Simon Cohen comments on the Federal budget

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2017/18 budget claims to tackle housing affordability. Simon Cohen, co-founder of buyer’s agency Cohen Handler said more could have been done to address housing supply, which he said was the root of the housing affordability crisis in Sydney. “The measures in last night’s Budget have the potential to help to a certain

What You Need to Know about Changes to Property Management Laws in NSW

A recent overhaul to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 means a whole raft of changes affecting NSW landlords and their tenants.   Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for many NSW residents resulting in more long-term renters. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures report that between 1994−5 and 2013−14 the number of Australians renting increased from 25.7%

Do I Need a Buyer’s Agent?

In an increasingly competitive market, having a buyer’s agent on your side could be the secret weapon to property buying success. With seemingly never-ending price rises and a shrinking property pool, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ‘buy well’ in the contemporary Australian market. For many it is becoming more a matter of ‘buying anything’

What is the Melbourne Apartment Market Myth?

Melbourne property buyers need to be aware of some of the ‘myths’ surrounding apartment size, location and tax depreciation in order to decide what is best for them. ‘Housing affordability crisis’ is a term we have heard a lot of recently and it is high density accommodation that is being widely touted as the best

Aussie Property Buyer’s Agency Hits $2 Billion Purchasing Milestone

Cohen Handler, one of Australia’s biggest buyers’ agencies acknowledges the way Australians buy property is changing dramatically. Recently reaching a new milestone, purchasing a total of $2 billion worth of properties since launching the company in 2009. Starting with $5,000, Cohen Handler has grown from two people in a bedroom to 50+ staff members across

Good News for Sydney Home Buyers – The Frenzy is Finally Over

In a recent article in the Sunday Telegraph, Simon Cohen – Managing Director of Cohen Handler shared his views on the changing tides of the property market, where ‘fear of missing out’ is no longer the driving force behind Sydney’s competitive house prices. The intense nature of the bidding wars in the Sydney property market have calmed

Property Investors look to Brisbane

Property investors are now looking to areas in Brisbane to yield higher growth as property prices in Sydney becomes too expensive. In a recent article with AAP, CEO of Cohen Handler, Ben Handler attributes this shift to the increasing difficulty for property investors to secure a loan, with investors now requiring a bigger deposit. The

What investment apartment should you buy in Sydney?

On February 14th, Simon Cohen shared his opinions with Domain.com.au about the key criteria property investors should look for before buying in the dynamic market of Sydney. These factors are outlined using the voice of leaders in the property industry. “If you’re after depreciation, you’ll go for new property. If you’re after holding something long term, then I’d tend

Update on New Strata Laws

Last month the New South Wales government announced more than 90 proposed changes to strata laws affecting residents in regards to a range of ways including pets, parking and renovations. There is a new proposal in place to change the standard and potentially create a default where reasonable pet ownership is allowed. Parking might be

Secrets of a buyers agent

A great deal of research, time and effort is poured into finding the right property. Cohen Handler CEO and co-founder Ben Handler, in his article for Money Magazine, reveals four industry recommendations to buyers when acquiring a property at the best price.  Ben’s first tip of getting to know how the real estate agent your

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