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First Home Buyer Insights

Whether you are a First Home Buyer or you are helping your children or a friend enter the property market, these insights will help you along your journey to home ownership.


 
2 Jul 2021

A beginner’s guide to reading a floor plan

When you’re in the market for a new apartment, floor plans are one of the most useful indicators of whether or not you’ve found your dream home.
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30 Jun 2021

Buying an apartment? Here's what you need to know.

There’s a lot to love about apartment living. In Australia, more and more people are choosing to live in apartments over houses.
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15 Jun 2021

A helping hand for first home buyers

As demand and prices have surged across residential markets, for most first-time buyers the headlines must look daunting. All sorts of homes from top-end mansions to renovation wrecks, have been attracting sky-high prices as auction crowds surge in numbers before our very eyes.
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1 Dec 2020

First Home Buyers Guide

The Colliers International First Home Buyers Guide aims to explain the home buying process, so that you can enter the market with confidences, especially in the current climate. In addition we have also outlined recent changes to the property market and first home buyer incentives.
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26 Nov 2020

Residential Insights: Stamp Duty Reform - Can Go Further

With NSW taking the lead in what has been described as ‘the biggest Tax Reform since Federation’ residential Stamp Duty is in for a shake-up in favour of a proposed annual Land Tax.
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29 Oct 2020

Pointers for Today's Coronavirus Property Market

As we adjust to the impacts of Covid-19 we’ve seen a number of wide ranging trends in the "coronavirus property market." While activity has bounced around, people are still buying and selling homes, new homes are being built and new apartment projects are at varied stages of development. However, there are a few notable trends.
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20 Aug 2020

Storage Solutions When Downsizing from a House to an Apartment

With the kids grown up and out of the family home, many couples are now looking to downsize to cosy apartments with less space, requiring smart thinking when it comes to storage.
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20 Aug 2020

The Settlement Process

People are always on the move, and as the city absorbs new apartments and owners and tenants move into new buildings, I wanted to visit what can be expected when it comes to the final stage of a purchase.
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20 Aug 2020

Top Tips For Buying Off-The-Plan Property

Buying off-the-plan property (OTP) can be an easy process. It’s a great way to buy into some of the most in demand areas and even for the first time buyer, buying OTP has lots of advantages.
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30 Jul 2020

Buying vs Renting A Home Examined

Should you buy or rent? It’s a question that often occupies the waking hours and the sometimes-sleepless nights, of many people looking for a home.
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30 Jul 2020

First Home Buyer Stamp Duty Exemptions for Up to $800,000

The NSW State Government has announced that First Home Buyer Stamp Duty exemptions will be available for new homes up to $800,000.
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30 Jul 2020

How to Read and Use an Apartment Floor Plan

If you’re in the market looking for a new apartment, floor plans are easily the most basic and important tool you’ll need. For an off-the-plan purchase reading and understanding the floor plan is essential. For established apartments, they are also valuable as access may be limited.
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17 Jun 2020

Should I Buy An Apartment Now? That's a Big Question...and Here Are Some Answers

"Should I buy an apartment now?" In the course of my career, this is a question I’ve been asked so many times I’ve lost count. However, as you might expect it’s also a question I’m asked even more frequently when markets look unsettled.
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11 Jun 2020

Canberra's Apartment Market - Reviewing Park Avenue To Understand the Evolving 'Civic'

Like most other modern-day urban markets across Australia and the globe, Canberra residents and investors share a strong attraction to the appeal of CBD living. This post looks at one development, Park Avenue, helping to wrap-up my review of three different Canberra apartment markets.
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9 Jun 2020

Melbourne's Apartment Marketing - Super-Towers & Paris Chic

Like its sister-market Sydney’s CBD, the Melbourne City apartment market while perhaps looking somewhat different in terms of building style, offers remarkable opportunity and different pockets of growth and variety
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13 May 2020

Exploring North Sydney, Sydney's Most Progressive Real Estate Market

The North Sydney real estate market is proving to be one of Sydney’s most progressive, with rapid changes occurring in the last 5 years to the precinct’s skyline.
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19 Mar 2020

Sydney's Apartment Market - Where to Now

By any measure it’s an unusual and easily a historic week and circumstance we find ourselves in as we all confront the Coronavirus. This may well be a ‘black-swan’ event for the world and for our economy and that will include many questions concerning the housing and wider property market.
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11 Mar 2020

Sydney's Apartment Market - One size no-longer fits all cont.

Having earlier given a brief overview of the apartment markets in the Sydney CBD, Northern Beaches and Eastern suburbs, this week I’m turning my attention to the interesting diversity of the North Shore, the Inner-West, Parramatta and Penrith.
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27 Feb 2020

Newcastle Housing Market Highlights

Recently in one of our major newspapers there was a headline that read: ‘House prices up $300,000 in areas leading Sydney rebound’. Just 12-months earlier another headline read: ‘Melbourne and Sydney house prices plunge further in January’.
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25 Feb 2020

Sydney's Apartment Market - One Size No Longer Fits All

Apartments have been a part of Sydney’s housing fabric for at least 120 years and as might be expected architectural styles, locations and values have been constantly changing and evolving.
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18 Feb 2020

Three Key Real Estate Regulations for 2020

The 2020 new year starts with three key real estate regulations impacting real estate agents, off-the-plan sales and tenancy regulations.
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15 Jan 2020

Rent-vesting could be key to the market for first home buyers

First home buyers in Sydney can look to ‘rent-vesting’ as a way to enter the market, while buying conditions are better than ever.
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19 Dec 2019

Lagging Infrastructure Investment, Immigration and Population Growth Impact On Supply

There’s a lack of innovation, vision and infrastructure investment, that has for many years lagged behind both immigration levels and natural population growth. This disconnection will remain a major issue into 2020 and for decades to come impacting almost every level of development and supply and the demand for housing.
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18 Dec 2019

Residential Property Market 2019 Towards 2020

It’s an under-statement, but none the less true that the residential property market is dynamic and driven by so many variables, that’s what makes it such a gripping topic.
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11 Dec 2019

Rent-vesting could be key to the market for first home buyers

First home buyers in Sydney can look to ‘rent-vesting’ as a way to enter the market, while buying conditions are better than ever.
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31 Oct 2019

What we know so far about the new First Home Buyer Deposit Scheme

The Federal Government’s new First Home Buyer Scheme will permit a select number of Australian First Home Buyers the opportunity to secure a mortgage with only a 5% deposit. The scheme, which formed part of the Government’s election promise will be capped at 10,000 applicants across Australia every financial year, but as the initiative begins on January 1, there will be the double opportunity during 2020.
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17 Oct 2019

Three Residential Real Estate Trends to Watch

Over the past two weeks I’ve concentrated on a range of external trends; social, economic and political events that have had an impact on the housing market since the second World War. This week I’m turning to three much more current residential real estate trends that each have an immediate impact on markets, and which heavily influence demand and prices.
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1 Oct 2019

Incentives in the Property Market

While the goal of homeownership remains almost universal, the role of incentives for home buyers, be they government funded or via incentives from developers, being promoted to the market are usually linked to prevailing economic conditions.
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10 Sep 2019

Apartments Are A Well-Regulated Purchase

No matter the asking price, buying an apartment is a big investment both financially and emotionally.
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24 Aug 2019

Buying An Apartment - 10 Questions

Apartment living offers some great advantages, it’s a housing trend that’s here to stay, and while yes, it’s not for everyone more Australians are increasingly drawn to apartment living by choice.
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14 Aug 2019

Decoding APRA Home Lending Changes

‘APRA’ may well have been a name that was not very familiar to a majority of Australian homebuyers, that is until recently. Today however, APRA along with interest rates, house prices and housing affordability is a term, an organisation very much in the headlines, and the news behind those headlines is not (at least until recently) always welcome.
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12 Aug 2019

We've Come A Long Way and There's Much More To Come

Last week I looked back almost 20-years to the release of Paddington Green located in Sydney’s historic Paddington. At the time, this project to my thinking, demonstrated many of the best and emerging trends associated with quality mixed-use and medium density developments.
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23 Jul 2019

We've Come a Long Way - The Paddington Green Urban Development Success Story

In the introduction to their book ‘City Limits’ authors Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan comment: ‘Australia is a nation of city dwellers. Many of the joys of Australian life-its energy, optimism, culture diversity, good food, green spaces and passion for sport and the outdoors-are found in cities. Many of its problems are as wel
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1 Jul 2019

Interior Design Trends - with Coco Republic

What things such as patterns, accent colours, and style of furniture will age your place immediately?
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5 Jun 2019

Any Time Is A Good Time To Buy

Residential property is a long-term view, and at Colliers International we believe if you buy today and do all your planning appropriately then any time is a good time to buy.
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14 May 2019

Future-Proofing Your Apartment

The apartment market is now characterised by quality and a level of design sophistication that is a world away from what might have past as ‘liveable accommodation’ 50-years ago.
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14 Mar 2019

What First Home Buyers are really asking

Colliers International set about discovering further insights from First Home Buyers, asking them what their real questions are about buying their first property, and accessing current government initiatives.
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