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In past years, the Federal Budget’s focus has been on improving housing affordability but 2018 saw the biggest drop in house prices since 2015, it appears the government have slowed down their pursuit.

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INVESTORS LOSE $800M !!!

Bad news right?

Well actually the changes aren’t very ‘changed’, more slight modifications.

There are two main areas that will be affected, Negative Gearing and Depreciation.

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No, this isn’t a trick question but if you can answer it, you’ll have a better idea of the property you should be investing in.

If you get it right, your renter should pay the bulk of your investment property through rental payments. If you understand the renting population and what they’re attracted to, you’re half way to ensuring your property is rented out regularly and reliably. Different suburbs and regions attract different kinds of renters who will look for different features in a property and location. The kind of renter who is looking for a property in the inner city is likely to want different things than the renter looking for a property in the suburbs. Things like good cafes and funky bars within walking distance, a gym, shopping and public transport close by. However, someone renting in the suburbs, is more likely to have a family, want to be close to good schools, parks and playgrounds and within easy driving distance to shopping malls and employment hubs.

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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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Many clients come to see us with the idea that they can make money from property, but they don’t really understand how. If you know the formula, and you get it right, then it’s relatively easy to make money through property investment and often it doesn’t cost very much to do so.

How is that possible? How can you grow your wealth with little initial outlay?

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Did you know?

70% of Australian retirees rely on Government subsidies or are living below the poverty line.

I know I do not want to be part of this statistic, living on less than $300 per week (the Australian Aged Pension per couple).  

So… what is the solution?

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What is a positive cashflow investment property and is it worth seeking out?

Simply put, a positive cashflow investment property means that the income received from the investment from rent outweighs all expenses associated with the ongoing cost of the property. So the rent received from the property is more than all costs, such as agency fees, strata or body corporate, if it’s an apartment, council and utilities if it’s a house, mortgage repayments and repairs or maintenance of the property.

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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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A housing bubble is a period of rapid growth in property prices, followed by a drop in prices back to the original point. For example if the market started at $300 000 and inflated rapidly and unexpectedly to $600 000, then fell over time to the $300 000 mark or below, this cycle could be termed a ‘Housing Bubble’.

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