Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who creates wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit Metropole.com.au
Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. It’s something that they’ve dreamed about and had to make sacrifices for to make it a reality. The thing is buying your first home is often imbued with emotion, which is understandable, but it’s not necessarily the best thing when
Selling a property is usually not something that is done lightly. Perhaps you need to sell because your family has grown, and you need more space. Another reason is that you have run your numbers and come to realise that that specific investment property is not growing in value as much as it should, so

6 First Home Buyer Myths Busted

Most young Aussies dream about buying their own home one day. Then there are other some savvy first-timers who are opting to invest in a property first and remain renting where they want to live but can’t afford to buy. Whichever type of property buyer they become, far too many find it more difficult than
Selling a property is usually not something that is done lightly. Perhaps you need to sell because your family has grown, and you need more space. Another reason is that you have run your numbers and come to realise that that specific investment property is not growing in value as much as it should, so
Are agents really overpaid? What do they actually do to earn their commission? I can understand how in boom times when properties almost sold themselves, that vendors wondered why they need an estate agent to sell their home. During those heady days a good estate agent could help their clients achieve a premium price and
It all sounded so simple… “Let’s move house,” you said. So, you tidied up the garden, gave the lounge a coat of paint and listed your property for sale. And you waited… and waited… and if you’re reading this, chances are you’re still waiting for that elusive buyer to come along with a big fat
Buying your first home has always been one of the highlights of many people’s lives. It’s something that they’ve dreamed about and had to make sacrifices for to make it a reality. The thing is buying your first home is often imbued with emotion, which is understandable, but it’s not necessarily the best thing when
Okay, so you’ve decided that you’re tired of living in your rental property or with mum and dad. You now want to become one of the millions of Australians who own their own home. So now what do you do?  Here are 12 basic steps: 1. Check out your financial position First you need to
The number of first home buyers in Australia is growing, partly due to the slower market conditions in Sydney and Melbourne and less competition from investors. In fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner-occupied housing finance commitments rose to 17.6 per
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While a growing proportion of Australians believe the ‘Great Australian Dream’ of property ownership is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve, it is not impossible. 72% of Australians believe if they don’t get ‘money-smart’, they will be left behind financially, so many buyers are using different tactics to get on the property ladder and, eventually, into