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Melbourne identified as one of the top cities in the world in which to invest

Melbourne’s controversial Fishermans Bend urban renewal precinct has been instrumental in making the city one of the top investment hotspots in the world, according to a new global report. It joins the US cities of Austin, New Mexico, Miami, the Dutch city of Amsterdam, Germany’s Berlin and India’s Bengalaru on the list of cities identified in Knight Frank’s 2017 Wealth Report as presenting “exciting opportunities for private property investors in 2017”. Melbourne’s growing population, projected to overtake Sydney’s by 2036, a 24 per cent increase in the number of workers based in the inner city in the past decade and consistently high performance in liveability indexes were other reasons for its attraction for investors, the report found.... Read more

Daniel Andrew's property stimulous changes will lead to higher prices

Property expert Jeff Grochowski, suggests that the Victorian Government's upcoming changes to property taxes will lead to higher prices and a housing stock reduction. The Victorian Government has announced that from the 1st of July 2017, first home buyers will not pay stamp duty on purchases less than $600,000.00. There will be a sliding scale of stamp duty up to a limit of $750,000.00.

Further measures, aimed at addressing a housing shortage, include, a 1% levy on housing stock including apartments and houses held by investors that are intentionally being kept vacant ( There are suggestions that overseas buyers, especially Chinese residents are the main target )... Read more

Insider's View

Bell Street bingo: Which northern suburb will be next to get hip?

Brunswick is long gone. Coburg, Thornbury, Preston too. And now the cafe brigade is continuing its march north. Melbourne’s cool kid mecca – the inner north – has become increasingly expensive and, in turn, the trendy crowd is being forced to migrate above the long-understood hipster proof fence: Bell Street. One of Melbourne’s busiest roads has for years been the great divide of the north, and routinely held property prices back by hundreds of thousands of dollars. But even Coburg North, a suburb well above the Bell Street threshold, has soared in price and cache, with the median house price now at $767,500. CoNo, as the trendy locals apparently call it, is now out of reach of many young buyers.... Read more

Property investment - The rarer the property, the greater the demand and the price


"First property buyers should look to entering the market as a town house owner in a well located property that they can potentially sell to families, couples, retirees and first home buyers. The aim is to build a portfolio of unique properties. Later, they can move on to a house. No two houses are ever identical. That is what creates demand. The rarity factor is the key. Unique aspects in terms of design and or location are what drives up the price."... Read more

Expert Advice

Taking the long term view of Melbourne property investment

The REIV is advising buyers to look beyond the Melbourne CBD and inner suburbs for their first property purchase.  

REIV CEO Geoff White said buyers are increasingly looking for value in regional Victoria.    

New growth areas provide buyers with the opportunity to enter the property market at a more affordable rate, yet still on a main VLine service into Melbourne.”    

Many of these areas, especially towns within commuting distance of the city, are also recording solid annual price increases and are poised for future growth.”  

Investment and infrastructure initiatives by both the state and federal government are likely to deliver further capital growth in these areas.”  ... Read more

How To Avoid Buying A 'Dud'

It's the last thing anyone wants - you purchase your investment property, and nobody wants it, leaving you out of pocket and forced to reduce your expectations. You bought a dud. While t... Read more

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