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Stricter regulations could stabilise housing market

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg StartFragment The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) recently released a report that analysed the private rental sectors of ten countries in Australasia, Europe, and North America. Among other objectives, the report identified the innovations in rental housing policies and markets that Australia might try to emulate—as well as avoid. “It is not the case that ‘everyone in Europe rents’,” the

The nine experts you should include on your property investment team

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragmentProperty investors shouldn't try to go it alone.EndFragment StartFragment While property investing is one of Australia’s favourite past times, it doesn’t mean it’s always an easy ride. There are ups and down and certainly rewards to reap, but you do have to put in some ground work and planning to become a successful investor. While this can seem overwhelming at times – especially for first time investors – the good news i

Majority of flipped properties turned a profit in 2017

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg crazyegg StartFragment CoreLogic recently released its first Property Flipping Report for 2017. The report provides an in-depth analysis of residential real estate that was “flipped,” or bought and resold within a short time frame with the purpose of making a profit. The research measured two sets of flips: resales within one year of initial purchase, and those made between one and two years. Additionally, the research tracked national trends in flipping over a 20-year period, from June 1997 to June 2, 2017. Nationally, the overwhelming majority of properties (nearly

Starting your property portfolio from nothing

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg StartFragmentIt is possible to start a property portfolio from nothing.EndFragment he property market surge has really affected many Australians when it comes to home ownership, but it is not all bad news from here. It is still very possible to start a property portfolio from nothing – believe it because we have helped many investors! From our perspective successful investing is based on an intimate understanding of the property market as well as a fluent understanding of your own personal financial situation such as earning capacity, spending and saving habits. We st

Reno Q&A #2: Picking the right property to renovate.

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment crazyegg StartFragmentWe asked leading reno expert Cherie Barber to answer these reader questions about choosing the right reno project, and what will make the most money: a structural renovation or a quick cosmetic flip? Q: How do you go about picking the right property to renovate? What are the key due diligence checks you need to do? What is your absolute deal-breaker? A: That may sound like a straightforward set of questions, but the answer is not so simple. In addition to the ticklist of dos and don’ts to always follow, you must adapt your strategy to the market and cl

Reno Q&A #1: Your renovation questions on bank valuations answered

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment StartFragmentWe asked leading reno expert Cherie Barber to answer our readers questions on how to find suburbs to renovate in, tricks to boosts bank valuations and flooring choices for rental properties. WHAT FEATURES BOOST BANK VALUATIONS? Q: Are there any tips you can provide me about what bankvaluers particularly look for in a property? We’re looking around for a property to buy and renovate, so it would be good to know the things we should have our radar out for. A: There certainly are a number of fundamentals that will either boost or lower a property’s value – in the e

Can you really buy before auction?

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment As an auctioneer, clearly, I'd prefer that every auction made it to the big day. Sometimes, however, vendors opt to sell beforehand because of their unique financial or personal circumstances. StartFragment StartFragment Can you really buy beforehand? There has always been some skepticism amongst buyers whether properties are really for sale prior to auction or whether it's just a price fishing expedition. In my experience, vendors who are open to selling before auction, generally are committed to the idea if an appropriate offer is made on their property. I generally find the

Pets are part of the family too

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Finding beauty in imperfection: 'wabi-sabi' - the hottest design trend of 2018

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment EndFragment End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragmentThe good news is you can stop ironing your sheets in 2018. The hottest design trend is all about simplicity, modesty, and celebrating the imperfect.EndFragment StartFragment I have good news for the more laid-back housekeeper. This year's hottest design trend is 'wabi-sabi' - a Japanese philosophy that celebrates the imperfect. Loosely translated, 'wabi' means simple and 'sabi' means the beauty of age and wear. Leonard

8 ways to fake space with colour in a small apartment

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment 1. Break up rich, dark colours with warm accents. Rooms lacking architectural character, especially tiny ones - think powder room - can gain a few style points from a dramatic, deep hue on the walls. Emeralds, aubergines and ink blues can be partnered with metallic tones, granite or earthy colours, and features like exposed brickwork or oak timbers will neutralise a dark palette with their warm, rustic undertones. Photographer: Brigid Arnott 2. Simple tones over excessive contrast. Simple is powerful. Paint your doors, trims, ceiling and cornices with gradients from the same c

Why choose a natural swimming pool?

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9 ways to decorate with things you already own

HTML5 Shim and Respond.js add IE8 support of HTML5 elements and media queries [if lt IE 9]> <![endif] StartFragment Save money and decorate with items you already own. One of the things we love best about the homes we profile here at Homelife is that so often, the owners have chosen to style their places with objects they already own, that have special meaning for them. It got us thinking about everyday objects, and how we can all use them as styling inspiration. 1. Tea towels Yes, tea towels! If you’ve got a beautiful tea towel that deserves to be on display, not on the dish rack, then why not pop it in a frame? You can do the same with scarves. 2. Rugs We love hanging rugs on the wall — i

Propertyology's 2018 market outlook

End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragmentReviewing 2017, and seeing what the crystal ball says for the year ahead.EndFragment StartFragment This time last year, Sydney and Melbourne were in the middle of a property market boom and every property market analyst in Australia was predicted that those same cities would again finish top-of-the- table in 2017. Everyone except Propertyology, that is - we were the one black sheep who made the bold prediction that Hobart would be Australia’s best-performed capital city for 2017. Similarly, we also said that several regional locations would perf

Pick the Method to Suit your Investment Strategy

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) allows investors to choose between two methods of claiming depreciation on plant and equipment assets*. These are the diminishing value and the prime cost methods of depreciation. When an investor makes their depreciation claim, they can choose only one of these methods, so it is important for them to understand how this choice will affect their investment returns. Both the diminishing value and the prime cost methods claim the total depreciation value available over the life of a property. However, the two methods use different formulas to calculate depreciation deductions, achieving different short and long-term cash flow positions for the property inve

How to maximise financial returns from renovating

The important thing is to make the combined effect look more expensive than it actually is – not only impressing your visitors now but future purchasers as well. Overspending on slightly better fixtures or materials makes a marginal difference but eats into your potential profit, so think long and hard before committing to your dream renovation, you may be throwing money away. Now, we do not advocate cheap materials and budget builders, just avoid getting carried away with incremental improvements or before you know it you will be installing $300 toilet roll holders because of their marine grade stainless steel construction or superior chrome plating. This type of overkill is fine if you int

Living Room Reno

Next to the bedroom, the living room is the place for relaxation in a home. This is normally where you set up your personal theatre, where you collapse after a long, hard day of work, and where you entertain your guests. The state of your living room will say a lot about you and your style, so it’s vital to make it lovely. This is just as important in a rental home, where the aim is to show your potential tenants just how liveable the home can be. With the amount of wiring involved due to the presence of a television, entertainment units and lighting, renovating a living room can be challenging, especially if a structural renovation is necessary. However, it may turn out that all your liv

Many Buyers Are Giving Up On Their Dream Location

According to CoreLogic’s December Hedonic Home Value Index results, national dwelling values fell 0.3% in December, led by falls across Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne, and Perth. Despite the nation’s softening housing markets, limited choices and escalating prices are forcing many Aussies to reconsider their options when it comes to choosing a new home and location. Newly released research from non-bank lender State Custodians Home Loans reveals that more than half (54%) of Aussies who own or are looking to buy their own home say they’re prepared to live in more affordable or cheaper locations, even if it’s less than ideal. In contrast, 26% of Aussies say they’re not prepared to sacrifice locatio

Why the state of your wallet matters

Successful property investment requires an understanding of your individual cash flow position needs as well as your ability to manage your cash flow over the decades. When it comes to cash flow, it's not just about the rent that you're earning from your portfolio. Successful property investment requires an understanding of your individual cash flow position needs as well as your ability to manage your cash flow over the decades. In my experience, people tend to start looking for properties that will represent what their understanding of cash flow is – which is often wrong to start off with. If you take someone who is on a really good income, a 5% yielding property might be good enough for t

How to give your rental property a reversible renovation

Living in a rental property but want to make it your own — minus the bond-busting damage? Here are some simple ways to turn someone else’s house into your home. Living in a rental property can limit how much control you have over your home’s look, with bathroom renovations, stylised paintwork, or a kitchen upgrade pretty much off the table. The good news is, there are plenty of affordable, removable big-ticket changes you can make and change back before you go. The added bonus? Many of them can be packed up and go with you. Recolour your walls If repainting isn’t an option, you can spruce up a dull wall with new wallpaper ranges that are simple to hang, and easy to remove, says Warren May, p

1 in 10 Investors Buy For Positive Cashflow

End Facebook Pixel Code [if lt IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/sites/all/themes/saturday/css/ie.css" /> <![endif] StartFragment The two main strategies in property investment are capital growth (long-term results) and cash flow (short-term results) – and right now, Australians are favouring growth over positive returns. The majority of Australian investors (59%) are buying property with an eye on long-term capital growth, with only 11% holding out for positive cash flow, according to a new survey. The 2017 Property Investor Sentiment Survey, presented by Your Investment Property and Michael Yardney’s Property Update, reveals that many investors are in it for the long ha

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