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Downsizing for empty-nesters

Downsizing for empty-nesters

If your kids have flown the coop, selling the family home and buying something smaller is likely to be on the horizon. Many of my pre-retiree clients have grand plans to sell their home and buy an apartment closer to the CBD when their children move out. But they’re...

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Gap widens between house & units in Brisbane

What is a reverse mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is the opposite of a traditional home loan: the longer you have it, the bigger it gets. Say what? According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, it’s “a complex product that can have a significant impact on your finances and relationships, and your quality of life...

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What’s going to happen with interest rates?

What’s going to happen with interest rates?

What will the Reserve Bank of Australia decide to do with interest rates when it meets on Tuesday? In previous months the RBA has suggested rates are likely to remain on hold for some time. Why inflation matters Recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data puts Australia’s inflation rate at...

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HASI: national housing sentiment 2014

HASI: national housing sentiment 2014

The financial position of Australians has improved in the past six months, according to the results of our annual Housing Affordability Sentiment Index (HASI). It shows 60% of Australians believe their household savings are in a better position now than they were in 2012. Gen Y is more positive about...

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Gen Y: are they the new property moguls?

Gen Y: are they the new property moguls?

When you think of property moguls with a portfolio of homes and investment properties, you might be forgiven for thinking of greying baby boomers. But new research challenges this preconception, revealing that Gen Y is actually the generation taking the property market by storm. Gen Y buying property early It’s a...

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Investing in Property

Investing in Property

So you have been thinking about investing in property. You’ve read the books, magazines and reports. You’ve been religiously checking realestate.com.au for properties. Yet when push comes to shove, you get stopped. You’re not alone. In fact less than 6% of Australians, or roughly 1.3 million people, own an...

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Brisbane City Council – Applications Online

Brisbane City Council – Applications Online

Brisbane Planning and Development Online Ever wanted to look up planning applications online.  With PD Online you can.  This web site gives you access to all current and past planning applications across Brisbane City Council Areas.  This system gives you access to planning documents, plans, engineering report, public consultation,...

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