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Downsizers fuel Melbourne's inner-city property market

By Cate Bakos Cate Bakos Property With Melbourne achieving the best performing capital for home value growth in the last quarter alongside Hobart, let’s take a look at what’s driving the market. Melbourne’s inner ring property market continues to remain...

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Top 10 mistakes new landlords make

By Nikki Montaser Frontdoor Property   Being a landlord for the first time can be a daunting experience. As well as needing to know the legislation inside out, there is a myriad of issues that can arise. Read on to...

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Don't buy property on the basis of yield alone

Too often inexperienced buyers can be lured by the prospect of high yielding property. In many instances these properties are in areas where rents and property prices can rise and fall sharply leaving long-term investors vulnerable. When it comes to...

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REBAA's tips for getting on the property ladder

Many younger buyers find that it’s too overwhelming to start and keep delaying the decision to buy but the reality is the pain will just be greater in 10 years’ time. First home buyers particularly tend to shy away from...

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Why Canberra is a great place to invest

By Claire Corby Capital Buyers Agency Surrounded by national parks and farmland, Canberra really is the ‘Bush Capital’. Forget the roundabouts, the cold winter mornings and ‘spot the politician out for dinner’ stereotypes, this beautiful city has been maligned. As...

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Thinking of downsizing? Get an expert to help

Among several housing affordability measures contained in this year’s federal budget, a scheme to encourage older people in retirement to move out of big family homes into smaller houses and apartments could have a significant impact on the future of...

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Common buyer mistakes

By Jacque Parker House Search Australia Because so many buyers only go through the buying process once every seven years (the average time that Australians move house) they can be a little “rusty” when it comes time to purchasing what...

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Who wants to live in Byron Bay?

By Michael Murray Byron Property Search A good proportion of our clients are ‘Dream Changers’  – southern city escapees who have the desire and the capital to move to one of the most popular alternative lifestyle destinations in Australia. Here...

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Wise investors buy quality not quantity

As Australia’s leading association representing independent buyer’s agents, it’s our role to warn first home buyers and budding investors of ‘get rich quick’ property schemes. Slogans promising investors they can “retire richer sooner”, make “instant equity” and “become a millionaire in five...

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5 Tips for building your property portfolio

A frequent question many of our REBAA members get asked is “How do I build a property portfolio?” You can start a property investment portfolio with as little as $250,000. The key is making sure you have the property team...

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Buyer beware comparable sales data

In an escalating property market it’s more important than ever that homebuyers carefully analyse sales data provided by selling agents to qualify their offer price and do their own independent research of comparable properties to ascertain ‘like for like’. Often real estate...

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The top 5 questions you should ask your real estate agent

With low stock levels driving prices upwards in many states including Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, we reveal the top five questions all buyers should ask before jumping in. The questions every buyer should ask a real estate agent...

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Don't let a selling agent bid for you at auction

Never let a selling agent bid for you at auction. Buyers need to be aware that selling agents acting as buyer’s agents and/or bidding on your behalf at auction, have a clear conflict of interest when it comes to buying...

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What should you look for in a buyer's agent?

As Australia’s largest national body representing professional buyer’s agents, we frequently get asked the question: What should I look for in a buyer’s agent? Generally speaking consumers should look for the following five qualities when looking to engage a buyer’s...

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How to avoid the ups and downs of the property cycle

In any market, home buyers and investors should target suburbs primed for strong future growth that avoid the ups and down of the property cycle. It could have planned government infrastructure developments, gentrification potential, or if it is already established,...

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Major issues affecting buyers in 2017

REBAA’s state representatives give their insights into the major challenges facing the property market this year: Brisbane – Zoran Solano – Hot Property Buyers Agency If 2016 is anything to go by 2017 will continue to be an undersupplied market of...

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Why January is one of the best months of the year to buy property

Prime holiday times like January can present opportunities for those looking to buy a house which can translate to lower prices and more flexible conditions for a better buy. According to REBAA president Rich Harvey there are definitely ‘slower times’...

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REBAA's tips for buying a holiday home

Buying a holiday home is an ‘investment’ that needs to be approached with caution. With the holiday season almost upon us, here are REBAA’s top tips to consider when buying a holiday home: 1. Never buy a holiday home at...

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Tips for buying in a hot market

With inventory levels struggling to keep up with demand in property markets in the lead-up to Christmas we give our tips for buying in a hot market. In this environment it is especially important to keep your emotions in check...

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How exclusive is your buyer’s agent?

When engaging a buyer’s agent it’s important you choose an exclusive REBAA buyer’s agent. The question of who pays the buyer’s agent is crucial, because that’s where their loyalty lies. If they are paid by a selling agent or a developer,...

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Why you should pay for a Property Depreciation Report

Property depreciation allows you claim a tax deduction for any wear and tear over time on any old or new investment property. It allows you to claim internal items like ovens and carpets (plant and equipment) and on the construction...

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Renovations that add value

There is no denying well-planned and executed renovations can pay for themselves and earn home owners handsome rewards over and above their initial investment. According to the Housing Industry of Australia, Australia’s renovation market is the strongest it’s been since...

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Expert tips to avoid overpaying for property

Home ownership is expensive in Australia and the last thing you want to do, especially in a competitive market, is to overpay for your home and regret the decision later.  The reality is it’s more important than ever for buyers...

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REBAA's Spring auction tips

With the spring selling season fast approaching we’d like to remind buyers about the importance of being prepared before bidding at auction. Buying a house at auction can be both exciting and stressful but by planning ahead, doing your research,...

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The top 5 questions you should ask before buying a house

With interest rates cut this week to a fresh record low of 1.5 per cent, it’s never been a more attractive time to start climbing the property ladder. In response, REBAA has put together the top five questions home buyers should ask before jumping in....

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How to avoid buying a rebound

Have you ever met someone who married on the rebound? It’s a messy situation and once they realise what’s happened their choice is either to make the best of it or get out. The same thing can happen with house hunters after they miss...

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Why pay somebody to help buy you a property?

Many people are concerned that they can’t afford to pay a buyers agent, especially if they are already finding it difficult to secure a property within their budget. However, when it comes to buying property it’s important to realise that you could...

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Which bank? The family and friends bank

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows in the past 12 months property prices across all states have increased, pushing the average loan sizes up to $416,300 in NSW, $367,900 in Victoria, $305,400 in Queensland and $277,800 in South...

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