably heard Tenancy Databases mentioned – possibly at the start of your Tenancy Application process where you were advised that this may form part of the reference checking procedures.  These are privately owned database companies used by Agencies and private Landlords to identify if the Tenant/s making an application to […]

Are Granny Flats a good idea?


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The population is ageing, and retirement accommodation is becoming increasingly expensive.  This combination of factors has led to a resurgence in granny flats around Australia.  But are they a good idea, and will one work for you – not just now, but will it contribute to your return on investment? After all – it’s good […]

The housing dip should belong to the young


Brisbane market First Home Buyers National

  Perhaps it’s the 24/7 news cycle, perhaps it’s because bad news sells or maybe we‘re just obsessed with talking about property, but there has been a lot of fearmongering about the softening of Sydney house prices in recent weeks. That’s because in many capital cities, house prices have fallen since this time last year. […]

Brisbane market safe as houses — and units: ANZ


Brisbane market

BRISBANE’S impressive housing market recovery should be an example for other capital city property sectors struggling in the current downturn, one of the country’s biggest banks suggests. ANZ’s latest quarterly housing update reveals the bank’s economists expect home prices to rise modestly over the next two years in the Queensland capital, as population growth accelerates […]

What property downturn? Brisbane’s top growth suburbs revealed



BRISBANE is continuing to defy the downturn gripping the nation’s biggest housing markets, with new figures revealing more than 25 suburbs achieved double-digit property price growth in the past year. While home prices in Sydney and Melbourne have hit the skids, Brisbane’s are marching north, with new research finding the top 10 growth suburbs in […]

Brisbane housing market ‘doing a Bradbury’ with house and unit values set to rise


Brisbane market National

BRISBANE’S beaten down apartment market is on the verge of a major recovery, with a leading analyst predicting unit values to jump more than 6 per cent next year. Moody’s Analytics and CoreLogic’s latest quarterly home value report predicts the city’s apartment values to rebound in 2019, after years of pain caused by overbuilding. House […]

The families being pushed out of Sydney



SARAH and her husband Tom don’t want to leave Sydney but they are being forced out, and they’re not the only ones. SARAH* had planned to make a life for her family in Sydney but like many others, the 30-year-old mum has been pushed out thanks to exorbitant housing prices. This month Sarah, her husband […]

One in four homeowners would fail new mortgage tests as banks crack down on living expenses


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A SHOCK new broker survey has revealed one in four homeowners given home loans last year would fail new bank tests if they applied today. A SHOCK new broker survey has revealed one in four homeowners given home loans last year would fail new bank tests if they applied today. Everything from Netflix habits, to […]

Block of 11 New Units in Newmarket


Brisbane market buying tips investment Property - Sales

Buy this whole block of New Units situated on a prime elevated block in the heart of Newmarket. Architecturally designed and strategically positioned on the block this is a unique opportunity for the astute investor and a great addition to a super-fund portfolio. There are 11 units over 3 levels, 3 with courtyards, all modern […]