Property

Locked out of property market? Five better places for Millennials to put money

Clayton Howes Property is but one asset class, and there are many other things you can do with your money in 2017 instead.

The home renovations that most increase your property's value

Nic Tait at his renovated cottage in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Ben Hurley There are two types of renovators: those creating a dream home for themselves, and those doing up a property to maximise its value.

Take charge to outsmart the property spruikers

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker Control the process and select your investment property after due research, not just because some slick salesperson talked you into it.

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How to spot a property spruiker

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker When any asset class is booming, the predators arrive.

Buying property with your super fund has drawbacks

Daryl Dixon Whether or not the government removes the ability of self-managed super funds to borrow to purchase property or other investments, the implications for investors are relatively minor.

Reducing the risks of borrowing to buy an investment property

Select assets likely to increase in value and generate long-term capital gains.

Daryl Dixon The emphasis should be on the merits of the assets purchased and not the tax savings from the transaction.

Property price boom masks risks for investors as yields plummet

Experts warn areas such as Melbourne's Docklands are

John Collett Property investors speculating on capital gains need to be careful as rental yields in Sydney and Melbourne hit record lows.

How some millennials are buying property without family help

Kirti Mahraj, 23 and Adil Mohiuddin, 25 bought a house in Sydney without family money.

Saman Shad The reality of buying a house without family money seems increasingly far-fetched, but these three young men beat the odds.

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Understand the risk of buying property off the plan

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Graham Hand and his wife, Deborah Solomon, bought one of the Harbour Mill apartments for their daughter, Elana. They bought the apartment off-the-plan and had the layout changed to suit the needs of Elana on November 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

John Collett It's easy to be seduced by slick marketing but there are some things you need to know before you sign on the dotted line.

Why I own a property but rent my home

Renting can make more financial sense than buying in some circumstances.

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman Rent may be dead money, but it beats being a slave to the mortgage.

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Motley Fool: why property investment is nuts right now

Rental yields are tiny right now.

Scott Phillips Owning a house might be the great Australian dream. But investors should think twice.

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Consumer caution may dampen property party

Consumers have been growing more cautious on the housing market, despite high auction clearance rates in Melbourne and Sydney.

Clancy Yeates Are we seeing a return of the great Australian housing bonanza?

BRICKX offers fractional ownership of residential property for investors

Fractional ownership of investment property is a first for Australia

John Collett Petar Sabados wants to buy an investment property; but he needs to save the deposit.

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Absolute waterfront: Arthur Streeton's Sydney Harbour mirrors property trend

Arthur Streeton's 1907 panorama of Sydney Harbour is listed for sale for only the fourth time.

James Cockington Sir Arthur Streeton's magnificent 1907 panorama of Sydney Harbour is listed for public sale on August 31 for only the fourth time.

Beware of dodgy property spruikers

In 2015 the NSW Supreme Court issued a permanent injunction against Park Trent Properties Group, restraining them from providing unlicensed financial product advice regarding SMSFs.

Noel Whittaker The property investment industry is virtually regulation-free and until recently it's been open slather, with the investment watchdog powerless to act against property spruikers unless they're...

Time to look at other property options rather than residential

John Collett With price growth for the housing and apartment market expected to slow and possible price falls in some cities, some investors are opting for non-residential property.

BOURIS ON MONEY

How to make property investment pay off

Maintenance costs are tax deductible for property investors.

Mark Bouris Controlling costs is critical for successful investment.

SUPER

Super changes could force DIY super investors to forfeit property deposits

SMSF owners may be in breach of contract if they've bought a property but can't transfer the money under the $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

Noel Whittaker In last month's budget. the Coalition made radical changes to our superannuation system. It was a mixed bag, with some of the ideas innovative and welcome, some controversial and one horrific.

INSIGHT

Property market: Will record low interest rates unleash another housing boom?

There are good reasons why lower interest rates won't refuel the housing boom.

Clancy Yeates Households probably can't afford to pile on even more debt and bid up house prices much further.

WELL HEELED

There is more than tax to consider when negatively gearing a property

Negative gearing is where a loan is used to buy an asset, such as a property, and there is a loss between the income generated and the interest and expenses.

Melissa Browne Negative gearing - what is it and how can you make it work for you?