Property Market Update

Well winter is over and the market is really starting to heat up at the lower price points.  I spend a lot of time researching data and the markets, but by the time I’m reading about something it’s too late and the market has already moved.  Quite often we see the movement first hand and then it’s reported in the media about 2-3 mths later. As we predicted the local…

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Investors Encouraged to Buy Site Unseen

This is quite an interesting topic and I have clients that feel strongly in both directions.  I’d say about 90% of our clients buy an investment through us site unseen.  Some people may feel this is not the correct thing to do but have a read below of the comments from Margaret Lomas, TV presenter and adviser from Destiny. “Investors who learn how to make good choices based on their…

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Tax Time!

Hi guys, It’s that time of year again.  Time to get your money back from the Government unless you’ve had a Tax variation form in place and you’ve been receiving it throughout the year. I’m receiving a lot of questions about what can be claimed and what can’t and I must say there are a lot of Accountants out there giving some incorrect advise.  In fact in most cases it’s…

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Unit Oversupply!

Many of our inner-city markets have oversupplies of apartments, led by Melbourne where the situation is serious and destined to get worse. There are legitimate concerns about Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Darwin. Sydney doesn’t have an apartment oversupply yet, but within two to three years it’s likely to have a big one. Most of the boom markets which sprung up around resources related towns and regional cities are now in…

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SE QLD to have a Strong 2 Years

In our last blog we spoke about Property hotspots and SE QLD was definitely one of them.  I’m reading more and more about the expected growth in SE QLD over the next couple of years.  The market here is not described as booming but we should expect some really good growth over that time.  In fact, PRDnationwide managing director Tony Brasier commented that “SE QLD could have the strongest growth…

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Property Hot Spots!

Trying to predict where the next hot spot for property is going to be is always difficult.  A lot of businesses will tell you that they know, but in reality no one really knows and it’s a matter of trying to make some educated choices.  At Astute we do our best to find these locations but at the end of the day work with all our clients to try and…

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My Budget Thoughts….

Hi everyone, Ok, the budget is now out there, and there’s a lot of information in it for discussion.  I was going to write down my thoughts about a week ago but decided it might be better to let people digest it a little more before sharing my thoughts.  Now I do have an opinion on most of it and do apologise to those I offend but please feel free…

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Renting V’s Owning

As most of you know, one of the topics I cover in my financial presentations is Renting V’s Owning.  It’s not often raised in the media although I’m seeing more articles about it over the past few months.  One in particular is an article written by Chris Gray who is the host of Your Property Empire on Sky News business channel. He uses an example for high income earners which…

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Have a Long Term Outlook

I watched an article this morning about the Woolworths (South African company) take over offer to purchase David Jones.  It was presented on the TODAY show by Ross Greenwood and there’s one aspect of it that really resonated with me. He mentioned that the takeover of David Jones had a very long term view of the direction of the business.  The directors of Woolworths had a vision over the next…

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Australian Housing and Where it’s Heading

Well, this is always a good topic for debate but there is one clear answer over the long term.  The Australian population is growing at an extraordinary rate and we’re not building anywhere near enough homes to cater for this. A recent projection released by the ABS has the Australian population nearly doubling by 2050.  What does this mean for housing?  For one, this increase in population will certainly drive…

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