Make property your business

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


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.


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.

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.


How to find the right super fund

Scott Phillips The process can seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think


Memories of Dame Nellie Melba go to auction

James Cockington Pieces from the personal history of Australia's original diva - including a selection of toast racks - are going under the hammer.


What do company reports really mean?

David Potts To get to the bottom of the bottom line you want more money in the company coffers at the end of the year than at the start.


How to profit from declining dollar

Scott Phillips The currency has fallen… here’s what to do next.


Weigh up your needs as you pick your investments

A carefully constructed investment portfolio will ensure you remain in good shape.

Thabojan Rasiah A portfolio with a good balance of growth and defensive investments is more likely to provide you with the cash flow you need.


Neglected artform shaping up for saleroom success

James Cockington Sculpture auctions, especially high quality ones, are rare. So for the cognoscenti, next week's sale is a red letter day.


Join hunt for a plan that pays

Dogged: Carefully check options to sniff out reliable returns.

David Potts Must rate cuts mean a pay cut? There are ways to get a better income for only slightly more risk.


Beware the 'Helpers' who'll take your money

Changing hands: Doing many deals is likely to benefit

Scott Phillips Will all that "help'' really make you any better off?