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

Victorian Terraces Continue to Charm

Cohen Handler’s Melbourne specialist Scott Hall is a big fan of the Victorian Terrace house. Here he outlines the key benefits of this type of housing as well as some of the issues to be aware of before buying. Given the current popularity of the terrace house, it’s hard to believe that this type of

Paddington never goes out of fashion

Cohen Handler’s Buyer’s Agent Michelle Chanique looks at why Sydney’s Paddington remains one of the most sought after suburbs in Sydney and shares some of her favourite places. I have always loved Paddington in Sydney’s inner city with its fashion, art and food. What’s not to love about this elegant and creative suburb? Whether you

How Do Iconic ‘Gingerbread’ Houses Maintain Appeal in the East?

Buying a property is not always about making money or up-sizing to accommodate a growing family. Sometimes it’s about the pure passion of owning an ornate and classic piece of architecture – something that is ours to make more beautiful. This is the case for many living in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with its leafy streets

Its Not Always The Highest Bidder That Secures The Property

Cohen Handler buyer’s agent Clive Delmenico, explains how it is not necessarily the highest offer that wins you the property. You may have seen recent media reports on the fact that a lot of buyers were taking the opportunity to buy property prior to the July 1 introduction of the First Home Super Saver Scheme (FHSSS)

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

Stamp Duty Exemptions For First Home Buyers

With stamp duty exemptions kicking in on July 1, now is a great time for first home buyers to do their research and identify suitable suburbs and property types. The good news is that you can still get a foot in the door of Sydney’s popular eastern suburbs and inner city if you are willing to make

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