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How Long Will Property Prices Keep Rising?

By Cam McLellan One of the most common questions we are asked is: “How can property prices possibly continue to rise at the rate they have?” Today I’m going to talk about future forecasts for Australia’s property market. I often go back to an interesting conversation with my Mum a few years ago. Mum bought…

Investment decisions shouldn’t hinge on election campaign

Source: Your Investment Property Investors have been warned not to confuse political posturing with fact in the lead up to the Federal Election on 2 June. With the possibility that housing taxation arrangements such as negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount could be altered after polling day, there is likely to be heavy…

The reality of risk versus return

By Matthew Lewison In a previous article I talked about the need to become an expert at identifying and mitigating risk. I’d now like to take this a step further and talk about the risk/return equation. But before I start let me repeat a statement I made previously – the goal of all investors should…

Global housing markets saw prices rise in 2015, led by Australasia

Source: Property Wire The real estate price index covering key property markets around the globe increased by 3% in 2015, up from 2.3% in 2014. Concerns over the global economy have failed to dent buyer confidence and instead the lingering low interest rate environment influenced sentiment, the index report from Knight Frank says. Some 78%…

How Much Should You Spend on Rent?

By Cam McLellan Today’s post is for all of those who have decided to forego buying their own home for now and continue renting, whilst building a strong portfolio. As I have discussed before, there are benefits to renting and investing. You can rent where you want to live and accumulate a portfolio of investment…

Young women increasingly anxious about their finances

Source: The Age website Young women have much higher levels of anxiety than the rest of the Australian population and financial problems are a key cause of their stress. An annual survey of wellbeing by the National Australia Bank shows the level of anxiety reported by women under the age of 30 is at the…

Australian economy grows 0.6 per cent

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Australia’s GDP, in seasonally adjusted chain volume terms, grew 0.6 per cent in the December quarter 2015, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The growth in expenditure was driven by a rise of 0.8 per cent in Household final consumption expenditure and a rise…

Five Minutes With OpenCorp Director Matt Lewison

Source: The Urban Developer OpenCorp are a Melbourne-based property developer and fund manager. Their current national portfolio exceeds $500 million in developments, including $360 million in the Brisbane market. Director of Funds Matthew Lewison is responsible for the development and acquisition strategy of the company. Before joining OpenCorp in 2010, Lewison held the role of…