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.
27 May 2014
Where should i buy next?
Property investors often want to know where to buy next, but sometimes in their search for the next hotspot they're missing some important variables.
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.
8 April 2014
5 things lenders want to see on an application
There are a number of things that are a big tick for lenders when it comes to home loan applications. Many of them are simple changes you can make, but the result can be extremely rewarding.
6 April 2014
RBA rate announcement
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced the outcome of its monthly board meeting.
18 March 2014
No cash? No problem
Building your portfolio can come to a halt if you have trouble saving for a deposit. You may not be able to generate your deposit through cash savings, but there are still ways to speed up the process of getting into your next property
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.
20 January 2014
Housing finance through the roof
Home loan approvals in November reached their highest level in more than four years, according to new data released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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
13 January 2014
Housing approvals rise again
New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows approval growth was strongest in Queensland, up 4.9 per cent, followed by South Australia, up four per cent.
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.
29 October 2013
Investors urged to rethink rates
With rate hikes on the horizon, investors should reconsider their current loan facilities, a mortgage adviser company has urged.
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.
26 August 2013
NT Property market on the up
The latest House Price Index points to increased confidence in the greater Darwin property market.
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.
4 July 2013
5 keys to successful property investing
Nila Sweeney, managing editor of Your Investment Property magazine, says there’s so much ‘noise’ in the property market that if you followed all the ‘chatter’ and prognostications you would be scared to make a move. She offers five tips on what to do.
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.
2 July 2013
Property preferences are changing
A barometer of property trends for 2013 shows increasing buyer interest in new properties as well as an 8% increase in investor interest to purchase.
23 June 2013
Properties selling faster
Residential properties across Australia are spending less time on the market than at this time last year.
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
20 June 2013
Housing grants remain in SA Budget
The South Australian Government has extended its cash grant of $8500 for anyone buying or building a new home until the end of the year.
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
Quick ways to get your SMSF ready for property
Paul Cahill, CEO of ‘Club Plus Super’, the superannuation fund set up for Club Industry employees in New South Wales and ACT, suggests five steps investors can take to prepare themselves for SMSF property investing.
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.
4 June 2013
Invest now but be cautious
Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) reports that while property investment opportunities are the best seen in years, potential buyers should remember to differentiate between advisers and marketers.
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.
10 May 2013
Darwin set for further growth
Major resource projects are likely to further reinforce the Northern Territory’s economic position and demand for housing.
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
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.
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.