2010

Monday 18 October 2010 Property Expert Rips into Governments

Sam Elbanna, the principal of CPM Realty and a 20-year industry veteran, is forecasting thousands of apartments and homes purchased through the largess of the First Home Buyers Scheme (FHBS) will come back on the market over the next year.Mr Elbanna blames the State and Federal Governments for cr...

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Monday 13 September 2010 Getting Psyched Up To Buy

Owning your own home is most people’s idea of security and stability. It means they can put an end to having to move house on the whim of a landlord who has other plans once the lease is up. Financially it’s one of the proven ways to beat inflation, provided the property purchased is ...

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Monday 23 August 2010 Cars and the City

A property expert has suggested a radical plan to encourage more residents into the Sydney CBD . . . and it’s sure to raise the ire of Lord Mayor Clover Moore.Rather than restricting the number of car spaces in new high-rise residential buildings, as is the policy of the Sydney City Co...

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Friday 09 July 2010 Solutions to NSW's housing costs

Sam Elbanna, the principal of CPM Realty and a 20-year industry veteran, says the problems NSW face have been caused by: The State Government’s impost on developers – astronomical charges and taxes, including stamp duty Council’s Section 94 levies (to fund community inf...

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Monday 28 June 2010 The If's & But's Of Mortgage Re-Financing

Where their parents and grandparents were used to the ‘loan for life’ concept, today’s home owners are looking at loan terms have that have reduced even since the 1990’s from an average of seven years to an average of three to five years.Switching loans is usually done bec...

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Tuesday 20 April 2010 Why Give The Agent Your Contact Details?

These days it is almost impossible to conduct an inspection of a property for sale without giving your details to the agent. Many purchasers are reluctant to hand over their phone number or email address, feeling that their privacy is about to be invaded.But is this in fact the case?Purchasers wh...

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Wednesday 10 February 2010 How To Buy Well

“In order to be successful one must buy straw hats in winter and umbrellas in summer.” – A wealthy Japanese investor.Over the last 3 years, I have seen the number of investors in the market reduced to a mere trickle, whilst owner-occupiers make up the majority of the market. Thi...

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