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Investors: pay heed to housing preferences study!

Investors: pay heed to housing preferences study!

Meeting accommodation requirements and proximity to amenities dominate the preferences of Australians’ housing needs, according to a study by the Grattan Institute. A total of 706 Australians across Melbourne and Sydney were asked to rate their preferences across 56 criteria within four categories: house features, security and safety, convenience and access, and attractiveness of environment...

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What not to buy

What not to buy

A great piece in yesterday’s Age by Simon Johanson reveals the types of properties our big four banks are unwilling to lend against. It should be required reading for any would-be investor.  The blacklist includes: All National Rental Affordability Scheme rentals Serviced apartments Resorts Student accommodation Inner city high rise apartments Cottages on the coast west of Melbourne A Melbourne Flinders Street office building conve...

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That was the winter that was

That was the winter that was

A comparison of Melbourne auction numbers and clearance rates from the REIV for the 13 weeks of winter 2011 and winter 2010 reveals some interesting insights. Auction numbers were significantly down in winter 2011 compared to 12 months ago. There were around 480 auctions a week this winter, compared to around 590 in winter 2010, a reduction of nearly 20 per cent. Vendors also struggled to get buyers over the line come auction day (click Next Image to see chart)...

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ABC 774 Saturday mornings wiith Hilary

ABC 774 Saturday mornings wiith Hilary

Many thanks for all the insightful questions on Hilary Harper's Saturday Breakfast Show. You can hear a recording of the segment at the ABC website blog: http://tinyurl.com/3p8kejq The link also contains 5 questions property sellers should ask an estate agent before engaging them to sell their home or investment property. Photo: tungphoto

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Will international turmoil impact Australian property?

Will international turmoil impact Australian property?

Do you enjoy white knuckle rides?  I hope so, because in recent weeks we’ve all been subjected to the high-stakes brinkmanship of the US and EU debt crisis and the accompanying gyrations in Australian and international stock markets, and it has not been for the faint-hearted. Despite the Australian economy’s relatively low exposure to problems in the US and Europe, our stock market has not been spared...

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