Property

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.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Getting ahead in a low-interest rate environment

Mark Bouris The low interest rates are not welcomed by savers and retirees, but there are opportunities to maximise your returns.

Granny flats - turning backyards into gold

Maria Krohn has built a granny flat in her back garden and is renting it out via Airbnb.

John Collett and Caitlin Fitzsimmons Granny flats are proliferating like crazy, at least in NSW where the rules are much more relaxed than in Victoria.

MONEY MENTOR

Monthly mortgage payments fall $254 in five months

The Great Australian Dream of property ownership is not dead, but it needs to shift away from the white picket fence.

Nicole Pedersen McKinnon It's not going to be much consolation to frustrated would-be first-home buyers, but monthly repayments on the average new mortgage are $254 less than they were at Australia's borrowing peak in...

ASK NOEL

Ask Noel: Confusion over rules on non-concessional contribution to superannuation

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers questions from readers.

WELL HEELED

The advantages of renting over home ownership

Renting might deliver more freedom and options than home ownership, especially if you hedge your bets with an investment property.

Melissa Browne Australians give lip service to wanting freedom and options, but how we're behaving with our money tells quite a different story.

INVESTMENT 101

Motley Fool: compile a watchlist of companies you like and wait for opportunity

Scott Phillips If you understand a company's strategy, management and opportunity, you'll be ready to pounce when the market next throws the baby out with the bathwater.

SHARES RACE

Shares Race Week 2: leader plots a map to success

Vanessa Desloires There's been a shake up in the ranks this week, and one clever tipster has shot from fifth to first place on a bet in volatile small cap stocks.

Rate cut puts savers in a pickle, but good for borrowers

Borrowers could soon see their repayments fall considerably if lenders pass on the full cut in the official cash rate.

John Collett Changes in the official cash rate always create winners and losers. Irene Dumer is one of the winners.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Contemporary art collectors seek next big thing

Mirka Mora's 1972 painting Mermaids and Friends sold for $3400.

James Cockington Keen buyers at the latest Leonard Joel fine art auction were ''all looking for the Brett Whiteley of the future''.

Four rules for investing in uncertain times

John Manuel Owing BHP and Rio Tinto isn't diversification, nor is owning a rental property down the road from your own home.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Motley Fool: never buy from private equity

Myer's share price has never reached the IPO height.

Scott Phillips Any time you read "accepted wisdom", you should ask yourself whether that's simply code for "I just use the same tired cliches as everyone else".

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Arthur Fleischmann sculptures for sale after decades in storage

Arthur Fleischmann's Spring. Estimates $2000-$3000.

James Cockington Sculptor Arthur Fleischmann spent a productive 10 years in Sydney, but his works from this period were kept in storage for half a century, and will now be sold.

Investment 101

Motley Fool: Modern day moats

Look out for companies that surround themselves with

Scott Phillips The best companies in Australia are surrounded by moats – although not the ones you are thinking of.

ASSET CHECK

Reserve Bank and election guarantee an unsettling time for investors

The Reserve Bank has warned of an oversupply of apartments.

Daryl Dixon By highlighting the increased risk for both investors and the banking system of an oversupply of apartments and commercial real estate, the Reserve Bank has added to the normal uncertainty facing...