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10 Ways to reduce your Property Investment Risk - May 2018


One of the greatest ways to assure yourself long-term financial growth and stability in the future is to buy an investment property, but how do you reduce your property investment risk? Building wealth through property is not as simple as it has been in the past thirty years, despite the principles underlying the process remaining the same. Deposits required for homes today and the regular payments necessary for a mortgage constitute a significantly larger proportion of a household’s income today than it did thirty years ago, which is why it is even more important you work carefully to keep your property investment risks as low as possible. Here are 10 ways to reduce your property investment risk that you can easily and quickly implement if you are thinking of buying an investment property or are already making payments on that second mortgage! 1. Diversify your interests. Something that is hard to immunize yourself from is the potential for systemic or market risk when be...

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What's pushing up Brisbane land values? - March 2018


A new government report has revealed the direction land value is moving in Queensland’s capital city, and what’s behind that movement. The Valuer-General’s 2018 Property Market Movement Report, following a statewide market survey and consultation with local government, has completed a valuation of some of Queensland’s largest property markets and has found land values have risen by 6 per cent since the last valuation. Over the valuation period between 2016 and 2017, single residential units saw high levels of competition from local, interstate and international buyers. In this market, a total of 47 suburbs in the city saw no median value increase, while 87 saw rises up to $50,000; 32 saw rises between $50,000 and $75,000, while 12 recorded rises above $75,000, which include Hamilton, Chapel Hill, Seven Hills, Carindale, Holland Park and Sunnybank. For the multi-unit market, there were slight rises recorded due partly to the Brisb...

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Redcliffe Line Could Give Property A Boom - October 2017


Properties located along the new Redcliffe Peninsula Rail Line are expected to experience strong growth in value over the coming years, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). The $1 billion rail line includes six new stations from Kippa-Ring to Petrie, connecting with the existing rail network and providing fast access to the CBD. The new rail line is expected to be a catalyst for an increase in demand and the potential for capital gains, much like the Gold Coast light rail system, which local agents say has added between $50,000 and $80,000 to properties along its route over the past two years. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said public transport is one of the driving forces of property demand and the new Redcliffe Peninsula Line will benefit home owners in many ways. “The opening of the line will bring the Redcliffe region closer to the city, with travel times reduced for commuters and the lure of hassle free park-and-ride availability,” she sa...

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The best bet for property investors - October 2017


Queensland has more locations than any other state in Australia for property investors chasing potential price growth. The latest Hotspotting National Top Ten Best Buys for 2017 nominated four Queensland locations, Moreton, Sunshine Coast, Redcliffe and Townsville as being among the ten places nationally that were the “pick of the crop’’. Each was selected, according to report author, Terry Ryder, because they were locations with growth drivers that would achieve capital growth above the norm in the future. “They are places on the cusp of a phase of good capital growth,’’ he said. “They’re locations with identifiable drivers of demand for real estate, which will place pressure on prices and rents. Mr Ryder was not surprised to see so many Queensland locations in his top ten. “I think it’s an evolution of the market from the situation that predominated for the last few years when we were talking all about Sydney and then Me...

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How to tell if termites are active in your house - September 2017


If you are concerned about termites in your home, here is an article from Abolish Termite and Pest Management with tips on things to look out for. Nobody likes to think there might be termites in their home doing untold amounts of damage that could end up costing thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re concerned at potential signs of termites making their way into your home (or that they might already be there) we’ve put together this extensive list of things we’ve seen over the last several years of going into thousands of Brisbane homes and inspecting them for termite activity to help you correctly identify termites and potential termite damage in your home. Before we jump into the signs of termite activity, it’s worth outlining exactly what a termite is and is not. Many people mistake other insects (certain breeds of ants, for example) for termites and cause themselves unnecessary grief. What’s the difference between termites and ...

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Brisbane is on the cusp of getting its first $3 million suburb - August 2017


Teneriffe is on the cusp of becoming Brisbane’s first $3 million suburb. Already firmly cemented as Brisbane’s most expensive suburb after becoming the first to break the $2 million median, data from PriceFinder shows Teneriffe’s median price has skyrocketed by 41 per cent up to $2,685,000, based on 10 sales so far this year. House prices have grown a staggering 71.8 per cent over the past two years. Local agent Matt Lancashire, principal of Ray White New Farm, says it’s fast on its way to breaking the $3 million median. “Given the way sales are happening in Teneriffe right now along the riverfront, after this (September) quarter there is a very strong chance that it will nudge over $3 million…there’s been some very strong results that are due to settle soon,” Mr Lancashire says. “It’s only a matter of time. And I predict that Teneriffe will finish 2017 with an overall median breaking that $3...

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