Wendy Chamberlain discusses more affordable suburbs in Melbourne to buy property

Melbourne’s most expensive suburbs and where to look instead

It’s well documented that Melbourne Property prices are dropping, however it doesn’t mean every suburb is offering the ultimate bargain. Wendy Chamberlain spoke to Domain regarding more affordable, alternative suburbs to the highly sought after suburb of Toorak. Local suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran and Armadale may offer a similar lifestyle. “Nowadays in Melbourne, you can get the[…]

Relisting for sale: Vendors change their approach as Melbourne house prices drop

As the Melbourne housing market weakens some home owners are dropping their asking prices or making minor updates in preparation to relisting properties that had previously failed to sell. Wendy Chamberlain has spoken to The Sunday Age regarding this topic. “I’ve been seeing this for the past 12 to 18 months where an agent will[…]

The reserve bank of Australia decides to keep rates on hold

RBA rates on hold for 29th consecutive month

The Royal Bank of Australia yesterday announced that interest rates will remain at 1.5 per cent, where it has sat ever since August 2016.   RBA governor Philip Lowe said the low interest rate would continue to support the economy: “Further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to target is expected, although this[…]

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Is what the media is telling you the whole truth?

  As I was preparing for my speaking spot on Midday Panorama (NorthWest FM radio) with Vilma Formosa, I found it interesting to compare how the different suburbs of Melbourne are faring.  What I discovered, of course, is a slightly different picture to what the media feeds you. You’re most likely reading that the Melbourne[…]

The reserve bank of Australia decides to keep rates on hold

RBA keeps rates on hold despite their less optimistic view of the Australian economy

  After a 2 month summer break, the RBA has kept interest rates on hold at 1.5 per cent. In recent times the RBA has maintained a fairly optimistic view on the economy, however they did note in the post-meeting statement that “downside risks” have increased. Today’s meeting confirmed that the RBA hasn’t changed course,[…]

First Home Buyers Slowly Getting Back in the Property Market

Amidst the housing downturn in Australia, first home buyers have been noted to be getting back in the property market. Latest data from the ABS Housing Finance report showed that first home buyers have availed of new housing loans in more than six years. Specifically, 18.3 percent of owner-occupier loans were taken out in November[…]

Reserve bank of australia keeps rates on hold

RBA keeps rates on hold at record low

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent at the December meeting of its board, the last meeting for 2018. This is the 26th consecutive time the bank has left the rate on hold, the lowest on record. This record period of inaction by the RBA has now[…]

Stricter Lending Criteria Affect Homebuyers and Home Sales

Houses for sale in Australia are now experiencing longer listing times now that banks have tightened their lending criteria for potential homebuyers. In Sydney alone, homes were taking 43 days on average to sell based on data from CoreLogic. Darwin had the slowest turnover with 93 days while properties in Hobart were selling the fastest.[…]

Important Renting Reforms Passed through the Victorian Parliament

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2018 (Amendment Act) has been approved by the Victorian Parliament. This new law includes more than 130 reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. These reforms, however, will be implemented effective July 1st 2020 yet. While the new legislation is yet to come into effect, the consultation process will continue[…]

Abolishing negative gearing could be ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’…

If your retirement plan relies on Real Estate, you absolutely must know what Jane Slack-Smith is about to reveal in her free webinar: The New Rules for Property Wealth. Jane will show you how to protect yourself from devastating losses — and — capitalise handsomely in one of the most uncertain property climates Australia has[…]