But I know Sydney…

This is one of the statements we hear most often at Calla Property when we first talk to clients about property investment.

Clients often feel that they know the city and even suburb they live in or have invested in in the past. Usually this is because they’ve done quite well, either through good timing or holding the property for long enough.  Often this is reason enough for the client to want to invest in the same area again.

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New or Old? What is the better investment?

Many of our clients want to know whether it’s better to buy an old property – or second hand property or a new property.

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Last week the Calla Property Team went to Brisbane for the week.  We met with property clients as part of our due diligence and are very pleased to report that we have some more fantastic investment stock for our clients. We visited a number of sites and show rooms ranging from small boutique developments of 20 apartments to full master planned, beautifully landscaped, amenity rich developments.  I am very excited to be able to offer this new stock to our valuable clients.

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We’ve all heard lots of advice about property investing but there are a few common phrases that keep coming up and recently I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on them.

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It would seem that there are many clients who are still wary about buying ‘off the plan’.  This seems to come largely from a number of developers who were unscrupulous during the boom period prior to the GFC.  By and large, the GFC has flushed out the unsavoury operators.  The businesses that were able to withstand the assault of the GFC, especially in the construction industry, for the most part, were good businesses prior and are still strong businesses today.

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“9 years ago I took the plunge in buying my first Sydney property, a modest 2 bedroom apartment in Alexandria. I remember procrastinating for at least 2 years before I made that decision, thinking I didn’t have enough deposit and coming up with all sorts of excuses.  In 2012, I sold the apartment, but I regretted delaying the decision to buy as all my fears back then turned out to be completely unfounded.  If you’re looking to buy your first home and you have some doubts, I suggest you talk to the experts to get a different perspective and to demystify potential misconceptions.”

                                                                                                                             – Chen, aged 40

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