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In The Big Picture podcast Pete Wargent of discusses the Australian property outlook with Michael Yardney


Our co-founder Pete Wargent discusses how to prepare for 'Black Swan' events with REBAA President Cate Bakos


The travel industry is slowly recovering from the 2019 global pandemic. This has encouraged many homeowners to list their properties on Airbnb to earn an extra income.


Mortgage lending is taking off right across the country, across all states and territories.


Stock levels have been tight this year, and searching for the right property at the right price can be a real challenge.


If you're considering leasing your property in the short-term rental market, you might have some questions in mind as a first-time host. We understand any questions or concerns you may have. Real estate is, after all, once of the most valuable assets to invest in. In this article, we'll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions by people like you, who may be looking to enter the short-term rental market.


It's been an unprecedented period for property lending in Australia.


We've written previously about mortgage lending, and we have also run webinars discussing the various types of loan.


Stuart Wemyss of ProSolution Private Clients answers the 6 key financing questions property investors must answer


Pete Wargent joins the Michael Yardney podcast to discuss the outlook for property, for 2021 and beyond.

Kieran O'Neill

While the short-term rental industry, specifically Airbnb, offers property owners the chance to provide meaningful experiences for guests, investors would understandably first have to make sure that it's a sound financial decision. Crafting the correct strategy can impact how well your property stands out in this dynamic, yet rewarding, market.

Pete Wargent

2020 was an unprecedented year for Australia's property markets, in a number of different ways.


Today we discussed why property investors must consider a depreciation schedule with Mike Mortlock of MCG in a short video


If you've tried to buy a property lately you'd have noticed that stock levels are low…exceptionally low.


With interest rates having fallen to record lows in 2020, some households have increased free cashflow and a greater borrowing capacity. As such this is likely to result in more homeowners considering an upgrade in 2021.


After all the fear and uncertainty of 2020, analysts are queuing up to forecast double-digit gains for property prices in 2021. 

The main driver is clear enough, being the lowest borrowing rates on record, while Australia's property markets seem more bulletproof than ever having dodged the worst of a nasty pandemic recession. 


2020 has been one of the most tumultuous years in living memory, and yet Australia looks set to emerge better placed than almost any other country.

Here are half a dozen lessons we learned this year in relation to property ownership and investment. 


Are you purchasing or looking into purchasing a property with a body corporate scheme?

If so, then you should get a report done to look at all the minutes and body corporate records in detail. 


Have you ever been confused by price guides and reserves?

Plenty of buyers are! Let's talk a brief look at some of the things you need to know about buying property listed for auction. 


In the not too distant past, borrowers were rushing to lock in interest rates because they feared paying double digit mortgage rates. 

Pete Wargent

Well, so much for the looming surplus!


Why obtain a mortgage pre-approval?


One of the oldest debates in the property circles is whether you should invest for capital growth or cashflow. 


A new online platform is saving Aussie property buyers thousands on the price of buying their homes by connecting first homebuyers, upgraders, downsizers and investors with independent, industry-leading buyer’s agents to help them find, research, negotiate and bid on properties.


Not only investors, but also homebuyers will need to think strategically when buying a property in 2021.


Traditionally it's believed that a recession is a bad time to buy a property.


Have you ever heard of a Buyer's Agent? Buyer's agents or advocates represent property buyers during real estate transactions. They're often confused with real estate agents, but these aren't synonymous professions. Real estate agents are those who provide services for a seller, while a buyer's agent is hired by a prospective buyer.


There has been plenty for homebuyers to think about this year.

On the one hand, record low mortgage rates are now encouraging many renters to reconsider the rent versus buy equation. The mortgage repayments for owner occupiers with 20 per cent deposit and low serviceability risk, are very low. Put simply, in many areas it's 'cheaper' to buy then to rent. 


Buying a unit of apartment in Australia has become a more popular choice in recent years, and there can indeed be some advantages to apartment dwelling or medium density living. 


Australia’s hugely strong population pyramid in the 25-35 years old age bracket combined with a raft of government incentives will bring additional first homebuyers into the market. With Aussies moving less frequently than they once did, it’s more important than ever that the first purchase is a smart one. Here are the 6 tips every first homebuyer must consider. 


All parents want to give their kids a solid start in life, and finding ways for your offspring to get aboard the housing ladder sensibly often forms an important part of this challenge.

Pete Wargent

Homeowners are holding on their properties for longer to improve their odds of success when it comes to capital gains.

A few words from a happy first homebuyer
Testimonial from Kyle: getting help with your property search
Testimonial from Kyle: the benefits of using a buyer's agent
This is why you should use a buyer's agent
This is how you should research your property purchase
This is how you should set your property strategy during COVID-19
This is how to negotiate your property purchase successfully