Serving as the primary gateway to the state of Queensland, Brisbane is known for its amazing, subtropical climate all year round, as well as its range of tourist attractions. The city enjoys around 280 days of sun per year; allowing locals and tourists to take advantage of outdoor attractions such as Kangaroo Point and the City Botanic Gardens. Queensland’s metropolitan jewel has hopes of stepping on to the international stage as Australia’s next ‘world city’; a new height in Brisbane’s development. The question is; how?

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International women's day

Here’s to wishing all of you a very happy International Women’s Day, from the team here at Calla Property. We celebrate International Women’s Day each year to commemorate the achievements of women throughout history and across nations. This year, the theme of the day is #PressforProgress – focusing on accelerating gender parity and inclusiveness worldwide. With a strong global momentum striving for gender parity, and with more and more women across the globe; making gains day-by-day, the day’s theme highlights a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Now let’s consider property investment for a moment, specifically; women in property investment…

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When investing in property, there are essentially two main types of tax that can have an impact on your profits. The first, and more familiar; is Income Tax – the tax applied to any money earned; whether it be derived through employment or investment. The second tax that directly impacts property investors is Capital Gains Tax (CGT). This is the tax applied to the amount of value the property has increased by, from the initial point of purchase, till it’s eventual sale – the capital gain. As we know, a good property investment will appreciate in value over time, so the amount it increases by, is what is being taxed.

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In August 2017, we saw Melbourne once again outrank Vienna and Vancouver and be named the world’s most liveable city; as per The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Index. It was a record seventh time in a row in the top spot for Melbourne, which scored 97.5 out of a possible 100; and achieved a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure. It has now also been revealed, that as per a survey conducted by The Time Out City Life Index; Melbourne has been ranked No. 4, for the world’s most exciting cities. Within this survey, Melbourne achieved the highest score in the category of ‘happiness’ – projecting how satisfied locals are in their city. So, Melbourne is the clear winner among Australian cities, but let’s look into this…

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If you’ve been keeping up with our weekly blogs, you may remember an update from early-December last year on Geelong expanding into a ‘new economy’. (Check it out HERE). The blog discussed the city’s transition from a factory town with a strong manufacturing base, into a ‘new economy’ city with a broad range of industries and a growing population. Well, in recent news, PM Malcolm Turnbull has revealed that Geelong will be first in line to benefit from a $220 million Regional Jobs and Investment Packages project. Our earlier blog had shared a prediction that the city’s surge in capital growth could only just be the beginning, and with this just in, it looks like Geelong is on its way to becoming an advanced city and manufacturing powerhouse.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – property investment is an avenue of wealth creation that cannot be entered lightly. Many who are first entering the property market develop this mindset of ‘I can go out, buy a house somewhere, stick some tenants in it to pay the mortgage and make a killing!’, but this is where things can go wrong. Not all properties make good investments, and not all investments will guarantee profits. So, what is it that drives success for property investors? Well, it comes down to these three attributes:

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The process of purchasing your first home either to live in or invest is both exciting and daunting. Navigating your finances, home loan, and finding the right property partner is challenging. Even though it takes a bit of time to get the hang of, investing in Australian property can bring major returns and allow you to use your equity to further expand your property portfolio. Here are my Top 3 reasons why Australian property is a great investment.

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Well, most of us have now returned from our extravagant holidays, and are stuck into our second or third week back at work. It can be tough to bounce back into work-mode, especially in this first month, after the fun and excitement of the Christmas/ New Years’ holidays. A lot of us, at this point, wish we could retire sooner, and overcome the January Blues. We dream of Pina Coladas, and an exotic beach somewhere; basically, anywhere else to soak up the sunlight than behind a desk. The truth of it is, to retire early, we need to ensure that our usual source of income has been replaced, and that we can afford to live sufficiently without working. For most of us that dream of a lavish, luxurious retirement; the truth of replacing our income is even more prevalent. One major avenue of replacing our usual source of income is through property investment.

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If you’ve been staying up to date with our blogs, you’ll remember a blog I wrote towards the end of 2017 on ‘5 Tips to help make property investment your New Year’s resolution’. We discussed the importance of setting yourself new goals to work towards, and the powerful wealth-creation tool of compound interest. I advised readers of MY top 5 tips to help make property investment a new year’s resolution, and I do believe both seasoned investors and those new to the property market can definitely benefit from these pointers (If you haven’t already, be sure to go back and check out that blog here). So, we’re a week into 2018, but where are you at with your finances? What have you decided to do better this year, to ensure you meet your new year’s resolution?

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2017 is over!
“Bring on 2018”, we say!
If one of your new year’s resolutions was to start investing in property, we can help you through the process. We are research dependent investment property specialists and help you by minimising the risk of property investment in Australia. We do the research you don’t know how to do or don’t have time to do!
Here is our list of The Top 20 Men and Women Most Likely to Invest in Property in 2018.

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