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

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

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

Understanding and Calculating Property Yield

Understanding ‘rental yield’ is important for any investor wanting to assess the potential income and cash flow of an investment property.   If you are considering buying an investment property, one of your main priorities will be working out what the potential cash flow the property will give you, i.e. its ‘rental yield’.   In

Stamp Duty Boost for first home buyers in Melbourne

Will the impending changes to the first home owners grant and stamp duty help level the playing field for first home buyers? July , 2017, is the magic date for first home buyers in Melbourne and Sydney who are looking to take advantage of a raft of new incentives and stamp duty relief designed to

Cohen Handler launches first LA office

Cohen Handler CEO Ben Handler and Managing Director Simon Cohen are opening their first US branch in Los Angeles. Cohen Handler LA will be lead by Australian expat Rowan Isaacs. Ben Handler and Simon Cohen first met in LA, bringing the business back to the place of origin. Read the full article here.  

10 Tips for Building a Property Portfolio

  Traditionally, Australians have preferred to invest in property as a ‘safe-as-houses’ approach – something they can see and touch that provides higher returns than many other asset classes and is also a good hedge against inflation.   In respect to the rest of the world, Australia has a diverse and advanced economy with latest

What’s The Best Suburb For Buying A Home In Sydney

Sydney’s auction clearance rate has reached above 80 per cent on Saturday, as hopeful home buyers bid thousands of dollars above reserve to win their slice of Australia’s priciest city. However, whilst vendors in the far-flung reaches of Sydney are rushing to market, an analysis of listings data found it has become extremely tough in

Switch off the autopilot with these top 10 mortgage hacks

Senior Mortgage and Finance Consultant at Cocalex Consulting, John Maxwell gives property buyers his top 10 ways of paying off a mortgage sooner. While most of us would like to pay off our mortgage before the end of the loan term, a surprising few proactively engage in trying to make this happen. We tend to

What’s On The Agenda For Sydney’s Property Market In 2017?

With another year come and gone and the property market making headlines for the past several years for smashing records, 2017 is here already. And industry experts have wasted no time forecasting what’s likely to be on the agenda this year, coming up with five predictions that you should know about for 2017. Buyer’s agency

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