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January 27, 2018

Hey Luke, 

I hope you're well. 

Thanks again for your time yesterday. Once you've had the opportunity to read through all the information thoroughly, let's get a time in the diary. We can discuss your feedback and answer any questions. 

As discussed yesterday, below...

January 19, 2018

Hi Luke, 

I hope all is well. 

- This week has been a continuation of your region/suburb due-diligence. We're looking forward to presenting to you next Friday 26th at 10am (UAE time).

- I'm still waiting for Boon to confirm the tax numbers so we can also present the cash...

January 12, 2018

Hey Luke, 

I hope all is well. 

This week's updates: 

- You approved the reverse brief on Monday 8th, thanks for that

- After discussions with Boon yesterday we'll provide a cash flow that shows your position when purchasing the property in your own name Vs. purchasing the...

January 8, 2018

Hey Luke, 

Thanks for the chat and your approval of the reverse brief. We'll use this to move forward with the state/region/suburb research and property search. I'll also connect you with Boon, the expat tax accountant to discuss your tax position. 

Let me know if you ha...

January 3, 2018

Hi Luke, 

Congratulations on your pre-approval with Heritage Bank! As per the email from Alfred, please see the details below. 

You have been approved for $395k. Please note that you can only borrow up to 70% of the property value and will have to contribute 30% pl...

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January 24, 2020

In maybe a year's time, you'll probably read a similar article to this one about how Mair Street is going - hopefully, about it thriving - but right now, the block between Doveton Street and Armstrong Street is in the middle of a transformation.

January 15, 2020

Canberra has yet again trumped Sydney’s house rental price as the most expensive city in the nation, according to the Domain Rental Report for the December quarter 2019 released on Thursday.

January 03, 2020

Another new bar in Mair Street is pointing to a bright future for the Armstrong Street North precinct, as more hospitality venues open and are planned in advance of the massive GovHub project's completion.

October 27, 2019

The town hall bells rang out on Monday evening, heralding the appointment of Cr Ben Taylor as the City of Ballarat mayor.

July 31, 2019

The ANU's multi-million dollar precinct Kambri is just the start of the university's ambitious plans to transform its campus - and with it the city.

July 22, 2019

The boom suburbs tipped to achieve phenomenal capital growth have been revealed as Brisbane prepares for a massive jump in house prices, with buyers in these markets set to earn up to $215,000 in the next three years.

June 13, 2019

Our Senior Economist, Kevin Hoang, was invited to attend the G20 Summit in Japan recently. Here are his thoughts on what he discovered.

May 22, 2019

More reliable and on-time trains to Ballarat could be on their way, with $100 million to be allocated in the Victorian state budget for more planning works.

May 15, 2019

At the first live broadcast council meeting last night, councillors approved the injection of $15 million over three years to regenerate the struggling Bridge Mall retail precinct.

May 05, 2019

Cars may roll down Bridge Street for the first time in many decades under new proposals put forward by the City of Ballarat Council today.

April 08, 2019

Preperation works are underway for the construction for the 77-room Quest Apartment complex at the Ballarat Station precinct.

And it comes as calls are put out for retail businesses who are wanting to be part of the new development.

April 05, 2019

First it was gold, now affordable houses are the treasures worth digging for in Ballarat and Bendigo.

This is the verdict of a new Hotspotting report, which has named the regional cities among Australia’s top “cheapies with prospects” homebuyers and investors should be targeting.

March 25, 2019

An extra 2300 jobs in the health and welfare sector will be created in Ballarat over the next four years according to projections from the Regional Australia Institute.

January 06, 2019

We’re a few days into the new year and what a year 2018 was! The residential property market has dominated mainstream media, with major markets softening, and economically, we’ve had a mixed run.

November 25, 2018

As we fast approach the end of the year, we continue to see slower housing activity and lower dwelling values across Sydney and Melbourne with auction clearance rates tumbling to the lowest level in over six years. You’ll be reading in the mainstream media that it’s a buyers market, but who are these buyers?

Rental vacancies in Ballarat are at a record low. This means almost all rental properties in Ballarat are currently being rented.

In the year ending March 31st, 2018 Victoria had the largest population growth of 2.2%, followed by the ACT at 2.1%. Click to view the state by state breakdown. 

The Ballarat Line Upgrade might be thundering along, but a 59-minute service to Ballarat still hinges on the state government getting their preferred route for airport rail. 

In early August, Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy stated he would commit to securing a 59 minute or better service to Melbourne from Ballarat within 12-18 months after the November 24 election. That's a reduction of 26 minutes on the current journey. 

Terry Ryder has been a specialist research/writer on Australian property for the past 32 years. In this article, he talks about the rise of the Ballarat market. 

A good read on Bannockburn a town outside of Geelong, although the distance from Melbourne and no rail line won't provide the growth and demand that Ballarat does.

What's happening in Australia? Our cricket team are a national disgrace! The banking royal commission has kicked off, a state election was held in South Australia. In this blog, we take a quick look how the real estate market performed in each capital city in February.   

White Night Ballarat is in its second year. Taking place last night (17/03), the festival reimagines the city through music, performances and art. With local and visitors crowding the streets, laneways and public spaces. 

Rental vacancy rates have dropped from 3.5% two years ago to a low of 1.6% in Ballarat. This is a great sign for the area, meaning properties should be tenanted quickly. 

1 out of every 27 homes in the Hobart local area government is being used for Airbnb, causing a crippling longterm rental shortage in the city. 


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