15 steps to avoid property fraud

15 steps to avoid property fraud: Office of Regulatory Services Property fraud is one of the worst nightmares of home owners, with recent reports of unidentified third parties attempting to sell other peoples’ homes while the owner is abroad. In July, an owner was living in South Africa and found that his Canberra house had […]

Who is an average first home buyer?

The definition of the first home owner in Australia is not what it once was. In realestateVIEW.com.au’s latest report, the First Home Market Report, a national survey was conducted investigating the goals and opinions of over 1,000 Australian first home buyers (44.6%), first home owners (31.2%) and non-buyers (24.1%). Who are Australia’s first home buyers today? […]

what a gift

Tanya – I just wanted to drop you and email to say THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!! To say it has been a pleasure dealing with you would be a gross understatement. You professionalism and knowledge in your field is astounding. Couple this with a straight shooter who and decipher the jargon for her client (and add a […]

10 online resources every novice buyer should use

Whenever anyone needs to know information, it’s likely they head to the internet first. For novice investors or first home buyers, it can be daunting to come in with little knowledge and needing to start afresh with your research. We’re always suggesting searching the web and educating yourself first. But where to start? Property Observer has […]

Tips and tricks for increasing your borrowing capacity

Have you been refused a loan and concerned about looking elsewhere? While there are a number of reasons you may not be eligible for the home loan you need, one may be that you aren’t seen as “serviceable”. This, essentially, means that you are not deemed able to pay off the loan due to calculations […]

150,000 new homes a year – still not enough

Australia may be building 150,000 on average each year, including 180,000 over the next year, but these figures are not coming close to bridging the housing shortage, according to a new report. The Australian Residential Development Outlook, from RP Data and the Residential Development Council, report shows a strong forecast over the 2014/2015 financial year […]

Superannuation funds to boost direct property holdings

Major superannuation funds will boost their holdings of direct property as the population ages, according to predictions by actuaries Rice Warner. “With the consolidation of the market, there will be a shift to more illiquid investments as the very large funds will have significant, stable and predictable cash flows. Investments in infrastructure and property will […]

How to navigate the building and pest inspection

Building and pest inspections may set you back a few hundred dollars, but are a crucial piece of information that can serve to be either a negotiation tool or a warning sign about the property you’ve been considering. For those who haven’t seen many building and pest inspections, you need to be prepared. A mention […]

ironing out contract wrinkles

I was very grateful for your clear and simple information as well as your support in ironing out contract wrinkles and reassuring me on my legal position when I needed to withdraw my offer. I look forward to being able to use your services again. Kind regards – Helen

The five reasons why there is no Australian house price bubble: CBA

The Commonwealth Bank has pinpointed five reasons why house price bubble signs are not evident in Australia. It listed the five factors that typically characterise a house price bubble. It then gave their reasons why they are not evident in Australia. Unsustainable asset prices, but the current situation is: Prices supported by the excess of demand […]