The next interest rate rise will be three times harder than the 1990’s

March 21st, 2017

This alarming article puts an historical perspective on the risks of over gearing in today's world where real incomes are falling,  underemployment is rife and now (if the latest figures are to be believed), unemployment is rising. Those of us wh

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A separate interest rate for Sydney’s heated property market? Why not?

March 5th, 2017

Instead of the many rushed regurgitations of the OECD's influential Economic Survey of Australia 2017, this more considered piece by the AFR's Jacob Greber is worth reading. What's lacking in all of it however is (a) an emphasis on the Sydney and

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Yes, building inspectors can be liable if they get it wrong

March 1st, 2017

Building inspectors shouldn't be relying on a raft of exclusion clauses to escape liability for a shoddy building report. A tragic case, this recent decision has big implications for property buyers especially if it is upheld on any appeal. Int

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Should you buy an inner city car space or a property with one?

February 21st, 2017

Depends where you are and on your view of cars, driverless, shared and otherwise in the near and longer term. In typical mainstream media fashion, with some exceptions, this article fails to mention that the price paid last Monday night was $20,00

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“Buyer Interest is around $x”…

February 12th, 2017

"Buyer interest is around $x"... a trap for unrepresented property buyers: If you are a Sydney property buyer looking for a "price guide", beware of the agent's response that "buyer interest is around $x." Although they sound the same and

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