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Buying Property

Buying property under tough financial circumstances

12 January 2011 - I’m a single mother with a 13-year-old son. My annual income is $50,000 plus a government payment of child care of $160 a week. I am wondering if buying a home or unit – say at around $400,000 – is a... read more >

Unearthing the hidden investment costs of buying property

10 January 2011 - Buying property can be a lucrative way of investing. In many cases, and with the fluctuations in the share market, property can be a stable means of investing. However, before jumping into the property purchasing... read more >

Borrowing to buy an investment property

05 May 2010 - My husband and I have pretty good jobs and are paying off our home with money to spare and we were thinking about buying a second home to rent out. Can you give me some guidance on how much we can borrow? Without... read more >

Banks vs. mortgage brokers

24 February 2010 - I read that the Big Four banks are making just about all of the home loans in the country nowadays, so why should I go to a mortgage broker? Wouldn’t it be cheaper and better to go direct to the banks? Not... read more >

Buying rental properties

22 October 2009 - Q. I keep hearing that the tax effectiveness of buying a rental property over buying a place to live makes buying a rental property more lucrative. What do you think? A. The issue is very complex but let me start by... read more >

First in, best dressed

16 July 2009 - Despite the economic turbulence of late, the Great Australian Dream is alive, well and ripe for the picking. Thanks to the federal government’s $10.4 billion cash handout under their Economic Security Strategy... read more >

First in, best dressed

16 July 2009 - Despite the economic turbulence of late, the Great Australian Dream is alive, well and ripe for the picking. Thanks to the federal government’s $10.4 billion cash handout under their Economic Security Strategy... read more >

Buying 'off the plan' property

01 May 2007 - Ahead of any future interest rate rise, which could spook property market players or potential players, there are early signs that real estate is getting back on the investors' radar screen. At such a time as now, you... read more >

Where to buy property

01 April 2007 - When people ask me what I think about property I always have one reply: "Where?" The reason for that is my first property lesson and that's property does not necessarily follow the same script right around... read more >




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