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How to raise successful children

  This month, Joseph Chou – Ironfish CEO and proud father of two – shares some interesting insights into how he helps nurture confidence, tenacity,  financial literacy and a possibility / success driven mindset in his kids. In an American survey, two thousand millionaires were asked to rank the major factors that led to their success. Contrary to […]

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Brisbane’s Newstead ranked the new capital of ‘cool’

Move over Sydney and Melbourne – the trendy Brisbane inner city suburb of Newstead has been ranked as one of the three coolest suburbs to visit in Australia by the popular travel guide company, Lonely Planet. The once-grim industrial suburb has received high praise from the travel bible. It features alongside Adelaide’s West End and […]

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Did you buy investment property after 9 May 2017? New laws affect you.

In what has been described as one of the most dramatic changes to property depreciation legislation in over 15 years, Parliament has passed a new ‘Housing Tax Integrity’ Bill, which has now been legislated. Under the new laws, investors of second-hand properties will be disadvantaged compared to investors of new properties, with new restrictions on […]

We picked another winner: top industry award goes to The Melbourne Residences

A big congrats to Brisbane-based developer, Aria Property Group, who took out the top industry award in Queensland for its stunning development, The Melbourne Residences. Located on Melbourne St, South Brisbane, and bringing together a mix of ground floor retail and luxury apartments, the development won multiple awards, including the coveted President’s Award, at the […]

I found the roadmap for building a property portfolio

Francene Keane HR Manager / Ironfish Customer “Getting a pay rise is great but it may not change your life and lead to long-term wealth. Investing smartly means I can grow my assets, create opportunities, and work because I love it.”   CASE IN PROFILE HR Practitioner 2 investment properties purchased through Ironfish SMSF with […]

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“I make my own luck in life by investing in property”

  Xiaolei Song Corporate executive / Ironfish customer “I feel so fortunate to have met Irene and the Ironfish team. If only we’d met sooner, I could have achieved so much more.”   CASE IN PROFILE Experienced investor who was feeling ‘stuck’ Purchased 3 investment properties through Ironfish Diversified across housing type Wants to have […]

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Smaller blocks, larger price tags: why Aussies are opting out of the big backyard

When you picture the traditional Aussie home, it’s hard to go past the image of a quarter-acre block, complete with Hills Hoist, barbecue and 2.5 kids running around a big backyard. However, this image is already a distant memory for many Australians, as we see a growing demand for smaller block sizes which offer a […]

What will Sydney look like in 40 years?

In 2056, Sydney will be divided into three-interconnected cities, housing 8 million locals, most of whom will be within a 30-minute commute to jobs and services – according to a new city plan unveiled by the Greater Sydney Commission.   The ‘Draft Greater Sydney Region Plan 2017’, announced by Lucy Turnbull, head of the Commission, is […]

“I want to give my kids the best opportunities”

  Here at Ironfish, we are proud to practice what we preach. Many of our staff are property investors themselves, and have kindly agreed to share their individual stories and their own personal property investment tips.  Julie Liu Client Care Co-ordinator, Ironfish “Planning for the future took priority for me once I became a parent; […]

Being around investors is the best way to become a successful investor

  Here at Ironfish, we are proud to practice what we preach. Many of our staff are property investors themselves, and have kindly agreed to share their individual stories and their own personal property investment tips.    Josh Ure National Housing Manager, Ironfish “What I noticed very quickly is that the wealth of my colleagues […]

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The power of keeping faith in business, life and property

  This month, our CEO, Joseph Chou, shares his insights into why you need to keep the faith when it comes to your investments – not just in terms of property, but also in business and life as a whole.   Stop believing, start having faith A common question I put to my colleagues and […]

How to simplify the process of buying investment property

Rob & Susie Cornish Surveyor & Company Secretary / Ironfish Customers “After two years of researching the property market we realised we were getting nowhere fast. After meeting Ilinna and exploring our options, the guidance of the Ironfish team made our investment decisions a no-brainer.” CASE IN PROFILE Couple: business owner and corporate governance professional […]

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Australians moving up in the world

One in 10 Australians are now living in an apartment, recent Census findings show, and that apartment is much more likely to be a high-rise apartment than ever before. “More Australians are living in apartments than ever before – a trend that is driven by many factors including affordability, proximity to transport and employment, the […]

Thinking beyond Sydney – why rent-vesting works for me

  Here at Ironfish, we are proud to practice what we preach. Many of our staff are property investors themselves, and have kindly agreed to share their individual stories and their own personal property investment tips.    William Mitchell National Apartments Manager, Ironfish “I have a long-term property investment plan, but it doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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23-year old property investor: “if I can do it, anyone can do it!”

  Here at Ironfish, we are proud to practice what we preach. Many of our staff are property investors themselves, and have kindly agreed to share their individual stories and their own personal property investment tips.    Joshua Vuong Executive Assistant, Ironfish “So many people my age are fearful about the property market and feel […]

77 countries and counting…property investment lets me travel the world

  Here at Ironfish, we are proud to practice what we preach. Many of our staff are property investors themselves, and have kindly agreed to share their individual stories and their own personal property investment tips.    Lu Nan Head of Marketing, Ironfish “People often think that you can either be present in the moment […]

Docklands transformation: today’s residents wouldn’t live anywhere else

It takes a bit of guts and a whole lot of vision to get in at ground level in the development of a new area or suburb. And Docklands, located on the doorstep of the Melbourne CBD, has been no exception. Since the early 1990s, Melbournites have had a ‘love it or hate it’ relationship […]

Sydney property: should I buy now or should I wait?

While average home values across Australia continued to rise in September, in the country’s largest city, prices fell by 0.13%. This is the first time Sydney has seen negative growth since late 2015. According to the latest data from CoreLogic, this result brings Sydney’s annual year on year growth figure down to 10.54%, compared to […]

Unlock the best kept property market secrets

If you’re a budding investor looking to make a start or an advanced investor seeking to further enhance your portfolio and investment strategies, attending a property buyer expo is a useful point of call. Property buyer expos aim to bring together a host of property investment professionals, across all related industries (such as finance, insurance, […]

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Infrastructure boom driving Australian economic growth

The new engine driving Australia’s economic development is large scale public infrastructure projects –  providing record numbers of construction jobs, and representing the largest infrastructure spending in 30 years. According to the latest data from the RBA, the Government is spending nearly $100 billion on infrastructure in the current financial year alone. This figure will […]

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Inside look: the homes of a successful property investor

Ironfish CEO and multi-million-dollar property investor Joseph Chou shares his journey from first-home-buyer to apartment downsizer – and there are plenty of great tips in there for property investors, first-home-buyers and downsizers alike. Buying my first home I purchased my first home back in 1992. We were quite focused about what we were looking for […]

Where to find the last new homes under $400K in a fast-growing city

By 2036, the population of Ipswich – located approximately 30km west of Brisbane – will be nearly the same size as the Gold Coast is today. This represents growth of 144% and makes Ipswich Queensland’s fastest growing city, and one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. According to Urbis Director, Paul Riga, “South East […]

How an apartment building becomes a lifestyle

More Australians are living in apartments than ever before – a trend that is driven by many factors including affordability, proximity to transport and employment, the desire for low-maintenance living and the growing appeal of first-class building amenities such as rooftop pools, private cinemas and gyms. And as new apartment developments spring up to cater […]

Are you proud of your life’s work?

This time last week, 880 of the best HR professionals across Australia were gearing up for the industry’s night of nights: the 2017 Australian HR Awards. Ironfish was proud to be the event partner for this year’s Awards, which recognised and rewarded the achievements of true innovators and leaders within the HR industry. In his […]

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Melbourne facing apartment under-supply by 2018

Melbourne’s population is growing faster than expected, meaning there may not be enough apartments to cater to demand, according to global advisory firm BIS Oxford Economics (BIS). Their findings are based on recent Census figures which show that Victoria had 109,000 more people than the firm had previously expected. “If you translate that into households, […]