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How to prepare for property settlement time

Even the most experienced property investors can find settlement a bit of a hassle – and for new investors, the process can seem confusing or stressful. But settlement also signals the completion of a major achievement – when all your hard work pays off and you get to take ownership of a property, become a […]

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People and culture: why money matters

Ironfish is proud to announce our sponsorship of the Australian HR Awards 2017, which recognises the leading innovators in people and culture across Australian business. Although we work in the property investment space, our number one focus is people – so the HR Awards very much resonates with our core values.   We see property […]

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Why you need a good mortgage broker and how to spot a great one

As a property investor, the support of a good team is invaluable – your strategist, accountant and solicitor will each play an important role in helping you to develop your property portfolio. Within the current climate, as Australian banks continue to tighten their lending standards, your mortgage broker will also play a crucial role in […]

How to invest in property in a city you’ve never been to

For the majority of property investors, it is very difficult to accept the concept of investing in another city or state. In fact, recent studies show that only 11% of investors are investing in property interstate. As much as we all want to be logical and rational in our investment decisions, for many of us, […]

Meet the IT professional who can show you how to retire early on property

For many Australians, the dream of owning a home, let alone an investment property, seems increasingly unachievable. However, for IT professional Vaughn Bell, who started investing in property at the age of 19, building a strong property portfolio was at the top of his priority list. Fast forward to 2017 and he has now bought […]

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A “Stirling” vision for Perth’s inner-north

Last year, Mayor Giovanni Italiano proclaimed the City of Stirling will become the home of Perth’s second CBD. Today, his vision is fast coming into fruition with the completion of the first luxury apartment development in Western Australia designed by iconic architects, Elenberg Fraser. The development, named “Stirling Cross,” is a new work/life hub with […]

Why townhouses are the next big thing

Over the last five years, medium density housing (townhouse, terrace and semi-detached) has become more popular than ever before, with the latest research suggesting this trend is set to continue over the coming years. As the cost of land skyrockets and the great Australian dream of a big backyard becomes unreachable for many, the humble […]

The power of positivity: what makes our people successful?

OUR PEOPLE LOVE THEIR WORK At Ironfish, it’s our mission to help our customers achieve long-term financial security through smart property investment. As an industry leader, with offices in 10 cities across Australia and China, we help new investors navigate their way into the property market and established investors gain access to quality investment opportunities […]

How to set your property investment plan for 2018 now

Our CEO & Founder – and a prolific property investor in his own right – Joseph Chou, reveals which cities he’s personally investing in this year, some important property investment tips and why you need to start planning for your future, now. GETTING AHEAD: SETTING A PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE Most people don’t plan to […]

Tax, timing and property: how to spot an opportunity

As we begin the new financial year, tax deductions are top of mind for many people, particularly property investors. “The new financial year signals tax time – with many Australians working hard with their accountants to ensure they are not missing out on any of their claimable tax deductions. It’s also a time when many […]

How did your property investment results compare to the other cities?

The 2017 financial year was the year of the ‘smashed avo,’ with housing affordability and property investment Sydney particularly being a hot and often contentious topic. It was a busy market with both first home buyers and investors quick to jump in, but at the same time, there was APRA trying to slow the booming […]

Why it’s important to teach your kids about wealth

It was terrific to see a real mix of generations attending the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association (AMSA) event we hosted at Ironfish HQ on Wednesday night. The 50-odd attendees included a noticeable number of family groups – all of whom had come to pick the brain of Ironfish CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou, on everything […]

Why long-term investors are optimistic about Brisbane

With an unprecedented number of major infrastructure projects currently underway, along with strong population growth forecasts, industry experts are telling investors to “get in early” in the Brisbane property market. “You need to look at the scale of infrastructure projects currently underway and think about how these will impact the city and your investment,” says Adam […]

What makes this Brisbane suburb so appealing to investors?

Chermside West is one of Brisbane’s up and coming suburbs situated only 10km from the CBD, and adjacent to the busy hub of Chermside. It is currently the fastest selling suburb in Brisbane’s middle ring. So, what makes this suburb so appealing to investors? 1. Lifestyle destination Chermside West is located less than 4km away […]

Behind the scenes at Ironfish: our CEO’s EOFY letter to staff

At Ironfish, we are very transparent about our mission, values and the way we seek to do business. We, the Ironfish team, continue to be inspired by our CEO and Founder, Joseph Chou, just as we know many of our customers are. We want to give our investors a good insight into the behind-the-scenes running […]

International migration sees Australian cities boom

International migration continues to be a key growth driver in Australia, with migrants from China and India leading the way, according to the latest Census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The number of people born overseas increased by almost one million people since 2011, with the vast majority of the overseas-born population […]

Why do we invest in Ironfish?

“Why should I invest with Ironfish?” is the first question a new investor might commonly ask. And our team will happily answer with one or more of the many stand-out reasons – such as our strong research team, our national business model and portfolio approach, or our unique relationships with leading developers which allow us […]

New tax depreciation changes increase appeal of new over old property

Investors of second-hand properties will be disadvantaged compared to investors of new properties following the 2017-18 Federal Budget announcement proposing tighter restrictions on depreciation claims relating to plant and equipment deductions.  According to tax depreciation specialists, BMT, under the proposed changes, investors who exchange contracts on a second-hand residential property after 7:30pm on 9th May […]

What is the x-factor in successful property investment?

In 1991, Joseph Chou migrated to Australia from China with $4,000 in his pocket, the desire to create a better life for himself, and a strong determination to succeed. He now holds a multi-million-dollar property portfolio and leads one of the largest property investment services company in Australia, which he developed from a start-up to […]

Government offers over $40,000 in savings for Adelaide property buyers

The latest South Australian government budget introduces a number of measures designed to help local property investors and first-home-buyers of off-the-plan properties, as well as speed up the construction of new developments. “There’s plenty of good news in the latest state budget for local property investors and first-home-buyers,” said Ironfish Adelaide Managing Director, Damon Nagel. […]

Are you a landlord? Here’s 3 things to check off before EOFY

Talk to your property manager Gain a thorough understanding of any repairs, maintenance and other expenses you’ve incurred on your property over the last financial year so that your paperwork is in order and your accountant is fully up to speed at tax time. Find out if there are any repairs or maintenance that need […]

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Property remains an investment ‘safe haven’ [new report]

Australian residential property prices have grown by 7.7 per cent compared to last year, which is greater than the global average, according to the Global House Price Index by Knight Frank. Global house prices rose, on average, 6.5 per cent in the year to March 2017 – the highest annual rate of growth in three […]

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Queensland budget winners: first-home buyers and South-east Queensland rail commuters

The Queensland Government’s latest budget delivers a strong win for South-east Queenslanders, by committing to fully fund Brisbane’s first underground rail project, the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project. Other budget highlights include the extension of the first-home-buyers grant and two new schools announced for Brisbane. Overall the 2017-2018 Queensland state budget allocates $42.75 billion […]

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Cross River Rail a ‘game-changer’ for South East Queensland

Cross River Rail is one of Queensland’s biggest ever infrastructure projects and is marked as the state government’s highest priority infrastructure project. This $5.4 billion project will be fully funded by the Queensland state government and forms the centrepiece of the Queensland 2017-2018 state budget. The project will build a new 10.2 km rail line […]

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Melbourne population predicted to overtake Sydney by 2030s

Melbourne’s population is set to overtake Sydney by the 2030s to become Australia’s largest city, The Australian reports. Sydney’s current population of 5 million is approximately 350,000 ahead of Melbourne, but this lead is narrowing at a rate of 20,000 a year. If present rates continue, Melbourne would replace Sydney as Australia’s largest city as […]