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To Rent or Buy?

To rent or to buy? It’s a dilemma that may seem hard to resolve. To help you make your decision, we weigh up some of the pros and cons of renting a home, buying or doing both. Since 2016, homeownership in Australia has been on the decline. And, with an ...
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11 Things to Consider Before Renovating

Are you feeling inspired to take a run-down wreck and make it new again? It all looks so glamorous and straightforward, with random 'beautiful people' tucking their perfectly styled hair into oddly flattering hardhats. But the reality of a large-scale renovation project is very different from the 'TV reality.' Renovating ...
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22 Tips when Investing in Australian Property

22 Tips when Investing in Australian Property Property is one of the most popular investment options in Australia and a great way to build your wealth. However, it's a long-term commitment that isn't for everyone. Consider the following benefits and risks to help decide if it's the right option for ...
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Taking charge of your super will pay big dividends later

Take Charge of your Super & Receive Big Dividends Later Figures quoted by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia show that Australians aged under 30 years usually have less in their bank accounts than in their super funds. Despite this, 40 percent of those surveyed don’t know their super balance. A further 16 ...
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Costs of Buying a Melbourne Property in 2020

Costs of buying a Melbourne property - the obvious and the hidden that first home buyers need to know. Are you thinking of buying a house and becoming a homeowner or Melbourne landlord? Then make sure you do your sums and budget for all the costs that come with owning ...
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Foreign Investment and Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Foreign Investment and Lenders Mortgage Insurance There is no denying the fact that Australia is the place to be if you want the best of culture, lifestyle, and even investments. We talk about common property investment mistakes here. The land down under remains to be one of the world's most ...
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Being a Landlord in Australia – Your Obligations

Being a landlord is more than just collecting rents and maintaining the property. It's about relationships, open communication and mutual trust. As a landlord, it's vital to understand your rights and responsibilities so that you don't fall foul of the legislation in your state. Renting out a property as a ...
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Capital Gains Tax & How to Avoid It

Capital gains tax is an area of taxation that often confuses property investors. The legislation can appear complicated, however, all investors need to have a good understanding of it before selling an asset. What is Capital Gains Tax Capital Gains Tax was introduced in Australia in 1985 and applied to ...
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Melbourne to Overtake Sydney As Nations Most Populous City in 2020

Melbourne is ready to overtake Sydney as the nation's most populous city during the 2020s for the first time since the gold rushes of the mid-19th century, increasing its political power, global status and economic strength over its traditional rival. Higher growth is being driven by rising birth rates, steady ...
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Essential Guide to Retirement Planning

Essential Guide to Retirement Planning Retirement is the concept of an individual ceasing from the workforce. The individual generally stops exerting their personal labour to earn an income and uses their accumulated wealth to derive a passive income to fund their lifestyle. Retirement is not a black and white event. ...
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Top Tips for First Home Buyers

Buying Your First Home? Some of the considerations you're likely to come across when buying your first home. For many Australians, buying their first home marks a significant and memorable milestone. Buying a house is the single most significant investment a person or family will make. Still, it can be ...
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Building Melbourne and Victoria for Better Investment Opportunities

Building a Better Victoria Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city in terms of population – but probably not for much longer, with many analysts predicting the city to outpace Sydney in the next decade or so. Melbourne continues to take a top rank as one of the world’s most liveable cities. ...
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7 Ways Australian Property Markets Are Different

Why Australian Property Market Is Different They say Australia's property market is a giant speculative bubble propelled by tax breaks, low-interest rates and "liar loans" that have led to mortgage stress. It is speculated that as a result, it's all about to go bust, bringing down the banks and the ...
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Common Property Investment Mistakes

Common Australian Property Investment Mistakes Buyers Make When it comes to buying an investment property, experts agree that the key is be informed. But it’s just as important to do your own research. If you were asked what do you feel more comfortable with, investing in shares or property? The ...
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Melbourne Victorian Infrastructure Developments

Victorian Melbourne Infrastructure Update More than $100 billion worth of new roads, rail lines, hospitals, skyscrapers, prisons, wind farms and other infrastructure is being built or planned in Victoria as the state’s surge in the delivery of major projects gathers pace. A spike in investment by governments and businesses in ...
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Property Update – 7 Melbourne Suburbs Reviewed

Melbourne Property Investment Update Some of the most affordable suburbs Melbourne has to offer hold great opportunities for property investment. Rapid growth rates, accessible entry prices and good rental returns mean there is such a thing as high performing, affordable suburbs - perfect for a savvy investor or start up ...
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Australian Tax Strategies for Foreign Investors

Tax Strategies for Foreign Investors   Investing in Australia The Australian Government welcomes productive foreign direct investment. It has helped build Australia’s economy and contributes to economic growth, innovation, and prosperity. To protect Australia’s interests whilst maximising investment flows, certain foreign acquisitions of Australian shares and assets are reviewed by ...
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FIRB – What is the Foreign Investment Review Board

What is the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? Australia has a foreign investment approval regime that regulates certain types of acquisitions by 'foreign persons' of equity securities in Australian companies and trusts, and of Australian businesses and Australian real property assets. The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is a non-statutory ...
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Pros and Cons of a Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF)

Investing in property though a self-managed super fund (SMSF) has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly since it became possible for SMSFs to borrow money to fund a direct property purchase. This is an area where you really do need to make sure you know what you’re getting into. ...
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Foreign Owners Tax on Australian Properties

If you are a foreign resident and you earn rent from an Australian property: You should lodge a tax return each year and include your “net rental income,” that is, rental income minus rental deductions. Deductions include loan interest, holding costs, estate agent’s fees, and repairs. The financial year in ...
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