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    New house on small block or renovated old house on larger block?

    Hi all, I'm about to spend $500k on an IP, around 15km from Brisbane CBD. I have choices within this budget of a newer house (15 years old) on a 450sqm block or a renovated older house (pre 1985) on a 650sqm block. Current regs in Brisbane are than you can subdivide on an 800sqm block and...
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    Does Brisbane still stack up?

    Hi all, there are so many threads here from investors looking to buy in Brisbane, and I am one of them but I have concerns that the Brisbane economy is following Perth's recent path..noting Queensland/Brisbane has a similar (but smaller) reliance on mining for its economic stability. I...
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    Views on over capitalising

    Hi all, just deciding on my first IP. I know I want a 4 bed house, 10-15k from CBD location, sub 30 years old and not in need of renovation and therefore capable of being tenanted quickly. Budget is $600k and currently focussing on Brisbane. I want a decent land component but unsure as to...
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    H&L investment experiences

    Hi all, The new versus established debate is a common subject here, given it is often particularly attractive to new investors (who do not wish to buy old and renovate). Many experienced investors are often critical of buying H&L given the risks of paying a premium (due to the developer...
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    Assessing suburb supply and demand

    Hi all, any tips on assessing supply and demand in a given suburb? I recognise over supply dangers in certain outer suburbs, eg Craigieburn in Melbourne and Butler/Alkimos in Perth but are there any simple measures in inner and Middle ring suburbs where housing development is limited? Can...
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    Melbourne or Brisbane for 1st IP: CG Strategy

    Hi all. Where do members consider Melbourne and Brisbane to be in the current cycle? Is it fair to say that Melbourne prices are still generally rising but are close to peak and that Brisbane is rising but is nowhere near peaking? Looking for 1st IP. CG strategy. Keen on 5-10 year old...
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    What research tool subscriptions do members have?

    Just wondering if members here subscribe to any service in particular e.g. RP Data for property sales history/valuation estimate or NMD Data for mortgagee in possession properties? Any tools which assist with searching for target properties in any market (without needing to employ a BA...
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    New or established?

    Hi all. This is my first post! I am looking to buy my first IP and looking for some guidance. I am keen on H&L to minimise my holding costs given the depreciation benefits (I pay 47% tax) and typically low maintenance costs but concerned that most areas where H&L packages are available have...
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