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  1. Is March a buyer’s month? To delay or act, that is the question

    ​I’ve read plenty over the years about the “best time to sell” for homeowners in Australia, and that got me thinking. When’s the best time for buyers? When is the market less competitive on the bidder-front? When are prices likely to be more affordable? And how much does supply of real estate sto...

  2. The race to the bottom; banks start zealously cutting rates

    In the midst of a terrifying and rough summer for much of Australia, it’s odd to reflect on the season that has been for real estate. It’s been a while since the temperature of the housing and home loan market has been so pleasant. Record low rates, looser credit criteria, lender competition, gov...

  3. We’re starting later, it’s costing more - is the property dream unreachable in 2020?

    Once upon a time, let’s call it the 80s, the average Australian would buy their first home at the age of 24. Here we are, three decades later, and buying property doesn’t occur until we’re 35. Why is that? Is it thanks to the price of housing in our popular cities, and the militant discipline req...

  4. Is your cash making you poorer?

    ​You know the phrase, “asset rich, cash poor”? It’s never been uttered in a more provocative environment. Even if you’re generally flush with cash, cash as an investment type is hamstrung these days by the central bank cash rate, meaning you’re poorer than you need to be. Let me say it straight. ...

  5. Around the country in 60 seconds: how are our property markets handling 2020?

    ​Economists and property researchers are feeling good about the future. They’re saying, as a whole, Australia is considered a growth market for property prices. And they’re putting it down to our financial regulations and a broadly stable economy. One researcher even said that the next five years...

  6. Did the new year renew your clients' property ambitions?

    What a difference a year makes. When we reflect on housing and lending in 2019 there is a theme of uncertainty. The property market took a downward turn, and financial institutions got hauled before the public to explain a myriad of practices that subsequently caused the regulator to impose stric...

  7. Help more clients turn their financial resolutions to reality

    ​I get an influx of clients with optimism and determination booking appointments at the start of every year. They plan to buy an investment property, or set up their children with their first property, and couples start getting serious about the first home purchase. You likely get the same sort o...

  8. Goal setting vs goal kicking: five ways to win in 2020

    It’s a new year! So, you’re going to be thinking about how you want this year to be an improvement on the last. I have some home truths for you. Some things you need to hear. Half of us in Australia set new year’s resolutions, but only 12 per cent of us stick to them. So, as a valued client of mi...

  9. The best thing to do while the property market naps..

    ​Like most of us after a hefty ham and prawn feast on Christmas day, the property market tends to enjoy a nap during the festive season. That is to say that agent and seller activity goes a bit quiet during December and into January. Ironically, both the big property portals report that January i...

  10. Don’t dig yourself a Christmas debt

    I read recently that the average gift spend at Christmas time is over $500. Then I researched the food bill per person (and let’s be honest, the host get stuck with the lion’s share of costs) and it’s $122 for food and $131 for drinks. But for many of us, we spend a whole lot more and to be fair,...

  11. Are mixed messages creating uncertainty for your clients?

    It’s a confusing market for borrowers. Interest rates are down and the media has been positive that by all indications, the property market is recovering. However housing stock is still light on compared to demand - particularly for springtime - which is partially responsible for driving up price...

  12. BID is my BAU!

    Not sure if it will affect you? This month the Government is knee-deep in a bill that absolutely affects your business and mine, and certainly affects our clients. Also, it’s a confusing market for borrowers. Interest rates are down and the media has been positive that by all indications, the pr...

  13. ​Are your clients writing New Year resolutions with you?

    If your clients are anything like mine, they get a spark of inspiration regarding their financial goals at the beginning of each calendar year. It must be spawned by the New Year’s Eve fireworks. People reflect on the year that was and commit to making the coming year even better. And I love it. ...