Are you looking to buy a house? Perhaps you are looking to buy a unit or townhouse? Whatever property you are buying, if this is your first time doing so; make sure you are equipped with the knowledge and skill set to make the right decisions. After all, buying a house or any other property isn't something you can undo so easily.

Buying a property involves much more than an everyday transaction. Not only does it entail significant financial decisions, but also important legal aspects.

The REIQ strongly recommends the use of a qualified conveyancer before undertaking the purchase of any property.

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Housing affordability continues to fall

Housing affordability in Australia continued its descent in the June quarter this year, according to the Housing Industry Association’s (HIA) latest affordability index.  

The report stated the continued decline was largely due to a rise in the median dwelling price of 9.1% to a record high of $540,200. 

The HIA Affordability Index uses a range of data including wages, house prices and borrowing costs to provide an indication of the affordability of housing. A higher index result signifies a more favourable affordability outcome. 

“The growth in house pri...

BRISBANE Roar player Corey Brown may be handy with a football, but it turns out he’s also pretty handy with a hammer too.

Brown, who wears number 5 for the club he has been with since 2001, and his brother Jackson have had an interest in property for a couple of years and are now on the look out for another property renovation project they can do together.

Brown said a good friend of theirs Damien Cavallucci had really helped them out and taught them a lot about the market.

The brothers own a unit in Teneriffe and have an investment property on the central coast of New South Wales.

“Our interest in r...

How to Claim Your 2016 Energy Tax Credits for Greening Your Home 

You’ve no doubt heard that solar panels, insulation, and other energy-efficient upgrades can help curb your electric bills—but did you know these renovations can help save you money at tax time, too? That’s right, Uncle Sam likes to reward eco-conscious Americans by showering them with 2016 energy tax credits. So what are they, and how do they work?

Allow us to break it down. For starters, the green upgrades below all qualify as tax credits. Unlike tax deductions, which pare down your taxable income, tax...

Among the areas of interest were established homes in the middle ring, homes 9-13km from the CBD. Picture: Brisbanemarketing.com.au/

PROFESSIONAL buyers’ agents have named the areas that they have their eyes on for growth in 2017, and how you can pick where to sink your money into property.

Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia president Rich Harvey urged buyers to seek out suburbs showing signs of being ready for strong future growth to “avoid the ups and downs of the property cycle”.

“It could have planned government infrastructure developments, gentrification potential, or if it is a...

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