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Low interest rates opening property investment door to more Australians

Low interest rates opening property investment door to more Australians

A 2.5 per cent cash rate. Get comfortable with that number because it’s not changing one way or another any time soon, if my reading of the Reserve Bank’s recent pronouncements is correct.  The Board sees an economy operating at a steady-though-cautious pace. And it is signalling that conditions don’t look like they will alter enough for the case for raising rates or dropping rates having sufficient momentum in coming months to break that inertia...

Back of your hand: A profile of the Brunswicks

Back of your hand: A profile of the Brunswicks

The three zones of Brunswick are like siblings in neat formation, standing two-and-half kilometres tall from Brunswick Road to Moreland Road. Brunswick proper is the big brother in the middle; it’s almost twice as big as its flankers. It has to be said, if you’re a home-buyer looking for an inner city lifestyle and are more attracted to the funkier north than the establishment east of Melbourne, then you’ll probably be pretty happy to live in Brunswick, Brunswick East or Brunswick West...

How to keep property simmering…not boiling

How to keep property simmering…not boiling

Monique Sasson We are not on the cusp of a housing boom but one could eventuate if policy makers are not careful. That would be calamitous for the economy and Australians if interest rates had to be jacked up several percentage points because a housing boom ignited inflationary pressures. So what’s the best approach to keep conditions in the Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold? Prevention is definitely better than cure...

We’re not heading for a property boom

We’re not heading for a property boom

After doom and gloom dominating media reporting of the property market for much of the last three years, there has been a remarkable turnaround in tone in recent weeks.  Suddenly, the pessimism has dissipated and the commentary is now all about a supposed coming property boom...

Does a change in Federal government influence the property market?

Does a change in Federal government influence the property market?

It's election day. The campaigning is done and it's up to us, the voters, to cast our vote and choose the government for the next three years or so. A much asked question over recent weeks has been: "Will a change of government impact the property market?" That's a difficult question to answer...

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