The Rise of the Granny Flat

Granny flats are increasing in popularity due to their worth as a high yielding cash cow and as a smart way to enter the investment market. Thanks to government policy reviews, we have seen a building frenzy of granny flats across the nation due to increased demand and changing demographics. Driven mainly by soaring property

Buying bulk – Apartment blocks in Sydney’s East

Investors are scrambling to buy entire apartment blocks to renovate in Sydney’s eastern suburbs making them a great long-term investment but difficult to find. Back in 2015 we saw the emerging trend of buying an entire block of apartments and the renovation of each of its units to either rent them out or sell them

Strata versus Airbnb

With Airbnb’s growing fan base, it is time for strata groups to analyse their options, and the scope of their jurisdiction, to ensure that strata living remains peaceful for everyone.  We explore the regulatory instruments being used to address issues such as property damage and noise from short-term stayers. Since its Australian launch in November

Gazumping 101 – Understanding the Art of Offer and Acceptance

You’ve just made what you think is a great offer on your dream house but then it is sold to someone else at a higher price. You’ve just been gazumped. Find out how you can stop this from happening next time you buy property. ‘Gazumping’– it may sound like something fun from a Dr Seuss

Connor McGregor’s Influence on the Eastern Suburbs Property Market

Cohen Handler Buyer’s Agent and our resident fight expert Riki Tawhara considers what impact the historic fight between Floyd MayWeather and Connor McGregor will have for property buyers this weekend. This week the biggest fight in history is about to take place in Las Vegas between 40-year-old undefeated welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and Irishman

Can You Claim a Buyer’s Agent’s Fee as a Tax Deduction?

We open up the discussion as to what can and can’t be deducted as a tax expense when it comes to buyer’s agents’ fees and investment properties. At Cohen Handler we are often asked about whether buyer’s agents’ fees can be considered a tax deduction and for the most part the answer is fairly straightforward.

What’s our mid-year forecast for the Melbourne property market?

We look at the current Melbourne market and give our insights into this fastest growing city’s latest property trends.   Population Growth Melbourne’s population is booming. Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that Melbourne had the largest and fastest growth of all the capital cities with its population climbing 107,800 to 4.64

Is Brisbane still the place to be for first home buyers and investors frustrated with Sydney and Melbourne’s tight market?

Property buyers and investors from Sydney and Melbourne are continuing to head up to Brisbane – Where the number of ‘affordable’ suburbs greatly outweighs their local options… It’s not just the weather that has people talking about Brisbane as an attractive option for relocation. Property buyers, particularly first home buyers and investors from both New South

Proposed Polycentric Sydney Offers Opportunities For Savvy Investors

  With Sydney’s population forecast to grow by 2.1 million over the next 20 years, dramatic planning changes are underway promising great opportunities for long-term property investors, especially in the West. Released earlier this year, the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey confirmed what we all know – Sydney property is ‘severely unaffordable’ for middle-income

Is June a great month to buy property?

While buyers and sellers remain obsessed with the ‘spring selling season’, buyer’s agents know that June is actually one of the best months to buy property. A couple of years ago, economics and ­finance gurus from Swinburne, Griffith and Monash Universities analysed 20 years of sales data, and identified the best months to buy property.

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