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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.” “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 Di Marco, Founder and […]

What makes Brisbane suburb, Chermside West, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NSW first-home buyers to benefit from new housing affordability reforms

Housing Affordability is a hot political topic and so it is not surprising that late last week the NSW Premier announced new housing affordability measures in advance of her NSW State budget, which is released on 20 June, 2017. First-home buyers are the clear winners, whilst increased taxes are imposed on foreign investors. Local investors […]

Better lifestyle at half the cost – this is Australia’s most popular capital city to move to

As affordability and the cost of living becomes more expensive in Sydney, many families and investors are looking north to South East Queensland, where quality properties are available at often half the price of the southern markets of Sydney and Melbourne. According to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Brisbane is Australia’s most […]

June 30 deadline for off-the-plan stamp duty concessions in Victoria

Stamp duty payable will increase significantly as of 1 July 2017 for investors who purchase ‘off-the-plan’ property in Victoria. Currently, investors receive generous discounts off the full stamp duty amount that is payable on completed property. In March this year, the Victorian State Government announced that this ‘off-the-plan concession’ for investors will be removed. Stamp […]

“Working hard isn’t enough” – a young investor’s journey to wealth. [Case Study]

For young investor Brenda Gao, the realisation that hard work alone sometimes just isn’t enough to be able to live the life you want, was a life changing realisation that set her along the path to property investment. CASE IN PROFILE Brenda attended a property workshop in the Ironfish Brisbane offices and heard CEO, Joseph […]

How do you plan to achieve the lifestyle you want in the future? [Ironfish Case Study]

How do you picture your life after retirement? How will your kids get their start in the property market? How can you join the elite 8.5 percent of Australians who own an investment property? CASE IN PROFILE Recently, Robert Cornish, former ISNSW Director, was asking the same questions when he happened to be referred to […]

Ironfish riders conquer epic challenge

Overcoming intense physical and mental challenges, two members of the Ironfish Adelaide team have recently completed an epic 678km bike ride for charity, raising over $25,000. The journey from Port Adelaide to the Northern Flinders Ranges took five days, with riders Julian Stevens and Mike Lawton covering approximately 135km a day. Their efforts were in […]

80% surge in South East Queensland land prices over last decade

New residential land prices in South East Queensland (SEQ) have increased by nearly 80 per cent over the last 10 years on a per square metre basis, according to analysis by property services group, Oliver Hume. This increase represents some of the strongest returns from any investment class over the past 10 years, the group […]

How the 2017 Federal Budget affects property investors

Affordable housing, infrastructure planning and some property investment tax changes are strong focus points for investors in Scott Morrison’s second Federal Budget. So what does this mean for current investors and property owners, as well as for future investors investing in property moving forward?  “The 2017 Federal Budget has been generally well received by the […]

Is Melbourne becoming a landlord’s market?

Key research released this month suggests that Melbourne is continuing to show significant potential for property investors, and has actually become a ‘landlord’s market.’ These findings come hot on the heels of the Victorian government’s vacancy tax announcements and amidst concerns of apartment oversupply in inner-city Melbourne. The following five reports outline why many investors […]