property investors need to avoid crucial mistakes

Investing in property can be a fantastic way to build wealth over time. Property investors can create a property investment portfolio that continuously generates income, and can also be passed along to their children. This also shows that investing in property can be a great way to have a financially secure future for you and your family.

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Property investment is big business in Australia. It accounts for 60% of the banking system’s assets, and over half of Australians’ wealth is held in residential concerns. That works out as $6.6 trillion over 9.6 million homes, or a respectable three times the total value of superannuation funds.

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Changes to the Stamp Duty laws mean that investors will no longer receive discounts on Stamp Duty.

The Victorian Government has recently announced changes to stamp duty. Under the current law, all investors purchasing off the plan properties benefit from stamp duty discounts. However, this will no longer be the case under the new legislation.

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The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that it will cut interest rates.  This sets a new record low rate of 1.75% – the first change since May last year.

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Australia’s retirement system is known to be among the best in the world. With the government’s age pension and mandatory “Superannuation Guarantee” programs from employers, it has far exceeded other industrial nations like the United States when it comes to high individual savings rate.

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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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I’ve had many clients ask me about recent changes to banking policy in regards to Investment Loans. The APRA decisions are interesting.  In my view they’re trying to find a way to counteract the property heating effect that the RBA rate cuts are having in Sydney.

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Applying for your first home loan can be a daunting task and I’m often amazed at the preconceptions people have about lending policy.  So what do you need to know and what are the banks looking for?

Lending policy falls into two main areas – 1. Security and 2. Serviceability.

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The path to investment property ownership can be long & daunting. Find out the crucial aspects of property investment and how we at Calla Property can help you negotiate those aspects in a hassle free way.

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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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