Category Archives: Real Estate News

Is it harder to get a first home past 40?

Posted by Terry Hansen on May 9th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Getting a foot on the property ladder is tough, but it’s not likely to get much easier as you get older. At least that is according to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, which noted the difficulties faced by aging first home buyers. According to the report, the average age of first-time buyers in Australia […]

Property investors to benefit from relaxed APRA lending rules

Posted by Terry Hansen on May 7th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Australia’s property investors are set to get some relief after the announcement from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) that they will be removing the housing investor loan cap. In 2014, a temporary 10 per cent cap on investor lending growth was introduced to help cool the booming Sydney and Melbourne housing markets. The APRA has […]

Will we see an interest rate rise in 2018?

Posted by Terry Hansen on April 30th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Nobody wants to see their mortgage rate go up, but that could happen if the Reserve Bank decides to lift their current long-running low interest rate streak. There are a lot of differing opinions about whether or not the country will see a change in the current cash rate of 1.5 per cent any time […]

RBA extends low interest rate streak

Posted by Terry Hansen on April 9th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Last week the Reserve Bank kept the official interest rate on hold at the historic low of 1.5 per cent, extending its long running streak of no movements up or down. April’s meeting made for the 18th consecutive board meeting where the RBA has not budged from its position, making it the longest stint where […]

Nine out of ten properties sell for a profit

Posted by Terry Hansen on March 26th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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A cooling property market hasn’t stopped sellers from turning a profit according to data from CoreLogic. The housing statistics firm has revealed that 91.1 per cent of all properties sold in the December 2017 quarter went for a price above their previous purchase price. The property market was so lucrative in the three months to […]

Do swimming pools add value to your home?

Posted by Terry Hansen on March 21st, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Many homeowners daydream about adding a pool to their backyard. But while a pool may be nice to take a dip in on a warm day, it may not add as much property value as you would imagine. The lending group, Lendi, surveyed more than 1,000 Australian men and women online to see whether or […]

Drop in interest-only loans could be good news for buyers

Posted by Terry Hansen on March 5th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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A crackdown from the APRA has led to a plummet in the amount of interest-only loans being taken out in the past six months. The banking regulatory body reported a drop in interest-only mortgages to well below their 30 per cent benchmark set in March last year to curb investor demand. According to SBS News, […]

Positive outlook for housing in 2018

Posted by Terry Hansen on February 28th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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A new report by Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) has predicted a strong year for housing, despite a slowdown in investor activity. The National Outlook for 2018 noted that while investors are leaving the market, demand from first home buyers will help fill the void. HIA principal economist Tim Reardon said that the supply of new […]

How well do you understand property tax deductions?

Posted by Terry Hansen on February 21st, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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Many Australians may be missing out on the opportunity to buy an investment property simply because they don’t understand tax deductions. A new study by Galaxy Research, on behalf of non-bank lender State Custodians Home Loans, found that less than half of those surveyed were aware of the main tax deductions they could claim on […]

First home buyers making a return

Posted by Terry Hansen on February 14th, 2018 in Real Estate News | No Comments
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First home buyers have increased their dominance in the housing market, according to NAB’s Residential Property Survey. The survey found that first home buyers made up nearly 29 per cent of owner-occupied new home sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 22 per cent of established owner-occupied home sales. This brings first home buyers to […]

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