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Sydney Property is Selling, but Mostly at the Lower End of the Market

Sales results are slowly starting to trickle in for the year and it seems that the lower end of the market is leading the way. Very few Luxury Homes have sold in the last 7-14 days, although first homebuyers are continuing to take advantage of the $14,000 government grant and the stamp duty concessions.

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First Home Owner’s Grant (Australia)

AUSTRALIA: If you are planning on buying your first home, then you may be eligible for the First Home Owner Grant (“FHOG”).  It is a national scheme funded by the States and Territories and administered under their own legislation.

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Five Common First-Home Buyer Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

You decide you’ve found the property that you want to become your first home we’ve collated some common mistakes that first-time home buyers often so that, hopefully you can avoid them and make the process and positive as possible.

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Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”: Australian-Interest Rates And The Banks

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut interest rates by a full 1% (100 basis points) to 3.25%. The question that needs to be asked is why this wasn’t done an entire month ago in January?

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Sydney Real Estate Prices Tumble

Property prices in Sydney are falling fast, with the Luxury Harbour Suburbs taking the biggest tumble. Housing prices in the Eastern Suburbs fell 14% last quarter, with the Lower North Shore decreasing by an equally huge 13% for the same period.  With Sydney’s median house price now officially at $536,000, $32,500 less than the $568,500 reached in early 2004, it is now time for vendors to get real or suffer the consequences.

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Australian Housing Finance Improves

Housing finance commitments in Australian jumped 1.3% in November 2008, slightly higher than market expectations and thus offering a glimmer of hope for the property industry. Furthermore, the actual value of owner-occupied house finance also increased by 1.4% to $12.46 billion AUD, clearly showing that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s dramatic interest rate cuts have […]

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