Property

INSIGHT

Property investors hogging first-home market

Clancy Yeates What's more risky about a property boom based on investors?

HOT STOCK

Property base solid

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Brian Han Integrated real estate group Mirvac has investors excited about its focused strategy

INVESTING

Make property your business

Mark Bouris Regardless of why you invest in property, there are a few things to keep in mind.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Is property affordable? The devil's in the index

Generic auction

Richard Livingston If I ask the question "is property affordable?" you'll have an opinion, or quickly form one.

BUBBLE TO POP?

Nightmare vision of impending property crash

Frank Maiorana colour illustration. For Business 13-03-2010

City skyline made up of red arrows pointing upwards. High interest rates / housing finance

John Collett We should brace ourselves for a spectacular collapse in home prices, an American economist claims.

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Abandoning the banks for shares and property

Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Australians are ditching banks and ploughing their savings into real estate and shares.

Mark Bouris

Confidence revival boosts property

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris Economies come down to households having confidence to commit to property purchases.

Buying property abroad no holiday

Home sales

It could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Certainly a lot of people think so as they take advantage of the high Australian dollar by picking up bargain properties in the US or Britain.

Property feels the global pinch

Philip Hopkins PROPERTY sentiment in Victoria has turned sour and is the second worst in the country.

Deflating speculation on the property bubble

Shrinking house.

David Potts Home prices will halve over the next few years, says the only forecaster to have predicted both the record sharemarket run to 2007 as well as the subsequent GFC. And that was in 1993.

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Gloomy property outlook

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon THE champagne tasted a little sweeter this Melbourne Cup, thanks to the Reserve Bank's line-ball decision to reduce interest rates.

Smart ways to climb the property ladder

Emma Challands.

Penny Pryor Project engineer Emma Challands would like to be in a position to retire before 40.

Rental gains raise property hopes

Real estate

Chris Zappone SLUMPING home prices and persistently poor housing affordability helped lift quarterly rent yields for the first time in nine months, raising hopes for an improved real estate market this year.

Property investing: cash towers over trusts

Yarra River and Melbourne skyline

Carolyn Cummins The virtues of investing directly into property by asset acquisitions or indirectly through real estate investment trusts have been brought to the fore.

Property becalmed as financial storms rage

The fallout from overseas tempests mean values here aren't going anywhere fast, writes David Potts.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to best invest your parents' savings: share market or balanced funds?

Investments need to be made with an eye to the future.

George Cochane Should my mum put half her savings into the share market?

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Not to be sniffed at

Four of a set of 12 Chinese inside-painted   Twenty-four Filial Exemplars glass snuff bottles, by Liu Ziyi  dated 1986,  sold for $9150 IBP (estimate $3000-??$4000).

James Cockington Small, but perfectly formed, Chinese snuff bottles are a blooming market for both local and overseas collectors.

COLLECTING

Opportunity for high-end shoppers

Archive vintage fashion store manager Ellana Powell wearing Celine Blue double satin dress, Comme Des Garcons jacket and shoes.

Stephen Crafti Investing in high quality modern designer fashion can be money well spent and some top-end secondhand stores are cornering the market.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What's my super plan now retirement looms?

Thinking of retiring? 
It pays to do your homework first.

George Cochrane I intend to retire this year and have to decide what to do with my superannuation that will complement my part aged pension.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Vintage just got a little younger

A Japanese kimono from the 1950s, selling for $250, and a Comme des Garcon's  wool pinafore designed by Junya Watanabe - price sought $420.

James Cockington Still wearing clothes from the nineties? Lucky you - fashion from this decade is in high demand.