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Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

Greg Smith Metropolitan Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, with tenancy rates in prime properties high and an increasing number of buyers looking at...

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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

Copper pipes sit on display at a Lowe's store in Cary, North Carolina, U.S., on Monday, May 18, 2009. Copper futures rose to a one-week high as falling inventories and a weakening dollar boosted speculation that demand will increase for the metal used in pipes and wires. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg News

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.

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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.

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.

The outlook for the Australian economy and investors in 2017

The Australian economy will face global challenges, especially if the US changes trade policies.

Daryl Dixon Despite historic low interest rates, super funds and investors generally have fared well in 2016.

Bad Santa and Banqer – teaching school kids about money

Catherine Robson There is little doubt that fostering financial literacy in young people leads to more confident decision making in adulthood which in turn leads to lower stress and better outcomes.

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Motley Fool: Monopolies beware, tech is out to get you

Walmart might be many times the size of the next largest retailer in the US, but it still has well under half of the market share enjoyed by Woolies here in Australia.

Scott Phillips Complacent investors may feel the pain.

Marginal gains: What Team Sky's success can teach us about achieving money goals

Catherine Robson How would you feel if you had set yourself a huge goal and not only achieved it, but smashed it, doing twice as well as you had planned?

Buying into a retirement village? Beware these traps

Bina Brown Don't let the sales hype and glossy marketing blind you to the financial reality of buying into a retirement village.