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    Will Higher Interest Rates Topple the Property Market?

    It's the most frequent topic of conversation floating around the property industry these days - what effect will further interest rates rises have on the market? Many are predicting that rising rates will automatically lead to falling house prices as sure as night follows day. Yet recent history...

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    Buy Your Dream Property

    Rising interest rates and high property prices are making it even harder to get a foot in the property market. The key to success is discipline - having a plan and sticking to it. How much can I borrow? A good starting point, the borrowing power calculator will help you determine your borrowing...

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    Apartment Living: Buying for Investment

    Many people love the ease that apartment living provides but it's important you know what you're investing in when it comes to apartments and townhouses. Buying a property that's strata titled is very different to purchasing one that isn't, especially for those intending to live in it. Michael...

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    What You Need to Know About Buying Property

    By Greville Pabst, WBP Property Group For most people buying property is the single biggest financial decision they will make in their lifetime. While buying a home is a rite of passage for most Australians, many people go it alone and without any clear investment strategy. Having an investment...

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    The Perfect Match Superannuation Loans

    By Arthur Kassos, CPA Superannuation is normally a very good deduction for most people as it's tax deductible (unless you're an employee where it is not deductible for you except in very limited circumstances) and it's a very tax effective entity to have your investments in. The Tax Office is...

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    Interest in Fixed Rate Deals

    By Loan Market Borrowers are most interested in deals on fixed rate home loans as a result of the recent interest rate rises, according to mortgage broker Loan Market. The number one product brokersare currently receiving enquiries aboutis for three-year fixed rate loans. WhileLoan Market...

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    Statement of Financial Performance

    By Colin Nicholson Animportant accounting document is the Statement of Financial Performance, also simply called the Income Statement. It used to be known as the Profit and Loss Statement. This is a so-called flow statement in the sense that instead of taking balances at the end of the year, it...

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    Does Defense Housing (DHA) Make a Good Investment?

    By Alex Henderson, Prosper Group A guaranteed tenant for up to 12 years - so no vacancies Often brand new properties - so good depreciation benefits Repainted and recarpeted at the end of the lease (make good clause) These benefits are positive, howeverinvestors shouldalways evaluate the...

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    Top 10 Tips for Buying Property

    By Your Mortgage Magazine Whether you're buying a home to live in or for an investment, shopping for property is an exciting experience. But it's important that you don't get caught up in the excitement, as you may make mistakes that will cost you dearly down the track. These expert tips and...

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    Older Properties and Depreciation

    By Bradley Beer, BMT Tax Depreciation Many investors remain unsure about whether it is worthwhile obtaining a depreciation report for a residential property that was built before 1985. Current tax legislation states that any property built before 18 July 1985 (residential) and 20 July 1982...

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    Your Guide to Buying at Auction

    By Your Mortgage Magazine Never have the words all sales are final' been more meaningful than when buying a house at auction! There's no doubt that buying at auction can be a nerve-wracking process, but with our expert tips and advice, you can minimise the stress. The first thing to note when...

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    Converting Your Castle

    By Roelof van der Merwe, Pitcher Partners Deductibility of rental expenses and the main residence exemption You bought your home about a decade ago, and like the Kerrigans of the movie The Castle, have always regarded your home as, for lack of a better word a castle. That is until now. Because...

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    Statement of Financial Position

    By Colin Nicholson Anyone who has ever invested in a stock on the Australian Securities Exchange, or directly in a private company, should have come across an important accounting document called a Statement of Financial Position. If you are not so new to the game of investing, you might know it...