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Women are disadvantaged by the superannuation system in Australia, regularly retiring on lower incomes than men.  This imbalance is being addressed by The Senate Economic References Committee. “Australia’s retirement income system…structurally favours higher income earners who work full-time, without breaks, for the entirety of their working life,” the report stated. “Women are more likely to […]

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By Rosemary Johnston  – Friday, April 29, 2016 The Grattan Institute hit the headlines again this week with a proposal to reduce negative gearing taxation benefits for property investors in a bid to reduce the cost of housing for home owners.  They claim that housing affordability is being compromised by investors driving housing prices higher.  […]

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Little headline – big impact? Westpac, ANZ and CBA have changed their lending policies to non-resident borrowers, those that are self employed and for those that due qualify the LVR has reduced from 80% to 70% max.  Will this change the level of demand from Chinese nationals for Australian residential property?  “According to the latest […]

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The Grattan Institute Report and the Labor Party Policy have caused serious concerns for property investors.  This is an REIQ survey of current investors and they are upset.  What it doesn’t consider is the number of people wanting to invest in property as part of their wealth creation strategy.  Up to 50% of people want […]

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CommSec State of the States January 2016 CommSec have a great quarterly report to put the performance of each state and territory into perspective by benchmarking against decade averages.  They use measures available in the public domain to correlate with key economic indicators.  This is sophisticated information for professional property investors. “NSW has retained top […]

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  Rental report March Quarter 2015 Dr Andrew Wilson Senior Economist – Domain Group   “Upward pressure on rents is set to continue through 2015 in most capitals with the exception of Perth and Darwin. The prospect of lower interest rates, relatively high comparative yields and capital growth will continue to fuel residential investor activity, particularly in the Sydney […]

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Newcastle’s fringes are for the savvy investor: HTW Affordability is driving Newcastle property market.  According to HTW it is at the top of the market now.  Population growth is forecast to continue to be strong and demand for new housing. “According to the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment’s Demographics Unit, in 2011 there were […]

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Australian debt reaches ‘historic highs’ “An analysis of data released by the Reserve Bank of Australia has revealed that household and housing debt to disposable income is continuing to soar.” High housing prices make for enforced savings of a great portion of our incomes.  This can cause financial distress for some.  “Importantly, mortgage arrears remain […]

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Rents continue to rise despite national building boom “Rents in most capital cities continue to rise due to an ongoing shortage of rental properties, according to the March Domain.com.au Rental Report. Unit rents increased in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Canberra over the March quarter, the report revealed. ” http://www.brokernews.com.au/news/breaking-news/rents-continue-to-rise-despite-national-building-boom-214165.aspx  

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 ATO releases long-awaited LRBA guidance Professionals are scrambling to ensure SMSF trustees are compliant with new rules which are touted as “kiss of death” for some related party loans.  The key pieces for property loans are quoted below or you can read the full article by clicking on the link. “On interest rates for real […]

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