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How to decide when to make an offer before auction

Property buyers tend not to like auctions because they fear being outbid or they are daunted by the thought of having to perform in public. Often people prefer to try to make an offer before auction. But is this always the best strategy for a buyer? Here’s a sign to look for: if the sales […]

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3 tips to ensure your family is happy living in an apartment

Recently I read that the City of Sydney expects around 80% of its residents to be apartment dwellers by 2030. This is going to take a fair amount of attitudinal shift away from the perceived value of a house over an apartment. Some big issues are already impacting overall perceptions of the virtues of family […]

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Guide to the Tricky Business of Property and Tax for Aussies Living Overseas

Over the years we have helped many expats buy property in Sydney, either for investment or as a future home. Most of our clients never planned to move away from Australia permanently and they often worried about being left behind financially if they didn’t own a property in Sydney. Without having a set date for […]

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Should I buy property now or wait for prices to crash?

“My mortgage broker tells me that many property investors whose interest only terms are due to expire will be forced to sell their properties, making them desperate vendors.  So, should I buy property now or wait for this to happen?” Well, this can be a great reason to hold out on buying a property. I’m […]

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14 Reasons to Think Twice Before Buying a Holiday Home

Real estate in coastal and rural areas surrounding Sydney has enjoyed price rises in recent years on the coat-tails of a booming capital city market. This is due in part to a resurgence of the desirability of weekenders. Buying a holiday home is a bit of a romantic endeavour, so if you are thinking of […]

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How to Make the Most of your Borrowing Power When Every Dollar Counts

Over the past year we have seen the Australian lending landscape change for property buyers. APRA restrictions have been making it increasingly difficult for investors to access funds and this has now had a flow on effect to owner occupiers. Banks and other lenders are scrutinizing all applications and this means that expenses we didn’t […]

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How to Buy Your First Home: Guide for Parents Who Want to Help

I’ve been thinking. How are our kids ever going to be able to afford a house? As parents we not only need to teach them about budgeting, help them get a good education and a start in life, but we need to invest wisely so we can help them financially when the time comes. I’d […]

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The Embarrassed Buyer Syndrome: Causing a Real Estate Buyers Market

Have you ever been in a designer store and really wanted to ask for the price of an item of clothing but were too shy? I have. And it’s all because if it turns out to be too expensive, I don’t want to let on that I might not be able to afford it. It’s […]

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