Squeal for a mortgage deal

Find what you want out of a mortgage, then go hunting for a bargian and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Picture: Thinkstock Source: News Limited WHEN it comes to getting a better deal on your mortgage, a bit of old fashion haggling can go a long way, even with your existing lender. WHEN it […]


Pitfalls of renting to family

It’s a nice gesture to rent to family but often an expensive one. Picture: Thinkstock Source: News Limited YOU can’t choose your family, but if you’re a real estate investor, you can choose to help them out by putting a roof over their head. It’s most common for parents to provide a home for their adult children, […]


Investors lead market charge in Queensland

Good news has finally started trickling out of the Queensland housing market, with the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) indicating sales activity and house prices in the state are strengthening. The REIQ June quarter median house price report found the number of sales increased ‘significantly’, with preliminary numbers indicating house sales across the state […]

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Are Brisbane and Adelaide ripe to pick up an investment opportunity?

With property values climbing in Sydney and Perth, coupled with competition for stock intensifying in these cities and Melbourne, buyers may start to look at more affordable alternatives and focus their attention on markets such as Brisbane and Adelaide. It will be interesting to see if this starts to happen over the coming months. While […]

Median house values rise as Queensland property market starts to climb back

QUEENSLAND’S property is tipped to start firing again in time for the spring selling season. According to the latest Real Estate Insitute of Queensland quarterly house value data, the market has already started its slow and steady climb back. The data, released on Saturday in an eight-page lift-out in The Courier-Mail, reveals that the median […]

Median house prices on the up in Brisbane’s north west

Harcourts Solutions – Mitchelton business owner Martin Millard. Picture: Nick KuhnSource: Quest Newspapers Median house prices in most suburbs across Brisbane’s north-west have recorded an increase in the June quarter for 2012, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland. Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) figures have shown an increase in median house prices across […]

Regatta’s m revamp

Merle Thornton recalls an historic 1965 incident where she chained herself to the Regatta Hotel bar and Jack Herbert tried to remove her, as the Brisbane pub officially reopens after the floods. Few people would get a makeover to look older but the approach has proved positive for the Grand Lady of the Brisbane River. […]

Are the rich getting richer? Not in the housing market

Most people who have any interest in the housing market will appreciate that the performance of home values can vary broadly based on a range of factors. Geographically, for example, we have seen Darwin values rise by more than 8 percent over the first eight months of the year while Melbourne values have fallen by […]