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ASIA FOCUS: Why Australian investors should consider Malaysian real estate

In my previous post, I highlighted some real estate opportunities in the growing economies of Asia. In this article, I zoom into one country within ASEAN where strong economic performance since the Asian financial crisis in 1997 has translated into strong growth in its job markets and real estate values and its emergence from the […]

ASIA FOCUS – Real estate opportunities in the growing economies of Asia

As the economies of Europe and the US remain in the doldrums, Asia is providing the impetus for global growth where some of its economies are powering ahead. From a recent trip to Singapore and Malaysia, and notwithstanding reports from financial institutions, analysts  and experts, my own personal observation is that consumer sentiment is confident […]

Property Update – June 2011

Darling harbour, Sydney In my last update in December 2010, we observed a year of robust growth in 2010 although much of the surge in property prices happened in the first half of the year. The successive interest rate rises eventually took hold of the surging market in the second half of 2010 and we […]

35/2 Coulson street, Erskineville

2 bedroom 2 bathroom 1 car space Asking price: $649,000 Size: 95sqm internal, 115sqm total Strata levies: $995 per quarter Erskineville is known for its vibrancy in terms of an alternative lifestyle among Sydney’s hip and Bohemian. This suburb is a mere 4.5km from Sydney CBD and 2km from the University of Sydney. Features: Split […]

14 Kelsey road, Noraville

3 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 car space Price guide: $330,000 – $380,000 Located in the heart of the Magenta peninsula on the north coast of New South Wales, this property is within close proximity to Tuggerah Lake and the Tasman sea to its west and east respectively. The property is immaculately renovated and consists of […]

Sydney inner west – strongest property market or parking nightmare?

Sydney’s inner west was recently dubbed by Dr Andrew Wilson from Australian Property Monitors as the hottest property market around metropolitan Sydney, a distinction based purely on auction clearance rates (see article below). Although auction clearance rates is one of so many indicators of the strength of a property market, it should be remembered that […]

How to choose and install a reverse cycle air-conditioning system for apartments?

Most older style apartments and units in Australia were built without air-conditioning or heating. New apartments coming onto the market these days are generally fitted with reverse cycle air-conditioning which are either ducted (built into the apartment) or split unit system where each room has individually fitted wall-mounted units with an external compressor unit. Some […]

18 Cove Avenue, Manly

4 bedroom 2 bathroom 1 car space Price guide: $ 4 million + Nestled along the water’s edge with a 30m wide frontage, this property has a commanding and unsurpassed view over Manly Cove. It is conveniently located in the prestige area on Manly’s Eastern Hill with easy walking distance to Little Manly Reserve, Manly […]

Where to find competitive home and content insurance

GIO’s fire and home content insurance premiums recently soared by up to 35%. I was told by a broker that GIO, being owned by Suncorp, was trying to recoup losses it suffered from claims payout as a result of the recent floods in Queensland. I did some research and found that Real Insurance had some […]

Guidelines to obtaining approval for Development Application (DA) or Planning Permit (PP)

In New South Wales and Victoria, the application to subdivide, renovate or develop property is called a Development Application (DA) and Planning Permit (PP) respectively.  The chances for obtaining an approval for a DA from the local council can be improved by following a few guidelines which are designed to facilitate transparent communication between the […]



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