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January 3, 2017

House prices defy predictions in 2016 by rising more than 15pc

Home prices defied forecasts they would stagnate in 2016 to grow more than they did during the “boom” year of 2015, according to year-end figures from property research firm CoreLogic.
December 28, 2016

‘Desirable’ lifestyle makes us feel wealthy, NAB survey finds

Australians are prioritising their quality of life over the size of their pay packet, with almost one in three saying that having spare time and being able to stump up cash to help family and […]
December 27, 2016

SMSF dilemma: what to do with contribution that went into wrong account

You can “hide” assets from Centrelink but make sure you check your partner’s age pension age, writes Sam Henderson who answers your questions on super.
December 17, 2016

Young home buyers back to smashed avo after no-change housing inquiry

Young people will have to rely on their elders’ helpful advice for saving for their first home – get a good job, have rich parents and stop buying smashed avocado for breakfast – after a […]
December 16, 2016

Borrowers hit by higher rates on 130 mortgage products

Mortgage lenders, including the big four banks, have raised the cost of nearly 130 products in the past four weeks, driving increasing numbers of borrowers into fixed rates, analysis of lending data reveals. This article […]

November 29, 2016

Do we want house prices up or down?

Just as market forces were about to push the price of housing down in Australia, the Treasurer stepped in with some new regulation. Phew. Some first home buyer’s nearly snatched a good deal, but luckily […]
November 24, 2016

What will the government’s superannuation reforms mean for you? A SmartCompany Q&A

After months of confusion, fiery election commentary and multiple pieces of legislation, Treasurer Scott Morrison has said the federal government has secured “fairer, more sustainable” legislation with the passing of the Coalition’s superannuation reforms. So […]
November 23, 2016

Melbourne’s Million Dollar Suburbs

Melbourne had 104 million dollar suburbs in the three months to September 30, up from 90 in June. Eight new suburbs entered the list for the first time in the September quarter with a median […]
November 22, 2016

Is buying property next to a wealthy suburb a good investment?

A common investment strategy is to buy next door to a fancy, or blue-chip, suburb and ride on its profit coat-tails. But does such a simple strategy work – and which south-east Queensland suburbs offer […]
November 21, 2016

89% of Aussies pushing to fast-track mortgage

The majority of Australian mortgage holders are trying to pay off their home loans a lot faster, according to the results of the latest survey from finder.com.au. The research, which polled 2,005 Australians, found that […]
November 19, 2016

The Australian Financial Review’s Rob Harley: Lessons from a life in property

In February 1988, I joined the The Australian Financial Review as a young property writer. The cities were full of cranes building office towers underpinned by the seemingly inexorable growth of financial deregulation and the […]
November 17, 2016

Surge in full-time work blindsides job market doomsters

An astounding surge in full-time jobs last month has kept the jobless rate steady at a 3½-year low of 5.6 per cent and undermined doomsday claims the economy isn’t creating enough “real work” for Australians. […]
November 16, 2016

Melbourne’s fastest selling suburbs for houses and apartments

Melbourne’s lower-profile suburbs are now high on buyers’ wish lists, selling three times faster than the rest of the city. Most houses sell privately in Frankston North, but local agents say properties there are generating […]
July 8, 2016

ASIC’s harsh message to laggard accountants

Accountants have been placed on notice that any advice they provide on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) over the last three years outside of the Australian Financial Services Licensing (AFSL) regime will have no standing when […]
May 17, 2016

Renovations boom good news for brokers

Alterations and additions spending is expected to account for more than a third of total spending on residential investment in 2016. In the first of Commonwealth Bank’s Future Home Insights Series, Michael Workman, senior economist, […]