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Perth at the centre of global lithium boom

When you think of Australia’s vast mining or resources sector, iron ore, coal or perhaps even uranium typically come to mind. However, in the space of only a couple of decades, Australia – or effectively Western Australia – has quietly become the world’s largest producer of a different mineral, and one which is experiencing a […]

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Is this Melbourne’s hottest new inner-city suburb?

Anyone who remembers the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills 20 years ago, will know how much the suburb has changed. Surry Hills is incredibly well located – bordering the CBD; it’s close to many public transport options including Central Station, all the major universities and easily connected to local parks and beaches. Over the last […]

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$370M investment into Gold Coast Airport

Off the back of a growing tourism industry and an increasing local population, the Gold Coast Airport is undergoing significant upgrades and expansion to the tune of $370 million. The first stage of the expansion was completed last year, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, adding an extra 20,000sqm for aircraft parking space to help […]

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Is Australia’s economic outlook really so dire?

The latest GDP figures show the Australian economy grew by only 0.2% for the December 2018 quarter – a result below expectations set by the RBA. The media has also been widely reporting a ‘per capita recession’ – with Australia recording its second straight quarter where the economy shrank on a ‘per capita’ basis. But […]

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A guide to capital gains tax – what’s changing and how are property investors affected?

Along with negative gearing, Labor’s proposed change to capital gains tax has been a key point of contention ahead of this year’s Federal Election. But if you look past the political spin and media headlines, what’s really likely to change and how might this impact your investments? What is capital gains tax? A capital gain […]

“Adding value” – Ironfish Annual Conference 2019

“How can we consciously and strategically add value to our customers right from their very first contact point with us?” This important question set the tone and theme of this year’s Annual Ironfish Conference. Hosted in a different city each year, the Ironfish Annual Conference is an opportunity to recognise the efforts and achievements of […]

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“We didn’t know where to invest on a limited budget”

Mahsa Razdan Retail Assistant “If we didn’t have our Ironfish strategist to help us, I’m sure we would still be wondering today about how to start investing within our budget. Instead we now own two investment properties.” CASE IN PROFILE Former economist / new migrant Wanted to invest but struggled to find information in a […]

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Investment property research – 2019 property market update

With the Federal election around the corner, the Banking Royal Commission findings now released, housing supply on the decline and Australia’s population growth remaining strong – 2019 promises to be a very interesting year for property! Take a look at the key trends to watch as the year unfolds, along with some of the key […]

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Wealth vs happiness

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou This month, as many of you probably know, we have begun a new lunar year: the ‘Year of the Pig,’ according to the Chinese Zodiac. In China, the pig is a symbol of wealth and abundance. At Chinese New Year, we give out red packets filled […]

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3 reasons to invest in Brisbane’s West End

A fusion of cultures and a lively, eclectic village vibe give the inner-city Brisbane suburb of West End a unique charm. But there’s an x-factor which has seen demand for property in the area increase by up to 30% in the last six months alone. Location West End is only 1km from the Brisbane CBD, […]

With thanks to our customers – from Ironfish

Last Saturday evening, Ironfish North Sydney and Burwood branches hosted a wonderful night on Sydney Harbour, celebrating the beginnings of a New Lunar Year, alongside nearly 400 of our valued customers. In a black-tie event aboard the luxury ‘Starship Sydney’ cruise liner, our customers and Ironfish Sydney staff took the opportunity to enjoy a great […]

Australian Space Agency: “One small step for Adelaide…”

Move over NASA, Australia now has its own Space Agency, and it’s set to open for business in brand-new headquarters in Adelaide, South Australia. The Australian Space Agency will be located at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site in the ‘Lot Fourteen’ precinct, situated at the north eastern edge of city, adjacent to Adelaide Botanic […]

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Royal Commission Final Report – what it means for property investors

Justice Hayne’s much anticipated Royal Commission Final Report was publicly released by the Government yesterday. The aim of the Royal Commission – which is the highest form of inquiry into matters of public importance – was to expose any wrong-doing in banks, insurance and superannuation companies. The Royal Commission Final report contained 76 recommendations to […]

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What is negative gearing – and how do changes affect you?

With the Federal Election only months away, negative gearing remains front and centre as a major point of debate and contention between Australia’s two major political parties. Bill Shorten’s Labor Government has promised to overhaul negative gearing rules for investment properties should they win the election. The current Liberal government stands firmly opposed to the […]

Which up and coming Brisbane suburbs are tipped for 2019?

With many analysts dubbing Brisbane as the ‘quiet achiever’ of 2018 and the one to watch in 2019, the question that follows for many investors is: ‘which Brisbane suburb will be best to invest?’ At Ironfish, one Brisbane suburb firmly within our own sights is Rochedale. This southern Brisbane suburb benefits from excellent connectivity, being […]

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Top 5 books to read in 2019 – and how to get the most out of them

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou At the beginning of a new year, it’s so common to hear of people joining book clubs, making reading lists, or resolving to read a new book every week for the year. And every day you find someone sharing an article on social media that ‘you […]

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Property: what can you buy for under $750K in Australia’s biggest cities?

In 2018, Brisbane/ South East Queensland (SEQ) stood out for its positive performance, posting housing value rises when its southern counterparts – Sydney and Melbourne – were recording falls. Driven by strong interstate migration rates, local demand and significantly more affordable house and land prices, the SEQ property market is tipped by analysts as one […]

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How big will Australia’s population be in 10 years?

  In August last year, Australia’s population clock ticked over to an historic milestone: 25 million people. It took Australia 23 years to increase from 15 million people to 20 million people. But the latest 5 million, to reach the 25 million milestone, was added in just 14 years. According to the Australian Bureau of […]

Melbourne rents still going strong

Amidst a backdrop of gloomy sentiment in the Melbourne property market, Melbourne rental prices are not showing any signs of slowing down. According to the latest rental data from Corelogic, in the 12 months to October 2018, Melbourne apartment rental growth increased by 2.5%. This translates to an increase of $10 per week for landlords, […]

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7 things you can do for your super & finances today

The Productivity Commission released a report today on superannuation in Australia, which found the current system is “harming millions of members” with underperforming funds, multiple accounts and excessive fees.  Specifically, some of the report findings include: Multiple accounts and underperforming accounts cost Australians nearly $4 billion each year. About one-third of all accounts are unnecessary […]

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Smart goal setting in 5 steps

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou. People often think there’s a kind of myth or magic around success or successful people. But the truth is, there’s no such thing. There is, however, one thing that most people overlook: the importance of knowing, every time, exactly what you’re shooting for. Everything I’ve achieved […]

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What property investors can learn from the 2018 market

An end-of-year message to investors from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou In my experience, most people already believe property is a great investment option and wished they’d started investing years ago. But whether it’s because of the media, wider market uncertainties, lack of time, knowledge, or the confidence to make a decision and take […]

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APRA to remove interest-only lending restrictions on 1 Jan

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced that it will remove interest-only lending restrictions from 1st January 2019. These restrictions were originally introduced in March 2017 and essentially forced lenders to restrict the percentage of their new interest-only loans to 30% of their total home loans that they issue. The restrictions have been very […]

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Australia’s changing landscape – before & after transformations in our capital cities

The sheer scale of Australian investment into major infrastructure projects has been transforming the Australian landscape and improving amenity, access and liveability of our major capital cities. These city-shaping projects have also been a strong economic driver over the past several years. The creation of thousands of jobs has flowed positively into the labour market, […]

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Challenges and opportunities in the current property market

Market insights from Ironfish Director, Property & Research, Grant Ryan As we begin a new year, many investors are wanting to know what 2019 may hold for the market and how this may impact their portfolio and potential investment decisions over the next 12 months. At Ironfish, we see three main challenges within the current […]