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University of Sydney announces new campus

Australia’s oldest university, the University of Sydney has announced plans to open a new campus in Western Sydney. The move reinforces the rapid expansion of Sydney’s west and its growing significance within the Greater Sydney Region. The new $500 million, 25,000 student campus is being delivered in partnership with the NSW government.  The campus will […]

“We wanted to invest again but this time in a systematic way”

Vivian Ma Public Servant (Federal Government) “I purchased one investment property in the past. But I was fully aware that I lacked long-term planning or strategy. I didn’t know how much I could afford to borrow, I didn’t know what kind of property I should invest in. I needed a professional I could trust to […]

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What are the seeds of success?

At the heart of Ironfish is family values. A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou.   In 2006, Ironfish began with a single office, 12 staff and a mission to help people achieve long-term financial wellbeing through strategic property investment. We had a vision to build a property investment services company that would […]

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Brisbane’s newest river-front destination

Brisbane’s premiere new river-front destination is officially open, with stage 1 of the $110 million Howard Smith Wharves redevelopment now complete. The first phase of venue openings includes 2 major event spaces: the Rivershed and Howard’s Hall, along with craft brewery Felon’s Brewing co, an old-world over-water bar called Mr Percival’s as well as parklands […]

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Banks now offering steep discounts for some investors

With lending criteria tightened, leaving a smaller pool of property investors shopping for home loans, major lenders including the big 4 banks are now vying for investor market share. As a result, some are now providing very attractive discounts to win the business of new investor customers with strong financial profiles. ‘Mortgage rates remain low […]

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Capital cities Vs regional towns – where should I invest?

When it comes to price growth in capital cities vs regional towns, one has far eclipsed the other over the last 5 years. Market analysis by independent property research company RiskWise reveals that residential properties located in capital cities have in fact greatly outperformed their regional counterparts over the past 5 years. Capital city houses […]

“You don’t have to compromise on lifestyle to invest”

  Tony Ng  Chartered Accountant “A lot of people feel they have to compromise big time on their lifestyle to become an investor, but in my experience, it wasn’t the case. As a young professional, it’s completely do-able.” CASE IN PROFILE 29-year-old Chartered Accountant Purchased 4 properties through Ironfish Portfolio of 6 properties in total […]

Australia’s annual economic growth highest in 6 years

Latest figures reveal that Australia has achieved the strongest annual GDP growth in 6 years. The June quarter result represents the fastest rate of growth since September 2012, during the height of the mining boom. “This exceptional result bodes well for the property markets, with economic growth accompanying Australia’s rapid population growth which is concentrated […]

Sharp drop in new Melbourne apartment supply

Melbourne’s pipeline of new apartments has dropped by a massive 50% year on year, new figures show. The drop reflects the broader trend of a slowdown in new residential development across the country. Source: JLL and Australian Financial Review Recent figures from JLL reveal that the city’s rolling 5-year pipeline of units completed, under construction, […]

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Jobs boom in Melbourne’s New York end

Melbourne is a city that compares favourably to the iconic cities of the world. Consistently ranked in the top 3 most liveable cities, Melbourne has a thriving arts and music scene, 24-hour nightlife and world-class restaurants and bars. Locals would say it’s a city not unlike New York – except with better coffee! The comparison […]

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Is your property manager doing this for your asset?

You’ve just achieved a major milestone and purchased your first, or perhaps even your second, third or fourth investment property. Contracts signed, settled, done – congratulations! But if you’re planning on holding your investment property over the long term, your investment journey is really only just beginning. So, you need to make sure it’s managed […]

Want to know what an award-winning apartment looks like?

We are proud to announce our Adelaide-based property development arm, Starfish Developments, has taken out 4 prestigious industry awards for its apartment building ‘Bohem’. Located in the south-western corner of Adelaide’s CBD, the 22-storey building received the following accolades from the Urban Development Institute of Australia – South Australia (UDIA SA): 2018 High Density Award […]

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Why invest in property in Australia?

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou In 1998 I made a decision that would change the course of my life. I went to a property investment seminar, and as a result of what I heard and subsequently learned under the mentorship of an experienced investor, and the help of a dedicated team, […]

Melbourne house premium driving apartment growth

  The price gap between Melbourne houses and apartments has ballooned since 2014. But now, the apartment market is playing catch up, off the back of accelerated capital growth and an ever-growing population. Melbourne: apartments vs houses Apartments currently offer a significantly affordable alternative to a detached house in Melbourne. According to the latest figures […]

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Ironfish: walking together for homeless Aussie kids

Last Friday, 26 members of the Ironfish HQ team participated in a challenging 15km hike to raise funds for homeless and at-risk young Australians. The ‘Tour de PIF’ is a fundraising walk organised by Property Industry Foundation (PIF), which supports homeless young people in Australia access safe housing, support and employment pathways to help them […]

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Saving the ‘Brisbane backyard’

Brisbane City Council has voted to amend the city plan to stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes. The move comes in an effort to “protect Brisbane’s backyard and unique character” in accordance with the recently released ‘Brisbane Future Blueprint,’ which contains 8 guiding principles for the planning of the city. […]

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How do I choose the right investment property?

Ask any experienced investor and they will advise you that choosing the right investment property essentially comes down to being as well informed as possible – which means doing your research. Of course, that is easier said than done. With so many factors to consider and assess, it can be hard to know where to […]

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The one critical step to getting started in property investment

Experienced investors would all agree that there is one critical step to getting started in property investment: research. While we all love leafing through glossy property magazines and brochures or viewing listings and floorplans online, it’s important to remember that ‘searching’ isn’t ‘researching’. Buying investment property Wherever you’re planning to purchase – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, […]

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Finding the human connection at work

Bringing together HR and business leaders from Optus, Assetlink and Bay Audio Australia, Ironfish this week hosted a panel discussion on overcoming HR challenges in 2019. The event was attended by HR professionals from a diverse range of industries and companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Hollard and Children’s Cancer Institute. Attendees had the opportunity to […]

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Highest wages, lowest cost of living – introducing our most affordable capital city

With a median personal income that’s 10% higher than the nation, low cost of living and an affordable housing market, Perth is well positioned to attract an increasing number of migrants seeking the great Australian dream. As many Australians find themselves priced out of the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne, we have seen more […]

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“If I had to do this by myself, I wouldn’t have the time”

  Sarah Wu Chemist “My strategist is very, very patient. When I have questions, he takes the time to help me understand everything. Any problems I have, he finds a solution for me. He fixes everything. I’m a single mum, I work full time. If I had to do all this by myself, it would […]

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The surprise benefit of taking responsibility

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou For many people, taking responsibility feels like a terrible and heavy burden; blame that you must accept and be punished for; decisions that feel too overwhelming to make or too difficult to carry through. But for me, taking responsibility has been liberating – exhilarating even. Taking […]

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More cranes than the USA: Australia’s infrastructure boom

The number of cranes along Australian skylines is currently higher than all of the US combined – but it’s not because we’re building more apartments. Australia’s surging population growth, particularly across all the 5 major capital cities, has accelerated the rate of delivery for new housing and infrastructure. However, according to the RLB Crane Index […]

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What is the new design change affecting Brisbane developments?

Brisbane rooftops are about to get a green boost, as developers are encouraged to include rooftop gardens and communal spaces in new apartment buildings, as part of new city planning changes. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the changes formalise Council’s support for rooftop gardens and green spaces in new residential developments. Currently, any roofed […]

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Migration wave to Queensland grows

Queensland population growth has gone from strength to strength, with the latest net interstate migration figures up by nearly 50% in 12 months. According to population figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Queensland regained its status as the number 1 destination for people moving interstate. In the 12 months to March […]