Top Stories in Australian Home Ownership January 9, 2019

Today’s trending stories in Australian home ownership and Home Loans.

  • Glen Waverley house prices soar as buyers look for top state schools and new dining options spring up
    The battle of street smarts versus book smarts takes on new meaning in Glen Waverley, where coveted private and public school options drive the property market.
    Education is the number one reason people want to live here, says Barry Plant director and auctioneer Sam Rossello. People take it very seriously.
    According to agents, many buyers here are willing to stretch themselves to secure a house, knowing they can skimp …
  • What types of properties should investors be targeting in 2019?
    Its a jungle out there for those buying investment property in 2019 and, as a result, it can be a true test of the survival of the fittest.
    Buying for capital gain or a good rental return was a cinch for the past three boom years, but now investors have to proceed with a great deal more caution.
    Its a new world now, says buyers agent Chris Curtis, managing director of Curtis Associates. No one should buy residential investment unless it …
  • “If it sounds too cheap, it is too cheap”: How backpacker locksmiths are scamming Aussies
    Unqualified locksmiths are fleecing home owners and renters out of big money by posing as legitimate businesses and offering services they are not properly trained for.
    Advertising a callout fee of just $45 online, in what has been dubbed a scam by the industry, some locksmiths are enticing clients who are desperate to get back into their homes when locked out.
    But the final bill can be as much as $400-$500 when those posing as locks…
  • Fewer house listings recorded in December
    The number of homes up for grabs declined by 9.2%
  • CBA-owned Bankwest cuts mortgage rates
    This applies to both variable and fixed-rate owner-occupier home loans