Sam’s Weekly Reading List Week of June 17th – 21st

June 23, 2013 Sam Saggers

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As savvy property investors it’s important to keep on top of events and changes which can have an impact on our property investments. There are so many analyses, opinions and articles about investing in property out there that it can be tough trying to keep up with what’s happening in property.

I’d like to take a moment to share some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across this week.

Have a great weekend, and if you enjoyed this list, please share it with your friends by clicking a social link button to the right of this article.

  • Michael Matusik sets the weekend off right when he says, “Confidence is back, baby!” Consumer confidence that is. Despite this fact, Matusik warns that consumers are still a bit dodgy about getting into property. He shares a few thoughts about the reasons why, citing concerns about the global economic environment, the slow labour market – perhaps even political leadership issues.

    Read the full article here.

  • In The Property Observer this week, Simon Pressley discusses the future of property markets which have been impacted by the volatile commodity prices.

    Says Pressley, “The prices of coal and iron ore (Australia’s two biggest export commodities) are down on their highs of late 2012 and there have indeed been layoffs. But is this cause for panic over the value of your investment property? Or is the better strategy a little education and a lot of savvy staying power?”

    Pressley hits upon the core reason we advise our clients to stay away from towns which rely on a single industry when he says, “The first part of the answer lies in whether or not your property is in a town that has more going for it than a couple of mines.”

    Read the full article here.

  • Smart Property Investment Magazine’s Jennifer Duke reveals a new tool property investors should have in their arsenal.

    Created by 1300HomeLoan, the Australian Lenders’ Index, will, according to managing director John Kolenda, “…revolutionise the Australian home finance market and save mortgage holders tens of thousands of dollars over the life of their loan, depending on which lender they choose.” The creators believe that greater competition and transparency among lenders will drive down the costs of financing and ultimately benefit the real estate industry.

    In one example, a Homeside customer “would potentially save $31,980 over the life of their loan relative to the worst performing lender.”

    Now that’s a chunk of change!

    Read the full article here.

  • Pete Wargent, Accountant and regular contributor to Michael Yardney’s PropertyUpdate, discusses the question of whether or not the Australian property market is facing a sea change.

    Wargent lays out a clear explanation of why growth in the regional markets is still being outpaced by growth in the capital cities. Says Wargent, “For a long time, some commentators have been promoting the “sea change” theory, that the population is moving out of the cities to start a new life in the sticks. While there are some sea-changers, the absolute population growth is actually largely in capital cities, partly fuelled by Australia’s high levels of immigration.”

    Read the full article here.

 

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