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4 factors that you shouldn’t compromise on as a First Home Buyer

May 22, 2017

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Buying a property as a first home buyer can be overwhelming. There’s so much choice! But knowing when and what to compromise on when searching for your first home is essential to the buying process, and your sanity. As you begin looking for the perfect starting point for your real estate dreams it’s important to […]

Phil Ruthven debunks the myths that continue to dominate discussions about the future growth of Australia’s economy

May 12, 2017

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Myths, gossip, rumours, scandals and old wives’ tales can be very real in the telling; and we tend to believe a lot of them until debunked. After all, they are often interesting, entertaining and believable. However, when discussing the future of Australia’s economy isn’t it better to stick to the facts? We’ve handpicked a few surprising […]

Blocksidge & Ferguson's history

May 2, 2017

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You can read the full article on the Zillmere Auction and the Holland Park Auction on the State Library of Queensland blog, but we’ve also included some snippets below. The State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online via their website. If you […]

What is Capital Gains Tax?

April 30, 2017

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Capital gains tax needs to be understood by every property investor and/or buyer. It is commonly a thorn in almost every investors’ side. It’s a thorn because it’s a tax that means the government takes a cut of any profit we make from our investments. However, the upside is that people can also claim tax […]

11 ways to use your Brisbane property to help you earn a little extra cash

April 20, 2017

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If you’re interested in paying down the mortgage faster or topping up your savings, read Blocksidge’s 11 ways to use your Brisbane property to earn some extra cash. Rent out a spare room Everyone’s heard of Airbnb and over 87,000 Australians have already registered. So if you have a spare room, or a whole house […]

Home Equity - What is it and why is it important?

April 7, 2017

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What is home equity and why do we talk about it? Do you own a house, unit, apartment or some other sort of property? Home equity is the current agreed value of your property minus any loans you have taken out against it. Equity works the same for investment properties and a principal place of residence. […]

An Increasing Commercial Property Trend - Micro Shops!

March 24, 2017

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Shops in city centres around the country, including Brisbane CBD, are shrinking in size. You’ve probably noticed the increasing number of hole-in-the-wall coffee shops or tiny pop-up shops around the city. These are the new micro shops and they’re getting more and more popular. Did you know that in 2013, Brisbane CBD was the world’s […]

Key Points from the latest REIQ Market Monitor Report

March 14, 2017

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We’ve reviewed the lastest QMM and taken the key points for the Brisbane property market. We’ve also included some points on the Queensland, National and other Captial Citys’ market performance. HOUSE MARKET The Queensland median house price increased from $460,000 to $467,375 over the quarter. Compared to 12 months ago, Queensland’s annual median house price increased […]

What sort of property investor are you?

March 1, 2017

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Growth or Yield? The nuances of property investment are abundant. However, two components of investing in property tend to feature more frequently than others – capital growth and rental return (yield). These two components generally divide Brisbane property investors. It’s not uncommon to be standing around at BBQ and hear a hearty debate of the superior benefits […]

Looking to invest in Brisbane property?

February 21, 2017

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In the real estate industry there are certain signs that we look out for when looking to invest in Brisbane property. We look out for these signs as they tend to indicate that a suburb is primed and ready to take off. These signs are not guarantees, but they are good predictors. Use our list to help […]

What does your property number mean?

February 10, 2017

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If you love everything mystique and hold true to superstitions (even if you do think they’re a bit silly…) you’ll love this article. But even if you have no time for that nonsense, there’s definitely an upside to staying abreast of popular beliefs such as those found in numerology. At the very least it could […]

Commercial Property for Sale & Lease in Brisbane City

January 27, 2017

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Commercial Property for Sale & Lease in Brisbane City The Brisbane CBD commercial property market had two major projects reach completion during 2016. These commercial property projects, 180 Ann St and 480 Queen St, impacted on Brisbane’s commercial leasing market. The completion of these two projects saw a large increase in the supply of commercial […]

What is a "median house price" and why is it useful?

January 23, 2017

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Professionals in the real estate industry often use industry terms like Median House Price and Clearance rate. However, for those of us not in the property business these terms can be a bit confusing. So, we think it’s important to explain the lingo. So we’ve dedicated this blog to clearing up one real estate term in […]

Insights into the Brisbane Commercial Market

December 12, 2016

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Below is a brief summary of observations on what’s been happening around town in the Brisbane commercial and industrial sales and leasing market. SOUTH CITY FRINGE (West End, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, East Brisbane, Coorparoo, Buranda, Stones Corner and Kangaroo Point): These suburbs continue to be popular with developers and the conversion of industrial property to […]

Recent Trends in the Brisbane Property Market

December 7, 2016

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Although activity in the Brisbane property market has quietened slightly, it remains in good shape overall. Brisbane real estate is still performing well due to the continuation of low interest rates and relative affordability when compared to other capital cities. While the Brisbane housing market is still extremely strong, the Brisbane unit market is starting […]

Stamp duty. Transfer duty. What are they and are they the same?

November 21, 2016

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Well, you’re in luck. Stamp duty and transfer duty are the same thing. We used to call it stamp duty but recently we’ve started calling it transfer duty. Easy! So, what do you need to know about stamp/transfer duty? Generally, stamp duty (or transfer duty) is a levy or tax applied whenever you sell, buy or […]

What will Brisbane property prices be in 5 years?

November 1, 2016

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Most property investors would be willing to give an arm and a leg in order to get a glimpse of what is to come. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that option. Instead we’ve got to use available information to help us determine what Brisbane property prices will be in the future.     So the big […]

How to keep your mortgage under control

October 24, 2016

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Deciding to take on a mortgage is one of the biggest financial commitments many of us make. So it’s important that we keep an eye on our mortgages to ensure they don’t become a burden. Here is a list of our top tips to help keep a mortgage under control.   1. Do a Home […]

Just how low can interest rates go?

September 26, 2016

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The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut rates for the first time in almost three years in 2011 and since then we’ve been watching interest rates fall. Interest rates in Australia are now at record lows. After the RBA’s recent decision to keep the cash rate at 1.5% will we see interest rates drop even […]

How to Ace Your Rental Application

September 6, 2016

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It can be daunting trying to find the right rental property, not to mention exciting, and maybe even a little stressful and disappointing at times. If spending your Saturday mornings trying to view as many possibly suitable properties for rent in Brisbane doesn’t sound like lots of fun, then you’ll definitely want to get your […]