Vacancy rates dip in March

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Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate slipped to 2.1% in March 2018, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide falling to 68,964, down from 2.2% in February when 69,727 properties were available. Capital city asking rents have been pressured in Melbourne where the vacancy rate is just 1.4%. […]

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SQM Research releases its 2018 Australian Mortgage Trusts Sector Review

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As part of its annual domestic mortgage trust sector review, SQM Research has released a sector report covering the 12 most recognised Australian Mortgage Trusts. Managing Director of SQM Research, Louis Christopher said, “Australia’s mortgage trust sector has experienced rapid growth over the past 12 months. From our observations, funds under management has nearly doubled. […]

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Winners and losers from real estate tech disruption

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AMP Capital Head of Real Estate Research Luke Dixon investigates options for landlords to disrupt the disrupters in real estate In Sydney on Valentine’s Day 700 bunches of flowers were delivered from an unused car park floor in the CBD. If you want to make money in real estate, you need to understand why this […]

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National property listings rise in March

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Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose in March 2018 by 6.3% to 338,113, led by large gains in Sydney and Melbourne as the market opens up for its first full trading month. Melbourne listings jumped by 13.5% while Sydney listing rose 11.8% from February. Sydney’s listings are up by 23.2% from […]

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Mortgage broker says 3% mortgage still possible

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Mortgage broker James Grima says it still possible for borrowers to secure mortgage rates that start with a ‘3’. Mr Grima said that sub 4% interest rates are possible if borrowers are prepared to accept principal and interest loan repayments on their home loans. Overtime, interest rates on home loans become uncompetitive if they are […]

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Retirees need not fear ‘longevity risk’ – the home can fund it: response to study

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An important recent study showing only half of Australians have planned financially for increased life expectancy may cause unnecessary fear among older Australians because it overlooks a key strategy for reducing longevity risk – the family home. ‘Longevity risk’, where retirees outlive their income due to longer life expectancy, is a big sleeper issue in […]

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Investor world is changing: P&I loans may be only way into property market

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James Grima at Omniwealth Mortgage is seeing better prospects for Sydney home buyers as the market cools. The slowdown of the residential property market, particularly in Sydney, has been good news for buyers as they no longer have to aggressively compete with other buyers to secure a property. “In respect to interest rates, lenders for the first time in many months are […]

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Funding an aged care deposit with reverse mortgage

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A Refundable Accommodation Deposit (RAD) payable on entry in aged care is often a large amount of money to find in a hurry and many people think selling the family home is the only option open to them. Selling off the much-loved home can be a distressing outcome for most people. However, in many cases […]

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No Sydney housing crash in 2018, mining towns to recover, Hobart to be best city performer

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Australia’s housing market will likely record moderate dwelling price rises in 2018, which will beat a slower rate than the price gains in 2017, led by a slowdown in Sydney, according to housing expert Louis Christopher in his newly released Christopher’s Housing Boom and Bust Report. SQM Research’s base case forecast is for capital city […]

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Buying shares versus paying down home debt

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Here’s an interesting situation for you to consider. I’m working with a new client who saved $300,000 to invest. Feeling they did not know what options were available to them, they sought advice from another Financial Planner on where to invest their savings. The Financial Planner was authorised by a well-known name in the industry. […]

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