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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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Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are the three biggest investing hubs in Australia, however according to Core Logic, the city that is achieving the highest rental yields is Brisbane.

As at July 2016 Brisbane’s rental yields were sitting at 4.3% per annum, whilst Sydney and Melbourne were at 3.1% and 3.0% per annum.

This means, if you purchase an investment property at say $600,000 for example, you would receive the rental value of:

Brisbane: $496 rent p/w

Sydney: $358 rent p/w

Melbourne: $346 rent p/w

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Calla Property has just been awarded a place in the ‘Top 75 Investment Blogs and Websites for Property Investors’ roll of honours.

We are very proud to announce that we came 60th internationally and 18th in Australia.

We love bringing news, tips and inside property information to our clients and it’s great to be recognised on the following criteria:

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Property prices are growing faster than your wages which means that every month you put money aside for a deposit, the market is moving further out of reach.

Millennials from modest families have been brought up with the attitude of keep your head down, work hard, save up and buy your own home first. Unfortunately, in today’s world, where property prices are rapidly growing, that’s no longer an easy option.

‘Rentvesting’ is a shift away from the traditional idea of owning your home with the white, picket fence on the quarter acre block. Society is changing, how we live is changing, so it’s not surprising the way we get ahead through property is changing too.

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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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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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In the 1950’s we were introduced to the ‘Great Australian Dream’. A big house on a big block of land. The Hills hoist featuring in the large back yard. Large enough for all the neighbourhood kids to gather for daily cricket matches through the long summer afternoons.

Baby boomers raised their families in these constructions of suburban nirvana in the 70’s and 80’s.

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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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Are you thinking about becoming a property investor? It’s incredibly important to approach buying an investment property in a different way than buying a home. Here are 3 important considerations for anyone looking to invest in 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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