NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Diversification

    By Colin Nicholson All investing involves risk. It cannot be avoided, but it can be managed. One of the more important ways to manage risk is through diversification. Diversification at its highest level means that we invest in a number of different assets, which ideally do not all rise and fall...

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    New Versus Old

    By Greville Pabst, CEO & Director, WBP Property Group With a general overall trend of increasing land prices across Australia narrowing the gap between the price of new and old property, which housing type represents the best choice for homeowners and investors - new or old? When choosing...

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    Now That's What I Call a Sandwich

    By Judy Davie, The Food Coach The next time you decide to have a sandwich for lunch, think beyond grabbing the nearest and quickest one that sounds tasty enough. Apart from the obvious, that it should taste great, for good health and to sustain you for several hours into the afternoon how you...

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    Loan Market Named Finalist

    By Loan Market Loan Market Australia has recently been named a finalist in the prestigious Australian Mortgage Awards (AMA), in the category of Brokerage of the Year (>6 Staff). The awards are the highlight of the industry calendar and recognise excellence and the outstanding achievements of...

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    Improve Your Financial Position Not the ATO's!

    By Bradley Beer, Director BMT Tax Depreciation Investors are often surprised by the amount of items they are able to claim depreciation on inside and outside of their investment property. The following table outlines the plant and equipment deductions available room by room in a residential...

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    Interest Rates May Come Down Next

    The six increases applied by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) since October last year, which lifted the cash rate to its current level of 4.5 per cent, have successfully slowed economic activity. What this means for borrowers, is that interest rates should stay on hold for the time being and...

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    How to Start a Renovation

    By Alex Honey, Sterling Interior Design Congratulations! You've decided it's time to renovate. Now you're likely to be feeling a bit confused or overwhelmed about where to start and what to do that's normal! Don't worry; if you're prepared to get some expert help the home improvement process...

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    Development: Maximising Your Profits

    By Dion Seminara, Dion Seminara Architecture Property development and architecture might seem unlikely bedfellows, but there are times and particular investments when the two fit together like a hand in a glove. To fully understand the benefits of architectural design in property development, we...

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    Acquiring Property In A Superannuation Fund With Borrowings

    By David Foulds, Director Superannuation, Pitcher Partners Although Superannuation law was first amended nearly three years ago to allow borrowing by super funds in certain circumstances, the uptake of this has really only begun to grow noticeably in the last year. This is mainly because the...

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    Emerging Changes in Australia's Housing Landscape

    By Greville Pabst FAPI FRICS, CEO & Director, WBP Property Group Residential housing in Australia is under increasing pressure as our country's population surges to more than 22.3 million. According to the ABS, Australia is one of the fastest growing countries in the developed world with a...

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    Feed a Cold

    By Judy Davie, The Food Coach Feed a cold with mussels, miso soup and fresh juice With the sudden change in temperature many of us, while not laid up with flu, feel slightly under par, snivel intermittently throughout the day and can't wait for the day to end for another good night's sleep and...

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    Budget Report 2010

    By Arthur Kassos, CPA The 2010/2011 federal budget released last month focussed little on personal tax changes this time around. Following is an outline of the budget implications for personal tax. 1.The medical expenses rebate threshold of $1,500 will be increased to $2,000 from 1st July 2010....

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    Find Out What Property Is Doing In Your Suburb

    By Loan Market Understanding the overall trends in the property market is important, however what really matters is what is happening in your local area, or if you are looking to buy, the area you are looking to purchase in. Loan Market has access to free local area property reports that can...