NEWS & INSIGHTS

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    Why is now a good time to buy a Sydney investment property?

    by Chris White, Prosper Group Many property investors have always regarded buying a Sydney Investment Property as one of the best and quickest methods to build personal wealth. Let's take a look at why. 1. There is good potential for capital growth, generating equity and allowing for further...

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    Tax Tips

    byArthur Kassos, CPA If you're eligible for the education tax refund but you don't have to lodge a tax return you can complete either of the following options: Item T6 and other compulsory labels on the 2009 Individual Tax Return (similar to what you do for a franking credit refund) Education...

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    National property update

    Greville Pabst, CEO & Director, WBP Property Valuers Following a substantial slump in the Australian property market in late 2008, auction clearance rates have bounced back. Figures show that national clearance rates have witnessed a positive trend since June, a welcome shift from considerab...

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    Think you can't buy peace of mind? Think again.

    by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) When you invest with Defence Housing Australia (DHA), an Australian Government Business Enterprise, you get more than just bricks and mortar. What other property investment matches the security of our long term lease and guaranteed rental income ? Plus a single...

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    Capital Gains Tax principle place of residence exemption

    by Arthur Kassos, CPA Recently I have had a couple of Capital Gain Tax (CGT) questions sent to me asking similar questions in respect to the principle place of residence exemption.' A couple has purchased a block of land in 1994 to build a home for themselves. They eventually build a house on...

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    Rates will increase in big steps

    by John Kolenda, Executive Director Yesterday's decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) comes as no surprise with most economists expecting interest rates to remain on hold, as we wait for a continuation of the good news we are currently hearing about the local and international...

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    Houses versus apartments

    by Greville Pabst, WBP Group With housing affordability at the lowest level in years, it is a great time for investors and renters to secure their place in the market. But when it comes to houses or apartments/units, it is worthwhile spending some time to consider which property type represents...

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    Bull Market

    by Colin Nicholson Exactly a year ago I explained what a bear market was, one that is generally falling in price. At that time we were in the midst of the worst bear market since the 1970s. Some commentators even compared it to the Great Crash of 1929-32. Every bear market is followed sooner or...

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    Promising property returns on the horizon

    by Alex Henderson, Prosper Group Low interest rates, solid growth in rents and housing shortages are evident in most Australian property markets. As affordability for many property buyers improves along with the outlook for the economy, property buyers are looking to purchase well positioned...

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    Here we go again - your tax checklist

    The first month in the 2009/10 financial year is already over and hopefully you have or are busily preparing your 2008/09 tax information to lodge your tax returns. DON'T leave it till later, as later is always too late. Before you know it your return is overdue and you're rushing around trying...

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    Interest rate conditions prompt renovation finance surge

    The lowest interest rates in 49 years have created good conditions for homeowners looking to undertake some form of property renovation, with finance for projects in the $20,000-$100,000 range becoming much more achievable and affordable. And indeed we have recently seen an influx of homeowners...