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Sydney’s future looks west: $5bn smart city kicks off

In March this year, all 3 levels of government together announced a $20 billion plan to create a Western Sydney Aerotropolis, which would deliver 200,000 knowledge jobs in the region. Last month, the centrepiece of the plan – a new airport at Badgerys Creek – kicked off, with contracts awarded to start earthmoving works by […]

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“Everyone was investing with Ironfish – now I know why”

  Mario Patino Marketing professional “I never invested in property before, because I didn’t have the right information, education or someone I could trust to guide me through the process of how to make my first investment.  “I am now very happy with my first purchase and looking forward to increasing my portfolio over time […]

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VIC overtakes NSW, but Sydney remains #1 economy

  Victoria has taken the top spot from NSW as the nation’s strongest state economy, however, Sydney remains the nation’s top performing city economy. State of the State Rankings Victoria now leads all states for economic performance according to the release of the latest CommSec ‘State of the States’ report. It’s the first time in […]

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Is the property market crashing…?

It’s hard to read a paper at the moment without finding an array of negative headlines about Sydney’s declining property market.  While media reports paint an overwhelming gloomy picture for the market, a closer look at the data tells a more nuanced story. Sydney’s top end dragging down the averages The Sydney residential property market […]

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Employment meets rail in Melbourne’s growing north-west

Approximately 10km north-west of Melbourne’s CBD is Sunshine, a one-time industrial heartland that sits at an important intersection point for 2 major Melbourne city planning initiatives – initiatives which are making many Melbourne investors sit up and take note. National Employment and Innovation Cluster As Melbourne’s population continues to boom, the Victorian government is planning […]

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Why are we ramping up when others are slowing down?

When the property market goes through a period of adjustment, many property companies look at reducing their footprint. But we’re doing the opposite. At Ironfish, we’re preparing for growth and expansion. If you’re a job seeker, you’ve probably already noticed that we’re running a major recruitment initiative across our branches. What you may not know […]

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How do you find someone you can trust to help you invest in property?

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou. Something I always say to anyone who asks is that Ironfish is a people company not a property company. And this is our crucial difference in the industry. Because while we may operate predominantly under a real estate license, we are different to your average real […]

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Coffee, food, art and music – Melbourne at its best       

Melbourne Art Week kicks off next week with an exciting line up of exhibitions, events and performances including the headline event: the Melbourne Art Fair at the Southbank Arts Precinct. With over 500 artists exhibited over 30 venues, there will be plenty to do and see after work, with live music and DJs performing at […]

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Western Sydney’s $5.3bn airport takes off

Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek has reached a major milestone, with contracts awarded to Lend Lease and CPB Contractors to start levelling the site by the end of the year. The ‘Early Earthworks’ contract will employ up to 180 workers to undertake site preparation, which also includes building the access roads and drainage required […]

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Adelaide remains the tightest rental market, while pressure eases for Sydney renters

Renting a home in Sydney is becoming more affordable, as vacancy rates tighten across all the 5 major capital city markets, with the exception of Sydney. The latest figures from SQM Research show that Adelaide remains the tightest rental market with a vacancy rate of 1.5% in June 2018, dropping from an already low 1.8% […]

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Aussies feeling fit and well – just not financially, new research finds

Australians are feeling much happier about their general health and wellbeing than they are about their finances, a new study has revealed – with home ownership being a key stress point. A national Colmar Brunton survey has found that only 35% of Australians are satisfied with their financial wellbeing, while 59% are satisfied with their […]

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“It’s the ongoing service that makes a real difference”

  Drs. Chris & Cindy Aubrey Surgical Assistants “There’s lots of companies that are just wanting to make money. They basically just tell you whatever’s on their books is the right thing to buy. So, it’s hard to find someone you can trust. “What we liked about Ironfish is that they’re a company that educates […]

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Are townhouses the new house?

  New figures have revealed the popularity of townhouses is soaring, with approvals for new townhouses at record levels in Australia’s biggest cities. In the 12 months to December 2017, townhouse approvals had the strongest year on year growth at 21% in Victoria (VIC) and 28% in New South Wales (NSW).  Conversely, in the same […]

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Record numbers looking for homes in Queensland

  Not since 2003 have there been so many people leaving New South Wales and Victoria in droves for the more affordable pastures of Queensland. The latest ABS population data reveals that over the December 2017 quarter, 15,322 residents left New South Wales and moved to Queensland. In the same period 7,112 Victorians migrated to […]

Should I invest in property in 2018 or wait a year?

An end of financial year message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou. In a year that has had its fair share of challenges – as well as opportunities – this end of financial year, I thought I would take the time to share my own property investment strategies and some tips to succeed within […]

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Brisbane’s hot up and coming enclave: Hamilton Reach

Nestled along the banks of Brisbane’s riverfront and offering expansive views across the city and water – it’s easy to see why this is one of Brisbane’s most sought-after addresses.  But, it’s not just about the views and lifestyle at Hamilton Reach, there are many more factors that contribute to its appeal to both property […]

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Melbourne to build Australia’s largest contemporary art gallery

While Sydney may be known for its iconic architecture, beaches and weather, Melbourne has long held a reputation for leading the charge when it comes to arts and culture. With its amazing live music scene, fashion designers, small bar and dining culture and multitude of excellent galleries, distinctive laneways and artistic enclaves – Melbourne arts […]

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2018 NSW Budget: First Home Buyers surge and record infrastructure spend

This year’s NSW State Budget carries forward the momentum set by the 2018 Federal Budget, with record infrastructure spending commitments, in efforts to keep up with the State’s growing population. $51 billion win for Sydney commuters The Government has increased its infrastructure investment to a record $87 billion over four years. Of that $87 billion, […]

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In her own words – a customer story with a difference

  Yanping Ren Palliative Care Nurse “Every day I listen and learn from the experiences from my elderly and terminally ill patients. And what I’ve realised is that whilst I’m still capable of working, I need to prepare for the last stages of my life – both physically and financially. I need to have choice […]

Queensland foreign investor surcharge increase confirmed in 2018 State Budget

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad delivered her first State Budget this week, announcing an unexpected $1.5 billion surplus – three times the amount predicted in December. The Budget also allocated $5.6 billion in concessions in transport and utilities for eligible Queensland residents. To fund the new concessions, the Government has announced a range of new tax […]

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Melbourne apartments record strongest capital growth

For the 12 months to February 2018, Melbourne recorded the strongest rate of growth for apartments out of all the 5 major capital cities. In this period, Melbourne apartments recorded a 7% gain, with the median apartment price now sitting at $552,589. Sydney apartments came in at the number 2 slot, at 4.8%, and Adelaide […]

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Why foreign investors should consider Western Australia

The Western Australian Government has announced plans to increase the state’s Foreign Buyers Surcharge for residential property. In September last year, the Western Australian Government announced a 4% foreign purchaser duty to be introduced on 1 January 2019. However, in the State budget delivered last month, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced that foreign investors of […]

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Advocating financial literacy and wellbeing in the workplace

Over the past two days, we have been busy talking to many HR leaders at the NSW HR Leadership Summit about financial wellbeing within a workplace context Bringing together over 100 HR leaders from different industries, the NSW HR Leadership Summit provides a platform to exchange ideas, innovations and challenges to better prepare for tomorrow’s […]

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This South West Sydney suburb is primed for growth – see it for yourself

South West Sydney has been identified as a key growth corridor for Sydney over the coming decades – and the Government is certainly helping to accelerate this growth over the short term. Construction of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek is due to kick off at the end of this year. When it opens the […]

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The 4 ways to earn money – and why you’re probably stuck on the first one

A message from our CEO and Founder, Joseph Chou. It’s my absolute belief that everyday Australians could earn 5 times more than their current income. Perhaps even 10 times more. Once someone finds a reason to do it and then learns how to do it – it is entirely possible. Most people wish they were earning […]