Property

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Property investing not a good fit for all

Marcus Padley It is not one or the other when weighing up the benefits of either share or property investments.

Falling Australian dollar will benefit domestic tourism and property

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David Potts The 5 per cent drop in the dollar in a fortnight is good news for nearly all of us.

GETTING STARTED

Don't blame the bogeymen for high property prices

Apartments in Melbourne's Docklands could be pulling down the median growth rate.

David Potts It's usually investors and foreigners taking turns as the housing bogyman but lately they've teamed up.

BUILDING WEALTH

Property trusts up, but danger lurks if investors overpay

Foreign investors are currently getting a good return from Australian property investments.

John Collett They may be less risky than before the financial crisis, but listed property trusts are vulnerable to rises in interest rates.

SUPER

Buying property through self-managed super funds has its pitfalls

Bricks and mortar: Financial adviser Amanda Cassar pooled super funds with her husband to buy an investment unit on the Gold Coast.

Kate Jones When financial adviser Amanda Cassar's clients began seeking advice about property investment through self-managed superannuation funds she wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

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

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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

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

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THE CHARTIST

Slim pickings on property index

Rod Myer The listed property sector gives private investors the chance to get exposure to commercial, industrial and retail sectors of the property market.

PROPERTY SPECIAL

Joining the rush for property

Property, for sale.

With lower rental yields and rising vacancy rates, analysts are warning investors to tread carefully, writes John Collett.

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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.

Mark Bouris

Confidence revival boosts property

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

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Unless you're rich or love risk, property's door is closed

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Richard Livingston Discussions about residential property often descend into a debate about values. For the record, I think property is overvalued

INSIGHT

Rise in property prices threatens to grow bubbles

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Clancy Yeates Low rates and a buoyant auction market are breathing new life into an age-old debate: are Australian house prices at risk of entering bubble territory?

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

Property becalmed as financial storms rage

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

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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