Blog | Ironfish

Ironfish Offices

Select an office to view contact details

Are you a property developer?

Contact Head Office


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, […]

property investment melbourne

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 […]

best property manager melbourne

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 […]

why invest property in Australia

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 […]

ironfish property investment

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 […]

property investment brisbane

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. […]

choosing the right property investment

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 […]

how to choose an investment property

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, […]

financial wellbeing

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 […]

property investment perth

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 […]

ironfish reviews

“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 […]

ironfish joseph chou

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 […]

property investment tips

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 […]

property investment brisbane

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 […]

property investment brisbane

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 […]

property investment tips

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 […]

financial wellbeing

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 […]

property investment adelaide

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 […]

property investment tips

“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 […]

property investment seminar

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 […]

property investment guide

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 […]

property investment australia

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 […]