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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 […]

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Tips for buying off-the-plan property in 2018

First home buyers have made a strong return to the market; a trend largely attributed to the many government incentives on offer, such as first home owner grants or stamp duty savings. Most (if not all) of these incentives are available exclusively for the purchase of new or off-the-plan property. Even for a seasoned investor […]

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When recognition matters…

Over 850 HR professionals attended the 2018 Australian HR Awards, sponsored by Ironfish, at The Star in Sydney on Friday. The Awards recognise the HR industry’s best companies, individuals and teams from all around Australia. For the second year, Ironfish – Financial Wellbeing Program was the major event partner of the Awards. The evening was […]

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Do you own property in Adelaide? New tax cuts affect you.

The latest South Australian budget was delivered on Wednesday, announcing new tax cuts and initiatives which will benefit Adelaide property investors and owners. Land tax cuts In a bid to encourage more investors into the state, the land-tax-free threshold for all investment properties will rise from $369,000 to $450,000. (This threshold refers to the land […]

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“I wanted to get my foot on the property ladder as early as possible”

  Dickson Wong Electrical Engineer “Some people are surprised I choose to live with my parents, but I don’t mind because I like spending time with them. It’s also about how do I want to spend the limited amount of money that I have? Do I want to spend it on rent? Or do I […]

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What does success mean to you?

A message from our CEO & Founder, Joseph Chou. My definition of success has changed a lot over the years. Initially, success for me meant having a great job and career, and this is why I became a diplomat. When I decided to quit this profession and migrate to Australia – with little money and […]

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2018 property market update

Planning to buy or sell your home or investment property in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide in the second half of 2018? Find out what’s been happening in the housing and apartment market in all the major cities of Australia in the last 6 months, and what to expect in the next 6 months.  […]

Adelaide poised for growth as confidence in SA booms

With world-leading innovation and city-shaping projects underway, Adelaide is well poised for growth, according to property industry experts. Results from the latest ANZ/Property Council of Australia (PCA) Survey showed a record-high level of confidence for South Australia. PCA attributes this to the state’s economy, buoyed by growth in industries such as health and defence, as well as […]

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The impact of Australia’s international student boom

Education is big business in Australia. We are now the fourth most popular country in the world for international students, coming in after the US, UK and France – a considerable achievement for a country of our size. Australia’s international education sector contributed a staggering $28 billion to the economy in the 2017 financial year […]

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 […]