11 June 2015
The importance of having a good tenant
When looking for an investment property that you intend to lease, your choice of the tenant for the property is almost as important as the actual choice of property.
5 June 2015
Investing in property with SMSF
A self-managed super fund (SMSF) lets you control how you choose your assets, tax strategies and retirement planning. With an SMSF, it’s all up to you – you’re in the driver’s seat.
20 August 2014
Many roads to property investment riches
Navigating property investment can be a challenge for even the savvy investor. Whether you’re looking for a long-term or a short-term investment, your goals involve securing a financial future for your family or reducing your taxable income, there are many options to consider.
13 August 2014
Not all tenants are created equal
Chances are that you wouldn’t hand over your new car to an unknown driver, nor would you give your diamond engagement ring to a stranger to try on… so is it surprising so many investors are apprehensive when it comes to tenanting their property?
3 June 2014
How to find and keep good tenants
Many investors hesitate to buy a property because of the fear of not having a tenant for a period of time. Being without a tenant in your property can cause you to lose sleep. It can also impact on your holding costs and potentially stop you in your tracks from growing your portfolio. The strength of your investment property is underpinned by the strength of your income to support the property, so finding and keeping good tenants is a top priority for stress free investing.
14 May 2014
DHA to be part of scoping study
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has been announced in the Federal Budget as one of the government agencies to be a part of a privatisation scoping study. The results of this study will determine if and when DHA will be sold.
24 April 2014
A quick guide to home loan pre-approval
When looking for a mortgage pre-approval, it isn't easy. There are many ways to go about it, and the last thing you would want is for the loan to fall through last minute - particularly if you're looking at buying at auction.
6 April 2014
RBA rate announcement
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced the outcome of its monthly board meeting.
4 February 2014
RBA rate announcement
The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced the outcome of its first board meeting of the year.
21 January 2014
Brisbane to overtake Sydney and Melbourne
Tight supply and high demand are expected to push Brisbane’s property market ahead of Sydney and Melbourne’s markets over the next year, according to a major real estate agency.
16 January 2014
Savings tips for 2014: Get your new home faster
New home buyers, and even those who want to leapfrog into an upgrade, are regularly told they need to save more. While it's achievable, securing yourself $30,000 or more is a tricky task, particularly if you've never been a big saver in the past.
14 January 2014
Travelling retirees funded by property
Grey nomads’ Vicky and John Heathcote always knew investing in property was a sensible option. Two decades after their first purchase, they are now living their dream, Vicky tells Miriam Bell
7 January 2014
Australian house prices continue to rise
The outlook for home values in 2014 is looking positive with last year’s figures showing a 9.8 per cent increase over the 12 months to December.
17 December 2013
Property forecasts for 2014
2013 was a hell of a year for property markets. Your Investment Property considers what happened to markets this year and examines what investors can expect from 2014:
16 December 2013
Australia in growth phase: REIA
The Australian property market is currently undergoing a growth phase, according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA).
10 December 2013
Tell us your story
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is calling for both investors and lessors to share their stories and be a part of the DHA testimonial family.
9 December 2013
Brisbane and Adelaide set for growth
Brisbane and Adelaide's housing markets are expected to outperform all other capital cities moving into 2014, according to the latest RP Data Quarterly Review.
23 October 2013
DHA wins Fund of the Year
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is celebrating the announcement that its inaugural fund has been awarded the Property Investment Research (PIR) Unlisted Fund of the Year Award.
16 July 2013
Fixed rate demand hits new peak
Enquiries for fixed rate home loan products are said to have accounted for 40% of enquiries in June – a record high.
11 July 2013
A lower Aussie dollar is not all bad news
The relative value of our currency is not always a bellwether on how we are doing as a nation says Mark Bouris, executive chairman of the financial services company Yellow Brick Road.
8 July 2013
Fixed rates en vogue
Fixed rate mortgages remain popular, accounting for 30.10% of all loans in May.
3 July 2013
Majority of homes sell for profit
Properties that recorded a gross profit in the first quarter of 2013 were held for an average of 9.7 years, while homes that recorded a gross profit of more than 100 per cent were owned for an average of 15.4 years.
20 June 2013
Investors under ATO scrutiny
Tax deductions can only be claimed for the portion of the year where a property is rented, or available to rent
17 June 2013
The ins and outs of conveyancing
It’s helpful to understand the different roles that real estate agents and solicitors play in a residential real estate transaction. Pamela Bennett, chair of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, explains the importance of conveyancing.
12 June 2013
Claim $4,852 in 29 days
According to Bradley Beer, Managing Director of the quantity surveying firm BMT Tax Depreciation, investors can find it worthwhile to claim tax depreciation on a property even if they have only held it for a short time.
6 June 2013
No bubble, says Residex
Residex founder John Edwards says affordability is keeping the housing industry in check because a lot of families are likely to still think they are better off renting.
5 June 2013
Most homeowners rate financial situation 'solid'
A survey by the mortgage broker Mortgage Choice has found that 65% of homeowners feel positive about their current financial situation and 77% were making additional repayments towards their mortgage.
14 May 2013
Changes to the super guarantee
Changes to super will be gradually introduced from 1 July 2013 and are expected to benefit 8.4 million employees.
9 May 2013
Property confidence on the rise
Confidence among property professionals for the residential sector in the June quarter continues to trend upwards.
2 May 2013
Adelaide bucks national property price trend
Adelaide and Darwin were the only capital cities to record gains in home prices for April and Adelaide was the second highest performing capital city for the quarter.
29 April 2013
Women are disadvantaged in our superannuation system
Many women tell Mark Bouris of Yellow Brick Road that they can’t commit to superannuation strategies when they have kids to raise, bills to pay and a mortgage to service. Women, he says, are clearly disadvantaged in our superannuation system.
26 April 2013
Investors to dominate
Australian Property Monitors’ (APM's) Rental Yield Report has been described as “a rare treat for property investors.”
24 April 2013
Property investment not just for the rich
Investing in property may cost less than you think. DHA's Tony Winterbottom notes that more than 75% of Australian property investors earn less than $80,000 a year.
17 April 2013
NT leads the nation
The Northern Territory has fulfilled the residential growth expectation of property pundits with more than 12% price growth in 2012.
12 April 2013
The city investors forget
Canberra’s property market thrives on stability anchored by low unemployment and above average population growth.
12 April 2013
Super risks for investors
Property investment through super is popular but DHA’s Tony Winterbottom says it's important to look closely before you leap.
11 April 2013
Words of investment wisdom
Australian Property Investor magazine shares some lessons learned by five much wiser property investors on their journey to success.
5 April 2013
It pays to have ‘friends’ like these
In his latest 'Property Answers' column for the Daily Telegraph, DHA's Tony Winterbottom observes that debt can be your friend, saying good debt will work day and night for you and earn more than it costs to keep.
26 March 2013
Taxpayers face ATO “data-matching” crackdown
New data-matching technology has given the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) the ability to scrutinise property dealings by around 10.4 million Australians. It has been reported that more than 649 million transactions were analysed last year.
8 March 2013
Queen of the castle
Australian women are beating men in the home ownership stakes.
7 March 2013
Buying beyond your home turf
In his latest ‘Money Matters’ column for the Daily Telegraph, DHA's Tony Winterbottom says that by exploring options in new territory, residential property investors open themselves to the best Australia has to offer.
26 February 2013
Super profits on mortgages
New research shows that banks are making an annual profit of about $2640 on the average $300,000 mortgage. This represents a profit of $79,200 over the lifetime of a 30-year mortgage
18 February 2013
Thousands of Aussies to lose up to $2000
Australians have until 31 May to retrieve any lost or unclaimed superannuation funds before they are transferred to the Australian Taxation Office.
1 February 2013
How to change your lender and save
When it comes to mortgages for property owners and investors, the Aussie "she'll be right" mindset is costing millions of us big 'bickies'.
29 January 2013
Love affair with property continues
Online search traffic suggests Australians young and old remain highly motivated by real estate. News Limited’s Andrew Winter wonders if more property searchers will become buyers this year.
28 January 2013
Mortgages made relatively easy
Buying real estate is becoming more of a family affair with estate agents reporting an increase in siblings co-financing mortgages.